S: The Lowe's 2010
FC: The Lowe's 2010
1: 2010 was a very busy year! In January, Tommy turned 3 and celebrated with a neighborhood party. In the Spring, Grammy Burton married Don Broderson in Wichita, KS. It was an amazing event that the whole Burton/Lowe family came together for! They now live in Colorado Springs and we are enjoying having family in town again. In May, Grace turned 7 and graduated from 1st grade. Grace chose to take her best friend Bailey up to Mema's for a weekend as her big birthday party. They had a great time and of course Mema made it extra special! The girls also spent a day at Aunt Apple's house swimming and eating pizza. A few days later, Nana came out for the celebration and to help me make the 12 hour drive back to their home in Carthage for a long visit. It was quite a vacation for me and the kids. We went to the Rock Museum (One of my favorite places to visit with my Grandma's as a child), went swimming, made stepping stones, took a fun ride in Papa's TR3A, went to Silver Dollar City and spent a day at the river (Big Sugar, where I spent a good deal of my summers as a kid). In July Ben and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. He surprised me with a trip to the "Excellence Resort" on the Cancun Riviera, Mexico. We had the most amazing time, it was a wonderful and beautiful place. Back at home, the kids were having just as much fun with Mema! In August, we went camping with our Bible study group up at Lake Isabelle. This was Tommy's first camping trip and our first trip as a family of 4. The kids LOVED it! Ben taught them both how to fish, took all the kids in camp on a night hike and we all spent lots of time playing in the creek. In August, Grace started 2nd grade. She is doing really well and likes school. Her favorite part of the school day is lunch she tells me. I think we have a future chef or food critic on our hands!Tommy and I volunteer every week to help the teacher out and it is fun to see Grace in class. She also began American Heritage Girls-a sort of Christian Girl Scouts. It is a really neat program that our whole family is enjoying being a part of. She continues to love art & reading, and being the Tommy police! Tommy has grown so much this year! He is certainly the "class clown' of our house and loves to make everyone around him laugh. His favorite things include trains, cars, art and construction. He is part of several play groups and will hopefully be starting some fun classes next year. I continued to volunteer at Urban Peak, a local teen homeless shelter, as an art teacher until July. I also continue to teach art out of our home. This Fall I was able to start a mural project at Grace's school and am really enjoying painting in this new way. In October I broke my foot, but it hasn't slowed me down much. Ben has been playing tennis twice a week and really enjoying it, not to mention how well he is doing! He won the Men's 3.5 singles at his tennis club and just took 2nd in mixed doubles. He has also taken up fly fishing and tying and is loving it.
2: Day at the Museum
3: In March we spent a Lowe Family Fun day in Denver at the Museum of Natural History with Mema, Aunt Apple and Gabe. It was a fun day enjoyed by all! Tommy was pretty excited to see real dinosaurs, although he was very reluctant to get too close to them!
4: Tommy and his skateboard! This year he really worked at skating and loves it. Tommy in the leaves | Tommy 3 years old
10: A Wedding... | The Happy Couple! | Grammy B married Don Broderson in Wichita, Kansas, on April 2010.
12: Grace's 7th Birthday! | Grace's Boston cream doughnut birthday breakfast in bed! Being the good sister she is, she let Tommy in to share! | Grace's giant birthday cake. She eventually blew all the candles out.
13: Ben reading ' A Light In The Attic' to Grace. It was one of her gifts. | Grace | Brandi and Grace at the moment Grace was born 7 years earlier. 6:58 p.m. They were on the way home from eating sushi, Grace's favorite! Grace is talking on the phone with Aunt Cha Cha. | Grace & Tommy celebrating her birthday in her 1st grade class.
14: Nana, Grace and her best friend Bailey at Grace's 7th birthday party.
16: Hanging out with Papa! | Boy did Tommy love that TR3a! They had so much fun going for rides with Papa and hanging out in the garage with him. So did their Mama!
18: Silver Dollar City Branson, MO | June, 2010
19: Grace & Tommy's first trip to Silver Dollar City. They loved it and can't wait to go back next summer! Grace enjoyed her first roller coaster 'Fire In The Hole' and Tommy went on his first big kid ride, 'Lost River' which scared him to death! Maybe next year we will try again!
20: Silver Dollar City | Tommy & Papa at the petting zoo. | Grace & Tommy on the steps of the candy shop. "What did you get Sis?!"
21: We are all still soaked from the 'Lost River' ride. What a fun day!
34: Halloween! | Happy Gilmore & Frida Kalho
35: Thanksgiving | Grace LOVED her turkey leg and ate it all!
36: & | Grace and her friend Annie at American Heritage Girls awards ceremony. | Grace and Tommy in the typical roles: Mad Sister, Running Brother