Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend

The kids did a little hunting this weekend - easter egg hunting, that is. Our church held its annual Egg Hunt this past Saturday morning.

The youngest kids hunted in the cemetery.  
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Bella's group hunted on the church's front lawn. 
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As always, the kids scored a bagful of candy and prizes.
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Here they are holding up their favorite prizes. 
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Later in the day, we dyed eggs!  This year we wised up and put gloves on everyone's hands.  In past years, we always ended up with stained hands on Easter Day.
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I asked Curtis to smile.  This is what he gave me. 
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Bella did all of her eggs multicolored.  So creative. 
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Sunday morning brought us all together for the Sunday School Easter Program.  Graydon was a little reserved when it came to delivering his lines.  But he spoke clearly and did a great job.  "On this Easter morning, we are glad to say. . . Welcome to our program.  Happy Easter Day!" 
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Curtis raced right up and delivered his lines without hesitation.  "God loves the world and sent His Son to bring that love to everyone."
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Then they "sang" a few songs.  There wasn't a lot of singing from this little crew, but their adorableness more than made up for it. 
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Bella had some tricky words like "Magdalene" and "Siloam" in her reading, but she managed just fine.
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I tried to get a photo of all three kids at the end; but the boys were just a bit distracted. 
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After church!
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Then we hunted for baskets.  Here Graydon is "super hot" as he considers where his basket could be. 
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With a little more hinting, he found it!
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A new Batman beach towel, Ninja Turtle stickers and cup, goggles, and candy. 
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Curtis stripped down to his underwear (as usual); but draped the blanket on himself like a kingly robe as he hunted for his basket. 
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A Ninja Turtle beach towel, Spider Man cup, Ninja Turtle stickers, goggles, and candy. 
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Bella's hot clues led her to the oven, but she hesitated since she usually isn't allowed to open it. 
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There it is!
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A new beach towel, swim suit, hair accessories, goggles, and candy.  
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They were all most excited about the goggles and are now ready for the pool this summer!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Outings and Spring

The boys'playgroup took a field trip to a local catering place.  We saw all of the big pots, ovens, freezers, and my favorite, how they make spaghetti!  After the tour was complete, the kids enjoyed a pasta snack.  (And I made some purchases for an upcoming dinner in our house!).
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Fall clean-up?  It sure looks that way.  Either we didn't do the greatest yard clean-up last fall or our tree dropped a lot of leaves after our clean-up day.  Either way, we had a lot of leaves and brush to tend to.  Andy and I realized a little progression that has been happening in our family.  Just a couple of years ago, one of us would be doing yard work while the other was watching kids.  The next year, we could both be working while the kids played on their own.  This year, they're helping!  And things are getting done much quicker! 
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Well, maybe they're not always working. 
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Bella's Brownie troop had a roller skating event that siblings could tag along to; so I brought Graydon.  He didn't want any help from me and was determined to skate along just as fast as he could on his own.  The mommy in me just wanted to be next to him and hold his hand and keep him from falling.  But he wanted to do it himself.  There were many falls, but he just kept on getting back up.  Later on, he invited me to come alongside, but it was short-lived because he soon discovered a friend from his preschool class.  He immediately dropped my hand and skated off. . . while looking back to see if she noticed.  Already trying to impress the ladies. 
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Bella was in her element.  She's pretty speedy and got in quite a workout - as that red face can attest.  
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Andy took these photos of Graydon outside of his preschool. 
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Those are Ninja Turtle tattoos all over his legs - something that he got into during quiet time.
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I love that everything is finally in bloom!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hello April!

"Cooking Day" at the boys' playgroup.  And by cooking, I mean blending.  Green smoothies and yogurt parfaits for everyone!
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This has happened more than once in the past couple of weeks.  I go up to check on the boys and find that they've changed into their swimsuits.  "Can we go swimming today?"  They are good wishful-thinkers.
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Last Monday, we were finishing up an evening of having some friends for dinner when Curtis came up along beside me and proceeded to violently throw up a good three times all over himself, the table, the chair, and the floor.  That brought a pretty prompt end to our evening!  Curtis was upset about getting sick and he began to cry.  Bella felt bad that Curtis got sick and she started to cry.  I scooped up Curtis into my arms, said some quick goodbyes to our guests, and brought him straight up to the bath (meanwhile wondering to myself how I will clean that chunky vomit out of the carpet).  Bella's maternal side took over and she completely doted on Curtis, never leaving his side.  Caring for him seemed to make her feel a little better.  Such a sweet big sis.     
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And thankfully, Curtis was feeling better by the end of the bath and by the next day, you wouldn't have even known that he was sick.  

Graydon's listening to his favorite song:  "Hey, Hey Mr. Policeman" by Brad Paisley. 
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I brought this out of the attic for the kids to enjoy: my 50th anniversary edition Snoopy and Woodstock piano.  It plays 'Linus and Lucy' while Snoopy and Woodstock dance around on top of the piano.  The kids got a kick out of it. 
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Getting the garden prepped for a new growing season.  We currently have planted peas, broccoli, carrots, and spinach. 
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Three kids doing homework (well, Curtis is just coloring) at the kitchen table.  I feel like I am looking into my future a little bit. 
IMG_2012Handwriting practice at playgroup.  It was "C" and "G" day.  Perfect letters for my two boys!
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Carrying Graydon after a quick game of soccer (me and Graydon against Bella). 
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Bella is studying geometry in math class and is learning about the surfaces, edges, and vertices of various objects.  She's pretty good at keeping track of them all; but was having difficulty with remembering how many edges and vertices a pyramid had.  It's kind of hard to see that a pyramid has a square bottom when you're looking at a two dimensional pyramid.  So I took the boys' building toy to  give her a little mom-math-lesson.  The balls are the vertices, the sticks are the edges, and the open spaces are the surfaces.  I think it helped a little.
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Bella and I attended a ladies breakfast at church on Saturday. 
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And after that I headed to New York City with some girlfriends!

Here we are in Central Park. 
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And I don't have a bucket list per se; but if I did, playing 'Heart and Soul' on the FAO Schwartz piano would definitely be on it.  We were actually there with Bella a few years back and she danced on the paino, but I don't think I did back then.  Now I can definitely put a check next to that one! 
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I wore my boots to our ladies breakfast and never changed them.  Big mistake.  My feet were in so much pain by the end of the day!
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This couple got engaged right in front of us.  We cheered for them along with hundreds of other people!
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Bella has accumulated a couple of Build-a-Bear gift cards from birthday parties and a Girl Scout event that she missed.  We finally cashed them in the other day.  Here she is making wishes for the heart that will soon go inside her bear.
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Putting the heart inside. 
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And giving her panda a bath. 
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She named her 'Giggles' because we put a little giggle chip inside of her.  Bella is smitten with this little bear. 
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We concluded our girl afternoon by eating a big pretzel from Aunt Annie's and drinking lemonade in front of a fountain that we later threw wished-upon pennies into.  And we counted babies.  There were LOTS of babies at the mall that day!  Love my girl time with Bella!