Thursday, March 31, 2011

Perfect Day for a Nature Walk

I'll say it right now - my week has been awful on the work front. Beyond work, Monday was rough (kids never really do well on Monday plus I had a giant low-pressure headache), Tuesday was spent try to maintain sanity in the household, and Wednesday was filled with church.

In short: I've been in a non-stop world of crankiness. Work aside, it's been rough with Jack for some reason. We must be entering a new phase with him. Oh well.

Today when we arrived at home, you would think it would be an awful time to do anything outdoors.

It rained.
It's in the 40s.
It's kind of windy.

But no - I've had it. We had about a week of spring a few weeks ago, and now I'm ready for it to return. As a result, we went for a nature walk to collect our favorite leaves/plants and color in their veins/outlines/features when we returned home.

Plus there weren't many joggers or cyclists out, meaning we had full access to the path. If there are other folks out on the path, we have to share the road...so to speak. It makes it a little complicated.

Although it was chilly, I figured we were fine without coats. It wasn't THAT cold compared to the sub-zero temps we've had a few months ago. Needless to say, we were all excited to just get outside for a change.

On our walk, we couldn't find too much yet. Everything is still so ... winterized.

We did find some pretty nice weeds though!

See? Team effort!

Then we saw a few ducks, turned around and headed back home. I never said it was a long walk!

Awww. What you don't see is Jack not paying attention and slowly veering to the left.

Oh, one more stop to pick some weeds.

All-in-all, we had a fun time and enjoyed some fresh air for a change.

Unfortunately our project didn't go as planned. They still had fun, but rubbing crayons over the plants didn't really have much entertainment value.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

{Help} O boy, my boy

Probably the worst and best part of parenting is the fact that kids grow up.

You can go on to any number of parenting websites or grab a book or forty that will tell you what to expect. Of course, looking that your little newborn it's hard to say that it will happen.

If you notice though, the first few years of milestones are huge.

Walking.
Talking.
Eating table food.
Potty training.

Most parents are fine with that. Why else would we be so eager to turn the car seat around when their baby turns one? It's that milestone marker.

Now that Jack is on the verge of turning 6, entering kindergarten, reading on his own and planning his college education (which begins at 10 years old, according to him")...I'm ready to say screw the milestones.

Baby Jackson at 2 months
I want my baby back.

My little baby is in size 6 clothes. When I look for clothes to buy him, he's no longer in the toddler or little boy section - we've moved on to the "boy" area. My little baby is growing out of his shoes faster than I can buy them. My little baby is more than happy to put together a Lego plane or read (out loud) his books to us. He gets excited thinking about school, and he has decided to play nearly every sport in the community activity guide - including gymnastics and boys' dance.

He even knows how to navigate the computer. And change channels on the TV.

Conclusion: I'm fairly certain that my remote is broken. The pause isn't doing anything to slow this kid down.

While I'm not saying that I want the colicky preemie back, I'm not sure I'm ready for this next milestone in his life.


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Friday, March 25, 2011

Spring Fever

We're all sick. We're all so very sick. After such a long winter of hibernation and sub-zero temperatures, it's been confirmed:

We have spring fever!

It all started with our KU cheerleader...


Jack was in a KU shirt, but he decided to jet away before I could get anywhere close.

After changing into jeans, we took a brief walk and returned to play in the drive way.

BUT FIRST...we enjoyed a summer-like treat of



Now, why is Zoey smiling?
 Good question.

The answer?
 Wait for it...
 Yup. He was trying to lick the pole. As-in, he better be glad it's not below freezing.

Tell it to me, sista!

The fun was short-lived though, and the kids moved on to chalk.

No, Zoey.
Don't color my camera!

Yes Jack, that was indeed hilarious.

Awww! I love this kid!

Now, this is my favorite set:

Zoey brought out a Diego chair we have, plopped it right down and watch Trav play some Bball.

She was SOOO relaxed until...

She moved herself in the way of the goal, forcing Trav to rethink his b-ball strategy.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Just a little promo

I love to shop.

And I have a girl with curly hair, which means I really do a tad bit of shopping for BOWS.

Examples:



Anyway, so here's an Etsy store that has LOADS of bows: http://www.etsy.com/shop/averysbows?page=2

SO...if you have a child who loves hair bows (or, most likely, doesn't mind if you put them in), check it out. They are so stinkin' cute.

A few of my faves:





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Monday, March 14, 2011

Oh Brother

So it has begun.
Or ended.

Either way, our lives are changing.

This weekend we celebrated my niece’s third birthday.

The theme: Princess and the Frog

Honestly, the spread was fantastic! I hope Audrey felt as special as she really is. It was great to be able to celebrate this wonderful girl’s life, and I’m always amazed at how she is growing and maturing. Her fourth birthday is going to come too quickly!

Now, on the way home from the party, the kids started their own discussion.

About their upcoming birthday parties…in September.

Earlier this year I decided to try to combine their birthdays this year – easier on family, easier on us, easier in general. It sounded so perfect. My one goal was to find a universal theme by September that could fit them both.

Unfortunately it appears that my run as a birthday party organizer has come to its end.

Zoey wants Dora. As in, really wants Dora. No amount of persuading was changing that. I thought lady bugs would be cute…but no. It’s Dora.

Flowers? No.
Sesame street? No.
I-Spy? Yes…no.
Princess? No.
Despicable Me? No.

For Zoey, it’s just Dora.

Jack wanted cats. Then dinosaurs. Then spaceships. It appears that we are now headed back to Cars 2.

Considering that we still have plenty of time to plan,  a lot can change. However, one thing is for sure: Audrey is growing up, but so are my own kiddos. It’s a sad reality that I’m not sure I’m ready to admit just yet.


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Monday, March 7, 2011

Zoey's ballet: mid-session update

Last year we decided to put Zoey in ballet for the very first time. We didn't know what to expect, so when I saw her progress at the mid-session watch week, I was impressed!

First up: a lady bug dance theme.

And to compare to last year...



Next up: Something about dancing feet.


And to compare to last year...



Next it's time for "Grand Jete"



And to compare to last year:



And finally, a preview of their show:


Of course, if you need a reminder of their fab show last year...



Conclusion: It's going to be a great recital! I can't wait to see how much more progress she makes in the coming weeks.

If you want to mark it down: her recital is going to be on April 10 at 2:00. Expect invites in the mail soon!

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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweethearts

As we finish up the Valentines Day treats, we found this gem:


Yeah - it's okay. We had to do a double look too.

(For those who don't see it, it says "Pick Me" instead of ... well... you can figure that one out yourself)

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S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E and our cat-dog

There's no mystery in our house. Our fantastic cat Walter is more dog than cat. Not only does he love water, come when you call (and he wants to come) and prefer to eat table scraps (not that we ever given them to him...), but he has the added bonus of also never barking or having to go outside to do his business.

But now we've reached a new level of "dogginess."

He's now taken a liking to munching on Scrabble pieces. Now, back story here: We started to play Scrabble before Jack was born. We went on a cruise to the Western Caribbean and towards the end we were just too wiped to want to do anything but stay in the AC. What did we do? We played Scrabble!

Did you notice the sunburn? It's a shame you can't see the words - back then we were so awful at picking words.

Anyway, last night we decided to put on a movie and play a game of Scrabble. A few minutes after starting, Walt decided to join us.

At first, it was cute (once we taught him not to step on the board).

I mean, really. It's a sleeping cat. Awww!


Talk about a great end to the day, right?

Well, I had the brilliant idea to give him a tile holder of his own.

Oh brother.



We found out that he enjoyed attacking the holder and trying to eat the tiles. I don't have any pictures of the tile-eating though. I was laughing too hard and trying to get him to not actually get them in his mouth.


After that, he pretty much followed our every move.


Is he really asleep?

Nah - it's too hard to be sleepy when you're cute and playful!


Then again, after all was said and done, he figured it was just easier to go to sleep looking cute.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Just a girl and her dad

About a month ago, we were told about an annual event hosted by our church. The father/daughter dance sounded like fun, but...

...Zoey's 5.
...She's never gone to a dance before
....It was hosted on a Friday night (read: a night Trav works)

However, with a little talking, we were able to get them tickets, Trav the night off and Zoey a cute little outfit.




Of course, we had take the pre-dance photos:



At the dance, they had a BLAST!!






Girls of all ages. (Youngest: 6 months // Oldest: Adult)
Dads of all kinds.
Fun for all!

Conclusion: What a fun event!

As for my date...

Well, more about that date when I upload more photos from it. It was slightly less exciting but even more adventurous!

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