Thursday, March 27, 2008
Donovan got this little routine on video for all bloggers to enjoy.
In other uneventful news....Indiana is snowing again. Seriously I can bearly type the word. I need spring. I need to be outside. I need it to stop snowing. So I took my anger out in the kitchen today. You want to taste what I baked?? Be the first 3 to leave me a comment.
Monday, March 24, 2008
We started off our Easter celebration with opening Resurrection Eggs everyday over the last week. We've never done this before and I got these neat idea from the librarian at our local Library. It is a great way to intruduce the Easter Story to your young children. You can learn more about them here. I just made up my own set here at home and the kids really loved it. Wednesday we colored Easter eggs, and the kids had great fun splashing egg dye and seeing how many eggs they could color before the other sibblings used them all.
We also did something different this year..... We let the kids open their Easter "buckets" the night before instead of Easter morning with high hopes that we would be ON time to church in the morning.
Well it was a nice try on our part anyway.
However trying to get these little people all looking at the camera at the same time with nice smiles is no small task. Which is why our getting to church on time was greatly compromised.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The people who send those notes home from school should add a couple of important things to their notes.
Like....... NEVER bring 2 children at once who have never skated before in their life.
And.......Make sure and get their skates one size bigger than the shoe size they actually wear. I found this out after I got the kids skates on. (It only took me 30 mintues to lace up the skates-before I found out the skates pinched Jack's toes) Isabella was kind enough to tell me AFTER we went one round around the rink...then told me she needed a bigger size.
And.....there should be a special note for Mom's over 30..... Never take 3 sweet innocent children on a train ride. (you know where the "most experienced" skater goes in front and then everyone forms a train by holding on to the person in front of them. ) That landed in a crash and burn. I had a landing on the bum and bruising, also knocking out all 3 passenger trains behind me, all under the age of 8.
Although....Had I been taking my little Bella the last 3 years, I would have been experienced in skating etiquette. And she would have been an Olympic skater by now, I am sure. Yep, just like ol' mama who train wrecked all those behind me that night.
First time skating......Look - all by herself.
And Jack....well after I laced up his skates, I took them off because they were too small. Then I got the size bigger,laced those up and he decided he was NOT going skating. He was frantic about entering the skating rink. I'm not sure if there were too many kids, or too dark, or too loud???? No way was he going out.
I was seriously not going to pay $16 for us to go skating and Jack never try. So he spotted his teacher and said, "I'll just sit with her." I replied, "No Jack, one time around the rink, You'll like it--I'm sure!" Well one time around and I was willing to let him drive himself back home. Torture! To teach 2 to skate at the same time. What was I thinking?
So this is where Jack spent the next 1 1/2 hours after the ONE TIME AROUND the rink. Because I'm sure his teacher didn't mind taking care of Jack after spending all day with kindergarteners.
See why I love her? She actually looks like she's having fun watching Jack for me.
I was glad there were benches all around the rink, Jack could play with my camera and seemed pretty happy to getting his way and not be skating.
Isabella on the other hand is ready to go back next week.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Of course it doesn't really work very well if all of a sudden one day you start them off by sending them to their rooms and saying, "happy room time, I'll be on the couch eating bon bon's." It started when they were young by putting them in a pack and play for just 15 minutes at a time. Then gradually adding a few minutes every week. Now they are all up to one hour. It works for me. It took a lot of time and effort...this is not natural for children to entertain themselves. But now the older ones ask for room time, they enjoy not getting bugged by their younger counterparts.
Here is a video clip of what works pretty well for our family.
Now why don't you drop me a line and tell me works well for your family?
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
But it was a relief to me, to know there were real things wrong with her. To explain all the neediness was a relief. I was exhausted from all the fussing. You know you have a sick one on your hands when you have to take your one year old with you and she has to sit on your lap while using the facilities. Either that or hear all the crying, the pitiful crying. You also know she's sick when you try to butter toast with one hand while holding the needy one in the other arm. And if you have someone under 2 in your home you understand me perfectly at this point, do you not?
But it sure was a nice sound to hear giggling rather than crying.
Friday, March 14, 2008
So come to find out....it may have started as pink eye...but now has turned into inflamation from rubbing it so much. Something was irrating her eye and it wasn't healing. The eye Dr. gave us a Rx and we were on our way.
But we did go on a walk and got outside a little. Oh how I love spring. We are so ready for warmer weather. It kept climbing today and actually reached 56 degrees!
I love how entertained the kids are playing outdoors. I love not needing to put boots, coats, mittens, and hats on the kids.
I love that the snow is almost melted. I love that William had a little energy despite the fever and the boys worked on sweeping the street.
I love sittin' around....enjoying the outdoors. I love having kids old enough to be photographers. :)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Isabella wrote letters for us for each day we were gone. The first day the letter said....."Dear Mom & Dad, What does everything on the ground look like from the plane? I hope you arrive there safely. Thank you for helping me with my homework on Monday Mom. And thank you for bringing me on Monday Dad. That was the first time in second grade that I've been picked up by anyone. Hope you have a nice trip! Love your daughter, Isabella Rose
P.S. The people in the airplane I drew are you two."
What a pumpkin. Each day the letter was just as sweet.
More pictures inside the Mirage.
One of the waterfalls inside the lobby.
Our first morning there we started off site seeing with friends Travis and Kristen. This was just leaving our hotel.
more pictures of the town....
....then back to the hotel for swimming. 3 pools, and warm sunshine. I was HAPPY.
Breakfast the next morning at the hotel. The hostess was looking for a larger group so we joined Travis and Kristen and the VP of Sealed Air (18,000 + employees) and his wife. It was fun to get to know Jim and Gail. They were super down to earth and fun to talk to.
More pictures of our friends, and I wanted to show the cute cabannas in the background. And ahhhh...palm trees.
Krisen and I. I really think this trip would NOT have been even 1/2 as fun without this couple. I loved being in West Palm Beach with them 2 years ago...and this was even more fun. I love their sense of humor, I love how they break into song at any given moment, and I love their spontenaiety.