Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A glimpse of spring to come

Oh, it is in the 20s this morning. 
I just let the dogs out and I need to put on another layer.  
Just a couple days ago, the kids were running around in shorts 
asking when they can go swimming.  
Mother Nature is a trickster. 

I am reliving the last week today and the warm sunny weather 
that I so desperately want back! 
We made our inaugural visit to the zoo last week. 
Not all the animals were out, but we got to feed the ducks, see the giraffes, 
hear the lions roar, and see some very rambunctious monkeys. 
My favorite animal, the giraffe, is so amazing to watch! 

Lil Miss' favorite part of the zoo is the train. 
Choo- Choo
Sidewalk chalk season has started.  
Our driveway is a burst of color in little random drawings.  
The kids have already put my talents to the test with 
their chalk requests. 
"Mom, make Rupunzel!"
Mom, draw a zoo with monkeys"
Mom, draw a castle."
The kid's also get room to draw. 
Gigi put her solar system knowledge to the test 
and drew the sun and all the planets in order. 
Nothing is more fun than exploring more of the city 
we live in with the kids.  
{Band pavillion}
The grand opening for the Science Center at the Putnam 
Museum was this past weekend, so we spent a couple hours 

We all enjoy sunglass weather.
And don't forget cookouts with friends! 
Spring also brings Easter and Easter Egg hunts.  
We did our part and participated in our church's egg hunt this Sunday. 
There were alot of eggs, and alot of kids so it was more of a speed egg retrieval 
than a egg "hunt".  
We will get more egg hunts in this weekend with both sides of the family. 
Spring will return and we will finally see our tulips bloom, 
and open up our windows and doors once again. 
For now I just have to hold off Nate a couple more 
nights, so he doesn't get the electric blanket out ad put it on the bed again. 

Monday, March 24, 2014

A Messy House

Spring Break

We didn't fly to a far away location or sink our feet into a sandy beach. 
We did have fun, right at home. 
For three days, we had fun in Ohio with the cousins and grandparents. 

Then we came home and tried to have something fun and exciting everyday. 
Exciting is relative.  
One day "special' was the movie Frozen on our doorstep and grasshoppers to drink.  Non-alcoholic of course.  

We tried to go swimming on Wednesday, but of course 20 minutes after being there a baby's diaper had leaked in the pool and we were kicked out of the pool for cleaning.  We have really bad timing.  

Happiness is all about expectation.  When mommy acts all excited about picnic lunches in the living room, going to the park, and slumber parties in Mom and Dad's room, then everyone is excited.  Well, maybe not Dad, but the kids are excited.  

If a messy house is a sign of having a good time (and not that mommy is a bad housekeeper) then we had loads of fun over spring break.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Getting Ready for Baby

Here's the baby bump pictures I promised. 
Seriously Ann Rea is a poster mommy for pregnancy. 
Beautiful and full of pregnancy glow at 8 months.  
Can I also say that this woman just started her own optometry practice a month ago.  
Yes, starts her own practice and has a baby within months time.  

At this point in my pregnancy with Lil Miss I was 
wearing stretch pants and Nate's baggy sweatshirts.  
Seriously Adorable!  

So happy to take pictures of these two amazing people and their soon to be addition.  
This little boy or girl is going to be blessed in the parent department.  
I'm crossing my fingers for a girl.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy Life

It's Spring Break!
What is more fun than that?
The kid's are doing the happy dance.
We haven't done anything too exciting,
but sleeping in and staying up late can make a fantastic week.
We did get daddy to take one day off and head east to Ohio with us this weekend.
The days were filled with lots of cousin time,
food and laughter.
 Puzzles with Grandma Judy in the morning.
 Morning cartoons with our favorite little boys.
 Cousin Love
Going to Ohio, is going home again.  
The homecoming is so sweet. 
The house fills up with lots of voices and friends 
come by for reunions. 
If I can't be on a beach sipping a drink with an umbrella in it, then Ohio 
isn't a bad second choice for vacation.  

Of course, I got my baby Reed time in.
I had to elbow another aunt and grandma, but I
managed to cuddle my little buddy.
I can't believe how BIG he has gotten.  

Lil Miss kept distracting him from Aunt Lynn antics to get him to smile.  
It was too darn cute to get upset.  

What's a little boy without his tractors?
Oh and if that isn't enough baby for the weekend, I had the 
fun task of taking maternity pictures of our best friends AnnRea and Keith.
Cute belly pictures to follow... 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring is Coming!!

Yesterday was a breath of fresh air.  
I eagerly turned down the thermostat in the house, opened the front door to let the sunshine in, and 
truly enjoyed the first signs that spring is coming!  
 Lil Miss and I skipped the gym this morning and headed to the river.  
I wanted to go bald eagle watching all winter, but with it so cold we never had the chance. 
So we headed to the Mississippi River edge yesterday, knowing we would see very few eagles.. 
but hoped to birds of any kind.
We weren't picky.  
We were not disappointed. 
We saw
one bald eagle. 
The fast melting snow had made the ground soggy and muddy. 
The best thing to stomp in if you are a three year old.  
Her rubber rain boots don't look clean anymore, they look like someone had fun getting 
muddy.  Her purple pants were mud soaked to her knees before we got back in the van. 

 The highlight of our morning is when we heard a choo choo train in the distance.  
Girl loves her choo choos.  
A few minutes later a cool sleeper train passed by. 
The shortest little train ever.  
We enjoyed our first spring like day. 
Living here in the Quad Cities for almost 3 years, I still love discovering new places to explore.  
To learn more about the city in which I live, I sometimes just drive around and get lost.  
Driving home from Davenport yesterday, I turned onto a couple side streets and got to explore a new area.  I don't mind the drive, especially with the windows down and Mary Poppins singing 
perky songs on the radio.  

That is how we spent our day.  How did you spend yours?  

Weekend Recap

So its been a little bit since I last posted. 
Nothing too exciting has been happening here.  
We've been getting our teeth cleaned.... 
going to school... 
 and busy with homework after school.
Routine keeps us busy.  
We did have an exciting weekend though.  
The kids participated in the school's talent show.  
The planning started for this awhile ago, and the kids had decided to sing.  
That decision wasn't easy to come up with.  
Bubba originally wanted to show off his dance moves, but the girls really wanted to do something with him and didn't feel confident in doing something by themselves.  
Then they started going through all the music on my phone and 
debating back and forth which song they should do.  
Rosie wanted to sing Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. 
Gigi wanted to sing a song from Frozen. 
Bubba didn't want to sing a song that was sung by a girl. 
So after much deliberation, they chose a song I have on my phone from the former TV show SMASH. 
It's not a secret I love musicals and show tunes and Broadway Here I Come, is a song from a musical. It's obscure though, and I was worried that no one would know the song but they finally agreed on something, so we went with it.  
They practiced and practiced.  
We sang it before school, on the way to school, after school, and annoyed daddy by singing it a lot.  
By the time they sang it on Saturday, Daddy even knew most of the words from hearing it many times in the last two weeks. 
I was a proud momma. 
They weren't nervous, and had so much fun up on stage.  
I was more nervous than them.  They sang the song acapella (without background music) and 
sung it beautifully.  
link to perfomance:  
It was amazing to see how much talent they have at their school.  
A fun evening! 

And that wasn't the only thing we did all weekend.
We attended Gigi's Booker Bear presentation. 
She earned a little stuffed bear for reading 10 books.  

That's our weekend wrap-up. 


Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekend Recap

If I had to label this weekend with one word, I would use BUSY. 
It was an absolutely fun, full of friend time weekend... but BUSY. 
A weekend so busy, that I am not prepared today for Monday and hence
brought the kids to school in my pjs and wore a hat to cover up the fact that 
this girl didn't even comb her hair!  
The three kids that had to go out in public to go to school look okay. 
Lil Miss and I are not, but to me those days are okay.  
We will use this Monday to catch up.  
I can always use another day of rest from running at the gym anyways.  LOL
So instead of running upstairs to comb my hair, I am at the computer blogging in my pjs.  
Like I said its a "rest day". 

So our weekend went something like this. 
 Friday night, Bubba and his friends had their last basketball game of the season.
They played during the half time of the Bettendorf Boys Reserve game.
So proud of these boys, they are a great group of friends and have a ball on AND off the court.

On Saturday, we had a whole day of basketball ahead of us.  
Gigi had her last game of the season and then Rosie played 
in a basketball tournament.  
Rosie and her best friend Emily played their hearts out. 
All my kids are all so lucky to have good friends on their teams.   

We came home exhausted from a day of dribbling and free throws.  
To show my kid's dedication, they came home from a long day on the courts and wanted to shoot 
baskets in the driveway.  They LOVE basketball. 
Sunday was filled with the Blue and Gold Banquet.  
This is wear the scouts rank up, Bubba went from a Wolf to a Bear. 
Momma was on the Blue and Gold committee and was in charge of decorations.  
A decorating committee of one.  
With help from the Webelos in making the paracord bracelets for every scout, the 
centerpieces turned out beautifully. 

Sunday night, Gigi had two friends over to celebrate her birthday.
It wasn't anything big, Gigi wanted to cook so we made homemade pizzas and 
decorated cupcakes. 
 There was a lot of frosting licking.

And now today we are back into routine and school. 
Lil Miss was ready to "go to work" this morning. 
I hope you are all enjoying your Mondays.