Monday, April 28, 2008

Fun at the Park and Chuck E. Cheese

Bella has had a lot of fun times at the park this week. I've taken her twice and my dad has taken her four times! Her favorite things to do there are the swings and slides.
Later in the week, we had a fun night at Chuck E. Cheese. Here are Jodi and Bella looking at themselves on the cartoon screen.
Of course, the slide was a very popular choice for Bella. She also played a few games. Auntie Lori hit the jackpot a few times while playing the games so we ended up with a lot of tickets! Bella was able to get a ball, stickers, and some candy!

We're heading back to New Jersey tonight. Our plane doesn't leave until this evening. It's going to be a late night for us, but we're really looking forward to seeing Daddy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In loving memory of. . .

Grandma Rose
June 25, 1917 - April 17, 2008

Thursday morning, my grandma passed away. Bella and I took a flight out to Wisconsin on Friday evening and her funeral was held on Sunday afternoon. I cried both sad and happy tears that day: sad because I'll miss her and happy because I know she's in heaven. One of the hymns played at her funeral was 'How Great Thou Art'. The last verse:

When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"

That is the verse that made me cry happy tears. I thought about my Grandma in heaven and how joy-filled she must be at the sight of Jesus that these words were probably on her lips as well.

Us kids will always remember Grandma as a great cook. Our favorite meals that she made were mostaccioli or chop suey with her famous coleslaw and then pudding in the cloud for dessert. She loved spending time with her grandkids and had a special place in her heart for Isabella. Here are a couple of pictures with her and Bella.

We celebrated Grandma's 90th birthday this past summer. Here she is with my brother Jeff and sister Lori. I think she looked wonderful for being 90 years old. Over the past couple of days, we've been at my grandma's apartment going through some of her things. Bella found her jewelery and had a field day. We can just imagine my grandma laughing and clapping her hands at the sight of Bella all decked out.
Bella and I will be in Wisconsin for the rest of the week. We are really enjoying this extra family time.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Outdoor Adventures


We can't get enough of this beautiful weather! Bella just loves to be outside riding her bike. She even discovered that the sidewalk out back has just enough of an incline to give her a good ride!

Lately, she has become quite fascinated with her shadow. She looks for it outside, in the car, in her room at night, etc. She even plays peek-a-boo with it!
Some friends from church gave her this new picnic table. Here she is resting on it.I think this picture is pretty cool. If I zoomed in really close on her eyes, you could see my reflection in them.And here she is in the middle of a meltdown. This one was probably my fault though. I was taking too many pictures for her liking. My mom's club had a pot painting party. Bella got too distracted at the event, so we finished up the painting at home. Her main method was to dip the brush in every color and then apply it to the pot.That's how she achieved the grayish color that is all over the pot.It's always fun to get a little messy!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Spring is HERE!!!

We enjoyed some beautiful days this weekend - mid to high 70s. Perfect! We spent a lot of time outside. I tried to take some pics of Bella but she was so not in the mood for that. Most of them look somewhat like this - her trying to get away from me and my camera.In this picture, she is actually telling me, "camera away, PLEASE!" I complied. She did, after all, say 'please'. Andy headed back to Wisconsin for a few days to officiate in a wedding of some good friends. Bella and I have been fending for ourselves while he's been gone. Up until tonight, I would say that everything has gone relatively smooth. I hit a little bump tonight. We have an alarm on our house. Normally Andy doesn't set it until right before we go to bed. Since I've been alone, I've been setting it pretty much after it gets dark. Just after I set it tonight, I went to change over some laundry. While I was moving it from the washer to the dryer, the washer lid slammed down; causing the alarm to go off (it will go off if a door/window opens and when there is a loud sound). Within seconds, I punched in the code and the alarm stopped. A few minutes later a woman from the alarm company called, checking if everything was alright. I told her that it was. A few minutes after that, two police officers show up to check things out. Embarrassed by it all, I told them everything was fine. While I was talking with them, my cell phone rings. It's a trustee from our church saying that he had been notified that our alarm went off. . . he's on his way. Thankfully I got back to him before he left the house. I wish I could say this is the first time I accidentally set the alarm off. . . the good news in all of this is that I have an even greater confidence in our security system.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A couple of videos. . .

Bella has been singing these songs for the past couple of months, so I thought I should actually get a video of it so that we can remember. It's kind of funny. Her version of Baa Baa Black Sheep is definitely her own - she doesn't know all the words so she's made up her own. Andy and I have even found ourselves singing her version at times.

It seems that we can't say goodnight without singing "Pooh". I've sung this song to Bella on and off ever since she was born and she really loves it. It's one of the few that she actually lets me sing along with (usually she says "no, Bella do it!" when I try to sing with her); and she probably only lets me sing to this one because she doesn't know many of the words on her own. Recently, I discovered this little video on You Tube and now it has become one of her favorite things to watch. Who doesn't enjoy a good Winnie the Pooh video every now and then!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

A whole lot of randomness. . .

Bella's new favorite thing is to do gymnastics on the couch. She thinks she is so funny.

Proof. . . . . . that Bella still needs an afternoon nap. She decided to skip her nap a couple of times this week and ended up like this at dinnertime.

Andy and I were in the kitchen while Bella was alone in the living room. All of a sudden we heard some music playing. Apparently she knows how to work the CD player now.
Bella got this new bubble-blowing-hippo from a woman at church and she loves it. We've already gone through a whole bottle of bubbles!I actually got a little scrapping done. . .

BRRRRR
EASTER DRESS

Thursday, April 03, 2008

The story of the pink ball. . .

Whenever we go to Target, Bella goes crazy over the bin of balls. After saying "no" to her several times, I decided to treat her one day to one of the $2 balls. She picked the pink one and was very happy with her choice. We decided to take the ball outside to play with it.Bella and Daddy tossed it back and forth.Daddy accidentally threw it in a tree. As time went on, we noticed that the ball didn't seem as full. We thought the cold air outside may have restricted the air inside the ball. Later on, we heard air coming out and knew that there was a hole. This is our second ball casualty. We suspect the thorns from the rosebushes to be the perpetrator (they also gave me a pretty good cut on my leg). We'll have to be more careful next time.
Without a ball to play with, Bella moved on to her car, which she always enjoys.
Daddy explaining the rules of the road. I'm already envisioning a similar picture in about 14 years. Daddy loves his little girl. And, look what popped up in our yard this week! I love spring flowers!