Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Somebody turned 32!

And it wasn't me. (Not yet anyway).

Bella tucked Andy in to bed on the night prior to his birthday and then she and I prepped the house for a birthday celebration. She worked very hard at decorating this bag with streamers. The inside was filled with chocolate.

One of Andy's gifts was a choose-your-own variety pack of beer. He usually drinks the cheap stuff. I chose the beers and the kids decorated the plain white case.

Bella's artwork:

Graydon's artwork:

A couple more gifts waiting to be opened.

The day was super busy for Andy. He gave a presentation at our church that morning (Saturday) at the Men's Prayer Breakfast. His work wasn't done after the breakfast as he still had to prepare for the church service the next morning. Not quite the relaxing birthday, but we still managed to get some celebrating in.

That evening, Bella and Andy wore their coordinating pajamas.

Earlier in the week, Bella had her first T-ball practice. Most of us parents got a kick out of watching the girls. Some were playing chase in the outfield or drawing in the dirt. Not quite the focused bunch, just yet. But they are having fun and that's the main thing.

And Mr. Curtis is becoming quite the artist.

I have his masterpiece on display on our pantry door.

With three kiddos doing artwork now, I'm running out of surfaces to show off their creations. But I sure love all of the cheerfulness that it adds.

Monday, March 19, 2012

In the kitchen. . .

Sometimes I have no idea what to title these posts. They usually consist of the random photos that make up our week - but it seems pretty boring to just title them, Week of _______. So I look for some type of theme in the photos or what I have the most photos of. This week, I seem to have taken a lot of photos of our kitchen activities. So there you have it.

Earlier in the week, the boys and I made some chocolate chip and walnut cookies and decided to take some over to Andy's office. That's one of the benefits of him working so close to home.

We have a Rita's Water Ice just down the street. It's pretty much Bella's favorite place to be during the warmer months (besides a pool or the shore). She wanted to go one afternoon and I didn't have any money, so she offered to treat the boys and herself with her own money.

It cost two weeks of her allowance!

Thursday evening was Bella's first swimming lesson. She was actually supposed to have her first lesson last week, but a little boy in the class before her threw up in the pool. We arrived to find out that she wouldn't be able to swim. Big bummer for her - she was so upset. But a week goes by pretty fast and soon enough she was back at the pool - this time she could go in! Unfortunately, I had to miss this one since I had some birthday dinner plans with some friends. But I will be at every lesson from here on. Here's a little bit of video from that first class.

Friday night has kind of become pizza night around here. I love how you can't really mess pizza up - a perfect meal for little hands to help with.

Saturday morning snuggles.

After the kiddos got out of bed, Bella and I got all dressed up for the Women's Prayer Breakfast at our church.

No boys allowed (except for working in the kitchen), so Curtis had to fend for himself with breakfast.

Later that afternoon, we had a fun little St. Patrick's dessert to make. Graydon stirred the pudding (vanilla with green food coloring added in).

Bella assisted, though her main job was to crush the Oreos.

Curtis was the first to sample our creation.

I had some too. Pretty tasty!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Quality time with Graydon

One-on-one time with Graydon is pretty rare.  I can probably count on one hand how many times the two of us went anywhere - just the two of us.  Earlier in the week, I seized an opportunity when Bella was playing at a friends house and Curtis was napping.  Andy was able to do some work at home, so Graydon came out with me to run errands.  We picked up some produce at one store and some yarn at another.  I carried him from the van to the store - not because I had to, but because I could.  And I bought him a lollipop.

He fell asleep on the car ride home.

At one point, he woke up, sat up, and then fell asleep again. Sitting UP!

Later in the week, we made some banana bread together.

Legos are always a hit.

Play Doh too!

I have nothing but good things to say about our weather lately. Spring is in the air! (And Bella is in a tree).

And here are the promised photos of Graydon. The photograph I have on display in my house is from before he turned two! It was definitely time for a new one.

I didn't do much creative posing with him.  The fact that he was looking in the direction of the camera and actually smiling. . . I was thrilled!  And the sunlight was really harsh, so we had to stay in this one little spot in our yard.  I am so happy with how these photos turned out.  :) 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blog update coming. . .

but it'll have to wait.  I didn't get a  chance to update it today and I'm trying to limit my computer time in the evenings.  Tomorrow is busy so I'm hoping to get to it on Tuesday.

In the mean time, here is a sneak peak at a little photo shoot that I had with Graydon this afternoon.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Dr. Seuss Week

This week was a fun one for Bella's school.  Each day had a different dress-up theme in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.  On Monday, they made Cat in the Hat hats.  Tuesday was 'Wear Green Day'.  Wednesday was "Wacky Wednesday".  Each kid chose a wacky outfit to wear.  This was Bella's.  

And this wacky hair was mostly her idea.

Thursday was silly socks day.  And Friday, the kids dressed up as their favorite fictional book character.  Bella chose Fancy Nancy.
 (It was either that or Little Red Riding Hood since those were the two costumes I could easily come up with).

And here's her fancy hair.  She slept with sponge curlers in her hair the night before.  I totally forgot to have her wear one of her many crowns.  But she was pretty decked out as it was.

I took advantage of some educational You Tube videos this week and the kids really liked them.  Especially Graydon.

His favorite was this shapes song.

All week I've been hearing from him, "Mommy, I want shapes on your computer."  Or, "Mommy, I want shapes on your phone."  He may be one of the few three-year-olds who knows what a dodecagon is!

We did a little science experiment.  The kids love balloons, so I knew this would be kind of fun.

Baking soda + vinegar = carbon dioxide.  And a filled-up balloon as well!

Graydon wanted to keep his just like that for a while.  

We made the living and dining room into a car track.

There was some pre-church sword fighting this morning.

(A little kiss-and-make-up when the fighting got a little out of hand.)

And some post-church farm building.

We're starting to add some spring artwork to the house.

This afternoon was our first lazy Sunday afternoon in. . . I can't even remember how long.  We shut the curtains, popped some popcorn, and watched Ice Age.  Sure felt good to relax!