Saturday, April 28, 2012

Coffee Tin Garden

We finally planted our flowers!

 These flowers make our plain fence look so happy.  :)

The kids have been such great helpers this week.  I came into the dining room one day to find Graydon like this. . .  He really likes to clean the table - especially when there is a bottle of something to spray.

And of course, he's always my little helper in the kitchen.  As soon as I get to work, I can count on him pulling a chair up to the counter and then asking, "Mommy, what are we making?" 

Curtis must be taking some cues from Graydon, because he pretty much took over for me when I was cleaning the upstairs toilet.

They're getting pretty good at the laundry.  Usually I just have them throw the clothes in, but Graydon is graduating to pouring soap and fabric softener as well.    

It's not all work and no play though.  Here's Curtis painting a "flower".

And we also did a lava lamp experiment.  (Oil, water, food coloring, and Alka Seltzer). 

I stopped putting Graydon down for naps a couple of months ago, but this week he definitely needed them again.  I found him like this - in his room and on his glider fast asleep - on three different afternoons!  In fact, as I write this, he must be asleep again - cause he has been up in his room "playing" for quite some time.      
My little boy must be growing some more.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Spring Activities

Time for the first car wash of the season.  Daddy has two eager helpers!

And while big sis and bro were busy with the car, Curtis had the garage toys all to himself.

Graydon absolutely loves to bake with me.  We tried a new Veggie Muffin recipe earlier in the week.  It included spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, cottage cheese, various seasonings and then the standard baking ingredients.  The muffins turned out really good as far as texture and consistency.  Unfortunately, the kids weren't a huge fan of the taste.   Probably won't be making these again.  But at least Graydon and I had a good time making them together.  

The weather took a chillier turn by mid-week.  I really have to check the weather every morning if I have any hope of dressing the kids appropriately.  It is constantly changing!

Ever since re-doing the front of our house last summer, we wanted to add some planters to the porch.  Andy went out on a hunt and found exactly what we were looking for.  That evening, the kids helped find rocks for the bottom of the planters. 

Then they filled them with potting soil. 

And finally, our new little Spruce trees went in.

Just what our front porch needed. 

In preparation for Earth Day, I had a little painting project for the kids.  We couldn't use washable paint for this, so we pulled out some of Andy's old t-shirts. 

Three little angels.   :)

I've been saving old coffee cans.

There was one for each of us, including me an Andy. 

Painting was Phase 1 of our project.  Over the weekend, the kids and I went to Lowes to get some flowers to plant in each of the cans.  They are going to be hung on our back fence.  We were going to do that today, but it's chilly and rainy.  Maybe we'll get to it tomorrow.

Saturday morning, Bella had her first T-ball game. 

She did great!

Then later in the day, we surprised the kids with a visit to the carnival.  I love being able to deliver fun surprises!  They had a blast!  (If you'll notice, Bella wears that dress a lot!  It is totally her favorite right now.  Every day, she comes home from school and puts it on.  The head band too.)

All in all, a fun and full week!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Time stands still best. . .

in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.  ~ Brian Andreas

I slacked again on getting my camera out this week.  But then I realized that I have lots of photos on my cell phone that have gone completely ignored.  And most likely these will never get printed as the photo quality on my cell phone isn't that great.  The earliest of these photos date back to late July when I first got my phone.

This was Bella's first fort.

I like this nice big pool.  But it sure was a pain to empty out each time.  It should have been designed with a drain in the bottom.

Road trip to Wisconsin

Concert on the Square in Madison.

Relaxing at Gaga and Papa's.

Climbing a tree at the family reunion.

Swinging at Circus World Museum.

Bella and I met up with some of the Benetti folks for a dinner together.

Beautiful evening drive from Monroe to Verona.  So peaceful.  Not too many scenes like this one in New Jersey.  :(

Back home in New Jersey.  Bella is silly.

My free Starbucks drink for my birthday.

Some local damage after Hurricane Irene. 

Back when Curtis was just crawling.  Can you believe how dirty he was!  I'm sure that bath time was very gratifying that night.

Picking Bella up from the bus stop on a rainy day. 

Jamming out in his diaper. 

Our 9th anniversary!

Moms Club Halloween party.

While going through these photos, I noticed that I have a many of the boys sleeping.  They just look so peaceful. 

Taking the Staten Island Ferry on the way to see the Rockettes.

Beautiful fall day.

Bella's birthday lunch at Five Guys!  Thanks again Auntie Jodi & Family!

And one of her gifts.  Thanks Uncle Jeff & Family!

Bella and I attended our town's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Andy and the boys were supposed to come as well, but if I remember, the boys fell asleep.

This is what happened to my living room one day while I was cleaning the kitchen.  So hard to get ahead some days.   

I believe that this was in a hotel room on our way to Wisconsin after Christmas. 

Birthday boy. 

Enjoying his birthday treat.

Check-ups for the big kids. 

Bella's playdate with two friends from school. 

Sometimes it's just easier to bathe them all at once.

Post-bath warm-up in front of the heater. 

As the kids are getting older, I'm actually able to just sit down at the park and watch.  Such a new and relaxing phase of life we are entering (at least in this area). 

If my camera phone quality was better, this would have been a beautiful picture.  I took it on our walk home from the park.  The sky was so blue and the blossoms so pink.  Oh well.  I'll just have to remember it in my mind. 

While I put Curtis down for a nap today, I came downstairs and found that Graydon had matched up some shapes from a wooden clock to some flash cards.  He is such a smart boy. 

All up to date on cell phone pics now! At least for mine. I'm sure that Andy has way more - and the quality on his camera phone is so much better. That will be for another post. :)