Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ice cream with Grady-Boy

We had just finished observing a preschool classroom that would potentially be his next year; and I wanted to extend this rare one-on-one time with my middle child.  All I wanted was one good photo to remember our little date.

He's always been my most difficult child to photograph. But these pictures are him: silly, playful, and mom-I-don't-care-if-you-want-my-picture-I'm-gonna-do-what-I'm-gonna-do.

On our way out of McDonalds, he pushed the door and held it open for me.

"You're so strong!" I praise him.

He replies, "That's cause I'm a man."

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nora Lynn

I headed back to Wisconsin last week for two days and got to spend a lot of my time snuggling with this sweet little lady.

This is my niece, Nora. I managed to take no photos, except of her.

My sister, Mary, generously offered me some of her frequent flyer miles so that I could come out and meet Nora before our planned trip out this summer.  I was so happy to see Nora while she's still teeny and to spend some bonus time with the rest of the family.  This was my first solo getaway since becoming a mom.  I enjoyed every minute of it!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sounds in the night

It was 9:30pm. The kids had been in bed for about an hour and a half. I was sitting on the living room couch when I heard "Creak. . . Creak . . . Creak" coming from our upstairs bathroom. Andy wasn't home at the time. I needed to investigate. As I approached the top step, I saw that our bathroom door, usually wide open, was mostly closed with just a crack of light leaking through. I pushed the door open and looked down near my feet. This is what I saw.

"It morning Mommy?"

"No baby, it's still night time."

And then this sweet little boy dressed up as a super hero started to cry one of the saddest cries I've ever heard from him.

So I let him sleep in our bed that night.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A taste of spring

There is something special about that first warm, sunny day after a long winter.  Saturday was that day for us.  It was hard to believe that, just 24 hours earlier, the ground was covered in fresh snow.

We started in jackets, but before long they were thrown off.  "I'm too hot!" the kids yelled as they unzipped their coats.

Back in January, someone's trash became our treasure when we saw this climber on the side of the road.  It's pretty basic, two little slides and a platform and a bit dirty and faded from the sun.  But the kids love it!

 A wise friend told me, "Boys are like dogs.  You need to run them!"

So true.

They've been fighting with each other a lot more lately and I think a lot of it just has to do with pent-up energy that needs to get spent.

I'm glad that we got to do that this day.

It was a breath of fresh air.


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The experiment that flopped

Those paper towels were supposed to absorb the colored water, creating a green pool of water in the middle cup. 

Guess I did something wrong.  Maybe my paper towels were too thick.  Or I didn't have enough colored water?


Plan B: Mixing colors

We started with just the blue and yellow.  I showed the boys how we made green.  Then I grabbed some red and the rest is history!  I was proud to show the boys how we made a rainbow from the three original colors.

But Graydon didn't want to stop there.  "Let's mix green and yellow."  "Let's mix blue and purple."  "We need white!" 

And when we ran out of cups were done mixing colors, they wanted to put them on display in their room.

Five days later, they sit there still - though the water levels are lower.

Maybe our next lesson can be on evaporation! 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The morning hair. . .

. . . that inspired Curtis's most recent haircut.

Isn't he handsome?!

(I snapped this photo of the two of us on Sunday morning.  Daddy, Bella, and Graydon are all at Sunday school.  That half-hour is Curtis-Mommy time.)

I sure do love this little boy.  

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Magic Painting

I must say, I do enjoy going on Pinterest and finding an activity that I already have all the materials for. Paper, a white crayon, and water colors.


Saturday, March 02, 2013

Read Across America Week

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday (today!), Bella's school celebrated Read Across America.  The week was filled with lots of extra activity.  On Monday, she arrived home from school with a red and white Cat in the Hat on her head.  The boys were jealous, so we made hats for them too.  They all looked super cute in their hats, but didn't want their pictures taken.  As they get older, I'm trying to respect their wishes when it comes to things like pictures - especially when the photo isn't that big of a deal.  So just imagine in your minds my three children in red and white paper hats.

On Tuesday, Bella wore all green in honor of the book, "Green Eggs and Ham".

Then Wednesday arrived and Bella was all wacky.  Wacky Wednesday!

She had a braid on one side, pig tail on the other, a bun in the back, and then flowers and ribbons tucked in all over!

That evening, Bella wanted her hair cut.  Not just a trim like we usually do, but a cut.  "I want my hair to look like yours!"  Why not.

Here she is before school that morning.  So mature looking.  So grown up!

You can't tell from the photo, but that day was crazy sock day.

On Friday, the kids dressed up as their favorite book character.  Bella chose Pinkalicious this year.

I was so happy to find everything we needed in her dress-up bin.

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!