Saturday, April 27, 2013

Life through the (cell phone) lens

Here are some cell pics from the past month or so. . . 

The kids admire a beautiful sunset from our upstairs bathroom.

I scored this costume at a consignment shop for $4.50.  On any given day, at least one of the boys is in it at some point. 

Even seven-year-olds get a little messy when eating chocolate.  (At least this one does). 

Bella hosted a tea party in her room.  The "tea" was chocolate milk.  We also had pretzels and fruit.

Coloring after storytime at Barnes and Noble.  Curtis usually scribbles something and is done in a minute or two.  This day, however, he spent a good 10-15 minutes and used multiple crayons (as opposed to the usual: one) to create this masterpiece.  I'm keeping it. 

Graydon and Bella colored nicely as well. 

"Look Mom!  Trees and a house!"

I chaperoned Bella's class field trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences museum in Philadelphia.  After keeping track of five first graders in a crowded big city museum, I was exhausted. 

When we got back to school, I signed Bella out early and we went out for coffee (hot chocolate for her). 

April 26th was 'Take Your Child to Work Day'.  Bella was Andy's Assistant Pastor for the day.  She dressed in one of Andy's old sweaters that I accidentally shrunk.  Her idea!  They were quite the pair.  She says that she wants to be a pastor or a teacher when she grows up!

While loading the kids into the car, we told them that we had a surprise.  We stopped to get gas along the way, to which Graydon whines, "Is this the surprise?"  They were all excited (and relieved) to discover that the real surprise was ice cream!

A picnic at the park on a beautiful Saturday. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Softball season is here!

The girls have been practicing for the past couple of weeks and their first game was this past Friday night.

The coach gave a pre-game pep talk.

Bella was the first batter of the first game of the season.

I was a bundle of nerves for her.

After a couple of strikes, she hit the ball and ran to first!

She made her way around the field and, after a few plays, scored the first point!

Here she is later in the game, playing in the outfield.  She is standing in the position the girls all know as "softball ready!" 

When Graydon wasn't cheering for his big sister, 
he was under the stands picking "yellow flowers".

And Curtis enjoyed the snacks.

Bella ended up batting four times and hit the ball each time!

It's safe to say that her athletic ability did not come from me.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Easter. Finally!!!

Easter Sunday morning began bright and early for Andy and me. He preached the message at our town's sunrise service. A friend from church came over to watch the kids (who stayed asleep the majority of the time we were gone). Shortly after we got home, it was time to get everyone ready for the Sunday School's Easter program.

Bella always takes such nice photos.

Even Graydon gave me a nice smile. 

Curtis did his best. 

Here are some highlights from the children's Easter Program.

You've got to love Graydon's singing voice!  He only brings out that version when he's on stage.  :P 

I do have a better family photo where Curtis is actually smiling nicely!  Unfortunately, Graydon is picking his nose. 

Easter basket time!

We celebrated later on with dinner at some friends' house and another egg hunt!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gearing up for Easter!

Activity #1:  Resurrection Rolls!

We did these for the first time last year.  Now it's a tradition.

marshmallow - Jesus's body
melted butter and cinnamon/sugar mixture - the oil and spices that they anointed Jesus's body with
crescent roll - the tomb where Jesus's body was laid

The empty tomb!

Activity #2:  Easter Egg Hunting

Our church has a HUGE egg hunt every year.  The kids always look forward to it.

Each child probably collected at least 50 eggs.  Some were filled with candy while others had slips of paper that were good for prizes.

The hunting is sectioned off into three different age groups.  In each group, there is one golden egg hidden.  Whoever finds it gets a trophy and a special prize - chocolate and a $5 gift certificate to Rita's Water Ice (this place is popular out here but I don't think there are any in WI). 

While I was going through Curtis's eggs, I was so excited to discover that he found a golden egg!  He was excited too.  Not that you can tell here.  This is what his posed smile looks like these days.  :)

Moments later, I discovered a very elated Bella.  She found an egg too! 

While I was thrilled for her, I thought it might not look so good that the pastor's kids won two of the golden eggs.  We had no idea where they were hidden.  I promise!

Here are the three big winners!

Poor Graydon was feeling a big left out after all of this.  Later at home, Bella found a little trophy that he could put up on the dresser too.

Activity #3:  Easter Egg Dyeing

Later that evening. . .