Busted playing with his sister’s toys.
Month: April 2019
Some days you get to the end and realize this is the only picture you took of one of your children.
This ballerina did not want her picture taken.
Still trying to scrub off the chalk spray…
(Big mistake when you are about to sell your house)
It is well known that Alex has difficulty spelling. Sometimes we roll with it and sometimes we tease him endlessly. Today we teased him. Can you guess what he was trying to remind me with the note he wrote and left on the table?
(It is supposed to say – “Bring snack”)
Teague trying to show everyone how to ride the little bike.
Trying out the spray chalk we got in a goody bag.
(Note – it doesn’t really work and doesn’t wash off. Oops.)
It’s like he knows I only give him a few spoonfuls and not an entire scoop.
When you have sold as many houses as we have, you know that a listing pictures matters. As soon as our trees started to bloom, I started taking pictures. We won’t list the house quite yet, but it’s always good to have a great house picture.
Anybody remember that great picture I happen to have on hand of the Milwaukee house that ended up being the perfect listing picture?
Handbells performance at church today!
Teague has dinner covered.
I’m pretty sure she wears my high heeled shoes more than I do.
Thankfully this is after emptying the dishwasher and now while I was loading it…
Kaitlyn still loves soccer – even in the cold. She is quite determined to play and I love watching her out on the field. Now we just need to build up her endurance a litte.
This is the end of the slime. It’s a miracle I let it last 4 months, but we are done now.
She decided to paint her fingernails with finger paint. Actually fairly smart..
Saturday morning books.
I have long been a fan of finger painting in the shower. These two had a blast in the shower this morning with their finger paints – until Ben decided to give them a taste. Then we decided it might be time to try the shower part of the shower.
Moving is forcing us to finish some projects that we hadn’t quite gotten around to completing. When we did the great room switch of 2018, we spent so many hours on the closet, floor, walls, etc. The only thing that remained unfinished was the crown molding. As soon as Wade started to do the demolition work on the old closet, which included taking down the old crown molding, he realized there was going to be a problem. He had hoped to save some of the trim and if he was really lucky then it would be easy to match in stores. Then he realized it was discontinued baseboard molding that they had used as crown molding. Wade finally came up with a crazy layering of boards to replicate the molding and you wouldn’t know the difference, but it was not easy! Why don’t people just do things the right way?!?!
The first pictures show a first attempt and the end pictures show what a close match he eventually created.
There is always drama when these two make cookies.
Rainy afternoon nap.
Morning grocery run.
Today was a gorgeous day so we met up with our friends at the Ecotarium for some fun in the mud.
Alex brought artwork home from school and I wanted a picture of him with it. This was what I got!
The minute my birthday was over, Kaitlyn started making her birthday list in earnest. Teague is kind enough to help her navigate some of the spelling and searching needed.
This crew had so much fun playing in the mud at the Ecotarium today.
Making mud-pies at the Ecotarium.
Kaitlyn wanted to play the game Sorry. It turned out we were missing a few of the pieces. She was quick to solve the problem and we had a fun time playing while Ben napped.
Alex moved his building project outside to keep it safe from Ben. Then the dogs joined him and proved even more chaotic. A boy just can’t win.
Mandatory reading time after school.
(Then he reads an extra hour or two because he enjoys it.)
(This drawer really needs a child-lock. But we are moving so I can’t justify it..)
Kaitlyn felt on top of the world tonight at swim practice. The lifeguard let her sit in the chair. She found a new friend to play with while waiting for class to start. Then it turned out she was the only student in the class tonight. She got her own private lesson! What a night!!
Teague got some cool new goggles!
My living room is a real zoo tonight.
I walked in to find these two helping themselves to a snack.
This guy is always so happy after a nap. Today he was content to chill in his room while I took a few pictures.
Reading. Always reading.
(Which I love.)
This boy put in some work today!
(We’re doing a little sprucing outside to get the house ready to sell!)
Has anyone seen Kaitlyn? We can’t seem to find her anywhere.
Living his best life.
It’s not unheard of for my birthday to be on or around Easter but it doesn’t happen very often. I’m kind of glad they were on separate days but in the same weekend. My mom was able to come and help us enjoy both celebrations! The kids were up bright and early (just like usual) so we had plenty of time to find the Easter baskets and enjoy all the goodies – especially the chocolate bunnies.
Then we got all dressed up for church and the mandatory pictures. (Note that Ben is actually wearing an outfit Wade wore about 30 some odd years ago..)
We had our traditional Easter lunch – with everyone’s favorite Honey Baked ham. At our house, I think we have Easter ham at lunch just so we can have our favorite dinner of ham biscuits. We had a nice relaxing day spent at home – the best!
Today was all about the cakes. My mom is rarely with my kids around Easter but one of her favorite kid traditions is the bunny cake. I remember making it with her and I remember her making it with our neighbor’s kids when we got too old. She loves making it with the grandkids now. I am convinced she is super-Gram for cooking with all 4 of the kids. (I personally would have never attempted it and at least waited till Ben was napping.) She handled it like a pro and there was a cute Bunny cake at the end. I’m sure the kids will be asking for it next year.
Then it was time to celebrate my birthday. The kids were super excited – probably because Gram was in town! We had lobster rolls for dinner (yum!) and Wade procured a chocolate cake from a local bakery (also yum!). Then we put Ben to bed and opened some presents. The kids had helped wrap some of the gifts and Kaitlyn had made her own card (and didn’t mind translating for me). The boys had my most favorite chocolates ever (Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramels). Wade surprised me with a new lens I have had on my list for over a year. It was a good year!
Gram is a saint. She decided to make a cake – and let all four kids help.