Monday, April 30, 2012

More Re-Capping

Tuesday afternoon Mike and Addie went on a little date to Cici's pizza. That was Addie's latest reward she was earning by being good at school and when I picked her up that day she was so excited she had earned the final sticker for her chart. She told me, "Dad is going to be SO excited!" :-)
She won the little mustache in a 50 cent machine (is there a name for those? I'm tired).
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Wednesday was our day with Ian...always a fun day for Preston!
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And Thursday was my birthday!
Unfortunately, when your birthday falls during the week life must go on. BUT I didn't do anything I didn't want to that day, including making dinner or giving kids baths. I also spent the day in peace and quiet with the girls at school and Preston at Ian's and I went and got my favorite take-out for lunch.
Then the afternoon came and we had stuff to do! Swimming for Addie and a mini-photo shoot which Ella tagged along to. It was a fun day though and I even got some birthday surprises from friends which was awesome. I love birthdays :-)!
(oh, and we started the day with a free spicy chicken sandwich breakfast at Chickfila)
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Addie has LOVED her lessons with Rachel (we had our last one today) and hopefully she is pretty much ready for swim team tomorrow! We are going to miss our Rachel time though, every day Addie would ask all day when she got to go swimming at Rachel's :-).
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And another fun surprise of the day, when I woke up extra early to work out (5:30am!!! But I'm in a groove...I need to keep it up!) and looked at my watch to see a birthday cake! So fun :-). Luckily, there was more celebrating to do over the weekend.
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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Peace Like a River

Peace Like a RiverPeace Like a River by Leif Enger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading this book. It was not at all what I was expecting...in a good way! Throughout the entire book I loved nearly every main character and was both entertained ans fascinated by them. I loved the writing and the humor and I loved the tale of their trials. I would give it five stars if only I had loved the last couple of chapters as much as the rest of the book. Definitely worth reading though!


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Quiet?!

On Tuesday Preston was hanging out in the room with me while I was editing pictures. He is LOUD at EVERY single moment. He plays loud, he laughs loud, he yells loud, he cries loud. You get the picture. Suddenly I noticed that is was peaceful in the room...it was quiet! I turned around thinking he must have decided to go play in another room (which rarely happens) and there he was, relaxing on the chair reading a book. I am so glad my camera bag happened to be sitting next to me because this was definitely a rare moment for my little man!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Recently...

Addie has taken some private swimming lessons with our favorite swimmer, Rachel, to prepare for swim team.
I wish that 2nd one was in focus :-(
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Preston and Addie are obsessed with playing in the dirt.
The hours they spend playing nicely together are awesome...
the mess they make when they come back inside is not.
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Kirk and Jodi came into town for a quick visit!
And Grandma and Grandfather are now all moved out of their house, definitely bittersweet.
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Ella has been busy with all her activities and school work and she is doing great, despite her absence in pictures :-).

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Highee, our Favorite Butterfly

For Addie's birthday one of the gifts we got her was another butterfly garden and she had been anxiously waiting the arrival of spring so we could send away for our new little caterpillars. We had 4 in this batch and she was thrilled the day they arrived in the mail. She watched them for hours and was able to take them in to her class at each stage of life...she LOVES to bring things to show her class. One of our chrysallides fell off the lid of the jar this time and I feared we had killed it, but after reading what to do if that happens, we still ended up with 4 butterflies! What a relief!
The butterflies were born on Friday the 13th while we were at Ella's living museum and Addie was beside her self with happiness :-). She named them Highee, Flyee, Relaxee and Drinkee (based on what they happened to be doing at the moment she named them). We kept them alive all weekend on sugar water and orange slices so Addie could take them to preschool on Tuesday. The original plan was to release them that afternoon, but Addie convinced me to keep them one more night and Wednesday morning we let them go. One little butterfly stayed on Addie FOREVER and seriously made her little life. She still talks about how much Highee loved her and how he didn't want to leave her :-). She wants to try the ant farm next...we'll see about that one!
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Monday, April 23, 2012

Some Addie Things

A couple papers from preschool that have made me smile :-). 
Addie has such a creative little mind and is always surprising me with what she thinks of.
On this worksheet, she made the pictures that were different look the same as the rest of the row so she could color them as well.
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When we do our school time, she often does this in her workbook...turns the letters into pictures.
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Her art projects from school are always amazing. I'll have to scan some of those at the end of the year. There is a campfire one that is my particular favorite!
And here's her little fishy Blubby hiding out in his sea anemone. It makes Addie sooo happy that he loves that thing so much! She picked it out because she KNEW it would be his favorite :-).

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday

This is from last week, but they were just as cute today...
and better behaved at church too :-).
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Funky Friday Fun

Friday the 13th was packed full of fun! Addie got to go and play at Ellie's house, it was a 1/2 day so we picked up Ella from school and stayed and played on the playground for awhile, and then friends Shea and Brooklynn got to come and play at our house. We weren't done yet though! 
Before we knew it we were off to Funky Friday at Ella's school. It is their big spring carnival, and our favorite school event of the year! This year we made it to all the big events (camel ride, bungee jumper, rock wall and bounce houses), ate our dinner and snow cones, and then spent some time inside playing the games. Ella even one a prize during the cake walk, which she was ecstatic about! Preston was a bit of a disaster by the end, but overall it was a fun family evening!
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Ella's class auction item
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Addie got scared on the rock wall and this is about as high as she went :-)
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