Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28


Auntie Christy

The big boys went to their last show of the season last night at the Children's Theatre with Aunt Christy. They have had season tickets again this year and they love it. They get to spend time with one of their favorite people in the world, and they get to see great theater too. Last night they saw Mulan, which they were not terribly impressed with, but they still had a wonderful time!

April 27


New Wheels

I have a new stroller. I am so super duper excited about it, I just love it. It is a sit and stand stroller, with room for Amelia and Isaac very comfortably. It is wonderful, it has a plushy seat for Millie, a jump seat and a standing step for Isaac, a tall enough handle for me that I don't have to bend over and a large basket underneath. It even (slightly strangely) has a new car smell. We took it on an inaugural walk to the park today, and we all agreed that it is great!

The park was very fun, and Amelia climbed up the 3 steps to the tiny slide and slid down all by herself. There are, of course, no pictures of that, as I was hovering over her with both hands outstretched and could not hold the camera too!

April 26


Ethan's Lunch

Another bento pic today! Yum, yum yum. This is a Laptop Lunchbox.
He also had a cup of ranch dressing for his veggies that I forgot to put in before the pic. It shared a square with the goldfish.

He has left to right:
Baby carrots, turkey roll ups, sugar snap peas, strawberries, cheese, goldfish and gummy worms. He bought milk at school.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22




Picnic

When you are 1 and 3, a picnic is as simple as eating lunch outside. We had a happy, easy, sunny picnic today. We finished up with a game of 3 way catch and a ride in the wagon.

April 21




A New Plan

Our family needed a new plan. A plan to help people reach their full, amazing potential. A plan to use time better, and learn more. A plan to watch less TV. So, now, we have one. Each child receives 3 tickets a day. Each ticket is worth 10 minutes of screen time (TV, computer, video games, etc)
They can gain and lose tickets based on behavior, and the tickets never expire. The first few days have been great, I hope it brings positive change in our home. Here is the list of ways to gain and lose tickets that we have established. It is open to constant revision.

You can earn one ticket by:
completing all your chores (see daily chore list)
finishing your homework before dinner
reading your scriptures for 15 minutes
cleaning your room
clearing and wiping the table
practicing the violin for 20 minutes
spending 15 minutes working on Scout requirements
spending 15 minutes working on Faith in God
30 minutes of sports (soccer, basketball, football, baseball, etc)
reading (15 min Ethan, 30 min Alex)
sweeping the porch and front walk
wiping down the toilet and sink
doing an extra credit project for school
pulling weeds
cleaning your closet
folding one basket of laundry
reading two story books to a younger sibling
changing a diaper
creating art for 30 minutes (creative writing, drawing, painting, collage etc)
cooking something to share with the family, and cleaning up your mess
write a letter to a friend or family member (at least 15 sentences.)
take an extra shower or bath and wash your hair
taking all the laundry out of the hall/bathroom downstairs
working on a hobby for 30 minutes
getting a perfect score on a test
read/listen to one conference talk
wash your own lunchbox
organize movies
sweep the downstairs
tidy the living room
30 minutes of yard work
clean out the van

You can lose one ticket by:
not hanging up your towels
leaving the bathroom a mess after you are done
fighting with siblings
leaving breakfast dishes/cereal box on the table
telling a lie
leaving your lunchbox in your backpack
having a tantrum
sneaking treats or candy
leaving dirty socks on the floor

April 20




I Looked Out The Window And What Did I See?


Our neighbor has the most heavenly crab apple trees.This week they have burst from bud into riotous blossoms. They hang gracefully down over our fence and smell wonderful. They are so completely delightful, I have been enjoying them so much!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19





Isaac in the Woods

We spent a bit of time at Gramie's today, and I got some great pictures of Isaac in her backyard. I know there are lots of them, but it captures the many moods of Isaac!


April 18



Front Flower Bed- April

Our front flower bed is Mike's pride and joy. It changes all through the season, so I thought I would post pics of it once a month. Here are the pics for April. It is already looking pretty good. Most things seem to have come back, bulbs are blooming and the fountain is up and running.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

April 17




Breakfast Pretzels

I have always loved those cinnamon sugar pretzels you can get at the mall. I decided to recreate them for a breakfast treat. They turned out yummy, and as I thought about it, actually much healthier than cinnamon rolls. The cinnamon sugar is adhered with a spritz of water instead of butter, and the frosting is just drizzled on top instead of spread on thick. The kids loved them and woke up with big smiles on their faces when they could smell breakfast baking. Actually the smiles might have had something to do with it being Saturday.

April 15


Sunset

It was nice enough outside this evening that we played outside until sunset.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April 14




April Showers and Tiny Flowers

We have had several days in a row of rain. Wonderful night time thunderstorms, and daytime showers that smell like spring time. My hyacinths and tulips are starting to bloom and the grass is turning green. Spring is really here!

April 13






Princess Millie

Amelia is a girly girl and I love it so much. I encourage the girliness at every opportunity. She found this tiara with a veil at the dollar section of Target today and had to have it. She wore it around the yard, quite pleased with herself. She put up quite a fuss when it was time to take it off for bed. She knows she is a princess.

April 12




Walking on Broken Glass

The van window was broken in the church parking lot on Sunday. Who would do that? They broke it to get a diaper bag, full of scripture stories and crayons. The kids were a bit freaked out, it was quite a surprise! Isaac was actually pretty unfased by it all. He said "It is OK if the bad guys took the diaper bag, I go in the potty now. " The kids and I were grateful to get a ride home from a friend while Mike waited for the police. We were also blessed to be able to borrow a vehicle from another friend to go to Grandpa and Nana's for dinner. Monday was spent taking care of the logistics of a new window, but all is safe, sound and whole now.

April 11





Sunday Clothes

I actually managed to get a picture of all three boys, in their church clothes, looking at the camera. (kind of) It is like a miracle! Amelia, however was not in the mood for a photo session. Because General Conference was on Easter, they got to wear new spring outfits today.

April 10




Digging a Ditch

This lovely ditch in our yard has grand aspirations. Someday very soon, it will be a garden path. Mike spent all day digging this trench, and it now needs landscaping timbers, crushed rock, a liner and gravel to reach it's full potential. Watch for updates on it's progress!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 8






Backyard Baseball


The guys played a bit of backyard baseball this evening. Isaac is a good batter! It was a clear, slightly chilly spring evening and they had a good time. Ethan struck Mike out with his signature fast ball. It made me so happy and grateful to watch them. Wonderful boys have wonderful dads, and I am so glad that Mike is such a great Daddy to our boys. He is of course, a wonderful father to Amelia as well. She was a cute little cheerleader, picking up stray balls, laughing and clapping.






Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 7






Super Isaac

Isaac lives his life in a comic book. He races to the rescue, saves the day, and vanquishes bad guys. His imagination is a joy to behold, and his energy is endless.




April 6




Garden Report

My plants are coming up!! Check it out, I will have blooms on these tulips soon. I don't remember what color these are going to be. It will be a surprise.
My seedlings are going to get bigger pots this weekend. The peas and squash are doing really great, the cherry tomatoes and herbs are doing fine, but my tomatoes are not doing very well.