Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Spring into fun

I'm seriously beginning to wonder how on earth I'll ever blog again once baby #4 gets here since I can't find time to do it now. I watch my little blog feed fill up with posts from friends and others that I follow and I find myself wondering: " do they find the time" and truth be told I'm a little jealous. This has become the main way I document our lives...our online scrapbook. So: no matter how far behind...I pick myself up when I have a spare few minutes (rare occurrence) and try to get a post up. Currently I'm picking up right after Easter - with some fun in the sun and a fun day spent with friends at a carnival at Union Academy. 

This boy has mastered the play set steps - it still makes me nervous, but more often than not he makes it to the top without issue. 
 He can even take a break to say "cheese" to his Momma. Ha! 

 Avery always has a toy in the yard, in the car, in the house - wherever we go she wants to bring something. So precious: 
 She's been wanting to grow her hair long so that she can braid it. I do love her short little do, but it's been growing and growing and we actually put the first braid in her hair today. 

 Kennedy's school has two big fund raisers each year - one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Her school requires quite a bit of volunteerism from parents and so we gladly signed up to volunteer at the water stop for the 5K on the morning of the carnival. Of course we took our little ones along with us (K was having a sleep over with some friends who would join us later in the afternoon). Avery only stood for standing on the sidelines observing the whole process for a few minutes and then she was all in
 Truthfully, I'm fairly certain that 90% of the runners that stopped to get water from her only did so because they thought she was so precious...not because they were thirsty :). 

 I mean seriously - look at her face!!! She was dedicated. 
 Each time a runner would take a cup from her, she'd get this super satisfied grin and then she'd rapidly grab another and assume the position. 
 After the 5K wrapped up it was time to have some fun at the carnival. First up, Plinko! 
Each grade had a little booth set up with games and prizes. They did such a good job making it fun and special for each child. 
 This booth was dangerous - you just walked in and could fill a bag with whatever candy selections you'd like. 
 look out! Nom Nom Nom. 
 This was the kindergarten "booth". As kindergarten parents, we were to bring in 8 jars a piece for the carnival. If they "jingled" a ring on a jar, they won it with all it's fun contents. 
 Yay Avery! 
 Avery's friend Katelyn went next and she won a jar too. So fun!


 Face painting fun! 
 The first graders did a tie-dye t-shirt making station. Kennedy and Becca enjoyed this so much and their shirts turned out so super cute! 

 After we made our rounds at the carnival we had a picnic lunch and followed that up with some snow cones. Fun times had by all! 

 Sweet Avery was melting (literally and figuratively) at this point...can you tell? Ha! 
Here's hoping I can post again before another month goes by. Don't hold your breath ;). 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Easter Festivities 2014

I'm under no false pretense that I keep this blog up to date but every now and then I get so behind that even formulating the posting title makes me chuckle because currently I'm blogging about Easter in early June. Ahhhh...Motherhood. Onward! 

First up - dyeing Easter Eggs. Truthfully, we just started this last year and the girls enjoyed it so much I made sure to buy a kit on Easter clearance last year for this year and that was smart because those little kits aren't cheap. I was happy to have the kit inside our Easter decoration Rubbermaid when we unpacked it this year. We had a good time and our eggs turned out super cute - we put them in a glass bowl on top of a cake plate as our table centerpiece. 

Next up - Easter basket fun! 
 I love their little half asleep expressions. 
 The girls dug in right away to see what the Easter bunny brought for them. 
 Everything was super exciting to Avery, you know: because even air excites Avery. Love her! 
 Grey was a bit more methodical and reserved about his basket. It goes right along with his super chill demeanor. He's his Daddy's for sure! 
 ...and approximately 30 seconds after we began, this was the scene:
 Clearly pleased with the presence of matchbox toys. 
love how his little imagination works - flying his helicopter around
 What he lacks in communication thus far, he totally redeems in facial expression. Ha! 
 He got himself a baseball cap for summer - I must say it's super duper precious. 

Next up - the reason we celebrate Easter: headed to church to celebrate the fact that Jesus is ALIVE! The church service was amazing but super emotional and just "heavy", you know? I kind of feel like if it wasn't it might be odd so I was thankful but reflective too. 

Here are my babies all dolled up in their Easter best. 
 and the family Easter shot: 
 True Story - I was so smitten with how cute my wee man was, I kind of couldn't stop taking his picture. 
 I mean, really!?!?!?
 After church we ate a small bite and the babies took naps while I got busy with Easter supper prep. Thankfully between naps and supper we were able to just sit out in the yard and soak each other in - LOVE those moments. 
 further proof of the stellar facial expressions on this boy

 Just me and my 4 babes, swinging away. 
Mom and Jim joined us for supper. I even broke out our china! They provided ham, mashed sweet potatoes, salad and rolls and we did Asparagus with dill hollandaise, citrus fruit salad and carrot cake. Everything was so delicious and it was nice just all being together. I love holidays!!