Monday, May 30, 2011

memorial day 2011

our weekend was pretty uneventful.
I worked Saturday and then got all of Sunday off
due to low census at the hospital.
The day was cold and rainy so the kids
snuggled up for some Gnomeo and Juliet

But the weather was awesome today. 
 It was warmer at 5:30 this morning during my
run than it was all day yesterday.
I knew for certain we would be hitting the pool.
Which I unfortunately told the children who proceeded
to ask me at least 150 times "how long until we go swimming?"
I had to remind myself how excited I used to get for the first day at the pool:))

We made a trip out to the cemetery.
The flags are always so beautiful on Memorial Day

The kids had lots of questions at the cemetery;
 the kind of questions you hope you are answering correctly.
Like when Mack asked me if the people with the taller headstones were put in the ground standing up instead of laying down.

We went home and had a little of our own pool time

And Shay finished getting his garden in 

Looking forward to fresh tomatoes, potatoes, kohlrabi, carrots, peppers, green beans and peas!

Finally it was time to go to the pool......

This little man was terrified! 
 Didn't even want to get close to the water let alone get in the pool.
He cried and cried and daddy had to bring him home:((
Hope that changes quickly!
The older three had a great time:)
We came home and played a little bit more in the water

Made some snowcones -- this is totally worth the 20 bucks at WalMart
for an easy, fun treat

And Miss Amelia crashed, too much fun in the sun:))

Glad to have summer days back!!

"be intent upon the perfection of the present day" ~~ William Law

Friday, May 27, 2011

it's here!!

summer vacation!
And the boys were very excited to hear that last bell!

Mack with one of his best buddies, Evan

Love this award!

We took a picnic out to the cabin to celebrate the last day of school

Then they went exploring

And despite my pleas to stay away from the water and stay halfway clean,
it was not to be

It's just a little dirt mom!!

This guy was happy to stay out of the mud and just observe

Back home for bike riding, fighting, doing art projects, fighting, putting together puzzles, fighting,
swinging, fighting........see a pattern here?
It could be a long summer!

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend,
I will be spending it at work:))

"and I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free. and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me" ~~ Lee Greenwood

Thursday, May 26, 2011

he's six!

My crazy, full of energy, loveable, 
trouble making, sweet smiling
little boy turned 6 yesterday! 
Seems like just yesterday we were
bringing home this little one

What he wanted most of all for his birthday was balloons he 
could blow up.
That was easy!

He also got boxing gloves which hopefully will be a great way for him to 
release some of his energy!

Uncle Brandt gave him a new billfold with money already in it....

He also got lots of new summer clothes, new sandals, a few new toys,
and some cool art projects to do!

Since he is a pizza lover, he requested mac and cheese pizza from
Casey's for supper.  We were also going to make snowcones but 
the weather wasn't quite warm enough.

Mack designed the party hats himself:))

This was one of the four cupcakes that he ate! 

We had our traditional balloon release,
always a favorite part!

He had a great birthday and we are actually done for birthdays now 
for about three months.

Here are a few pictures from Tuesday when I was lucky enough
to get the day off work and spent almost all of it outside with
Nash and Amelia.
Baby got some new kicks.....

The kids all love playing in the water and Nash is no exception.
Give him a bucket of water, a shovel and an empty bubble container
and he is entertained for hours!

But please don't squirt him with the hose!

Oh, the humanity when you get in trouble for spraying brother with the hose!

It's even more fun to try to splash mommy!

My little helper

It was actually nice enough to fill our little pool

Nothing cuter than baby shorts!
Why do they always go down to their ankles??

Tomorrow is the last day of school so I am getting myself prepared
~coming up with activities to keep kids entertained
~having more food available for all their little mouths
~pool time!
~cabin time
~trips to the park
~making lots of good memories!

Hope you are all ready for a great summer as well!

"when I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around" ~~ Willie Nelson