Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mom's Tea

I went to my last Mom's Tea at preschool with Noah yesterday. It was a little sad. I remember going to Emily's Mom's Tea in 2009. And Ben's in 2011. Time is marching on and it's a bitter sweet thing. I love watching my kids grow, teaching them about the world and having fun with them. But, as quickly as I write this post, I will be writing about Noah's high school graduation and linking to Emily and Ben's. Time does pass much to quickly.

Noah got dressed up and had a spiffy outfit that he got as a hand me down for cousin Greg.  Thanks, Greg!

He looked so handsome.

We set this up on a timer.

Here's the cute flower pot and insects he made me.

Then, they sing some songs.

I took the first two videos with my cheaper camera because the files aren't as large and it's quicker to upload. But, I felt I wasn't getting close enough, so I switched to my fancy camera for the last two videos. What a difference! I guess that's what $800 gets you!

Noah was totally shy and quiet until the worms came out. Then, he came alive which is funny because he hates worms. I guess gummy ones are safe.

Here's Noah and his amazing teacher, Mrs. Harcey. This woman is gold. She taught all three kids and we are so blessed that she has helped shape them into the great people they are.

This was the picture Noah drew about me. He nailed the eyelashes!

We had a nice time on our date. Although, he told me I couldn't call it that because I can only date Daddy because that's who I married. In any case, we had a nice morning together.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Emily's Spring Piano Recital 2014

Last night was Emily's Spring Piano Recital. We are so proud of her. She's been playing for a little over a year and a half and she's rocking it. She looked so pretty in her dress.

Here's the 4 piano girls. They are all good friends.

Here's their wonderful piano teacher and friend, Mrs. Stacy.

Usually our recitals are at Mrs. Stacy's house. But, her home is in remodel mode, so she organized it at the Good Samaritan Senior Center where we go twice a year to sing and bring yule tide cheer. It's a total win/win. The Seniors get some entertainment and we get use of their baby grand piano plus a place that can hold 28 people! My Dad and Suzy came up for the night, so they got to see her perform.

The girls greeted some of the audience prior to the show. Since we are there twice a year, we recognize so many of them.

Mrs. Stacy got the girls to be goofy and let out their jitters right before their performances.

Here's Emily's introduction:

We all love the Sound of Music in this house. At Christmas, we told Mrs. Stacy that and she got some songs for Emily to play. Here's Do Re Mi:

And Beethovan's Fifth:


Dancing Bears:

And my favorite is a duet with her teacher of Edelweiss (so, so pretty):

I can't believe she hasn't even been playing for 2 years yet. We are so proud she came back to piano and is loving playing. David's Mom made a good point at Christmas. She told Emily, at 40 years old, you probably won't be able to a backbend or splits, but you'll still be able to play piano. At 60, you won't be able to do a cartwheel, but you'll still be able to play piano. It's something she'll take with her for the rest of her life and we are so proud of her.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Easter (5 days later...)

What can I say, I'm a busy Mama!

I decided to do something different and covered the baskets this year. I don't like when one kid gets up and sees everything and you are in the shower. Then, the other kids get up and the first one up says, "guess what you got?!" So, it was a big reveal and worked out well. My camera only focused on Emily. I don't know how to work it besides auto mode. It's on my list of fall freedom to dos.

I was determined this year to get the kids things that they could use more than they would eat. Let's face it, I eat it all. Emily got vitamins. Yes, vitamins. She LOVES these Nature Made Vitamelt Vitamin C tablets. She keeps them in the car and has 2 everyday on the way home from school. They are pricey, so they are a treat. Funny, eh? She was so excited. She also got a bathing suit, Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls, etc...

Noah got a few Ninja Turtles, some chalk, marker, etc...

Ben also got some Ninja Turtles and some of his favorites, like Reese's Fast Break.

I think they all liked their gifts. Emily was looking at Diving Rings here. I don't think she knew what they were at first. I like the idea of doing less candy. I spent about $20 per kid and it was good.

Noah finished looking at his basket, hopped down from the stool and said, "thanks Mom!" Um, you mean the Easter Bunny? He's wise beyond his years. Then, it was time for an egg hunt. We just hide all the eggs in the backyard. The kids think it's fun, but there were probably 200 eggs and they seemed to get bored after awhile.

Our friends invited us to church on Easter morning the night before. We decided to go. We got all ready and weren't even in a hurry. How did that happen? Well, I'll tell you how. Excellent planning on my part. HA! But, seriously it was. I got everything that I could ready the night before. We were leaving for Phoenix right after church, so having everything ready to go was crucial.

We got to Phoenix and got one family photo.

This is my Dad's new car. David took Emily for a spin.

Then, I took all 3 kids for a ride. This was their first time in a convertible. And Ben said, "We get to go in the hot car!" We thought he meant temperature at first, but then he said, "And this is how you get the ladies!" Oh my goodness.

The kids got right in the pool and then played ninjas. It wasn't heated and wasn't even very cold for them.

My Dad and Suzy always get the kids great Easter baskets.

Noah loved this dancing singing duck. Glad it didn't come home with us!

The kids having fun in the pool.

The smokers stuck at the far end of the patio.

My brother.

My beautiful nieces.

Suzy made quite a spread with prime rid and all the fixings. It was so good.

It was a great Easter!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eggs, Eggs and More Eggs

Today was our neighborhood community's egg hunt. The Easter Bunny showed up. Noah was too freaked out by him to stand near him.

Noah just wanted a balloon sword.

The divide the egg hunts by age. Noah was first up.

In years past, he barely moved and would get like 3 eggs. This year, he went for it.

Noah was happy with his eggs and sword.

Then, his sword popped. He started to cry. It meant another 20 minute wait in line to get another balloon. Emily and him went through his eggs.

Next up was Ben and Emily's egg hunt.

Then, we did some face painting. Noah wanted to be a ninja turtle.

His face was cracking me up.

He got a new blue sword and he thought it was the best thing ever.

Ben wanted to look like a ninja. Not a ninja turtle, just a ninja.

Let the ninja battling begin!

This is our new community pool, hot tub and fitness center that will be open in about a month. We can't wait.

We came home and colored eggs.

I love the chaos of coloring eggs.

All but one of Noah's eggs were blue. He would dye them different colors and then finish every egg in blue. He kept threatening to throw an egg.

Oh, he thought it was so funny.

And he acts like he's going to throw it again.

Yep, hilarious.

Here's Ben's eggs. He did 10 and was done.

Emily was very meticulous about dying eggs. It took her about 2 hours to dye 18 eggs.

It was a busy and fun day. I'll be thrilled when I don't smell eggs coming from the fridge. Every time I open it up, Emily asks who farted?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Science is 100% FUN

Ben had an eye appointment in Phoenix yesterday. He has them every three months. According to the school districts calender, the kids were supposed to have off. It would've been a make up snow day, but we didn't have any snow. So, we planned a fun day at the Arizona Science Center and then Ben's eye appt. Even David got the day off. Then, 2 weeks ago, I get a note from the school saying they have school Thursday and they changed the day off to Monday. I was ticked. The school calls for every stupid reason, they couldn't call to tell us that? So, we went anyway.

We were walking up to the Science Center and I told Ben where we were at. I don't know what he was expecting, but I guess the word Science had him doubting. Before we walked in, he said, "I think this is going to be 100% not fun." We walked in the door, saw a camel statue with all sorts of figurines on it and Ben declared that it was 100% FUN! Glad he was swayed in about 2.5 seconds.

It was field trip day for several schools, so the place was packed. We played in the building room first. For Noah, that was a giant sword fighting room.

It was a little hard. Emily wanted to read everything and learn stuff. Noah wanted to hit every button he saw. We had to keep telling him not to do that, but that's what 4 year olds do!

Ben played house.

The digital room was really cool.

Oh my gosh, this machine that morphs your face was awesome! We couldn't stop playing with it.

Then, we went to the weather room. There is a movie that plays and a center stage to stand on. Then, it takes you through the Forces of Nature elements. Lights come up red with heat to simulate a volcano, the ground shakes for an earthquake, there is wind for a hurricane and some water. Noah was not having any part of it. That kid got freaked off, asked to get off the ride and started crying. I got off and grabbed him over the railing. Poor guy.

The floating balls are always super fun. Yea! Something Noah could do.

And something my husband could do... He played more than the kids I think.

Emily spinning.

Ben on a bed of nails. Okay, I did this too.

Climbing walls...

Tug of war. There were 2 kids on the other side, but our rope was lower and their rope was on top. So, their side was easier. David was determined to beat them.

He got Emily to help. Seriously, look at his face. I'm surprised he didn't hurt himself.

We moved on to the body area. Here's Ben sliding down a colon complete with farting noises. He loved it.

Wheelchair races.

Our heartbeat would beat the drum.

We had a snack and finished up with the outdoor water area. My friend told me to do this last and bring a change of clothes. Smart woman. It was crazy with several field trip kids out there.

We were out there for 15 minutes and 1:00 came. I guess that's the magic hour for the buses to leave and get the kids back to school. The place then looked like this....much better.

The kids had a blast!

And by kids, I mean my husband!

On the way out, there is a telescope and you can put your eye up to it and it projects on this huge screen. Here's Noah's teeth. I guess he thought it was a microphone.

Emily's eye.

Ben's eye.

Noah's eye.

Then, we left and went to Chick Fil A for lunch. I planned an hour. We were so hungry and it was 2:00, so we beat the crowd. We ordered, got our food and ate in 14 minutes. So, we went to the park by the doctor's office.

We were leaving and Ben asked why the tree was green. I said it's called a Palo Verde tree which means green sticks.

Then, Noah wanted to pose by something cool, so he chose the light pole.

We went to Ben's eye appointment and got the best news. We can stop patching his eye for now. It's been almost 3 very long years of wearing that patch every single day. He went from legally blind in his right eye to 20/50 vision. There hasn't been any change in awhile, so we will stop patching. If he backslides at his next appointment, we will have to go back to patching. But, I'm thrilled to be done, especially for summer. It was so hard on vacations and camping. But, we did it! We are so proud of Ben for being such a tropper. Wearing a patch 4-5 hours a day and not seeing well is not fun for anybody. He handled it great for the most part. Sure, he didn't like it, but he didn't complain.

It was the perfect ending to such a great day!

We left Phoenix at 3:30 and got into town a few minutes before 5 and headed straight to our friends house. Emily's friend, Savannah, takes a sewing class and was having a fashion show with all her latest works. More on that tomorrow. My fingers are going numb!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Director of Operations

I just watched this video that's floating around Facebook from Cardstore.com.

It's rather funny and completely true. As a Mom, you do, do, do, do and when you feel like you can't do anymore, you do. I know my Mom did this for me, and now, I do it for my kids. It's exhausting and wonderful all at the same time.

I've talked about August and having all 3 of my kids in school all day. I've thought about what I would do. I used to love doing hot yoga with my BFF Pam when we were single. It would be a Saturday morning. I'd leave my house, run by Einsteins to get us bagels and then pick her up and head to the Yoga studio. I LOVE hot yoga. When I was looking up what I may do with my time in August, I looked up hot yoga. We live in a small town and the closest studio was 30 minutes away. I knew if I had to drive for an hour just to get to yoga, it wouldn't happen. But just like that, the stars have aligned.

A hot yoga studio just opened up in our town. A 15 minute drive from my house and right by the grocery stores that I'll be visiting twice a week anyway. I am beyond stoked. It may have to wait until August since school is out in a month and we are gone more than we are home this summer. We have 3 camping trips planned and a 15 day trip around the Northwest of the US and Southwest of Canada. In any case, I am so looking forward to channeling my inner yogi.

In other news, Noah finally learned how to blow his nose today! He seriously couldn't blow it. I held his lips together and told him to breathe in through his nose. Then, out through his nose. And just like that he finally got it, and boogers were all over my fingers. I didn't even care. After all, I am the Director of Operations.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More About Flat Stanley and Yellow Submarines

It seems that the older generation does't have a clue about Flat Stanley So, he's a character in a series of books for around 2nd grade. A bookcase falls on him and he gets flattened, but he's okay. The good news is he can now fit in an envelope and get mailed all over the world to discover new places.

A lot of schools do this as a fun project and mail Stanley to people in other states. Ask friends to take pictures, etc and mail Stanley back. One time our friend Sharlene in Connecticut sent us her sons Flat Stanley. Oh boy did he have fun a margarita night.

Oh that Flat Stanley was the life of the party. Him and Jose Cuervo. We obviously, didn't send those photos back to the second grade class. But, it's a fun little project for kids to do. Ben's class is just taking Stanley around on their own adventures. He is not being mailed across the country.

In other news, Noah's new favorite song is Yellow Submarine. He was being shy at first when I started filming this. He lets loose at the 30 second mark.

That kid makes me laugh. I'm starting to think I may really miss him in August.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flat Stanley, Molars and Baby

Ben made a Flat Stanley at school. We are supposed to document having fun with him and bring him back next week. Ben thinks this is super fun. Noah likes Stanley too and made his own. 

Emily came home from school not feeling great. I think it's just allergies, but she said she coughed all day.  She's also had a loose molar for a week that's been bothering her. She asked for peas for dinner. What 9 year old asks for peas for dinner?  One bite and out it came. She was so happy. 

My best friend Pam's little sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy today. He's seriously adorable. Their journey is just starting and I'm so happy for them. 
Babies are the best!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Around Our House

Noah came home from preschool on Friday and he had made a treasure map. He thought it was the best thing ever. He found our picnic basket and put the map in it. Then, he put himself in it. I think he thought he would be the treasure. And he is! I mean seriously, could this kid be any cuter? Nope!

With the unusually warm winter, we're already well past our normal highs. Our typical rule is no garden until after Mother's Day. We got a jump on it this year. Noah helped with the compost.

And he helped till the garden. He was trying to put his foot on this little spade like David was doing with the shovel.

He helped me plant all the seeds too. Why are there no pictures of Emily and Ben. Well, they were inside on their Nintendo DS and tablet.

All that work this weekend, made David and Noah a little tired. There's nothing better than a nap with Dad on Sunday afternoon.

Aren't they sweet?

The countdown is already on for the end of school. Thirty something days! And we have big plans for summer! Camping, swimming, 2 weeks in Idaho and Canada. It's going to be a good time!