It has been a busy few weeks! I went back to work, the kids went back to daycare, Alana finished middle school, the kids got sick, some have pink eye, I turned 29 again, my wonderful husband got up and made me a cake at 4 in the morning to surprise me and it was his first attempt at baking a cake ever. He did a great job! Oh, and it looks like I am going to be a SAHM soon...
Yeah, we've been busy. I am going to try to get back in the swing of things.
We started the day off with a parade and ended it with swimming. Jack, unfortunately, still hates the water. Pete took him in and he stopped screaming, "Daddy!" long just long enough to let Mommy take a picture. If he can play on the steps and everyone leaves him alone he is fine. Cassie, on the other hand, loved the pool! She was splashing and sticking her face in the water for at least a half hour and never complained once. Also, she had on a hat the whole time except for a minute or two so that her face was entirely visible for pictures.
Today we are taking the smaller kids to the Children's Museum (too hot to be outdoors), getting Cassie's pictures taken, getting paper work squared away for daycare, and running Alana to two appointments. After all that, Pete is trying a new recipe for dinner. Sauerbraten! Yesterday we spent more time at the park. Cassie really loves the swings!
Yesterday we went to the Steamtown Mall so that Jack could meet Bob the Builder. It was really nice. The kids got their picture taken with Bob and then got a Bob activity packet and a coupon for a free ice cream cone.
Next month, if my schedule allows, we are hoping to take him to meet his other favorite tv character, Thomas! We of course won't tell him that until that day so we aren't asked about it every five minutes until then...
My son Jack is always predictable at lunch. Every day he wants peanut butter and jelly, some fruit or applesauce, and pudding if we have it. Today he wanted what Mommy was having so I gave him a hummus sandwich and he liked it. Of course he wanted ice cream for dessert... I explained that ice cream is a "sometimes treat" and he told me, "but it is also food."
I don't think I took a single picture yesterday. I saw in the paper an ad for a yard sale with a double stroller starting at 8 a.m. half way to Bloomsburg. I looked at the stove and it was 8 a.m. I got the kids dressed and loaded into the car and got there within a half hour but the stroller was already gone.
I did get Jack two gorgeous Gymboree sweaters and a pair of slacks for this winter and I got Cass a Land's End dress that will fit in a few years all for just $8, so I didn't do too bad. There are a lot more yard sales today so I think we will go but none have another double. Oh well...
The last time I saw a huge rainbow in the sky was on the morning of my 30th birthday. We spent that day at Knoebels. I'm also pretty sure that was the day I got pregnant with Jack. Yesterday when we were leaving Knoebels we saw another one. I'm so glad I had my camera! If you look very closely you can see a faint second rainbow in the top left corner.
My favorite pictures from my childhood are the ones where, instead of smiling at the camera, I was smiling at my sister, Heather. I have a new favorite picture of my children. My girls are looking at each other and my boy is Mr. Independent. Or Mr. I Am Up to Something... It's hard to tell with him.
I also got a traditional "everyone is looking at the camera" shot, but that one isn't as wonderful.
Once a week I pack up the kids and we go to my grandparents for the day. I took pictures of the kids right before we left the house because they just looked so cute. Here they are all ready to head out the door.
My grandparents still have a Rubik's Cube! My sister Heather and I once decided the only way to win was to peel the stickers off and move them. It didn't work so well and you can see where we tried.
And, finally, I had to have ice cream yesterday because some of my friends were discussing their favorite flavors. Jack's favorite is peanut butter and jelly. (I cheated and used a picture from last weekend for Jack because the place we went to yesterday did not have his favorite flavor.) Cassie, sadly, cannot have ice cream yet, but she really wanted this milkshake!