Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hair Day

This morning Mia, who moves like Molasses in the mornings, surprised us all by getting into the shower before I even asked her to.

I said, "Mia! You are taking a shower without me asking you to?"

Mia said, "Yep and I am even going to try to fix my own hair!"

This is what she had in mind. I helped her just a little. I think it turned out very cute. I am sure it will have fallen out of the braid before she gets home from school because it was so loose.

I edited this photo with the Urban Action from CoffeShop
I love that she knew what she wanted and has been practicing braiding for a couple months now (mostly at church) but part of me was sad because she is getting so independent. I really LOVE fixing her hair in the mornings and I am afraid that it won't be long before she is doing it all on her own.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Wheeler Farm

We made a trip to Wheeler Farm today. Mia said she wanted to practice taking pictures and I thought we could make it into an adventure.

I had a lot of fun and I think the kids did too. I love spring and all the newness that comes with it. We got to see the animal babies today. There was a baby calf, some lambs and a cute little goat.

The highlight of any trip to the farm is playing on the tractor. Sometimes when we go no one else is waiting for a turn on the tractor and we can use all 3 at once. It was pretty busy today and we all shared the "Red Tractor".

Jared wanted to drive it backwards. (Jared didn't even want to go to the farm because he said I always take a lot of pictures and make him stand for a long time. I think I need a new subject...)

I really love this picture of Gordon and Ellis. They are best friends and like to do everything together. I couldn't be happier with their relationship - they love each other so much. As we pulled into the parking lot for Wheeler Farm, Gordon said, "Oh yeah! I know this place!"

Gordon wanted to go with Mia and Me to take pictures while Ellis and Jared went with Seth. We gave Mia our old camera a couple years ago and she gave her pink camera to Gordon. Gordon wasn't happy having a pink camera until I wrote his name in green on it. Now he loves his pink camera.

It was so pretty and green. Pretty little purple wildflowers are starting to bloom.

This is pretty much the face I get whenever I take Mia's photo any more. She doesn't like to smile and it is a rare occasion when I get a picture of her looking truly happy; which is strange because this is one happy girl. Not while I am taking pictures, I guess. (I definitely need new subjects.)

Mia also wasn't feeling very well, which is why she looks a little sad.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Jared wears glasses but he isn't always interested in taking them off before he goes to bed. I was looking at some crocheting creations by Seth's cousin and found a pattern for this guy.

I finished it in a couple of hours and he was ready for Jared when Jared got home from school. Jared's reaction? "Hey! That looks like that guy from the Muppet's!" I couldn't have been happier since that is who I was trying to get him to look like - Dr. Bunsen Honeydew. I wasn't even sure Jared would know who he was.

Once he could see, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew thought he would take the opportunity to read a little "Winnie the Pooh". Who knows why but my kids love the thought of him reading a book.

Jared still doesn't like to put his glasses away but he LOVES for me to put them on the doctor each night before Jared goes to sleep.


Mia spent the evening writing out a report on Jack Rabbits. Seth was working on it with her. After she finished writing it she went down to have Seth read through it. She came back upstairs and said, "I wrote 8 million sentences and all Dad had to say about it was, "Good job"?"

I told her that I would read it and give her better feedback. I read it and then told her that it was really great and I could tell she spent a lot of time working on it.


I woke up this morning to a beautiful day. The birds were singing, the sun was shining and my kids were getting along delightfully. After getting Jared and Mia off to school, I went out to water my garden which thought was basically dead. When I started watering it I noticed green leaves bursting through the ground. I was thrilled. I went in and told Gordon and Ellis, who helped me plant in the first place, and they ran out to check on the plants.

I have never planted this early and I was a little skeptical but I have peas and lettuce growing and I couldn't be happier. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have broccoli and cauliflower growing as well. Seriously, everything about this day was great, unless you count Gordon and Ellis splashing all of the water out of the bathtub. I love days when I feel like everything in the world is right.

Friday, April 2, 2010

April's Foolery

I didn't take a single photo yesterday but we had a lot of fun. Jared and Mia had been plotting pranks all week. On Wednesday Jared asked Seth and I to help him out with fooling Mia. He was pretty detailed in what he wanted, get her up and take her to the bus stop. Wait for two minutes than tell her, "April Fools".

We knew she wasn't going to fall for that, so Seth called the house just before we would need to go to the bus stop and said that he was from Fox Hills Elementary and that this week was no longer spring break. I started rushing both kids, "eat your breakfast, quick. You are just going to have to go in your pajamas. No, you can't wear those shoes, there is snow outside. Please put your boots on." I ran downstairs to tell Seth that I needed him to take the kids to the bus stop. We had also called the mom of the girl we carpool with so we could pick her up on the way. Once they got to the bus stop and waited a few minutes, Seth called me and put me on speaker phone and I told the kids, "April Fools". None of the kids admitted to being fooled, but I think Mia was, at least for a minute or two.

I had also told the kids that we were going to play with out friends. Jared said, "Can you call them and tell them that we are sick (which he actually was until Wednesday night)? So I called my friend and told her, "My kids want you to tell your kids that we are sick for an April Fools joke." She did although she was expecting us, her boys weren't. She even did better in telling them that she guessed they were just going to have to do chores and stuff around the house instead of play. My kids were so excited about it. Jared loved that Gabe asked him, "Why did you play an April Fools trick on us?" It was cute to hear Caleb say, "Mom. I am too sick to play any games today. April Fools!"

We have some friends that we invited to an Easter Egg hunt and dinner at our house. When I told Seth that we were going to feed them, Seth asked what I was going to do to trick them. I thought about it and could only come up with making pancakes and putting them in a pizza box. We had breakfast for dinner and then put them in some empty pizza boxes, which I got from Pizza Hut for $.25 each.

I had been tending their kids all afternoon so when Seth got home, he kept all 9 of the kids downstairs while I made dinner. After the prayer when Lewis opened the pizza box in front of him and saw a pile of pancakes I could see that he was really upset. He was so angry and he kept saying, "I want to have pizza! All I want for dinner is pizza." He was angry until I opened The box that had sausage in it. He was ready to play after that.

It was nice to be able to visit with them and just have a good time with them. They have had some unexpected changes in their lives lately and it was nice to see them relaxing and enjoying themselves.

I went to bed thinking about what a fun day it was. I love that Jared was so involved and thinking up pranks that were fun and not vicious. I think that I had better watch it from now on...who knows when his pranks will be directed at me.

April Fools

After talking to Seth, I have decided to not go private.