Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

I know I'm drastically behind on my blogging. I have photos of Miss V's birthday, James's birthday, and more. But right now, I'm going to enjoy the fact that we've finished egg hunting, church wonderfulness, Easter lunch, and family time, and I'm going to sit down and put my feet up and drink a cup of coffee. Ahhhh. Happy Easter.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Last week, I gave the kids some old magazines, some scissors, and some tape, and I told them to go to town and make some collages. What they came up with was interesting and personal. The J-bird's collage had pictures of food, a policeman, rock stars, fast cars, the word "Brave", and (a little disturbingly), a picture of Charlie Sheen.  Miss V's collage had a man peeking out from behind ripped pieces of paper, some bright colors, a car, a backward number 3, three references to the sun, a piggy bank full of money, and two references to cake.

My children are weird, but I sure do like them.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014






And now....

 She's four!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hymn Sing

We go to a great church. It is warm and loving and full of wonderful people who welcome our whole family with open arms. When my children walk into the church, they walk in with smiles and happy steps. One of Miss V's honorary grandmas is my friend, Margerette. She always brings a change purse full of coins for Miss V to put in the offering, and she's willing to hold the hymnal to sing with my little darlin'. It makes my heart pretty dang happy to see.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Civic Engagement

 This year, when it was time to "spring forward" for Daylight Savings, the J-bird was NOT amused. James and I replied that if he was really that displeased, he was welcome to write a letter to his Congressperson, so he did. He said that his dad had just explained Daylight Savings Time and that he didn't like it. He asked her to please change it. Then he drew a picture. We addressed the envelope together, and then he dropped it in the mail.

This week, he received a letter in return!

The Congresswoman thanked him for his note and outlined the history of Daylight Savings Time. Then she said that, while she's not aware of any upcoming votes to abolish Daylight Savings, if one should happen to come up, she'd certainly consider voting his way.

He was delighted to hear it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Little Leprechauns

Like every year, my kiddos received a note and two "gold coins" (chocolate ones) from their "friendly neighborhood leprechaun" this morning. I think they love St. Patrick's Day as much as I do!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Party Party Party

I'm a week overdue in writing this, but the pace of life just seems to be bonkers these days. Fun stuff - happy stuff - just LOTS AND LOTS OF STUFF. Anyway, the J-bird's seventh birthday was a lot of fun. He was very excited that it was his GOLDEN birthday - turning seven on the seventh, so we gave him seven gifts to mark the occasion. He said it was the best day of his life.

 One of his favorite gifts was this much coveted "Flipeez" hat he's been asking and asking for. You might say he was happy with it.

 He went to school that day, and then we went out to supper with the Beckers.

He didn't want cake, so he had a milkshake, instead.

The next day, we had a scavenger hunt party downtown. It was so fun - the invitation was a clue about where to meet, and the hunt started from there. Each clue led to a local business or downtown landmark. The kids had to figure it out, and then we'd go there and take a funny photo. 

 The kids took turns reading the clues and were so sweet with one another. The last clue led to Pizza Schmizza, our lunch destination.

And that chaos pretty much looked like this:

The J-bird requested donuts, instead of cake, so that's what we had after pizza, and I brought quarters for all the kids, so they could play the arcade game, ride the circus horse, and get candy and bouncy balls out of the machines to fill up the treat bags I brought. It was mass hysteria of the best kind. The J-bird's friends are so sweet, and he had a great time. He said THAT was the best day of his life.

I guess there are a lot of those when you're seven.