Saturday, January 9, 2016

May Recap

In the end of April the kids all started swim lessons. I couldn't believe how quickly Josh progressed after a few classes! By the end of the session he was able to swim a few yards and go under the water completely without plugging his nose. We need to start lessons again soon...spring and summer will be here before we know it. Cora wasn't a big fan of the lessons at first, but Miss Angie was great and so, so patient. Cora ended up loving it.

The rest of the pictures I took were very blurry cell phone pictures. Too bad.

Maya lost another tooth! (May 13, 2015)

Maya and Josh had an Art Preview/Music Concert night at their school and we got to see all of their great projects from the past year and listen to them sing songs. Looking at these pictures makes me realize how much Josh has thinned out over the past year. It makes me sad...he is not a little guy anymore.

Cora only had a few more days of sleeping in her crib before moving to the bottom bunk. It was such a sad day for me when we gave up on the crib. I'm not ready for my baby to grow up!

We spent a lot of time outside planting our garden and some pretty flowers from Blocks Nursery, took many trips to the park, drew cool pictures (Josh), and played with caterpillars and frogs.

It was a great month!

Easter, 2015

(I'm ending my blog silence after nearly a year) We had a very nice Easter weekend together. Nick spent much of his time in the kitchen installing cabinets, but we also made time to watch conference and do our annual conference bags with fun, quiet activities. There was a lot of fighting if I remember correctly....The kids searched the house for their Easter baskets EARLY, hence all of the cute, sleepy faces.

Easter night we were invited to our friend's house for dinner. We had ham, salad, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, and a yummy carrot/cheese cake made by the talented, Heather. We were all stuffed. We let the kids have an Easter egg hunt afterwards and they had a great time. We're thankful for our wonderful Michigan "family" on holidays throughout the year!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

My Joshy Boy

I'm not sure how much longer I have to call him that....Joshy Boy. At some point he will think it's too baby-ish, but for now we can still get away with it. I can't believe my little guy is 6 years old. Josh lights up my life. He always says the right things and tries so hard to please us. He's smart and picks different things up so quickly. It amazes me how his little mind works and puts ideas together. He is doing really well with reading and math and will often quiz me to see if I know my math facts. He just moved up to level G in reading and has worked really hard to get there, reading extra books on RAZ kids so he can finish the level faster. He is comprehending everything, too.

I honestly don't know where the last year went -- it seems like we were just celebrating his 5th birthday, but here we are at big #6. This year we told him he could have a small play date because last year was a bigger party. He chose to have his friend Sasha and Sasha's younger sister, Sadie over. It works out perfectly! Sasha and Maya are in the same grade and Sadie and Josh are in the same grade...we just love this family! They are so fun to be with. Unfortunately Sadie ended up sick and couldn't come, so Maya invited another friend. Sasha and Josh are a lot alike and they both love Mario, so they played that for a little while, then we ate dinner (pizza), and the girls decorated cupcakes and got into my makeup. I loved how chilled out his "party" was! I wore sweat pants and didn't even have makeup on. Coco was naughty and tried opening most of Josh's gifts.

Then tonight for his actual birthday we had some of his best buds from church over to celebrate. We had some more cupcakes and Rice Krispie Treats. It was a fun and busy weekend! We loved celebrating this little guy. My favorite part of the weekend was when we were snuggling on the couch and I was telling him about his birth story. He was looking up at me with his big brown eyes and a huge smile on his face the whole time. He loves the fact that he was an easy, quiet baby and that Maya was NOT.

We surprised him with a new baseball mitt, bat, and some balls. Can't wait to play catch with him once this snow melts. Happy Birthday little man!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


A few weeks ago, Cora and I went to see Elmo at the Fox Theater. Some of our good friends came with us too. Cora was excited when the show started but quickly became impatient when Elmo didn't come on the stage right away. She kept yelling, "Where's Elmo!?" She was probably thinking, "Mom kept telling me we were going to go see Elmo, but he's nowhere to be found." Finally he came on stage and she looked so happy and cute. The show was only 1.5 hours long, but most of the kids in our group were bored and fidgety by intermission -- short little attention spans. Near the end of the show, Elmo came on stage and was talking to the audience. I can't remember if he was asking us to help sing a song or say a chant, but Cora didn't want anything to do with it. She kept yelling, "NO WAY, ELMO! NO WAY!!!!" Man, she is a little grump sometimes. We still had a good time though, and Fox Theater is absolutely breathtaking! I'm glad I finally got to see it.

The lobby at the theater. So beautiful. I couldn't believe all of the detail.

Frankenmuth with M's troop

Maya and I recently took a day trip with her Girl Scout Troop to downtown Frankenmuth. It was supposed to be a sleepover but Maya didn't want to spend the night and we had church in the morning anyway. As I was doing her hair before we left she said she DID want to sleepover -- we were supposed to leave in 5 minutes. I felt bad that we couldn't do it. She was sulking a bit here and there throughout the day, but we tried to make the most of the time we did have.

The girls had an art lesson first and got to make a few creations and learn about different techniques to earn their artist patch. After that, we all went to dinner at this really good pub. Then we walked around to look at the shops for about an hour and we got some AWESOME fudge, like the best I've ever had. I want some now. It was even better than the fudge we got on Mackinac Island a few years ago. We met back up with the rest of her troop and drove about 5 minutes out of the downtown area to a cute farm. The girls learned about farm life and were taught how to make homemade pretzels. After we had a couple of pretzels, Maya and I got in the car for the hour drive home. It was dark, cold, my contacts were dried out, and I was unfamiliar with the freeway. It was a scary drive and I was very thankful when we finally pulled into the driveway. It snowed a ton that night (after we had already returned home) and church was cancelled the next day. Some of the other moms told me that the drive home in the morning was very scary and dangerous. Glad they all made it back safely too.

Art Class

Maya was so excited to find this bike ice sculpture. She wanted me to take a picture for Nick. There were a lot of great sculptures around town.

Maya's good friend Helena, joined our troop this year. We are so happy! She is such a sweet girl. I loved having one on one time with my girl! It doesn't happen often enough.