Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring pictures

I vow to you, dear reader, that the next time we try to get family pictures that we will hire a professional. Doing it yourself is for the birds!! Here is what we got!

And I took a few of the outside of our house a week or two ago since the flowers were blooming!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

It's springtime!!

It's spring time and we have been enjoying all the good weather!! Here's what we've been up to:

My favorite picture of the kids lately is from when they were playing kitchen and washing the dishes:

I mulched the beds and we planted our garden March 26. We put in beans, cucumbers, sunflowers, and one tomato. I moved out herbs to pots near the back patio. We planted zinnias again in front of the irises we got in the fall from Nicholas's friend.


We bought a new couch!! New to us at least... I guess I need to take a better picture!



Life keeps chugging away--homework, violin, piano, dinner, laundry, yada yada yada...

We got the piano tuned by a really cool older guy who tuned instruments for the North Carolina Symphony. I found out it was built in 1909 and a lot of other things about it and pianos in general. So cool!

Olivia continues to work at violin, and especially loves an audience:

My group of friends had an Easter egg hunt last weekend and the ice cream truck came after:


Sunday we went to a Lego Expo at the convention center. It was fun, but we probably wouldn't do it again.

This week has been my boys' spring break from preschool. We went to a playground most days or the Museum of Life and Science. Friday, Olivia came, too, since she was off school:



Nicholas and I got out for a date to see Beauty and the Beast Saturday night at Cinebistro, and it was great! Love the idea of dinner and a movie!

We started potty training Jason Thursday. He consistently wakes up dry in the morning and will go potty. I am putting his underwear on and a pull-up over it, and that is working for us to minimize accidents and cleanup while allowing him to learn.

Jason's speech is up to par according to the speech therapist, so we are stopping for now. We are going to check him for articulation problems in the fall since he is still young for that now. Some of the things he says a lot are, "I no want that one!" "Mommy sleep in my room?!!" "That guy mean." "Look, a digger!!"

Also, Jason LOVES ice cream! And the ice cream truck makes it's way through our neighborhood a lot!

This morning we went strawberry picking in the sunshine and perfect weather!! Delicious!

Some of Olivia's art was displayed at the local mall! We're so proud!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

March track out (post 2)

We hit the road on Friday for Indiana. Our three kids have been asking when we will get to Craig and Abby's house for weeks!! They had so much fun playing together! I am very thankful for how well they all get along!

Saturday we got to see Abby cheer! 

The kids loved just playing together in the basement. Craig even built the tracks for Jason! ❤️❤️❤️

And they played their favorite game of "bears" complete with new den! 😂😂
That evening we all had dinner together with a kids table and an adult table!


Sunday, Nicholas took the kids to his Dad's while I got to go to brunch with my brother Wilson and his family and my Aunt Vicky and her family. It was SO nice to get to visit with everyone. I got a kick out of listening to Bill, my fourteen year old nephew, talk about school and life. He's super positive and astute. My niece Madeline is graduating from college in May and seems so accomplished and grown up, already working at an accounting firm. It was fun to see Beki and Jackson, and to reminisce with Andrea and Erika. I felt very lucky!



Stephanie kept our kiddos while Nicholas and I had a night away Sunday!! Look at this brave soul putting five kids to bed!!

Then she and Grandma Dorothy took them to the zoo on Monday!


We spent the day Tuesday in the farm. I ❤ farm play! So do the kids!