Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wisconsin Dells trip

Here are some pics of our trip. I'll be back soon to post some stories to go with them.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

After living here four years we are finally having our deck built and I am so excited. It is costing us our children's college funds but it will be worth it. (Just kidding of course) They have be working everyday since Monday and the girls and I are going a little nutty with all the noise. Kendall and Grace have resorted to multi-tasking to get out of here quicker as you can see from the picture below.

Kendall has decided to take on new activities to make the time go faster such as grading her Dad while he reads to her. I know he just LOVES this.

Maddie has decided to try to use her blanket for wings to try to escape from her crib.

And Grace...well...Grace hasn't really been affected that much by all the noise.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

No its summer, I promise.

After the cold weather we had the past couple of days I think we were all wondering if summer is truly around the corner. We went swimming today but it didn't really feel warm enough to me. The kids are tough but I'm a pool wimp and I don't like to get wet until it's at least 80 degrees. School's out but if you ask Kendall that she would say she's not so sure. A few nights ago we were watching a show where the family was home schooling their kids. Kendall asked if they were at school or at home and I explained what homeschooling was. Fast forward to yesterday when we were sitting at the table "playing school." It's my secret way to keep Kendall's skills up during the summer break. After working on some flash cards she looked up at me and said "Mom, this kind of feels like home school. Are you sure it's not?"

Monday, June 1, 2009

A little naughty and a little nice

Let's start with the naughty. Do I even need to explain or can you tell by looking at the pictures? Grace spent nap time using some markers to decorate herself and her room. It was everywhere. Walls, bedspreads, carpet, furniture, books. She even took some clothes out of the drawers and colored on them. I am still working on getting it out. That girl will be lucky if she makes it to three. The kicker? While I'm cleaning she's behind me the whole time going "Pretty, mom. Pretty picture!"

Now for the nice, well kind of....My mom frequently sends Kendall cards with little stories in them; usually silly things about my dad. Kendall loves to receive them. I go to the mailbox today and there is a big white envelope from the post office with a little brown envelope attached. Hmm...it's from my mom to Kendall but the post office is saying they have damaged it. Also, it's postage due 76 cents. My interest is really peeked so I sneak into my bedroom and open it up myself before I give it to Kendall. It's a card with a flower wrapped in a paper towel in a Ziploc bag. Kendall loves to pick flowers out of my parent's garden so I guess my mom just decided to send her one. Forget a box, my mom seems to think a flower can survive a ride through the postal system in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel. I hand it over to Kendall and she is overjoyed. She very carefully takes out the flower and we're both amazed as it slowly begins to open up. It looks perfect and I am thinking that maybe my mom knows more about mailing flowers in a Ziploc bag than I think. We both sit and stare at the flower for about 5 seconds and then suddenly EVERY SINGLE pedal fell off at once! Steven Spielberg could not have created a better effect with all the computers in the world. We laughed until we were almost crying. We picked up the petals and sprinkled them in a bowl of water to enjoy the scent for a least a few more days.