Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tree Peony

My parents went on vacation ... right before this beautiful tree peony bloomed. She asked me to take a picture of it so she could still see it even if she wasn't home. I was lucky. The sun came out and the rain stopped for a few minutes while I got a few shots.


It was a snowy and rainy Monday this week. Whenever it rains, Sophie talks about how bored she is because there is nothing to do ... but today she decided that we should all go to the dinosaur museum. So we took the kids to the Natural History Museum up at the U. The kids love the dinosaur bones.

They also love the insect exhibit ... where they have puppets and a little theatre to put on a puppet show. They spent a lot of time entertaining us with their show!

Before we could leave the kids had to find a ruby (because that is the name of our baby) in the gems sections ... I didn't think we were going to find one but we did right as we were about to get on the elevator.

It was a fun little outing ... and a great activity for a gloomy day. Good idea Soph!

Preschool Ends

Last Wednesday (how am I so slow at blogging this?) Collin had his last day of Preschool. He was so excited for his picnic and program that the family to could come to.

Here he is with his cute class. He was lucky enough to have his good friend, Olivia (middle front) in class with him. And he also made a few new good friends too. He is always talking about "my best friend, Gabriel" (behind him to the left)

They put on a cute little program. Before school he kept telling me "mommy, the only rule is that you have to sing loud!" And he did. It was so cute listening to his shout out the songs with his classmates. What a performer! After they sang the teachers showed a fun slideshow of the kids playing through out the year.

They had a little ceremony where each child was given a little diploma!

Then it was time for the picnic ... except the kids were too busy playing to eat. But they all had a good time on the playground.

Ruby LOVED this slide. She did it over and over and over again.

Sophie had school off that day for testing ... so she got to come too!

I can't believe school is already out ... where did the year go?!?! It was a great year of preschool for Collin this year. He learned so much, made good friends, loved his teachers, and had a great time. He misses it already. But I am looking forward to having them home.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Soccer Star

Spring soccer has ended ... and it was a great season. It was so fun to watch Sophie play every Saturday. It was a completely different experience from the fall. I wasn't sure if she would even want to play this Spring, but when I asked her about it she said "Yes. I need to play because I am going to be a coach when I get bigger!" And so we went ... and it wasn't emotional at all for her. No tears. Only smiles and good times.

Soccer Star!

Her favorite part of every game was the treat afterward! She is definitely her mama's girl! She would usually start asking her coach when treat time was shortly before half time. Silly girl.

Sophie decided that she wanted to play goalie ... the only problem was that at her age level they don't have goalies. But whenever she would get tired of running or fighting the huddle of girls that surrounded the ball, she would go back and take her position as goalie ... and if by chance she did stop the other team from scoring, she was always sOOooo proud.

Good season Green Grasshoppers! Now what are we going to do every Saturday?!?

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

i heart faces - flowers

She loves dandelions!
Every time we go on a walk
we have to
and pick
dandelion we see.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

You Capture - Yellow

Yellow ....

So bold
So bright
So full of life
So cheerful
So wonderful

I drove by this field of yellow this morning and just knew I had to go back. The kids had the best time basking in all this beautiful yellow. What an amazing world we live in.

Hooray for yellow!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sophie ... the party planner

Sophie loves parties! She has been planning her birthday since the day after her last birthday (in August) ... and she has managed to change the theme for it more times than I can count. Occasionally when she feels like her birthday is too far away, she decides it is time to have a party NOW! She makes invitations, plans it all out in her head, creates the guest list, and then tells us about it. Logan is great about putting her plans into action. You may remember the tea party she had several months ago.

Last week she decided to have an Eric Carle party. She invited a small group of girls and they had a great time together.

They read some Eric Carle stories .....

and then created some pictures Eric Carle style.

It was a fun little get together. I love watching Sophie in her element. I am so grateful for the friendships that Sophie has and for her ability to persuade us into throwing her little parties just because ... life is better with parties!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

i LOVE being a mother

I was greeted by breakfast in bed ... followed by an enormous amount of handmade cards ... these cute flowers ... a necklace that I really, really wanted ... and three of the cutest, greatest children ever. What more could a mom want on mothers day really?

logan's sweet grandma helped the kids make these cute bouquets of flowers for me! i love them.

me and my cute kids

me and my girls :: me with my little man

I feel truly honored to be a mother. To have these wonderful children in my life is an amazing blessing. I love them soOOooo much. I love hugging them, kissing them, talking with them, playing with them ... I even love the day to day stuff that comes along with them. I can't imagine life without them. Honestly, there is nothing better. And nothing that makes my life more worthwhile.

i heart faces - celebrating mom!

my mother
my best friend
someone who is always there for me ...
and a wonderful grandmother to my children

happy mother's day, mom
i love you