06/12/2011: It's Sunny and Honey... the boys want to be OUTSIDE! They did a great job being my helper as I mowed the backyard. They helped rake up grass and dump the cut grass out of the mower bag. We had the bubble machine going full blast and then grabbed a bucket of chalk to make some driveway art.
Nathan lead the way with the design plans: a BIG sun, pirate ship and some people spread about. He even drew rain coming out of the clouds!
It was scorching hot outside. I hid in a little nook of shade on the porch when I wasn't in on the drawing action. Nick was smart: stopping to hydrate FREQUENTLY!
I just love the strands of reddish brown hair he gets in the spring/summer time!
I have to say I've been blessed and full of luck to find a tiny grand selection of HIGH quality friends here in the midwest. Michelle, being amongst my most favored locals. We met at work and have enjoyed our fast friendship and kindred spirits over the past year. Lucky for her *wink wink*... as a soon-to-be bride, she just so happened to stumble upon a gal that knows a thing or two about wedding glitz/glam/pow PAPER PRODUCTS! Which leads us to this HAWT Thursday night date in June. FOUR things: 1) Wholefoods Pizza 2) Adult Beverages 3) Music AND 4) WEDDING FAVORS to make!
...and yes we most definitely CONQUERED ...INDULGED AND DELIVERED
I love them so much and am always still so flattered and amazed to this day... to have the trust, shared excitement and acceptance of my "creative ideas" brought to life to enjoy by others. I just know her guest will LOOOOOOOOVE these tea pyramids!
06/11/2011- The boys just ADORE the time they get to spend over at Ms.Carrie's house with their pal Saywer and friends. Saturday night Fun in their PJ's! They told me ALL about it Sunday and were very excited to have seen RIO again. Well... Nathan I should say. From the sounds of it.. Sir Nicholas was down for the count 3 minutes into it!
Tonight is Parent's Night Out! The kids all dropped in right after five, in their jammies of course! They all look so adorable in their jammies, I just wanna eat em' up! They played some random made-up lion game....I didn't quite get the rules but I guess I was the only one because none of them seemed to have any trouble :)
After a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs with cheesy garlic bread, they all snuggled up together to watch "Rio"! Sawyer has been dying to watch it and I have really wanted to as well since it takes place in Brazil!
The movie is not quite over yet, but all I have heard for the last hour is fits of laughter! They seem to REALLY be enjoying it! I think I'll wait till I put them all to bed to sit down and watch it in peace :)
I'm about to go and set out cookies and milk for their bed time snack and then it's off to bed little monkeys! I love having the kiddos during the day, but there is something just so lovable about having them at nighttime, all cozied up in their jammies and sleepy eyed.....
It's been a week since we discovered new life in our backyard. I am fascinated at the speedy progression of the baby birds hatching and growth. On June 1st, it looks like all are hatched and starting to feather up nicely.
Mom Robin is always in eye shot and starts to chirp loudly whenever we enter the backyard. When I get close to the nest, she flies just a few posts away and sits on the fence, pacing.
It doesn't look like the other Robin. (Dad Robin) is around anymore. Before the eggs hatched, there was always two Robins. I only see this one now.
June 5th. WOW! Just in 5 days they have much more feathers, have darkened up and apparently are hungry! However, I only see two of the four. I wonder if my speculations about the first 2 hatched were true? I haven't seen the mother feed them yet. I would love to see how/what she does.
The boys and I were out in the back playing catch on Friday. The birds were nestled down in the nest so we didn't get a good look. But, they discovered some worms for them in the planter. They found two small ones and wanted to give them to the birds. I thought about it, but decided we shouldn't interfere with nature and assured them: "Their Mom will feed them! Just like I feed you!" It's just an overall time of animal discovery here in our lawn this spring. We saw this guy in our grass when we pulled in the other day as well. Nick's been tracking and is determined to give this rabbit a carrot soon! Oh boy!
They haven't seen the babies yet other than the nest pictures I've taken. They are going to be so excited about them poking their heads out now. I can't wait for them to see. They're having some QT with Dad this weekend. I can't wait to show them the babies and hear all about Saturday's circus trip to see the Ringling Bros.
3 uninterrupted days of quality time! The boys never cease to amaze me in how cute they are, how much they know and how fun it is just hanging out with kids! Just look at these faces:
My knockout roses have come in soooo nicely this spring. However, the cuties in front the roses are hard to bypass!
So...this weekend we discovered the Robin's nest. We also cooked together and had a ton of "race crashes" with their die-cast collection, we got a little laundry done AND we went bowling together on Monday! This was the first time for the boys to bowl in a big "real" alley and their second time ever trying bowling. When I was a teenager, my fam, friends and I had weekend bowling rituals. We weren't the greatest, but it was sooo much fun and I've always enjoyed it. Strangely, I cannot remember the last time I bowled prior to today with the boys. Years, I'm sure.
Anyway, they were excited to try. They each picked out bright orange 6's for their balls and got their cute little strap on shoe rentals. We also got a metal kids ramp to help Nick get that ball ALL the way down the lane. Nathan is like his Dad. He just seems to be naturally gifted and good at everything athletic. He's four and picked up his first SPARE! ALL By himself, guiding and rolling the ball in his own strategic way! Check out that form...LOL Ah ha... he got it right where it needed to be and picked up that SPARE! This kid bowled low 90's. I'm totally impressed with him. I especially loved his self-celebration poses and cheers for himself whenever he knocked anything down. Both arms straight up in the air and a HUGE smile! Nicholas had fun, but he never bothered watching if he got the pins down or not. He just enjoyed the rolling and ramp part of it all! He scored in the 70s. He is always so thoughtful in the things he does. He took his time, handled the ball with care and would make sure it was set just right on the ramp before he went for the push down lane. We shared lots of high fives and visited the snack station for pizza and nachos before leaving. Mom needs a few trips back to reignite those bowling skills. I think I beat Nathan by 4 points or so. (Yes, that is definitely embarassing.) Haha.
It's so amazing to see how their personalities/characters differ in the things we do and the way each child experiences it. It's very cool for me to monitor their individuality because I now get to feed especially into their single likes and interests, promote and nurture them. What ever will we do and discover next?