Levi and his good buddy, Stephanie...her big sister, Madison, is Melanie's BFF
This girl loves grass...doesn't mind the texture and rather liked the dandelions!!
I know I've been MIA for a few days...but if you know us, you know that soccer takes up a good part of our time in the months of April and May.
Spring in Indiana...hmmm. a challenging thing! we go from 85 degrees (which I can honestly do without) to 45 degrees and a chilly rain today. ugh. it's hard to dress little people when the weather teases us like this! but I am NOT complaining. In fact, I am CHOOSING JOY! This is a nice little respite in the midst of the week...this li'l chill we are experiencing. It's all good!
Molly is into everything...so one of our projects this weekend, between games and stuff, was to brace our stairway...or as Stickers refers to it, "scarystairs". I will have to take some pix of our rigged up set-up as well as the porch as it stands right now...David picked out a cool blue stain...ages the boards nicely.
I have more pix to blog but I need to hit the hay...staying up until well past midnight is catching up with this ol' cat. So, hope you enjoy the pix, hope you are doing well and hope that you leave a comment. I live for your comments! You know that, right? ok, just checkin'. Be back later...love and peace!
Happy 18th Birthday, Dear Natalie!!
Somehow, somewhere, along the way, you managed to grow up on us! dang sista! why you be doin' dat?
Ok, well, I just wanted to send a little shout out to you, dear younger sister to my loving husband! We hope your celebration was and continues to be spectacular...with a grand finale whopping good time here with us. We can't wait to see you and Nick and spend some time with you kids!
I will have to dig up some funny old pictures from the different visits we've had with this lovely'n. Natalie is so kind and gracious to our kids, her nieces and nephews, and we are so blessed and thankful to have her in our lives! The kids LOVE YOU!! When I married D. in 1993, we lived in his parents' basement...and up above us, there was his family, which consisted of Nathan, who was 7, Natalie who was 3ish and baby Emilie...We had one window in our downstairs apartment...and if the kids wanted to know if we were around, or up for entertaining, they'd smear their faces up against the window and look right in at us...(not a big apt. by any means)...or come and knock on our door till they'd get bored waiting...I was homesick and then pregnant so I didn't appreciate the sweetness of those day to day situations till many years later. Forgive my impatience, Natalie. (ok, I think I've typed your name too many times now...)
(sorry this is a few days late, we really did think about you that whole day and hope you know that we all love you!)
Good night all and if you happen to click on Nattikin's blog, over on the right-hand side (Confessions of a Female Gamer), give her a little b-day shout out!
Does some damage with a tape measure...mad skills!
It was so very nice outside today...mid-70's, sunny, mild...o lovely.
David and the boys worked on the new porch for quite a while today...although Will isn't in any of the above pix. He seems to have some outdoor allergies and his eyes got a bit aggravated. Plus, he got his braces off yesterday and he's just not used to his new retainer..I will have to take some pix of that, for he never developed two teeth, the ones on the side of the two big ones, so they strategically placed fake ones on his new retainer. he looks completely whack without the retainer in and poor thing sounds all slurpy when he talks. When he is 19 or 20, he can have his implants put in so it's another 6 or 7 years. O my, that really isn't that much time...he will be a grown man by then. I'll be back. I've gotta go chew on that for a minute.
Ok, otherwise, Indiana homeschool convention is tomorrow and Sat. I'm only going to the exhibit hall, to check out some curriculum etc. sounds like a good time, doesn't it? that is a big part of our Friday. Big boys get to go to work with their dad.
Pretty exciting stuff goin on here! enjoy the above pix...Molly, oh Mollsy, you wear me out little girl. She is a crawling madwoman, into everything, nothing is safe, no rest for the weary. I'm going to bed. whew...nighty night!
I think I mentioned in the kidney stone post that my mom in law and bro in law were here last week...I don't get too many pix of her with my kids since they don't live near us but I vow to be better about that! Here is Miss Molly with her Grandma Judy.
The weather was so nice and mild last week...we got to enjoy the beginnings of our new porch...the work will continue on now that David is home...so I will update frequently...it's going to be quite nice! yah!! where's your shirt, kid?
We can't wait to get the pool up and running once again...it's small but wonderful! Come on down and swim with us!! (um, that is, if we know you!)
'Tis a lovely sunny day here in the great midwest today! Does the soul a world of good! This past weekend was smudgy and I'm so glad we got that over with...now onto warmth and sun. (positive thoughts and words are supposed to bring about change, right?)
Um, so otherwise, we are all doing quite well...Molly is just a bundle of sheer energy, into everything already...crawling like a little punk. It's quite cute though and I will try to get some action shots of her. She is even pulling herself up in her crib, loves to drop toys out in her crib and while she is in her high chair. She is awesome!
Levi's head is healing up quite nicely... and thankfully it's now covered by his hair. He is really enjoying doing his Pre-K work, cutting, coloring, learning his colors and shapes and it's like, all of a sudden, the little light just came on for him with this stuff. Though I personally think the kid likes to "play" us. He had his first soccer practice last week and his first soccer game this coming Sat...stay tuned for some pix of that! He is really excited and loves his new cleats! Another funny Levi thing: E. Mel, and Levi all have an ongoing "game" of playing house, and E. is the Dad, Mel is the Mom and Levi is the son. So they all refer to David and I as Grandma and Grandpa...it kind of gets to me occasionally but I usually play along. David doesn't seem to notice it! then again, he is OLD...(37) har har
Will, Ethan, and Melanie all started their spring season of soccer as well...I can't believe Will and E. are in the 7th/8th grade leagues. It's really not a competitive league, it's through a local church, but it's been so great for all of them and heck, for us as well. Will is almost as tall as his dad, his feet are just a smidge smaller than D's as well! Can't believe my boy is getting so manly! E. seems to be getting taller as well...he is quite glad about that...he is actually doing double duty on soccer teams this spring..there is a 5/6 grade league, which is what he should technically be on, but our coach uses him on both teams...so he's glad to be doing that! Both boys have been an important part in getting our porch work completed! They are such cool young men! Can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for these dudes.
Melanie is all geared up to turn 10 in May...sometimes I forget that she is still quite young because she is so mature and helpful!! She is a wonderful 2nd momma to Molly and we are so blessed to have her. I love each opportunity to talk with her and share moments with her. She is such a sweet spirited girly girl! Right this very moment, actually, she is helping Levi with his cutting project and practicing his colors! (anything to get out of her own schoolwork.)
Allrighty then, time to elliptical and get the rest of the day going...but thanks for letting me update y'all on what is happening around here! This has been a very sappy, gabby post! you know my thoughts on that! chow everybody!