Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend 2010

Happy Memorial Day, and Welcome Summer!
Ben and Maggie spent the weekend at Gram Linda's and Grandpa Hank's house
(so Mommy could continue her bed-rest).
Here is a chronicle of their weekend:

Friday evening: Grandpa Hank took them on their first fishing excursion. Ben caught the first fish of the evening. Gram Linda said that he was so excited, he nearly fell into the pond! He called me to tell me that fish are really slippery!
Saturday morning: Went to the park in Oldenburg. Ben calls it the "Easter Park" since we took them there before the ICA Alumni Easter Egg Hunt in April.
After the park, they went to the Batesville Public Library.
Then, Slip-n-Slide in the back yard.
Followed by some lawn maintenance. (BUSY DAY!)
Sunday, after church, Grandpa Hank took them for a wagon ride. (I love how you can only see Maggie's arms and legs in this first picture!) Ben told me they drove the wagon to the back yard and "picked up logs." Grandpa can always think of a hundred projects for kids to do in the yard.

Sunday afternoon, Daddy drove the Batesville to pick them up. They had been digging worms in anticipation of his arrival. So, they HAD to go fishing again. Grandma says that Ben is "HOOKED." Ben caught another large fish. I really wish I had been there to see the excitement.

And today...

Well, it was supposed to rain all day, but it ended up being just beautiful outside, so Daddy took the kids to our neighborhood pool. I can't remember a Memorial Day weekend in the past when it was actually warm enough to get in the pool! I couldn't stay at home ANOTHER MINUTE, so I got in the minivan and drove to the pool to join them. It was such a great afternoon!

Here is Maggie, showing off her hula skirt as we were leaving the pool. She does the funniest walk when she's wearing this thing. She sways her hips from side to side. Guess she learned that by watching one of her favorie movies, "Aloha, Scooby Doo!"

And, as I sit typing this, it is POURING rain outside. Perfect timing. Guess we won't have to water the petunias tonight. What a great way to open the summer!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Ben's Pre-School Graduation

Our little man "graduated" from pre-school last night. Cracked me up that they even had little caps and gowns for them to wear. The ceremony was really more of a spring performance since his school doesn't do any of those during the year. All the kids wore beach attire, and his class sang five songs with a beach theme. Then, we watched a slide show with pictures of the kids through their years at Goddard. Finally, the kids paraded up to the front in their caps and gowns to receive their "diplomas" from their teacher. Ben enjoyed being in the spotlight for once. He actually sang the songs and did all the motions - something totally new for our kid!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Yep, I put on a bathing suit!

22 weeks, 3 days ---- 27 weeks, 5 days ---- 33 weeks, 3 days
(I find it really humorours how my belly is back-lit from the window in this photo.)

I actually put on a bathing suit to go to the splash park with the kids today. Didn't do much more than sit on a lawn chair and observe, but it was so nice to get out of the house. It's so tough to watch your kids to fun things with other people. So, as much as I hate to see myself in a bathing suit, I still want to remember the size of this belly! (Ben put his head on my belly tonight, and one of the girls kicked him in the ear. Hy thought it was hysterical!)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday Morning Baseball

I was so excited to be able to attend Ben's Little League game on Saturday morning. Of course, I had to waddle about a mile from the car to the field, but it was totally worth it. So cute! They don't keep score, and each kid gets to bat at every "inning."

Ben's favorite part: he got to be "pitcher's helper" in the second inning.

Monday, May 03, 2010

"Baby is SICK!"

Maggie came to our room this morning carrying this trash can with her baby doll's head hanging in it. She said, "Baby is real real sick. She's been frowing up all night!"

Goodness sake! The kid had one episode of a stomach virus this past winter, and she must have been totally scarred for life by the vomiting she did. Baby seems to get sick quite often!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Our Picky Eaters

Several people have asked me to make a list of things our kids like to eat. I have to warn you... they're incredibly picky!

We try to keep things as plain as possible. Chicken breasts or pork loin (or chops) in a marinade works great because we can just pop it in the oven or on the grill. We also really like the rotisserie chicken from Costco. The kids love rice and noodles, especially things like Rice-a-Roni. They won't eat spaghetti sauce or lasagna (bummer!).

Brian and I love salads, asparagus, musrooms, bell peppers, onions, etc. The kids may not eat them, but we keep trying!

Foods the Kids Will Eat:
Meats: baked turkey, roasted pork, rotisserie chicken, chicken breasts, ham, baked or grilled fish (especially salmon).
Fruits: cantaloupe, watermelon, strawberries, apples, applesauce, grapes, bananas, mandarin oranges
Veggies: broccoli, green beans, carrots (raw), corn (on the cob)
Side Dishes: rice, noodles, rolls or biscuits, mac & cheese, baked beans

Thank you, in advance, to everyone bringing us meals during this time around the birth of the twins. We can't tell you how much we appreciate it!

29 Weeks, 6 Days

Here I am at 29 weeks, 6 days into this pregnancy. So many weeks to go, and already, Maggie can sit on top of my "baby bump" with room to spare!