Wednesday, May 4, 2016

April 2016 in Pictures...

April - another month gone in a flash.  It was full of lots of fun from beginning to end, thrown in a bout of the tummy bug passed around, nicer weather, house projects and company and we had a busy, full month!  We are in the final stretches of school, gearing up for a busy summer calendar and enjoying Lucy's final months as a "tiny babe"...Let's take a look back at our month!
We had Vera's preschool conference at the beginning of the month and while we were waiting we took a look at some pictures they had taken throughout the year.  When we saw pics from the beginning of the year, we couldn't believe how much she has grown...oh my heart!  She had a great report and we are happy to know she keeps her sassy spirit for home use only and is a sweet, helpful, obedient lady who loves to sing and raise her hand.  She LOVES going to school and can't wait to go again to school next year.  We are blessed with a great school and sweet teachers and friends who attend.  We are proud of Vera for sure!

Grandma stopped by for a visit on her way back from AZ and she helped me redo our bedroom with new bed linens and side tables.  I am so wishy-washy when it comes to my own home but full of ideas for others.  I suppose its because I know I have to spend the money and want to love it.  We didn't quite finish all the shopping before Solon was done so we took all 3 with us but when you have Grandma along the fun factor is upped...we found stuffed heads and thought they might make great new Christmas sweaters ;)!

Lucy enjoyed her first Target cart ride without her carseat...Solon was annoyed he had to walk :)!


We continue to work on Lucy's mobility ;)!  She is quite content to squawk and have one of her siblings do all the work, she has them wrapped around her finger.  She does scoot on her bum a lot (which none of our others have done) and in crawling position can scoot backward.  She is getting faster by the day but still at a nice rate that mommy can stay ahead of her...we are working on vacuuming more as she is the queen of finding little morsels to put in her mouth!  

The weather has been MOSTLY nice this month, the last week was cold and rainy but we will focus on the other many nice days.  We love that we can resume walking to school to get Solon at the end of the day.  Sometimes we even take an extra long walk for a little exercise before grabbing him.  I have also been running again outside and even ran 2 miles straight for the first time in my life (for you runners that might seem like nothing but for this declared non-runner, I was so proud of myself). Running outside is much more enjoyable than on the treadmill so I am thankful for warmer sunny weather!

We have been loving playing outside after school and on the weekends.  The kids turned a box into a playhouse, hoped a ride in daddy's ride and we have been doing lots of chalk art and bubbles.  Along with biking and swinging on the swing set and of course lots of playing with neighbors.  I love their feet are nice and dirty at the end of the day.  LOTS of fresh air!  They even planted the field behind us :).



Our big house project this month was the garage.  It needed some serious work and storage.  We planned out some big shelves and we cleared out and organized.  We are having a garage sale in May so it was the perfect time to get the garage in tip top shape and ready for summer play!

We all took our turn with the stomach flu this month.  The kids had it at the exact same time and then a week later I got it, followed by Scott 24 hours later.  Lucy seemed to escape it, thank goodness!  It was a yucky 24 hours for each of us, thankful we are healthy more than we are sick around here.  Between a kindergartener and a preschooler, we have had lots of new germs and a few more sickies this year than usual! 
Luckily I had a great mother's helper while I was under the weather, she is now "reading" her favorite books.  Melts my heart!
Back in February, Solon was quite bummed Vera got to do something special with JUST Daddy so when we saw the Blue Man Group was coming to Stephens Auditorium in Ames, we knew it would be a perfect date.  The three of us enjoyed a night out and Solon pretty much floated from all the special attention while Nana and Papa covered babysitting duties at home.  It was a great first show to take him too. 

It was the month of trying new carts, Vera somehow convinced me to get the car cart at Fareway.  Vera took good care of little sis and made sure she didn't get whip lash and stayed inside the vehicle at all times.  We mostly order our groceries online so the trip was quick, a perfect test drive!  Lucy loved it as well as V!

We had a beautiful weekend and decided to roast hot dogs on the fire and then that resulted in wanting to camp.  It was still a bit chilly overnight to do it outside but the two bigs camped out for the weekend in the family room.  They had a blast and Scott was glad to sleep in our bed since they were safe inside ;)!  Lucy liked playing in the tent during the day!

In the garage clean out, we found the rocket stuff and so we had a few launches in the corn field before the plants prevent us from using that wide open space.  2 successful launches!

I am trying to really just soak this one up, she is growing so fast and will be gone before I am ready!  We like to play games or cook while little sister is sleeping.  She is a great helper all day but loves to bake with mommy and beat me in all sorts of fun games.
We ended the month with another trip from Grandma and Grandpa because Vera had her dance recital the last weekend in April.  We enjoyed playing games with them including Just Dance! on the Wii and a variety of card games.  We tried out the new Jethroni Pepperoni, it was yummy!   We also took them to Vera's dress rehearsal and they got to see the kids swim at their lessons. 


It was a busy but exhausting weekend!

We took them to our favorite candy store.  If you know my parents, they love candy!  We didn't leave empty handed ;).  

Vera had her first dance recital and literally glowed.  She was so sweet and did all of the moves so precisely and with great care.  She has such a passion for dancing.  She can't wait to go to a little camp this summer and resume in the fall.  It was so fun to watch her shine.  We invited the grandparents and great-grandparents and everyone was able to come for lunch and the show.  It was a great opportunity to see everyone!  We are so blessed to live close to everyone and that they can join us for these fun events.


We ended the weekend and the month with a favorite tradition around here -- May Day Baskets.  This year we were running low on energy after a big weekend but we enjoyed ding dong ditching our closest neighbors, Nana and Papa, and our sweet friends Max, Maleah and Miles!  

We had a great April, full of fun, lots of normal, a little of the sickies and look forward to all May has to offer. Vera will wrap up preschool.  We will take our first trip to the lake for the season.  We will also welcome our new pastor at church and send off a dear friend to deployment.  It will be a busy month....here we come May!

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