Thursday, March 16, 2017

Keeping Busy

It's been busy around here.  Lots of fun events going on and lots of appointments.  Does it ever slow down?  We are gearing up for Spring break and I think everybody is ready for a little break from the routine.  

We have been saying that this is Nora's world and we all just live in it.  She is kind of the boss and she marches to the beat of her own drum.  
This is Nora on our weekly Sam's Club run.  PJ's and hat check.
And note that she is the only one of our kids eating the salad sample.  She is still by far the best eater and eats anything.

Evan hit his head last week and Nora wanted to get him a band aid.  Scott asked Nora if Evan was bleeding, because otherwise he doesn't need a band aid and she went over to ask Evan if he was bleeding.  When he said no she said "oh please bleeding".  She really wanted to get him a band aid.  

These two were playing "house" and had to change their babies.  Evan always calls Nora his "honey" when they play house.  So funny and cute.

I was helping Evan with a little science project (cleaning pennies with vinegar and salt) and I knew Nora was in the Mudroom, but didn't know what she was doing.  Should have known she was into something since it was pretty quiet.
She pulled out all of our pool stuff, got naked and put her "swim poot" on.  She said she was ready to go swimming.
Absolutely never a dull moment with these two.

It was really windy last week and Evan wanted to fly his kite again, so we went out to the park.  The wind was so strong that he had a hard time holding on to the kite.
  
Nora wanted to fly it too, but I was afraid she was going to take off with it.  When I didn't let her hold the kite all by herself she didn't want to fly it anymore……instead she did this.

I feel like I don't have many pictures of Hannah anymore, but with her in school most of the day we just don't have that many opportunities anymore (plus she doesn't like it when I take her picture).
This was her lunch the other day and she wanted me to take a picture of her and the food, because I said that I don't think she can eat all of it.  Well, she did!  Must be growing.

Evan had the great idea of painting some more rocks to hide around town.
Very focused on the painting
I didn't tell that it was washable paint, but it was probably a good thing looking at their hands and clothes afterwards

Dr Seuss week at school

Nora and Hannah were wearing matching shirts the other day and when they walked in Evan said "Oh look they look like angels".  The he said "I used to have that shirt when I was little".  haha!

We saw a picture of a marble run online and Evan wanted to build one as well.  We collected some paper towel rolls and worked on building one.  It didn't look pretty and didn't last very long, but it worked.

Monday was Scott's birthday and the kids and I made him a big cookie cake.  It is always an adventure to bake with the two little ones.  Hannah didn't want to bake, she just wanted to help decorate.
And then they played bakery later
The decorating of the cake
Here is the finished cookie cake.  It tasted really good and I finally had to freeze the rest opt it last night, otherwise I would just keep eating little pieces here and there…..
Then it was time for birthday presents.  Evan had been wrapping up "gifts" for Scott for weeks.  He just wrapped up random stuff or toys and said they are daddy's birthday gifts.  He had an entire closet full of gifts and  other random spots were he hid these "gifts".  Scott got some of his own sandals, golf shoes, a neck pillow and a bunch of random toys from the playroom for his birthday.  Evan couldn't wait for Scott to unwrap those gifts.  I am glad his birthday is over now, because Evan would have eventually wrapped up the entire house.

Nora is ready for the NCAA tournament and ready to cheer on the Jayhawks

On Tuesday Evan's teachers told him that they will be building a Leprechaun trap today for St Patrick's day.  Evan was so excited and couldn't wait and built his own.
Here is his Leprechaun trap.  I love his imagination and cleverness!










Thursday, March 2, 2017

Short and Sweet Update

It's been a busy few weeks around here, but I don't have many pictures, so this will be short and sweet.
The weather is still up and down and we were actually under a tornado watch this week, so crazy!  I will never get used to tornado season.

I shared a picture of Hannah's decorated pig for a contest at school a few weeks ago.  They announced the winners this week and she won for her grade.  She won some book fair money and she is so excited!
The entire school district read "Adventures of a South Pole Pig" in the month of February and they ended it with dress up week this week. They are supposed to dress up like something every day (farmer, pig, dog, cat and bundle up).  We didn't remember this until Monday morning, so we decided to skip that day. 
 Evan and Nora have Dr Seuss week at preschool this week and next, so they have to dress up as well (crazy hat, crazy sock, wear red or wear green).  I am having a hard time keeping up with it and already messed up once and sent the wrong dress up with the wrong kid.
I was talking to Scott and told him that I think they do these dress up days just to make parents mad.  Hannah heard me say that and thought it was funny, so she told her teacher that I said that.  Awesome!
I know the kids enjoy it.
So, we got creative this week……
and I forgot to take pictures of the rest of the dress ups

Hannah and I attended world thinking day last weekend with her Girls Scout troop.  The girls had a great time eating different food and collecting little trinkets from different countries around the world.

Hannah also went to a 50's theme roller skating birthday party.  So much fun!  
Evan and Nora were able to come as well and they loved it.  Scott has some really cute videos of all of them doing the limbo.



The balloon artist on true square made Hannah some balloon sunglasses

We are still working hard on being consistent with chores around here.  The one that is the most willing to help is this one…..
She is going out to feed the chickens here.  I printed a list of age appropriate chores and they have to pick at least two chores from that list every day.  This has worked much better than telling them what they have to do every day.
Evan was helping unload the dishwasher the other night and said "helping unload the dishwasher also helps you get ice cream, right mama"

Evan went to the bathroom and when he came back he said "I was just sitting on the toilet and it got me thinking…..".  He went on to explain to me why he thinks our toilet leaked a little bit the other day (we still can't find this leak and I am starting to suspect that one of the kids had something to do with it).

We were playing the game "Beat the parents".  It is an adult vs kids trivia game.  Hannah always reads the trivia questions to us, but Evan really wanted to do that part.  So, he just took one of the cards and pretended to read it and came up with this:
"Where do lambs sleep? 
a) in the cold
b) in the winter
c) in the chicken weather

We laughed pretty hard at his made up question.




Thursday, February 23, 2017

Life Lately- Spring Like Weather Edition

We have had Spring like weather in the last week and we have enjoyed it and spent a lot of time outside.  I am sure it is just a teaser and we will have snow next week.  This weather has been a little bit crazy, but I am not complaining about the warm temperatures.  I just noticed that my tulips are already coming up, I think all of the flowers and trees are a little confused too.

Last week I took Evan and Nora to the bike park in the morning and we were the only people there, which was great, because Nora kind of takes over.  She is insisting on riding her Piki Piki bike everywhere now.  She refuses to get into the bike trailer most of the time.
She says "I ride my Piki bike myself".  I can't count how many times a day I hear "I do this myself"
Evan has become a great bike rider and he rides the bike everywhere now

We went to the Gymbacks meet last week as a family and had a great time.  Evan was really into it for a little while, but got bored quickly.  Nora just climbed up and down the stairs the entire time and made new friends, but she would stop to clap when everybody else was clapping.
Hannah was really into it and wants to go to the next meet
Every once in a while Hannah will ask me to straighten her hair and I will do it.  She looks so grown up with the straight hair

 Scott and I were working out and Nora was watching us.  She tries to copy the moves all of the time and its pretty cute.  We were doing a work out video and a few of the guys in the video were not wearing a shirt, so Nora had to take her shirt off too and she continued doing the work out.

We have spent a lot of time in the sandbox making cakes.

Hannah decided to give Evan and Nora a pedicure.  She set up a little station for them and did a pretty good job.
Nora's turn

The next day Hannah wanted to give me a pedicure and do my make up.  Nora was her little helper and I ended up with a bunch of eye shadow on my legs.  I did not take a picture of my make up, it was a little over the top

Here is one more Evan quote I want to document.
Evan helps make his scrambled egg every morning.  This week Scott was helping him and Evan told him "Daddy you are not really an expert egg maker"