Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

I pray you and your family had a blessed Easter celebration today.  We celebrated with worship this morning, dinner with family, and a relaxing day with those we love.  It doesn't get much better than that!

I love these kiddos

Me and my girls

Makenna showing off her pretty dress

Yeah, this was the best we could do.

Maya in a trance

Pretty little lady

Daddy and Makenna

Daddy and his kiddos- again, best we could do

Another one with Mommy

Daddy and his little man

Nice pose, Maya

Relaxing at home, all changed out of their dresses

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Egg Hunt

We took the kids to Ivanrest Church again for their annual Easter Egg Hunt this morning.  Needless to say, none of them were really into it very much.  The girls just stood there holding an egg that we put in their hands, and Kaden didn't want to pick any eggs.

Well, at least the donut holes and conversation with friends were good :)



Kaden helps Maya find some eggs

Easter eggs

Kaden had his first egg-dyeing experience today.  He loved drawing designs on the eggs and coloring them.  He thought he was big stuff staying up later than his sisters to work on this with Mom and Dad.  We only did 6 eggs, and they weren't the most creative thing, but Kaden loved it, and that's what mattered :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fishing show with Grandpa

My Dad came for a visit this weekend, so of course Kaden had to go to the fishing show with him.  I was planning on dropping Kaden and my Dad off at the show, but by the time we got there after sitting in traffic for 45 minutes, I ended up just saying there with them.  Of course I was totally unprepared.  No shoes on the girls, no snacks, drinks, etc.  Thankfully I had the stroller, so we made it through an hour of looking at fishing stuff, boats, etc.  Totally right up my alley.

Kaden loved it, and that's what matters :)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crazy climbers

Seriously, I'm going nuts.  My kids are crazy.  They are into EVERYTHING!!!!

The aftermath of an afternoon indoors

And then they go and do this.  GAH!  I love these kiddos.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Our very own zoo

Since the weather isn't exactly zoo-worthy right now, Kaden and I decided to create our own zoo during naptime.  I must say it was pretty cool.

Labels on the cages

Look at all of those animals!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

House progress

I haven't made an official blog post about the house yet, I can't believe it.  Every week we go and take pictures of the progress, and plan to make a photo book of the entire experience.  I've had lots of people asking about our progress so I thought I'd put some sneak-peaks up for you to see.  About 5 weeks left- I CAN'T WAIT!!

 Kaden's favorite worker so far.  Dry waller on stilts so he can mud up the ceiling :)

 Opening for the refrigerator (where the tools and box are) and the message center- by cabinets.  Hallway leads to mud room.

 Kitchen cabinets are almost all done!  Waiting on custom island (wait until you see the color- you'll love it.... ok, well I know I will!) and countertops.  Cabinets are antique white with pewter glaze.

 Fireplace area in family room- will have built-in book shelves on both sides.

 Downstairs- bathroom, linen closet, spare bedroom opening

 Downstairs bedroom #2- we'll use as an office until the girls decide they don't want to share a bedroom anymore.  We have 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 down, so Kaden can have his own room downstairs when he wants :)

 Downstairs- the door in place is Kaden's  play area under the stairs.  It's SO cute!  Open door is mechanical room.

 My craft area.  This picture is for you Laura Batts :)

 Better view of the basement

 The girls' room (on main level)

View of the front.  Still need to put up the stone.  Sorry for the bad view- it's rare that a truck isn't parked in front to get a good view.

I realize that I haven't shown you everything, but what fun would that be?  I have to leave your mind wondering a bit :)  We have to paint yet, floors installed, clean, etc.  Color you see on the walls is the primer color, not actually our paint color, in case you were wondering :)

Disney on Ice

Several months ago we bought tickets to take Kaden to Disney on Ice.  We kept it a surprise and planned a date for just him.  I think I may have been more excited about it than anyone :)  On Saturday morning we showed Kaden a YouTube video of Disney on Ice and told him we were going to take him there.  I don't think he really knew what to expect.  We left the girls with Grandma for the afternoon/evening since we wanted it to be a special time for Kaden.   After taking forever to park, we managed to make it to our seats seconds before the show started.  As soon as the music started playing and lights started flashing, Kaden was hooked.  He sat on the end of his seat almost the whole time and was glued to the ice.  He LOVED it!  The only part he didn't like was when the princess skaters came out :)  When the princesses were skating, he leaned back in his chair and sighed and said, "those are for girls, Mom."   During intermission, I managed to spend $40 on needless crap, but the boy got what he wanted.  Rainbow snowcone in a Disney cup (which goes against every healthy food option I believe in), popcorn, Diet Pepsi (for Mom and Dad :), and a small souvenir Buzz Lightyear for $15- the cheapest souvenir there.  Kaden was on cloud nine.  He was so excited to have the time with just the 3 of us, as well as see all of his favorite characters skating.  He was bummed that Cars and Jake weren't there but he got over it :)

After the show we walked to Buffalo Wild Wings, a family favorite.  Kaden enjoyed some wings and was a happy boy :)  On the way home we had to stop at Target for a few things, and he picked out a few new Color Wonder craft items (can't pass up 50% off!), and got a small Toy Story Woody to go with Buzz.  He hasn't let them leave his sight since.

It was a fun afternoon and evening, and most importantly, I treasured the time with just Kaden.  It's no secret that the girls take up a lot of our time- after all, there's 2 of them.  It takes both of us to get the girls down for bed, to give them a bath, etc., and my attention is always diverted to 2 more needy toddlers during the day.  Kaden doesn't get as much one-on-one time as he used to, and I appreciated the time to make him feel special all over again.  I love my little buddy :)

Terrible cell phone pic 

"Fireworks, Mom!"

Grand Finale- Nemo!!

Enjoying his wings at B-Dubs :)