Sunday, May 18, 2014

keeping busy and having fun

The kids have been having a great time lately.
Miles was a barista (don't you think he would get lots of tips just for being cute).
Audrey had field day. Sorry no pictures.
And a free book event. We got lots of good ones this year - 2 Mo Willems, the Amelia Bedelia shower book (which was one of my favorites as a kid), Grover's book of cute baby animals (another of my faves as a kid), Ramona Quimby age 8 (Ramona is still one of my faves), Martha speaks, plus many more. The kids read books most of the rest the day, it was awesome.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Miles is a busy dude

In the last week Miles has been busy. He made pizza and has been a doctor.
 Real men wear aprons.

And here is Dr. Miles, isn't he the cutest?!

book club

Audrey and I had our first book club meeting last week. She bought the book "Rescue Princesses" from her school's scholastic book fair and read it in a week, that's pretty good considering she's finishing up first grade and it's at a third grade level. Anyways her teacher is wanting to make sure that her students aren't just reading words but that they are comprehending the story. So I had the genius idea to have a book club meeting with her to make sure she really got it. And she really got it, even better than me.
For our book club we had ice cream cones for a dessert and then we dressed as our favorite princess from the book. Then we discussed the book, very thoroughly. I think Audrey enjoyed being the expert since I mixed up some of the characters. Then to finish up we read the teaser chapter for the next book in the series.
It was a lot of fun and we can't wait to read and discuss our next book, Jake is going to join us so Audrey is trying to find a book he would enjoy.
Here we are dressed as our favorite princesses from the book. Audrey is Freya and I am Jaminta. The princesses have special pets they rescue, that's why we're holding pets.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

new kennel

Pepper got a new kennel, since we underestimated her length for the other one. And I think she is liking the airy-ness of this one. She actually goes in on her own sometimes. (Thank you aunt Virgie).
 Oh yeah, the kids love going in there too.

our easter

Our Easter was great and we almost had all of our family over. There was egg dying and candy and even confetti eggs (thanks Nicole). And to try and put our focus on what Easter means to us Audrey and I made lamb sugar cookies and everyone got chocolate lambs at their place setting (I forgot to take a picture but we just took a cupcake liner filled it with a little green Easter grass put the chocolate lamb on top and then taped the name to the outside of the liner). Lambs to help us remember that Jesus was our sacrificial lamb. He conquered sin and death once and for all. And He is risen!

 My silly girl, pretending that she was eating all the cookies.

 Miles did not want to dye eggs, his new airplanes from gramps were too fun.

Miles in the tree. I love that boy.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

my 7 x 7 remix

I'm taking a challenge from a blog I read to take 7 articles of clothing and mix and match them to make 7 or more outfits. My 7 items are: multi-colored scarf, coral pants, jeans, floral shirt, bird t-shirt, light blue cardigan and charcoal maxi dress.
 I was able to make 8 outfits, I miss counted while I was taking pictures.
The first is my floral shirt with jeans.
 Second is my coral pants with my light blue cardigan and my multi-colored scarf.
 Third is the coral pants with my bird t-shirt and the scarf.
 Fourth is my charcoal maxi dress with my scarf made into a vest.
 Fifth is the dress again with my bird shirt over the top.
 Sixth is my floral top tied at the side over the dress.
 Seventh is the floral top with my coral pants.
 And eighth, last but probably the one I wear the most, my bird t-shirt with the cardigan and my jeans. Please ignore the shoes, I was getting ready to walk the dog.
I love these kind of challenges because it helps me to look at my clothing in different ways and get more mileage out of it all.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

happy belated world down syndrome day

Well I missed writing and posting this on the actual day (March 21) but that's ok.

I love how the writer in this above article poses the question, "why are we so afraid of down syndrome?"
Before miles I was never around anyone who had down syndrome. I knew nothing but the negatives. That's what made me so afraid.
So here's what I would tell a mom if her baby was born with down syndrome. If I could be there in the birthing room with balloons and a big banner, pushing the doctor with his somber face away and shoving the nurses that are rudely whispering.
I would say, "congratulations! You are beginning an amazing adventure! Your child will do amazing things. Every milestone and development will be more precious to you because it will show your child's hard work and determination. I hope you already follow Jesus because you are going to need him with this new challenge. But also know that you will see God's love and joy through your child. Enjoy your new baby and get some rest. "

Now here are some positives that I have noticed having a son with down syndrome: every milestone and development is something to be celebrated, he is a great problem solver, he's a cuddle bug, he's super cute and has a great smile, he loves to dance, and he's a wild card - you never know what to expect.