Archive for April 2008

Bike Safety Rodeo

April 30, 2008

There’s a bike safety rodeo this weekend at Hy-Vee.  Free Helmets to kids who bring their bike.


Our House is Finally Done!

April 29, 2008

Just a joke, people.


April 29, 2008

Proof that my children are not dumb.  This is them using a baton to try to unlatch the door.  Lincoln has the baton in this picture…but all the boys were doing it.  They didn’t get it this day, but today Vaughn got it open with a toy broom.  Oh, and in this picture, Vaughn is disassembling the door.

April 29, 2008

Girls had fun covering Grandma’s bathroom (and themselves) in bubbles.

At Nana’s the girls got to play next door on the trampoline and climb in the neighbors tree house.

Oh, You Beautiful Girl

April 29, 2008

Hilary before the prom:

April 29, 2008

Saturday, Jamie took the girls to swim lessons.  I finished packing the kitchen up.  Do you know how hard it is to move everything in your kitchen to other areas of your house when there is no room?  🙂  Then I took the girls to Burlington.  We spent the weekend with Nana while Papa helped Daddy tear down the kitchen.  Steve and Paul helped too.  When I came back Sunday we had no cabinets or walls in the kitchen or old bedroom. 

Saturday the six of us played at Nanas.  The girls and I did sneak out for a few minutes to see Hilary in her prom dress.  How fun!

Sunday the girls went to church with McKenna and the boys and I went to church with Nana.  It was a great church!  The people were so friendly and everyone in the church seemed on fire.

We hit Mazzio’s pizza for lunch.  Jenny rode back to Muscatine with me and then turned around and came back to Burlington with Paul.  We had fun just driving and talking.  Nana kept Lincoln and Gavin overnight.

Monday Vaughn, Lucy, Grace and I headed to mom’s house.  Just wanted to keep everyone out of a very dusty/dirty house.  Had supper there and came home.

Mom picked up Lincoln and Gavin from Nana today.  Nana works on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Mom is keeping them overnight which is a huge help because now I will be able to go with Lucy on her field trip tomorrow.  Grace and Vaughn will go with me.

AEA came today.  Surely they think my children are stupid.  Vaughn, my talker, did not say one word except at the end when she was leaving he said BYE about 10 times.  He was apparently very happy to see her leave.  Every time she’d hand him a toy, he’d throw it.  He wouldn’t do anything she asked him to.  He had a couple major tantrums.  I couldn’t help it…I was embarrassed.  Why?  Because my child wouldn’t perform on command?  He had been sleeping until she got there and he was tired.  Next time she is coming earlier for Vaughn.  It’s just hard when I know how smart he is and this gal can’t see it.  She was very understanding.

Tonight, after Gracie’s cheerleading, we went to Donna’s for dinner.  Lynann made us an awesome casserole that was so good that I had nearly two platefuls.  The girls had so much fun playing with Brody.  He is so good with them.  And with only three children, Donna and I actually got to talk a little bit.

Mom called tonight and said that Gavin was kicking a soccer ball.  She asked him if he was going to be our soccer player.  He pulled up his pant leg and looked down at his sock.  How cute.

On the way to Burlington yesterday, we were listening to the radio and the song “Hot For Teacher” by Van Halen or David Lee Roth came on.  Lucy said, “Is that Max’s Daddy singing?”  I laughed and said “No, but it kinda sounds like him.”  She said, “He should sing this song because he’s a really good singer.”  The funny thing is, I could see Andy singing that song.  🙂

I was just thinking today how it takes a village to raise a family and that has certainly been true for me especially over the last couple of years.  Between Grandparents giving us a break from our kids, doing our laundry, cleaning our house, buying our kids clothes, diapers, food, and whatever else they need…Debbie who takes care of our children while we work…and friends who clean, fix our house, do laundry, give baths, love our kids, cook us meals – you wouldn’t believe how much harder our lives would be.  I think we get help on almost a daily basis…and sometimes it doesn’t feel like enough.  Those are the days when I realize how blessed we are. 

Well – I need to go to bed.  It has been quite exhausting trying to keep the kids out of the house while Jamie works.  He told me tonight that he’s burning out.  He’s been working non-stop on the kitchen and has gotten a lot accomplished.  I can’t wait until it’s done and we can spend time as a family again.


April 29, 2008