Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 151/365

day 152

It's birthday week!
Getting ready for Matthew's Lego birthday on Saturday at "Big Al's."
I had fun taking pictures at home because of lack of time & the bowling alley is really dark.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 150/365

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Memorial Day in Richland.
Visited Dad's grave and attended the Memorial Day ceremony.
A moving day....

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 149/365


Grammie & Grandpa came to celebrate Matthew's 8th birthday with us and watched the kids so we could go to a wedding! The kids had a great time, and so did we.

Thank you so much!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 148/365


A fancy night out on the town for Garrett's wedding.
A wonderful night catching up with old friends.
Definitely a treat! Katie's face when she saw my dress was priceless.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 147/365


Happy 8th Birthday Matthew!
Lunch at school together, Kung Fu Panda 2 with Grammie/Grandpa, dinner at "The Diner", presents and ice cream cake.
A happy day from start to finish.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 146/365


A pencil and eraser ready for each of the children in Matthew's class for his birthday tomorrow.
(Treats are sadly discouraged or sugar cookies would be in order).
He is VERY excited for his big day.
Me too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 145/365


Puberty hit a little early!
Actually, Matthew got to sit at the "May Birthday Table."
Face painting and games made for a fun lunch break.
And a funny face. :)
(It's a little smeared because it was "itchy.")

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 144/365


The (one) day of warm weather prompted a fossil dig.
What fun!
(What a mess!)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 143/365


Matthew's first time pitching!
It didn't go so well. :)
Nevertheless, it was fun to watch. 
This was taken shortly before the downpour that ended the game.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 142/365

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Mike turns 39!
Steak, wicked shrimp, white cake with lemon curd filling
A Portland Timbers jersey
A really nice night visiting & spending time with family.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 141/365



The boys' first fishing trip!
15 salmon!
A great time had by all.
(Notice the winter coats & grey gloomy weather?
It's been a COLD spring!)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 140/365


Daddy's little helper.
Katie is just as comfortable in the dirt with a Popsicle covered face as she is in a princess dress with a tiara.
She was so happy to be helping Dan she was singing a song about "working with Daddy."

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 139/365


Croquet in the backyard.
One of my favorite summertime games from my childhood.
Notice the Bug?

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 138/365


Hooray for sunshine and summer clothes!!!
Dan says this dress is one step away from a tuxedo shirt.
I think it's cute and stylish.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 137/365


Two sweet brothers share a seat while they eat their breakfast cereal.
When Matthew got out of the van to go to school Andrew said,
"I miss Matthew."
We weren't even out of the parking lot.
They really are the best of friends.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 136/365

day 135

Dear Andrew,
I'm sorry that I tried to cut your hair.
It's a good thing you have such a sweet little face and your hair grows so fast.
As soon as it grows enough we'll go get the front fixed.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 135/365

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School Artwork by Matthew.
Eric Carl (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) is the author/illustrator they are studying.
This artwork is supposed to reflect his style.
I thought Matthew did a great job!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 134/365

day 134

When the sun comes out Matthew practices his roller skating.
We've had some bloody elbows & tears, but he keeps trying!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 133/365


Some might call these weeds, but Dandelions clutched in dimpled hands are my very favorite kind of flowers.
These were courtesy of Katie but Andrew told me the other day that they are his favorite kind of flowers too. :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Day 132/365


Fruit bar, anyone?
Signs of an approaching summer.
Sticky faces & hands.
Love it!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 131/365


We have another Fox in the family!
Kindergarten Roundup...just Mama & Andrew.
A very fun time...meeting teachers, touring the school, reading in the library & play dough!
Andrew is VERY excited for Kindergarten!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 130/365


"I love you,
I'm proud of you,
You're a good boy, Andrew.
Did you know that?"

"No....Actually, yes.
You say that all the time."

Our conversation right before I took this photo.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 129/365


Books, books, and more books!
Before they enter school, our kids are read to twice a day.
Once they are in school we read together at night before bed.
I love reading to my kids.
One of my favorite things to do with them.
Our collection of chapter books is now growing in the playroom.

PS.  Today was our 13th Anniversary but we're going to
celebrate next month with a weekend in Seattle!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Day 128/365


One blessed Mama.
3 precious kids.
A very happy Mother's Day!
(Despite how I'm dressed, it was cold and rainy!)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 127/365


Matthew's trophy shelf, beloved polar express snow globe, the boys'
piggy banks, sweet handprints, a painting from Dan's childhood and some train artwork.
The CD player that was in Matthew' & Andrew's nursery plays them to sleep each night.
(Everything from Beethoven ~ to the Cars Soundtrack, to the Chipmunks Christmas).
Matthew's current read, "Henry & Ribsy" sits on the top left of the dresser.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 126/365


Matthew & Andrew's little space in the world.
I've been on a cleaning rampage.
All clutter must GO!
We are lightening our load and it feels great!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 125/365


A photo from the Tulip festival this last weekend.
Such sweet brothers.
My little men.
My little loves.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Day 124/365


Carpe' Diem!
We dropped everything and went to the park for a picnic dinner and some fresh air during a very rare sunny moment this rainy, wet, cold spring!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 123/365


Say "aaah!"
Kaitlin's first time in the Dentist's chair!
She did great ~ even waiting with her mouth open like a little bird. :)
Best of all ~ her teeth look great!
(Well, except for the chipped front two but that's par for the course in our family!)

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 122/365


Matthew earned "Super Bee" today for his "Super Bee-havior" at school!
Exciting day!  Matthew writes about Super Bee's adventures at our house in the journal for school and take a photo.  Super Bee was playing with Matthew this afternoon on our only day without an afternoon activity.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 121/365


Another fun time at the tulip festival with our dear friends.
Kaitlin was mesmerized by Hannah.