Saturday, March 31, 2012

Day 91/365 ~ 2012 Part 2


While the kids are away...
Mom & Dad go out and play!!!
NW 23rd Pottery Barn.
Then dinner in the Pearl District at Piazza Italia.  (Locals ~ It's SO good, but make a reservation!)
We walked around the pearl district and just enjoyed being together a little bit before we went to eat....



The restaurant is small, and very casual, but the food is authentic and they are always full!  (At least when I've been there).  We ended the evening watching "The Hunger Games."  A wonderful day!

Day 91/365 ~ 2012


Ready to go to Grammie & Grandpas for a FOUR NIGHT stay!
What are Mom & Dad going to do?!?!
Everyone in the family is excited about this trip! :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

Day 90/35 ~ 2012


Happy Spring Break!!!
We took the kids out for frozen yogurt to celebrate the start of Spring Break.
This is a fun place where you get to fill your own cup and add the toppings yourself.
A fun way to kick off the week.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day 88/365 ~ 2012


Crafting on the floor.
Every day you can find a child here on the floor with the craft bin out.  (Most often, Matthew).
It is usually littered with markers and scraps of paper and kids.
It's both annoying (this is the walkway to the kitchen) and makes me happy (love seeing them being creative) all that the same time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Day 87/365 ~ 2012


Spring has sprung!  The plants are starting to bloom!  I took the Bug outside to see the flowers emerging from their rest and she had fun exploring the yard looking for new growth.


My happy girl.


And my 4 year old, who when she gets upset will stop off.
Stomp. Stomp. Stomp.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 86/365 ~ 2012


Andrew lost another tooth!
3 in a row are missing ~ giving him that great toothless smile.
Andrew is such a cute & lovable age right now.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 85/365~2012


Love how Katie is admiring Michelle. :)

A delicious french toast & fritata brunch at Mike & Michelle's house for my birthday!
Oreo, Vanilla, Red Velvet & "Princess" cupcakes.
An afternoon matinee with Michelle (The Hunger Games!)
A great conclusion to my month long birthday celebration.  :)


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Day 84/365 ~ 2012

(Photos taken on 3/25)

The sunshine beckoned the bug out for a stroll.


I think "Sparkle Chandelier"  (her stuffed pony) enjoyed her ride.


Friday, March 23, 2012

Day 83/365 ~ 2012


We were so happy to host Shannon & Ryan's family to celebrate Ryan's great new job.
We hope this is a wonderful new chapter in their life.
Daube Provencal, french bread and green salad for dinner.
We enjoyed visiting while the kids ate pizza, put on jammies and watched "Hop."
At least for a little while.  Then the costumes came out and the fun began.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Day 82/365 ~2012


While the calendar says it's officially spring, the weather certainly isn't acting like it.
This was the view from my bedroom window the morning of the 3rd day of spring.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Day 81/465 ~ 2012


It's a little hard to see in this photo, but the Bug got her hair cut today and our stylist then put it in a heart braid. 
She was thrilled.
She went to bed with it in.
Woe to me when it has to come out.
It isn't going to be pretty!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Day 80/365 ~ 2012


After being sent to time out in his room, things were awfully quiet.
I peeked in to find Andrew had fallen asleep and took nearly a 2 hour nap.
Sweet sleepy boy.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Day 79/365 ~ 2012

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(This photo was actually taken on 3/18).

A mission to take a photo with our friend's "Flat Stanley" (a second grade social studies project from North Carolina) took us to Captain William Clark Park where Lewis & Clark camped along the bank of the Columbia River in April of 1806.


Despite the gloomy cloud cover & rain, the kids still had a fun time.
We're all itching for the sun to come out and have some outdoor adventures!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 78/365 ~ 2012

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Matthew completed his communion training!
After asking for a year to take communion we signed him up for the class.
He was so excited to take communion for the first time and proudly wore his cross to school on Monday.
We are very proud of you, Matthew and excited to watch your own journey as you grow in your faith.
May God Bless you & keep you, precious boy!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Day 77/365 ~ 2012

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Our St. Paddy's Day...

A Shamrock trail, green toilet water, an unsuccessful leprechaun trap, Leprechaun mischief (they read our Easter books!), gold coins, Lucky Charms, green milk, Leprechaun masks, "Find the Leprechaun" ~ game made up by the boys, corned beef & cabbage, Green Velvet cupcakes.

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A very happy day!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

Day 76/365 ~ 2012

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Some spontaneous fun at "The Green Park" with the Bug.
Black Mary Janes & a wand clutched in a sweet little hand make my heart happy.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Day 75/365 ~ 2012


I found these sweet words written by Matthew on a notepad of mine when he was in Kindergarten.
I don't know what prompted him to write them, but I taped the paper to the wall and it's been there for two years. 
I recently put them in this little frame.
One of my favorite things.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Day 74/365 ~ 2012


Matthew's "Leprechaun Trap."
He was SO excited about this project and with the exception of some help on his trap mechanism from Dan, he did it all himself.
Out of Legos, of course.
When the treasure chest is lifted, the trap door opens.
He is anxiously awaiting to find out if a mischievous Leprechaun will fall for his trap! :)


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Day 73/365 ~ 2012


Classic Matthew & Andrew.
Andrew lounging on the stairs while Matthew helps him with his shoes.
(Getting ready to go play in the snow today).
Matthew takes care of Andrew in a lot of different ways.
But Andrew keeps Matthew in stitches....


A common dinner scene.
This photo was from this evening.
After the boys are sent upstairs to get ready for bed hysterical laughter erupts in a matter of minutes.
If told to clean the play room....again, hysterical laughter.
Lots of laughter,  very little productivity.

Our problems could be worse.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Day 72/365 ~ 2012


These two look so much alike!
When Kaitlin was born she looked JUST like Andrew.  As an infant she looked less like him, but right now they look a lot alike again.
They're personalities are less alike, but complement each other nicely.
(I think Andrew's personality complements most anyone ~ we lucked out to have him as our middle child, he creates such harmony in our family.)


Kaitlin adores her big brother.
The feeling is mutual.
Sweet siblings, indeed.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 71/365 ~ 2012


Birthday fun with Shannon!
Lunch at "The Rock."
"The Help" on DVD.
Working on Project Life scrapbook for me, cutting birthday banners, for her.


Lots & lots (& lots!) of talking.
Time like this is rare & cherished these days and something I really miss. 
A huge treat to have a long, relaxing day with one of my very dearest friends.
(A BIG thank you to Dan & Ryan who made it possible!!!!)

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Day 70/365 ~ 2012


Friends since we were 12, Julie & I always look forward to our birthday dates.
Breakfast at La Provence & 5 hours of uninterrupted conversation.
A wonderful treat!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Day 69/365 ~ 2012

"What Holiday is it, Mama?"
"It's just a regular day today, honey."
"I know, it's St. Patrick's Day!! I'll wear my green dress!"
"No, you can wear green next week, today you need to choose a sweatsuit."

Here is how she presented herself for the day.....


We are now in daily clothing negotiations.
Here was our compromise for the day.....


The dress came off (she was NOT happy about that).
Mama's choice:  The shirt and flowers for her hair, and no dress.
Kaitlin's choice:  Bracelets, necklace, clip, socks, shoes, and sweat suit were her choice.   The sunglasses stayed as well, they just weren't photographed.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Day 68/365 ~ 2012


We headed to the park after school to soak up some of the delicious sunshine that we were treated to.
We enjoyed every second as rain returns this weekend, but it gives us hope of sunny days to come!
(Kaitlin's sticker is from her well check ~ so thankful for healthy kids!)

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Day 67/365 ~ 2012


Hannah and Matthew don't have much time together anymore since they are both in school all day, so we had Hannah over for a play date.
They decorated sugar cookies (just sprinkling pre-packaged pillsbury sugar cookies) ~ a little treat we first did when Hannah came to visit as a little 3 year old. They still love to do this!


Earlier in the day Katie and I had a little fun in the sunshine.
Me, snapping photos.
Her, picking "flowers." (Weeds). :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Day 66/365 ~ 2012


"Doughnuts with Dad" day at pre-school ~ a big, big day.
Kaitlin's guess at Dan's age:  "58"
Thing she likes to do best with Daddy:  "Tickles!"
Kaitlin was SO excited for this special day & had trouble when Daddy had to leave....
lots of tears.
She wore her tie that Daddy made her until bedtime.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 65/365 ~ 2012


An artist I am not.  But I disguised myself with a paper bag to be the "Mystery Reader" today in Matthew's class.
You should have seen the kids' faces!  So funny!
After several minutes I heard Matthew quietly say, "It's my Mom."How could he tell? 
He recognized the bag I was carrying & my ring. :)
Matthew's favorite poems from Shel Silverstein's "Where the Sidewalk Ends" were my choice. 
Silly voices & all.  (I did the reading after I removed the bag).
I should have removed prior to sitting down ~ I nearly missed the chair.  It just added to the humor.  :)
I asked Matthew if I embarrassed him.   He said no. 
I wish I could always remember the little smile on his face.
I find the less seriously I take myself, the more fun I have with the kids.
It was a really fun afternoon.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 64/365 ~ 2012


I often lay out Kaitlin's clothes the night before school or church.
I didn't notice until after I put her clothes out that she had already beat me to it....


Love it. 
She chose her favorite dress, a pair of tights, and of course her accessories. 
She is always well accessorized these days. :)

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Day 63/365 ~ 2012



Matthew tested for his yellow belt today!
He did great!
Pictured with Master Yun who owns/runs the school.
His goal is for his students to "not get a Gold Medal in the Olympics, but get a Gold Medal in life."
This has been a great program for the boys.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Day 62/365 ~ 2012


Andrew:  "Mama, Why is the fire hydrant for sale?"