Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter 2015!

Easter was fun, but kinda under a cloud of crazy this year.  We have all been sick in turn with a nasty stomach bug, and fever.  Charlie decided to add a cough and stuffy nose too just for variety.  We are also in the midst of buying our first home, Jason had a deadline at work, and Grandma is having major surgery! Whew! It's a miracle we dyed eggs or did anything!  Will was home sick from school, but when his fever broke, I figured we might as well go for it.  Easter was cold, and damp, so I didn't get many pictures of the hunt, and you can't see their Easter outfits because they have their coats on, and Charlie refused to wear his, saying "I will wear it next Easter!"  You can't fight city hall.  I made a delicious brunch, and we had 5 of Jason's buddies over for the meal.  It was a nice day, and I ended it with a night shift and the beginnings of stomach flu.  The kids loved it all though and ate tons of chocolate, and both got a new skylander, and books, so they were content.  I hope at some point though we get a Easter that my kids can hunt eggs with no jacket... ( :  It is Minnesota though...I will have to start buying Christmas AND Easter sweaters!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Minnehaha Falls in Solid Form...

Jason took the boys to Minnehaha Falls while I was sleeping after a night shift a couple weeks ago.  I was so amazed with how it looks!  There were some people going in, but it is against the rules and it's pretty dangerous, but I probably would have done it!  ( :  Charlie is only posing with double thumbs up these days...

William Turns SEVEN!!

The Monday before his birthday there was no school so we headed to Nickelodeon Universe with 2 friends!

Will had a ball and so did Jack and Cara!

Mall of America has a HUGE Lego Store with a giant Lego play area.  The boys could have stayed here for hours.  Cara and I went to American Girl while the boys played!

The Blues Clues Ride continues to be one of Will's favorites!

Bumper Cars!

Will was really good at them this time, I guess all the driving the Power Wheels helped!

Birthday morning was all about the presents!

I brought Minecraft cupcakes and treats to his class.  Here is Will and his teacher Ms Rusterholtz

Will ate 2 cupcakes!

Will requested birthday brownies this year instead of cake!  They were yummy!

In the evening we went to Space Alien Cafe for dinner.  It is kind of like a Pizza Planet like in Toy Story...

Will and the Space Alien fistbumped! 

Will made a great haul of Minecraft, Big Hero 6, and Skylanders!  A 7 year old boy couldn't ask for anything more!

William's Annual Likes List:
Food: Hot Dogs
Superhero: Batman
Color: Red
Place to Eat:  Noodles and Co
Book: Geronimo Stilton
Movie/Show:  Animaniacs
What I want to be:  Ninja
Song: Firework by Katie Perry
Snack: Fruit Snacks
Vacation: Boston
Person: Abraham Lincoln
Toy: Skylanders
Store: Target and Goodwill

William had his 7 year well child exam:
Ht: 49.25 in  (46.75in at 6)
Wt: 55lbs (49lbs at 6)
He is growing so tall!  75th percentile for height!  We had his parent teacher conference the same day and he is doing great in school.  He is top in reading and math and his handwriting had greatly improved!  I am glad I have kept papers from early in the year to compare to.  I love this kid so much, and I can't believe he is already 7!  He is still a super picky eater, but what he does eat is healthy.  He sleeps well, and is such a nice, caring, generous boy.  I am so lucky to have such an amazing kiddo! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Big Boy Charlie...

Well.  I was beginning to think this kid would NEVER be potty trained.  Nothing could tempt him.  I had promised train sets, movies, legos, chocolate, cake, cookies!  You name it, we tried it.  He was very, very resistant.  He didn't care if he was wet.  He didn't care if he had poop in his diaper.  He hated being changed.  It was rough.  So, I told him that we were counting down and on Saturday morning, he would not have anymore pull ups or diapers, except for bedtime.  We had puddles.  Lots of puddles.  We had successful days, and terrible days where I was ready to throw him back in diapers.  Finally, one day it all seemed to click.  He is now wearing big boy underpants full time.  He is independently using the toilet.  I am still carrying spares wherever we go, but I am certain we are over the hump!  I am so proud of Charlie.  Change is really hard for him.  But once he is finally able to see it will all be ok, he is very proud of himself! I brought big boy Lego Movie undies home for him from Target today.  He was thrilled!

Bouncing Off Some Energy...

We found out about a bouncy place near our town.  The boys were worn out in an hour!  We reserved it for Charlie's Birthday party, here in Minnesota it will be perfect! 

Baby Bettie Sendoff...

We wanted to have a little sprinkle shower for Baby Bettie before Molly went back home.  I quickly threw the decorations up while she showered and when she came up we were all decorated up!  I had messaged some of her buddies before hand to let them know I was doing this so they could send things for her to open.  She got a nice variety of things and it was fun getting to share in some of the fun in person.  I can't wait to see if I have a niece of nephew!  William and Charlie are both very excited and every time we go out William keeps asking to buy things for the baby.  So sweet!

Museums and Zoos...

Charlie loves seeing the butterflies at the Science Center...

William loves to be rolled up like a burrito, and Charlie joined in on the fun!  It should be a calm night for a change!

Our local zoo has a great kids area where the kids get to match the food to the correct animal.  So fun! 

Will feeds a very hungry turtle...

Charlie and Will were put to work at the History Museum.  Pulling a plow was much harder than it looked!

And keeping the plowshare straight wasn't easy either...

My small boy working in a munitions plant...

The history museum had all kinds of fun exhibits, including this plane!

Will's swim lessons ended in January.  We decided to take a break this round, it's just too cold to take him out wet every week! 

Another Butterfly moment...

We puppy sat Onyx again after Christmas, Will wanted to sleep in the crate with him! 

Charlie was kinder and just wanted to visit...