Friday, April 30, 2010

March odd 'n' ends

Adam was the Big Cheese at school in mid March.  We were all excited that it was finally his turn.  The mouse had to do things with him and go where Adam did for the week.  We also filled in a poster with pics and words about Adam.
Riley, Adam, and the Big Cheese aka Mouse

I loved this shirt the instant I saw it.  I also got Audrey a pink Superman one!  Oh how I LOVE Old Navy!

Rockin' out on guitar!  You should see her on drums!

We had some really great weather near the end of March.  Audrey, Adam, Noelle, and I really took advantage of it.

Since I have not the slightest idea how to spell it, we'll just say he is enjoying a nice outdoor ball and stick game, LOL.

By far the coolest Happy Meal boxes EVER!!  We also took them to see this movie, it was great and I highly recommend it.

She really loves sitting with Bianca.

This is the tramp at Bianca's house.  The kids spent a weekend up north with Stef and I while I worked a couple overnights in a row.

For the love of...

PARKS!!  Noelle really enjoys being outside and will stay out all day if I let her.  When we finished up inside the Children's Museum she wanted to play at the park there.  When we got home we walked over to pick Adam up at school and she played at the park there too!

She is really great at swinging.  She likes to go high and fast and can pump her legs already.  We are still working on the leaning back part.

Tuckered out kid!  She climbed in my lap while I was working at the computer and fell asleep so I layed her on my bed figuring she would wake very soon.  She slept for a couple hours!!

Children's Museum 3/4/10

After reading a local mom's blog post about how much fun she and her kids had at the Children's Museum of Denver I decided we were due for a trip.

Her big catch!

I like to do the Facilitated ARTS a la Carte when we can.  Noelle made a really neat Flamingo at this one.

Venturing out 2/29/10

The neighboorhood boys really wanted to take the dogs, ours and Heidi's, to the field behind the house so that they could run and play.  I was okay with it as long as they caught Shadow if he ran off.  LOL

He actually didn't know what to think of the whole thing, he just sniffed around for a long time.  He did finally play with Tucker though.

Adam played Frisbee with the big kids.

A little mishap with a mud puddle!

Some of the Picadilly Posse kids (missing are Noelle, Kairi, and Keelie).
Gabe, Michael, Adam, Riley, and Codi

Zoo Playdate

Back in February Noelle and I went to the Denver Zoo with out friends Ali and Ethan.  We had a great time, as always!  These are my favorite pics from that trip!

Noelle loves finding perches to fet comfy in.

This Peacock hung out like this the whole time we ate lunch.  He felt trapped in a corner and took a good 15 plus minutes to make his way out of there.

Grumpy gorilla.  It took a couple minutes to get Noelle to go close to the glass, as soon as she did he came running at the glass towards her.  Poor kid, she didn't care though.

Reading support for kids

Adam's teacher told us about this great FREE site, book adventure. It is run by Sylvan Learning, but is completely free. It is really great!! You make an account for your child (also one for you so you can follow their progress without logging into them, really for older kids) and then you can choose what type of book (funny, sports, adventure, etc..) they like most and what grade level your child is and which grade you want your child to read. It brings up a huge list of books to choose from. We get our books from the library and every once in a while just happen to have one of the books on hand. After they read the book you log back into the account and they do a 5 question multiple choice quiz to test their comprehension on the book. Based on how many they get correct they earn points that can be used for special prizes on the site OR you can create a special prize personalized for the child. It is really helping us keep Adam on track and make sure we are challenging him, but not pushing him too much. He is in Kindergarten, but he reads grade 1 and some grade 2 books off the site. Oddly enough ALL the books from the library come from the Easy Picture Books section! Before we learned of this site I was picking all his books from the next higher section, and was having a really hard time finding appropriate books (even using their dot system).

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Swimming lessons for Adam

Preschool 1 - This is the only pic that turned out well enough to post.  The lighting in the pool is awful and I didn't have a good angle for taking pics.

Preschool 2 - Adam starting wearing goggles so his eyes wouldn't be irritated and red.  He was so excited to wear them and loves them still!!

He is more or less swimming at this point, but he will do 1 more class, Youth Level 2, before summer and the start of T-ball.  He loves his lessons and loves swimming, but I will be ready for the break when the next set is done.  Adam will have lessons at 5pm and Noelle at 5:30pm every Monday and Wednesday for 4 weeks.

At least it's not every day...

It's been a really long time since I posted pics of Noelle in her weird sleeping positions.  Fortunately she usually sleeps in her bed now, and it only took 2 years to get her to do so!!

Her new car seat is NOT conducive to sleeping.

This swing was slept in daily by Adam, granted he was an infant at the time!

Oh, and Noelle is officially not a napper anymore.  We are dealing with this rather well.  Why you might ask?  Because she actually falls asleep when we put her to bed at 7:30pm every night!!

Valentines Day Party 2010

Noelle and I joined Adam's Kindergarten class for their Valentines Day Party in February.  It was short but fun!  They had a craft for the kids to do and even provided the picture to go inside.

I'm not sure how this pic didn't show it, but there was a TON of food!!  Especially considering they had maybe 10 minutes to eat.  They each were given a heart shaoed sugar cookie, frosting and assorted toppings to make their own cookie creation.  The frosting was hot pink and did a great job of making little tongues the same color.

Refreshing Iced Tea

Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker courtesy of CSN Stores!!

I was so excited when I got home on Monday and the box was waiting for me.  I took it out, cleaned it, and made a batch right away.  I actually already made a second batch today!  The taste is so good, none of the bitter taste you sometimes get.  I also really liked that I could tell it how strong I wanted the tea.  I can't believe we went so long without this!!

*I was sent the Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Maker free to review from CSN Stores.  I was in no way paid to give positive feedback and all comments are my own.*

Monday, April 19, 2010

Such an opportunity!

I have been given the opportunity to review a product from CSN Stores.  They have over 200 online stores specializing in everything out there!  They have an entire store devoted just to cribs!  It honestly took me half a week to make a decision on what I wanted to review, but I have finally chosen.

And this is it:
Mr. Coffee 3 Quart Iced Tea Maker

We have wanted one of these for years!!  But it is just one of those things you end up not getting because of all the things you HAVE to buy.  I can't wait to get this and make the first batch, especially with all this warm weather we are having!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Merle's 30th Birthday

My brother, Merle, turned 30 in January and celebrated along with a couple of his friends who were also turning 30.  They had a room at Bar Louie with snacks, cake, and karaoke.  It was fun to hang out and watch everyone sing.

Merle sang a LOT! 

Noelle's 3rd Birthday

Noelle turned 3 in January!  YEAH!!

This was how we celebrated on her actual Birthday.

How old are you now?!

J made her 2 cakes, Dora the Explorer and...

a castle!