Tuesday, April 26, 2011

"Cousins are friends that will love you forever"

...and that goes for aunts and uncles too! :) We were so happy to have Tyler's sister and family visit us over Easter weekend. There are seven of them all together. All together in one van for 15 hours. All together in one room (minus Caleb, who bunked with Ben) for four nights. All together such a fun family!

Kianna, Cassia, Caleb, Kalyssa and Cadence

We had been anticipating their trip for weeks. Ben would tell random strangers that his "duzdins" were coming and what they were going to do together. And now that they've left :(, he's starting telling more random strangers that his "duzdins" did come and what they did together! Such as:
have picnics

play Kinect

read books

kick soccer balls

play outside

go to the park

and just soak each other up.

As you can imagine with four girls around, Katie Beth felt no shortage of love!
And as the winner of the Early Riser award,
Caleb won some quiet snuggles of his own too.
Katie Beth rarely had to put her feet on the ground, but this time when she was walking with Kianna, she stopped, turned, and held her hand up to Adam so he could walk with them too.
And so began her love for Uncle Adam.
By the end of the weekend, if she was fussy, (or downright inconsolable as was the case below) we all knew to just hand her to Adam for an instant calming effect!
Which was a little hard on a certain Auntie to accept, but she finagled a few squeezes in between all the creating, organizing, refereeing, planning, hugging, teaching, and preparing that make her the Memory Making Queen that she is!
We had a great time as always, and are awaiting their next visit, via Skype, as soon as they recover from that drive home!

Monday, April 18, 2011

An egg-cellent afternoon

On Saturday afternoon, we bundled up for the 50 degree overcast weather, swung by the drive thru for a coffee to keep warm, and headed to a winter, I mean, Easter party with the Radnoti's!

Ben was cool with the Bunny...but I have to admit, it was a little awkward. There's nothing to ask him for, no naughty/nice list to reconcile, and the Bunny doesn't talk, so they just kind of looked at each other.

Luckily, Katie Beth was there to create a smooth exit.
And back into the warm, safe, stroller she went!

Austin and Ben, on the other hand, had a great time! Riding ponies...

holding bunnies...
hunting some Tootsie-Roll loaded eggs...
and just general shenanigans.
Heartbreakers.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Playground Blitz

I think I speak for everyone when I say, we're all going a bit stircrazy in our houses and are ready for some consistently warmer and prettier weather.

Case in point, when the sun came out and the temps crept up, the Prentice family hit up not one, not two, but three different playgrounds in the last 24 hours. The first time was after Tyler surprised us by getting home at 4:20 in the afternoon yesterday - we woke the kids up from naps and hightailed it to the park. In all the excitement, I forgot the camera. But trust me, it was a really pretty out and great way to spend an evening together.

Then the kids and I made a detour from our way to the aquarium this morning to soak up more sunshine instead.

Katie Beth is a girl on the go at the playground now - hard to monitor on the equipment and crazy hard to stop from eating mulch, or rocks, or whatever the playground ground is made of.

So finally we parked it on a blanket and she just munched away (on Puffs).
While we were sitting there in the sun eating our sandwiches, I told Ben how sad I would get when I used to be at work on days like this and he was at daycare. And how I wished that I could take him to the park and enjoy the beautiful day. And how happy I am that I can do that now. I assumed that he would respond with his over-emphasized "ohhh" that he says when he's pretending to understand. But instead, his eyes got big, he smiled, and he said "I loves you Mom" and leaned over to hug my neck. I might have cried a little.

Later, I woke them again from naps for a playdate with my new friend (whom I met at the food court!) and her kids at another park. They all had a big time getting dirty digging for treasure and we got to chat with someone our own height.

So, yay for getting outside and enjoying Spring! Just don't forget your Claritin.