Friday, April 26, 2013

Pine Wood Derby Rides Again

Hastily glued on coins covered  the bottom of Andrew's car, paint jobs were mucked up by something or someone, and Greg and I were thinking how glad we were to only have two boys, but the boys couldn't have been more excited. (Par for the course, my pictures are terrible, but at least we have some- right?)

Andrew's face is covered in graphite.  He might have gotten a bit carried away, but he loved his tiger striped car.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Emmy Girl

Isn't it funny how nicknames randomly become a part of your vocabulary?  Emmy turned to Nemmy (because of a Dr. Doofenshmirtz song). Then Nemmy turned to Nemmers because of Mack.  Suddenly, Emily is called Nem or Nemmers.  Weird, but we love that Nemmers.  
She asked for a pink kitty cake with pink polka dots.  I exceeded my expectations with this one.  Thankfully, she was pleased as well.

Here she is with all her treasure.  Em loved her Ariel doll because, "She has red hair, like me."  Every morning she comes down the stairs with a smile.  She lights up my day and makes everyone so happy.  I am treasuring my days home with her, reading books and playing games.  I love that little sweetheart.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Natali's 11

Another beautiful April baby girl turns 11.  When did she get so big?  Her feet are the same size as mine now.
Her stash of gifts.  I love that her interests are so diverse.  She has a gun, kite, paint set, weaving loom, books and clothes.
She loves to decorate other peoples birthday cakes but would always rather eat poppy seed cake with food colored glaze.  She wishes glaze was a food group.  

A few weeks after her birthday, Natali ran another 5K with her Girls on the Run group.  Greg ran with her and they finished in just over 30 minutes.  She never ceases to amaze me.

I am so blessed to have Natali.  She is helpful, fun, smart, a good example, loving, confidant, capable, has a good since of humor, I could just go on and on.  I rely on her so much because she is so responsible and obedient; our family wouldn't be the same without her leading the way.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Kater Tot

 Oh, my Kate is growing up.   I thought I had her all figured out, but she has changed so much in the last year.  When we get to school each morning my little girl, who used to be so shy, is swarmed by friends.   Her baby voice is nearly gone and she has really stepped up to meet the demands of Kindergarten.  She loves to please her teacher and is learning that she can do hard things.

She is also learning about the power to choose and the consequences of choices.  For example, letting Andrew smear your head in chap stick results in nasty, greasy hair that has to be washed in all sorts of strange things over and over and over again.  Not such a fun lesson, but a good one.  Another thing Kate learned this year is that short hair gets less tangled than long hair.  A few weeks before her birthday she declared that she would never let me comb her hair again.  "Just cut it all off,"  she said.  I was sad to see it go but she was thrilled.  I've realized she really doesn't care much about her hair as long as it doesn't have to be brushed.

I love to listen to her sing or play with Emily.  Sometimes the two of them will just disappear for hours.  She also loves to talk and play with Lily, but I think her favorite thing is my phone.  If she needs a distraction or incentive, I use the phone.  To get her to do her homework, we use the phone.  I often get my phone returned with hundreds of photos and some very strange videos.

 Pretty excited over clothes huh!  She got a Brave doll and numerous other toys but for some reason we only have these silly clothes pictures, but those faces are priceless.
Natali convinced Kate to let her decorate the cake.  Kate gave the order and Natali carried it out. 
This picture was taken in February but I just love it.  Lily was asleep on the couch and Kate just snuggled up next to her and fell asleep.  I love that little sweetheart.