Sunday, April 24, 2011
When I saw this basket a couple of months ago, I snatched it up, thinking it would be just perfect for my baby girl. I did not anticipate two things: that she would be born early instead of late, and that she would be my fastest growing baby. She barely fit in the basket yesterday.This cheesy tradition that started with a spur-of-the-moment photo shoot when Colin was 18 days old, has become much more than that for me. Every Easter when we pull out those baskets, I coo to the kids, "Ooooh, I can't believe you used to fit in that basket!!!" It makes me gooey with nostalgic love and I am reminded how precious they all are to me, and how quickly time passes.
Pictures of the other kids in their baskets here.
Friday, April 22, 2011
We took a little trip on Monday to Asheboro to the zoo. It has been three and a half years since we went to that zoo, so the kids didn't really remember it very well. The zoo is quite nice - very natural, with lots of room for all the animals. However, that means a ton of walking. I was quite tuckered out by the end of the day. Some of the highlights: the otters, the bird that followed us in the aviary (Gabe is really into birds right now so he was delighted), the funny baboons, and the perrrrfect weather. The boys were happy almost the whole time, and Carina was so cooperative, sleeping in the stroller most of the time.
After wearing outselves out at the zoo, we went to our hotel. Even though it is short trip to Asheboro, we decided to take advantage of Chad's hotel points and got a room for the night to make it more of an outing. We went to Golden Corral for dinner. It has been years since I have been to one, and I have to say, the best part is having so many dessert options. I must have tried about 10 different desserts. The kids had a really good time too. They think buffets are the coolest thing. I thought of my niece as I watched Ollie eat a bowl of gummy bears with a spoon. After we got back to the hotel Chad took the kids for a swim. We got up in the morning, took full advantage of the free breakfast, and then Chad took the kids for another swim and we headed home. It was a great little getaway.
The ostrich made a quick move as I was taking this picture, freaking Ollie out.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
To Colin, of course, the day was about fun. I wasn't up to doing a big birthday party for him, so we tried to keep it simple, but he ended up getting a lot of little celebrations anyway. We brought cupcakes for his class on Thursday, since there was no school on Friday. On Friday Chad took him bowling with Gabe, his cousins Santiago and Evan, and his good friend Maya. On Saturday he had an ice cream party for piano in the morning, and from there he went straight to soccer, where he also brought cupcakes. Then when he got home, Granny stopped by and took him shopping for a birthday gift. By the time he blew out his candles that night, he didn't even feel like eating his cake, he had been partying so hard. So despite keeping it simple, he declared it to be, "like, the best birthday ever."
Friday, April 1, 2011
(Thank you, everyone)