Friday, April 18, 2014

Hudson's Spring Program

Hudson's Spring Program was last Thursday.  He was not quite as into the singing portion of the day as he was at Christmas, but he still had fun!
 He cracked me up with his hands in those pockets!
 This picture of he and his friend Ellis cracks me up.  What's got you down, little guys?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Reese's Spring Program

We had Spring Programs at school last week.  Reese and Hudson had their performances on different days, so we got to go twice!

Last year was bittersweet for Wyatt because it was his final time participating at preschool, and this year was Reese's final performance.  We think. We think.  We are really going back and forth constantly about what to do with her.  We LOVE their preschool, but we feel much more at peace with the idea of sending her to public Kindergarten than we did when we were making the decision about her big brother!  We know the public school now and we love it, so it's making the decision a little tougher.

This scatterbrained mom forgot to grab the SD card out of the computer before we left for school, so even though I had my Canon (and even got snap happy with it before I realized my mistake), all I've got to show for the day are iPhone pictures!

They sang their songs and then went back to class for their party.  They followed the party up with an Easter Egg Hunt!

And of course the Easter Bunny showed up to surprise them all!

I can't believe how big she's gotten since she started school three years ago - and she's learned so much!  I know she'll miss her preschool, but she is soooo excited to go to school with Wyatt again next year!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Busy Season

There are many things that overwhelm me as a mom of four (it's true.  Do not think I have this mom thing down to a science or all figured out.)  There is the constant need to pick someone up from somewhere.  There are errands.  There's cleaning and laundry and meals that need to be prepared.  And bills and calendars and homework.  

The funny thing about this season is that I always think, "When we get to this stage, things will get easier."  In the last year I think I've told myself that life would get easier when:
- Wyatt started school all day and Reese went to preschool 5 half days a week:  pick up at 11:45 and 2:20 every day.  There goes a solid nap for the littles.
- Finley stopped breastfeeding: eh, not that drastic since she was down to 3 feedings a day when she weaned at 15 months.
- Hudson was potty trained: seriously?  diapers allowed me the freedom to do many things in peace.  Like get to the back of Target without someone screaming, "I need to pee!  I need to pee!"
- We had some downtime on weekends: this is actually the perfect opportunity for the kids to destroy my house.

The thing is that it's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder and more stressful and maybe a little sad. Because they're going to get bigger. There will be times when everyone is potty trained and they can all go before we leave the house.  At some point, I'll be able to tell them to pack their own lunches (on weekdays and for our marathon weekend days).  Someday we won't be stuck at the ball field in the middle of someone's nap time...because no one will actually take a nap.

And then? I'm going to miss all of it.

But for now, she knows how to make the best of our busy season.  And I need to figure out how to do it, too.

And you know, if it included a nap for me, that wouldn't be so bad.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wyatt's Birthday Party

We celebrated Wyatt's 7th birthday last weekend with a party at the zoo.  Again.  And again.  And again.

I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking here :).

He wanted a hockey cake this year.  We just had the bakery make a hockey rink on the cake and we added his hockey guys.  Wyatt orchestrated the game.  Including the fight.
Reesie and Sophie spent most of the time before the party talking about how they were NOT going to touch a snake!
But Wyatt did (and Reese did, too)!
They had a few other animals that they kids could look at - a scorpion and a chinchilla.  Wyatt was able to touch the chinchilla, but no one else was.
Cake time with Evan and Derek!
After the party, our group set out to explore the zoo.

Cousins and zoo explorers - Derek, Wyatt, and Colin.
And Piper and Reese are cousins and colorful girls!
Wyatt had a really great party.  We were so happy so many of his favorite people were able to celebrate with him!

Monday, April 7, 2014

March Little Things

March came in like a lion....and went out like one, too.  So. over. snow. and. rain. and. cold.

We were able to overlook our jealousy of the warm Florida weather to catch a few spring training games on TV.  This little guy loves watching baseball, and he really loves watching Derek Jeter play! (Also? He loves Sonic slushes.)
Hudson's class learned about Dr. Seuss all month.  Doesn't he look downright adorable in his hat?
Reesie has obviously already played her first game, but she was so excited for her first practice.  She was counting down the days!
She also got her 15th reader (and her 16th, but I don't have the picture.  Oops).
Finley got into the St. Patrick's Day spirit in her Shamrock skirt!
And she enjoyed her Tuesday morning alone without all the other kids!  This year is the first time that I've only had ONE kid at home since before Reese was born.  Two days a week it's just me and Finley.  And next year we'll be alone three days a week.  Insane!
I've been doing more shopping at Sam's lately, and I'm always surprised by the cost (it always seems cheaper without Brian tagging along), and how sweet these two are together while we're there.  Also?  Obsessed with FQB's polka dot jeggings.
I ordered these prints for Reese a few weeks ago.  She picked out which princesses she wanted and decided on the arrangement.  I'm quite happy with her choices of Merida (brave), Mulan (warrior), Rapunzel (dreamer), and Anna and Elsa!
In March I started a little project.  I decided to finally paint the garage hallway and start an actual honest to goodness backpack station.  I stained letters to go above everyone's hooks one night while Brian and Reese were at a hockey game.
And I painted the hallway as well.  My living room is SW Comfort Gray and I LOVE it, but I decided to tone it down a bit in the rooms with less natural light.  I moved down a tone to Sea Salt, and I really, really like it!  Next up are the bathrooms.  Maybe they'll be in the April catch up?  Ha!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

"Officially" in Coach Pitch

Wyatt moved up to coach pitch in the fall, but now that the spring is here, he is officially in Pinto baseball!

The biggest difference between his experience in the fall and this spring season is that we now have umpires. Our biggest concern with Wyatt has always been that he has a bit of a temper. And his temper tends to show on the field.

We've been warning him about the fact that once umpires enter the equation, they have the power to punish him for unsportsmanlike behavior (i.e. his bottom is on the bench).  

This is the actual conversation that we had while we were doing homework on Wednesday:
"Hey Mom, are there going to be umpires that can throw me out of the game?"
"Well, I guess I need to change my attitude before we get there."
 Adding the Umpire made an amazing difference.  No bad attitude was detected (although he did try to fake Brian out once at second base by pretending to throw his hat on the ground).

He also singled twice and doubled once!
He does have a few things to work on this season - mostly his speed!  But these games are so fun to watch - they make great plays as a team, and they're really learning to be ball players.  Even better, he's on a really great team, so it's fun to root for everyone!

(And also, the coach is really cute!)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Reese Takes the Field

Reese's first tee ball game was Tuesday night.

This was clearly something to dance about.
She was very excited.  I think that after sitting on the sidelines (or in the sandbox) for three years, she was excited to finally compete herself.
Her pink helmet made her a power hitter!  She had a few good hits. 

She's also a switch hitter.  I know that it sounds insane that I'm all like, "My 5 year old daughter is a switch hitter," but she actually is.  I think she's got a better handle on batting lefty because it's what she does naturally (even though she's actually right handed), but recently she picked up the bat and started hitting as a righty too!
Hanging out at second base.  Love her purple laces - she "had" to add them to make them a little girlier!
When she took the field in the second inning, she got to play second base.  She even managed to field a ground ball and tag second base for an out!
And that obviously earned her a high five from Daddy!
She had a great first game - we are so excited that she decided to try tee ball  this year!  I know she's having so much fun!