Thursday, May 7, 2015

Preschool Mother’s Day Gift

On Wednesday, when I went to pick Harper up from preschool, the kids all lined up outside to sing a mothers day song they’d been working on:

You’ll have to follow the link below to see it because YouTube and my computer aren’t working together right now…

https://youtu.be/KDZ-SXzT1N8

The song was so sweet (sorry about all the movement with my recording but I was trying to hang on to Dakota, record and keep eye contact with Harper) and Harper kept looking over at me and giving me the cutest little smile. I love that he remembered all the hand gestures that went with the song and that he kept it a complete secret!

When we got home I found a little gift he’d made in school:

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Harper was so proud of his bouquet of flowers! It was strange how real that bouquet was because when I “smelled” them, my eyes watered a bit from the “pollen”. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Long Time No Write…

Hello?

Anyone there?

Sorry about the extended break but it was absolutely necessary. There are so many things going on that I need to put into writing here, but little time to do it. I can’t promise anything regular (honestly, I haven’t ever been able to promise that anyways!) but I’ll try to post something when I can/ feel like it!

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We are entering the home stretch of school and everyone is feeling ready. Harper only has until the end of this month while Landon has till mid June. Zoe graduates on May 20th. It’s going to be a whirlwind month for us with graduations/visitors/parties, but it should be lots of fun!

Speaking of parties…we were at Mema’s house today while Harper was at school and I over heard a conversation between Dakota and Mema about Dakota’s upcoming birthday. Upcoming in July, but hey, you can never talk about your birthday too much, right? Anyways, she keeps telling everyone she’s going to be four instead of three because Harper’s four and he’s awesome so she figures being four must be awesome too. We keep correcting her but she pretty much insists that she’s going to have a birthday and be 4. Mema was telling her she’d have a birthday cake and candle and when she blew out the candles she’d have to make a wish. Dakota didn’t say anything but when Mema asked her what she’d wish for she said “purple”. I’m not sure what she means exactly, but I love it! Maybe this years party will be a purple one…who knows.

Last night we picked up a bucket of fried chicken and wen to a park for dinner and play time. There were caterpillars everywhere which was like a dream come true for Harper and a nightmare for Dakota. Landon isn’t afraid of them but he sure didn’t enjoy them crawling all over him while he ate! Harper brought one to the park and as he walked to the playground he kept telling kids he’d found a caterpillar. Before we knew it he had a few kids following him around admiring his “pet”. He let each kid have a turn holding the caterpillar and that poor creature probably had more adventure than it’d bargained for. They took it on the slide, climbed walls, even put it on the swing and gave it a good push or two! Eventually Harper was running with it in his hand and he dropped it so the fun ended there, but I’m sure the caterpillar was probably relieved!

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While we were watching Harper and Dakota play, Landon was busy being silly and making a fool of himself. He was attempting to climb up the fire pole and he was just being plain silly. Then, I dared him to run and jump on the swings on his belly. He hesitated for a long time but he finally gave in and went for it! It was so damned funny! I even got video!

Notice how the other two kids start to leave once they see that big dummy? Made it even funnier!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’m Alive, Just Not Blogging About It

I’m just stopping by here to let you know that I’m alive and well. Life is busy and, as usual, the blog is taking the hit. I just don’t have the energy/time/patience to worry about blogging, so I’m choosing to let it go for now. Hopefully I’ll get my groove back soon because I sure have a ton to write about.

Fingers crossed I’ll be back before the month is over.

Happy Spring!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Swim Lesson #4

Last weeks swim lessons were, as usual, awesome. The sessions are only 6 weeks long but they only got 4 classes out of it because of the darn snow. They’re both signed up for another session though and I’m looking forward to watching their progress. (We’ll be missing next week though because of spring break plans.)

For some reason Dakota got it in her mind that she didn’t want to go in the pool and when I brought her in she was crying. Luckily the teacher immediately picked her up and reassured her. It was so nice to see her teacher giving her the love and support she needed in that moment and Dakota was having a good time in a matter of minutes.

They did pretty much the same routine as the week before with going under, playing games, kicking their feet, jumping in from the side and floating on their backs.

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At the end of class they were both given report cards. Harper’s indicated that he was mostly a level two while Dakota was still a level one. She isn’t as confident in the water as he is (probably just an age thing) and he’s quickly catching on to each concept while she’s still working on being okay with getting her face wet and going under water.

They’ll be taking the same 1/2 hour lesson together for at least another session, but I guess if Harper makes leaps and bounds while Dakota struggles I may have to split them up. I think a lot of Dakota’s willingness and strength comes from the support of her brother though, so splitting them up might not work either. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Five on Friday

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  • One day this week Landon came home and told me that he and a girl he knew had been looking at my Instagram account. He said I had more posts than some popular guy that he knew of and he was quite embarrassed about it! He said it was just a little ridiculous that I had more than 2000 posts! Too bad his embarrassment isn’t going to hold me back! Haha! And, the picture above was taken while we were having this conversation…and posted to Instagram.
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  • As you all know, Harper loves his Legos. I was happy to find this little Easter egg Lego challenge online for him to do. Buying kits gets expensive so this was a nice way to use some of the thousands of bricks we have lying around.

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  • This is what story/bed time with Dakota looks like these days.

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  • A couple of days ago, when it was nice out, we all went outside on the driveway to play red light, green light. Harper just loves that game right now. He loves to “trick” us by saying red light and then yelling it again just to see if he can get us to move. He laughs like a mad man and tells us we have to start over. It’s pretty funny!

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  • Apparently Mother Nature didn’t get the memo that today was the first day of spring…please, please, please let this be the last snow of the season!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Dakota’s Room

I just got Dakota’s bedding in the mail and I was going to wait to blog about it all when I got the border, but I can’t wait. I’m so happy with how it all turned out I’ve just gotta get it on the ol’ blog!

So, the bed was Zoe’s originally and it was just a plain brown (like Landon’s dresser) and begging to be painted. I told my mom to go ahead and do whatever she wanted with it. She went with white because Dakota’s dresser is white and white goes well with everything anyhow. I love that she gave the side rails the splash of pink and as Dakota gets older we can remove them if we want. Right now Dakota tells me her favorite colors are pink and purple but who knows what she’ll say in a few years. I found the quilt on JCPenny’s site and I was lucky to find it was half price too! She tends to be warm natured so this thin quilt and sheet is likely all she’ll ever need. The art behind the bed is old, stuff I made before she was born and I’m not ready to let go of it yet.

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This side of the room is where her changing table was before. The table is now in my closet waiting for a new job. I moved her dresser here to make room for the bookcase and it seemed to fit there just perfectly. Mom painted the drawers and door front to match the bed rails and it just makes the whole thing look brand new. All the stuff on the walls was already there minus the flower w/ butterflies. That’s something my mom brought up as a little bedroom gift. Smile 

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The wall the bookcase is on is pretty bare right now. I have a couple ideas to spruce it up but right now I’m waiting on the border to get here. I do love how the bookcase turned out though! (Looks like we will need to be getting rid of some books soon! Many of them are from when I was a kid and many are from Zoe’s and Landon’s younger days as well.)

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And there you have it. I’ll be sure to update once the border gets on the walls!