Spring calls for hot sleeves

Watching the girls play this week has been so enjoyable. Seeing their childhood be magical and happy, love it. And I remember this kind of play, so maybe I enjoy it more cause I can feel it. 

Told you my main goal was to get a picture of Wade this week: 

I asked if he wanted to wear this blazer to church, he was excited cause then he didn't need to wear a coat. But he came in really confused about it...he didn't put a shirt on underneath. Getting a picture was hard cause he was trying to run from me. 

We had his baptism prep meeting this week. Most kids got to zoom in, but his mom was in charge, so he had to come (thumbs down for a Saturday, as he informed me). After we stopped to get an icee - gotta make it less lame somehow. The place we stopped didn't have icees, so we got donuts. He was telling the cashier his icee woes and she went over and made him a frozen lemonade (which is made right in front of you with a cool machine) and gave it to him for free. He went back to the register and she told he gets to just take it - that's when it clicked. He was so excited and carried it out held high and just ecstatic. Wish I had gotten that picture. Asked him if it was still a thumbs down day, he said no. 

We had friends over Friday night and made pizza together. The plan was to let the kids watch a movie while we played games, but the kids were so deep in play we never got around to the movie. They were all jumping on the couch/bed and I was going to tell them to stop, then thought "why?!"

Wade said something about the Mississippi river and I asked if he knew that it started in our state. He asked, "Then why isn't it called the Minnesota river?" Good question buddy! We had to look it up, goes back the original tribes that lived here, before the states were around. 

We had a nice warm, 60 degree day. But it was super windy. Which calls for capes and bare feet. And running around in circles on the driveway (and in short sleeves, or as Blake calls them: hot sleeves).

Spring = lots of walks. The girls decided we need to go on a walk every day. Stella's into it. We were actually wondering how many walks we could go on in a day and Stella would still be excited. I think 4 - she'll always be excited to go, but on walk 4 I bet she'd get to the end of the driveway and be done. 

Told you their play is awesome to watch right now. They've started doing "tricks." Basically just falling a lot. 

"Mom, take a picture of us both hugging Stella!" "She loves us!" (Isn't that the face of a dog that LOVES what's going on)

We went on a walk in the pouring rain (walk every day). Stella was not into it. She kept looking back longingly at home, and then at me like "Mom, why are we out here?!" (so apparently 4 walks or when it's raining) Jac rode her scooter by and said, "Ooooo, she's so cute when she's wet!" and told me I had to take a picture. 

Girls on their scooters. Got a righty and a lefty. Blake asked me why her leg that just stands there is tired too, cause "it just stands there." 

Scooters have the easiest dismount for puddle jumping. 

Got out our (meager) Easter decorations. I immediately remembered how much I hate plastic eggs. They're everywhere, specifically under my feet. Found the dolls in Stella's bed taking an egg bath - they're still annoying, but guess that's cute.

Wade was proud that he could still ride his bike. But it was really hard to avoid all the earth worms. It was also a very slow procession cause he kept needing to stop and examine (occasionally saving) the worms. 

And this hill is still "too fast." 

Wade decided he wanted to get better at golf, he informed Bryan he wanted to get up and practice. So Bryan and him have been golfing from 7-7:45 each morning. Sunday afternoon he was hitting in the 30 yard range, today he was regularly hitting in the 50's! Really proud of him! And Bryan's thrilled - that he's interested, that he's enjoying it, that he's improving. 

Got the kids new swimming goggles. I was going to keep them for summer, but they found them. So there's been a lot of this: 

Kids love taking showers with their goggles. They were talking about it and decided that "a shower is like a tornado warning" and then everyone made a tornado siren noise ...in the car. 

Last night before bed Bryan asked if I had checked on the kids, I said yes. Then he asked "Any of them being cute?" Before I could reply, he went and checked on them anyway, just in case. 

Bryan's been working from home - a few Covid cases broke out at his office (not in his circle) and we both love watching Wade run for the bus each morning - daily highlight (he ate it today on the slick grass). And he's been faking his run in soccer, he's a quick little guy when running to the bus! Maybe it's cause he's been training all winter in his snow gear, and now he feels so light!

Wade gets home in about 15 minutes and then starts spring break! And at the end of this one, he'll go back...unlike last year. Nothing planned, probably a lot of golf. And as much minecraft as he can get away with. 


Two weeks in a row

 Bryan had a birthday! It's taken him 32 years to get this awesome. Kids made him decor  (behind him) and I made him all the good food all day - ending with french silk pie with oreo crust, now that's a party. 

Tonight we were reading The Friend and I was explaining something and looked at Blake and just couldn't get through it. Bryan was looking at his pie and looked up when my voice broke (cause me getting choked up about a story in The Friend wouldn't be too unheard of), but I just couldn't keep the giggles in about her face. The perfect fork lines on her upper lip and going up her nose! The hair in the chocolate covered mouth is pretty good too. 

We were talking about middle names and Blake announced that she knew her middle name, "It's Aunt Elizabeth!" 

We have a big house, but this is where art class needed to happen. 

We were trying to get out the door and I told the kids they could grab a sucker (hoping it would be adequate motivation). Wade had been eating raisins and declared, "this is so much better than raisins." Ha, no duh buddy. 

Sunday we were in t-shirts and opened the windows cause it was so warm, Monday we had this: 

Forecast for Saturday is 60 degree. Normal MN spring. Actually - we're ahead of schedule, I have bubl foliage poking out of the ground, that's way early! Oh, we also had a tornado warning and hail last week. Normal.

Girls have been taking a lot of naps again. I have a very specific and odd remembrance of last spring (y'know, when we were all suddenly quarantined) and the girls went back to napping almost every day last spring too. This particular nap was induced after a fall on the kitchen stool, a mildly over the top cry, and the trauma of mom inspecting the damage. Exhausting. 

My friend/one of the YW I had, just graduated hair school. Today she made everyone's dreams come true by coming to our house and dyeing all our hair pink! I should clarify, she made what MOM THOUGHT were fun little girl dreams come true - Blake was quite a turd about the whole thing. Started in the morning when I was going to the bathroom and she asked if I was going to do anything with her today (in the beg/whine/guilt tone that she's gotten way too good at, which is odd cause it's not effective, just aggravating). So I let slip that we were going on an adventure. So the girls started packing bags and getting snacks. They were rearing to go, so I told them I needed to pick up some shelves and they could some. Blake fell on the floor in disappointment at the lameness of the adventure. I told her it wasn't the planned adventure, that would be later! This was just something I needed to do. Then we went to a park, cause we had time before the adventure. Then I told the girls what we were doing and they were mad and said it wasn't an adventure if it's at our house. 

Jac got into it and was excited. Blake continued to be a stinker. She said she was too scared, but I forced her because I knew she'd regret it (and probably have a meltdown later) if she didn't. Had to hold her hand and feed her doritos the whole time. Then she was mad she had to wait for it to set. Mad about washing it out. Mad that I made them take a bath to get it all out well. Then mad that mine and Jac's hair is more vibrant! I explained it's cause she whined and didn't have hers in as long. Next time I will not assume any wishes to grant. And take them on an adventure to get McDonald's instead. 

Tonight Wade was reading a book and there was a character named Coco. Wade stopped and said, "Hey, Coco. That's the name of Papa Billa's....creeepy...thing." Ha, ha! That creepy thing does make an impression. 

So that's this week. Goal for next week: have at least one picture of Wade.