Friday, May 29, 2009

happy, happy friday!


school is out for the summer! i am so excited i feel like i just got released from my last day of school! i am very much looking forward to lazy summer days... having all my sweet kids home, lying around with nowhere to be, swimming, drinking smoothies, swimming some more... ahh, life is good. i am so very happy today...

and while on the subject of the last day of school... jack's school had a little award ceremony this morning and i am ever so proud to announce that jack received the responsibility award and the academic achievement award. he is such a good, sweet kid and i just cannot believe how big he is getting... yes, i teared up yet again...
here he is getting his academic achievement award... he looks so nervous up there...


my favorite shirt (part 2)

remember this post about my favorite shirt from when i was about six?
and this picture of lucy wearing it...


well, my sister mary found an old picture of me wearing it, so i thought i would share (and you can blame my dad for the horribly cheesy photo composition)...


finn and butter

finn is kind of crazy about butter lately.
ok, he has been crazy about butter for a while now.
he never has enough butter on his toast.
the other morning we were out to breakfast with luke and allie and there was a ramekin of butter on the table (an unused side from someone's pancakes) and finn kept asking for it. i put some on his toast, but that wasn't good enough. finally he just came out and said, "i want to eat it." "you want to eat just the butter?" i asked. "yes... with a spoon," said finn. uh, no. i did let him have one lick, however, and he thought that was grand.
last night pete was teasing finn about what food he likes and purposefully asking about things he knows finn doesn't like. after finn had to refute about three different foods that he, in fact, did not like, he finally stated, "i like butter."
so, there you have it. finn likes butter.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

jack's kindergarden year...

i can't believe its over. having a kid in kindergarden was mind blowing. having a kid finished with kindergarden... i can't even think about it. i am not a very emotional person and it takes a lot too make me cry, but for some reason every time i think about this i start to tear up... i am just not ready to give him up to full-day school (kindergarden was half-day... as it should be...) from now until he goes off to college. it is just too much...
having said that, i know i could not have been happier with jack's kindergarden experience. he had the most wonderful teacher on the planet (honestly, i don't think, ok, i know we wouldn't have made it through the year without mrs. hundelt), in the most perfect little montessori classroom, with the sweetest group of kids you have ever seen. i love this class.
finn and i went in this morning for the class party to bring a treat (i made this into cupcakes) and help out. they also got root beer floats and played bingo. good times...


guess who won the first round of bingo?


yeah, he's not competitive or anything...



finn played with this cute barn (or stared wide-eyed at the chicks) the entire time we were there...


and here are the sweet little chicks they hatched this spring in their class. of the 13 eggs they started with, 7 chicks hatched. finn thinks they are the just about the greatest thing ever. he keeps talking about how he is going to hold one and then it will fly out of his hands. not sure where this came from, but he keeps talking about it. too bad they grow up to be nasty big chickens...


and this is the photo i put together as a gift for all the kids...

smurfs for halloween

with halloween being a frequent discussion in our house, pete jokingly told the kids they should go as smurfs for halloween. they thought this was really exciting (who wouldn't think it was fun to paint themselves blue... until you are still scraping blue paint off your legs three days later...). anyway, finn seemed really into the idea as well. pete told lucy she could be smurfette and finn enthusiastically replied, "and i can be garth dader!" later pete was teasing finn saying, "so, finn, you're going to be papa smurf for halloween?" finn: "yeah, i be papa smur... no, i be garth dader!" i guess we are going to have a hard time shaking this idea...

crafts and coffee

can life get any better?


christine had us over this morning for some coffee and arts and crafts time. it was simply lovely. christine has one of my favorite homes. it makes me happy to be there. i always feel like i am sitting in a magazine picture. one that i would tear out and save for future inspiration. simply put: its charming. even look at how she displays the kids crafting materials...


and then there was this... it was "you've-got-to-be-kidding-me" amazingly delicious. and with homemade whipped cream on top? come on...


and for some reason, fresh bread in a brown paper bag just makes me happy...


can't handle being apart

so, finn cannot handle any person in our family not being with us. to the point that if we are at the store and jack or lucy stops for half a second to look at a display he starts crying. no, make that screaming. completely hysterical, "jackie not coming!!" the worst is if we all go somewhere together and then someone stays behind. he cannot leave, it freaks him out so badly. this morning we left lucy with allie and audrey (and kateri) and he was crying, "we can't leave without lulu! i want lulu with us... in the car!" the poor guy. you would think we had actually lost one of our kids at some point... what can he say, mr. finn just loves his family.

i never want to forget...

the way finn talks with his hands. he holds all his fingers tightly together and then throws his hands around in all directions. i hope he never stops doing this...

the way lucy laughs. it is literally decibels above anything else i have ever heard. as baabee puts it, "if she laughed like that while standing in the sand at the ocean's edge, dolphins would beach themselves."

the way jack still tries to snuggle up on your lap like he was one. he still asks if you will carry him to bed and still wants you to lay with him.

i love being a mom...

Monday, May 25, 2009

shall we introduce you to...

perfidio, our garden gnome.




thank you to all who humored us and gave a comment. you are our favorite blog readers.
lucia, be expecting a sweet little surprise in the mail soon...

happy memorial day!


i thought this was kind of interesting about the origin of memorial day...



i hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing memorial day. we took our kids to see the movie earth. i definitely recommend it. i love that sort of thing and i thought it was beautifully done. (there are a few harsh realities of predator and prey, so beware for sensitive kids... a kid in our theater did start to cry at one point...). jack loved it ever so much. he had wide eyes and gaping mouth for at least half the movie, gasped out loud several times, and was super upset when it was over and wanted to know if there was another one or if we could see that one again (its safe to say we will definitely be seeing this next year). he was genuinely and completely fascinated. finn was very excited about his first movie theater experience and sat still and quiet with wide eyes. he laughed at the previews and ate popcorn. however, about one minute into the movie, out of the corner of my eye, i saw him just keel over onto lucy... completely passed out. the excitement must have been too much for him. luckily, he only slept for about 20 minutes and then woke up and watched the rest of the movie. he sat on my lap without moving and occasionally whispered the name of the animal onscreen. he hasn't stopped talking about the movie since, "i like the part when the polar bear tries to get the walrus." and he came home and played with all of our animals and begged to sleep with the polar bear. then there was lucy. sweet, lucy. she seemed more interested in the popcorn and m&m's. when those were done, she was pretty much ready to go home. oh, well. 2 out of 3 isn't bad...
as an added bonus, my kids thought it was thrilling that the narrator was darth vader's voice...

"garth dader"

finn is obsessed with darth vader. he talks about him all the time, carries around our darth vader action figure and only likes to look at the darth vader page in our star wars book. he points to darth vader and says, "look, mom, garth dader." he points to his ship and says, "look, mom, garth dader's ship." and then he points to a teeny-tiny picture of him with his helmet off and says, "look, mom, garth dader got burned." great. thanks, jack, for trying to explain that one to finn...
anyway, my kids are already talking about halloween and were a little upset when i told them how far away it is. jack and lucy have been jumping back and forth with different costume ideas. finn, however, is set on being darth vader. when you ask him what he wants to be for halloween, he quickly replies, "garth dader. with a black coat."

our u.s. map


my dad mounted our u.s. map on foam core and we let the kids stick pins in all the places they have been. they each got their own color pin, so you can see how many cities everyone has visited. i am not quite sure why, but i have always wanted to do this. as in, my whole life. i am pretty excited about it. luckily, my kids are too, so i don't feel like i am forcing it on them...



the mets

jack's last game of the season was his only friday night game. this made it seem all the more important in his mind. i have to say, there is something a little more exciting about being at the ball field on a friday night, rather than early saturday morning.


yes, finn's face is covered in cream cheese, as usual...


we missed picture day this year, so i told jack i would take some pictures myself for him to have...





jack was one of the kids who took the whole thing a bit more seriously than the rest... definitely more than this girl playing first base...




Thursday, May 21, 2009

grandad, the weather man

jack didn't have school today and the kids have been very excited all week to have friends over to swim. last night, however, jack was asking if we could go swimming and i said not tonight because it was too late, but that we were going swimming the next day with our friends. grandad was with us and he added that it was supposed to rain thursday and friday. later that night when jack was going to bed he asked me if it would rain and we wouldn't be able to go swimming. i said it probably would not rain until nighttime and even then probably not much. he just kind of rolled his eyes at me and said, "grandad said it was going to and i think he knows because he watches the weather news and you don't. i know you don't. i know grandad is right." the next morning, of course, we wake up to rain. jack looks out the curtain and says, "see. i knew grandad was right. he's like the weatherman."

luckily, the sun came out for at least a little while and we were able to go for a lovely swim with our friends, despite the slightly cloudy sky (and our slightly cloudy pool)...





lucy's rabbit


mimi gave this rabbit to lucy and for some reason lucy decided she wanted to put it in the garden under her artichoke plant. why? she has somehow come to the conclusion that this will keep birds away, because apparently "birds are really, really scared of rabbits." ok. it is our own tiny, innocent-looking version of a scarecrow. instead of keeping the birds away altogether, we wait til they are happily munching on our vegetables and suddenly out of the corner of their eye they see a glassy-eyed rabbit watching them. they are so startled and disturbed that they fly away, never to return... or something like that. lucy does really, genuinely care about her sweet little artichoke plant, though...
and while we're here, a little update on our garden...





papel picado


i hung these up for finn's birthday and they make me happy and feel so summery that i think i will leave them up all summer... or until they get destroyed...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

"mom, what is handsome?"

on sunday i was getting finn dressed for church and when he was all ready to go i said, "mr. finn, you look so handsome." to which he replied, "mom, what is 'handsome'?" so i tried explaining that it was kind of like pretty for girls, but that handsome was for boys. that it is when you are all cleaned up and look very nice. he thought about it for a minute and said, "me, jack, dad, handsome." so, at least he got the "boy" part out of my ramblings... then last night he was all clean, but wearing only a diaper and we somehow started talking about the handsome conversation again. finn said, "i not handsome" and i asked why not. and he replied, "i don't have shirt or pants." so, apparently clothing is mandatory for "handsome" status as well...

Friday, May 15, 2009

jack's mad fotography skillz

first of all, katie bird and i were talking about kids that are born in irving never being able to quite shake that little bit of ghetto that they are born with, thus jack's "mad skillz" (jack and thunderbun bird are both irving babies). now that that is all clear...
jack has been kind of obsessed with taking pictures the last few months. my sister mary has an entire file on her computer of pictures jack has taken on her camera (toys being the primary subject). i let jack take some pictures the other day when the haleys were over, so i thought i would share a few. perhaps we can watch how he grows as a photographer...


he also captured this unfortunate scene when james picked up finn's buzz lightyear and finn took it upon himself to take it right back. you always want to think that your kids would never grab or bully and are always willing to share, but, alas, you are faced with the truth...

a birthday banner by jack


jack had this idea to make a birthday banner for finn where each letter was its own paper and then within each letter was a picture. he worked on it for probably 2 hours with some intense concentration. about half way through he commented, "sword fighting is, like, so popular in my brain. every time i start a new picture my brain thinks of a sword fighting picture." here are a few samples...



Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mr. Finn!


my little mr. finn is two. i cannot believe it. when did i get so many old kids?





be sure to check out the drool in this picture...



the week before finn's birthday whenever someone would ask him what he wanted his response was always, "cake!" so this was an extremely exciting moment. however, now that he has truly discovered the glory of opening presents, i don't think his request will be so simple next year...





finn couldn't quite figure out how to hold up two fingers...


and he squatted like this the entire time he was opening presents...


sweet little jimmy was so excited to give his buddy a birthday present...