One of the ways I'm going to get caught up on this silly blog is by doing one random post to cover lots of little things that we did throughout the spring. Most of the photos are from my phone, so they're not the best quality, but they'll do. What I love about having a camera on my phone is that it's always handy...it's not always easy to lug around my big camera or sometimes special things happen during ordinary times. It's great to be able to capture the moment easily and it's fun to look back at all the pictures too. There is no rhyme or reason to these and I'm fairly certain they are all out of order, but they were little bits of life that I'd like the remeber.
Carter and Asher on their field trip to the Water Resource Center.
I chaperoned this one and had a fun group of four boys. Asher and Carter were thrilled to be sitting in the back of the bus on the way and I was squeezed in there right along side them.
First grade boys have very intersting conversations :)
I was skeptical of how this field trip would turn out, but it was actually pretty fun. I liked that the kids were engaged, doing hands on experiments throughout much of the two hours.
My little group (plus one)
Austin, Carter, Asher, Joey and Brooks
A funny story...on the way home, Carter shared a seat with two girls from his class. I have noticed a cute interest on their parts before but it was sweet to see Carter interact with them. And I have to say, he was so much calmer and well behaved. He told me later that they made up games and pretended to be animals while the other two asked questions to figure out what animal they were. I think Carter needs to be friends with more girls :)
I needed to run a few errands after picking up the girls from preschool one day (I usually have three for carpool, but Shannon had picked up Gracie that afternoon). After making a few returns, we headed to the food court for a super nutricious lunch at McDonalds. I'm not a fan, but I knew the girls would love it. They had spinning ballet fairies in their Happy Meals, so they were over the moon! Sometimes it's the little things.
Funny enough Kaitlin and Kennedy were dressed exactly the same (on accident) ~ same cute navy dress with cherries and a red trench. Even though they look nothing alike, we had about half a dozen people ask us if they were twins. They thought that was pretty fun!
What would a trip to the mall be without a quick ride on the lawn mowers?!?
Kennedy came home from church with this sweet craft on Palm Sunday. I had to chuckle that Carter was omitted :)
Kathy and I were able to enjoy a nice evening out celebrating her birthday. We tried a new Thai restaurant and it was so delicious. Great food and even better company ~ it was the perfect way to celebrate a special friend!
I adore Kathy and thank God for bringing her into my life at the most perfect time!
Happy Birthday, friend!
Another little birthday celebration...this time for Kennedy's bff, Lauren. Lauren had a family party this year but we wanted to make sure that we celebrated her special day, so the girls had a fun afternoon treat at Menchies. (what would a birthday celebration be without a princess crown?) We love Lauren, she is such a sweet girl and I love that she and Kennedy get along so well. We are lucky to have her!
Bennett and Carter
Unfortunately we were in Arizona for Spring Break when B was up visiting but we were lucky enough to be able to meet up as we flew home and they were flying out.
A fun lunch at Red Robin with two very silly boys. These two are great friends!
Carter is loosing teeth left and right around here!
Kennedy had a nice shiner after attempting to walk Jake ~ he took off running and she forgot to let go of the leash, down she went. She had a nasty scrape on her cheek and one on her shoulder. She stood up crying but as soon as she realized that she hadn't lost the dog, she was fine. Our girl is tough!
Kennedy and Lauren enjoying one of many baseball games
Kennedy learned to cross the monkey bars ~ and she was so proud of herself! I'm not certain that she's been able to make it all the way across again, but she was successful on this attempt!
Snack Shack duty
Just looking at this picture makes me laugh...it had been a rough day for me, and I was dreading heading to the ball park to work in the snack shack that evening. But thankfully I was with my two sweet friends and we were able survive on laughter. We were in so far over our heads: working an industrial type grill, making hot dogs, hamburgers, using a fryer to make french fries and tater tots (they were actually really delicious), sending ice flying as I made snow cones, etc. But it was fun. So fun to be able to have deep from your belly laughs as you're struggling with life. It was a great escape from the real world, although I can truthfully say that none of us will be exploring careers in the food service industry. And I will never order food from the snack shack either :)
Kennedy and I had to head out to Beaverton to get the car serviced at the dealership. She managed to charm her way with the salesmen and ended up with a pink hat (which, knowing Acura they probably sell for $40), a few snacks and a bottle of water.
Kyle and I enjoyed a rare night out with friends and had so much fun!
We bar hopped our way through Camas. We tried new places (K'Syrah, Harvest and Birch St. Bar) and had so much fun. Whenever we go out with Heather and Patrick, I come home with my cheeks hurting from all the laughing. They surely know how to have a good time!
A rainy baseball game is made more enjoyable when shared with a friend!
And this is a testament to how crazy life has been over the past few months. My ironing pile(s) were out of control! I spent a six hour stretch ironing just to get to the bottom. It was brutal, as ironing is not one of my most favorite chores! Happy to report that the pile is now gone, at least until the next load of laundry is washed.