We really love feeding the birds. We have a book where we mark who came to the feeder and when. It's been really fun for us. We hate the squirrels. They sit up there and hog all the good food and make a mess. Ben came up with this great idea to keep them off the feeder, hilbilly style. He cut a hole in a trash can lid and affixed it loosely to the pole. The lid wobbles and we thought no squirrel would ever want to land on it, until today. I had a feeling that they were jumping from the tree to the feeder pole and now I have proof. If it weren't so fun to watch, I'd be annoyed!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Yes, it was 34 degreese outside and blowing sideways, yes we got 3" of snow later in the day and yes, Sam's first soccer game happened, weather notwithstanding! Sam had a great time and played just fine. Every time he kicked the ball he would turn and smile and wave at us so we know he was enjoying himeself.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
We had a couple of really nice nights here so we were able to get the yard cleared after the oak tree got pruned. Jeesh, from the look of it you'd think they cut the whole dang thing down! Anyway, we decided to have a fire and reast marshmallows. The marshmallows were two years old so they were pretty stale but the kids liked them anyway. Yes, I got new ones for next time.....
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Yes, it's true. Lilly is now sleeping in her big girl bed. Because our house is rediculously small, and the kids share a room, we had to be creative. I think this works out really well. Lilly doesn't fall too far when she falls out of bed for the first time and now, when they jump on Sam's bed there's a 60% chance they will land on Lil's bed instead of the floor. We were going to make bunk beds but, with our Lil being such a dare devil, we thought better of it. We skipped her nap today so she was good and tired, then gave her a bath which put the cherry on top. She was out in 5 minutes. A we all know, things that start out well can end badly so keep checking back for part 2,...when Lilly won't take a nap.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Now I'm caught up, these are from just the other day. Many of you know all about Lilly's bunny. She has three and they are all pretty much identical, except to Lilly. The original is just slightly different and she can find it in the dark. She will accept no others, the replacements we have "in case of emergency" will not soothe her soul and will only do in dire straights. She allows me to wash "other bunny" only when it is horribly and repulsively dirty.
So the kids have been really great lately so I thought I would invite Aunt Bish over and we would make the cookies we were supposed to make last week. It was great, Lilly is always up for sweets of any kind and Sam loves frosting so we had a great time baking and decorating. The next day Sam came up with strep throat, after we all ate the cookies and licked the knives. Oops.
Lilly is obsessed with Play-Doh and it's a good thing that it's non toxic and non staining, it also vacuums right out of the carpet, the stuff is magic. She put a huge hunk of it in her mouth the other day and I'm sorry I missed the photo of her face. She will NEVER do that again, I'm certain. I had someone tell me the other day that they MADE their own play dough. I'm sorry, i'm sure they spent more money and time making this stuff. 8 jars were $4 and it took me 1/2 hour to drive to Target and back. It's a no brainer.....
Sam wanted a "surprise" birthday, on his birthday so we gave him one. I wish I could have caught the shock and horror on his face when we all yelled at him, it was so great. He didn't understand the concept of a surprise party at all so it was fun for everyone. He got lots of great stuff, the Batman costume being the big hit followed closely by the night vision goggles. Grandma Marsha was a HUGE trooper, letting the kids (and Aunt Bish) play with silly string and the cake was awesome.
These next 8 photos are from January when we had quite a bit of snow. There was lots of sledding. Buddy even pulled the kids behind the tractor, which Lilly wasn't so sure about. Ben was the big trooper for these sledding parties, I always get too cold so I am the staff photographer.