Friday, April 29, 2011

Enough sun to play at the park!

The weather was back and forth, sunny then cloudy, then almost raining, then sunny...but these kids NEEDED some outdoor running and playing. So we headed to the park with some friends and ran off days and days of energy! It was so wonderful for the kids and fun for us moms too :) Here's two happy kids at the park...


Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter 2011

We had a great Easter at home and then at my parents house as well. And I even remembered the camera! A miracle. Anyways, we had a nice morning opening Easter baskets - Elsie got a few eggs filled with candy and some playdough and Jenna got a new Adventures in Odyssey cd and some candy eggs as well. We keep it pretty simple. Then off to church where the girls sang on stage with all the kids. There were SO MANY KIDS on stage! It's amazing to think back four years ago when we had the kids first perform for Easter or Christmas (I can't remember) where I think there were about 8 kids on the risers. As the church has grown, the children have multiplied. I would guess there were 60 kids on stage this year! So that was really fun. After church we headed to my parents house for a feast and tons of fun. My parents had a basket hunt set up for the kids, and then an amazing dinner, and then we had the (indoor) egg hunt. The kids had a blast and ate a ton of candy and sugar and treats. I am so thankful for my family and the relationships these kids have with one another. The giggles are priceless.


Elsie wanted to stop to look inside (and eat) each egg she found but eventually she caught on to the idea of racing around to get find more eggs. Here she is posing for the camera...
Davis found the "golden egg" which was filled with 5 gold dollars!
Elsie, showing me her loot...
Jenna, too focused on the hunt to look at me and smile :)
Sorting through her eggs...
All the kids discovering the candy and coins together. Davis found the most eggs and was careful to share his overflowing baskets with everyone so that all had equal amounts. What a superstar oldest cousin!
And here's everyone. I can hardly believe that we caught a picture of everyone smiling! Amazing!! I love how Drake is crossing his arms. He's really becoming one of the "big kids".

By the way, Drake and Elsie - two very strong personalities - have become best little buds lately! It is so very fun to see! My favorite two moments...
1. Elsie found a tissue and mothered Drake by wiping his nose. She had the tissue to his face and he was saying, "nose? nose?". It was so cute.
2. Elsie changed out of her dress and into play clothes and she said, "Drake, do I look pretty?" And he looked at her with a tilted head and said, "Ummm, yep!". And off they went to play together.

And now our house is FULL of leftovers, and overflowing with candy. And just for the record, the weeks leading up to Easter we spent a lot of time talking about what Easter means and focused on Jesus. The eggs and candy just make the celebration of Jesus that much better :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Interview with Elsie

Here is a cute little interview of Elsie...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Busy

Well I haven't had the camera out much lately, but life has been good and busy. Last week Eric's parents here here for a visit. We had a great time, but I didn't take a single picture. This is one that Mae took of us at the zoo. It was a cold day, but the omly day without rain last week, so we seized the day by pulling Jenna out of school and heading to the animals. It was fun :) I'm looking forward to some sunny visits there this summer. My Christmas present was a zoo pass!

One thing I have taken pictures of lately is our cute kittens. They will all be gone in about a weeks time. All have good homes except one. Hopefully we will find little "Tigger" a home soon. Here are some kitty photos. This first one is "Izzy", the kitten that Sam, Maggie and Miles get to take home. She is SO cute!
I love how kittens all snuggle together. So loving. When we first got our cats, they would snuggle like this all the time. We LOVE having two cats (hint hint Leah) so that they can keep each other company and play together.
Here's "Tigger". She's the one that still needs a home. She is sweet really friendly. And that spot on her eye is very endearing. She was the first out of any of the kittens to warm up to me and sit on my lap. Yes, it made me want to keep her forever. But then I came to my senses and remembered that we already have two cats, which is enough.
And of course puff-ball. We just found a home for this furry dude :) I've never felt such a soft kitten. He's a cutie.
Currently they are roaming around the house, being crazy kittens. And we are ready for them to find good homes. Don't get me wrong, we have LOVED the experience. And we LOVE each kitten. But it is time to officially turn the kitten room (formerly play room) into the baby's room and prepare for our next adventure.

Speaking of our next adventure, he is growing strong and is a MOVER!!! Never have I watched my stomach move the way it does when this little guy is moving around. It's crazy. It was a family event last night just watching my belly roll. I thought that our second born added adventure to our family... At the rate this little guy moves now, he is going to be an exciting addition to the Wood household! Though I suppose you can't really assume anything while they are in the womb. But it's fun to imagine what is to come :)

Other than that... Eric has been working on some wall hangings for Buzz's room (Elsie still wants to name the baby Buzz, so that's what we have been calling him for now). And his work is going great. He finally started the training program so hopefully he will move up to have his own store sometime next year. I have been nesting like crazy during the day, and then falling into an exhausted heap each evening. We've been at the park a lot, and outside trying to get the garden and yard back into shape. I'm not sure what the garden will be like this year, but for the sake of my heart I have to plant something out there! It's one of my favorite parts of summer. My dad is rototilling for me sometime soon, and I am thinking that something like Preen (but a little gentler since we have cats and kids) is going in the ground this year so that I am not weeding so much. Not that I'll be busy or anything :)

I guess that is a fairly thorough update. I think I will try to take some pictures of the kids soon so that I can post that instead of writing a novel. Maybe I will remember my camera for Easter at my parents house!