Friday, April 29, 2011

Michael the Builder

Michael has been quite the constructor lately.  He will build big buildings and vehicles with the duplos, like so:
(the rear view)

(the side view)
During the afternoon, when the other kids are sleeping, he loves to build with small lego sets.  Grandma and Grandpa Blakemore sent him a race car lego set for age 7-8 and he put it together himself in about an hour by following the instructions.  He loves to put things together.  

Poor Mickey

I found Mickey hanging from the counter support.  And another reason we will not be getting a pet.
I guess I should repaint that area under counter where the bar stools go.  Someday.

Easter Egg Hunt

I forgot to take my camera to our Easter Egg hunt this year, so I took them with Jon's phone.  I guess the kids didn't slow down long enough to get some pictures that aren't blurry. :-)  They got lots of eggs and had a ton of fun.  We enjoyed the company of our friends the Griegos and the Howards.  
Michael went to the outer perimeters of the grass to find Easter eggs.

Kate stayed close, but she didn't want to put her eggs down.  She searched for about 3 minutes, then spent the rest of her time picking weeds..er... flowers. She is madly in love with flowers and picks them at every opportunity.  I need to get her weeding the front planters for me.  

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Resurrection Day, 2011

 Hallelujah!  He is Risen!!
Mark 16:6a And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. HE HAS RISEN; he is not here.

Happy kids on a post-breakfast sugar high!

Easter baskets, resurrection rolls, our empty playdoh tomb, ham in the oven (along with yellow rice, green beans and bacon, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, salad, deviled eggs, and strawberry pie), sister and family on the way to visit, but- best of all- a risen Savior!  Wonderful day!!

UPDATE: I've have already had inquiries, SO... that 4th Easter basket is NOT an announcement.  I make Jon an Easter basket, so that's why we have 4! :-)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Happy 9 Months, David!!

This boy is happy and healthy, except for a terminal case of bed head.  (He needs a haircut soon, but I'm putting it off since it will make him look so big.  But Jon is adamant that it will not get as long as Michael's got).
Anyways, the doctor said he is growing well, though you can tell from his percentiles that he's really getting movin' and burning some of his baby fat.  And he's definitely a mover, and subsequently into everything, curious boy!  Here are his stats:
Height: 30in (90th percentile)
Weight: 21 lb, 3 oz (50th percentile)
Head: 47.5 cm (55th percentile)

He got 2 shots (Hep B, IPV) but did very well with them.  Initial, shocked cry, then he was fine.  We love you, sweet David!  Can't believe you are 3/4 year already!!

Wonderful Wednesday

We had unseasonably warm weather yesterday, with highs in the 80s.  We initiated summer by pulling out our new wiggly sprinkler, which Grandma and Grandpa were so nice to get the kids.  They had SO much fun in the water (and David wanted to join them so badly!)
We're continuing our week with learning about the passion week with the kids with stories and crafts (a true sacrifice, as this Momma hates doing crafts!)  The kids are really learning a lot, and Michael is asking lots of questions.  Praying for his little heart!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Holy Week- Tuesday

Continuing in our anticipation of the resurrection, we're spending Tuesday talking and learning about Passover, where the death angel saw the blood on the doorposts and passed over that house, not taking the life of the firstborn son (Ex 11-13).  We're reminded of the great Exodus as God led His people out of slavery in Egypt and across the Red Sea (Ex 13-15).  We're also learning about the Last Supper (John 13), right before Christ's betrayal. 
We will be talking about the lamb that had to be slain in order for the death angel to pass, and will be illustrating this by putting our red construction paper on the top and sides of our doorpost. 
The kids colored their picture of the Last Supper, and we're celebrating with juice and bread (ie sandwiches, though the bread was leavened and there was pork in the BLT.  Definitely not kosher) for dinner as a reminder of the last supper that Jesus had with his disciples.  In preparation for tomorrow, I am getting things together to make resurrection eggs (with pattern).  

On Friday, we will be making Easter Mountain:
And Saturday, we will make resurrection rolls, one of our favorite traditions:
Anyone have any Easter traditions or things to do with kids that you want to share?  We'd love to hear!

Holy Week- Monday

Easter is my favorite holiday.  I love the hope of resurrection, and it seems so fitting that Easter is in the spring when new life is all around.  We always spend a while in preparation and anticipation of Christmas, but it seems like Easter is not anticipated nearly enough.  After all, wasn't Jesus born to die?  And didn't he die to conquer death?  If Christ wasn't resurrected, then our faith is in vain, and we are still in our sins. (1 Cor 15:17)
So this year, I decided that I personally would start celebrating the anticipation of the resurrection on the first day of Lent, and that we would celebrate holy week with the kids.  We're trying to do something special every day in anticipation of Easter, because that's what Easter is about- Hope!  

Monday, we took some time to review the triumphal entry of Christ, which we read about in our Bible story time this weekend (Luke 19:35-38)  We spent some time praising God and going over things that we could praise him for.  The list was long.  We also watched the Jesus Film (for Children) to get a complete picture of the whole story, starting with Christmas and ending with the Resurrection.  Kate made me laugh- as we were a couple minutes into the Jesus Film, she excitedly exclaimed, "HEY!  We have this book!"  Yes, Kate.  Yes, we do! 

David Houdini Blakemore, Part 2

Remember when this little fella escaped his Bumbo seat at 4 months old? 
Well, he figure out how to climb out of his high chair this week and fell smack on his head onto the wood floor.  He did it SO quickly (I had just looked at him about 20 seconds before, as I was fixing dinner in the kitchen), and I have no idea how he did it, since he was in there pretty tightly.  You can see his little bump on his forehead, but he seems to be fine.  Silly, adventurous David!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Wrestle Time

The kids love to wrestle with Daddy before bedtime. 
 Michael is rough and tough and wants to wrestle all night long.  Kate will wrestle for a minute, get distracted and play with something else, come back for a minute to wrestle, repeat.  David just goes where the action is, and never misses a chance to give Daddy a snuggle hug.  My husband is such a good Daddy!

Michael's First T-ball Game

Michael's first t-ball game got rained out, so officially, the first game was Friday.   
The Grasshoppers team

I think I laughed as much as I cheered.  Beginner t-ball is SO funny.  Kids forgetting to run and getting lapped by the runner behind them; teammates wrestling over a grounder; the right fielder (my son) running across the infield to field a ball on the 3rd base line; the list goes on...

Michael also got a chance to play first base (he's a lefty).  You can tell he rocked the position mainly by the cool patterns he dug in the dirt with his cleats, and the hip dance I caught him performing in the picture above.  

He finally get the concept of covering the bag and waiting for the throw, but instead of expectantly watching for the throw, he just stared down the runner with his "scary" face.  Mr Competitive keeps getting lessons on playing for fun and good sportsmanship. 

Post-game huddle- Go GRASSHOPPERS!!
They had another game on Friday, and it was just as entertaining!  

We've Got Work to Do

Kate and I pick her clothes out every night before bedtime.  She picks and I approve.  Yet, in the morning, I guess her mood changes or something because she always feels like wearing something totally different from what she picked the night before.  I sent her up to get dressed this morning, and this is what she picked:
Nice, huh?  The funny thing- I showed Jon her outfit and he didn't see anything wrong with it.  :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

On Saturday evening, we went to a Minor League baseball game to see the Potomac Nationals. 
We had awesome seats right behind home plate.  Michael is starting to pick up in the rules of the game and how it's played, so this was really great for him to see what happens up close.  

Uncle Slam, the blue dude with white dreads, came by.  Michael thought he was pretty cool.  Kate was less than impressed.  David napped.  

 Even though the Nationals lost by one run, it was a pretty exciting 9th inning, where they almost pulled a comeback.  After the game, they had a really cool fireworks display, then they let the kids run the bases! 
Michael rounds 3rd and heads for home.  

Kate enjoyed running, though she didn't tag any bases.  David really wanted to be out there, too.  Maybe next time.

Michael & Kate sitting in the Nationals dugout.  
We had so much fun, and really enjoyed watching the opening day game in a fun, family atmosphere. Thanks to my sister, Meredith, for hooking us up with discounted tickets!!


Thursday, April 07, 2011

Outdoors

It was another lovely day today- temps around 75 and sunny.  We spent most of the day outside playing, and then went for a walk after dinner.
The big kids enjoyed playing with Crayola washable sidewalk paint on the deck.  So fun!

It really kept them entertained for well over an hour.

David didn't get to paint, but he still had fun.

It turned into finger paint.

And Mommy forgot sunscreen until it was too late.  Oh well.  Base for a good summer tan, right?

We Love Baseball

We are baseball fans in our family, and we really are enjoying Michael's first t-ball season.
Michael is #6 on the Grasshoppers (who have orange jerseys...???)

Michael, my little lefty.  

David loves being outside with us.


And Kate usually spends the practice coloring with sidewalk chalk, spinning, or picking flowers. 

David Explores

David loves to play and hang out with his older siblings. 
Here he is cheering on his big brother at baseball practice.

He loves to play ball with Kate and Michael.

When he's done playing, he comes and grabs my feet, then gives me that adorable smile.

His 2 favorite toys are balls and matchbox cars.  

Here he is invading his siblings' fort. 
He's so fun!

Monday, April 04, 2011

Eating Better

We have been trying to eat better lately, and since I've been shopping at Costco the last couple months, it's been easier to have a lot of variety of quality foods around.  Another thing we did this year is to purchase a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share from our local farmer's market, C&T Produce.  Basically, you help the farmer with start-up costs (we bought this back in Dec/Jan) and then you get a portion of the best crops that are in season.  We start getting our shares the first week of May, and I'm looking forward to enjoying the freshest produce, as well as learning to try new things that we might not normally buy (Kale, anyone?)  I'll try to get some pictures of what we receive, and hopefully it will help us in our goals to eat better.  

Game Night

On Saturday night, we actually had a free night with nothing on the schedule, so we decided that we would have family game night.
Our choices- Green Eggs and Ham & Candyland

David didn't play, but he had fun watching and eating cheerios. 

 Michael won, in case you were wondering.  We weren't even trying to let the kids win.  Sad, I know.

Park

Today was a lovely day in the 80s so we headed out for lunch at the park. 
The big kids were excited to have a packed lunch in their lunch boxes. 

I know this is a little blurry, but it was so cute to see all 3 of my kids enjoying the swings. 

David thought swinging was so fun!  

Michael wanted to go so high that he "touched the clouds with his feet". 

Kate wanted to go "just a little high."  She's not too adventurous. 

Growing Up

I'm trying to figure out when this boy grew up so fast? 
His first baseball game is Saturday.  

David's Cheerleaders

David has 2 sibling cheerleaders rooting him on in whatever he does.  He's been pulling up on everything lately, and the big kids think he's just so cool.  And he is.  And so are they. 
I love these guys!!