Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tulip Festival (photo heavy)

We love going to the tulip festival each year, but this year the boys birthday and everything else going on meant we were going to miss it. Thanks to a long cool spring the festival was extended and we were able to enjoy the flowers in (mostly) full bloom. The excitement of looking at a bunch of flowers wore off pretty quickly for the boys. Ten minutes in they were claiming we had seen all the flowers and it was time to go. Of course then they had the chance to run along the many paths, roll down the grassy hills and be bribed into posing for photos.




We stopped to watch the fish.


Then we took a brief break in the grass, or at least we tried. Laying down anywhere near the boys always results in the boys climbing on us. Cody went gave horsey rides, expert level.


After trying to pose the boys for more photos we let them have a turn at the camera. They love getting to use our cameras and they are starting to get some decent shots.

Andrew was so focused on getting the shot framed, I love how he has positioned himself.

The shot he got:


Nicholas’ turn.

Can you tell Parker was done with posing?

Then it was time to run around like crazy kids again.


We played in the water.

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The boys stayed relatively dry, just a few splashes on their shirts and some wet hands. Then we headed for the children’s garden with the spraying fountains.

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After everyone was basically soaked we headed for the exit and attempted more group shots. There was the promise of candy involved in getting these pictures.



2/3 looking at the camera and smiling is still as good as we got, but I’ve learned the boys will do amazing things for a piece of taffy.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Catching up

I’m over a month behind (yikes!) and left off right before the boys actual birthday. This year their birthday fell on a Wednesday and we had a big day planned for them. First we decorated the hall and their doorway to surprise them in the morning.DSC05097-M[1] DSC05099-M[1]

They were not sure what to make of all the streamers, but were excited that Cody and I were both home for the day. For their birthday the boys all asked for two things: a Lightning McQueen from the Disney Store and binoculars for the zoo. We got the boys up and I took them for bagels and a coffee run before we headed out to the boys first surprise.
We told the boys we were going somewhere that was a surprise, they spent the whole drive speculating as to where we were going not figure out it was the zoo until we were a couple blocks away. At the zoo they were each given their binoculars. They were so excited! Of course the boys were no more willing to cooperate for pictures than normal, but we tried. We succeeded in a lot of shots of the back of their heads.



We spent about 3 hours at the zoo doing one full lap, the about 1/3 of the zoo is closed while they build the new savanna area so it doesn’t take long to see everything. After the zoo we told the boys we were going to lunch at the mall where I had another big plan for them.
We had lunch at Applebee’s then headed for Build-a-Bear, we had been telling the boys for months that when they turned 4 they would be big boys and we would be sending their towels to babies that needed them. When we made it to Build-a-Bear I told them that I kept 3 very special towels (the least stained and tattered ones I could find) that would go in new bears so they would always have a towel to snuggle at night.




Blue (Andrew’s), Caramel (Parker’s) and Pump (Nicholas’) came home with us for a much needed naptime. The boys still had gymnastics that night and we’d been up and going for about 7 hours. I was a little concerned about the safety of the new bears as we closed the bedroom door. Nicholas made a few comments about needing to get the towel out and I had visions of bear fluff being spread around the room.
No bears were harmed during naptime and we got the boys up with barely enough time to head for the gym. The boys class until last week had just 4 kids in it, the boys and another little girl. The coaches surprised all of the kids with balloons and cupcakes for after class.

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They were awesome cupcakes, the entire thing was edible. It was a chocolate shell filled with ice cream and whip cream on top. The boys loved them and even got most of it in their mouths.

After gymnastics it was straight home for dinner, bath and bedtime. I think the boys had a wonderful birthday, they are still talking about it. They also sleep with the bears almost every night, I never thought we would have such an easy transition from the towel attachment.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I’m back

So I got behind on posting updates (okay really behind) then we had lightning strike near our house. No damage was done to the house, but we had some casualties in the house. The pilot light on the water heater went out, not a huge deal. The sprinkler controls got stuck on a single setting also not a big deal. Our wireless router bit the dust, it was easily replaced. The old one was over 10 years old and needed to be replaced anyway. The big hit was my surge protector/power strip and my motherboard. I was without a working computer for almost three weeks. Cody replaced my motherboard and did a much needed upgrade on both of our computers over the weekend.
I’m still in the process of installing all of the programs I use on a regular basis, mainly photo stuff remaining. Since I posted last the weather has warmed up and we are spending lots of time outside. Weekly zoo trips, trips to the farm and lots of park and bike riding time. Once I finish installing everything I have a ton of photos. Someday the boys will all look at the camera and smile, I think it’ll take bribery.