Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spring Break TWELVE

Spring Break 2012 has come to an end, but we had an amazing break and this Mommy is going to miss her babies when we all head back to work/MDO in the morning.  We did not travel anywhere this year, but I was determined to keep Emma and Gavin busy with fun activities the past 9 days.  Our week was jam packed with lots of laughs, love, adventures and much more:

Twins THIRD Birthday
Emma got 4 inches cut off her hair & begged for more
Play date with Matilda Jane Twins (Lily & Laney)
Gavin's Three Year Old Check up
Children's Theater & Chik Fil A
Rodeo & Livestock Show
Zoo & Lunch
Visit Papa
Swim Shop getting ready for Swim Team
Play date with Brooke and Luke
Sidewalk Chalk
Bought and released 1000 ladybugs
Gavin got a haircut
Splashpad & Creekbed
Park & Flying kits
Buying Gavin's Soccer gear
Arts & Crafts
Shopping for shoes
Playing in the backyard
Visit to the Toy Store
Fingernail Painting
 Potty Training

We were on the go nonstop and we would not have it any other way.  I am not one for staying at home and neither are the busy little people that live in my house.

We had a blast celebrating our cousins, Brynlee & Chance's 3rd Birthday.  They had an Eric Carle party and their Momma did a great job on their special day.  My kids had a ball and talked about the party for days. These sweet babies are exactly one week younger than Gavin.

One day we went to see, "How I became a Pirate" at the children's theater with our friends Lauren & Tyler and the kids really enjoyed the play.   Gavin squawked like a parrot through half of it and thought the actors were hilarious.

Emma & Lauren have been in Ballet and Jazz together for 2 years and really enjoy each others company.  These girls are silly as can be when they get together.

The littlest buccaneer making his way to his seat before the play got started, he was ready to munch down on his pirate ship cookie.

Emma invited Lauren to go to the Rodeo with us and they had a BIG time.   Lauren had never been to the rodeo or livestock show, so it was really fun to introduce her to all that it had to offer. 

When these two started giggling and screaming, they could not stop.  It was hysterical and I think Curtis got a taste of what life is really going to be like having little girls around.  They were plum goofy to the core, but so sweet and innocent. 

Lauren was a trooper when it came to the animals, you would have never known it was her first time to be around the farm life.

Only my son would climb a fence to see a turkey, fall off backwards and land in a cow's watering troth.  He was soaked from head to toe and had to stay like that for the entire rodeo.

We had a blast going to the zoo with Nana, Aunt Stacey, Hunter, Camryn and Dana.   Afterwards we had lunch at a great mexican restaurant and we had some tired kiddos on our hands.

Camryn loves Gavin to pieces and can not keep her hands off of him when they are around one another.  Gavin thinks she is pretty special too.

It is a little difficult to get a good picture of all four kiddos when they are looking, so here is the best I could do on these geese.

We were so excited to have a play date with Brooke and Luke.  They are getting a swimming pool, so they spent the week in survival swimming lessons and both of them did incredibly well.  So proud of their Mommy for making the commitment to make them safe around the water.  Their pool is going to be beautiful and we are beyond excited for them and more play dates this summer.

Gavin and Emma love anything that crawls, flys, barks and stings.   One day we bought 1000 ladybugs (organic fertilizer), brought them home, watched them become active and eventually released them.  

We decided to release some of the ladybugs near our splashpad/park/outdoor theatre in our neighborhood.  We actually picked up pizza and ate outside at the park one night while we released half of the ladies in red.

We asked Emma to come eat and she said, "Mom, I would rather just watch all these ladybugs, you know I love all bugs and I am very curious about them, so I will just eat later."  The girl thought she was going to have enough time to hand release each one and talk to it before she sent it on its merry way.

After dinner we flew kites that we had bought earlier in the day.  Let me just tell you that Gavin is one heck of a kite flyer.  All of that energy makes for alot of running and high flying kites.  He could literally take off running with the kite on the ground and get it to go up in the air and stay there.  It was so much to watch him fly his Spiderman kite.

The kids enjoyed racing each other while flying their kites high in the sky.  They both did an awesome job considering it was the first time for them to fly kites by their self.

Emma chose a Cinderella kite, of course and she really fell in love with flying her kite and has begged to do it everyday since.

We brought half of the ladybugs back home and released them in our front flowerbeds.  They have hung around and the kids have enjoyed playing with them this week.

Last, but certainly not least Gavin had a SUPER successful week of potty training. When we were at home, he sported his boxer briefs and only had one accident all week long.  We are so proud of our big boy and looking forward to being a diaper free home soon.  We have been buying diapers for 57 months straight!  A smiley face and gold chocolate pirate coin encourages this boy to go everytime.

We also got to visit with Papa this week and the kids even got to see him, because it looks as if he is sleeping.  We are praying that he will meet Jesus soon, he continues to be in Hospice care. 

There were many activities we did not get pictures of this week, but we enjoyed all of our time spent with family and sweet friends.  We are looking forward to upcoming birthday parties, Gavin's first Soccer game Saturday, Emma starting swim team, upcoming dance recital and so much more.

In the meantime, we will continue to pray for the perfect peace over so many people that are dealing with various trials and tribulations.

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