Friday, April 29, 2011

Rock & Roll and Rehab

Last night Jay and I went to see Bob Seger in concert. It was all great, but I especially loved We've Got Tonight, which makes me think of us (though Jay did not pick me up on a ferry).

It made me feel a bit old, though, because a) Bob Seger and I have the same dance moves and he's older than my parents and b) after picking up the kids and getting Alice back to sleep, it was 2:00, and both kids were up shortly after 7:00. That's enough to make anyone feel 74.

We went to the museum this morning so Mama could recover from the late night. Since the weather was so nice we tried out the garden scavenger hunt.

The kids were delighted to find one of the museum cats outside. At first it followed us around, but after Alice wouldn't stop trying to kiss it, it ran for the bushes.

We found the squirrel in a tree!

One of the art topics for this week's story is reflection, so we looked for pieces showing reflections. We also found one outside!

I like this bench, but I really don't think "everyday" is the correct word in this context. If I die and someone dedicates a bench to me with a grammar or diction mistake, I'm definitely haunting them. Anyway, what we learned today is that Mama is no good when she's had too little sleep and no caffeine. I read a blurb on facebook and thought they were having a jupiter jump at the yogurt place.

And they weren't. Turns out that's in a few days. Oops. Both kids found some coins on the sidewalk and there was an episode of Max and Ruby playing, though, so all was good.

Tonight we're turning in early!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Singing and Dancing

My kids both love music, so we headed over to the library for a concert earlier this week. (We had actually seen him a couple of years ago!)

Alice thought she was pretty cool sitting in a big kid seat. I had to hold it down so it didn't fold up on her.

Thankfully, we had an aisle seat. Jack was getting into it and I think he would have been injured without the extra room.

Sister loves to move!

Jack got to go onstage and help out at the end!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Sunday

I'd like to post a picture of a lovely Easter sunrise, but we didn't see the sun all day. Even if the sun had come out, it certainly wouldn't have been up yet when my children got out of bed.

Alice got an Angelina Ballerina doll (which she calls her bal-reen-reen), a drawing toy, a book, and a box of bandaids. She loves bandaids right now!

Jack got a new Lego sticker book, a small Lego set, some Model Magic, and a DVD.

For breakfast we had Resurrection Rolls.

Jack looked very handsome in his dress clothes!

Alice didn't want to have her picture taken.

I really wanted to get a good picture of her outfit--the $4 dress from a consignment sale and the butterfly sandals I found on sale at Target--but this was the best one I got. Trust me when I tell you it was cute!

Hunting for eggs--indoors, of course.

Jack is blurry in all of my egg hunt pictures. He was ready to hunt from the time he got out of bed and he was on the move!

Later the bigger kids hid more eggs for the younger ones. They told them to hide their eyes and they all went over and looked at the wall.

It was a long, rainy day full of driving, but we had a good time!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Amazing Love!

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Eggs

This is the time of year when everybody fills their blogs and facebook pages with lovely images of their quaintly dressed children crafting exquisitely detailed eggs. Not here, though. I know my kids (namely, Alice) and myself well enough that they put on their oldest clothes and dyed their eggs in the garage.

It really worked out very nicely. They were able to work as they pleased and I didn't have to worry about having permanent reminders of the day on the white countertops. In the immortal words of Charlie Sheen, "Winning!"

We got some paint q-tips that both the kids liked.

Alice mostly used these no-spill containers we found. Super winning!

Jack went the traditional route.

Have a happy Easter!

Friday, April 15, 2011

There's a Car in the House!

The meteorologists were predicting bad storms, so I moved things around in the garage so I could finally pull my car in. Now every time I open the door, I am shocked to see a car in the house! I thought that these preparations would guarantee the storms would pass us by, but I jinxed that by washing all the downstairs windows a couple of nights ago.

While Jack was in gymnastics, the sirens started going off. They moved everyone to one of the nurseries and tried to continue on with class.

After a while, they tossed that idea and brought out bags of cookies. The kids liked that much better.

They also brought in Legos and puzzles.

Eventually, we all started to get a little squirrely and Jack put himself in a crib prison. After about half an hour we got the all clear and headed home. All was well until bedtime, when a crazy storm roared through. We didn't get in the safe room, but I had made sure it was ready.

Springtime in Oklahoma is never boring!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sun Day

As I've said before, one of the best benefits of homeschooling is the ability to do what you want when you want. Monday I loaded up the kids for a little road trip. (This picture was taken while we were in line at the donut shop. Just as I was about to tell the kids to look at me, the man came back to the window with their food, so I snapped it.)

Our first stop was our old library. Jack had a blast challenging Ms. Kim to a game of chess.

The kids loved checking out the new games!

They spent a lot of time with the animals, too.

Alice was fascinated by all the puppets--and of course she went to storytime, too!

We spent the afternoon at the zoo, where Jack lucked out and got to ride in the swan boat with his friend and his dad. (We are rowing Make Way for Ducklings this week, so we thought it was cool that he got to ride a swan boat around a pond--just like in the book!)

The kids both thought cotton candy was fabulous!

Alice was very interested in all the animals. Any time we walked by a cage, or what she thought was a cage, she would try to get out of her stroller and say, "Ee! Ee!" ("See! See!" in Alice-speak.)

We went to see the amazing and ginormous new elephant exhibit. Here Jack is pointing at the stroller, which is starting to roll backwards down the very long ramp.

Alice was trying to explain that the elephants were BIG.

My children don't know how to do water half way. We always have to bring extra clothes to the zoo now.

I'm so glad we were able to take this day together--and before field trip season gets in full swing, too!