Friday, April 25, 2008

Why I Stay Home...

Here Comes the Sun

I hesitate to say it, but I think spring is here for good! We've been to the park almost every other day for about a week or two - the kids LOVE it! Ava especially, since this is her first spring to be able to swing in the swings. She can't get enough of them!

Here she's sad because I won't push her anymore...

She got over it, though, and started to play on the bigger swings by herself:

And now exploring the jungle gym:

This is Cole and his buddy, Isaac. Don't they almost look like twins?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Darling Daisies

My dad is so cute. He was at the mall with Madeline and saw the most adorable dresses that he just HAD to buy for my girls. He ended up buying Claire three other outfits because he thought she'd look so cute in them that he couldn't help himself. He bought Cole some pjs, too, but we all know that boys aren't nearly as fun as girls are to shop for! My mom said that my dad is the grandma I always wished she was (because she hates to shop!). I thought it was so sweet of him to think of them. He's such a great dad and grandpa.

So, of course I had to take some pictures of my girls in their dresses together. Here they are.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Rocky Mountain Fever

I got to go spend last weekend in Denver with my bestest friend, Shannon! It was SO much fun! Grant was so sweet and let me take a much-needed trip. I had such a blast, although it made me miss Shannon even more. I took Ava along with me since she didn't cost anything and since the Dickmans had never met here and most especially since I don't think Grant would have been as willing to let me go if I had left her with him! He was so great to take care of Claire and Cole while I was gone, though, shuttling them to school, babysitters - he was Mr. Mom! He took Friday off of work to stay home and have fun with them, too, so it was kind of a vacation for him as well.

So, my initial flight out of Milwaukee was delayed four hours, but my ride had already left by the time I found this out so Ava and I camped out at the airport. It was actually not as horrible of an experience as I anticipated. Ava thought running around the terminal was the funnest thing in the world, so I just read magazines while she played. By the time we got on the plane, though, she was so tired that I couldn't get her to sleep and she screamed most of the flight. We survived, however, and landed in...ATLANTA. Why in the world was I flying through Atlanta to get to Denver? My husband's question was why in the world hadn't I noticed that when I bought the ticket? I hadn't even checked where I was flying through, I'd just bought the cheapest ticket. I'll never do THAT again! The flight from Atlanta took over 3 hours! And I had a lap child who REALLY did not want to stay in my lap! Luckily, though, we found a seat that didn't have anyone next to it and Ava was so sleepy by that point (I'd also given her some Benadryl, just to make sure) that she just curled up on the seat next to me and fell asleep. So, it wasn't as bad as it could've been. We got to Denver, though, at 11 pm, which was midnight our time and we'd gotten to the airport in Milwaukee at noon. So we'd basically been traveling (or trying to) for 12 hours. Let's just say that both of us were ready to crash that night.

The Dickmans' home was SO beautiful. If I didn't know we were buying a new home I would've been so jealous that my skin probably would've literally turned green. And Denver was such a fun city - so sunny, I loved it. We had lots of fun. We got our nails done, went to a movie, a ward party, went shopping (at Sports Authority - Tim gets a great deal there!), went downtown and hung out with some of the Dickmans' awesome neighbors. It was really fun to get to know Shannon's new friends. Now I can know the people she talks to me about. It was weird to hang out with her in a different city and a different house. It was a little twilight-zonish at first. It also REALLY made me sad to be with her kids without my kids there to play with them. Our kids used to do absolutely everything together (because Shannon and I did everything together and drug them around with us!) and they were almost like siblings. It made me sad that they weren't all together again and to know that their memories of each other were fuzzy. We're definitely going to have to do some family vacations together.

Now, I know this is a shock to everyone, but we did take lots of pictures. Thanks to Tim we were able to get a lot of fun ones together. Here's some of my favorites:
I love this one:
We took some fun ones of each other, too: In these next ones we were trying to turn our heads and get our hair flying in a "sexy, tousled" look. Not sure we succeeded.

And then these are some pictures of Ava from the trip:

Porter was trying to give her a kiss in this next one:

I had SO much fun. The weekend ended way too soon. Shannon and I cried and cried at the airport. I finally had to tell myself to stop while I was waiting in the check-in line because people were starting to stare at me. Shannon and I both ended up calling our husbands bawling and they then called each other to laugh at their wives. Thanks for the sympathy, guys! It kills me to think that we probably will never be able to hang out every day with each other and our kids and eat cereal all day off the floor and surf the internet and work on pictures or on our business or watch Gilmore Girls. Those were the days...

I love you Shannon! Thanks for being such an awesome friend!


I know, most of you didn't even know we were trying to sell our house. We were kinda keeping it on the down-low and then we had some friends in our ward that had some friends who are moving out here in June. They came out for a week to look at houses and ended up buying ours! We didn't even have to put it on the market or anything. We feel so blessed, especially in this market. There are 8 houses for sale on our street and we know many families in our ward who are trying to sell their homes, too, so we cannot be more thankful. We are planning on buying a new home around here, probably in Germantown for those who are familiar with the area. I can't wait to have a new home that is bigger and newer! Yay! I'll keep you posted as our house hunt progresses...

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Premier Avril

I was gone last night to a photography convention (which wasn't as good as I'd hoped), so this morning Claire told me to check in her backpack, which I hadn't done last night since I was gone. In it I found a typed note from the principal that said basically that due to all of the rain we've been having lately there has been a spider problem in the school and while most were not dangerous, they had found 12 black widows in the main bathroom so school was canceled so they could spray for spiders. I came in to the kitchen where Claire was eating her cereal and said she didn't have school today. She smiled big at me, so I asked her if she knew that's what the note had said. She just kept smiling. Then Grant read it while Cole was trying to convince me that he shouldn't have to go to preschool if Claire was going to stay home. Grant told me I should call Martha Taylor, the girl I carpool with, to make sure she got the note. So, I did, which was good because she hadn't gotten the note since she hadn't looked in her son's backpack either. She was in the middle of telling me that she was relieved since they were running really late this morning when Grant and Claire yelled, "April Fools!" They totally got me. And, as a result, got Martha, too. My two little conspirators were delighted to no end that I had fallen hook, line and sinker. They had planned it all during Family Night last night, the little stinkers! I wish I could come up with something clever to do to them, but I'm never good at those things. Anyone have any good April Fool's jokes they've pulled off or had pulled off on them?