Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Famous Again!!

Little did I know, Holden made the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper on April 15th. We walked into swimming this morning and his picture was on the wall. How exciting!!! I do not have my hands on the actual paper yet, but some copies being mailed to me.

In the mean time, here is the link:


Monday, April 26, 2010

Experiment Monday

It is a dreary, rainy, and just plain yucky Monday. We decided to take this time to experiment during Rylan's nap. Today's activities came out of this months Family Fun magazine, literally!
We made slime/quick sand. We have made this before but it still remains as a top messy fun experiment!

Food coloring cups, and Hot lava...aka mini volcano's.
These experiments were just perfect for this little scientist!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rainy Saturday

Well, our much anticipated soccer game was cancelled this morning due to rain! Even though the rain spoiled the game, the boys still enjoyed the "promised" donuts. After breakfast, we headed over to Costco and purchased the boys a play set!!! They both have missed our old one in Georgia so much! Not to mention, one of the complaints from Holden this week was that he missed his old playroom, "because it was awesome" and he missed his tree house! (for some reason he always called the play set a tree house or a fort) Hmm, if that does not make you feel guilty!! So, I am working on decorating the playroom and now the play set issue has been resolved. At least one thing can be crossed of the "To Do" list.
We are beyond excited!! The boys and I can not wait for the hours and hours of fun....that is once it is put together. Stay tuned for the installation later this week. Considering our run of bad luck lately, I am sure I will have lots of funny stories!


A couple of funny quotes to enjoy from Holden:

Quote 1:
The other night after saying his prayers Holden says, "I love Momma, I love Daddy, I love Rylan, and I sure do love myself."

Quote 2:
The other morning, Holden asked what the plans were for the day and I told him, "We are going to go to Costco to see if we like the play set there." Holden happily responds, "Are we going to buy it today?" I told him "No, we are just going to look and see if we like it. Then we will buy it. But after we buy it, Daddy has to put it together." Holden looks at me and says, "Oh Man! You know Daddy doesn't like doing stuff like that!"
(HA! So True!!)

Quote 3:
After our play date on Thursday Holden tells me, "Momma, we need 4 more brothers." I said, "Oh really." Holden continues, "Yes, we can name our brothers, Donner, Blitzen, Comet, and Josh."

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day

What a busy day! This morning we had a play date with Holden's friend from preschool, Will. He has a younger brother that is Rylan's age, so it worked out perfectly. I wish I would have had my camera, they were all having the best time together!

After naps, we had a follow-up appointment with the ENT. Holden told the nurse as he walked in, "We can't stay here long we have to go somewhere special" Luck was on our side and she was in a good mood, all you need is a 4 year old telling you that you taking forever. That "somewhere special" was our favorite park, Pine Hill Lakes, to participate in the Earth Day Walk. We got there just in time! We received an Earth Day t-shirt to commemorate the 40th anniversary and then started walking. After we completed our walk, there were volunteers passing out trees and plants for us to grow at home, games for the kids, Earth Day books donated by 1/2 Price Books, water bottles, and cookies! What a fun event to help support the preservation of our Earth.

Speaking of preservation, you can not preserve with out recycling, and at 1/2 Pint Kids Cooking this week we made planters out of egg cartons. Clever and Cute! Now, let's just hope they sprout:)
Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Wild Card

We have given Holden has a couple of nicknames:

The Bear-because you never, ever want to wake this sleeping boy. He will growl at you like a bear!

Little Old Man-because every morning he has to have his chocolate milk, cereal bar, and sit on the couch to have both before he will "eat" his breakfast. Just like a little old man and his coffee and newspaper. Routine, Routine, Routine!!

But my favorite way to describe Holden is that he is my Wild Card. The reason is you never know how he will react to something. Hence the Wild Card!

For the past couple of months he has been telling me he wants to take tennis lessons (the time for lessons did not work for us), golf lesson (lessons do not start until summer), play baseball (too young), play football (too young), play basketball (again, too young). Never once did he say he wanted to play soccer, but I signed him up anyways. We all remember the last experience with soccer don't we?? If not let me recap. he followed his shadow the entire time, made a goal in the other teams goal, was constantly asking for snack or water break, and who could forget, tackling the opponents like it was football. Oh fun memories!
But really what was I thinking signing him up again? But what the heck, lets try it again. We bought new cleats, shin guards, and shorts together and he was soooo excited. A good sign! As we were walking up to practice and his teammates, he started shying up which I thought was trouble, but he took a deep breathe and introduced himself to a couple of little boys and was fine. Actually he was better than fine...he was pretty good! He followed the drills, followed the rules, made a couple of goals, and had tons of fun.He told me he wanted to go back and that he loved soccer. What a shock! See what I mean about being a wild card. I am just hoping his enthusiasm continues for Saturdays game. Remember he is my Wild Card, he can change at a moments notice. You never know what to expect!

Best Friends

On the car ride home from swimming today, I looked back and saw this....
They were holding hands! Isn't it sweet!!

I know Rylan thinks the world of Holden and now I am starting to see that love returned to Rylan. They really are becoming the best of friends.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Crush??

It is Spring and all the kids are out playing! Holden has made lots of new friends on our street, however, we live on a street of all girls!! Really there must have been something in the water.

Today, the boys and I were out playing and we hear Allie (two houses down) yelling Holden's name. She comes running over to our house and embraces Holden and tells him that she has been searching for him forever. I need to mention that she is a little dramatic, but cute. They had fun playing together or rather pulling out every item in the garage.

When it was time to go in to eat dinner Holden told her "Goodbye, I'll see you tomorrow" Allie comes over and hugs him again and then proceeds to kiss him on the cheek!! Holden said, "Why did you do that?" Allie replies, "Because I love you and I am going to marry you." Then just like the movies, she hops on her little scooter and rides home. Holden sat there for a minute and then yells at her, "I can't marry you. I am marrying Momma." As Allie is scooting home she turned and waved. I was waiting on her to start blowing kisses....what just happened here??? I did mention she is a little dramatic but I think she may have watched one too many Disney Princess movies. I do not know, just a thought.

I started laughing, but I am not sure what I think is funnier, her professing her love or the fact that Holden want to marry me?

Oh no, I think we might have a crush but I am not so sure Holden is ok with it.

The dramas of young love begins? Really at 4?!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

That Pesky Bird

A couple of weeks ago, I was reading a friends blog and laughing at her story of a bird flying into her window and trying to get rid of it. Well, as luck would have it, we are having the same trouble here now! I knew I should have not laughed!
Our little pesky friend showed up Easter weekend and has made our top window his new home. Morning after morning he will fly into the window, then he pecks on the window, and then he paces back and forth on the ledge. After a week and a half of this annoyance, it was really getting on Kevin's nerves. He decided to clean the window thinking it would not like the smell of ammonia, yep he still showed up. Last night, Kevin said that before he left town this morning he would "take care" of this bird once and for all. I was thinking he was going to place a scarecrow or even and owl in the window.

Right isn't that what you would think? Wrong again, look at his attempt to scare the bird off....

The kids orange stuffed fish...NEMO!!! Can you believe this? I am not sure my hubby is quite the hunter/protector I had thought.
Not only did it not scare the bird off, he actually attracted two more friends. I know if I could understand bird talk I would hear,"Hey look friends this Jack-in-the-box thinks this is going to scare me? You have got to be kidding me, come see this!"

Oh what to do!! I think I need to put my thinking cap on, seeing that Kevin is way off his block.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Final Day of Spring Break!

Today was our final outing of Spring Break. It was a cold one! I think this morning it was only in the 40's. So much for Spring! Despite the weather, we ventured to Parky's Farm for Fantastic Farm Friday's. Our friends met up with us again for a day on the farm. Where do I start, this place has it all for my little farmers/cowboys! Pony rides, farm demonstrations, educational talks, tractor rides, a farm play area, animals, and even fishing! WOW!!! What a great way to end our week of adventures! My poor babies have had so much fun that they are pooped out!!!
What a great week, filled with lots of memories and fun. All of this week's activities has me thinking and planning for our summer break. I can not wait!

On our final day, Holden "cashed in" his coupon for a movie at Blockbuster to watch for movie night! Ahh, now it is time to relax!
Happy Spring!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Break-Day 4

Day 4 of Spring Break we met our friends Sarah, Brady, & Cal at the Museum Center. It was raining and Spring Break....BIG MISTAKE! The museum was packed!! So much that it was making me way to nervous. We ended up not staying long. But the kids did not seem to mind. Here are a couple of pictures from this morning.
The funniest part of today had to be when Rylan woke up from his nap. He was laughing and squealing before I walked in and just look what he was up to...

He completely undressed himself! But the best part is, he is so proud of himself. What a little rascal!

Verdict of day 4: Never, ever, go to the museum center during Spring Break! Trust me I learned my lesson!

Our final outing is tomorrow and Holden is excited! I just hope it lives up to his expectations and I hope the weather cooperates.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring Break-Day 3

Day 3 of Spring Break led us to the Cincinnati Zoo. Where we were joined by our potluck friends! Just look at these kiddos, don't they look so cute!
Here are some of the highlights from today:
We were just in time to hear the zookeeper talk about penguins and was even greeted by one too. (Look at the kids sitting and listening. They really were all so good!)Besides the animals, the tulips were by far my favorite! They were gorgeous!

Verdict of Day 3: The kids were great and they all seemed to have a blast together.