Friday, May 29, 2009

one year more to go...

Jackson's preschool had it's closing program last week. They sang several songs and put on a little play called "Mary and Her Little Lambs". The play was mainly for the older kids while the younger kids sang the soundtrack...Mary Had a Little Lamb all the way through like 5 times. Enough said. I was really impressed that most of the kids stood up there for almost an hour and did what they were supposed to do. If Jackson learned nothing else this year, I'm grateful he can do that. But lucky for us, he did learn a lot this year. He learned a lot of Bible stories and manners and how to write all his letters and spell his name. He knows all the days of the week in order and has started to sound out words. He still doesn't like to pose for pictures though. I'm so proud of my handsome little Jackson! We have a little game that stems from that book "Guess How Much I Love You?" We'll say, "Guess how much I love you?" then name some distant land. Today I told him I loved him all the way to China. He returned with, "I love you all the way to Arctica...where the penguins live."

Thursday, May 28, 2009

tea party

Sydney and Jackson love sitting at this little cafe table on my parents' porch. It's their perfect size. Monday, Jake set up a tea party for Sydney and her Raggedy Ann doll. She was so proud.

Then Kate decided she wanted in on the action. The were having a ball! Nilla Wafers are a perfect tea party treat, don't you think?

Mother's Day

Mother's Day was pretty low-key this year. Jake gave me a Sonic gift card...which I loved...and he helped the kids make this sweet race car for me! Almost better than that, I got to lay on the couch and watch Gilmore Girls and relax while they made it! Jackson made the card all by himself. Yes...that's case you were wondering.

Watch for a lot of new updates...because I put them off wanting to do a Mother's Day post that never happened. I was too busy being a mother...and so it goes!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009

Let's Go Fly A Kite

Jacob and Jackson let out the kite. The wind was crazy (gusts of 25+). Our little kite was up to it, but you can see that the 20' long tail is straight out.
Jen remembers that flying a kite is like riding a bike. It always comes back to you, no matter how long it's been.

"Orange skin bitter? Noooo way."

"Mandarin, Schmandarin. That's enough orange skin for me. Oooooeeee. Bitter!"

It's a cool, brisk day, but Jackson (the Furnace) was a hot sweaty mess after reeling in a monster of a kite.

"Look Mom! I found a drink!"

Were it not for the smear of food and the Frankenstein stitches, this girl would be JCrew material! As it is, she's our Victoria Secret girl.... a real Angel.

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Batgirl flies at night.

Batgirl is fearsome, even in aqua polka dots and pink flats.

Normally, Batgirl can smell in total darkness.

the BIG swing

Last year when we arrived in MO we couldn't BEG our kids to even WALK in the grass. They were such city kids that the wide open spaces, the grass, the lawn mowers...all such things terrified them. Well, not this year. Oh no...they run amok barefoot, no less, and both delight in the big rope swing in grandma's back yard.

Welcome spring! We can't wait to take full advantage of nature this year!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

a quilt for kate...a year in the making

While I was pregnant with Kate, one Saturday afternoon I conned Jake and the kids into a fabric hunting trip to Purl Patchwork in SoHo. I sweetened the deal for the kids and included a trip to Peanut Butter & Co. for lunch...gourmet PB&J's, carrot sticks, and chocolate shakes served with a curly straw...YUM!

Anyway, I was anxious to make a quilt for the little girl in my tummy, who at the time was nameless. I'm sure many of you can relate to the feeling that you need to be doing something while you're pregnant to prepare for the new baby, but after just having Sydney, it seemed like we were ready in most respects for baby. So a quilt seemed in order. I get to use my creative, sewing talents (using that term very loosely) and baby gets a blanket. Win win.

Well, Kate just won. I finished the quilt top before she arrived and then folded it up and tucked it away to finish later. Much later. A year later, to be exact. I'm really pleased with how it turned out though. I just wish I wouldn't have waited so long. I'm a HORRIBLE procrastinator.

Friday, May 1, 2009

o happy day!

A few happy things that happened today...

kate and jackson found a dying beetle...

i made YUMMY coconut cream cheese cupcakes...
jake made this AMAZING baklavah...

and this wonderful box arrived...

with this great make-up to replace all the make-up destroyed by my daughter.

o happy day!!!!!