Saturday, April 26, 2014

Spring Showers bring...

Spring showers bring...

a much needed car wash.  For how loud my little man likes to be, I'm always in awe when he is nervous in the car wash.  I love that he can hold onto his sister's hand and all is okay in the world.

Spring showers bring...

a rainbow filled sky.  So excited to see my first rainbow of the season. 

Spring showers bring...

silly kids trapped in doors!  Grandma's Easter box was lost and but found its way to our home this week - just in time for some new entertainment on a rainy afternoon.

Spring showers bring...
beautiful clear skies and the wonderful smell of rain. I wish I could capture that smell of rain in my phone.  The smell of rain is so comforting to me - I could just sit and breathe deep - ahhh... my body relaxes and all is right with the world. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful and restful spring weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend begins

Just being kids...

We were cleaning the downstairs guest room to prepare for our visit from Ms. Shannon and the kids were just cracking me up - from helping me make the bed to their imaginary play.  I just love these two more than words could ever describe.  I'm one blessed momma to have the privilege of raising these little darlings.

The kiddos had an Easter Party at daycare this week. Sister was so excited to hunt for Easter eggs and it appears that Brother had a great time too. 

They even made special bunny ears ... 

I love how Brother's two front teeth are popped out like Bugs Bunny - ha,ha...
Thanks to our day care lady for taking pictures of all the fun.

Papa has been busy coaching track and field and that means that he's not getting home until after 6pm.  So, we decided to surprise him at practice and go out to dinner tonight.   While Papa was gathering up his stuff, Sister was immediately drawn to the white board.  Can we say future teacher?  

After dinner, Papa took the kiddos home so that I could attend the Good Friday service at church.  It was an amazing service - the pastor asked 7 members of the church to each take one of the 7 sayings Jesus said on the cross and speak on it for 5 minutes or so.  Some people gave personal testimony and others read passages from books that spoke to the verse.  It was a very unique service and the worship team sang beautiful songs to end the service.  
So on this Good Friday, I would ask you...

 to take a moment and reflect on your life.  We are all broken and we are all sinners.  What a powerful day to reflect and think about Jesus and his death on the cross.  I will make mistakes and I will not always be my best... but I know that God loves me and I can seek forgiveness through Jesus.  And then - try again.  Try again to do better, try again to make the better choice, try again to reach out and serve those who are in need...  May you take this weekend to reflect - and find the hope and joy in a risen Savior on Easter morning.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Another week in the books!

Sunrise as I arrived at work this morning!  Our current sunlight is from 6:51am to 9:12pm and we are gaining almost 6 minutes of sunlight each day!  Not only are our days getting longer and brighter - but warmer too.  It's nice to feel the warmth of the sun again. 

Old man winter is trying to hang on this week as we got about an inch of new snow.  It made for a fun afternoon of playing in some fresh snow.  Sister thought it was funny to throw snowballs at me and brother and fun sliding down the pile of snow we have in the yard. 

Besides being outside, we've been having fun just playing around.  
Sister and brother are having fun learning about static electricity.

After our time of fun, it's always nice to snuggle in and watch a show.  
The kids really like to watch Bubble Guppies or Team UmiZoomi. 
He wasn't very happy with me to interrupt his show for a picture.  

Well, another week in the books.  We have about 30 days until summer vacation.  Crazy how fast the time is flying.  Papa and I both received word this week that we would be moving to different schools next year.  We'll be staying in the Anchorage School District, just different buildings.  We are both excited about our new assignments - Papa will be moving up to a high school and teaching math and I will be at a middle school continuing with sped math.   

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Hopefully the sun is shining where ever you may be and you'll be able to get out and enjoy the spring weather.  Love and hugs to you all...

Friday, April 4, 2014

A little DIY project

One thing that has been wonderful about living in the big city is being able to decide to do projects on the whim.  I love that we can go and get the needed materials and tools and can complete a project in one day.  Don't get me wrong, I miss so much about Cordova- especially the people...  but there are definitely some perks to the big city. 

So, my husband is becoming quite the handy-man.  The project- reupholster dining room chairs. 

Our poor chairs have held up well - but it was time to give them a face lift.  The white cushions were just fabric and no good way to get them clean.  Needless to say with two young children, they've had food smashed in, milk spilled on and let's not forget the coloring!  They were so bad, that I did a make-shift upholster effort by using some place mats - just so we could at least continue to use the chairs.  So - on with the DIY...

While I was at the store picking out fabric, Leif was busy taking the old off the chairs.  Then he was set to the task of cutting out the fabric and vinyl.
 See Mrs. DillyDally - those Home Ec lessons did pay off!!

Inspecting his work...
The first one was a little challenging, but then the others went more smoothly.

I'd say they turned out really nice.  I love that the kids can spill and all I have to do is wipe them off! Leif did a really nice job - I wonder what the next project will be ?!?
And of course - can't forget to give a weekly picture of the kiddos!

Just love how bright the sunshine is when we get home from school!