Monday, April 27, 2009

Didn't think I would do it, huh?

This is for my husband mostly.  My dad is a huge woodcarver and has carved and made tons of things out of wood.  He has made a couple of totem poles and one of them had Japanese characters on it.  When we moved here, Eric told me that I ought to carve us a Japanese totem pole while he was gone.  I kind of laughed and thought to myself, sure I will!  Well, I knew Eric didn't think I would make us one and I decided to prove him wrong.  So here is the finished product and I think it turned out pretty dang good--so Eric, I did do it!!!  Many thanks to my dad who helped me immensely.  The characters say God, Father, Mother, Children, Love, Peace, Harmony.  It stands a little over 6' tall and is made out a log we found in the backyard.  I have to admit that I really enjoyed this project and if I had more time and the tools I think I really could get into wood carving.  Thanks Dad for all of your help!!

A work in progress


***Also, update on our moving plans, we found out last week that our plans to move to Japan have been postponed a couple of months, so we are actually now moving back to Connecticut and hopefully will be headed to Japan sometime this fall.  I have to admit that I am excited to go back to Connecticut-it is so fun during the summer and I plan to spend lots of time at the beach with the kids and we still have so many great friends there.  I have learned in our short Navy career that  you can never plan on anything the Navy tells you, because it almost always changes--good thing we are flexible!***

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Magic House

Last Wednesday we took the kids to a place called the Magic House.  It is basically like a children's museum.  Usually it costs several dollars, but when I was at the gym one day I was watching the news and there is this mom's group called "Mom's Like Me" and they were having a free playdate at the Magic House.  So we signed up and got to go for free--can't beat that!!  Anyways, we had a blast.  They had news crews there-we got filmed several times and I even got interviewed and made it onto the news!!  So treat me with respect-I am a celebrity!!  Here are some pictures from our fun day!
Ethan digging in the garden!

Kailey crawling through the worm tunnel--Hi 
Kailey and Ethan!

Ethan shoveling gravel--boy was he in

What a cute construction worker!

Mommy, Ethan and Kailey playing ring a round the rosy!

Monday, April 13, 2009

What happens when you live at home...

Saturday it was a pretty nice day and my parents had a lot of yard work that they wanted to get done.  The biggest thing they wanted to get done was to clean up the fish pond (they have a fish pond in their backyard.)  Well, someone had to get in the pond to get some plants out, rearrange plants, etc.  My dad has a broken foot, so he couldn't get in, and my mom gets cold pretty easily, so I was volunteered.  So here I am having my first swim of the very cold water.  The temperature outside was in the mid 60s, but it has been in the 40s-50s the last week, so I expected the water to be a lot colder.  I do have to admit I went numb after a couple of minutes, but it wasn't too bad.
(Hiding behind the plants--very sneaky, huh?)

As usual, we put the kids to work, well Kailey supervised from her stroller, but Ethan had to help.  Here are a couple of pictures of him.

Mowing the lawn with Aaron--his new favorite thing to do!  
(Lance, notice what shirt Aaron is wearing--one of yours!)

Climbing the ladder
(Lance, Aaron wanted me to tell you that Ethan has gotten higher on the ladder than you ever have!)

Raking the lawn with his own rake--what a lucky boy!

Hooray, the Easter bunny came!!!

Well, we enjoyed a wonderful Easter yesterday.  My only complaint is that I wish it would have been a little warmer.  March we had such nice weather--several days in the 70's and even a couple in the 80s and this month I don't think it has barely broken 60 and has been so rainy-it is quite depressing!  We started out the morning with Easter baskets.  Ethan was quite nice to open everything in his basket and Kailey's!  By the way, Kailey started crawling this week.  I have mixed feelings, it is nice that she can crawl, but now that opens a lot of new problems.  The biggest is that she loves to crawl over to Ethan and try to play with whatever he is or she pulls his hair--needless to say, Ethan is not thrilled.  On the other hand, she is just so happy that she is mobile.

After Easter baskets, we headed to church.  This is a picture of Kailey 
in her new dress, that I MADE!!!  Yes, I know many of you are thinking, "Heather, you are not crafty at all," but I have channeled my inner Martha Stewart while I have been here.  I 
thought for my first project that it turned out pretty well.  She even has some really cute bloomers underneath the dress!  Maybe in the future I will break out the sewing machine more often.

After church and naps, we had a little Easter egg 
hunt in the backyard.  Ethan was so excited to go find all the eggs--he kept wanting us to hide them over and over again.  It was so fun to watch him find the eggs.  
 We ended the day with a wonderful dinner!  We had a great Easter!!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Butterfly House

Last week, my mom and I took the kids to the butterfly house.  When you first enter, they have a bunch of different insects you can look at in cages (my favorite part-I am being sarcastic).  Ethan, however, loved looking at all the different bugs.  The really fun part is that they have a big conservatory that has thousands of butterflies flying freely through it.  It is so fun to walk through--first off, it feels great at a balmy 85 degrees, and they have water running through it, trees, it is really pretty and they butterflies just swarm all over.  There are so many different types of butterflies and they are all so colorful and pretty.  They even have a place where you can watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalis.  Of course, Ethan's favorite part was the bugs, but Kailey loved the butterflies--she kept trying to grab them.

Easter-Part 1

My grandmother lives here in St. Louis about 4 miles from my parents in a retirement center.   It has been so nice having her so close and so great my kids are getting to know "G.G."  Ethan calls her that, it is short for great-grandma.  We are so lucky that we get to see her at least 2-3 times a week.  Anyways, last week the retirement center had an easter party that you could invite your family to.  They had an easter egg hunt, we took pictures with the Easter bunny, they had little bunnies and chicks you could pet and egg-coloring (which we did not participate in--I knew that Ethan would come away more colored than the eggs!)  We had such a fun time.  The kids are always such great sports when we go to visit because the minute we walk in the retirement center, they are mobbed by little old ladies and men who want to pinch their cheeks and give them kisses.  However, the kids seem to really enjoy going to visit (I think because G.G. always has great treats) and we always have so much fun!  

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Purina Farms

Yesterday we took the kids to a place called "Purina Farms." Purina Farms is where they train dogs, have dog shows, etc.  They also have tons of farm animals to pet and it is a fun place to walk around.  We started out by sitting on the Easter Bunny's lap--as you can tell from the picture, Ethan wasn't too thrilled.  Next they had a place where you could play with tractors in corn.  We love corn and tractors so we couldn't pass that up--the kids had fun playing in that.  Next, for Easter, they had an area where you could go pet baby animals.  So we petted baby ducks, chicks, lambs, dogs, cats, and I am sure more things.   Purina Farms also has daily cow milking demonstrations where you actually get to milk the cow.  We were lucky because we walked up at the end and didn't have to wait in line.  I thought Ethan would be scared, but he hopped right up on the guy's lap and stuck his hand up to milk the cow.  I have to admit I was jealous.  Call it a crazy desire but I have always wanted to milk a cow--I know bizarre.  I have always thought it looked like fun-I know who thinks pulling on a cow's teat is fun, but I have always wanted to do it.  Anyways, so Ethan can cross something off his list that I can't.

Purina Farms also has daily dog shows.  We stayed and watched and it was so fun.  They have dogs that
 jump several feet in the air, they throw frisbees and have the dogs catch them, they also have the dogs run an agility course.  It was a really entertaining show and we had a great time!

**Side Note--Can I just say that blogger can be SOOOOOO frustrating sometimes.  Does anyone have any hints to make posting easier??  I think I deleted my pictures all at least twice and had to put them back in-AHHHHHHHHH!!  That is my rant for the day!**

Take me to your leader!

Here are some silly pictures of the kids.  We were playing a game where you catch butterflies in nets and Ethan put the nets on his head and was being silly.
This is Kailey in her new sunglasses and hat--so cute!