Friday, April 30, 2010

Baba is visiting!

We all love when Baba comes to visit...especially the kids...she is way more fun than Mom but that is her job!  She does anything and everything they ask her to do...literally...everything and they love it!  Baba loves it too but I imagine she is exhausted when she leaves us.  They have played Uno about a gazillion times, tried to teach Baba the Wii, crosswords, toilet tag in the field behind the house, played Shoot the Moon and Sorry, watched the seeds grow, raked the yard, rode 5 miles to school, invented a great recipe for pork chops, visited all the kiddos classrooms and teachers and it's only been 2.5 days that she got here.  It's been a bit crazy and lots of fun!

Singing songs!
Zander's a little busy...I am surprised he hasn't talked her into learning to play the DSi!
It's a no-school day and we are busy being incredibly silly...maybe I will run that sounds like fun!

We all love Baba's visits!

Friday, April 23, 2010

3rd Grade Hoedown day!!!

To celebrate the completion of their study on Colorado, the pioneers who made their home here and the Indians who already lived here, the entire 3rd grade threw a hoedown!  The kids were all so excited and got all dressed up as did some of their parents.  They were all so proud of their hard work. 
 Zander did a project on what a typical indian teepee would have looked like and the how the indian's would have lived.  He wrote a story (with just a little help from Mom) about our play structure in the back yard turning into a time machine and being transported into the time of the CO Indians.  He wrote all about what he would have seen.  It was really great and his teacher was very impressed!  

Some more great pics of all the fun!  
What a cutie pie!
We all got a chance to show our dancing skills...Zander was impressive!  
Great Job Zander!!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What a wonderful world!

To help celebrate, here are some pics of a hike we did recently. 
It was a beautiful day and we love every minute!  

We have been trying to do one big Family exercise activity each weekend and this past weekend we all did a 15 mile bike ride...pretty impressive for all the kids but especially our 6 yr. old.  She was amazing!  We didn't plan on it being that long, it was just so fun and the weather was incredible that we all just wanted to keep going.  This was a good lead-in to Walk and Roll week at school to help celebrate Earth Day today.  We have road our bikes to school each day...a round trip of 5 .5 miles...I had to make 3 trips each day since Lili has 1/2 day Kindergarten...a total of 16.5 miles!  I complain because my bottom isn't happy (Carl keeps telling me I will get used to it...hmmm...I wish that would happen sooner than later) but it feels awesome at the end of the day!  
Get out and move, you will be thankful you did!

I will take pics of kiddos and the impressive amount of bikes at the school this week.  

Good Job kiddos!!!~ 

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

An amazing, unimaginable book...

I am not usually so serious but as this is pretty much my journal/diary of my days, I had to write my feelings about a book I just finished...a book about the Holocaust.  

My we never forget...National Days of Remembrance April 11-18, 2010

Night by Elie Wiesel

How does one describe something so unimaginable?  How can someone live with those memories daily?  How can someone who has lived through this not be filled with hate?  How can this happen? 
A prize of a book, a prize of a man, a hero in many ways. 
I remember going to Isreal as a child. On one of the days, our tour bus stopped at a museum but my 2 friends and I, who were only in 2nd and 3rd grade at the time, were not allowed to go in.  I don't remember questioning "why not?"...maybe I had some sense of what they were going to see...the actual evil of man.  I now know why, I would never have understood what I was actually seeing.  I still don't understand.  I will never be able to understand.   

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Our Trip!

The kiddos and I had a great time visiting the fam in always goes way too fast though!

Some pics to enjoy!
We don't see lots of rain in Colorado...they were thrilled to take Grandma's umbrella's out for a walk.

We headed into Manhattan/KState!  We had to join in on all the celebrations going on with the Elite 8 standing in the NCAA tournament.  But since football is Grandpa's sport, we hit the football field first. Grandpa used some good connections and got us onto the field to run. So fun...the kids loved it!  GO CATS!
Even with the lose to Butler, we are some proud wildcats...especially since we were beaten by a team that almost went all the way!

 The kiddos! 
Donna and I!

While on my way to Newton to see bff Shana, I had to get a pic of this...Everyone has purple pride.  I seem to be blind to anything red and blue with a weird bird on it.

A mini "Camp Lost in the Woods" in MO!  It was so fun getting to see everyone again...hopefully it won't be too long before it all happens again.  Gotta love Family!
Spring has sprung in Kansas!  Now home to Colorado where we will have to wait just a bit longer, it snowed again this morning but I am hopeful!

Love Family, Love Kansas!