Saturday, May 30, 2009

What a slacker!

I am simply amazed at how busy it's been around here! I know I promised to keep up on my blog better but obviously that's not happened! Oh well, all I can say is I'll try!

The girls are glad to be out of school. Their last few days were so fun... for all of us! The day before school let out, Hannah's class had a special lunch and fun time on the school grounds. Me, Dani and Tyler had to go enjoy the fun and have lunch with Hannah. Then we played with bubbles and sidewalk chalk. It has been so adorable... Marlie's teacher's son is in Hannah's class. From the beginning of the year he took a liking to Tyler whenever I would bring him into class with me. His name is Logan and he really is such a sweet little boy. He always gives Tyler big hugs, sets him up with I Spy books to check out, etc... Well, this day was no exception. As soon as lunch was over, Logan rushed over to Tyler and whisked him away to play with the sidewalk chalk! FUN! Meanwhile, Hannah got her hands sticky in the bubbles! Did you know you could make bubbles with your hands? Where has this mama been?

That same day, Marlie's class went to a local park for 3rd grade olympics. What a hoot! And, WOW! It was a HOT day! They played three-legged soccer, frizbee golf, had a watermelon seed spitting contest, etc... what a fun day. At the end of the day they all signed each other's t-shirts as a keepsake. Marlie has hers on her bedroom wall. So cute! I didn't get to stay for many of the events as Dani was misbehaving which forced me to leave and deal with her. But that's another story altogether!

I was so sad that I forgot to take my camera when I picked the kiddos up from school on the last day. Can you believe I have NO pictures of Hannah with sweet Mrs. Anderson?! I might have to fake it and get one on the first day in the fall! And, so sad... Marlie's friend Hannah won't be returning in the fall! She had everyone in tears as she headed to her ride home just weeping! Poor thing! Then, at the beginning of this week I found a note in Marlie's things she brought home from school. It was from Hannah asking Marlie if they could be friends "no matter what"? How sweet is that!?

Here is a slideshow of field day at school!

I've been trying to come up with ideas to keep the summer going somewhat smoothly. I devised a chore chart that gets the entire house cleaned every two weeks, with some things getting done once a week. This was our first week using it and it's worked beautifully so far. The kids are LOVING it. I even got notes on my dry-erase board on the fridge telling me how much they love me after the first day! Wonder how long that will last? ;) And, we've started a fun Bible study called "Just Mom and Me Having Tea". My mom purchased the book for me when Marlie was a very little girl. I have since gotten one for Hannah and Dani too and have been waiting for years to do it while they all could "get it"! It's been great so far. We get together everyday after Tyler goes down for a nap and do a little something out of the workbook. One day a week we do a fun activity/craft and every two weeks there is a formal tea party with a theme. This week's activity was to decorate a "Me Box" and fill it with things that make you special. I set up a table outside and just let them go at it with the paints! They had a great time. Then after lunch I told them to go gather things for their boxes (Dani got some help from her sisters) but to keep it as secret as they could so it would be a surprise when we shared. So, after supper they shared their boxes. Fun stuff!

Here is a slideshow of the decorating fun and some of the things each girl had in their boxes. Oh, and even though this is a mother/daughter study, we couldn't leave Tyler out of the painting fun!

And finally a video of Tyler! I wish I could think of the proper way to set this up! Okay... Tyler and Daddy were playing a game. Tyler would run and Daddy would wipe him out with his blanket! Tyler would crash to the ground and laugh his little head off! LOVE it! Oh, and YES! That is Dani in the background insisting that someone wash her, she was in the tub. To her defense, she was getting ignored for the sake of play and recording said play! Poor kid!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What a busy time!

I cannot believe it's been almost a month since I posted on here! What a slacker huh? I must admit, though, that I've been pretty good at keeping up with my Facebook... it's my blog that's been suffering. And, I've thought about posting several times but just never got to it. But, I know there are some of you out there who read my blog and are not on Facebook, so to you I apologize. There's been a ton of stuff going on in the lives of the Moseleys! So, needless to say, this will be the mother of all blog posts. Hope you have on your comfy pants and a cup of coffee because this may take a while!

I guess the first event since my last post would be Marlie's NINTH birthday. My goodness, where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that we found out we were having our first baby and now here we are. Pretty soon she'll be "all growed up and haired over" (a family saying I guess) and we'll really be scratching our heads! Her celebrations started at school with a birthday bash at the end of the day. It was on Tyler's actual 2nd birthday (I'll post about that coming up) so she really wanted him to be there! We all went, even Hannah got out of class to help her big sister celebrate! It was fun. The whole class sang happy birthday to Marlie and her brother and we enjoyed cupcakes and ice cream! Then Marlie's friend, also a Hannah, spent the night with us. Marlie had a hard time choosing a friend to come stay but ended up choosing Hannah because she won't be going to school with Marlie next year. They are both so sad about that! Anyway, Marlie opened some presents that night! She got a bunch of things that she really liked but the ipod from Mom and Dad was a hit for sure!

That night all of us girls went to the high school's production of "Seussical the Musical", which they did a fantastic job on by the way!

On Friday morning we all got up and headed to Denver to go to the Aquarium. We've been there a few times as a family but Marlie's friend Hannah had never been so that's where she chose to go! How sweet is that!? From what I hear, Hannah totally loved it too! Good choice Marlie! And the final phase of Marlie's birthday celebration was a trip to her favorite restaurant, Cinzetti's! It's an Italian market style place. Too fun!

Friday afternoon, Hannah went home and the preparations for Tyler's 2nd birthday party the next day started! We made cupcakes (which Keven decorated) and strawberry ice cream piggies (which Keven did most of the decorating on), do you see a trend here?! They all turned out really cute!

So then Saturday was Tyler's big SECOND birthday. Again, where does the time go people? It was a John Deere themed party because the boy is obsessed with tractors. Well, just about anything mechanical but John Deere things in particular. We had a fairly small get-together with a lot of kiddos! It was fun!

Before I post this next video, I MUST explain. My mom called on the actual day of Tyler's birthday to sing to him. This is a video of Tyler asking her to sing it to him again, and AGAIN! So cute!

And here is a picture slide show of Marlie and Tyler's birthday celebrations!

RIGHT after Tyler's birthday party, Marlie had her piano recital! She did wonderfully!

Later that week, Marlie had her very first science fair! Her project idea was to see if the more expensive waterproof mascaras are "more waterproof" than the inexpensive ones. It was an experience I can say that! She wasn't much into the experimentation part of it, but putting the ideas all together and on her board was right up her alley! Here is a picture that her teacher took of her with her board! Oh, and if you're curious, the $3.50 Maybelline was just as good as the $24 Lancome or whatever it was! ;)

A week later Marlie and Hannah had their Elementary Spring Concert with school. It was called "A Kaleidoscope of Music" and was very cute! Here is a short (and blurry) video of the K - 5 graders singing "In Christ Alone" (I think that's the right title)!

The next night was a camp out at school for students in grades 3 -5 who completed a certain amount of reading in the "Book Adventure" program. It was supposed to be outside, in tents, on the football field but cool weather and high winds moved it inside to the gym. My sweet husband went with Marlie and "camped" with her there overnight! What a fun time for them! He even volunteered to bring his guitar and sing some praise music to wind the evening down! What an awesome daddy!

The day AFTER THAT (imagine me taking a breath!)... Hannah lost a tooth! Her daddy had to trick her but he got it out of there!

And finally, to get us up to date... on this past Tuesday, the third grade teachers and girls had a girls only lunch where they did their hair, painted nails and just engorged themselves in generally primping of all sorts. Is that the neatest idea you have EVER heard of? It is for me! I thought it was awesome! Anyway, here is a picture slide show of the campout and day of pampering!

I think that's it for my mega blog post! I'll try to keep you up better! Until next time...