Saturday, May 31, 2008
"Dear Jesus, Thank you for my letter "c" and for my firetrucks and my choo choos and the TV remote. Amen."
Every night it's something different and something rather entertaining. Some night he lists everyone he knows and other nights he thanks God for every color he can think of. It's very cute and I'm sure God loves it!
Then we got out the sprinkler! We grilled hot dogs...
ate some watermelon...
Look at Abby's face in this picture. She was a little nervous about the sparklers. Christian wouldn't even try holding one. He's terrified of fireworks and for a good reason, but that's a story for another day.
Check out my sister's blog for more pictures of our evening! She'll be posting them soon!
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When school's out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It's a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it's FREE!
Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer.
Valley Mall, Hagerstown Schedule: 10:00am
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Firehouse Dog (PG)
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)
Everyone's Hero (G)
Bee Movie (PG)
Arctic Tale (G)
Shrek The Third (PG)
Curious George (G)
Clifford's Really Big Movie (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)
Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
Happy Feet (PG)
Charlotte's Web (G)
Water Horse: Legend Of The Deep (PG)
Wallace And Gromit (G)
Surf's Up (PG)
I don't know if I'll really be brave enough to take all 5 kids to see a movie, but we'll probably try it if I can find another mommy who wants to go with me! Let me know if you're up for it ladies! And thanks Lori for passing on this info. to me!
We ended up having some great family time this past weekend with just the four of us. We cooked out, played in the yard, finished up the last details on the fence, laughed a lot, cooked out some more, went to church, took naps and basically just lived the American dream. So thank you to all of those in uniform who serve our country proudly for making moments like this possible for my family. We owe you a debt of gratitude!! God bless America!
The other big news is that McKenna has been sleeping in her own room, in her own bed for about 7 hours straight a night (last night it was 8 hours)! When she came home from the hospital after having the flu she was still having trouble breathing, so she had to sleep in an upright position and I had to be pretty close to her to make sure she wasn't having trouble breathing. So for the past several months she's been sleeping in a swing in our bedroom. This is a hard habit to break and I was nervous about moving her to her own bed because she's been sleeping through the night for awhile and I didn't want to ruin it, but she's doing pretty good. She still ends up in her swing around 5am, but other than that she's staying in her own room, in her own bed.
So my babies are growing up and it's great!! God is so good! Just so many blessings! And yes, I do count easy potty training as a great blessing!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This picture brings incredible joy to my heart. I love it that these three choose to play with one another, even when they have 20 other kids they could be playing with. We've come a long way! Oh dear, now I'm crying just thinking about how far we've come.
Abby loved the water balloon toss.
That night after our playgroup Christian actually prayed and thanked God for water balloons. He really loves water balloons!
The boys checking out their loot from the candy scramble.
While Ryan was traveling we decided to surprise him by painting a wall in the kitchen. Christian loved helping with this activity.
Believe it or not, he didn't get any paint on himself!
This little girl just goes with the flow. She was sitting in her high chair today and Nate was standing on one side of her, Christian was standing on the other side. They would crouch down and then jump back up and yell "peek-a-boo." The poor girl was terrified, she startled ever time but she never did cry. She's getting used to all the attention. Nathan gives her a lot of attention. He is constantly putting a blanket on her and giving her toys.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
By 9am I realize that I just might not survive until naptime if we had to stay in the house all morning. It's a chilly day (in the 50s) and it's rainy outside, so we headed to McDonalds to play at their playland.
Our friend Jacob and his mommy met us there and we happily played for over an hour! Yippee!! We love McDonalds.
The best part was that McKenna slept almost the entire time. She looks a little pink in this picture because the playland is outside with just a tent over it and they have heat lamps inside. I had her sitting right under one of the heat lamps. Doesn't she look snuggly?!
Then we headed inside for a little lunch. Last fall I used to be able to buy one McNugget meal and it could feed everyone, but those days are over. Now Christian likes cheeseburgers and Abby likes the Crispy Chicken snack wrap and Nate likes nuggets, so we don't frequent McDonalds too much anymore. Today Christian had orange soda for the first time and loved it. Nate had it too, but I don't know if that was a first for him or not. Right when it was time to leave the rain became a torrential downpour. Isn't that always the way it is! I was completely soaked by the time I got all four kids buckled back up in the car.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
McKenna always giggles and smiles when she first wakes up from a good long sleep. She's such a cheerful girl, most of the time. When you talk to her she makes every effort to "talk" back!
Can you see why her daddy can hardly even let her cry? She's going to be totally spoiled if he has anything to do with it.