Sunday, April 13, 2014

palm sunday

This Palm Sunday wasn't exactly how I hoped it would be.  On our last day in Florida I got pretty sick again - with a head cold this time - and I'm still not feeling back to normal.  Asher came down with it yesterday, so we kept him home from church this morning.  Drew was scheduled to set up chairs at church and I was working in the preschool room so we both went to church - only at different times.  ha!  Even though the kids didn't go to church I decided to dress them up in their cute outfits and take some pictures anyway.

Hadley was up before Asher so she got to go first by herself.

Bless her sweet heart she just wanted to run away from me and my pesky camera.

She really is too cute though.  Love her!

Once Asher got up and around he was a trooper and agreed to sit for silly mom.

We got a couple fake smile pics.

And some outtakes, of course.

This one cracks me up - looks like he's blessing her or something.  ha!

Ah well, can't win them all.  :-)

We hope you all had a joyful day celebrating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  I can't believe next Sunday is Easter already!  Love it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

two more monkeys for the zoo

While we were in Florida last week Asher and Hadley got to take a trip to the zoo!

It was Hadley's first visit and I figured she'd just people watch, but she seemed to really see the animals and got a big kick out of the whole experience.

Asher loves animals and totally understood what was going on so, of course, he loved the whole day!

This zoo had a couple "up close and personal" exhibits which I thought was pretty cool.  They both liked feeding the birds these seeded sticks.

Hadley had a little help from Grandpa.  :-)

But Asher (and every other kid under 10 who unknowingly wandered into this part of the bird zone) freaked the heck out when the parrots swooped at him trying to get the nectar cup.  He ran away screaming and I was left to distribute the nectar.  These birds clearly get w-a-y more nectar than they need, yet they still fight over each cup.  Sounds kind of like my kids at snack time, so I was in my element and definitely had the upper hand.

The other amazing exhibit were the giraffes!

The zoo built pavilions that have rails right at the giraffes height so you can see them very closely and feed them.  Asher really liked "feeding those giraffes crackers" but didn't love it when they got too close.

Hadley just didn't like it at all.

I like that they both have a healthy appreciation of and respect for wild animals.  :-)

While he was on a feeding roll Asher fed a deer!  Kind of tame after the giraffes, but that might have been good.

Meanwhile Hadley practiced her walking - all around, everywhere.

"Asher, smile!"

"Hadley, smile!"

One of them may have done a bit better this particular day.  ha!

These 3 goobers - I'm so glad they are mine.  :-)

The zoo was a huge success!  So fun!

Friday, April 4, 2014

walk this way

So this has been a long time coming…

but for her 17 month birthday Hadley finally decided to start walking!  (and walking.  and walking.)

She's taken a few steps here and a few steps there, but always dropped down to crawl.  We were positive she was just in such a hurry that she didn't have the patience for learning to walk.

For some reason this week she decided to take the leap and join the rest of us on two legs.  Haddie still doesn't get from sitting to standing on her own but if you give her a hand up she's off in no time.

See ya sister!  ha!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

in like a lion, out like a lamb

The month of March wasn't very nice to our family.  One member or another spent 3 of March's 4 weeks throwing up sick.  Bleh - just thinking about it makes me anxious to blot the whole month from my memory.

Bless his heart, it started with Asher.

I got that call that no one wants to get from his school.  He passed it to his sister, who passed it to me and Drew.  Thankfully my parents live nearby and were able to come and care for the kids (who were both healthy) while I laid in bed, miserable and useless.

But wait!  There's more!  In a wretched twist of fate the cycle began again and we all got a second round.  Oh my.  Please God, never again.  Yes, March - this is how we felt about you.

But wait!  Again, there's more!  On a truly joyful note, March ended with us all getting well enough to leave for vacation.  We're all enjoying this scene and leaving those awful sick memories well in the past.

Here's to hoping that whatever bits of norovirus my bleach rag didn't hit before we left will die off in the week we're gone.  :-)

More catch up posts to come!  I've missed my blog!  Happy Wednesday, friends.

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