Tuesday, May 22, 2012

mother's day officially celebrated at last

So we finally got around to celebrating Mother's Day with my family.  It was perfect timing too, because my dad's cousins were here visiting from Holland!  I hadn't seen them in ages, like probably since high school!  So I guess it wasn't really that long ago, was it?  Ha! ;)

So the kiddos had lots of extra adults around to give them all the extra attention they craved.

They even got to play in the pool!
These two had so much fun. I think they forgot anyone else was even here!

Whereas the little ones got a little too chilly and needed some warming up.

The adults got some good conversation time in.

Anton and Yanni's (our relatives from the Netherlands) son and his wife are missionary doctors in Haiti, so we got to see a lot of great pictures of where they live and hear some very interesting stories.

We had such a great time catching up with them.  Wish we could've spent even more time with them!

And since this was a Mother's Day celebration, here's a picture of the world's best mom!

After all she's done for us, maybe one of us should've volunteered to scrape the dog poop off her shoes...
I think she was trying to teach us an important life lesson here: You gotta walk through a lotta crap as a parent, but it's totally worth it in the end (excuse my language).  Yup, pretty sure she did that on purpose.    She's always trying to teach us life lessons through visual imagery.  Great lesson, mom. Point taken.  ;)

Of course, the kids had lots of homemade cards for her!
Millie made her 3!

Even Tate made one (and he can't sit and color for longer than 30 seconds!)  

And Adeline made her a book full of Mother's Day poetry. :)

These kids sure love their Nana Lois!

And even though this Nana lives farther away, we could never forget about her!  She's dearly loved by us all as well and is such a wonderful mom, mother-in-law and nana!  We love you, Nana Brooks! See you soon!  :)

Hope you all got a chance to honor your mothers too! Have a great week!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

one lucky mama!

Mother's Day started for me last week Friday at Adeline's school.  

The first grade classes had their annual "Mother's Day Tea" where they invite all their moms to come to their class and then they surprise us with treats, homemade goodies, songs, poems and more!

My favorite part had to be this darling book she made for me.
It's a book all about me! Complete with adorable pictures! :)

They sang the sweetest songs and said the cutest poems.
I couldn't stop smiling the entire time.  Every single bit of it was so darn cute and sweet.  I have to admit my eyes did leak a little bit... but I wasn't the only one! ;)

And here is the best first-grade teacher in the entire world.  Hands down.  No arguing with me on this one!  She is truly the sweetest teacher ever.

Saturday morning Tate woke up at 1:30 with a high fever and then again at 4:30 with vomit. :(  Poor little guy.  I knew right then that our Mother's Day celebration with my parents and brothers' families scheduled at our house for the next day would probably have to be postponed.  Especially since I was terrified it might be hand, foot and mouth disease (that is going around like CRAZY here!)  Thankfully, it ended up just being a fever with no more vomit!  We cuddled together almost all day, which was really quite wonderful!  

Sunday morning, I kept Tate and Millie home with me (incase Tate was contagious and to keep Millie away from the dreaded hand, foot and mouth!).  When Chad and Addie came home from church, we headed out for a yummy Chinese lunch.  Then we spent the rest of the day hanging out in the yard and going for a walk.  It was so nice! 

The kids had already given me beautiful hand-made cards that morning, but that evening the kids surprised me with this big card they had picked out all by themselves. :)

They caught me by surprise when I was coming downstairs.  It was so cute to see them all lined up waiting for me. :)

One very blessed mama!

So, Mother's Day may be over, but we still have a celebration to look forward to on Sunday!

Onto the rest of the week... the weather has been soooo gorgeous here!
 We spent some time at one of the parks here in town with our neighbor girl (and good friend!) Stephanie.

She let Tate fish with her and guess what....
  they caught a fish!

She took it off and let them touch it.
Then they threw it back in and tried for some more.

Millie and I watched from the sidelines with great anticipation!

 Here they are throwing food to the ducks.  You can't see them now, but they came at us in droves.  There were probably 30-40 encircling us, quacking loudly for our bread. It was a little freaky. I couldn't even get a picture of it because the kids were holding onto me so tightly.  They liked it, but were a little scared at the same time.  When the bread was gone, it was hard to convince them to move on.  I think they thought we were holding out on them. 

They did finally leave us in peace so we could focus on this adorable little family instead.  They were much less threatening.

So, there are a few of my highlights from this week.  Hope you're enjoying this gorgeous weather too!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

all we need is a may pole...

Ah, May Day! 
So glad our neighborhood kids celebrate this fun holiday.  I did growing up (with my elderly neighbor lady - she would drop baskets of candy off at my door and try to hobble away before I caught her - how adorable is that?!?), but when I married a Michigander, I was made to believe I was making the whole thing up.  It really is a holiday.  It really does involve baskets, candy and a maypole.  I'd love to give you the whole history here, but seriously... you can google that yourself.

So here we are, loaded up with "baskets" full of snacks, waiting to be delivered.

Off to the first unsuspecting neighbor's house...

 Don't worry little Tater... someday you'll be leading the pack! ;)

Back after a nearly successful drop-off.  I guess Tate was just a tad too slow...

Time to pick up another load!

This time I gave some helpful strategy... let Tate get a head start before you ring the doorbell.  And it worked.  They got off scott-free! Seriously, I think I should get paid a consulting fee.  Like maybe a few Skittles or something?  No?

And not only did we give baskets, but we also received plenty!

Happy May Day!  
Now please tell me at least some of you do this too! ;)