The Zoo, A New Swing Set & Early Easter

This wonderful weather we have been having has been amazing for getting outside and enjoying good times with family and friends!! Michael took off work Friday so that we could spend the day together with the kids - we took them to the zoo, which I think everyone else in Houston decided to do, too! We had a great time - it was so beautiful out and Emma had fun watching all the animals.


Aaron on the other hand  looked like this the entire time we were there - he had a good nap!! LOL



In the past when we've taken Emma to petting zoos she hasn't wanted anything to do with the animals - Friday though she seemed to have a change of heart. She even decided to brush a few of the animals.



Saturday we spent the day at home - Emma got a new swing set, which was finally finished being put together on Saturday, which she was thoroughly excited about!


Michael also did a lot of work outside in the yard - and that's where he'll be much of the time now that Spring is here!! And as much as she can Emma will be out there with him!


Sunday morning we went to church and afterwards we got together with Michael's side of the family for Easter. We had a good time - the kids had a great time hunting for Easter eggs, but I think the guys had more fun hiding the Easter eggs! They never really grow up, do they? Ha ha! Aaron didn't get into many of the pics as he was eating most of the time - I told you he is growing fast & it's b/c he doesn't stop eating! LOL






But I think the fishing game was as big a hit as the egg hunt - the kids played it all afternoon! Miss Katelynn was a natural fisher-woman!! Ha ha



Now it is back to our weekly schedule and I have a project to work on until I have to go back to work. We sold the old desk we had and got a different one and I am planning on working on our front room which has been used as office, craft room, & storage. Right now it is full of things we plan to put in our community garage sale in a couple weeks, so I can't get those things out of there, but I want to get everything that is staying organized and cleaned up. There is one wall that is a blank canvas right now. I would like to find either something to hang (mirror or artwork or pretty display board) and I need to decide if I want to paint it as well. The room is smaller than the other three bedrooms so I need to find a light color that will not make the room look any smaller and I would also like to add some sheers to the windows. I have another month before I have to return to work so I should have plenty of time to get it all finished by then. We'll see!!

It's finished & the kids are playing!









Bottle Tops

I saw these yesterday in the store, but was leery about them. So many things that are "As see on TV" are useless...they look like a fabulous idea and they are reasonably priced, so you think - Why Not? Then you get it home and you realize it wasn't just inexpensive, it was just plain ole cheap and you slap your forehead b/c you fell for another stupid gimmick that someone smart came up with so THEY could make a buck off your gullibility!

I have to say, I've had a few forehead slap moments and I've also bought a few things that turned out to work pretty well. When I saw these yesterday I didn't buy them, but I did post them on my FB & Twitter and asked friends if any of them had bought them and what their experiences were with them - I got a couple positive answers so today I decided to spend the $10 and try them out. There are twelve in a package so you get a lot for your money, but I found they are also a good product. They actually work very well. They are washable and reusable, but I don't have delusions that they are going to last forever - so, that's why I'm glad there are 12 in a package and I think if I get down to six of them for whatever reason it would be worth it to buy another package.

They work just like they say they do. One of my guilty pleasures is coke - regular coke really cold in a can - I try not to indulge too much and with these I could open one, drink half, put it back in the fridge and have the other half the next day. We don't give Emma cokes, but other drinks come in cans that we do get for her and these would be a great way for her to drink those without spilling them and if she doesn't finish them we can close them and save them for later instead of wasting them.

So - these are pretty cool! I hadn't seen them on TV, so I'm glad I ran across them in the store!

My baby brother is one month old!









She is going to play soccer...

Daddy may not be a fan, he may want her to play softball instead, but I think it's inevitable that Emma is going to want to play soccer when she is old enough! Every time she gets her hands on a ball she wants to kick it and "play soccer" with whoever is around! Today it was with Teta.





This was mine from 3rd grade ballet.









Check out those Cheeks!

My growing boy!


Peaceful









Emma's First Dippin' Dots









Aaron & Brooke









Might I get more sleep tonight??

Aaron is staying up a lot more today  - I hope that means that tonight he'll sleep more! Don't want to jinx it, but hopefully that means he might get his days & nights straightened out! I got more sleep last night than the night before, but am still so sleep deprived. I really wanted to nap today to try to catch up on sleep lost, but with Aaron being up so much that hasn't been possible, yet - though I must say I'll sacrifice napping today for a better night's sleep tonight!! Here's to hoping!

Other than his days & nights being a little backwards, Aaron Michael is doing very well. His shoulder isn't giving him any problems at all - at his check up on Monday the pediatrician even said she wasn't worried at all about his shoulder. He also weighed 9lbs 6oz at his check up. Almost a pound more than his birth weight - the doctor was pleased with that, too. He's a good eater, what can I say!! He has had a couple bad episodes of gas, but nothing some Mylicon couldn't help out.

You know, Emma was such a good baby, mother kept telling me to be prepared for the opposite this time around. She went to sleep easily and ate well - except for the fact that she did not like to be in her car seat AT ALL she was a very easy baby! With Aaron I was prepared for one that was the opposite of all that - so far I've been pleasantly surprised by how similar to Emma he has been - except he seems to enjoy riding in his car seat far more than she did!

Emma told me the other night, "I love having a baby brother..." Awe - it made my heart melt!

Sporting a sweater vest for church









My son is so handsome









Mmmm...drop biscuits for breakfast!









She's got his green thumb!






Emma loves being outside and this beautiful weather is perfect to be outside! Her daddy loves the great weather, too b/c he spends all his time outside planting & taking care of all his plants & his garden - and Emma is right there with him! She got her own set of gardening tools last year for Easter and she helped him plant a lot this year. She planted "blue seeds" (pot of bluebonnets) and a "BIG seed" (seed from one of Michael's female palms) in the picture above. You have to help her water them, though b/c she tends to drowned them! LOL! I'm really glad she enjoys it, too.

She tends to get some preferential treatment, too from daddy!! Ha ha! Hey - can I get a ride, too???


Happy Birthday Teta


Emma got Teta flowers for her b'day and apple pie (sugar free just for
mom)!!!

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