Saturday, May 14, 2016

April Happenings

 April was another busy month! I'm sensing a theme after typing all these blog posts. The busyness will continue through the summer but they are all fun things so we are embracing the busy!  First up, we had Jadyn and Jordyn for a week in April.  We kept them over their spring break and had fun exploring Akron with a 12, 9, 5, 3 and 1 year old!
 We met my mom in Sandusky and spent a night at Castaway Bay waterpark and then drove back with the kids to Akron.  We did just about everything we could do in the Akron area during a rainy and cold April.  We went to 5 below and everyone got to pick out toys, we played at Amazone indoor playground, Ben took the kids to a Cavaliers game, we went to the library, and ate and played at McDonald's.  Having 5 kids was challenging but fun. Jadyn and Jordyn are pretty helpful around the house and with the kids, but also create a different dynamic for our family that throws things off a bit.  Jadyn also babysat for me while I got a hair cut one day and went on Lucy's fieldtrip at school so it was great to have her around to help!
 Towards the end of the month it started to warm up outside and we got to start spending more and more time playing outside. 

Some random silliness from April...



Here is our little baby princess, all dressed up....

Our house in springtime is so beautiful.  This shot reminds me of all I have to be thankful for....

First family bike ride....


Silly, adorable little girl...


Swinging!


My little snuggle bunny...

Making granola....

My little performers...
I love the way these three work together.  You can tell our kids our led by their big sis - she often gets them all together for singing and dancing performances, and they happily participate. 

Katy and Brandon came to visit the last weekend of April for our anniversary.  They watched the kids on Saturday while we went out for breakfast, got couples massages and went to a marriage conference at our church.  We had such a fun day out celebrating and were so thankful to have such great friends who would come all the way to Akron and hang out with our kids for the afternoon. To thank them we all went out that night to continue the celebrations on 4th street in downtown Cleveland. 
 And of course June and Hank had to check out their "Lambo" a little before they left...

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Little 500

 We took the kids to the Little 500 this year.  We haven't been back for a couple years and we decided since they were all old enough and it was my 10 year anniversary since racing and since Katy and Brandon live in Bloomington, it would be a good year to go back! We had so much fun reconnecting with friends and watching the race.  The Kappa team didn't do so hot, but we still had a good time watching and introducing the kids to the greatest college weekend ever!!!
 The kids didn't totally get the race aspect, but they had fun running around and racing on the one piece of grass in the stadium.  And they at least liked watching all the people and watching the beginning part of the race.


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 We also fit in swimming at the hotel pool, visiting family and throwing a bridal shower for Beth in this weekend, so we were busy!!!

Hank got a bat and helmet from grandpa and grandma... which I eventually had to take away from this naughty boy...


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

March Happenings

 March was a busy month - we had Lucy's birthday, Easter, a school carnival and a visit from friends! And in between, the we had lots of fun playing outside as the weather warmed up and playing with each other. 

These two love each other... seriously... snuggles on the couch are a must after nap time or bed time :)
 We got to have Lucy home for a whole week during spring break and I loved it.  I miss having her at home and am looking forward to this summer.  She is very mature and helps entertain the other two and helps direct their play.  On this day, an annoying mud puddle became hours of entertainment for these two...

And of course, the trampoline continues to be a favorite... I love the way they know June's limits and interact together.  These are some really sweet days as they play more and more with each other....
 

 

Lucy's school carnival...
 

  
Hank likes to wake June up from her nap or in the mornings.  This was mostly before she started coming out on her own (which happens all the time now).  He would hear her wake up and I would give him permission to go get her out of her crib.  This would usually result in the two of them playing and climbing on the crib...

Field trip with Hank's preschool... Music Together

Some random park/getting ready for the park photos...




And my little American Ninja Warrior... this kid seriously blows my mind.  He has no limitations when it comes to physical activity!

 One word... Jorts...

Sweet snuggles on the couch...
 Hank did a semester of gymnastics... He said he didn't love it, but I always thought he looked like he was having fun.  He said it was for "babies"... so I wonder if a class that is a little more challenging would be better for him. He definitely has the talent and skills to be a great gymnast one day.

Court, Ian, Gavin and Hudson came to visit! We had fun shopping for Beth's bachlorette party while the guys installed a TV mount, going to church together and just hanging out!


We went to Chick-fil-a one night for dinner with friends and at one point we looked over and saw our kids, who were supposed to be playing in the play place, watching someone else's iPad through the window.  We started cracking up laughing... I guess that's what happens when you limit your kids TV time at home!

And last, we watched our friend Penny quite a bit over the past couple months and had so much fun having her over.  Here June is practicing "reading" to her.  She loved having Penny over, but sometimes loved on her a little too much!



Easter 2016

  We had a lot of fun leading up to Easter this year.  Even though it was early, I think we fit in 4 or 5 Easter egg hunts, dyeing Easter eggs, and time with family. 

Our first Easter egg hunt was a play date with a few friends at a community center.  June and Hank had fun, but I think each only grabbed 3-4 eggs... better luck next year!


 We spent Easter in Indy because it was the start of Spring Break.  We had planned on hanging out a few days after and visiting with friends, but Hank ended up getting sick on Sunday night so we packed up early and left Monday morning.

 We stayed with my mom and dyed eggs with the cousins...



 And spent Saturday night with the Wehner family.  We went to church together, had an Easter egg hunt and ate dinner together.
 Lucy drew portraits of a few family members as eggs for Easter and this one was my favorite...
 Luke and Emily as two eggs getting married :)





 On Sunday we met my dad for brunch in the morning and then had a neighborhood Easter egg hunt at my mom's house.  Then we headed over to my grandparents, had another egg hunt and at another Easter dinner.  Lots of food and fun and family made for a great Easter!