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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter preparations

In our family, we've started an Easter tradition that involves making annual painted eggs for our Easter tree. 
Step one: Blow our eggs-  Justin was a bit hesitant to get too involved in this part of the process.  Alex is a pro!
Step two: After they've been washed and dried, we get to paint them with acrylic paint!

Stay tuned for our final products!

Friday, April 11, 2014

No coats!

It was in the 60's-70's today, and we were able to have an outside adventure without dragging COATS along!  We opted for a day at the MN Zoo.
 Alex is actually much happier in real life than she looks in this photo.  She is a quite serious person in general, though-- so this is a glimpse of her true temperament.
 Exploring the Tropics Trail together--
 We made our way to the farm to check out all of the spring babies.  We spent the most time at our favorite spot, though, the goat pen.
 There were lots of new friends to be made.

 And then happened upon a new playspace.  It's called Boulders Park, and is right up our alley-- stumps and boulders and 'fallen' logs to scramble up and around!  I think we've found our new perfect zoo picnic spot! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Lovely Day for a Bike Ride

We (ahem...DAVE) wrestled the Burley down from it's winter hibernation spot high in the garage so we could enjoy a nice spring walk.  It was beautiful today- warm, sunny, perfect for a ride. 
Justin is just getting the hang of the skuut bike, so the Burley was his respite after bouts of biking.
Kolachi stands guard over her kids at the playground.  We're working on leash manners when we run with the Burley (a whole new ballgame when you're running with a contraption bouncing next to you!), and that prong collar is a lifesaver!

 Final destination:  the park by the swimming pool!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Spring for the Spring Festival

FINALLY!!! The weather is perfect and spring-like!  Just in time for Alex's last Kindergarten Spring Festival.  It was such a nice morning with the most important people in my daughter's life.  (Please excuse the date/time stamp in my photos!  I forgot to turn it off-- how annoying!!)

After school we returned home and spent the entire afternoon outside. 

The cat and the dog even put their differences aside to enjoy the sights and sounds of spring through the screen door!  Justin has made fast friends with our neighbor boy who, so kindly, always makes sure to try and include the three year old in the neighborhood games.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Bone Marrow?

 Kolachi was strangely quiet this afternoon, so I looked a little more closely at what she was dragging around.  I think she was looking for one of her marrow bones.  Instead she found my bone marrow donor card.

Close, but no cigar.  However, she MAY have been trying to get across a special Public Service Announcement:  Being a Bone Marrow donor is super easy and super important!  Go to to check it out and sign up-- they'll send you a mouth swab kit which you send back.  Then you're registered.  Bam! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Storytime with Sister

In the past few months, Alex has taught herself to read.  She's on to chapter books (mainly Magic Treehouse, but Mrs. Piggle Wiggle has snuck in there a bit, too).  The upside of this is that Justin is enjoying storytime with sister!  The downside is that she stays up reading later and later every night-- stealthily turning lights back on after Mama and Daddy go downstairs for the evening!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Making Potions

It's been a busy few days, and not quite warm enough to frolic outdoors yet, so today we had a 'potions making' session while our beloved dog trainer visited to install indoor wireless system to keep the puppy off the counters and away from delicious treats like Tylenol jr....
 Old herbs and spices,  lots of little jars and vessels to be filled.  Some oils to make things smell amazing!  Two hours of self-directed play!