Thursday, March 31, 2016

Easter 2016

The Easter holiday appeared on the calendar very early this year. We had hardly recovered from failing at St. Patrick's day when Easter fell upon us. I think I can say that we did a little better this time around. The kids got new Easter clothes, we made cookies, and even got the decoration boxes out.

Did you know that Pillsbury makes lazy mom bunny cookies?? As soon as I saw them at the grocery store, I knew they were the cookies for us. No rolling out the dough, no using the cookie cutters. Easy peasy!

Jocelyn was thrilled to find her favorite bunny ever in the bunny box! He now sleeps with her, and Piglet, every night. I have a feeling he's not going back in the box in the attic. 

Then we got the notice of the upcoming Easter party at school. Brian said, "Wasn't there just a Valentine's Day party? How many parties do these people have?" That's the great thing about preschool vs. elementary school. Lots of fun and parental involvement :)

There was an Easter egg hunt in the toddler playground area.

The kids also loved playing on this playground because it was new and different to them. They usually get to go on the "big kid" playground.

Piglet has been hitching a ride to school every Tuesday and Thursday in Jocelyn's backpack. This has made it very hard for me to give Piglet a bath!

I love it when classmates photobomb! Hi Aaliyah!

We also did the traditional egg dyeing. Jocelyn wanted to just eat the eggs. Jayce and I managed to break two. Brian's poop colored egg didn't turn out the way he had planned. Oh well. Maybe next year.

Then the Easter Bunny (or was it the Easter Beagle??) came.

No one wanted, nor received, a stuffed bunny rabbit. Instead, Jocelyn got Kanga, Jayce received Lakitu, and Jaina found Pusheen the cat.

Our Easter Bunny brings minimal candy, a book, a stuffed animal, and a small present or two.

Oh, and chocolate bunnies, of course.

Jocelyn refused to share with me!

Then we had lunch with Brian's Best Friend's family. It stopped raining long enough to go outside for 5 minutes to take pictures.

My friend Danielle was making Jocelyn laugh behind me:

by having Logan wear these:

No pictures of my 3 kids together. They did not want to cooperate. But Logan did!

This is what the teenager wanted to do. She may or may not have been texting a certain boy from school...

All in all, we had a lovely Easter with good friends and family :)

Can it be Summer now??

Monday, March 28, 2016

D2 Honor Choir

My son Jayce had the honor of being chosen to represent his school in the district wide honor chorus this past school year. They gave a wonderful performance last week to show off all their hard work.

We are so proud of him!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

St. Patrick's Day 2016

If you are friends with me on FB, you already know that our Irish American holiday defined the term "low key" this year.

We celebrated by wearing green.


That's it.

No green beer. No Guinness.  No Irish soda bread. No pub hopping. No Irish stew (although I ate it a few days later and it was the best Costco purchase EVER!). No leprechaun traps. No four leaf clover searching.

I couldn't even get all the kids to look at the camera. Jayce was complaining about being outside. Jaina was complaining that Jayce had picked up dead grass and was throwing it. Jocelyn was complaining that Jayce was trying to put his arm around her after his hands were dirty from throwing said grass.


And then Jocelyn wouldn't hold still for a picture of her cute St. Patrick's Day Kitty shirt from The Children's Place.

Us Walkers may have failed at this holiday this year, but that's okay. What exactly are we supposed to celebrate anyway? Wasn't St. Patrick kind of a murderer?

Gotta love holidays and their sordid histories.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Outside Everybody!

When Jocelyn asks to go outside, we can't help singing the catchy tune from Bubble Guppies:

Outside! Outside!
Outside, everybody, outside!
Line up, everybody
Line up, line up.
Line up, everybody
Line up, line up.

Okay, so it's not going to win any awards for it's monotonous lyrics, but it's it's pretty easy for a toddler to remember.

But then Jocelyn wants to know why she has to line up if she's not in school? And she's the only one in line?

That girl is too smart for her own good.

We've been playing outside almost every day since the warm temperatures have arrived. Swinging, sliding, jumping on the trampoline, digging in the sandbox, coloring chalk on the driveway, exploring new playgrounds, and playing ball with Shaggy. You name it and Jocelyn has done it this past week.

I don't know if I'm ready for sandy toddlers tracking dirt on my hardwoods...

We even got Jayce to come outside for a second. Then he saw a bee and was hightailing it back indoors.

I've been trying to get Jocelyn to pump with her legs on the big kid swings. She's so small, though, that she usually talks me into pushing her in the baby swings.

That hair! Never fails to get a laugh out of me.

Flip Flop weather! I'm not a mom that believes in waiting until Easter for flip flops and shorts. White pants? White shoes? That's a big yes.

(Don't tell Jocelyn but I had to give Piglet a bath in the washing machine because pigs obviously like dirt a little too much.)

Shaggy is certainly enjoying the attention outside.

Our town opened up a newly renovated playground this past weekend. I have a ton of pictures of Jayce and Jaina playing here when they were Jocelyn's age. Our family was sad when a tragic accident caused the entire place to be shut down. But now Jocelyn can experience the brand new equipment at this park.

My poor little Fall pansies barely made it through the winter. They are flourishing now in the warm weather. I don't think they like heat so it will be interesting to see how long they last.

My neighbor's ornamental cherry tree bloomed overnight and it lasted exactly two days. 

Another sign of Spring? The patches of clover overtaking our yard. Sigh. I know clover is a good ground cover but I'd rather have luscious fescue grass.

I never get tired of taking chalk pictures. 

An artist I am not, but I enjoy attempting the pictures she requests.

My allergies may not agree, but I'm loving this time of year. And I think Jocelyn is, too :)