Thanks to Uncle John and Aunt Rachel, Max and Charley (and all of their cousins!) got in a little pre-Easter fun this weekend. All our families gathered so the kids could paint Easter eggs and then have an Easter egg hunt. What a great idea!
Everyone is all smiles in this photo as they hold up their precious eggs filled with goodies.
On a sidenote: Max disappeared after the egg hunt and Sam found him on the side of the house (with his cousin Eli who is only days older), digging into his Easter basket and stuffing his lil' face with candy. His response? "Eli told me I could..." Mmmm hmmmmmm. Way to blame it on your cuz' buddy.
So one of my brilliant friends/SIL, who happens to be mother to five children (my heeeeeeero!) was listening to me complainwhine passionately share about how difficult it is to get things done around the house most days. And how I am always having to stop mid-project to help a toddler, feed a baby, etc.
Well, my SIL was quick to offer advice.
"How is Max helping? He is almost 4. He can share in the jobs. He can absolutely feed a baby. In fact, this will make him feel good! Like he is your helper and a capable little boy. Get to it!"
Right. Why didn't I think of that?
So, you guessed it. What did the next feeding look like?
I feel like I just won the lottery! I have an uninterrupted 20 minutes to get the laundry folded, or dishwasher emptied, or dinner made (really, its amazing what a mom can do with 20 uninterrupted minutes....).
You are such an amazing big brother. We are so very proud of you! You transitioned from life as an only child to life that includes a sibling with ease. You are really so helpful - from collecting empty bottles to throwing away dirty diapers, you love to lend a hand. And it warms our hearts to watch you interact and play with your sister. No one can make her laugh like you do! Charley is so blessed to call you big brother!
My nieces are amazing with duck tape. Yes, you just read that correctly. For Christmas, they made all their aunts and uncles duck tape wallets (and they actually work folks!). They can make a mean flower that attaches to the top of a ball point pen. And the youngest of the 3 girls, Lauren (almost 7), just made Charlotte her first duck tape headband. It's adorable. I think these girls need to take this show on the road and get registered on Etsy!
I'm sure you all have been wondering where the hockey posts are this season [Ok, allof you might be a stretch. Maybe one of you? Or two of you? Anyone?]
We still have our season tickets, however this year games have been few and far between for us. With a new infant in the picture, hockey games have taken a back burner.
However, we did have a fun family night and took the entire gang to the Arena so Charlotte could experience her first live hockey game at the age of only 4 months. She was absolutely intrigued, alert, and of course, the talk of everyone sitting around us.
And per the usual, Max had a blast cheering, celebrating, and eating lots and lots of popcorn. ;)
We have had an unusually warm winter. This is me so not complaining! I love spring, summer and fall for the mere fact that we can get outside, take walks, go to the park, play in the yard and get that much needed Vitamin D from the sunshine!
Today, we had to buddle up just a bit, but with the sun still shining we ventured outside for an afternoon walk. Look at these two kiddos. Adorable wouldn't you say?
Max is all boy. And boys will play rough. And consequently, have injuries. Thankfully, this injury was a mild one. And, Max was such a brave boy, considering he ended up with 7 stitches by his left eye.
It is hard to believe that just three short months ago we were still dreaming, and hoping, for a sweet baby to love and hold. We will never forget October 19th. It was the day we received the phone call that changed our lives forever. It truly is one moment that can change all of forever.
You are our little princess. We were smitten the moment we laid eyes on you. A daughter! A sister! How wonderful, and amazing God is to entrust us with you.
When we think of your story, of how you came to be a part of our family, it quite simply takes our breath away. We are overwhelmed at the thought of you.
These past few months have been an absolute joy, pure bliss, as we have cherished every moment doting on you. Charley, you are everything beautiful, and sweet, and peaceful, and healthy, and perfect. Dreams really do come true.
Welcome to your forever family sweet Charlotte. Today we celebrate you!
That's right. We are not afraid. We will not be deterred. We will jump on a plane with 2 kids in tow. We will have adventures with our family, infant and all. We will continue to do one of our favorite activities: travel.
OK, so that's a bit dramatic considering the flight to Chicago is 1 hour. And we stayed with my cousin Marie who has an 8 month old baby boy Benjamin, and therefore, every infant item that could be desired (and needed while traveling!).
So cheers to a family getaway. And cheers to an unforgettable weekend. And cheers to making memories!
(P.S. A special thanks to Joe and Marie who moved into their guest room for the long weekend so our family of 4 could have their enormous master bedroom and bath. You guys are awesome!).
In this post I mentioned Max's favorite Christmas gift (Super Hero cape and mask). Well, I should probably mention that it is a two-way tie between the Super Hero getup and a new dirt bike. Yes, you just read that correctly. Max has a dirt bike. Thanks daddy! :)