Sunday, February 07, 2016

And then it was February

I am not sure where January went but I wasn't ready for February yet but I better just buckle up because here it is.  So far it has already been busy.  

We hosted a pasta party during a home hockey tournament, the girls all had a great time and I didn't even act like a nervous freak.  I am growing up I guess.  
 Cece hung out with a friend a few weeks ago and played nice until she hit her in the face to get her way and then that fun ended.

 But we got to see this sweet baby and Cece didn't hit her so we were happy and thankful about that.

This past week I went to Deep Portage on a field trip "up North" with Tess's class.  Thank God for my Mom that came to help Steve with the remaining 3 children that I left at home.
 It was a fun bonding trip with Tesser.
 It is always fun to watch Tess completely in her element.

 Didn't we all enjoy building forts and shelters as a child?  Very cute.

 My favorite part was the home cooked meals made for me and the children and 9 hours of sleep a night.  If I didn't have to stand in the cold so much I would have thought it was a vacation!

 Just a couple of kids....can you spy Tess?  (Look for the stocking cap.)
 One of Tess's favorite activities, rock climbing.  I will spare you the photos of me doing this activity.
 Tess and her Bestie.  We made it home safely and I may have been a little overwhelmed returning to being a Mom of 4 again.  (There isn't a hired cook here.)
 Yesterday I took the ladies and 2 of their cousins to a book carnival.  Very fun and even the oldest seemed to enjoy herself.  I love that she still gives her 100 percent to things that may be more geared to her younger siblings.

I love a neighborhood activity, especially if it involves playing and reading.  Now I need to put on my big girl pants because February requires me to be a big girl.  The Valentine's have not been purchased yet and we have several Valentine parties this week, I work 36 hours the first 3 days of the week, Steve is traveling out of town, we have 2 family birthdays to celebrate this month, 2 same day surgeries this month and the start of more allergy testing for Syd.  Glad it is a leap year so we can get this all in.  Would really like to be the kid this month instead of the Mom....sorry I am whining.

Have a great week!
Love, Gina

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2 year stats...a little over 2 years.

Weight 24.5 lbs (18th percentile)
Height 33.8 inches (50th percentile)
Head 19.2 in (79th percentile)

Growing like a weed, keeping us on our toes and bossing us all around.  That being said, she makes us laugh so much, brings us so much joy and was the best "last gift" we could open as a family.  Thank you God for this little lady and all of our ladies.

Love, Gina

Friday, January 08, 2016

Field Trip with Dad

Tess had a skiing field trip in January and Steve went with her class.  Pictured above is Tess with her best friend Tessa.  They had a great time skiing together and I am so happy that Steve is able to take time away from work to do fun things like this with the girls.  Sadly they didn't get a photo of the 2 of them together.

Love, Gina

Little Florence Nightingale

Miss Gabby was part of a "Wax Museum" production in school last week and did a great job.  Should we be honest, this was a first grade assignment and "we" all did a great job;)  Gabby chose Florence Nightingale with maybe a little encouragement from her Mom.

She did a great job presenting and made us all so proud.

She looked so sweet and even wore a dress that I had wore in elementary myself.  I made the cute apron.  (Okay lets be honest, Etsy made her apron.)  What are the chances I could get her to wear the costume next Halloween?  Too good to be true I bet.

All of the kids were so cute in costume.  The kids learn so much from her teacher and I also keep myself on my toes with this teacher.  Love, Gina

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Daddy has a birthday

Happy, happy birthday to the man of the house!  Steve and Tess had breakfast out together and the rest of us took him out for dinner at Burger Jones.  We don't take the circus out for dinner very often and it was a lot of fun.  We love you honey.  Love, Gina

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Taking a break in Colorado

We made our first long road trip as a family of 6 to Colorado to visit Steve's brother Paul and family over holiday break.  The drive was 14 hours straight through and we made it through with flying colors.

Let us be honest, road trips aren't like when we were little….we have this little beauty, the van with the movie screen and head phones.  

and 3 children to entertain the child that wants to be entertained.  
They took turns sitting by Cece and all went very well.  
We arrived very late in the day, slept in and it was time for days of fun with the cousins.  

Skiing with the cousins was a favorite, the weather was beautiful.  
It was nice to see everyone pick up where they left off and play together.  
The hot tub is always a favorite activity for the kids and this visit was no different.
*on a side note the girls returned home with bad rashes.  I took them into the pediatrician to get checked out and received my verbal beating on children and hot tubs and how they are a "cesspool of germs, bacteria and chemicals…..and should not go in them"  Not an awkward conversation at all with a doctor that I work with…..hey at least I didn't let the toddler go in?!  The evening of the doctor appointment we received a text from the parents of Tess's friends parents during their play date…."we are going to take the kids to play in my parents hot tub."  The doctor would have been so proud of how well we take a verbal beating and follow instructions.

The fun continued with bowling and arcade fun, visiting our friends the Trujillos 

Rollerskating and just hanging out together.  We appreciate them taking in our circus with open arms!  A good time was had by all!

The ride home was an adventure for all, Cece played on her new microphone for a good portion of the ride, we loved that she was entertained but the music may have started to grind on our nerves.
This stop made us happy for several hours.
A little Dunkin' Donuts always brings a smile to our face, we really miss that place.

This iced coffee made me very happy and also hard for me to not wet my pants.

During some gasoline stops one little lady ruled the car.

Let's be honest, she rules our house.  The trip was fun, the girls were awesome and we had a great time catching up.  So nice to see the kids pick up where they left off and entertain each other despite the distance and time that passes.

Love, Gina