Thursday, April 16, 2015

Keeping the memories alive.

My Auntie Joyce would bring "Poppin Fresh" now Bakers Square french silk pie to our farm every time she visited and this is how we remember her on special "anniversaries" like today.  We will forever miss her and forever love french silk pie too.

Love, Gina

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Easter 2015

I love Easter.  I love the true meaning of Easter and I also love all of the things we do to celebrate Easter in our family.  I am pretty sure I was having anxiety on Saturday night thinking about being ready for 0845 church service.  0845 is the usual time we go but Easter is different.  On a normal Sunday I have coffee with my sister, rush in the house, start ordering the family around, put my hair up and we rush out the door.  Easter is different because Mom even tries to look presentable.  It is kind of ironic because I want everyone to look really nice, try so hard to have everything all ready for the 6 of us, try to look put together and then we sit down in the pew and there goes any control I thought I had.  Yes, church with a 15 month is quite a trip.  (Did I also mention that Steve took her pacifier away a few weeks ago?  Hello, church without a pacifier is also quite a trip.)  During the service she spins on your lap like she is possessed, she loves the sound of her echoing voice and she basically tears the place apart.  She broke my necklace, took a fist full of cheerios and whipped them on the floor and did a lot of screaming.  We took her out twice….I felt a bit messy.  Other than that I do love going to church as a family but lets just say 15 months is not a super good church age.  My niece on the other hand who is close to the same age, is ultra relaxed and quiet and she makes Cece look demonic!

After church we headed over to the South Minneapolis bunny.  
 There may have been some pushing and rough play on the bunny by one of my "rougher" sweet b's and I may have flipped out for a minute when I saw her big hole in her tights but I did calm down and realize that it really doesn't matter.  (Note one child with no tights on anymore.)


 Then we headed to my sister's for an Easter egg hunt that was enjoyed by all ages.











 this little lady took things pretty seriously and hovered over her eggs at all times.



 Then this lovely couple hosted all of us a delicious lunch in their newly renovated home.


 And we also celebrated the newly retired one more time!
And some people always seem to party until they puke.  Miss Cece christened their new carpet and made our exit much quicker than we had planned.  Nothing says, "We better leave," better than someone throwing up on the new carpet.  Luckily she only did that one more time before the day was done.
 Other than that, it was a lovely day.
Have a great weekend.
Love, Gina

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We took a break for spring.

Yesterday was a hard morning, the first morning back to school and back to life.  We stayed in town for Spring Break but just enjoyed each others company and a relaxed time.  Oh how I love having the girls home and a relaxed schedule.  I snapped a few photos on my phone and camera to share.  

We hit our park several times and played on our new equipment.  
 we had several family bike rides and enjoyed our favorite Lake Harriet.


 We did some baking for the sweet lovers.
 we hung out in the yard and enjoyed the nice weather

 we enjoyed sidewalk art
 we played with friends and enjoyed sleepovers


 we spoiled this little girl some more

 and spent a lot of time on the porch

 a scene I love to see, signs that children live here and are at play
 neighbor fun
 and babies trying to act like big girls still in her pj's.
 we always love coloring eggs







 Taking walks
 And more park time makes everyone happy.




 It was all a whirlwind and I think I am still sad about it today that it is all over.
The girls were good, some fighting as you could imagine but managed chaos and fun at the same time.  Looking forward to time off with them again.

Have a great week.
Love, Gina