Monday, April 26, 2010
Yesterday was Colin's first time mowing. Chad worked with him on the front lawn. It's so nice to have a lawn that's not so hilly in both the front and back now. I think he enjoyed having that new responsibility. It'll be a while before we send him off to do it himself.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Since the boys are back on track in school, I just had the two girls. Here they are, letting off some energy (as always!). I love that I caught Ella mid-jump. That never happens when I try to time it that way.
And more Mira doing her shakey-shakey thing.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
The girls...well all the kids, actually, are growing out of their clothes. I kind of missed the boat with Easter clothes and wanted to get something pretty for the girls. Trying to be frugal, we took a trip to the DI and I went digging. I found several really nice dresses for a great price. Micah even got a pair of sandals and Colin a pair of church shoes. With the way we go through clothes and shoes, this seems to be a good way to do it. The only downside is you never know if you'll find what you're looking for.
As I'd posted earlier, Colin participated in the Science Fair (as did Micah). Colin's teacher picked him to go on to compete in the district-wide fair. (Micah wasn't old enough yet to go to district.) Colin placed and had a lot of fun doing it. He was nervous about facing the judges and being asked questions, but I know he did well (they didn't allow parents around when they did the questioning). Chad used this project as a time to really teach Colin about probability. He learned a lot about it. With Chad supervising, Colin typed up all his own papers for his posterboard. So it truly was Colin's project, thanks to a dad's patience.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
This was just outside the Mac Bike shop, where we rented our bikes. We got ours for a 24-hour period, but really just used it for the bike tour. We tried using it a couple of other times, but honestly, it was kind of stressful, especially with the huge bike Micah rode in. You just don't want to take any chances and people, cars, trams, and bikes were everywhere. Chad and I preferred the ease of walking with the boys. But I can definitely see the benefit of having a bike. It just takes getting used to getting around the city.
So after our last day in Amsterdam, we drove back to Oberkail to stay one last night at Doug and Rachel's. They had left a couple of days earlier with Joan and Mark to head for vacation in Italy (hope they're having a blast!!).
It seemed like our trip back to the states was harder than going to Germany. Maybe we were just worn out from all our travels. We were up for over 24 hours straight. And the lines, lines, lines we had to go through in Chicago for customs, baggage claim, baggage check, security and so forth was just exhausting. Once we got on the plane from Chicago to SLC I was so ready to be home. The boys were beyond exhausted. They crashed. I didn't sleep the whole time and you'd think when we finally arrived at home at 11pm I'd be out well into the next day. Not the case. I probably slept 5-6 hours, which isn't terrible, but I certainly hadn't caught up on my sleep.
We had no fresh food in the house, so we made do Sunday. Monday morning I woke up at 2am and decided I might as well go grocery shopping which, by the way, is a great time to go! No crowds!
I was so glad to have the girls back. Mira seemed like she'd gotten taller, although I don't see how there would be a noticeable difference in under 2 weeks. They'd had a great time with the grandparents, who took such good care of them. We are so thankful for them and how willing they were to take them so we could go on this trip.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Here we are getting ready to take off on our tour. Very excited!