Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Cuckoo" the octopus (or jellyfish?!)

Cassidy has been making some COOL projects in preschool these days. By the time I pick her up, the animals usually have names. One week (zoo week) we had "oo oo the monkey" and the following week (sea creature week) we had "cuckoo the octopus/jellyfish" creature. If you ask her what her favorite part of school is, it is the projects!

First Official Bike

With Cassidy stealing bikes out of all her friends' garages on our street, we thought it was probably time to get her one of her own. Enter, Cassidy's first bike! She's a pro already :)

Nap in Mama's Arms

I KNEW this girl needed a nap this particular day. But it wasn't until after school when I was sitting out there with she and Troy that she crawled up for some snuggles and passed out. I moved her into the couch after a few minutes and she napped away until we woke her up for dinner. Ah, fresh air! Tires even the most determined of three year olds out :)

First lost tooth

Troy has had a loose tooth for weeks now. I think he was a little nervous on what it would feel like when it actually fell out. Alas, one morning he took a bite of his vitamin and declared, "Oh! I lost it!"

And quickly went to work to find others he could wiggle on out too. Haha!

This is childhood

My 84 year old Gramma was remarking on some of the recent pics I'd posted and sent to her and said, "I wish every kid these days could have this kind of childhood!" #agreed

Flying a kite with friends while waiting for the school bus in the morning...

Dinner on the patio with your sibling just because this way you can get back to playing that much faster.

Running, scooting and kites before school yet again...

Happy Easter!

Easter morning started with a visit to our patio from our very own Easter bunny :)


And it wasn't long before our family arrived to spend the day with us celebrating! Gramma, Grampa, Uncle Andy and Auntie Daria all made the trip down. Here the kids are opening some goodies from Gramma and Grampa.

Our city dwelling family quickly settled into the patio for some chill time on the prairie.

Until it was time to eat. Easter brunch in the dining room!

Barefoot kiddos playing around outside.

Get closer to each other, I kindly asked :)

Lots of fun with new throwing things outside.

Eventually Troy just started announcing, "Ok everybody, time for a walk in the woods!" I think he was kind of shocked when we actually went and did it!




We finished our night off at church in front of the giant peep wall :)

The kids attended church with us for this particular evening. They were given coloring books and some other trinkets when they walked in. Thanks, Mahomet Vineyard!

The kids went up to the front of church for the Kingdom Kids "declaration" at one point during service :) 



I didn't see this one coming. Cass completely passed out on my shoulder while we were standing and worshiping during service. I picked her up so she could see the band and..... this.

Short nap.. because by the time we walked out, i was hearing "taking my picture mom!" on the church bench :)

Skating Party - Happy Birthday, Tristan

Troy was invited to a birthday party for his friend Tristan from church. Troy had never been roller skating before, so I was interested to see how he'd do when I took him over there!

Mr. Confident had his skates strapped on and while i gathered my stuff he was up on his feet and down on his butt in about .2 seconds total. I appreciate his confidence and enthusiasm though.

We decided one of those walker things would be a safe bet to get started with.

Until it was break time for food and cake! The glow in the dark room was awesome!

Then we had a little arcade date and played some games :)

I love hanging out with this kid :)

The defining characteristic of a birthday party. A dyed tongue from some combo of candy and frosting.

For his second round on skates, he insisted on not using the walker. #Determination

And for the most part, he was successful. Again, the determination and persistence to keep getting back up and trying hard to do it. I love him!


He gifted me with his glow in the dark necklace before we left. Only to ask for it back when we got home. But whatever. I got a little while with my gift from my guy at least :)

Menards - Our Second Home in Spring

Ah, the days of pushing two kids around through the patio section.


What did we get, you ask? Some combination of mulch, bricks and lawn care treatment products. The usual LOL.

Day in Douglas County

Douglas County is Amish country in Central Illinois, and we decided to make a day trip on Good Friday with our boys off school and work.


Lunch at the famous Yoder's Kitchen did NOT disappoint.

And, as usual, I think the kids were disappointed they didn't actually get up close to or in one of those cool looking buggies we kept passing by.

First Patio Dinner of 2017

Gosh, I love dinner on the patio. May be one of my favorite things ever at this house, in this season of life.

Visit to Campus

I had a visit to make to the Amazon store on campus so on early dismissal day, the kids and I headed over for a walk and to knock that errand out.

It was a beautiful, sunny day and my kids were the recipients all all kinds of swag on campus. Some guy gave Cass a carnation, and these fun little pinwheels were being handed out, too.


When the kids were admiring a group of tight-rope walkers, one of the guys asked Troy if he wanted to try. And of course he did.



I love living by this campus :)

They pointed to a playground on our drive over and asked if they could play there, so we went to check it out! Rounded our afternoon out nicely :)

These are a few of my favorite things...

I *may* wear as little makeup as a woman can wear and still be considered wearing make-up. Nonetheless, Cassidy likes to make sure I can see all my options and then asks permission to use one (or eight) herself. 



Don't worry. She does the same thing with the nail polishes (and makes them talk to each other, too). 


"What are the Barbies doing?"

Clearly, this crew of ladies was doing something in Cassidy's room. When I asked her, she replied "They're at a Darth Vader show. They need to get their helmets on now."

Mike Facebook Post

"Just another Tuesday night at the house!" - Mike Cunningham, dad of 2

"Take My Picture Mom"

I *may* be guilty of snapping a few pictures of my kids. A day. Because both of them have been asking lately for me to take their pictures for them. EVERY week at church, they sit on this bench


When our flowers bloomed in front, this was a popular request every day, too.

You know you live in the country when...

Daddy prepares to make a fire. Kids sit down to watch said fire...


Kids go inside to get a snack to bring back out while watching said fire...

This pic doesn't really do it justice but these kids were FILTHY this day.

Pretty sure some empty nester mom can use these photos for her blog posts about how she wishes for the days of dirty fingerprints on the walls again. Or something like that.