February may be a short month but we crammed a lot of fun into it.
- Billy and I got dolled up for dancing and dinner at Bravo.
- The kids worked long and hard on their Valentine boxes.
- We finished the winter hockey season. While gymnastics and dance continue for Ben, all three will be starting spring soccer before we know it.
- We spent our first Valentine’s Day and Dad’s birthday away from him (boo!)
- The boys and I had a blast at our first Mother & Son(s) dance. While we were sweating to the oldies, Jos and Dad had fun racing go carts.
- We hosted our gourmet group to a night of Spanish tapas and paella.
- We had more family fun at the Playhouse.
- The kids dressed like what they wanted to be when they grow up: a fashion designer and two hockey players.
This Easter was definitely a relaxing weekend as we prepared to get our house ready to sell! We have lived here for almost 10 years. We’ve loved our house and all we’ve done to make it a home. We’ve had our eye on the Van Meter School district for a few years. When a house we fell in love with opened up in that district, we decided to make an offer. It worked! Easter was the first weekend we had been home since buying our new house, so we spent it doing yard work, getting rid of things, and organizing to put our house on the market. We put our house on the market and it sold in less than 24 hours. We move in a month!
This Easter we didn’t have any company come up. It was nice to do things at our own pace and not feel like we are on a schedule. While it was a good weekend, we already promised to do a bigger celebration next year (I only let each kid find 5 eggs on the hunt, I didn’t use the nice china, and wouldn’t let us eat in the dining room so we wouldn’t stain the carpet).
Uncle Johnny with ALL his nephews and nieces the day before the wedding!
Ben’s speech: “Uncle Johnny you are kind of like superman and I’m so glad you found your Wonder Woman. We love you, CHEERS!”
Josie’s speech: “Meredith, we are so excited to have you in our family. Thanks to you, we are closer to out numbering the boys. Welcome to the family.”
Will’s speech was “Congratulations…that’s all I have!”
Getting all prettied up.
Proud Mama. These three did an AWESOME job!
Josie and Billy dancing the night away.
It’s go time ladies!
Over Christmas, Uncle Danny told Josie he is married to his job. This struck up a whole lot of interesting thoughts by Josie: “I’ve never met his job. I hope it’s nice.” “Once uncle Johnny gets married, all my uncles will be married”.
Will was sad at bed time one night. When we asked what his problem was, he told us “I have a real problem. Everyone wants to be my friend. I have too many friends.” Josie told him that’s not a real problem, she has it worse. “Not everyone wants to be friends with a tomboy, you have a good problem to have Will!”
Ben was praying after Grandshe’s shoulder surgery that she heals quickly and feels better soon. Josie followed up with, “Please God let the Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl”. Thankfully, God listened to Ben’s prayers…I don’t think he heard Josie’s prayer!
To wrap up the end of year for 2014…here are some highlights:
1. We went to KC with a great group of friends. We stayed at the Great Wolfe Lodge which was fun for the kids and we stayed all on the same floor, which was fun for the adults.
2. We successful ran at the St. Jude Memphis race on my birthday. It was so fun to do together, running for a reason. The kids worked hard all year long raising money for the kids at St. Jude. For 12 weeks leading up to the run, they ran a half mile two times a week then did the last 1.1 mile in Memphis on race day to make 13.1 miles, a half marathon. I was so proud of each of them.
3. We had a great Christmas! I was a little sad on Christmas morning, missing my dad. Josie walked into my room and snuggled me up. She said, “I know you are sad, but it snowed and you are with your family and it’s Christmas” as she rubbed my back. Such a sweet girl. Will declared that all he wants for Christmas next year is “hair on his pits”.
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At Josie’s school they had a cheerleading package at the family night a few months ago. I figured Ben would love it so I placed a bid and WON!
Ben was so excited to go. I had to explain that it’s a clinic not an ongoing camp as he was telling me what he was going to wear one his first day, implying there will be more than the first day. He also informed me that his passions were gymnastics and cheerleading. Yes, my four year old is already declaring his passions.
He was fired up to go and was Mr. Chatty the whole way there. Ben was a little shy but completely mesmerized by the high school cheerleaders. He definitely loved getting the opportunity to follow one of his passions!
Decorating his headband
Learning the cheers.