More Snow

The third time it snowed this winter, we were a little done with snow. Been there, done that. I couldn’t even get Samantha to go outside and play in it for long. We had all missed tons of work (and school) by then, so it was a challenge coming up with creative things to do and more guilty feelings about staying home from work.

But, we got to build a snowman with a cool kit from MamaLinda and Pop! I had fun with it, at least.




Here, Ellie was trying to get the snow off the swing. It was a very wet snow though, as opposed to the times before when it was a very dry snow, so she ended up wiping everything off with her hands.


Independence Day

July passed by in a rainy blur.  We spent the 4th of July at the lake.  In between storms, we ventured out for some quick trips, but mostly, it just stayed wet.

The kids attempted to fish in the pond, but I don’t think the fish liked the rain either.


But wait a minute.  What is this one doing?


Oh.  Torturing Playing with the bait.


Finally, Patrick was successful!  Way to go!


Easter 2013

Happy Easter!

We started our Good Friday with some Easter coloring, a trip to a fabric store that I never get to go to, the park, and lunch.  (What kind of business can they run with hours M-F 9-4?  I get to go once every few years!)  More on what I bought later.  Then, home for a nap and some egg dyeing.  Sam loves it.  I do too.


Sam got a kit from Build-a-Bear (thanks, MamaLinda!) so we used the drops rather than food coloring.  It also came with stickers and glitter!


Later, Ellie enjoyed dyeing her eggs too.


Saturday morning, Sam was heartbroken as I used the eggs in my potato salad.  But we enjoyed lunch with some Mauters over at the Atchisons house.


And, no Easter celebration would be complete without an egg hunt.

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On Easter morning, Sam woke up very early to hunt for her basket.  She found it behind the french door in the entrance hall.  The night before, she told me that she wished the Easter Bunny would not hide it in the place he did last  year: on top of the china cabinet.  I’m surprised she remembered!


Ellie’s basket was hidden under the piano.

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The Easter Bunny took it easy this year: some books, some candy, bubbles, and some hair accessories.

And unfortunately after this, the camera got a smudge on the lens, so the rest of the pictures are smudgy.

Party at the Lake

My granddad’s 80th birthday party was at the Lake this year.  It was lots of food, family, and great weather.  Even though the day started out with a major mishap involving a blueberry pie, I think all the evidence has been cleaned up by now.

And check out this great picture from Lizzie’s blog.  Boy, Sam sure does love pumpkins.  I guess it’s good that she’s an October baby.