Family Update

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Afternoon, y'all!  Just popping in to share a few of the things we've been up to, in between a lot of rest for all of us suffering from the ickies, over the last month.
Adina got to participate in her Awana Clubs' Games competition at Kansas City Community College.
This particular event is called the Sparky Crawl.  The idea is to line up on your respective team's sideline (Four teams participate, forming a square.) and be the first team to get all of its members across to the opposite team's sideline by crawling.  It's super chaotic, but the kids love it.
I love that I got this pic of Adina with her head up right in the center of it all.
Here's just a few more pics of all the fun...
and one of the whole crew.
It was just my little bear and I watching, as we started the morning at one of Ezekiel's basketball tournament games, and he and my hubby were off to another.  His team lost both games they played in.  I think they just got frazzled and lost their focus, as they were really better than the teams they played during the regular season.  So much so, that they were never really challenged.  So, they weren't prepared to play at the level the other teams in the tournament played.
In between coming and going, we popped into Dick's to get new cleats for my kiddos' soccer and baseball seasons, which are now well underway.
Everyone was super tuckered out by the end of the day...
even my hubby, who was supposed to be getting some design work done, when I came upstairs and found him watching a movie on the big screen, keeping up with a basketball game on his cell phone, and playing Candy Crush on his laptop.  I wish his multi-tasking skills were that good outside the realm of electronics.
My blog buddy, Julie Tucker-Wolek, passed along a fifth-grade Pennsylvanian boy's school notebook, which had been traveling from state to state, in order for us to fill in a little information about our own state of Kansas.  My big kiddos dove in headfirst, pouring out information they have learned, coloring pics, and even making a little, construction paper sunflower, complete with real sunflower seeds.  It was also super fun to read and see everything else that had been written in the book, as it traveled around our great nation, especially because we were the last to write in it and got it at its completion.
St. Patrick's Day came and went.  We dressed up in our Irish greens and enjoyed McCafe Shamrock Shakes to soothe our sore throats.  I totally know these are NOT good for you.  We got smalls.  Actually, Kaden and I shared, and it's only once a year.  Next year, I promise to try this healthier alternative.  You can really see how Kaden's ear infections crept into his eyes in the photo below.  Ugh!
But just because he was feeling poor didn't mean he forgot how to get into EVERYTHING.  He especially loves his sister's lip-gloss tote.  There are just too many delicious flavors.  LOL!
We were all finally feeling well enough again this past weekend to get to join our Sunday school class, as well as a number of other people from our church, in passing out Easter baskets to children and Bibles to one and all; witnessing; and praying with people, as we walked door to door through a couple of apartment complexes in our city.
It was cold and rainy, and the Easter egg hunt we had planned got canceled; but folks, this is what it's all about.  We had the time of our lives.
My kiddos got their own Easter baskets, complete with a mishmosh of sandals, pjs, books, chocolate bunnies, bunny ear headbands, and even a bubble blower, on Sunday morning.
Then, we were off to church...
and home again for a yummy lunch of honey-baked ham, Creamy Rosemary Potatoes, edamame, lettuce salad, and homemade dinner rolls with apple butter, of course, topped off with a carrot cake for dessert, which I can't believe I didn't photograph.  SO GOOD!  After a lot of clowning around...
and reading of Benjamin's Box...
our littlest was ready for a nap.  So, we all snuggled in for a little quiet time before hunting for eggs.  It was snowing all morning, but by early evening, it was dry... enough... to have the hunt in our backyard.
Oh!  And I had to include a pic of our own personal Easter bunny.  Gosh, she looks so big here.  I promise it's mostly fluff.  LOL!
That covers a few of the highs, between school, making special cupcakes for the birds, dyeing Easter eggs, soccer and baseball practices, band class, library storytime, and just everything that comes with such a busy crew.  Oh!  And my hubby has even let me dream of a new and improved kitchen through a lot of planning, designing, and pricing.  I'm crossing my fingers, toes, eyelashes... EVERYTHING in hopes that it becomes a reality this summer.  Eeek!  Thanks so much for checking in on us!  Have a wonderful evening!  Hugs!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

LOVING all the photos and the updates!! And YAY!!! that the traveling journal made it there!!! So HAPPY the kids had fun doing it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Makes my heart HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ros Crawford said...

My your children are growing up fast! Lovely photos... It was very stormy here on Easter day, rain, hail and cold! Glad it brightened up for your kiddos! Have a lovely day!

Lynn said... seeing everyone's sweet smiling faces Jinny! xx

Maria said...

Looks like you and family had a wonderful Easter! Awesome family photos with smiling face and fun activities with the kids! Thank you for sharing and I hope all of you are feeling much better...take care!

Miriam Prantner said...

Wonderful update! You guys are so good about getting everyone out and about!

Leslie Germain said...

Love all the pictures!! Sorry to hear you were sick. We had the same thing over here!! Takes a lot out of you!!