Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, my husband "took" me away for the weekend. He starts racing again next weekend, which will consume the next 6+ months of time. This was our last chance to just get away and "be". The Gilbert's came along with us. I have to say, when we get together there is ALWAYS...GUARANTEED a lot of laughter and fun. This weekend was no exception...thanks Rusty and Bobbi Jo!!! We stayed at Crystal Mountain in a two bedroom condo. Very nice!! The last picture is our view out of our bedroom window. Sunday was the last day of skiing. We did a lot of shopping and eating. The ride to Crystal was the best! I really do not remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did. Just taking pictures of ourselves...corny, but so much fun. It was fun to relax and not have anybody "wanting" anything from you. While shopping, we all got a cookie...just to not have to share it with anyone. Don't get me wrong, I love being a mom, but I do treasure my few moments of just being Kristin (and Jimmy's wife!). It was a fabulous get a way weekend. Thanks Jimmy for a special weekend, for holding my hand while we shopped, paying for my stuff:), letting me take photos while you drove, playing cards and letting us win (even though I think this time we really did!)...just to name a few of my favorite parts. It was great...from start to finish! A special thanks to my mom for taking the kids on Saturday too. They had a great time. The slime was a big hit...they have been talking about it all day!
GREAT FUN things. It is not very often that my weekend is filled with so much excitement that I feel I must share with everyone. First, on Friday, we went to Fred Meijer Gardens and saw the butterflies. If you have never gone to this, it really is a cool thing to do. A little pricey for butterflies, but still SUPER cool. We have taken the kids every year and always have a great time going. I think this year they had the most butterflies yet. They were flying around everywhere. It was 80+ degree, the flowers were blooming (and smelled wonderful), butterflies were flying...it was spring if only for an hour. After that, we went to dinner at bd's Mongolian Barbeque. AWESOME!! Thanks to the Stark's it is one of my favorite places to eat. The kids thought it was pretty cool to pick out their food and watch it being cooked. The also got a kick out of using chop sticks! Double the pleasure for the parents...it occupied them long enough for us to eat! It was a great family date. We really should go on more of these:)!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Uncle Keith finds a lot of humor in the big 0-5. To be honest, me too!!! I thought everyone would like to see what 5 year old Alli and Isaac look like. My kids are turning into such BIG kids right before my eyes. If anyone has any ideas on how to keep them little, I would love to hear from you:)! Not that I don't want my kids to grow up and lead big, wonderful lives, it just makes me sad how FAST time flies. It also makes me sad how much I missed and have already forgotten. I realized that the most when I was scanning old pictures into the computer. I couldn't believe how much I had forgotten. My mom even informed me that I had the "birth story" wrong. Everyone left and never held the babies until the next morning. Granted, my parents were back VERY early the next morning (after getting home very late...excitement...it does that to you!) I guess the lesson I am learning, treasure every moment! No matter how small, treasure it all!!!!
Monday, March 24, 2008
The big kids loved the swings from the first moment we put the swing set up when they were less than 18 months old. Ashley was another story. She hated the swings. I mean hated...would not even go near them. Then one day, literally, she decided she wanted to swing and the rest in history. She loves them. She goes out to the swing set in 2 feet of snow and tries to swing. This "story" is so Ashley. It is generally her way or no way. I have no idea where she gets this attitude from. Must be her father!
P.S. Did I mention HOW BAD I WANT SPRING!?~Where are you spring? Please come...I want to play outside!!!!!!!
After my morning "blog stalking" aka catching up with everyone, I just wanted to send some love back to Aunt Kate and Uncle Jared. It was very sweet of both of you to drive over. The kids loved to see,play, and talk with both of you and loved the gifts. Thanks for thinking of them.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Just when you thought the "never ending" Alli and Isaac pictures were coming to an end...now we begin Ashley! Ashley will be three in 2 weeks; so basically, in two weeks, my blog will return to normal:)!
Three is such a big number. Just look at a toy box. Most "big kid" toys will say for three and up! Three and up...it is the official age when a baby is no longer and they become a kid. Goodbye to babies and toddlers. Personally, I think three is a tougher age than two. They are still naughty, they just know they are naughty at three versus two. Oh well, what can you do? Enjoy all that life as to throw at you and remember what doesn't kill you makes you stronger!
By the way, I have to say, I LOVE this picture. Such an innocent smile...love it!!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
My mom was kind enough to make the kids their first birthday cake. A cake just for them that they could eat any way they wanted. I guess in my mind, I would have never dreamed that she would make a blue cookie monster cake. The kids loved the blue frosting...notice a word that keep coming up BLUE! It was such a mess, I think we are still cleaning up blue frosting. The kids loved it and we have great pictures of that day. I guess it was a success!!! Thanks again Grandma. Four years later and it still makes Jimmy and I laugh out loud!
Sorry, I could not get these photos in the last blog. The top one is the first time I held Isaac, the bottom is the people still left in the delivery room after Alli's "people" left with her ~ 9 people + Jimmy. I guess they had us covered. Notice, Ericka still holding my leg, she took her job very seriously. Dr. Dirk is starting the "fix" process.