Saturday, May 09, 2015

Our golden girl is 9.

 On May 9th our little golden girl turned 9 and she loved every second of it.
 We enjoyed breakfast together as a family.
 We had a fun family party on a beautiful day
 The birthday girl and her Dad constructed a fun birthday cake

 and she took a break from the bounce house to blow out her candles.
 Then her friends came over for a fun sleepover in the backyard in a tent.

She told me it was her best birthday ever and I am pretty sure it was because of her birthday present that I will tell you about later.  She is probably one of our most sensitive and thoughtful daughters and makes us so proud.  It is always a joy to celebrate her because she is so very gracious and always has a good time.

We love you Miss Tess.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Father Daughter Dance

 (Steve loving his picture taken.)

 Several weeks ago Steve took Sydney and Tess to a Father Daughter Dance and they loved every minute of it.  I loved seeing them get get ready and leave for the party.  They had a great time together and I truly love what a good Dad Steve is to his 4 little girls.  They are so lucky to have him and he is so lucky to have them.  I overheard a woman ask him if he had girls or boys the other day and when he told her 4 girls (I held my breath for the typical ignorant response.) and she quickly responded, "You poor guy."  Then he emphatically responded, "I love it and think they are a lot of fun."  Then there was of course awkward silence from the woman but I felt so proud of him and his love for our daughters.

Love, Gina

Monday, May 04, 2015

Sweet B Fun Facts

I have barely posted anything lately and it isn't because we haven't done anything….it is because I am out of energy by the end of the day.  So now it is time for a post full of random updates from the last month with photos later, a list of the good, bad and the ugly.
  • Our weekends have been full of many events, a lot of fun things but very full. 
  • Nana and Papa gave us a much needed break and we appreciated it so much and know that it was probably a lot of work for them.  It is nice to be reminded how much fun you can have with your husband and what your house looks like when no one is destroying if for 2 days.  
  • My 2 nieces had their first communions this month, very sweet.
  • My Mom was in town to help my sister and I loved seeing her off and on during the week.  A wonderful novelty since she retired.
  • Cece hung out with her Godparents so Steve could have some big girl time over the weekend.  
  • The girls and Steve went to a Father/Daughter Dance and had a ball together.  I loved seeing them all ready to go out together.
  • We had lice at our house….all of you judgers, your time will come too if your children go to school….I was once a judger too.  
  • Someone opened their car door wide open as we were driving by them and put a nice door mark in my precious van.  I cried like they ran my child over, not because I love my van that much but because I didn't know when I was going to have a free minute to take care of the dent.  (And also because crying is my favorite coping mechanism.)
  • Last week Steve started antibiotics for a tooth abscess, Gabby started antibiotics for strep throat and Cece for an ear infection that she can't shake.  50% of us were fine, do we call those good odds?
  • My stomach still does flip flops when I get to hold Cece after my work weekend. 
  • The weather is glorious here, it makes me so happy and makes me crave iced mocha's.  
  • Backyard movie season has started.  
  • I have been looking forward to May, April really wasn't my favorite.  
  • Tess has her golden birthday this weekend and has been talking about it for months.  
  • All of you men out there, a little reminder…..Mother's Day is Sunday.  All of you children out there, don't fight and ruin Mommy's special day.  All of you future Mom's out there, don't have a baby the first 2 weeks of May, you will have to throw birthday parties on your special day.  
  • We went to a Twins game as a family on Friday and it was really fun, the girls had fun and Cece only fell through the seat about 3 times.  I call that a win.  
  • School is almost out and I am so looking forward to summer.  
Have a great day!  
Love, Gina

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Keeping the memories alive.

My Auntie Joyce would bring "Poppin Fresh" now Bakers Square french silk pie to our farm every time she visited and this is how we remember her on special "anniversaries" like today.  We will forever miss her and forever love french silk pie too.

Love, Gina

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Easter 2015

I love Easter.  I love the true meaning of Easter and I also love all of the things we do to celebrate Easter in our family.  I am pretty sure I was having anxiety on Saturday night thinking about being ready for 0845 church service.  0845 is the usual time we go but Easter is different.  On a normal Sunday I have coffee with my sister, rush in the house, start ordering the family around, put my hair up and we rush out the door.  Easter is different because Mom even tries to look presentable.  It is kind of ironic because I want everyone to look really nice, try so hard to have everything all ready for the 6 of us, try to look put together and then we sit down in the pew and there goes any control I thought I had.  Yes, church with a 15 month is quite a trip.  (Did I also mention that Steve took her pacifier away a few weeks ago?  Hello, church without a pacifier is also quite a trip.)  During the service she spins on your lap like she is possessed, she loves the sound of her echoing voice and she basically tears the place apart.  She broke my necklace, took a fist full of cheerios and whipped them on the floor and did a lot of screaming.  We took her out twice….I felt a bit messy.  Other than that I do love going to church as a family but lets just say 15 months is not a super good church age.  My niece on the other hand who is close to the same age, is ultra relaxed and quiet and she makes Cece look demonic!

After church we headed over to the South Minneapolis bunny.  
 There may have been some pushing and rough play on the bunny by one of my "rougher" sweet b's and I may have flipped out for a minute when I saw her big hole in her tights but I did calm down and realize that it really doesn't matter.  (Note one child with no tights on anymore.)

 Then we headed to my sister's for an Easter egg hunt that was enjoyed by all ages.

 this little lady took things pretty seriously and hovered over her eggs at all times.

 Then this lovely couple hosted all of us a delicious lunch in their newly renovated home.

 And we also celebrated the newly retired one more time!
And some people always seem to party until they puke.  Miss Cece christened their new carpet and made our exit much quicker than we had planned.  Nothing says, "We better leave," better than someone throwing up on the new carpet.  Luckily she only did that one more time before the day was done.
 Other than that, it was a lovely day.
Have a great weekend.
Love, Gina

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

We took a break for spring.

Yesterday was a hard morning, the first morning back to school and back to life.  We stayed in town for Spring Break but just enjoyed each others company and a relaxed time.  Oh how I love having the girls home and a relaxed schedule.  I snapped a few photos on my phone and camera to share.  

We hit our park several times and played on our new equipment.  
 we had several family bike rides and enjoyed our favorite Lake Harriet.

 We did some baking for the sweet lovers.
 we hung out in the yard and enjoyed the nice weather

 we enjoyed sidewalk art
 we played with friends and enjoyed sleepovers

 we spoiled this little girl some more

 and spent a lot of time on the porch

 a scene I love to see, signs that children live here and are at play
 neighbor fun
 and babies trying to act like big girls still in her pj's.
 we always love coloring eggs

 Taking walks
 And more park time makes everyone happy.

 It was all a whirlwind and I think I am still sad about it today that it is all over.
The girls were good, some fighting as you could imagine but managed chaos and fun at the same time.  Looking forward to time off with them again.

Have a great week.
Love, Gina