Friday, March 27, 2015

This is what I am smiling about….

  • 10 days of no school, family together and some time to relax together.
  • being outside and seeing the beautiful sunrise this morning.
  • running into my neighbor at the neighborhood coffee shop this morning, love living in a big town that feels like such a small town. 
  • my mocha this morning, it has been a while and I really love it.
  • everyone slowly waking up when they are ready to.
  • my patients yesterday initiating a hug when I said goodbye and making me feel so appreciated.
  • the girls going to a play last night with a special relative and having fun.
  • nice weather is on its way.
  • spring!
  • getting to talk to my bf this morning and still laughing together after many years and many children together.
  • we are all healthy, what a relief.
  • life
  • 4 little ladies under one roof, really everything we ever wanted.
  • and that baby, have we told you how much we love having a baby under our roof again?  
  • comfy clothes
  • a clean slate for the weekend.
I am thankful and so happy.
Have a great weekend and happy spring break to all of you that are starting your break.
Love, Gina

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Weekend with dear Kelly and David

 A few weekends ago we were blessed with the chance to see our wonderful friends Kelly and David while they were staying with family in Sioux Falls.  We had a great time catching up and the girls had fun playing with the other children.  Wish we didn't live so far apart.   Miss you guys.

Love, Gina

We are breathing, this is good.

It has been a week and we are all alive so this is good.  Last Sunday I woke up throwing up at 0730 and stayed in bed the entire day.  Never mind that we were having a lot of company over for a belated family birthday party Sydney and Gabby.  The party kept on as scheduled, I did not.  By Monday Syd and Gabby were throwing up and sick as dogs.  Tuesday I decided to take them in to the pediatrician because they were so miserable.  When the nurse was taking their vitals I was just making conversation, maybe trying to distract her from my unshowered self.  I said to her, "Have you guys been busy?"  She responded, "Yes, I am surprised, you would think with the nice weather people would want to be outside!"  I kept to my pretend civil self and didn't respond, "Idiot, we are sick…..we don't want to be here!"  Then the doctor saw the girls and Sydney had a virus and Gabby tested positive for strep.  While we were there I mentioned that Cece had been really fussy and asked her to please look in her ears.  She looked and yep, double ear infection.  As we were leaving I said to the doctor who I know, work with and like, "How are you doing?  Have you been healthy with all of this around you?"  She responded cheerily, "I really don't get sick much, I guess good hand washing!"  Ouch, I smiled and left but had so many good come backs in my head that I wanted to say.  None of which were kind so I kept them to myself.     Wednesday Steve was also home sick, so pretty much everyone but Tess is on the mend.  I may have had a little cry this morning feeling overwhelmed with everything that all of this sickness involves.  Maybe if I wasn't recouping myself it wouldn't have been so bad but wow.  As of today I may have washed every piece of bedding, clothing and surface in our house…all this week.

Enough complaining now lets take a look at the photos from the party.  The party was a great group effort I hear, Beth and Mike were awesome and came over early to get things going and then everyone else pitched in.  Thank you to everyone that helped.  I think the photos were taken by Tess, they made me laugh, here are a few of them.

 The next 2 are my personal favorites and really tell me so much about the party I missed.
 Such a fun party you are playing a game on your phone?
 What photographer doesn't like to see a photo of themselves once in a while?
Thanks Tess.

Love, Gina

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Plaetz Grandview Lodge Weekend 2015

A couple of weekends ago we took our annual trip with my family to Nisswa for our family cabin weekend.  We had another fun successful year with a lot of laughter and hanging out.  Usually we do a few outdoor activities but the weather was too cold and we didn't run out of things to do inside.  There is always a baby to snuggle.
 cousins to eat junk food with
 daily breakfast out where the kids eat too fast and are finished before the bloody mary's are finished.
 Swimming is probably the highlight for the children.

and then there is more hanging out and wrestling nephews and nieces.
 We enjoyed pizza in this year
 with additional forced family photos.

 We did our traditional making fun of each others parenting and
 and always chuckle when it is someone else's child doing something dumb.  (This year Tess accidentally stepped on Beth's glasses.)

 Nephew bribery may have been present
 and plenty of sweets consumed.
 Gabby's fake smile has been perfected
 and watching this children together is really my favorite.
 Miss Cece wasn't feeling good by the end and may have let us know during family photos.
 But really what fun is it to look at photos when everyone is smiling at the camera perfectly.
 Every year someone brings the child that doesn't want to cooperate for family pics and this year I was nominated.   Nice work Cece.  But check out Gabby's fake smile, it is so perfect!
 Okay Daddy, just give in and let her have the plug….she is the 4th child!
 Goodbye to our fun cabin.
 and one last photo with no one crying!
Thank God for another fun weekend!  Love, Gina

Monday, March 02, 2015

Happy, happy birthday to my Mom!!!!

 Happy, happy birthday to my dear Mom.  Thank you for always being so good to me/us.  I am so very excited for you as you start the next chapter of your life.

I love you,

Check Cece B out in this photo, again she is trying to steal the show!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Mama Bear's Unedited Version of February

I decided today that I will never, ever catch up around here.  I have a great husband and great kids but I will never ever catch up and I need to face it.  Why did it take me until today to own this I am not sure. Yes my children are happy and they know I love them so much but it just gets really annoying to always feel like your plate is full.  I know what you are thinking, "What did she expect having 4 children?"  I know, I know but there isn't one I would return so I need to just move on and calm down. While at the same time show you a bunch of photos of February before March rolls around.  February is busy in our house there is Valentine's Day and the girls really enjoy making their own Valentine's and I forgot to snap any photos but they did a nice job.  Then there was the 100th day of Kindergarten celebration….who dreamt that little holiday up by the way?  Someone who didn't think about Valentine's Day being right before that and how some of us are barely breathing here!  Then we had drum roll please……Sydney's birthday!  We had a nice little celebration as a family on her big day and then on the Friday after that I chaperoned a field trip.  It was a fun field trip and my group was really good, despite my inexperience with boys I think I did fine.
 That night Syd had a sleepover with a couple of her friends.
 Birthdays in this house are very important and very celebrated but by the end of Sydney's celebrations we may all have been ready for it to be over....except for Sydney of course.  Steve claims I have modeled this over the top behavior  (doubtful.)
 In between birthdays Steve and I actually had a date for his work holiday party.  At 4:30pm after leaving the 3 girls' dentists appointments, then Sydney's allergy shot appointment, looked in my rear view mirror at my tired face and nasty hair in a ponytail and wondered how Cinderella was ever going to be ready on time for the ball.  But I managed to stop at my sister's, grabbed some clothing options, pulled it all together and our dear friends Greg and Nancy showed up to babysit with dinner for the kids in hand….I was so happy.  We had a nice time and I look forward to our next date.
Then it was back to the birthday extravaganza and Gabby turned 6!

 We baked and decorated her cake together and it was fun for both of us.

 February is also "I love to read" month so I read to the 3 different classrooms and I must admit, it is the most fun to read to kindergarteners.  Sydney looked like she wanted to crawl in a hole when I started talking about her birthday and the time she was born.  Seemed harmless to me.
 In other news, in case you are wondering what an ambulance ride costs these days.  Here you go:

Miss Cece B took her first ambulance ride with her Mama a few weeks ago.  She is now fine but had a very high fever and was very sick at the time so we took a little ride from the pediatric office.  This was a first for me, hopefully the last.

And the latest sweet b news, the faith formation director called me last evening and said that Tess had thrown up in class.  When she got home she retold the story of how it happened so fast so she threw up in her book.  I bet her teachers loved that.  So when I was putting her to bed I asked if she wanted a pail or if she would prefer a book to throw up in.  Sometimes I am not mature enough to be a parent.

So Tess and I have had a nice day at home together and she seems to keeping her food down so all is well, except that I am going into my work weekend and I feel sad about it.  (Insert Steve's eye roll right about now.)

Have a nice weekend. (sniff, sniff.)
Love, Gina