Monday, April 5, 2010

Things we know to be true

1. We hate Peeps (all shapes, colors, forms). Berlin & Finley were trading candy and they apparently both tried to trade their Pink Peeps with each other. I chuckled when I saw it because I hate the stupid things. I never liked them as a kid either. I always preferred the Chicks & Bunnies (the pink, yellow, purple candy that was like circus peanuts but better). But I didn't want my kids to feel like they were missing out. So I - I mean the Easter Bunny gave them some in case they liked them. But it's unanimous - they're disgusting! Thank heavens we'll never have to get them for Easter or all the other holidays that are now Peepified.

2. We love Ham. Especially when it's spiral cut with a honey glaze. I make one every Easter and the kids eat it up - yum! We love us some good pig.

3. Peach Jello Egg Jigglers are the BOMB!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

A Child's Prayer

Berlin has really taken to saying prayers lately. So much that she and Finley often fight over who gets to say the dinner prayer so we let them each say one (double prayers never hurt right?). But her bedtime prayers have been especially awesome the last two nights.

Friday's bedtime prayer:

"Dear Heavenly Father, we grateful for today... for cute tigers that walk. In the name of Jesus, oh wait another thing, all sparkly things and fireworks. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

Saturday's bedtime prayer:

"Heavenly Father, we are grateful for bedtime. It's time to go to bed. In the name of Jesus, oh! and we all know our names. I'm Berlin, there's Finley, and mommy and daddy, but daddy isn't here just mommy. They are also Ryan and Cyntia [not a typo, this is how she says my name] but they are also a mommy daddy mother father I'm a sister Finley's a brother, and in the name of Jesus, oh, I forgot! I dreamt about kittens, tigers, and bunnies, dogs, horses and DINOSAURS (yelling), and some scary things. I don't like the scary things, just cute things that aren't scary like kittens and horses and bubbles. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen."

I don't ever want to forget the simplicity of their prayers. My favorite part about their prayers are that they say what's in their heart and on their mind. Both she and Finley converse with our Heavenly Father as if He were really in the room with us; as if they were great friends. It reminds me what prayers really are - a conversation with God. Someone whom we can tell anything and everything too, fears, hopes, desires, how your day went, things you are learning, etc. The formalness/repetitiveness that I often find creeping into my prayers isn't there, and I hope it never is. I hope they are always able to pray this way. I love this stage.

Second, what's with her tiger fascination? Gotta love it :)

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Got Spring?

If so, please, send it our way. From our previous post, you know we've had snow & colder weather. Thus, we've had to get creative in keeping busy inside. Here's what we've been up to...

While I've sewn & prepped for my final 3 boutiques, the have entertained themselves with tea-parties, legos, play-doh and more. I usually think I'm a pretty chill mom, but play-doh is one of the things that reminds me I'm not. In fact, play-doh causes heart palpitations as panic sets in. I hate playdoh because my kids can't just make something normal ... no, they go for making sand (or something with lot of little pieces). This means lots and lots of little slivers of play-doh piled high on the table and of course on the chairs and floor, and mushed into their clothes. It then gets tracked thru the house by their tiny feet on the way to the sink to clean up. Arg!

The kids are addicted to these books ever since I picked up a couple of them from the library a few weeks ago. This one is Finn's fave:

One of Finley's many Lego scenes scattered throughout the house (pic taken by Finn):

Finley loves drawing pictures of Rocket shooting down asteroids in space:

Hitting up the park on the dry but cold days:

And of course, LOTS of game playing. Here are their top 5 faves:
1. Cootie Bugs
2. Flip-Flop (Charlie & Lola memory game)
3. Candyland
4. Hungry Hungry Hippos
5. Dominoes

Here's to hoping we get warmer weather. Finley really wants to start riding his bike again, and I just want to get outside.

Dear Mother Nature slideshow

you are such a tease. And, you really need to be a woman and take control - please yank the reins away from Father Winter. I do not appreciate the 6 inches of snow that we received yesterday.


(pic taken around12:30pm on Wed ... we ended up with 3 more inches on top of this.)

I'd still be irritated if it weren't for the fact that I have pretty great kids who know how to take lemons and turn them into lemonade. Thanks to them we got outside and made the best of all this snow.

The result of 1 1/2 hours of playing in the snow? A snowball fight, a Snowbunny, snow angels, and a killer photo op with the barn.

And what did I learn about my kids? They like to eat snow. Seriously, in 1/2 the pics one of them is eating snow. Berlin even started gnawing on the snowbunny's shoulder. They are hilarious - oh how I love them.