Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lily's Weekend With Meadow

Last Friday, Lily got to bring the class owl, Meadow, home! She has been waiting all year to bring the owl home! When you get to take Meadow home, you do fun things with her & then "Meadow" journals what she got to do with the kindergartner she went home with & you add photos to the journal. Lily got to keep Meadow on a 3 day weekend, so she got to do lots of stuff with her! First, Lily introduced Meadow to Baby Lamb:

Then she dressed Meadow up:

Then she let Emma play with Meadow. But Emma tried to eat her, so we stopped letting Emma play with her. ;0)

After Jeff got home, we went out to dinner to Chili's & Meadow came with us. (So did Emma!) :0)

On Saturday, Lily & Meadow played all day long. She drug that owl all over the house! Then when it was time to go to church & then the Pinewood Derby, Lily buckled Meadow into the seat next to her.

At the Pinewood Derby she had Meadow with her (or made Jeff hold her) while she raced her car.

On Sunday, it was so nice, that we all went out to play, even Meadow!

That night, Rachel & Ares came over to get Lily for a sleepover! So, Meadow went with them! Rachel was very nice & took pictures of Meadow while she was at their house. Here she is with Brigid, Lily, Ares, and Ceri:

They got to make their own pizzas for dinner!

And play Operation! (See, Baby Lamb wasn't left out...she got to go too!)

Meadow even got a check-up with doctors Ares & Lily:

On Monday, Lily & Meadow just played together, and she had to go back to the class on Tuesday.

I think that Lily was kind of sad to see Meadow go. But she knows she is going to go on a new adventure soon with another kindergartner! Lily also got to share the fun things that they did together on Tuesday when her teacher read the journal and showed the pictures to the class! And now she has some more fun kindergarten memories! =)  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Beautiful Weather and Riley Rides His Bike!

On Sunday, the weather was beautiful! We headed outside to soak up some sun before it got cold again! Zach & Riley tried out Riley's new skateboard & Lily rode her bike & scooter. Zach also rode his bike, but the only picture I have of that was very blurry. He's too fast for me! ;0)

Then I finally talked Riley into trying to ride his bike. He was nervous, but he got the hang of it SO fast!

He was zipping up and down the street all by himself in no time. He was so proud of himself! =)

He still has a little trouble starting off, and his stopping is not that graceful, but he'll get the hang of that soon enough. Good job Riley!!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pinewood Derby 2013

We went to the annual Boy Scout Pinewood Derby again last Saturday. The kids & Jeff had been working hard on the cars. Lily entered a car again in the Outlaw Class, and both boys had cars on the regular race. Zach made a silver car with lightening bolts, snakes, and dice, with the words Chance and Zach 10 on either side.

Riley got a Scooby Doo wrap to go on his car!! He was so excited!

Lily painted her car sparkly purple and put princess stickers on it. (I know..everyone is shocked by this decision!) ;0)

My three boys:

The race finally started, and the kids got to racing!

When it was all over, Lily got 4th in her race. Riley got 5th & Zach got 8th. Not too bad. =) The best part was that they had fun and they were all good sports! (Which is a big accomplishment for one of them in particular...)
They are already planning their cars for next year!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snow Day!

I have been meaning to post these pictures for awhile now, but just haven't gotten to it, but better late than never, right? ;0)
These were taken over New Year's when we got a little bit of snow. The kids were still excited about it though, so they got their stuff on & went out into the cold!

Lily did not last long at all. I'd say she was out there for less than 10 minutes. Jeff made her hot chocolate when she got back in & made a "gingerbread men hot tub" for her. She thought that was pretty funny. =) 

The boys lasted longer, but when they finally did come in, they got hot chocolate too. Now they can't wait until it snows again!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Riley's 1st Reconciliation

Riley received his First Reconciliation yesterday! He was SO nervous! When we got there, he seemed to be doing well, and he was the 3rd person to get to go in, so that was good because then he didn't have to wait long. We had been telling him all week, that nothing he would say could possibly make Father upset, and Father H. reassured them all of that before too. When he came out of the confessional, it looked like he was going to throw up, but he didn't. :0) And he was fine. He did say that it didn't make him feel better at all. Poor guy! They made heart necklaces representing God in their hearts. As the good mom that I am, I forgot to take a picture of him yesterday, so here he is this morning with it before school. :0) 

 Congratulations Riley!! We are so proud of all of your hard work to get to this point in your spiritual life! Now on to First Communion!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Year In Review

Although 2012 was a bit of a trial health-wise for us (mainly poor Jeff), we still had a great year. Here is our year in review: