Monday, April 23, 2012

Cooped up to Cozy Coupe Car

We've had some unwanted added excitement the last two weeks.  I'll spare most of the details (I know, this is really tough for me!), but Joel was sick, Kirstin is teething, and I somehow managed to acquire a pinched nerve in my neck that resulted in lots of pain, numbness, and inability to function my normal duties (Yippee for super husband/daddy!!).   I'm still doing lots of stretches and was told today that I still need to "baby" it, but the pain is gone.  The big news of the day is that Kirstin's teeth (yes, that is plural... both of the top, front teeth) broke the skin today!!!  I'm hoping to see pretty little pearly whites (and the return of happiness and easy going, pain free days) for my little girl by the weekend Wednesday.  

We haven't done any fun projects or unusual adventures, but I did grab the camera a few times.  Joel and I were playing with it the other day.  He wanted to take some pictures.
Of course, Joel took a picture of his dog, Scheppy.

I showed him how the timer worked on the camera.  He thought this was funny.

I also showed him how I could hold the camera out to take a picture of both of us.  Again, he was amused. :-)

Then today, I thought it would be fun to capture some typical play time. 

Kirstin loves to open and close the door of the Cozy Coupe Car.

Hi Mom! I'm still playing with the door.

Joel zooms by with a little car, so Kirstin has to check out what her brother is up to.

The large white spot is a foam roller that Joel was playing with to entertain his sister, which is why she  is excited (and not remembering that she can't stand on her own yet).

Joel's turn to drive...he's checking out his reflection in the side of the piano.  Kirstin is thrilled to be within reach of Joel and still standing to play with the car (he hasn't knocked her over did happen, don't worry!)

She opened the door and climbed in independently!  I had put the floor board back in for her.

Safety moment...she closed the door after she got in.

Joel said that Scheppy wanted to be in a picture and ride on the Cozy Coupe Car.

Joel driving... Kirstin standing while holding on to the cup holders.

Joel started to go. Kirstin still holding on (and stepping on her fleece pants, so they are dragging)

Joel, the Cozy Coupe Car, and Kirstin are now on the hard floor.  Kirstin is still holding on and sliding on her knees.  She wasn't sure what was happening, but she was happy about it.

At this point I put down the camera and went to help Kirstin.  However, she was not letting go!  Joel did a great job of going slow because he knew she was holding on.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What a Holy Week

We had a very busy Holy Week!  It started off with 2 funerals of men in their 50s at our church.  The second was the morning of Maundy Thursday for one of our pastors.  As the daughter and wife of church workers, I especially felt a range of emotions as our lead pastor preached the service of his close friend and sermon writing partner.  They had written many sermons together, including the one for the funeral.  So many of our church staff and close friends of this pastor participated in the service.  It was a celebration of his life as we worshiped together for almost 2 hours.

Following the service, the kids and I drove 2.5 hours to LeClaire, Iowa and back!  We picked up 2 girls, Janis and Kendra, that were part of the church we served in Jacksonville, FL.  Both of these lovely ladies are students at Concordia in Seward, NE (where Jim got his BA) and chose to spend Easter weekend with our family!  What a blessing to have the extra hands in worship that night as we pulled into the church parking lot just 3 minutes before the service.  Then on Friday, Grandma Kris came down and another friend, Rachel, drove up from St. Louis to join us for the Good Friday service (Jim's favorite all year!).  Again, a blessing to have all the extra help with the kids during the past bedtime worship service!

Saturday morning included an Easter egg hunt in our front yard.  This was great timing because all of the "family" here for Easter was able to be included in this adventure for Joel.  Janis and Kendra did a great job hiding all the eggs, including some under grass clippings, white on a white car, and just out of Joel's reach on the mailbox.
Joel is ready to go on his Easter egg hunt!
Rachel with Joel

He was so good at finding the eggs this year!

Joel is trying to open an egg (mid hunt) with all of us watching.

The whole group minus Grandma Kris (photographer) and Kirstin (napper)

I love all the colorful eggs! :-)

We went to the Easter service on Saturday night so we could worship with Grandma Kris.  Then, Sunday morning was worship x3.  We started out at our church with the Bride of Christ processional.  This is the piece that Jim wrote as the processional for our wedding.  I loved that I got to hear it Saturday night and twice on Sunday morning with piano, organ, brass, and percussion!  We also went over to our church's other site for part of their Easter service, then back to our site for Joel to go to Kidstreet (Sunday school).
Our Easter Sunday family picture.  We had already taken our shoes off and that was more work than  we had energy for to put them back on for the picture.  We didn't take a picture in our Saturday night Easter outfits, but they were cute too. 

You can see the Easter wreath I made in a down moment on Saturday afternoon.  It will likely get a ribbon added to it for next year (oh, total supplies for this wreath was $2).

Mother-Daughter picture since we kind of matched in our Easter outfits.  My mom used to make her and I matching dresses for Easter (which I loved!!), I didn't do that.

I made a bunny cake.  I remembered seeing pictures of one like this that my mom made for my brother's birthday when he was 2 (I think).  I just wanted to see if I could do it and Joel loves cake.

We all loved having the company this weekend.  What a joy it was to share the weekend with friends.  Christ is Risen Indeed!  Alleluia!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter egg play

The Easter eggs have come out at our house (a week or 2 ago, I'm just slower in blogging about it).  I love the various ways activities that plastic Easter eggs can be used.  Here are a few things that we've tried out so far.

My first thought was a fine motor skill activity where Joel used Easter bunny tongs that I bought on clearance after Easter a few years ago for $.50!  
 They work much like scissors, except he got to pick up eggs and then place them in an egg carton (yes, I had a few of these that I'd saved to use for a theoretical project sometime).

Super cute boy having fun playing with the tongs and eggs.

I suggested to him to match the eggs as he placed them in the carton.  This added another element to our learning play.

We did some patterns.  I was thrilled because Joel was successful in completing the patterns I set up for him!


Yes, my silly boy likes to make it difficult for me to get a good picture of him.  He loves looking at all the silly ones.  He left his eyes open until he thought I was taking the picture.  Notice the blur... he was also shaking his head.  I won't post all the attempts at a picture of his wonderful smiling face.

Here is the winner though! :-)  I love him!

I also created shakers out of the Easter eggs for Joel to match sounds.  I found a set of 6 different items that would fit inside the eggs.  I then created pairs (in non matching colors which was a challenge for this girl who organizes everything by color!).  So, Joel had to shake each egg to determine which 2 eggs had the same thing inside (without opening it...which was tough for a 3 year old).  Once he thought he had all the sounds paired, he got to open the eggs and find out what was inside.  He discovered paper clips, pom poms, beads, jingle bells, bouncy balls, and larger beads.  

Here you can see that Kirstin has joined Joel as our "neighborhood watch".  Since we love this big picture window in our house and spend tons of time looking out it, we've also added Easter egg window clings to it (thanks to both of the kids' Grandmas!).  

Have a blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.