Sunday, April 30, 2017

April Randomness

{I love when Alice reads to Clementine!}

{Educational Resource Center at the library}

{Shells under the microscope = so cool!}

{Found some painted rocks at the park.}

{Checking out our Community Garden bed for the first time.}

{Clementine loves this game.}

{Feeding an elephant!}

{Starting seeds.}

{Baking soda + vinegar = 30 minutes of quiet time for mama}

{Making glitter rocks to hide}

{We went to the bird store to buy a hummingbird feeder. They love this dog!}

{Free icees at the library!}

{"Mama, can I get THIS book?"}

Easter!

{Easter egg hunt at Chick-fil-A}

{Passover Seder}
That's grape juice in their wine glass. :)

{egg dying at the gym}

Our sweet friends invited us to a kids Easter program at their church.
It was SO cute!



{Easter Day!}

SnowSunSnowSun

I love Colorado springtimes.




{they were making lemonade snow cones}

10 days later...

Little Tails Farm

We went to the sweetest little farm!
It's a mama with a hobby farm and we got to be her first visitors.

The girls got to "help" take care of the baby goats,

visit with and hold baby ducks,

and pet and feed sheep and alpacas.

It was super low key and lots of fun!

10 years!

This past Friday marked 10 years since our first date.
It's not a day we celebrate each year, 
but we thought it'd be fun to somewhat recreate the day with the girls.

On our actual first date,
we went to the Denver zoo, 
then to lunch at California Pizza Kitchen,
then to Dave and Busters to play games,
then to a movie,
then to dinner.
It ended up being a 10-hour first date.
My friends kept texting me, worried for my safety. :) 

For our family day,
we went to our local zoo.

{2 day old giraffe!!}

{I pulled out the shirt I wore on our first date.
It was given to me by my friend, Victoria, as a joke, but I loved it. :) }


Then, lunch at CPK.

Then, to play games.


That night, our sweet babysitter came over and Ben and I went out to sushi.

I'm so thankful for that epic first date 10 years ago!

She floats!


Moments after this, she went under.
But, I was so proud of her when she tried it again right away!
She's making progress!

Friends!

Our buddies came back to town to visit!
My girls had no idea, so when they showed up at the door,
it was pretty much the best surprise ever!








SO fun!!

Are my kids missing out?

I've often wondered that.
Are my kids missing out?

This blog post was so timely for me!

"We’re lead to believe that our kids need to be scheduled, 
their time accounted for. 
But, what they really need is freedom. 
White space. 
Time to be little. 
Is the fear of missing out preventing us from simplifying our kids’ lives?"

It's the mindset we've been striving for.
Less things.
Margin in our days.
Tons of time for free play.

They currently do not do any extra-curriculars.
No dance, sports, Awana, clubs, classes, lessons, co-ops, etc.
(Except Clementine who is fearless in the water and is now in swim lessons 1/wk.)
I know there will come a day when they request to do those things,
and we'll reevaluate at that time.

For now, we're soaking up these little years and happily "missing out",
which is perfect for our family at this time.

{chalk + water}

{we got to see and hold chicks at our favorite garden store}

{river making}

{spring spotting}

{practicing hammering}

{worm finding + habitat making}

{Alice was teaching other kids about worms...and passing them out,
much to the dismay of other mothers.}

{I got rid of our puppet stage. You know, less stuff.
So, it made me so happy to see them make a stage and puppets!
Alice put on a show for us and even provided snacks.
Confession: the huge cups of orange juice totally stressed me out!!
I rolled with it for the sake of celebrating creativity and independence.}