I have so many pictures and stories this week, I have been seriously stalling on writing. I just spent the time uploading all of the pics (there's a crap ton of them), and within the last two realized I did them all backwards. So instead of starting with Sunday and going trough Saturday, I started with Saturday and went backwards to Sunday. Follow me? We will see...
Since my family is going on scrapbook weekend next weekend, we celebrated early this week. We made the coolest eggs ever, and super easy. I shaved old crayons and while the egg was still hot from boiling, we sprinkled the shavings on top of the eggs. As they melted they made these awesome marbling patterns. My favorite is the one on top.
We also made cute snorkeling eggs and some animals out of plastic eggs using felt and various junk. I got all of these ideas out of Family Fun magazine and submitted my pics to them. I hope they put them in the next issue!
Last year's Easter hunt, we basically threw the eggs in the grass and let Jakob pick them up. This year, he can look for them. I hid them, but in open sight, if that makes sense. He did really well. He found all of them but two and they were the hardest ones! Can't wait to do another one next weekend in Jon and Debbie's enormous yard! That will keep him busy!
That morning we took the kids to take their pics in the bluebonnets. They both looked adorable, but were difficult to work with, especially Jakob. I think I got a few good ones though. I am framing these three together in a tri-frame I already have!
I have been trying to teach Jakob to cover his mouth since before Ashlyn was born. He always takes reminding though, but of course during pictures he remembered...lol.
I want to enter this picture in the State Fair photography contest.
On Thursday, I tried to take a "drive" with the intention of getting Ashlyn a nap before Jakob started hollering and carrying on like he does when we are at home. He would not be quiet though. I don't want to get into it all, but literally the boy could not stop words from coming out of his mouth for more than 2 seconds, not even to let you respond. I was trying to tune him out, but then I heard the word "boxes". He has never said that so it caught my attention. I wondered what he could be saying and looked around and saw this....
I had to laugh and said, "Oh yeah...you are right honey. Those are boxes!" =)
I think it was thursday also we had the hail storm, maybe Wednesday. Anyhow, there was so much hail. Lucky for us it never got much bigger than a pea, but it was sure loud. Jakob woke up after it was over and would not go back to bed for hours. He thought it was morning and we should all get up, and of course threw numerous fits when we refused. Ahhh toddlers.
That's a lot of hail...it was like the back corner of Jakob's play yard was solid ice.
Ashlyn was super cute and adorable this week. I can't believe how big she is getting. I had to retire all of her 3-6 months clothes, which particularly upset me because she outgrew her adorable Easter dress and sandals. =(
She suddenly loves tummy time. She learned to roll over, so maybe it's because now she knows she can get out of it. The other day I laid her on a blanket on her back and went to the kitchen. When I came back she had rolled onto her stomach and put herself in tummy time!
I am always trying to get sibling shots but it is so hard with Jakob. I can't believe he won't let me take his picture more than he does.
Ash also started using and enjoying her jumperoo. She won't take much weight on her legs yet, but will tolerate 5 minutes or so in it...and seems happy to be there...laughing and such. She is so darn funny.
Cheesing it up in her first bubble bath.
Jakob wants to hold her but has no soothing skills, and basically freaks out when she cries. He tried for a second this week, but gave up after about 2 seconds!
So these are from after Finn's birthday party Sunday, or the beginning of this week! =) The kids both zonked out on the ride home. Jakob must have been crashing from the sugar he consumed because he barely made it five minutes and he was out. To his credit he kept his grip on his balloon for the first 45 minutes of the drive!
Some of the previously mentioned sugar.
I love this picture of Finn trying to feed Meaghan. I wish it showed her face, but I have a pic just like this of me and Jakob on his first bday. That's Michael's hand on the right(his dad).
I love party pics of Jakob. I love that he wears the hats (except someone snapped his nose with it on accident, so now he will probably never wear another one). I have a similar one from Torie's 2nd bday party!
With the birthday boy himself!
Finn and Ryan (his Aunt, my friend and coworker)
Meaghan made "Old Swampy" out of her cupcake book. I was super impressed at how awesome it turned out. I helped her with the eyes.
Mom came over and helped me with the kids. We finally broke in the waterpillar, my awesome clearance purchase at the end of last season. Jakob loved it and was totally drenched when we went in.
Ashlyn was kinda fussy. =(
and kinda happy (usually within seconds of each other).
Whew. I am finally to the end of the most pictures ever week! Wowie! If you are still with me, you gotta give me a nibble. I am totally fishing.