Friday, April 18, 2014

An Easter Egg Hunt

 Wednesday night, our church held an Easter Egg Hunt.  Our friends Lori and Jeanine created it, and they incoorperated some of our songs from VBS's past for all the kids to sing before the actual Egg Hunt began.  I was happily surprised at how easily Chris leapt into dancing along.  He really wanted to entertain Jacob with his slick moves.  But Jake was more content as a people watcher.

When the mini-service was done, they let the kids Loose outside.  

The big ones took off, I wish I'd put them in easily identifiable clothes.  
But I had Jacob on my back in his backpack carrier.  

Someone had tossed eggs into the bushes, and they were Just the right height for Jacob.  

Baby gets his first Easter egg! 

My friend Lori took this one, of both the bigger boys helping make sure the kiddie area was cleared of eggs. 

Christopher found some eggs over by a big tree. 

Sam got the Golden Egg! 
It wasn't technically anything fancy or a special reward; all the eggs in this hunt were empty, to symbolize the tomb.  After all the kids find a bunch of eggs, they turn them in for a baggie of tricks, that way no child who gets more eggs ends up with more candy or goodies than any other child.  It's a great day.  

Sam joined Chris for finding eggs around the trees. 

The boys with their final haul! 

My friend Lori took this last picture of Jacob  who was completely unwilling to turn in his egg.  He was happily clinging on to it for dear life.  So we let him keep it.  

Here's one last one from Lori, of Sam turning his eggs in, and choosing a bottle of bubbles.  
See it's not all candy and 'crap', but it sure was a lot of fun! 

A special date


What a great day!  After the big kids went off to school, I had a special date.  A date with my Dad.  He retired last week, and he called me up and asked me on a date, to go see the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Eiteljorg.
Imagine that, a date with my Daddy!   I racked my brain all morning the last time my Dad and I went somewhere alone... I came up with, we met for coffee a few times while I was working at the Health Department.  Besides that, maybe while I was in college?   Yes, I'm not including Jacob in this date, because I knew he could have cared less about Ansel Adams.  But my Dad and I were totally excited.  In fact, I was so excited about this exhibit coming, Kathleen and I were already scheming to go, but Daddy beat us to it.  So he came out to get Jake and I and we all came downtown, the weather was pretty but windy. We went to the Eiteljorg, and had lunch at this new place, the Colts grill.
And the exhibit was so cool. Ansel Adams had Mad Skillz!  Now I have taken some good pictures, heck, I have even taken some shots of the same places he did, and in comparison, my stuff is crap.  But I watched a nifty video, of Ansel Adams taking a lot of time, really planning every single picture, and I want to do that.  His stuff was real art.
I want to go back (without a semi-whiny baby) and see it all again. And really digest it.
Jake got fussy a bit, and was a bit disruotive. But I remember taking Chris to IMA when he was that age, and Jake wasn't as bad as that trip. Daddy and I had fun. We.

I had to take a cheesy photo of the occasion, just like Pa. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How Rude!


Tuesday we woke up the rudest thing ever.  Snow.  On the ground in April!  In the middle of April!

Christopher was rather angry, and just to show us, he told us, "I am NOT going to go outside and play in it, because it's Not Fair that it snows in the middle of Spring!"  No doubt dude, no doubt.

Princess was a bit surprised at our mid-spring dusting too. 

The littler boys were really bummed they couldn't go outside and wait for the bus with biggest brother.  Instead, Chris played in the window with them.  And Jake smacked Sam upside the head, and Sam just laughed at him.  Sam's so good-natured.  And Chris just laughed at them both.  They are all pretty hysterical. 

Once the sun came out, even though it was only 30 degrees, the snow started to melt a bit.  

But then it spent most of the day still flurrying in spite of the sunshine.  
It was the weirdest weather. 
But hey, that's Indiana.  

Sam was tempted to go out and play in it, or catch snowflakes too. 

Jake got one last chance to wear a sweater, a 12-18 monther I found hiding in the closet last week, and get a chance to play in the saucer.  
But his joy lasted only about 2 minutes; it might be time to get rid of the saucer too.  
So rude for so much to be changing all at the same time. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Off to go shopping now


Today was the first time in quite a while I'd been able to run up to Costco.  First there was Spring Break, and there was no way I was doing a big shopping trip with all the yahoos, or really, any more than 1.  Then we had to wait until payday.  So it had been almost a month since I'd been to Costco. So I called my sister and we met up at Costco.  And Jacob was the star shopper. He did amazingly well, he didn't lose his mind until the end, and frankly, by that time, I was hungry and exhausted too.  Lisa and I rocked the place moving a shelf rack AND a bag of salt.  Frankly, we're Awesome.  My back was really sore afterwards, but since I lifted with legs and stretched and rested, today I was functional, amazingly so.  
After our epic Costco trip, we crossed the street to Bagger Dave's for a Hot Mess and a Train Wreck, no that's not us, but it could've been, those were our sandwiches. ;)   
Eric was working on the north side, so he met up with us for lunch.  

But the bestest part was when Aunt Lisa gave her dill pickle to Jacob. 
And he ate it. 
Well, he nibbled at it, and licked it anyway. 
And we learned he can make 40 different expressions with his eyebrows in 10 seconds. 


Palm Sunday

On Sunday, our church really did it up for Palm Sunday.  It was a great day for the kids.  Traditionally, I think of Easter as being a big day for the kids, but this year, the Sunday School crew really did it up.  They made Resurrection Rolls at the beginnning, you know where you pretend a marshmallow is Jesus, dip it in oil and spices (aka butter and cinnamon) and wrap him up in a cave, and when it's baked, the marshmallow disappears.  My kids were excited by them, but one of their classmates was so animated he told me about it all the way to the car, "and the marshmallow was gone, Just Like Jesus!"  I couldn't help but think, Thank You Lori!  My friend Lori and the other Sunday School teachers are simply amazing.  They took the kids outside, and then built their own Easter Garden for each family, which is currently placed on our table. I water it each day, but this morning Eric suggested using a spray bottle, yeah I should do that instead of making a mess each day.  But still it was so sweet to see a project that Sam and Chris worked on together.

Then the kids went up front of the grace service and sang for us.  

I did record a snippet of video of them singing Amazing Love. 


They really did a wonderful job.  

Then they went into the Traditional Service and sang there too
Sam is in the front right with the littler kids, and Chris is on the far left.  


I stayed in the back to be out of the way.  Wish I'd gotten closer, but at least in the back, I could hear well. 
And the kids sounded really good.

Chris is on the left in purple.   If you want to see my friend Lori's video of the big kids sing He Loves Us So. 


I know this last song, with the big kids is blurry, but the kids sounded really great.  

 When we came back from the boys performance, I found this.  Daddy had just let Jake sit on the floor during the Grace service (our contemporary service) playing with his palm leaf.  

Happy Palm Sunday! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014



Yesterday was the first Willman Extended Family Easter I'd made it to in quite some time.   Missing a year for being sick has been crummy.  I missed last Christmas for Jake getting RSV, and the Easter and Christmas before that for bedrest.  I made it the Thanksgivings, but not everybody gets to send representatives to that holiday.  This year we had a pretty good turn out for Willman Easter, and to celebrate Grandpa's 98th birthday. And the boys and I were all healthy enough to make the trip. :)
We met up at the Teppanyaki, a chinese/american/sushi bar in Marion.  Pretty good grub, I like a buffet for these fam get togethers, that way if we talk so much that our food gets cold, we can just go get more. ;)

First, I had a couple finished projects to give away.  I had just barely finished these hats in time for Easter.  And though it was 70 degrees outside, and not remotely weather for knit hats, it's supposed to get colder this week, maybe they'll get some wear this year after all, ugh.  Anyway, I walked in and saw Holly first, and said, Hey!  I have  a present for you, it's in the diaper bag.  There was some snickering regarding other things in the diaper bag, but she was definitely more happy when I pulled this out, as opposed to other festive things that could be found in Jake's diaper bag. :/

For those who know Firefly, it's a Jayne Hat.  

I also made one for cousin Kyle, who wasn't able to make it to the wingding, but he posted this picture later, pretty cunning, don't you think?

Meanwhile, there was an overdose of Cuteness.  
Our nephew, Baby Cole is now 3 months old, and his eyes were wide with taking in all the crazy. 
He got pretty tired pretty quick, so he eventually fell asleep on Grandma.  

Here's Lexi checking out Baby Cole. 

And Jacob and Jeremiah checking each other out.  
They are about the same size now, how crazy is that?!

Chris and Sam's favorite toy to play with of the day, cousin Lilly, who is a year younger, but half a head talller than Chris.  Chris, Sam and Lilly were running around the room, giggling like maniacs.  It was so cute.  

The littles: Jake and Cole, being sweet in the sun.  I don't think Jake could decide whether he liked the wind or not.

A Cupcake Cake for the Birthday Boy .... 98! 

The boys gather around and talk geeky for a bit.  It slays me that Jake waddled himself right into the center of the geekfest. Just one of the boys.  

Christopher helped Grandpa open his presents.  He's the oldest great grandson, so he got the job. There were a ton of puzzles, they are Grandpa's favorite activity, and though at 98, he's slightly slowing down, they could still be donated to the rest of the Home for entertainment.  

We weren't able to stay very long at the home visiting, not long enough at all, because we had to get home.  We were also hosting for our church's Progressive dinner.  If you've never done one, it's Awesome!  First we meet at the church, and then go to various members houses for different courses, 4 usually - appetizer, salad, entree, and back to the church for dessert.  This year, we didn't have that many hosts, so instead of hosting appetizer like we usually do, we drew salad course.  The theme was Caribbean Cruise.   

 So, we had to dash out of Willman Family Easter to go home and prepare.  We made a salad buffet - build your own, and we put out a bunch of toppings:  mixed greens, pineapple (fresh from Maui), mango, cheese, black beans, corn, tiny shrimp, red/orange/yellow pepper, red onion, cilantro, Jamaican Jerk chicken, and Nice Guy (not jerky, not spicy) chicken.  We tried to be careful not to confuse Hawaiian from Caribbean, so the only crossover was the pineapple.  Well, they grow pineapples in the Caribbean too.  For Drinks (which was very important!)  we offered:  pina coladas, strawberry daiquiris (we could've stopped there, but we didn't), Dark and Stormies (ginger beer and dark rum), Red Stripe beer, Landshark Lager, ginger beer, lemon water Mom and Dad kept the big boys and I intially kept Jake, then they swung by on their way home to grab him so that we could be child free for the evening.   They took the yahoos to the park to entertain them.  And it worked! 


Dad sent me this video of Jacob in the swing he took.  
And Mom sent me this last picture of the kids taking a bath afterwards.  

Rubadubdub, three yahoos in a tub!  

This was the first time Mom and Dad watched the boys and Jake didn't lose his ever-lovin' mind.  History! 
It only took us 11 1/2 months.

A sunshine day


Friday was a beautiful day.  I mean gorgeous.  So while Sam was at school, I started a pot of Sun Tea.  
Mom W. had brought me some Tazo samples of Awake back from her trip to Maui.  So I put them to good use.  I may be developing a tea problem...just like my seestor.   

Meanwhile, as soon as the kids got home from school, I suggested they go outside and play for a few minutes.  They did.  They played until dinner, then went back out and played some more.  Just as it should be, because it was 70 degrees outside! 

They brought out all their toys and played like maniacs.  

I asked them to get cheesy.  This was what I got.  Not sure what they were doing, but they were having fun, so it's ok by me.  At least they were getting out and enjoying the fresh air.  Me too.  Eric even took Jacob out for a few minutes, in his shoes, and put him on the little fire engine.  It was too big.  So Eric put him in the Cozy Coupe.  His feet couldn't reach the ground, so he just rode around, until the tips of his toes would touch, catch and stop the vehicle.  He didn't last long that way.  Maybe next time, I'll get pictures of him out for a sunny drive. ;)