Sunday, April 30, 2017

March for Babies

We participated in March for Babies again his year.  Kayley was the Ambassador for the Peoria walk.  Unfortunately, it rained again this year.  It is a great event, but we have had terrible luck with weather the entire time we have lived here.  We moved everything indoors, but that didn't stop the kids from having a great time.

Team Kayley

Our miracle girl

Drew won the kids super hero race

Ryan loves Julie K!



We had a fun Easter weekend.  We colored eggs, explored the creek in our backyard, had an Easter egg hunt, and took a little trip to Fun City.  

The kids (and Andy) love coloring eggs.  All four of them have fun doing it every year.  I get it ready and they color them.  Then we have to keep their creations for a week on display.  When I finally go to throw them away, I have to do it behind their backs.  This year, we had so many baseball games and soccer games in the week leading up to Easter that the only time we could find to do it was one night right before bed.  :-)

The Easter Bunny showed up early because we were going to be gone on Easter.  That raised a lot of questions from Kayley...

Off to Fun City for arcades, swimming, go-karts, ballocity, and bowling.

Ryan loves the go-karts

Ryan giving a worker a ride!

Drew loves driving the big go-karts.  No
more kiddie go-karts for him.  

Kayley and Andy got the slow go-kart and
Andy knew it!  :-)

Ryan and I got the fast one!

Ryan with all of his prizes from the arcade tickets

The kids have spent hours in the creek in the backyard.  After growing up on a farm, it is nice to have some "nature" in the backyard for the kids to explore.  They didn't go down by it that much last year, but it has been a favorite play area this spring for the big kids in the neighborhood.  Drew, Kayley and one of Drew's friends managed to get their rain boots stuck in mud up to the tops of the boots a few days before this picture was taken and on the day this picture was taken, our neighbor had walked down with them and helped the kids dig their boots out.  What a nice guy!!  Andy was trying to teach them a lesson and was waiting to help them so they were very thankful Mark was interested in walking down to see where they had been and helped them out.  :-)  

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Break with Grandma

For the kids' spring break, Andy went to spring training games in Phoenix with his brothers and my mom came here to spend the week with the kids!  The timing was off for us to take a family trip and for Andy to do his annual trip with his brothers so the kids and I stayed home.  We are taking a big vacation this summer so the kids have that to look forward to.  

Drew, Kayley and Ryan had another great week with Grandma!  The weather was really nice when she got here so the kids spent a lot of time playing outside in the backyard.  The creek in the backyard is their new favorite outdoor activity.  They spent a lot of time building an "island" in the middle of the creek and then learned all about Mother Nature when we had a rainstorm and the island is now underwater.  :-)

Building an island

Andy put up the trampoline so they spent a lot of time on that early in the week.  As you can tell, it is exhausting.

Grandma took them to Monkey Joe's one day when it was cold and rainy.  

Grandma took the kids to swim lessons.  Ryan got himself dressed without anyone paying attention so she didn't realize until they got there and he took off his sweatpants that he picked swim trunks that were way too big and had no tie.  Luckily, she found this pair in the lost and found.  

We celebrated Grandma's birthday.  Ryan asked her how old she was.  She told him 66.  He looked confused and asked again, "No, how old are you?"  She told him again she was 66.  His face was priceless!  

We took them to Fun City on Friday afternoon.  They showed Grandma all of their favorite things to do there - go karts, bowling, arcade, pool, ballocity, laser tag, etc.  They don't seem to be tiring of that place and I'm not surprised - its a kid's dream place.

Quick photo break

Kayley and Ryan love the junior karts

Ryan in the arcade

Not pleased to be in the Cubs kart (Andy
has definitely had an impact on them)

Getting ready to race Drew

Drew magically grew overnight and was able to
drive the big go karts on Saturday before we left

Ryan getting ready to school me in air hockey

Kayley won this round.  She is really good
and takes it easy on nobody.

Ryan in his favorite place - ballocity

Enjoying the lazy river for the second time

Saturday, March 18, 2017

St. Louis Trip

We made a last minute decision last weekend to take the kids to St. Louis to visit the City Museum and the Magic House children's museum.  The City Museum was huge and I was a little concerned about losing the kids in all the tunnels and caves, but it was a great time!

The kids really enjoyed the Magic House the next day too.  I think Ryan and Kayley may have liked Magic House better than City Museum.  They played on a climber, did a crime investigation, saw the three branches of government, played on a huge slide, took care of animals at the vet, went grocery shopping, played in a huge water table, played in a construction area, Kayley and I made our hair stand up, and a lot more.