Monday, May 26, 2008

What's new........

It's hard to believe it is almost June! The weather around here is finally warming up (most days anyways) in the 70's and the trees and flowers are finally blooming! I love spring-everything looks so clean and new (:
The kids only have 4 days left of school. Honestly, it seems like they should have at least a month to go....I think because we have had such a cold spring. It will feel odd having the older kids around all the time. They sure have been acting like typical brother and sister lately and fighting all the time........please wish me some patience because I have none when it comes to that. Just last week Alaina got in trouble for kicking Jonnie in the "private area" and later wrote me a note outside her door that read, "You are no longer allowed to come in my room. With Hate, Alaina." Lovely isn't it? I am in trouble with that one I'm afraid. Any pointers dealing with a moody pre-teen are welcome anytime. (:

Here are a few pictures I have taken recently on walks, or just in my backyard. The one with Sawyer was his first day wearing shorts this season. I loved seeing his little white legs! (:

The next batch of photos were taken at a park with friends. Sawyer was not scared at all of the slides and it took all my strength not to act like I was concerned and just let him do it. I think I projected my own fear of heights into Alaina was she was young, so I am really trying to not do that with Sawyer-it seems to be working....

Alaina and Kelsey (she is 3 months younger than Sawyer)

Jonnie, Sawyer, and Lukas-Buddies!

Here he is at the top of the really big slide! (don't worry someone was behind him ;))

The next couple photos are of Jon and Jonnie in the field picking rock. This was Jonnie's first year doing it and to me he looked so little, like my three year old again! He loved it and has been out there twice since. I worry about him so much when he is out there, like is he going to fall off and no one sees him and runs him over, etc.. I have always worried way to much about the kids-esp. when I am not the one there to look out for them. I know Jon does a great job :) (that was for you honey). Jon was really impressed with how well he did and worked really hard! I also really missed him when I didn't see him for a couple days....who knew I would say that j/k (:

Here is he with dirt up his nose, in his eyes, ears and mouth. This picture doesn't show how dirty he really was!

The next group of pictures were taken at Sibley park. I met up with the Johnson's and my dad for a day of baseball and hiking. I was impressed that I was able to hit the ball-I never could in high school! It was a lot of fun just running around. The hike was fun, too. As you will see, Jonnie was tired, so Grandpa carried him on his back most of the hike-Is he a prince or what? Alaina opted to stay at Grandma Karen's for the afternoon.

As school is winding down the kids all had there playday at schools-here are a few of the many pictures taken. I even went to Mitchell's for a little awhile.

Alaina and Rossy

Fun with feathers!

I finally was able to start a little gardening. I have a lot left to do, but here is one of my front flower beds-I love how colorful it looks! The perennials are just starting to come up so until then I planted annuals around them. The kids and I went to the nursery and picked up some plants to plant our garden in the backyard. They are currently fighting on which garden plot they want-both wanting the same one. We flipped a coin and Jonnie won, so guess who is not planting a garden this year? Sigh.........

And Finally (for now) Sawyer has learned to pedal his trike. He is such a determined young boy and worked at it until he figured it out. So proud (:

Well, that catches you up for now on what had been going on with us. We will be busy this week with end of the school year stuff. Alaina had two field trips last week-one to the planetarium and the other was a special one with her teacher for being one of the top readers in her class (a little brag moment :)) She was one of 5 and they went to Robin's Island and hiked and had snacks. Jonnie maybe will be having a field trip (the last one was canceled due to bad weather), I still haven't heard as I am supposed to chaperone. Sunday school wrapped up last weekend and we start a week long vacation bible school the first week of June. I get to help out with that all week, so I hope the weather stays nice as it will be outside (: My work hours are changing, too after this week when we switch to our summer hours. I am still waiting to hear when they will need me, but I'll be working less to be home with the kids more. I still do not know who will watch the kids now that my sister is moving to Colorado in the beginning of June. Hopefully everything will work out and if you live in the area and would like to watch three adorable kids, let me know, haha! I still have to get the kids signed up for their summer activities and swimming lessons-it makes me tired just thinking about it.......(:
I'll be updating more often as these long posts are very time consuming! Until then........


Anonymous said...

You are a busy mom Lorrie, I know it seems overwhelming, but you will look back and long for those days. Can't help with advice on Alaina since I have all boys:) She will be fine, she has a good mom. I heard that Jon Ross was picking rock with the big guys, he is so handsome. Sawyer will love having Jon and Alaina home more. Have a great summer. Love, Aunt Sandy

Chris said...

Hey Lor--thanks for posting all the pictures. They are great! I love the one of Jonnie with dirt in his eyes...yuck! He is such a handsome boy. :)
Yes, I agree, you have your hands full with your pre-teen. She will be just fine, though. You are great with her.
And Sawyer...peddling his trike???!!! What a big guy!

Julie B said...

you have been busy! I love all the pictures. Very impressed with Sawyer learning to pedal-Mara is working on that right now :)
Our weather has been so up and down too-one day its in the 80s and the next-60s. We have had lots of rain as well, and they say the mosquito population is the worst they've seen in 7 years :( It'll be like living up there! Hopefully some warm weather will be here to stay, although the one humid day we've had brought all the lovely swelling back to my legs.....
About Alaina-sorry she just makes me laugh and cry-as I know Analese will be exactly the same way in a few years! She already is, I am afraid. So no advice here, as I will be needing yours. Last night she didn't like the book Greg picked out to read, so she put her fingers in her ears, blanket over her head, and laid like that until he was finished....sigh :)

Lorrie said...

oh, Analese....she always makes me laugh!! It is so much funnier when it is somone else's daughter, isn't it? Also, Sawyer has realized he can go much faster when he just "walks" with his trike instead of pedaling, so that is his current method (: