I had a full weekend of fun with my favorite little people! Addie’s school had Mother’s Day Tea on Friday with yummy food, beautiful centerpieces, and the cutest little video of Addie and her classmates talking about their moms. 

Saturday, there was a horse expo at the park by our house. Addie, Coen and I walked over and ran into one of Addie’s favorite friends. The kids pet horses, watched some demos, and had some lunch before heading back to our hood.

On the way home, we stopped by the pond to check out some fat frogs. 

And then it was Mother’s Day. We put Addie to work stomping some grapes. Just kidding, it was a church activity because their bible story took them to Rome this week. Then we tried to have a picnic but it was too cold and windy. We ended the day with dinner with my fab mother. Good times spent with these little loves of mine πŸ’•

Addie was so excited to get two awards at her assembly last Friday…one for reading 15 books in Spanish and the next AR reading award (10 points, maybe?). 

And, her class was on the news saying the pledge. http://www.kolotv.com/content/misc/Brookefield-Kindergarten-420622473.html

Adorable, right?!
Last weekend, we had some surprisingly amazing weather for Coen’s friend Maya’s birthday party. There was sliding, relaxing naps under an umbrella, parachute fun, swinging, bubbles, and of course cake! Such fun celebrating our sweet friend!

And finally, Holden had his one-year check up. Officially 20 pounds, 6 ounces (30th percentile), 30.75 inches (75th), and a huge head at 18.75 (90th). He got way too many shots and came home pretty cranky. So glad that’s over!

In the midst of birthday celebrating and planning, and cake baking and cookie decorating, Addie’s school had their Art and Science night. Addie’s class did a project together…does the size of a bean determine the height of the plant? Each student made their hypothesis and kept a growth journal. It’s pretty awesome! And the answer is “no,” in case you were curious. The Lima bean was the largest and didn’t even sprout, whereas the pinto bean stalk grew over 30 inches. 

Then each class had a specific art project on display. I’m not entirely sure what the project was for Addie’s class, but aren’t these kiddos the cutest?

I’m so late in posting but celebrating for an entire week nearly killed me! Holden’s birthday was a couple Fridays ago. I snapped my last picture of our sweet sleeping baby and woke up to a darling one-year-old! He wasn’t digging the balloons in bed tradition, but after he had a full belly of milk, a room full of balloons was actually pretty fun.

We loaded up the car and headed out to Andelin Farms to hang out with some baby animals. Alpacas, emus, llamas, a giant turkey, pigs, sheep, donkeys, horse rides, baby chicks, lambs, goats…they had it all! Addie insisted on taking the real camera so she could take pictures of them. I haven’t had time to look at her pics yet, but I’m sure there must be over 100! Holden enjoyed Gram snuggles more than anything else!

After Beckett got out of school, we met Gram and Gramps for pizza. No joke, Holden ate an entire slice! He’s a bottomless pit lately! And then, back to Gram’s house for his first taste of cake. There was a brief reluctance, followed by eating it by the fist full. In case there was any doubt, we love cake!

Saturday morning, we took his 1-year pictures with Kendall. I can’t wait to see how they turned out! I have a feeling these may be my favorite kid pics yet. And, of course, there was more cake!

This past Saturday, we gathered some of our favorite friends and family for a hot air balloon-themed party. It turned out sooooo cute! But, I’m officially retiring from elaborate themed parties. After throwing four firsts, I’m spent! I must say, the cake was not my finest, but the favors…so darn cute! Pinterest is possibly the best thing ever. Oh, and PS, Addie frosted all the cookies.

Holden was in a pretty great mood the whole time. And then there was cake! We’ve created a monster!

We had such a great time celebrating our last first. Huge thanks to everyone who came out (to yet another Gibson party) to Β help make this awesome boy’s day so special…especially my sister, my aunt, and Shawna, Perry, and Haylee who traveled a long way to celebrate with us! I had such a good time. I think Holden did, too. What a truly amazing year it has been with our littlest blessing!

Perhaps the most annoying part of having two kids at different schools is that spring breaks don’t align. While Beckett was working hard at school, these other three loonies were having adventures. 

The creek that runs behind our house has become a new favorite place to explore. Both kids came back up with scrapes but oddly, no complaining. Now Addie and Coen are obsessed with collecting rocks, catching frogs, and feeding fish. 

We promised Addie a museum day before break ended so we packed up lunches and headed over on the last day. Holden roamed free in the 5 and under room for a long time. Coen and Addie drew on the glass wall, went fishing, played music, and got all science-y.

And then it was over. It’s amazing how quickly a week went by. Such fun days spent with 3 of the 4!

Happy Easter

Easter is one of my favorite days of the year. Crafting, cooking, friends, family, church, and gifts all wrapped up in one fancy little day. This year we tried tie die eggs which actually worked quite well but Addie still wanted to dye the normal way, so we have a million hard boiled eggs now. Good thing she likes to eat them! We woke up way too early this morning, the kids tore through their baskets, then we headed to church. We enjoyed a lovely brunch at the Donahoe’s house, ate delicious food, had an egg hunt. Holden wasn’t at all interested in eggs, but was thrilled with the food portion of the morning! After naps for most and a few hours of cooking we headed to my parents house for dinner. Such a fun day with my favorite people and a great way to spend Holden’s first Easter!

Butterfly Lifecycle

In case you need a refresher on the whole caterpillar/butterfly thing, here’s Addie’s class schooling you on larvae, pupa, chrysalis, and metamorphosis.