Friday, April 30, 2010

Elvis has left the building

A certain 7 year old and I were discussing trying new food combinations since she was wincing at my banana slices in the cereal. (This from the girl who loves turkey, jelly, and nutella sandwiches - yes, all together).
Do you know who Elvis is? he even still alive?
No, he died a long time ago.
Then why is he still in weddings?
(LOL) because people liked him so much that they pretend he's a Mickey Mouse.
Oh. (looking a little disgusted - why ELVIS?? When you could pretend someone a whole lot cooler?! Like Sponge Bob?!?)
Anyway, his favorite sandwich was peanut butter and banana, you know.
(A long pause with a yukky face)
Is that why he's dead?

and there you go folks, the REAL reason Elvis died - trying new foods. Tisk, tisk, tisk...
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


This morning, a new flower bloomed in my backyard beds. She is a new addition to our yard this year, given to me by a friend. I found this Columbine flower particularly interesting, because of its long nectar spurs. (Do I sound like a biologist yet? LOL)

Come to find out, Darwin once thought that plants with the longest nectar spurs and pollinators with the longest tongues (like bees and hummingbirds) would be favored by natural selection, and continue to drive the plants' spurs and the pollinator tongues to really long lengths.

But it turns out that the plants evolve nectar spurs to match the tongue-lengths of the pollinators. It was a long study, but pretty interesting stuff. So this Columbine in my backyard is actually smart enough to grow its nectar spurs just long enough for a bee's tongue to drink. Wow. And now you know.
(Isn't Castro Academy's online campus great? Ha ha!)
Anyway, off to launder while the baby sleeps!

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Take me out to the ballgame...

Emma had her very first coach pitch softball game last night and it was a blast! The "Blue Wave" won 2-0 and looked AWESOME! The girls did really well!
Here they are, warming up before the big game!
That's our Emma, number 0, with the 2 little dark braids.

 Evan tried on a helmet for fun. Can you believe that one day soon, he'll be playing ball, too??
(I have a feeling Auntie Pickle will love this pic...)
 Up to bat....Emma!!!

 ...and she hits the ball! Off to first base!
(Look at that proud smile!)
 On first base, and looking oh so proud!

 Emma's home run was the first scoring of the game (and season), and the girls were SOOO excited!!
 Up to bat again, and showing her balancing skills
(ha ha!)
 Yeah, sometimes she requires a little extra reminder that we're playing ball, not circus! :)
Coach was showing her where her feet needed to go.
And she swings again!
Congrats to Emma & The Blue Wave!
Here's to a great start of a season!
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First of the season!

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Frontier City!

Frontier City Theme Park had a "Girl Scouts Day" last weekend, so we packed up the family and headed off to the city for a day of fun! It was actually the kids' first time to go here, and it was exciting for them both!
Emma & I rode this ride first - a ride that goes upside down several times over again. She was pretty nervous waiting in line, but she ended up LOVING it in the end!
(Self portraits are never easy!)
 Evan on his first ride of the day - a target shooting ride!
 ...and crazy mom taking off in hers...
 Little swings that Evan was too short to ride on :(
 John's dreaded teacup ride (snicker, snicker). Emma & her friend, Emma were spinning like mad! Evan LOVED it!
 How to train your dragon: Let your sister drive.
 Evan's first roller coaster!
 We wanted to stop in at this saloon, but the rain pushed us along at a quicker pace than we'd have liked :(
 Emma rode this roller coaster with me. It was a "dangle-your-legs-off-the-seat" coaster, and Emma thought it was gross seeing the naked feet zooming by while we were in line.
 The view (and wind!) from atop the carousel was pretty breathtaking!

 My boys driving the "horseless carriages". So sweet.
 And Em & I, with another attempt at self-portraiture...

 Bailey, and the Emmas on the twister.
 And this is what happened as soon as we hit the highway home. (And went to bed by 7:30!)
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Bouncy Baby!

On one of the gorgeous days of spring weather, Evan & I pulled out the bounce house for some energetic fun! He was so small last year that he didn't really enjoy it so much, but he had a blast this year! He even did his first un-assisted somersault! SOOO cute!

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Busy (Princess) Bee!

Emma was in opening ceremonies at school today THREE times! I knew she was going to be recognized for her swim team state champions, but I DIDN'T know that she was also going to be reciting a poem she wrote AND be recognized for her softball team, too! Good thing I was there to capture it all for those of you that couldn't be!
Isabel, Emma, & Jack each read a poem they wrote for the school.
 This was the recognition of their softball team, "The Wave".
 This was the Stillwater Shockers Swim Team Recognition. Principal Rains asked them all which event was their favorite.
 The three littles, Isabel, Em, & Gavin
 Congrats, Emma! Our busy little bee!

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Although it's about time for another one, I just uploaded pics from the last haircut from my phone.

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A Shining Star!

Recently, we came across this article in USA Today about John's "Gruncle" Joe. He has dedicated his life to the town he lives in and is so passionate about his work that we rarely catch a glimpse of him on visits, as he is shuffling out the door to go to practice or a game. What a wonderful thing to be noticed in the nationwide press among the grusome & sad news that seem to overpower the media these days. 
Congratulations, "Granpa Joe"! We love you!
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