Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Kindergarten Notes

Our little kindergartner is quickly wrapping up her official first year of school. Crazy how fast that year went. Between her first year in elementary school, and Annie's first year of life, we were pretty busy. 

Grace has really been excelling in her reading and writing this year. I have been very impressed with the curriculum and teacher she's had. It's been amazing to see her blossom, she's pretty proud of herself, for good reason!

These were too cute not to share. I'll translate underneath. She did a pretty good job. 

Dear Dad, Thank you for giving me breakfast he gives me cereal and gives me a frosting granola bar. I love the frosting granola bar. I love you I know you love me too. From Grace. 

Dear Annie, Thank you for giving me sloppy kisses. I love you. I love to play with you. I really love you! I know you like to play with me. From Grace. 

So, we the letter to Cody one day, the next day we got the letter to Annie. They were so sweet. Melted our hearts! Until the next day, we got this letter:

Dear StepMom, I miss you a lot you're out of town. I hope you come home soon, come home, come home. I hope you bring me a surprise. Love Grace.

What the heck!? Stepmom? Haha! We were baffled by what she was thinking here, and yes, I was a little sad because I didn't get a sweet letter like Cody and Annie did. I didn't rub it in to her TOO hard! :) A few days later, I picked up some of her classmates and Grace and transported them to and from a play at the middle school. A few days later I got this: 

Dear Mom, Thank you mom for driving us. Love Grace. Thank you, you are my best mom. Thank you, you have the best daughter.

STILL! Haha, I'm her "best mom" hopefully her "stepmom" isn't better than her Mom! And thanks, I'm glad to know that I have the best daughter! What a silly goon we have! 

Remi's Dog bed

When we built Remi's dog bed, I had an idea in my mind of what I wanted it to look like, so we just drafted up something on a piece of paper and got to work. I wanted it to look a bit rustic, and certainly not perfect, so I first distressed the wood with some chains, screws, and a hammer. Grace had fun helping me with this part....

Then on to the construction...certainly not perfect! But we got the job done...

And then staining. I like how the dents and grooves in the wood that we created really pulled the stain well and made some dark spots on the wood.

Just used some pre-stain wood conditioner on it and then polyshades stain. It was a nice product to use since I didn't have to go back over it all with poly.

She loves! her new bed! 

A late post playing catch up on the blog!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Annie and Daddy

I don't even have to say much about these pictures. They are impossibly cute, and I adore them. So glad I was around to snap a couple pictures - however, I wish they were on my camera and not my phone. I was certain though that if I got up to get my camera, the moment would have been over. I'll take what I can get.

Random Life

So, it's been one of those months again where I haven't had my camera out. But I did get these photos that capture the every day happenings around the house...here's a slough of what we've been up to.

First of all, snuggled up together on the sofa. Love them.

We celebrated and sang birthday greetings to our friend Brad...and his wife Mandy recently had her baby, congrats to the Lemmels!

Like her sister, Annie is obsessed with books, she especially loves this kitty page. She basically face plants onto the book and mauls the cat with "kisses." Silly baby.

Talk about silly baby! These two are buds at daycare. He likes to dress Annie up when he dresses up, pretty much the most adorable thing. And apparently Annie thinks she's pretty cool too !

lazy mornings

Made an awesome spread for the Masters - this was sinfully good!

And it's been snowing at completely random times this year! 

I finally got around to ordering the book from Grace's first year of life.
Now on to 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012....oh my. I'm behind and overwhelmed just thinking about it. 

Homemade stuffed blueberry french toasts. Yes. It was good. Did you have to ask?

 We've been trying to take it easy before May hits. Seriously, if you don't hear from me for days, weeks, or about a month. Trust me, I'm probably fine. If I really don't respond, just hit the roads of South Dakota, you're bound to find me somewhere.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Easter 2013

My parents were in town at our house for Easter weekend. We kept it pretty low key and stuck around the house, cruised around the country side on a drive, and kept it simple.

Easter was so early this year, it was hard to be outside and enjoy spring! So, the Easter bunny kept it simple too and hid eggs in the house. He also may have brought ridiculously full Easter baskets.

He also left a little tiny bowl of Jelly beans with a note instructing Grace to plant the beans in the yard for a special surprise. 

My Dad was the only one of the adults willing to brave the brisk morning. And I was a bit worried the ground was going to be so hard that they wouldn't be able to get a bean in the ground! But, they did!

More treats from the Easter bunny! These things were strange!

So exciting!

That stinkin' Easter bunny must have some stock in John Deere! The girls loved their pink and green JD shirts!

And off to church we went...

Love this one of my parents and the girls.
Watch out Wiggle Grandma and Grandpa - your turn is next!!! (I know Michele is giving me evil eyes through the screen! :) )

When we came home - we found an interesting pinwheel in the yard leading us to the backyard. Our magic jelly beans had sprouted into lollipops and sparkley sticks! Amazing! 

Grace and my Mom decked out the table for me with these beautiful flowers (topped with a jelly bean of course) while I cooked up some lunch.

And Annie's is topped with a puff!

(Poppa's is yellow and green of course)

All the while this googy eyed child ate puffs!

So that was our Easter! We hope you all had a great holiday too.