Monday, April 24, 2017


I randomly noticed that in the month of April, I had every Tuesday off work, so I decided to sign Eleanor back up for gymnastics. We went back last week and she loved it! She can do a lot more now without help and has been enjoying all the fun with friends this month. There are a bunch of friends who have signed up between when we did it last in August and now, so she is pretty excited to be back there.

And Jane has been pretty into gymnastics at home, too. She learned to do a somersault by herself this week!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Easter!

We spent last weekend celebrating the death and resurrection of the Lord with community, church, and candy. We started out at the Good Friday service at church, which was designed to be a time of reflection. It was a great service and we were glad that we had the opportunity to go.

On Saturday, some of our neighbors decided to host a neighborhood-wide Easter egg hunt at the park. I ended up taking Eleanor and her friend Hannah from down the street while their sisters slept. There were something like 350 eggs hidden around the park and field surrounding it. The girls had a great time!

Later that afternoon, our friends invited us over to their Easter egg hunt and dinner. We all brought sides to share and enjoyed an evening of playing and fellowship.

Sunday morning, we went to church as a family. We decided to walk as we knew there were lots of extra visitors on holidays and that parking would be limited.

Sunday afternoon we wanted to do something special with the girls for Easter, so we went out to a river beach after nap time. I wasn't sure how Jane would feel about it since she likely doesn't remember much about water from last year, but she loved it. She loved digging in the sand, and we even had to take her dress off because she loved splashing in the water so much. We hadn't planned to swim but she did a good job getting herself wet anyway.

It was a gorgeous day out so we decided to grill and eat outside when we got home that evening. Eleanor wanted to have another egg hunt even though she had already had two, so I agreed to hide some of the eggs she already found and do a third egg hunt for them in the backyard. Then they wanted to find their Easter baskets so we "hid" those for them, too.

Can you spot the frog?

We are so thankful for our life, our friends and family, and for a Lord who is sovereign over death. Happy Easter!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Eleanor's "first" haircut

When grandma came down to visit last week, we stopped at Target to get Eleanor a pair of kid scissors. She wanted to craft with grandma, and she uses them at Mom's Morning Out sometimes and really likes to cut things. Well grandma also got her construction paper and she has been busy cutting all the pieces to shreds and scattering them around the house. The other day, she was sitting on the couch quietly when she turned to me and said, "I'm cutting my hair, mama!"

I immediately ran over to her and sure enough, pulled chunks of her pretty long hair that she had cut out. I told her we didn't cut our own hair and she said, "Don't worry, you can just stick it back on." When I explained you couldn't, she seemed not to care. Then I told her she lost her scissor privileges for awhile and she lost it.

Sweet girl now has a few short bangs and some chunks on the left side of her head that no longer fit into a braid or ponytail, but the only thing she cares about is that she can't use her scissors for awhile yet...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Ghost girls

Eleanor was a ghost for Halloween two years ago. This is still her favorite costume to date and it makes a reappearance in our house every couple of months. Most recently though, Jane decided that she wanted to dress up like a ghost, too, but since we only have one ghost costume, we've had to improvise. Her blanket is mostly white so we wrap that around her and we found a white-ish baby bonnet in the girls' drawers that we tie on her head. She loves it and she and Eleanor run around chasing each other. It was really hard to get pictures of them because they were constantly in motion, but it seems appropriate that most of these are blurry and out of focus given that they were trying to be ghosts. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Grandma comes to visit

The girls and I got a surprise from grandma last week when she came down to visit for the day. She came bearing candy, Easter dresses, and apple pie and we settled in for what was supposed to be a rainy Friday. We ran out in the morning to Target so Eleanor could get a pair of "kid" scissors to craft with and then came back home.

Grandma helped the girls make cards with her new scissors.

After nap time there ended up being a break in the rain, so we decided to all head out to Busch Gardens!

Grandma has never been to Busch Gardens so it was a fun treat to get to show her where the girls spend lots of time in the summer.

She had to leave later that night, but we sure were glad for her visit! Thanks for coming, grandma! Come again soon!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

One Tribe One Day

William & Mary's annual day of giving, called One Tribe One Day, was last Tuesday. It was the fourth annual, and is a big day for Chris at work as he is involved in a lot of the actual activities that day. It ended up being another record breaking year, Over 12,600 donors in just one day! Their goal was 11,000, which obviously they met. We started out that morning with One Tribe One Day pancakes.

That afternoon there was a carnival on campus with inflatables and free food and Sno-to-go (the line was incredibly long and we didn't wait in it). We headed over there to see Chris for a bit and then all headed together to Virginia Beer Company for the Williamsburg alumni OTOD event.

Eleanor acted crazy on the inflatable slides...

And then she got her picture taken with the Griffin...

Jane played with her friends, and hugs turned into tackles...

And we enjoyed the day envisioning the future alumni of William & Mary!

Happy One Tribe One Day (and as Eleanor kept telling me, "Yay, I waited such a long, long time for this!")