Monday, April 30, 2012

Sweet girls

Love this little chunkers!



























She loves looking at herself on my camera phone...which is a great way to get some smiles!



























I took this to show off all that hair that's finally coming in on top of Lexi's head!! Yay!



























Holding (and chewing) on her beloved penguin:




























Lexi misses Natalie at school, and is so affectionate with her once she's home!




























*Monnie is a puddle of mushy goo, just looking at these pictures*




























More kisses!




























...and hugs:




























This is a video of the love. If you listen closely, you can hear Lexi give 3 different kisses:
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Lexi antics later that afternoon. She discovered something.



























Hilarious!

Zoo field trip!

Natalie had her first field trip with her class. I didn't chaperone, but passed that blessing onto my father-in-law who LOVES the zoo. They went for four hours, and Natalie got to ride the carousel, train, and go to the petting zoo. She had a blast! Pop took lots of pictures, here are just a few:



























Her favorite!



























Break time:                              

Well hi there!
























Bringing a stroller back to life

I have been running lately. But not as often as I want because I don't have a jogging stroller. So I only run when Mike can watch Lexi for me. Jogging strollers are expensive! Even a nice used one is $50-60. I had been watching for them on craigslist. The other day, one went up for $10 that said it was in "working condition"

I checked it out. It was filthy because it had been sitting in a garage for 2 years. After wrestling with it, the owner finally got it to collapse so I could get it in my car.

I took it home, vacuumed up what filth I could, then unscrewed all the fabric plates and threw all the fabric in the washer. I wiped down all of the frame and tires. After a lot of sweat, the thing still wouldn't collapse so I took some WD-40 to it. Easy-peasy collapsing now. I aired up the tires, and repositioned the wire for the hand brake. Put the fabric back on and re-screwed all the fabric plates to hold it in place. The tires stayed aired up throughout the night, so no new inner tubes are needed!

Now I have a jogging stroller in perfect working condition that I only paid $10 for!! :):):)






















Exciting stuff going on around here!


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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Goodbye minivan!!

I have discovered in the last year and a half, that I do not enjoy owning a minivan. This is not news to anyone who has talked to me about it. LOL! I love the space (especially with a newborn) but I hated how much fuel we went through. Our van was purchased used and although it had low mileage, it had many, many quirks. Something was always going wrong, and it became costly to maintain. When Natalie started school and I was driving her to and from everyday, not to mention the cost of fuel kept rising, we were paying a LOT of money just for that minivan. A vehicle I had long ago decided I didn't like.

One morning last week it wouldn't start. I told Mike, "I'm done. Let's trade it." He agreed. Bye! We sold it back to the dealer that we bought it from and went hunting for a car I have long had my eye on. Intense searching led us to this:















It's not my favorite color of all the Prius' we looked at, but it was the right-everything-else! Instead of "beige" I'm calling it "champagne." It just sounds nicer. :) The biggest surprise is how roomy it is on the inside! The kids are comfy, and with their car seats, we will be able to squeeze a third one in the back row if need-be in the future. It's fun to drive...really fun, and I get giddy when I know I'm cruising along not using any fuel. It's not new, (we don't buy new!) but it is a 2010, so it's not old either.

Lexi hung with us at the dealership (which I don't recommend having kids with you in a car-buying process, but it took a bit longer than expected) and she was so tired by the time we left. I got home with her, got out of the car, and she was still sound asleep! Sweet babe.

Cute stuff

I love my children's feet. Even as they grow, they are just as sweet. Maybe it's the innocence? I took this as Natalie was doing homework:



























...and I just can't bring myself to clean this mirror. I smile when I look at the baby hand prints. Especially in the evening when the house is quiet.

Videos

You can click on these to view them. Pardon my voice at times. I get a little high pitched when Lexi starts walking. I just can't contain my excitement! :)
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Some fun while I'm cooking dinner:
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Sister sweetness!
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Dancing:
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Easter Sunday

We got ready for church and then Natalie had some more eggs to find. The Easter bunny also likes to hide her basket; which is why she had to use a grocery bag for her eggs at first. Not nearly as cute, but I don't think she cared:




























Lexi spots her Easter basket right away!




























































Looking for her basket:































Digging in:






























Lexi is "awwing" over a rabbit:















My precious girls:
















Love, love, love!















Since it's rare we have a family picture taken, I was looking forward to seeing how this one turned out. HA! Lexi had other plans. Poor Natalie, trying to smile through the pain. ;)



























Once we were home, I took the girls out and tried to get a few pictures of them in their Easter dresses.


















































Mike and I love this picture. They both look like they are in pain, posing for this picture. LOL!















I love this:
















































So what did we do for the rest of our day? Oh, just hung around...

Easter with family

We celebrated Easter with family on Saturday. Nani put together a couple egg hunts. The first one was for the girls:








































































Lexi was not a fan of touching the grass or any plants. As you can see, she is pointing to the egg and having Nani get it for her:


 

Walking with our Lexi:




She was holding this basket up all by herself!



Checking out the content of the eggs:



Relaxing: