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Sunday, March 27, 2011

See You Next Month

We started out the week with a new toy. A train table! With my Kohl's cash and 30% off coupon it was less than $100. Tom got most of it put together but Sami was anxi1ous to play. . . The bridge doesn't even have a road but she doesn't care. When Michele and Wyatt came over Sunday she graciously offered to put the track down. Thanks Michele She was very proud of her work and thinks we should glue it together because the first thing Wyatt wanted to do was take it apart. It's ok Wyatt. I did visualize all the pieces staying in the two drawers underneath but Wyatt had the airplane upstairs in the first 5 minutes. We'll see if this was a smart purchase.
On to more fun stuff! Michele, Wyatt & Piper are ending their week in MD so they came over for a visit. We went to church (where Wyatt slept and Piper did NOT) Then we met the rest of the family at the bowling alley for a coupleof hours.
I didn't realize how silly she looks with her binky. She usually only uses it to sleep and by this time it was way past nap time.

Piper was a bit fussy so we all just passed her around. We didn't mind at all.
and Lily was her smiley old self

Jack and Wyatt don't even need money to have fun
but Ella does, that's when you know they are getting old Is that pizza crust yummy, Lily?
Here Grams, have a bite

We thought it was great that Lily was so interested in Piper
but then we realized she just wanted her binky Piper finally fell asleep for a whole half an hour. Poor Michele, she said she had been up since 4:30 with only cat naps

We bowled for an hour and only got ONE game in, wonder why

Jack & Wyatt , love those boys
Ella is such a great big cousin

Papa helped Wyatt and he loved it. He would make sound effects of the ball going down the alley and then yell BOOM when they hit
Love these babies, pretty soon they will be too big to carry around

(Piper with Uncle Shawn)
Piper with Uncle Tommy

They had a ramp for the kids to drop their ball down and bunpers, what fun!
Tom bowled too! the first time in at least 5 years I was so happy for him.
and he helped Jack a little too
Dresses aren't the best things to crawl in, Lily was getting frustrated and just trying to stand up. none of us are ready for that yet
Sami loves the babies.
Lily and Uncle Tommy, we just pass them around. Ilove it!

We had another great visit but it was time to say good bye again. Bye Bye Piper
Our next family time will be Mother's Day week end where we traditionally spend the week end at the beach together. See you then Wyatt. LOVE YA

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Busy Week End

Wow! I'm still tired but so happy and it all happened while I had a case of laryngitis!. John Robert turned three on St. Patrick's Day so Charlie, Michele & the kids came for the festivities. Charlie took Friday off of work so they traveled Thursday night and got to our house about 2am. Wyatt knows the routine and was very happy to see us. We try not to get him too worked up so Papa took him to bed and read him a story. We did hear him playing in there for a while but that didn't stop him from getting up at his regular 6:30. The next morning we had our regular routine of going across the street to get Ella & Sami ready for the day. Charlie got up and went over there with me to surprise the girls, they were so happy to see him.Back at our house they were just as happy to see Aunt "Chel".We usually keep Sami during the day but Jennifer kept her so that we could take Wyatt, Piper and their parents to DC to see the dinosaurs and the monuments of course. I have to say DC is one of those places I could keep going back to and Tom always felt lucky that he was able to work there as long as he did.
We took the train too and that was part of the fun!
Lunch time, hot dogs on Constitution Avenue.I'm not tired!

Back home to start our sleep over. I guess we don't have enough toys because this is always their favorite place to play.

Then we made our own pizzas.
Stomach raspberries pssssssstpssttsWe had to have more birthday cake before we went to bed.Even though we didn't go to sleep until 10 they started getting up about 6:30 Saturday morning. We had breakfast before wen went over to the Bouncy House for Jack's birthday party at 9:30.Cousin Love, don't you just love it!Wait, this is not my baby. That's ok, she loves Uncle Shawn Tom can't "jump" but he doesn't mind

That's me somewhere in that pile.
Ella is getting so old.Then we went back to our house for some lunch.

Piper is the sixth grandchild to use our cheapy high chair.Jack loves his baby cousin. Such a big boy!This is one of my favorite kind of pictures where no one is with their own child and everyone is loved.Some of the grown ups took a break and went to see a movie while the babies slept and they brought back some popcorn. This is what happens when you give four grandchildren ONE bucket of popcorn.Green dip & veggies for our St. Patrick's Day boy!GET UNCLE SHAWN!Then almost everyone went home and Charlie & Michele took Tom to get his spider tattoo finished and Charlie got Piper's foot tattooed next to Wyatt's hand on his back. Tom had been getting a spider tattoo for each grandchild including a tiny one for the one that didn't make it through pregnancy. Since everyone is 'done' for now he decided to get cobwebs to connect them all. He's pretty proud of it.I got to stay home by myself and take care of Wyatt and Piper and put them to bed. I didn't have a chance to take pictures but it was great to have some alone time with them. Just because the pictures stopped doesn't mean we did. Thomas was singing in front of his congregation Sunday so we all went to support him, we were so proud.Then Charlie went home and Michele and the kids moved over to her parents house to spend the week with them. We met up with them at Chuck E Cheese for dinner last night but I forgot the camera at home. In case you didn't notice the bad quiality of the pictures, I let Ella & Jack take a lot of them. They all just love being together and it swells my heart when we can do things like that. Sunday we'll go to church together and then all go to the bowling alley for a couple of hours before we say good bye to Michele and the kids one more time. Next trip will be a long week end at the beach for Mother's Day, CAN"T WAIT!