Saturday, April 18, 2009

Baseball, Easter, Baseball, Zoo, Baseball(do you see a pattern??)

Well we have been busy the last week or so. It seems like lately the time just gets away from me. We left off getting ready for Easter, which has come and gone. As most of you know, church and toddlers don't always mix. Maundy Thursday we decided to go to Mount Olive with grandma and grandpa because Chad had baseball practice and wasn't sure he was going to get to church on time. The girls were not having it and just could not sit still. So communion came and it was at the rail (which happens I think about once a year at MO- on Maundy Thursday). Maddie was with grandma all the way to the right side, which is next to the lectern. Some of you know what I am talking about, if not just try to picture an older church that has a distinct lectern and pulpit. So Maddie decided that she needed to check out what was over in the lectern and good thing she is not a little taller, but we later found out that she wandered over there and popped her little head over the lectern for all to see. Let's just say that we had quite the talking to after we got home from church.

Good Friday we decided that since evening church doesn't always work best for the girls we would go to the afternoon service. Church was at 12:15 and Our Redeemer actually gears is towards working people, so it is only about 30 minutes long. Of course Maddie in that short 30 minutes fell asleep. I think she must have taken lessons from Christian before we left Texas. She is getting real good at falling asleep quickly in the car or while at church. So when we got home we were all excited because not only was it Good Friday, but it was also Brewers Day (aka Opening Day here). So while we were at church, Bernie Brewer had come over to drop off some new Brewers shirts for the girls. Chad also got a new Tigers shirt too. Later in the afternoon- Emma decided she wasn't feeling too well and had a few episodes of throwing up. She was just a little under the weather, but came back strong on Saturday. Mike, Jana, and Nolan got here Friday evening and so we got to hang out with them for a little while before bedtime.

Saturday morning was an egg hunt at Mount Olive. We thought Emma was going to sleep through it, but decided that when she heard us talking about getting ready to go, she was ready to go too. So Emma, Maddie, me, grandma, grandpa, and Jana went up and hunted some eggs outside. They had about 25-30 kids there and 700 eggs, so the girls had lots of fun. They then got to hear the Easter story and hung out for a little while. We headed home and out to Chad's game. It was a nice day and they ended up beating the number 5 team in the city. Emma was still feeling under the weather, so she slept most of the game away in the stroller. The Chapman's met us there and the boys and Maddie had lots of fun running on the track, on the bleachers, and after the game on the field. We hung out the rest of the evening watching the Brewers and just playing.

Easter morning came and Emma was so excited to finally get to wear her big dress. Grandma cooked some pulled pork and other goodies. The boys (Chad, Joel, Mike, Jared, and Sam) went over to the playground to play whiffle ball. Sam was in heaven. He made sure that the game ended in a tie so both teams won. We ate dinner, hung out, and then some of us headed to the Brewers game. Mike, dad, Joel, Chad, and I went along with Kip and Jared. I figured that I better go to a game now, because who knows when I will get to go to another one. Maddie and Emma got to hang out with grandma, Jana, and Nolan. They were helping "babysit" Nolan.

Monday even with no school, it was time to get back into a routine. Chad had practice, I had my non-stress test, and grandma and grandpa were back to work. Chad had away games during the week and then today was at home. Maddie was back to school on Wednesday and Friday. Maddie and grandpa went to the Brewers game on Wednesday. She lasted about 6 innings before wanting to come home. I figured that with getting back into a routine of school that was pretty good. Thursday grandma went down to Chicago to pick up Kate and Ella (Kate had spring break, but Tracie didn't). They got back up here around 10:30 and were all ready to play. That afternoon while I was at the doctor, Maddie and Kate went with uncle Kip and auntie Susie to Wick Field to play. I know Maddie had a blast and wasn't ready to come home. So we all piled into the van to go get grandpa from work. We decided that since it was such a nice day to go out to Jared's baseball game at school. The varsity was playing away, but JV was at home. That also happens to be the team that uncle Ben coaches. The girls played and were enjoying being outside. I think we left about the 4th inning and headed home.

Friday Maddie was back at school. She was all ready to go because she loves Fridays. Not because for most of us it means the weekend, but because it means that it is gym day at school. What a nut. When Maddie was done with school grandpa, me, Emma, Ella, and Kate picked her up and headed to the Zoo. Well we were not the only ones with that idea. The line to get into the parking lot was backed up all the way to HWY. 100 on Bluemound. We decided to park in the neighborhood a few blocks away and just walk. It was a little bit of a hike, but the girls were all troopers. So we enjoyed the sunshine and animals at the zoo for a few hours. Grandma came and met us when we were getting ready to leave because my girls and I were heading up to Germantown for the evening to see other cousins Ben and Luke. We just hung out at the house Friday, playing outside, eating pizza, and talking. Saturday morning Chad was off to his game by 8:15 and the girls and I thought we would just hang out until the game started. Aunt Kendra and uncle Kurt ended up coming too, so we got to Chad's game and once again enjoyed the warm and sunshine for most of the day. Chad didn't quite squeak out the win yesterday, but it was a good game. With having other people there I actually can watch about 50% of the game. We just all took it easy last night and I think doing the same today. Chad has grades he has to get done and I know that there is laundry needing to be done too.

We have just a couple of weeks before baby gets here, so we are just trying to get a few things together. I think we are planning on putting up the swingset at grandma and grandpa J's next weekend. I know that it will make the girls happy to be able to go out and play on that. Other then that, we are just playing the waiting game. We are planning on having the affirmation of baptism on Memorial Day weekend- so doing a little planning for that too while I can. Here are a few pics from the past week. Maddie did not want to have anything to do with pictures on Easter morning, so you will have to pardon her pouts.