Thursday, February 11, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Here are our Valentine pictures from 2010. The girls were pretty cooperative when I wanted to take them and even managed a bunch of smiles for the camera.

When did Maddie get so big?? I got some prints of these pictures and I couldn't believe how big Maddie looks in them, maybe not so much big as just older.

She's even cute with her snotty nose

Emma being cute Emma
Emma bringing the cheese- she does love to smile

Lilly wondering why we always have to take so many pictures

Lilly catching flies- this is her normal smile

The three actually looking at the camera- Maddie looks like she was out a little too late the night before (do you know how hard it is to get a good picture of the three of them)
Let's try a different pose- this time it was Emma who was out too late

This is the point where Maddie was done wanting her picture taken- check out that stone face

Here are the pictures that I know at least Anne has been waiting for. Maddie, Emma, and Lilly all on their first Valentine's Days, all wearing the same shirt, all looking very much the same.

Maddie- Febraury 2006

Emma- February 2007

Lilly- February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Princesses Everywhere

I had told you that we had gone and seen Princesses on Ice a weekend back (the 6th to be exact). Grandma had gotten tickets, so Maddie, Emma, myself, grandma, Mrs. Tickner and her granddaughter Lauren when down to the MECCA. I know it isn't called the MECCA any more, but that is what I will always think of it as. I took a ton of pictures so I won't bore with all of them. Emma loved it- she didn't know where we were going until we got there. Maddie actually was pretty entranced the whole. Even for someone who doesn't like princesses that much, it was pretty cool. I think she would have been more disappointed if she wouldn't have gotten to go. The set was amazing and just to think what they have to do in-between each story to change it. The girls got to pick one thing during the intermission. They both can't decide and of course theyare just trying to get everyone through the line as quick as possible. I made sure that they knew what they wanted when we got to the front of the line. They both walked away with a snow cone in a cup they got to keep. Maddie's was Mickey Mouse and Emma's of course was Cinderella. So overall Princesses on Ice was a success and I am glad that the girls got the chance to go. So here are a few pictures from the afternoon.

Here they are as the show is starting

This is what Emma did as soon as Ursala from Little Mermaid came out

Now you can see why she was scared, the costume was big and when the end scene came it was even bigger.

Aladdin and Princess Jasmine going on a magic carpet ride

The Seven Dwarfs goofing around the dinner table

Snow White and Dopey doing a little sweeping

Belle trying to ignore the Beast

Cinderella's castle

Cinderella taking her carriage ride

Cinderella getting to the ball

Mickey and Minnie all dressed up for the ball

The whole cast doing the final dance at the ball

The whole cast at the castle waving good-bye

Monday, February 08, 2010

A New Princess

Okay so we went to see Disney Princesses on Ice this past weekend, but this isn't a post about that. There will be more on that later, but I wanted to say welcome to the world of pink to Julie and Bob who welcomed a little girl, Rachel, into their world of three boys. For you Texas readers, Julie is Christa's sister and so now Faith has another girl to play with. Rachel was born on January 31st, I have a feeling that if her birth was any indication of her style, there will be a lot of waiting for Rachel to finish getting ready (you know doing hair and make-up). It sounds like everyone is doing great- we will get to meet Rachel next week after the families make their rounds. I get the updates from Bob while he is on drop off duty for school. So here is a pic of Rachel.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

January in Review

So catching up from last post- Lilly is on the move, she is getting faster everyday. Pulls herself up on everything. Has the one handed hang on down, tries to let go and stand by herself. If she is just right, she can sometimes manage for a couple of seconds. She has also figured out how to cruise from one thing to another- she is still a little unsure, but has no problem attempting it.

So where did January go?? I have no idea- isn't that what always happens?? So we left you with the crawling of Lilly and from there it has been basketball, work, and school.

Basketball took us to Iowa over MLK weekend. Since everyone had off on Monday, we loaded up the van- the 5 of us and uncle Ben and uncle Kurt and made the trip to Iowa. Uncle Kurt was lucky enough to sit in between Maddie and Emma the way there and back. We spent most of the weekend at Trinity Cedar Rapids watching basketball- Hannah played great, they got third place. We got to hang out with the Jonasson's- played DJ Hero, Beatles Rock Band, shared a few drinks, lots of laughs, and good times. We headed home Monday morning, since Chad had practice in the afternoon.

That week I also started a new job. I am working part time at Lutheran Special School and Educational Services. There is a self-contained classroom at Milwaukee Lutheran for 3-8th graders, 3 resource rooms at grade schools in the area(one of them being Our Redeemer where the girls go), programs at Milwaukee Lutheran and Martin Luther, and they have a teacher consultant for all the schools. I am not in the classroom, but do see some of the kids most days. I am working as a development assistant. I am helping with the events they plan and have. They have two large events, the gold outing and the auction. The golf outing is in May, so we are going gung ho with that right now. I am enjoying it, the girls like that they get to go to day care once a week. We are still adjusting to the new schedule, but everyone is getting better.

Here are a couple pics from uncle Kurt's games, we have been keeping up with those most weekends and even a couple weekday games. He has a couple tournaments coming up at the end of February.

The rest of the month we have been keeping warm and keeping busy. Chad has about a month of basketball left, we have been to a few games, but they aren't very good, so it is a little hard to watch. We are suppose to be going tonight, but we will see how naps go this afternoon.

We had a baby shower for my cousin's wife. They are getting ready for their little girl to join them at the beginning of March. They are going to join the world of girls.

It always seems like the month goes by in a blur and then I try to think of what we did and I can't seem to remember anything that exciting.

This past weekend was the first weekend we didn't have anything to do- so what did we do, took the girls to the movies. Chad took Maddie to Princess and the Frog, Emma had already seen it and so her and I went to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. In the evening Chad and I took Lilly up to CUW to watch the last couple game of CIT. We saw a few people and got a chance to talk and catch up. Sunday we actually did take a day to do nothing.

It is back to the grind and trying to not get too far behind in February.