Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tip Toe Through The Tulips

It was the Annual Tulip Festival in my home town this weekend. The kids had so much fun dressing up in their costumes, scrubbing streets, going on rides, eating fun treats, playing with cousins and staying at papa and grammy's house. It was a fun filled weekend!! We took over 400 pictures so I'm going to have to do a couple different posts of the weekend. There are way too many cute pictures to choose from. Enjoy the pictures by the tulips.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

5 Little Dutch Girls and 1 Little Dutch Boy

The kids had fun with papa and grammy and their cousins at Tulip Festival. Every year grammy is trying to find costumes for all the kids. This year she decided to have matching ones made. They turned out adorable. They will last for years to come since there are big hems that can be let out.

Shane, Emma, Alexa, Darby, Tyra and Mya

Darby and Alexa ... the brown haired, brown eyed Dutch girls!

Emma and Tyra .... the blondes having way too much fun!

Papa and Grammy with their little Dutch gang. Next year Papa is going to be in full costume!

The kids, grammy, aunt Alissa, aunt Ang and me all tired out after getting the streets clean. It was fun to do it as a family plus we need 8 eyes for all the little street scrubbers.

Scrubbing Streets

Shane is taking a little break before the festivities begin!

People from my home town come back year after year to the Tulip Festival. Many dress up in their costumes they had growing up and participate in the festivities. There are some that have children wearing the costumes they wore as a child. It is fun to see so many familiar faces and to see how families have changed and grown.

There is a tradition at the Tulip Festival called Scrubbing the Streets, at least that's what we call it. We need to get the streets ready and squeaky clean for the queen and her court to come down. The men and boys fill their buckets with water for tanks on the side of the road and throw the water on the road. The women and girls then come behind and sweep the streets clean.
Tyra and Alexa busy sweeping the streets.
Shane filling his bucket up with some help from mom!

Emma concentrating on the work at hand!

Shane had way too much fun pouring water on the streets and on himself. He loved every minute of splashing in the puddles along the way. I have to say he is a pretty cute little Dutch boy!

He had to make sure every drop of water was out of the bucket!

Alexa, Emma and Cousin Darby all tired out after scrubbing the streets!

Monday, May 19, 2008

The School Year Comes To An End

It is hard to believe that the school year is already over. Alexa and Emma had such wonderful teachers this year in preschool. They loved every minute of it and were sad to tell their teachers and friends good bye. It was fun to see all the ways that they have grown and matured this year. Alexa can not wait for Kindergarten and Emma is excited to move up to Alexa's preschool class. Mom can't believe how fast they are growing up.

At The Ranch

Alexa has a little girl in her preschool class who lives on a ranch. The last week of school they took a trip to the ranch and had a blast. Alexa surprised me. She is usually the cautious, quiet little girl. She was off and eager to check every thing out. She loved the horses and thinks we should get one.

The golf cart was another hit by the kids!
Fun on the 4 wheelers!

The gang at the Ranch!! What a fun morning!

Alexa has a little girl in her preschool class who lives on a ranch. The last week of school they tool a trip to the ranch and had a blast. Alexa surprised me. She is usually the cautious, quiet little girl. She was off and eager to check every thing out. She loved the horses and thinks we should get one.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Being A Mom

Wow, I can't believe that it has almost been a month since I have posted. I don't know where life has gone and I have so much I could post to catch up on life. I think I'll have to pick and choose. I love blogging and documenting things for my kid's for the future and for my family and friends to keep tabs on our lives. The only problem is my computer and blogging can be such a time sucker. I was at a MOPS conference a month or so ago and we had to write out the things that are most important to us in life and then we had to write out our daily schedule. It was an eye opener that my schedule doesn't always match what my values are and what are the most important things to me. We all talked about how in this day and age the computer can be such a time stealer if you are not careful. My eyes were also opened to the fact that so often as moms we are multitasking. We are folding laundry while fixing puzzles. We spend all this time with our kids each day but are we giving them the one on one, eye to eye time that they need? So with 3 little ones this also has been something I have been trying to do. They get along so well and do everything together that it is easy to just spend time with all of them but I've been trying to give them each some one on one, eye to eye time and not while I'm doing wash or cleaning the kitchen. Oh, it's always good to do a little self reflection.

Well, I'm going to stay up late and try to do a little catch up tonight in the blogging world since my husband is out of town. We're going to start back at Mother's Day since my kid's made me the sweetest little gifts. Hopefully I can blog a little more this summer since we have no schedule. Maybe not though since we live outside.

So back to Being A Mom. As I reflected on being a mom on Mother's Day these were some of my thoughts. I love being a mom. From the time I was a little girl I knew I wanted to be a mommy someday. My mom stayed home with my us and instilled in me the importance of being home with your kids. I loved the fact that she was always there, saw all the good and the bad, was able to help at school and go on field trips and was home when I got home from school everyday. I knew I wanted to stay home with my kids and feel so blessed that I am able to do that. I know it is not a luxury for everyone to do that. I also feel very blessed that I have a husband who supports me and wants me to be home with our kids as much as I want to be home with them.

I had such a wonderful Mother's Day weekend. On Saturday I was served Starbucks in bed followed by a yummy breakfast. I layed in bed and read a book interrupted. I then proceed to take a bath that was interrupted. Kudos to my husband for keeping all 3 entertained and no one slipped upstairs. I then was off to get my hair cut and a pedicure. I had a little time to run some errands and then we had a picnic in the family room while watching a movie. What a great way to end a nice, quiet, relaxing day.

Sunday we were off to church and Sunday School. The kids all sang in church which was such a special treat on Mother's Day. The battery ran out on our camera so I didn't too many pics of them singing or the rest of the day which was a bummer. They were each so cute. Alexa knew every word and sang her little heart out. Emma is our drama queen and has quite the expressions when she does anything. Shane was just a cute 2 year old would would sing and then get distracted but what was going on around him. He was pretty cute though. My favorite was him saying out loud to his friend, "Jordan, there's your mom!" and then pointing to her in the middle of a song. He also had people laughing when the little boy next to him was singing really loud so he put his fingers in his ears for the whole song. I was so bummed we didn't get any pictures of that. Well at least it is written down!

We had a very yummy brunch and then we all took a 2-3 hour nap. Eric and the kids made a yummy meal for me at night and the kids had special gifts. They were so excited and I can't believe they kept it quiet for over a week. Their little gifts also showed their little personalities. I was proud of Eric for venturing out the Pottery Painting Place with all 3 little ones. He was a brave man.

Alexa is my little helper and likes everything in its place. She decided I needed somewhere to put my jewelry when I take it off. She also loves cupcakes so what could be better. A cupcake jewelry holder.

Emma is my little fashion queen and brings such a flair to our life. She would be my coffee drinker if I would allow it. I should restate that. She would be my Starbucks coffee drinker if she was allowed. She wanted to make me a mug for my coffee. She thought the best part of it was the lid so I can take it in the car. She also was proud of the fact that she painted it black and flicked her paint brush to make spots on it.

Shane painted me a plate with his precious little hand print on it. He was so proud of his hand and explained to me that the lady painted his hand and then he put it on his plate. He also said he gave the lady high 5 and then her hand was all messy. He thought that was pretty funny. He also kept saying bounce, bounce, bounce. Eric informed me that the lady had given Shane a sponge and told him to make it bounce around the edge like Tigger. So he was occupied bouncing with yellow paint on the edge of the plate.

It was a wonderful Mother's Day!! The best part was celebrating the gift of my 3 Little Blessings. The reason I am able to celebrate Mother's Day!!
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