May 2015


I had to title this post just “May 2015” because April came and went and now May has come and is almost gone and I’m only just now posting a blog.

At the end of April, we had family pictures taken by our friend, Jenny Marvin! The pictures turned out great, we’re so happy with them! Check them out in the Family Photos 2015 Photo Album.

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April was busy with Swimming lessons for Ellie. We had a trip planned to a waterpark in the middle of May and I really wanted her more comfortable in the water. She did awesome – she can now float on her back and she’s decent at the front and back strokes. She still needs a lot of practice, but she really improved during her lessons.


We spent a bit of time outside in late-April/early-May before it rained and rained and rained almost non-stop for almost a month. I think maybe that’s why I feel like May was such a blur – we didn’t get outside much and sometimes just staying inside was all about survival each day! They say the days are long but the years are short…. I totally get it! 🙂

We had a garage sale in the middle of May. I don’t really like garage sales and I didn’t really want to do one, but our neighborhood does one every year and I’ve got TONS of baby stuff that we don’t need anymore. I was hoarding all the baby stuff until we decided we weren’t going to have any more kids – and we have decided we are done growing our family. I had several friends come over and take the good stuff before the garage sale, which was nice to have it all out and be able to pass it along. The two days of the garage sale were cold and rainy… so it wasn’t as much of a success as I’d wanted – so we’re going to do it again next weekend!

Last weekend, the four of us piled in the van with my parents and drove out to Kansas. We stopped in Topeka for a little bit to spend some time with my grandparents. We planned the trip so that we could see them (we’ve gone out there every two years since Ellie was 6-months-old) but we also made a vacation out of it. After visiting with Grandma & Grandpa, we left my folks in Topeka and headed into Kansas City.



We stayed at The Great Wolf Lodge – an awesome cabin-themed hotel, perfect for kiddos, and an indoor waterpark! The waterpark was perfect for our kids’ ages! We swam on Friday morning, took a little break and then swam again Friday afternoon. We went to Joe’s BBQ for dinner and Ellie was so tired that she fell asleep while Zach was holding her in line waiting to order (the line was LONG!) and then took a nap in the booth while the rest of us ate an amazingly wonderful BBQ dinner! In her exhaustion and with her allergies being really bad since arriving in Kansas, she developed croup that night and Zach had to make a run to Walgreens to get some meds so we could survive the night! The next day we skipped out on swimming and instead went to the aquarium in Kansas City. The kids enjoyed it and it wasn’t too crowded. Then we headed back to Topeka to visit with Grandma and Grandpa some more. We got some great pictures and they really enjoyed interacting with the kids and watching them play and color.





The drive home was long, as Ethan realized we were quite stuck in the car for a long time and he was over it! Luckily I had lots of activities for both kids and of course the wonderful stand-by of videos on the tablet and constant cell phone reception for other videos on youtube and Netflix. The trip was fun and exhausting. Next time we take a trip, the kids will be older and it should be easier. Each trip gets easier each time! 🙂


Ethan is currently obsessed with Rockets! He likes watching real shuttle and rocket launches on youtube. I found some rocket crafts online and we had some fun this week. Here, the kids are trying out the straw-rockets I made – Ellie really got it, Ethan still has a hard time blowing in the straw!


Both kids are hilarious these days. They say so many funny things that I’ve stopped writing everything down because it’s all so funny and I feel like I’d be making notes on my phone every minute of the day. This next month I’ll get better at noting some of the funny things because some day all those silly things will be a distant memory and I want to remember this funny time!

Ethan is still super sweet and gentle and snuggly. He also has a stubborn side and definitely has had some bad terrible-two-year-old moments lately. He is easily distracted still and so it hasn’t been too big of a deal. He knows quite a few sight words and still really loves numbers! He notices numbers everywhere we go and is easily excited when he sees them! He loves singing to songs in the car and says random nursery rhymes quite often. He has such a little personality that is so fun to be around.


Ellie is still loving preschool – this Thursday is her last day. She’s made friends in her class and she’s really caring toward them. She has another birthday party coming up this weekend for a kid in her class (this will be her 4th class-mate birthday party this year). For this boy, she knew exactly what we should get him – I guess because they do show-and-tell at school and she named off a bunch of things that he likes. We were so amazed at how she listed and internalized what he liked and could turn that into a birthday gift! She loves to color and really has an eye for art. She loves singing and dancing and making up songs. She is so energized by people and loves talking!!


What fun these kids are!! The days are long, but the years are short….

See more pictures from this month in the May – June 2015 photo album.