Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fools Day

A day for fools... and a fool I must be because I think it is a fun day...maybe that's because I still have young children?!

Here is what we've been up to today...this morning Abby and I were going to switch places in bed so when Dave came in to kiss me good-bye for the morning he would find Abby...ingenious right?! Well, he ended up running late and after waking up to Kenzi an hour earlier, I didn't hear his alarm go off, so what was a cute idea on Abby's part, didn't really pan out.
Since Dave wouldn't be home until tomorrow night, we had no time left to play jokes...unless we called him in the morning on his 45 minute drive into work! Maybe Abby could still pull a fast one on her dad! So, she called him to make up a lie, wanna know what she came up with? And I quote, "Hey dad, the people need you to come home and read for 15 minutes...(and with excitement) APRIL FOOLS!" Ha ha good one, bet he thought she was telling the truth, whatever her truth meant. Jeana's was much better, "Hey dad, the Tacker's called and said they wanted us to take our dog back." Much more April Foolsish. (The dog though cute, that we once had, didn't do well with babies, and thus had to find a new home when Kenzi joined us.)

As tricky as my kids were, here are some tricks their mom played on them...(most credit goes to the family fun magazine-awesome!)

For Breakfast: (I froze water in their cereal bowls then covered with a thin layer of cereal this morning.) Ha ha the 'TRIX' on you...okay if that wasn't funny how about...

Ha ha the 'yolks' on you!!! Okay Okay I'll stop now, just had to throw a few lame-os out there...

--David has convinced my children it isn't edible cereal unless it contains 90% sugar-at the very least, so on occassion (aka birthdays or too good to pass up sales) they get to eat sugar with a hint of cereal, the eggs and bacon, though cute will have to wait until after school!

For Lunch: I have little thermoses the girls sometimes pack for lunch, but instead of something warm (aka spaghetti and meatballs) they were served up a mini cupcake with swirly frosting, a little strawberry syrup and malt balls on top. Even if they don't eat it, I'm sure they will still smile!

Their baby carrots and cheetos (since they resemble a similar color and look?!) also got the ole switcheroo, the cheetos were resealed with double-sided tape, and a gummi worm was stuck into their apple.

For dinner: It will be dessert for dinner and dinner for dessert. What looks like a cupcake is actually mashed potatoes on top of meatloaf. Haven't made it yet, but will see how it goes.

Funny side note: When I got married I didn't know the difference between a meatloaf and a roast, now I do, but still don't know how to cook either one!

Now this is more a fare our family enjoys. Abby actually likes sushi, Jeana prefers rice. Both LOVE potstickers and stir-fry and would probably take it over fast food any day. Their poor dad is sick of both!

Now that we are done with stuffing our faces with was one last fun idea (from same familyfun magazine) I thought was cute...roll a dollar into the toilet paper roll. (I have yet to see how this will pan out, but I am 'banking' (another pun...I am on a roll...another wise remark...) on no major arguments all in good fun, but who knows I might be giving up two dollars today!

Happy April Fool's FRIDAY!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Our neighbor's girlfriend moved in with him and since that created a lot of duplicates, she offered us her trampoline. I didn't really love the idea because in my opinion it's just one more way for the girls to get hurt, but for some reason I was the only one in the family who felt that way, so I was once again out voted and well, my kids now have a new toy. And it has created hours of endless entertainment already.

More and More Makenzi

More of cute newborn who is two weeks old. Abby is holding on tight I promise, but she was trying to show off the cute little ponytail she was already putting in her sister's hair.

I guess babies are more fun than barbies even for 6 year olds!

A closer shot of the ponytail.

Yeah, like the other girls, she didn't love the bottle, but the girls loved helping out.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Down on the Farm for some a-MAZE-ing fun

Well, since Kenzi was a whopping 2 weeks old, we decided to head out for some fall fun. It was high time she learned a thing or two about farmin'. I really thought I would be more of a germaphobe this time, but I kinda surprised myself. My husband might not agree, but I feel like I was a little more lax than I thought I'd be. So, I didn't end up putting paper towels in the bathroom and making my girls wear masks after school to hold the baby (believe me I really had considered it...) I am also a mother who tries to keep my baby at home for the first 6 weeks, but I figured since the festivities were outside and I could have complete control over who holds and touches my baby and with sanitizer in hand, we went on a family outing.

The Runyans joined us, it is a rare occasion for our families to both have Dads around at the same time... and Makenzi and I were the photographers of the hay ride.

My cute little pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, I think I got the very best one of the batch!

My three little pumpkins...

The girls put on a puppet show for Kenzi which I fear she didn't like so much because she fell asleep in Rachael's arms...

There's nothin' like throwin' some eggs down on the farm...

Ready... set... throw!

This little piggy didn't stay home...

And of course the reason for going... the corn maze. Though it was a hot, dry season so it wasn't really hard to see through the path, but the girls had fun with their dads.

And they did lots of posing throughout the farm.

Luckily, there was an outhouse for their potty breaks.... ha ha.

Love Abby's face in this one.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pink Bliss

With a wife, three girls and recycled birthday supplies, it's a hopeless cause for David to try to avoid pink. So, my poor husband will just have to learn to endure pink birthday candles, pink wrapping paper and babies dressed in pink. Luckily, he seems to be okay with the girl thing and I'm okay with that because I love pink. Happy Birthday David!

Monday, October 18, 2010

More kenzi

It's funny how nervous I WAS watching other sibling handle their babies, but I was amazed at how good and helpful Abby and Jeana and been with their sister. I love that they just can't get enough of her. Here Abby was playing on the computer with her and I love how engrossed Kenzi looks.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bath time!

My parents were sweet enough to take the 32 hour drive to come and help. And even though recovery was so much nicer this time and I had previously stocked my freezer with meals for a month, it was still so helpful to have them and to be able to rest and give Jeana and Abby some extra attention those first few days. The girls were very helpful and even bathed their own babies while grandma gave Makenzi her first bath.

All clean!