April started out with April Fools day which is always my favorite.
I was scrambling around in the morning to find my trusty plastic spider I put in Max's breakfast every single year. Why is that so fun for me? This is what I try to do every year back HERE.
But this year alas, that trusty little spider was nowhere to be found. I found a humongous one in the Halloween bucket but that wasn't going to do the trick. I tried putting it in his lunch but he found it before I even put it there. So I was back to the drawing board.
Then the day happened and everything came at me in rush speed and I forgot it was April Fools. Until I saw a post from my friend on Instagram from my friend who put toothpaste in Oreos for her kids and my stressed out post-carpool funk suddenly got wiped away by stopping quick at CVS and picking up the goods.
We were all busting up.
It's always good to get a little April Fools in, even at the expense of your children.
I did art masterpiece in Lucy's class and it was a pretty fun one. It was based on a painting with dalmatians (sad that I can't even remember the artist...oh boy I'm losing it!). My friend had the brilliant idea to let them try their hand at sculpting with play-doh the year before, so I copied her and boy these kids adored it!
I made the play-doh the night before. Let's pretend that greenish stuff is actually black.
Here's the recipe straight from my dear friend in Virginia years and years ago...I've used it so many times since then and it's got a special spot in my handy recipe binder (back HERE).
Check out these cute little dogs the kids came up with:
Then it was Easter.
So grateful for that opportunity.
Sometimes I can't help taking a screen shot of these humansofny posts.
Lots of responsibility there I tell you!
I went to Lucy's field day at the school:
HERE, love so much when they come to town!).
Max got answered to prom (that's an inside joke language on those bellies):
They both did their day-dates. Elle and her group played some kind of soccer game while wearing these huge blow-up balls so they could collide into each other. See the balls behind the kids in the picture below?
And I can't find a picture of Max's day date, but they went up into the mountains had a great time.
Then they actually went to prom.
I took Max's pictures...here we are at the end:
I didn't get to see much of Elle but she had a great time and we finally got her pictures back a couple weeks ago. I'm going to post them soon with a little bit about my thoughts on her dress and the shoulders some were worried about...there were some good questions so hopefully I can finalize my draft soon.
I found Lucy at the computer one Saturday morning doing this:
My sister-in-law introduced me to the best hairdresser who will come to our house and take care of all of us girls. Elle had never had highlights and I finally caved right before prom.
Lots of looking at this trying to figure out if we should wallpaper our laundry room:
My brother and his family surprised us by coming through town on their way home from their school break. We can never get enough of these guys.
Some of Claire's friend have phones and take pictures at school which make me happy.
We had a little birthday party for two of our good friends...here are some of our teenagers.
...and nag them to make their beds and put away those darn legos and ask them for the twenty-thousandth time why in the world trash doesn't make it into the actual trash can. Oh and why to bobby pins have to be left all over creation?
Just a few things I ponder while I hang with them:)
I had to snap a little picture of Claire putting her shoes on from my perch on the edge of the tub helping Lu with her bath.
It's the little moments like that that I love so much about mothering.
Unless I have to get on their cases for dawdling so darn much.
Because oh boy do they ever, to that's a regular occurrence.
But there's still a good feeling in that bathroom with my three little girls.
They tell me what to do with their hair and I do it.
Every once in a while I remember to take a picture.
And every once in a while our hair talks turn into deeper talks about life and love and God.
These cute girls in our gym carpool practiced their guts out for their performance (last Saturday...more on that soon).
One day we turned our whole house into a photo studio so I could help our friend with a photo shoot for a new practice he is starting.
There were make-up people and stylers and a whiz-bang advertising guy who knew what he was doing.
Our cute neighbor taught Claire some skate tricks.
We took some pictures of the three graduating cousins at Nana and Papa's house one night...
...oh and this:
Lucy's new perch during Family Home Evening (gradually we are starting to actually decorate this place!)
Dave's brother and sis-in-law came to town and we went to lunch.
Bike rides and more about them back HERE.
Rumikub Family Home Evening:
You can't see all the butterflies, but man alive there were a whole slew of them. Lucy was dying to have one land on her and was so disappointed when everyone around her had butterflies plopping down on their shoulder or heads. She waited so patiently for one to land on her to no avail. Finally my friend "helped" one land right on her belly. She is a butterfly whisperer I tell you!
Claire finished the fifth Harry Potter:
Grace helped me cook up a storm:
Friends at the volleyball games:
Claire's "Golden Scholar" night:
We helped my nephew with his Eagle project doing "Billions of Graves."
Lu and I finally cleaned out her closet and put up the stuff we've been wanting to for a while.
My ankle has been swollen all month. It's so weird.
And it's driving me nutty. It doesn't hurt, but the valley fever specialist said your body does all kinds of weird things when you have this crazy thing.
So when one night we all sat down and watched "Shark Tank" randomly (our television is very rarely on on weekdays), it felt so nice that my girls would rub it for me!
These two started tennis (again).
One of our old favorite FHE activities re-discovered:
Our fireplace cracked and New Years Eve (the first time we turned it on). From there that tiny crack got worse and worse and worse until we had to hold it all together with duct tape.
We've spent some good time on that baby and how to replace it.
I was mesmerized by this beautiful view in a doctor's office:
We rarely saw Max and Elle in April since they were on the courts so much. More about the tennis wrap up back HERE, and I need to get to the end of volleyball asap (just ended this last week), but we did get to have the team over for a big dinner like we did last year and I was so grateful for my assistant in the kitchen:
Grace and her team partner made a pretty awesome rocket at school.
Ok I'm off to a field trip but wanted to wrap up April before May speeds up and ends!