Friday, June 1, 2012

January through May

I apologize as I have fallen behind on the blog again.  I had several months where just getting my housework done each day without falling asleep or feeling sick was difficult.  Needless to say, blogging was the last thing on my priority list.  Now it is time to catch up.  Here are the highlights. 


Here are the kids before we went to the farm show at the
Coliseum.  They really enjoyed seeing all the big 
tractors and equipment. 

This is how Ben chills while he watches Saturday
morning cartoons.

Here is Ben before heading to school on pajama and
teddy bear day. 


 Although we didn't get a lot of snow this winter, the
kids and Bob were outside enjoying it every chance
they got.  Thank goodness Bob loves snow so much,
because if it was up to me the kids would never get
to go out in the snow.

Ben's school also celebrated Dad's Night in February.  Bob, Grandpa
Gaerte, and Grandpa Keefer all got to come.

We needed something fun to break up the monotonous
days in February, and a trip to Chuck E. Cheese did the trick.


 I can't believe it is even possible, but in
March we celebrated Ben's fifth birthday!
I honestly feel like I just brought him home
from the hospital.  He is such a wonderful
and smart boy.  I can't believe that he will
be heading to kindergarten in the fall.

Here are all of the cousins at Ben's birthday party.  Maggie
was there, but somehow got behind one of her big cousins and
didn't make it in the picture.   

 Ben received a fishing pole and tackle box from Grandpa and
Grandma Gaerte.  I love this picture of Dad showing
Ben how to use his fishing pole during the party.

 My big five year old. 
 My cuties!

 On Ben's actual birthday we went to Chain O' Lakes for
a picnic, some hiking, and some playground time.

 Aunt Jess and Uncle Tedd came to visit for a weekend
in March.  They brought their cute little dog Calvin with them
and both kids loved him.   

We ended March by celebrating Mom's birthday.  It was a fun
birthday party and ended with a music jam session.  Jess and Justin
played their instruments and Mom and even Grandpa and Grandma
Cormany joined in singing. 


 April brought spring break.  We spent most of it at home
because both kids were sick.  When they were finally feeling
better at the end of the week we tried to do several fun
things around home.  The kids wanted to ride the
carousel at the mall, and we also went to a local
pottery painting store and out to lunch. 

 Here they are at one of several Easter egg hunts we attended.

 Aren't the kids cute in their Easter outfits.
I apologize for the sideways picture, but I couldn't figure out how
to turn it.

 Grandma Keefer got all of the grandkids matching pajamas
for Easter.  Such cute cousins!

Bob had to travel to Michigan for business in April,
and we got to come along.  While he was in meetings
we went swimming and went to a fun museum.

 The kids have been very into dressing up lately.
They will go upstairs to play and come down dressed
in old Halloween costumes, princess gear, and sometimes
super hero capes. 

Ben and cousin Julia finished their second year of
Cubbies in Awana.


Ben is playing spring soccer and his favorite position is goalie. 

 We can't believe that preschool is already over.  
Graduation was adorable.  The kids sang songs and
received their diplomas and then served refreshments
to their family members.

Ben and Maggie had a special honor in May.  They were ring bearer and flower girl
in my cousin Josh's wedding.  They had so much fun and have been playing
wedding ever since.  Congratulations to Josh and Taya.