Friday, March 30, 2012

St. Patty's Day (squeemish beware.....just kidding)'s been a little bit since I updated.  There will be many picture taking opportunities in the near future with our cruise with Andy's family coming up and Joni turning 2 soon!  I can't believe she is 2!  Crazy. She is so sweet and easy going, talking up a storm, and has almost caught up with Hadley in size.  In fact, they are starting to share clothes!    
Joni loves the zoo as much as her sister does so we have been going often (went today in fact....those pictures to come later).  We have realized that earlier is better because of the heat.  If it is hot at 10 when it opens, then it will be really hot at noon when we leave.
So since St. Patrick's Day this year was on a Saturday, we spent the day as a family eating green things and doing "special things."  We started off the morning with green yogurt, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and milk.  
Joni thought it was good.  :)
As did Hadley.  They get totally into it which makes it more fun for us too.
Then we made some St. Patrick's Day crafts for the grandparents since we hadn't yet.  These are still sitting on my table sorry everyone....soon and very soon!  Andy helped them with the cutting out shamrocks (with 3 leaves) as we talked about the Trinity....Father, Son, and Holy Spirit....
and then we made shamrock stamps using green bell peppers cut in half.  Much more messy.
Then for our special family outing we went to a U of L baseball game which are free (except when they play Kentucky).  It was really fun (maybe not so much for the girls) and we plan on doing it again.
What Hadley did most of the time....
They threw some bags of peanuts to the crowd and unbeknownst to myself, my girls love to shell and eat peanuts!  Maybe it was just the environment, baseball game and all, or maybe they just really love peanuts.  Either way, they were occupied and enjoying themselves.   
For dinner we had green ham and scalloped potatos, green beans, and green applesauce.  SO GOOD!  :)
She is making a face that says otherwise but she really did like it.  
So I know I have mentioned Pinterest before and how awesome it is.  I spend entirely too much time on that site but where else are you going to find a recipe for these little bits of awesomeness?  You make chocolate chip cookie dough and press it on the bottom of a pan, then you place a package of double-stuffed oreos on top of that AND THEN you make a batch of brownies, pour that over the oreos and bake it.  Yes, they are totally wonderful and wonderfully low-fat :)  Joni knows whats good!
Oma and Opa and Nana and Papa are much better about sending things than I am.  They each sent fantastic spring gift boxes.  These are from Oma and Opa....candy necklace kits.  Huge hit!
Showing off her finished product....
Say cheese!
We took a walk up the street to ice-cream shop and had a little treat.
And then came home and planted some flowers for spring.  :)  We are having fun enjoying what might be our last spring/summer in Louisville!  
Love to you all!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wyoming Weather

I have heard for years that if you don't like the weather in Wyoming, wait 10 minutes.  Well, with our crazy weather around here, it feels like home.  We had tornadoes one day, it snowed our first real big snow of the winter 2 days later, and yesterday was 70 degrees.  We aren't complaining (except about the tornadoes....they are one of my all time least favorite things) and are enjoying time outside sun or snow.    
Hadley's attempt to roll down the hill.  Said the grass was poking and decided to join her sister in a game of golf instead.
Our wonderful friends came down for a quick visit last weekend (left a day later due the tornadoes).  We had a fantastic time as usual....not doing anything too exciting except being able to fellowship.  The kids (they have Nolan and sweet baby Ainsley (only 4 weeks old who I somehow didn't get a picture of....sad)) played and enjoyed each other's company.
Going for walk.
Throwing rocks in the river.
They were watching a movie and having a snack and Joni was playing with Nolan's hair and he was loving it.  It was so sweet.
The weekend went by WAY too fast but we love having them close we are already planning a future trip.  And the night they left it starting snowing and the next morning we woke up to this.  It was very wet and we had to be somewhere early but the girls were able to play a little bit.
Her poor baby with no clothes on was soaked.  They love their babies!
Notice Joni has her baby too....also soaked.
Eating it....of course....Hadley loves eating snow.  I think she wants it to snow just so she can eat it.  In fact, we have to really watch her around "dirty" brown snow that is waiting to melt away because she would eat that too.  It snowed Monday and it is long gone with 2 days of 70 degree weather.  We wore capris and short sleeve shirts yesterday and summer is so close I can taste it (and it isn't wet and cold)!
We are looking forward to taking a cruise in April for spring break with the Huber clan.  Uncle Ben is going to be with us and we can't wait.  The seven of us haven't been together in a really long time!!  As I type this I'm trying to remember when that would have been and can' it must be a really long time.  Andy has been sending applications out and we are totally unsure where the Lord is leading us when he finishes in August.  It is so exciting!!!  On a side note, please keep the tornado victims in your prayers.  We had the opportunity to take supplies up to Henryville, IN (only 19 miles north of us and one of the worst hit) and the devastation is unreal.  You see the pictures on TV but you just can't imagine what it looks like in person.  We hope and pray that you and yours are well.  Love to you all!