April 2015

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Spring Day

Enjoying some beautiful spring sunshine this morning.  

    Looking for bugsExamining the plants    And our first iris of the season! 

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The kids had a great time at Auntie Libby and Uncle Andy’s wedding eating, dancing, seeing their friends, dancing, coloring, and some more dancing!

We got to see a lot of our friends too and it was a great time!  Pizza, Chicken, Guacamole, Noodles, Fruit, and 30 hundred million pies… um yes … YES… and YES!!!

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7 Months Old!


Sweet Siblings



Out and About

Mama & Babe

Happy Friday

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Today was a big day for Luca.  He turned 5 in January and it was time to get his final set of shots until he turns 11.  We got his flu spray back in October and this is how well that went: We walked in and I told the nurse he really doesn’t like shots, sprays, or to be messed with and that we should move slow and do this calmly.  She shrugged off my warnings and said oh yeah we see it all the time.  I tried to tell her … no not this this … no you haven’t.

He was calm until she suddenly just broke out the spray.  I’m not sure if you’ve ever seen the hulk transform but that’s basically what happened.  Luca stopped, looked up, time slowed, and he transformed.

He jumped onto a chair and flipped another.  The nurse recoiled in shock.  I thought “Yeah that’s what I was trying to tell you.”  I picked him up and got a giant hulk kick to my nuts.  If the nurse wasn’t there I probably would have instinctually dropped or thrown him but my first thought was how to I react as a somewhat reasonable parent.  The nurse asked if we should keep going or if we should just call it off as she made her way to the door. In the end he got his spray and calmed down.

Ever since then Kitty and I have been dreading this day and planning for it.  I took the day off and we all headed to the doctor.  Luca took a few tests.  They checked his hearing, eye sight, memory, and had him draw several shapes and a self portrait.  The doctor asked if Luca had any questions and he said, “yes, what do my kidney’s look like?”  After the discussion on how kidneys look and work it was time for the shots.  Luca laid down, gave me a hug, and we turned on a show on Kitty’s phone.  It took 10 seconds, hurt some, but Luca squeezed me and made it though.  He said he was a little scared and that it hurt but that it wasn’t so bad.

Afterwards as promised we headed to a special lunch of his choosing, Sushi!  Then we headed to Toys R Us for a special toy of his choosing.  When we got there he said well I want to surprise Autumn and get her a toy too, so he picked one out for Autumn also. He and Autumn played Paw Patrol for the rest of the day.

Luca did a great job and we were very proud of how he acknowledged his fears, talked about them, and then worked through it.  Just another day as the mild-mannered Luca.


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 It’s time for Grammie’s annual Easter Extravaganza!

The kids arrived excited and were greeted by an equally excited Grammie.  The yard was decorated with giant inflatable balloons.  The kids noticed rabbit tracks and followed them into the house.

Once inside it was time for a “little snack”.  Grammie had a few things set out…. hahaha not… Grammie always goes big and she did her thing.  There was a huge spread of food for the kids.  Fruit, yum bowls, sandwiches, veggies, avocado, hummus, oh my!!

Mia got in on the action with some mango, apples, and avocado

After feasting it was time for Grammie’s craft corner. The kids made frog, bunny, and chick crafts and hung them on the door.

 After craft time the kids followed Grammie down the hall and into … Grammie’s Carnival.  There were games, bean bags, fishing, spinners, and so much fun.

 Autumn loved throwing the bean bags most of all

Luca loved “hulk smashing” all the things

While Mia and mom played with the spinner

After all the games it was time to dye some eggs. Kitty spent the previous night making all the dyes with natural ingredients.  Blueberries made a deep purple, cabbage made blue, turmeric yellow.  The eggs and colors turned out awesome.

 Mia watched as Luca ran the dying operation

 The finished product

After the eggs were done and all the games played Grammie had another surprise for the kids.


yes they were real 🙂

Autumn looked up and said, “I think the bunny likes me”

 After the bunnies it was CHICKS!!! The four little chicks cheeped away as the kids held and fed them.

  We opened easter baskets filled with great snacks, fun hot wheels, gardening tools, seeds, activity books, kites, and so much fun.

The Easter Bunny stopped by to say hello, give the kids some special plates, and books.  Before he left that sneaky bunny hid all the eggs.

 But the kids were able to find them all … or did they?  We’ll check in with Grammie in a few weeks to see if any were missed.

So it was another busy but super fun day at Grammie’s Easter Extravaganza for our little ohana. As the kids sleep now they are snuggled up to their little toy bunnies, no doubt dreaming of all the fun they had.

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