Thursday, May 28, 2015

It's Bubbletopia!!

That's what Evelyn was exclaiming loudly for the world to hear yesterday afternoon. We're coming attcha today with a little toy review, because boy did we stumble on a good one!

For the past two days I have been stuck at home all day with four kids while our van has been getting some tune-ups. I don't think I have to explain myself much here...desperation was setting in. It was time for operation distractification. I opened up the closet and pulled out the "Bubbles Inside Bubbles Sticks" which the kids had gotten in their Easter baskets this year. (You can find them on amazon, but we picked them up at Walmart for almost half the price!) It was the first day in quite a while that it wouldn't be too windy to use them, so we loaded them up with batteries and headed out for a brilliant afternoon on the back patio.

I don't know that I have ever seen all three of my big kids as engaged in the same toy as they were with these bubble blowers!

These little fans blow BIG bubbles, and just as the name suggests, they really do blow bubbles within bubbles, as you can see here:

Our kids squealed with delight at this!

Truly, we were causing quite a ruckus with all of the noise my children were making. They played and played with these things until we ran out of bubble solution and could play no more...

But that didn't stop Reagan. He managed to use up every last drop and played outside even long after his sisters did. That is amazing to me, in part because at 2.5 years old, he would never be able to get this much enjoyment out of bubble blowing all on his own. I think that's definitely part of the appeal of this toy for younger ones. They can make their own bodacious bubbles with just the press of a button. So cool!

I can assure you we will be racing out to buy a huge container of solution as soon as possible...or we may just make our own. But either way, I need supplies and you know...the van. I'm still stuck. Geez, I really hope that thing comes back tonight! :)

We highly recommend the Bubbles Inside Bubbles Sticks for summer fun at your house, too! You will not regret this purchase!

Also, today we send a huge THANK YOU to the kind soul that sent us a lovely card and gift cards to DQ for the kids to get some treats. (We WILL be using those when I can bust out of this place, haha.) We were bestowed a random act of kindness last week. Please know that we so appreciate you thinking of us, whoever you are. Soo sweet! We send our love right back to you - mwah!

Have a bubbly day!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend

It was one of those weekends that, looking back on it, the beginning of seems like a month ago. I am sitting in my bed with a computer on my lap feeling that wonderful exhaustion that comes with all of the activity only the warm weather months bring us. I can't imagine being someone who lives in the warmth year-round...when do you rest?? :)

We lucked out BIG time with the weather around here. Rain and storms were predicted every single day at one point, and we saw little of it...most of it coming when we would have been inside or sleeping anyway. It turned out to be just about the most perfect few days possible in the good ole Midwest.

On Friday evening Eric, Charlotte, and I made our way to the high school to watch the graduation ceremony for my brother Justin. It was a gorgeous night.

We were standing in the crowd, respectfully listening to all of the speeches just like everyone else, when breaking through the silence came a most loud and awkward, "Flaaaarp."

This little one chose just the right time to fill her britches, making every single person within ear shot turn around to see who was responsible for the offense. Poor Eric. :) Baby girl was completely unaware of the momentary commotion she caused. "What?"

Here is Justin receiving his diploma....

He is a bright kid...ahem, young man...and is one of those types that can do well academically without really trying. That is...when he cares. Haha. Justin isn't 100% sure what he wants to do next. In a couple of weeks he will be traveling to Iowa to check out a trade school there. We shall see! I wish him good luck with whatever he chooses. :)

After the ceremony we picked up the rest of the kids and went to my parent's house for a little post-graduation get together. Reese's ice cream cake, that's all I need ta say, mmkay? The kids were high on ohmygoshwe'reonsummerbreak fumes, and it was a late night for us! The first of several. 

Saturday promised to be another amazing day. We spent a good portion of it at the park for Justin's official graduation party. I'm not going to lie, I had been looking forward to this day for quite a while...fried chicken, mostaccioli, sweet tea and lemonade. You just say when and where, my friend. You'll notice that I rate our weekends based on how well we've eaten throughout. Naturally.

Please note Reagan's tie here.
Reagan now has to wear a tie wherever he goes. He wears one, because his daddy wears one, and he must be just like his daddy.
Collared shirt, t-shirt, doesn't matter. That clip-on is very versatile. 

Why HELLO there, sweet baby.

Twinsies! Elijah and Gabriel. Twins do run in our family, and my cousin Crystal got the luck of the draw. :)

The kids played HARD on this fair and breezy day. Eric had to split early to represent our family at a wedding that evening. I'll tell you what, I'm getting pretty good at juggling four kids on my own if I do say so myself. It helps when they are old enough to run around and entertain themselves. It really was the perfect day for a party in the park! You can see more photos of our weekend on Facebook, and if we're not friends on Facebook...why not? :)

Sunday was full and busy with church all morning and errands in the afternoon...lunch at grandma and grandpa Robert's in between...and one long family walk thrown in for good measure.

Here are a bunch of random pictures from our photo stream, haha.

After our walk we ended this day with a movie night, and the kids may have stayed up waaay past their bedtime. I actually got Eric to watch a (gasp!) romantic comedy. But don't tell anyone. Geez, I love summer nights, and it's not even summer yet!

And then there was Monday, Memorial Day. Once again it had been predicted a rainy day all week but we ended up with more of that perfect weather. Pinch me, we never get this lucky! We hadn't made solid plans because of the forecast, so when I got a message asking if we wanted to go to my parent's house for bbq we did not hesitate on that one. Party on a whim? That's the Feldt way.

When we pulled into my parent's driveway yesterday afternoon there were flags everywhere. Flags on the driveway, a flag on the porch, flags by the front door.... My dad leaned in with a smirk and said, "How do you like our patriotism?" in a very Roger Feldt sort of way. If you know my dad, you know just what I mean. He's a goofball!

There's just something about a charcoal grill. Mmmm. Hot dogs and hamburgers, brats, chicken, pork parents never barbecue just a little bit. :) 

What more can I say except that it was another gorgeous day in the sunshine! 

We filled ourselves up and played some more!

After spending some time at the playground, we lured the kids back to the house with the promise of dessert with strawberries from grandma's garden.

We capped off the weekend with another evening walk. Because that's just what we do. And we love it. Life this weekend was just about close to small town USA perfection! I never want to leave this place. (Sigh.) With all of the events going on and the fact that my sister is home, it was so nice to have the blessing of blue skies and sunny days. 

Our summer break started on a wonderful note! I hope it is just a small taste of all that is to come. :)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Last Days of School!

There are times in my life that are so slow that I feel it's a waste to share what's going on, because I have nothing to talk about. Then there are times that are so FULL and I have so much I want to share, but I can't seem to find the time because we're too busy doing all of the things.

We would be in the latter phase at the moment. Our life is nuts! I'm not even "allowed" to share it all at the moment. Boo - so annoying!  Just nuts.

So I'm hopping on today as quick as I can to share our last couple of days, the good stuff that I'm allowed to, haha.

Yesterday was Evelyn's second to last day of school, and her class did a poetry reading that the parents were invited to. Walking down the halls of RBES in the morning is a sweet thing. Hearing all of the teachers and students in their classrooms...Eric and I couldn't help but smile at each other. It was so cute and almost comforting, and since we both went to school here, it always brings back so many memories. :)

The poem that the kids recited was ADORABLE.

Evelyn and her partner were first. "K is for Kindergarten, hip hip hooray!"

That was it. Haha.

Evie had everyone else's lines memorized, too. :)

Afterwards they sang a "goodbye" song, and it was just oozing cuteness, I tell you, oozing it. What a great way to start off the day! All smiles.

Once we got home there was another little girl who was chomping at the bit to go to school. It was Grace's very last day (of her first year) of pre-k. Mrs. Ware, her teacher, arranged for them to have a beach themed day, and I'm pretty sure all of the kiddos were over-the-moon excited about it. I know my kid was!

Grace thought they were going to the real beach at first. She was adamant about it. 

Me: No Gracie, I think your teacher means you are just having a pretend day at the beach.
Grace: No, we're really going there. 
Me: I just don't want you to be disappointed - 
Grace: No mom! We are going to the ocean!
Me: How are you going to get to and from the ocean in one day?
Grace: Busses are faster than cars.

Haha. We did eventually set the record straight and temper her expectations. But I hear she wasn't the only child who was confused. ;)

So much growing those kids do in a year!! I think she's a whole brick taller. :)

I know she ended up having a great day! Now it's summer vacation for her! Whew one down...

That wouldn't be the end of the excitement for us yesterday though. Someone very special to us had just flown in yesterday morning for a visit home. My sister Shannon is here!! It's been exactly one year since we've seen her. (Can you believe that? I can't!) That means that she got to meet Charlotte for the very first time.

Unfortunately baby girl was fussy for her mom by the time I took any pictures, haha.

We are so excited to have Shannon home for two whole weeks. We have lots of plans! Let's see if the weather lets us do any of them. (Rain rain, go away!)

Fast-forward to this morning. Today is Evelyn's last of Kindergarten. (Sniff sniff) I can't believe I will soon have a first grader. We have been back and forth on what to do with Evie next year. As I alluded to last week, I would really love to homeschool her next year. Like, I really really want to do that. I think it would be not only good for her but also for our whole family. However. I had a meeting with her teacher earlier this week, and she put my mind at ease about a few things. Evie's teacher thinks she will thrive in first grade next year at the public school. Going into that meeting I was 95% sure we were homeschooling. Now I'm back at 50/50. :) I really can't decide!

If you ask Evelyn she says, "I want to stay home with you, mom!" Oy. It's so hard making the grown up decisions and really weighing what is the absolute BEST choice for your kid. I don't want my own selfish desires of having a free and flexible schedule get in the way of what will really be the best thing for Evelyn...socially, emotionally, academically...all of the above. Jury is still out!

Just love her! I hope she is having a great last day, right this very minute. :)
(I only shed a few tears this morning. Just a few silent tears, so Eric wouldn't make fun of me, haha!)

Tonight my brother Justin graduates from high school. We're going to hang out after the ceremony at my parent's house to celebrate, and then tomorrow is his "real" graduation party. We're still on the go go go! Last week I jinxed myself by hoping for a slower week ahead, so today I'm going to say...I hope next week is FULL of fun and excitement! At least have to give it a positive spin, right? 

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Only five hours to the OFFICIAL start of summer break for us. Woot!! Good times to come. :)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Strawberry Festival Weekend

Well, thank goodness last week is over, that's all I'm going to say. Nutso! I think Eric must have slept on a cot a work or something. Dear Stifel, I would love to have my husband back this week, please and thank you.

Friday night was a total wash. Eric was at the office until 8:00pm and didn't walk in the door until after 9:00. If you are friends of both of us on Facebook, you might have seen this little gem....

The kids were in true form for me on Friday, haha. I was in the kitchen making dinner (a dinner I had no idea Eric wouldn't be home to eat!) when Gracie came in saying, "Uh mom...I think you want to see what Reagan is doing in the living room." I walked in there and had no words. None. This is not the first time the stinker has cracked a dozen eggs on the floor, but it is the first time he cracked them on CARPET. I spent the next half hour on my hands and knees collecting slime and scrubbing bright yellow yolk stains out of the rug. I might have chucked the egg carton at my child when I was done, I don't know...memory is foggy there. :)

Saturday was Charlotte's two month check up and the lovely vaccinations that come along with it. (Thank you God for those vaccinations! No meningitis for our kid, please!) But she handled it like a champ. One of the vaccines was oral and she drank it down so well that the nurses praised our pretty one and said she was literally the best baby they had ever had to take the vaccine. She always takes medicine wonderfully from me, so I hope she stays that way, haha! She is healthy and growing so I'd say her check up was a success.

By Saturday evening Eric and I were so wiped that we could not even bring ourselves to go out for our normal date night. Instead we treated ourselves to Mary's hot wings and watched a movie. That was date night enough for me - loved it! Much needed.

On Sunday we enjoyed the annual Strawberry Festival and gorged ourselves on some delicious fried chicken. The kids always look forward to this "festibal." The weather turned out to be great that afternoon!

The kids were excited because they found Charlotte's name in a desk in the old schoolhouse. :) Grace is convinced that this is where Charlotte will attend school when she grows up, haha.

Eric and I still needed to do our grocery shopping so we headed out for an afternoon of errands. Eric earned some brownie points when he let me pick up this patio set on a whim, haha....

We haven't put it together yet, but we peeked in the box and the quality seems amazing! The cushions are really vibrant and cushy. We took a chance on this Aldi special. That's right...Aldi. $200. RUN and get yourself one of these. The outdoor rug came from Aldi, too. Love love love. I can't wait to finally make good use out of our back patio this summer.

We wrapped up the weekend by taking a nice family walk in the warm Spring evening. Thanks to Eric's Back to the Future weather app we saw that a light rain was heading our way in the last five minutes or so, so we turned around and finished our walk in a little drizzle that actually felt welcome and refreshing. (Everyone needs that weather app, it's amazing! I'll have to ask Eric what it's called.)

Last night was the season finale of Mad Men. Sigh. What a great show. I'm not big on spoilers, so I'll just say that we were both satisfied and dissatisfied with the ending. Haha. It was appropriate. Really really sad that it's over!

Overall it turned out to be a good weekend. And now we are at the kids' very last week of school before summer vacation. Can I tell you how much this night owl is looking forward to the end of the rush of the morning routine? Hallelujah! My sister is coming home for a visit this week - woot! And my brother graduates on Friday. It's going to be a good one! Let's do this thing!!


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