April feels like months ago....oh, wait...
I apologize for the delay in family blog posts, but I am committed to getting you all caught up in the next couple of days!
April was a busy month (as always with 3 small kids, 2 full time working parents, and Pete's soccer coaching on the side). The kids had swim lessons all month long, Pete coached soccer 4-5 times a week and I worked 3 evenings a week which meant for a lot of single parenting or babysitters in the evenings. It most definitely was not easy, but we made it through and made the most of the time we had together as a family of five.
Claire played soccer throughout April and May and she absolutely loves it. We don't know if its because 2 of her greatest friends are on the team with her, or if its because she takes after her dad but we are just going to roll with it. She continued to do really well in kindergarten and had a birthday party for one of her friends from school at the beginning of the month. Her best bud, Jude came to visit at the end of April and she had a great time playing and catching up with him. She is so inquisitive and asks many questions. We are not used to this and we find ourselves saying a lot of "Because we said so". She has such a big heart and we just adore her.
Grace still has some whining that just comes with being a 4 year old. She really wants to get words in but certain big sisters make that difficult at times :) I think she is such a little sponge and just observes so many things. There are so many times when Pete and I just look at each other in astonishment with her memory and mindset. One time (well, many times, but one time in particular), Jake hit her and after time out he had to apologize to her. When he told her he was sorry, Grace said "I forgive you, Jake. I'm not going to say it's ok because its not ok to hit, but I do forgive you." It just seemed like such a profound answer for a little 4 year old. She continues to have a hard time with talking to adults and being shy, but we are working on it and trying our best to embrace it.
Jake gives us a run for our money often. He is simply a 3 year old boy. Problem is, we are not used to it. He has a hard time listening and is simply a one man wrecking crew. Then, he has a way with melting our hearts with his sweet smile and snuggles. We fear we might be being played like fools, but we will learn in time I guess! :) His motor skills are impeccable and he loves to drop-kick balls, swing bats and throw a frisbee. We are working on his speech with him and noticing some improvement.
Here are some pictures from our month of April:
We went on quite a few bike rides and the kids loved it!
Jake went into a high back booster seat and loves buckling with the shoulder strap like his sisters!
Fun at the park:
The second weekend in April, we went to a Breast Cancer benefit with Pete's family and had a great time! We won a basket that Pete's mom put together with lots of kids activities.
One evening, we met up with our friends Scott and Trina and their son Harrison. Jake loves Harrison.
When Pete was out of town, I took the kids to Pump It Up (and indoor inflatable playhouse) and we had a great time. I had to play a zone defense and guard the exits, but it was a lot of fun!
Opening Easter basket from my mom with adorable piggy banks inside!
Decorating Easter eggs!
Such a great big sister
A coworker told me that she always does a scavenger hunt with clues for the kids to find their Easter baskets. We tried that this year and it was a hit! The kids did such a good job!
More Easter pictures
One day, Jake's daycare called me to let me know that he had fallen twice and had a fat lip and a cut on his forehead AND that someone had bit his finger. On my way to work, I stopped in to snuggle him a bit and he fell fast asleep at nap time. What a rough day for him :(
Pete and I fulfilled one thing on our bucket list which was to take a cooking class together. We had a great time and later that week, we cooked the chicken cordon bleu and it was delicious!
Claire's classroom has a color-coded clip chart. The absolute highest you can get is purple and she reached that twice this year. Once in December and once in April. As a reward, I took her to paint some pottery!
Jake, Grace and Bently watching Claire play soccer