Wednesday, May 20, 2009

This and That

My mom visited last week. We had such a good time. She and my dad don't like to go without seeing the grand kids for more than four months or so -- so it was time! Dad is working more regularly, so he couldn't make it. Mom chose her visit time to coincide with Claire's piano recital. I'll post video of that later this week. Here's last year's recital. Wow. Time flies.

Besides the recital, we did other fun stuff. Claire loves puzzles. We have tons and she does them over and over. She is freakishly good at puzzles. (She was doing 200 piece puzzles before she was three.) Ben, on the other hand, prefers building with the boxes.Mom sent this cute picture of the kids. It's tough to get them to sit still and smile at the same time. Claire's bangs have finally grown out. Whew.
Here's Claire's birthday dinner from a few weeks ago. She requested fried rice with bacon wrapped shrimp.
And here is the cake from her party... she designed a green cake to look like a meadow covered with wild flowers (sprinkles) where her horses would graze.
I have mastered the Betty Crocker Bake 'N Fill pan. That's chocolate cake with chocolate cookie dough ice cream in the middle.
And way back when... during Swine Break, (not to be confused with Spring Break) the kids had fun making Mother's Day cards...
and building ramps for remote control cars on the drive way.
Here's another picture that my mom took. There is a mama duck and her three babies at our neighborhood pool. I am sure she is regretting her choice of nest building location at this point.
Such fun activities... just the daily enjoyable ordinary stuff.


Kristin L said...

All that enjoyable ordinary stuff looks pretty good -- and a lot like our house too. Well, we wouldn't have a puzzle box tower, we have block cities for epic battles between cute little animals and the Bionicles.

I'm going to have to look for that Bake N'Fill pan because we like ice cream cake here too. :-)

Joanna Stein said...

So fun!

Ducklings are the new black. I should make t-shirts.