Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Our weekends have been pretty full with celebrations, family, work, and lately packing. It takes a lot of work to pack five people for a 12 day road trip in varying weather. We had to find a lot of our adventure vacation items (truth: our GoPro has been missing since we used it last summer in Badlands National Park) and make sure everyone had summer clothes that fit. Other than packing, this is what we've been up to:

Elizabeth's ear drum burst (apparently she had an ear infection, but failed to tell us her ear was hurting her) so she spent a Saturday morning at the pediatrician's office while the boys and I had a coffee date and held out the fort at the Des Moines Children's Museum. After, we met family for a late lunch (aka-margaritas for mom) and I spent the rest of the weekend

They got very creative with the forts and built a "kid only" fort that they ran around in all morning long.

And this one danced for the mall walkers.

The minis had a busy Saturday followed by a late night. I determined rest time/naps for all would be a good idea. While he was "resting" the middle one pulled a tooth out.

The main reason we wanted rest times was for good behavior for our video shoot. The minis shot their first audition tape in our living room. Things went surprisingly smooth for everyone!

Going over the script (that I wrote).

"Look mom, I made a wine glass for you. It's just your size too....or it could be a margarita glass if you wanted too." Points for creativity, but too bad I don't have a margarita glass this size!

Family Fun Night at school. The oldest mini was the big winner: he won a can of Fanta during the Pop Walk (a big deal to him because he got to drink it too!), special candies and treats for winning games, and he won a DQ treat at the silent auction. The silent auction was a favorite of the minis because we let them go around and bid on items they wanted (we oversaw the amounts they wrote in).

Family Fun Night is never complete until one of us cries over nothing.

Max started (loudly) playing with puppets at the Des Moines Children's Museum, which caught the attention of other kids. Soon he had a group of kids watching him and enjoying the show. This also caught the attention of his little sister, who walked behind him and made faces at him and gave him bunny ears. The group of gazers thought this was hilarious and Max was none the wiser.

 Play dough face.

 The middle mini was excited to spend time with dad. Mostly because he got to ride in the truck.

We got so much done on Sunday: packing (4 whole days early!!), hair cuts for the boys (finally), and an early birthday celebration for my dad (since we'll be gone for his actual birthday).

Poor kitty thinks he's going too.

And now the next weekend we have will be the weekend we've been waiting months for: our weekend at Disney World!