Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some May highlights

That was so fun I think I'll post some more!

Lily started piano lessons on May 2nd.

We've been thinking about her learning piano for a long time, but we didn't think it would be practical since we don't have a piano ourselves or even much room for a keyboard. Plus I wasn't sure how well a kid could learn piano if their parents didn't play. But after awhile we just decided it was important to us that she learn that skill, so we enrolled her. My friend Karla has been gracious enough to let Lily practice at her house several times a week.

Lily really didn't want to take piano lessons, but after the first session she was hooked. Her teacher, Janel Dayton, makes it really fun and after two lessons Lily asked if she could go more than once a week. We now have her set up to take lessons twice a week.

And when you live in a town so small you can get to piano lessons in one minute by car or five minutes by bike, it's really no big deal to schedule it twice a week.

Lily has really been getting interested in photography since Santa brought her a little camera for Christmas. She takes lots of pictures; sure makes this Mama proud! It's always a treat to download the images off her camera because I never know what I'll find. Last night I discovered this gem from May 1st of Mack & Amelia ready for church.

Mack saw this and said, "That Mee-yah Dee-yah (Amelia Bedelia) and Mackey. Got big owie on it." Mack got a little road rash playing table tag at the park.

After his scab came off Amelia was looking at the pink spot left behind and said, "Mama! I think I can see his spirit. It's pink!"

Mack recently got a haircut and a new T-ball set. Mostly he just tries to whack it as if he's got a machete in his hand.

The little ones and I have been getting out more now that the weather is finally improving. We go out walking and Amelia rides her bike.

This particular morning Mack insisted on bringing his rope.

Which turned out to be a good idea since we ran into a cattle drive on the way back home!

Ron Teichert and most of his kids were moving their cows to greener pasture and his daughter Mary kept driving up the road, in the lead vehicle, and warning us about the cows coming. She offered to give us a ride back so the kids wouldn't get scared. I assured her that my kids would get a big kick out of being right in the middle of the cows.

In case you're wondering, no, we didn't get a dog. That's Brian & Becca's dog Skyley. She often follows us, looking for some adventure.

I cannot tell you how HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY I am that Spring is finally here! We still don't have leaves on the trees, but the grass is getting greener and Karla had daffodils up in her yard yesterday. I will plant my garden in a couple weeks and before long it'll be hot and we'll all be cussing about the mosquitoes!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Amelia's Preschool Graduation

It's been ages since I've posted. I was talking to Dan tonight and he asked me to post some pictures from Amelia's preschool graduation on my blog. I suggested emailing them and he asked, "What do you have against your blog these days?"

Good question. I guess mostly I just feel so behind and every time I think about posting something it seems too overwhelming. I love to write all the little details and the perfectionist in me has a hard time just posting pictures and walking away.

But that's exactly what I'm going to do tonight (Dan, aren't you proud?). Amelia graduated from preschool tonight, May 16, 2011. Here are some pictures and videos: