Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Memorial Day weekend fun

Last day of school was Thursday for the littles.  On Friday, they got to have a delayed birthday sleepover with besties Ava and Sophie.  First we went to see the movie Epic.  It got thumbs up all around, from the bigs and the littles.  Then we enjoyed dinner at Cheeseburger in Paradise before returning home for the sleepover fun.  Saturday, Candace and Sarah whipped up some Easy Bake treats from the kit they got from big sis Anna for their birthday.  And last but not least, some swimming made it into the weekend agenda... despite what I would consider less than ideal conditions. (i.e., cold water!)

Ava and Candace

Sarah and Sophie

Decorating the Easy Bake cupcakes.

Showing off the finished products!

Excited for the first swim of the season!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

School's out... let summer begin

Today was the last day of class for the 2012-2013 school year.  There have been several fun activities over the last couple of weeks:  field trips, class picnics and (pictured below) track and field day.  I love watching the kids try their hardest at some pretty interesting events.

Candace was pretty good at the standing long jump.

Sarah jumped 64 times in one minute... without any misses!

Thomas struggled valiantly in the anchor position in tug of war.

Many of our evenings and Saturday mornings have been taken up with baseball and softball.  The girls played last year and did surprisingly well... they had never even heard of the game until we signed them up for it.  They took to it quite naturally.  This year they are old pros and have really improved.  Both are good batters and Candace has quite an arm on her little self.  This is Thomas' rookie year in baseball.  As a kindergartner, he "should" be in t-ball in our league, but the organizers recommend he play up a level, in coach pitch.  Apparently word of his athleticism on the soccer field preceded him.  Do I sound a little like a bragging parent?  Well, yeah.  

Thomas at bat.

Sarah loves to play catcher.  :)

Candace takes off for first after getting a hit.

Looking forward to lazy summer days and enjoying more of the great American past time with my littles.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nine years old!

On Friday, Candace and Sarah turned NINE years old!  It's hard for me to believe my little twins have gotten so big.  We had a very busy day, but managed to have some special birthday fun.

First up, birthday lunch at school with Mommy and Anna.

After school, presents!  The whole family was there to watch.

The twins and Thomas with the presents he gave them.

Finally, after a thrilling evening softball game
 against the white Ashland team... birthday cake!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Graduate

May 10, 2013... it's graduation day at Iowa State University.

There are dignitaries and speeches...

... and many graduates.  This one is our favorite,
 oldest daughter Emily.

A proud cum laude graduate with her very proud parents.

Sisters in real life and through AOII, too.

Good-bye, Cyclones.

 Good-bye, Cy.

 Good-bye for now, bestie Maggie.

 Jump for joy... moving on with life!