Sunday, May 17, 2015

Our First Piano Recital

The kids had their very first piano recital today! 

They have really, really enjoyed having Ms. Aimee as their teacher and have come a long way in such a short time. Aimee always makes the lessons fun and she gets them excited about what they are learning.

The kids did a fantastic job playing their songs and I can't believe how much they have learned since they started in January. They've only been going to lessons every other week and next year I'm hoping they can go more often.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Papa Bruce Cooks Breakfast

These pictures are from last month, when Shawn's parents, Bruce and Yvette came up to visit and I haven't had the time to share them. 

 Papa fixed us pancakes (with Kaylee's help)

Kaylee was excited for her first ever "self" trip. Usually we send the kids home to visit the grandparents in pairs, so she was pretty happy about getting to go by herself. She ended up being gone for almost 3 weeks!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Picking up Kaylee

Shawn and I are so spoiled with two sets of parents who love our kids and are able and willing to spend time with their grand kids. I'm pretty sure she was spoiled rotten!

This past weekend we drove down to Norfolk, NE, about six hours south of where we live, to pick up Kaylee from my parents, who drove six hours north to meet us half way. She had a fabulous two and a half weeks visiting with both sets of grandparents and all her cousins too, but we were sure glad to have her back! We met my parent and spend the weekend swimming at the hotel pool and playing at the local park. 

 Kolsen had Nana, Papa and Dad playing ball with him at the park. The girls played too, but they also enjoyed the playground.

 My girly, girls!

 How many Papon kids does it take to hug a tree? Three, plus two of Nana's hands.

 Oh Claires! My mom and I took a quick trip to the mall and found the girls clip-on earrings 3/$1. I think they were a hit!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

My husband and children brought me flowers, chocolate and a new travel mug for Mother's Day. It has been raining all day, so we planted flowers in the garage and then posed for a quick picture, in the rain, on our front steps. The next few days are supposed to get pretty cold over nights, so we are planning on putting all the flowers inside for the night and then most of these will surround our deck for the summer.

 I haven't figured out why having hair in her face doesn't bother her at all.

 Kaylee, Kaylee, Kaylee...I'm not sure what was so surprising?

The nicest picture we managed to take. Considering the rain, I didn't think we did too bad.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On the Roof

These two helped Shawn paint two of our new roof vents. 
I'm sure Karolyn's bike helmet was a great safety feature.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Dirty Fingers

The kids and I finally got out garden started this weekend. Shawn had a meeting to attend, so he helped us shop for all the plants and kept me from buying too much and then left for his meeting. I'm always amazed when the weather turns nice in the spring and then stays nice all summer long. We are loving these 70 degree days!

 This is the newest section of plants we added this year. I'm always trying to brainstorm ways to plant more areas in our yard and after we completed our deck last year, this spot has been a muddy eye sore. It is now my new herb garden. The kids and I planted basil, parsley, mint, oregano, chamomile, rosemary and cilantro. We'll see how they do in this partly shady spot.

 Our garden may look the same, but we took down the old fencing that was bent and ugly and added 5 additional feel in width to the garden. The kids are all tall enough to make it over the fence now without bending it down like crazy, so hopefully this fence will last for a while.

This is by our patio behind our garage and is sunny only before the trees leaf out. It is in total shade for most of the summer. Last year I tried adding some lettuce and other garden plants, but they didn't like it. I added the tulips (in the back), Yvette and Bruce gave me for my birthday after the flowers died. This bed only had three hosta plants in it and it really needed some more, so I watched a youtube video on how to divide your hostas. They wanted you to wash the dirt off the roots and then carefully pull them apart...I decided to do my own thing. I dug them up and chopped them apart with a shovel and now I have eight hostas! We are also currently try to get grass to grow in the area wear Abby loves to walk and lay. I put some of my garden fencing around the area, which I know she can jump, to hopefully give the new grass a fighting chance.

We ended up planting 11 tomato plants, 6 kale plants, two hills of cucumbers, 1 hill for zucchini, 3 banana peppers, 3 jalapeno peppers, 3 celery, peas, pole beans, more cucumbers for two of the trellis, onion and lettuce and collard greens. I'm ready for summer veggies from the garden!

The kids helped, but since Shawn wasn't around I didn't get any pictures of the kids helping out or me dragging Kolsen back outside away from the NASCAR race and Royals game. :) We are waiting for Kaylee to get home before we plant all of our flower pots.