Friday, May 25, 2007

Yellow and Blue make green

Chris and I were sitting in the living room when Douglas jumped into the room and announced that yellow and blue make green. Chris wondered what brought on the declaration of that fact. I started to sing a song they know about colors in case that was the root of the statement. I forgot that I had just cleaned the toilet a half an hour earlier and left the cleaner which is blue to sit in the water. Chris then asked Douglas if he just went to the bathroom and he had. Yes, yellow and blue do make green.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Basement Animals

Here's some pictures and a video of the boys having a great time in the basement. They are so clever and animated. Isaac will do anything his older brothers do and with the same amount of enthusiasm. He will say anything too and is learning to make some of his own sentences. Speaking of animals, Douglas and I made our trek to the zoo on Tuesday. I had a great time one on one with him. Each of our kids are so much fun to spend time with, especially when they can have our complete attention. Douglas got to take a ride on a camel and we saw two tigers playing. There was one chewing on a tire while her brother quietly climbed up on a rock and then pounced her. It's a rare thing to see the zoo cats awake on a day visit, but quite fun. On our way out we walked by the Mandrills and they were both awake too. One was keeping quite entertained chewing some green spearmint gum. It looked like the Extra brand. He chewed then dangled it out of his mouth then slurped it back up and did it again. I noticed quite a few high school groups at the zoo, sooo... One of the zoo attendants was quite ruffled when she found out what was entertaining so many of us patrons.

We went miniature golfing for family night and gave Isaac his first lesson in putting. He really tried swinging but was better at dropping the ball in the whole via his hand. They had a water feature (little waterfalls and streams) that was more interesting than golfing. Isaac sat in it and splashed in it to keep cool as it was in the 80's and humid. The boys thought the point of the game was to get your ball in the hole the fastest.
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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Prancing Peacocks...

Isaac and I went to the Potter Zoo on Tuesday with our friends Cindy and Adam. We had a great time walking around and experiencing all the different smells one can partake of at the zoo. "Eeee-oooo" as Isaac says in such a situation. I get to go to the zoo again next week for Douglas' school field trip, and then again for Reed's. Can't they all just do it on one day?! The two most interesting parts of our zoo experiences were the otters and the peacocks. When we first got to the zoo the otters were asleep so we thought we'd just check them out on the way out. When we approached the tank for the second time it was hard to see them as a large group of elementary students were crowding the place. We finally squeezed in for a look. They were moving all over the place. The were dancing, no they were wrestling, no. . . "eeeee-ooooo"! They were giving the 1st graders a lesson on the birds and bees!
Now, the peacocks and peahens were roaming the zoo freely and making their funny calls to each other. We finally saw a large peacock (male) with his big beautiful feathers. He had just found a bunch of peahens and decided to show them his stuff. He showed his feathers and then did this strut where he slowly turned in a circle and shook his back feathers. It was hilarious to see this. But again, there were the girls and he was trying to impress (though they didn't seem all that interested). I don't think I should go to the zoo in the spring ever again. Busy, busy, busy.
Other than zoos, we've just been playing outside in the nice weather. We had a huge rainstorm the other day. We were driving and it was coming down so hard that we could barely see a thing. I have never seen such huge rainstorms as I have out here. No wonder none of them need a sprinkler system.
Well, till the next zoo experience and hopefully they'll be done with whatever they do in the spring, "eeeee-ooooo"!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

It's a Blog!

I finally have one of these blogs. I was a little confused when people started talking about them like maybe there was a new form of a bad head cold. So...let's see how this works. Me and all the boys are busy doing whatever it is we do. All I know is that at about 4:00pm I'm about dead and strangely morph into one of those dogs that paces the front window, wiping it's slobbery nose all over it, and with great intensity awaits Chris' return. When that glorious moment arrives I run like mad to a quiet place. You know, like Target or Lowe's (I love hardware stores).

I consider myself the queen of the run-on sentence, so be prepared for the chaos if you read my blog (oooo...I used those words "my blog"- yes I know I'm wierd so stop saying it).

Life is going well here in Lansing. But it is nice to get out once in a while. Yesterday we went to Holland, MI (very foreign) to see the tulips. There are 5 million of them according to the sign. Along with the tulips the second crowd pleasing feature is their herd of Bison. I didn't know their were Bison in Holland. Weird, but the boys sure loved 'em.

Chris has been taking finals and has 2 left. That means we'll have exactly 1 more year of law school to go. Yipee! We are actually having a great time here. We have met so many nice people and hope we can keep in touch in the years to come. Reed and Douglas are in kindergarten readiness and will start kindergarten next fall. They love school and I love seeing them grow and learn. They are so fun and cute and are always making me laugh. Isaac, wow, what a kid. He's 22 mos. now and will be 2 in July. He thinks he's 5 like his brothers. Tonight he was crawling around and barking pretending to be a dog. The dangerous part was when he tried to bite my toes. He is so cute and full of personality. Life is so fun with kids. Chris and I are never bored with them around.

Chris and I have gotten addicted to Sudoku puzzles, aaahhhh! They are fun but hard to put down. Rumor has it the logic puzzles like that actually help the brain. I need all the help I can get. My belief is that a woman gives a part of her brain away with the birth of each child. It takes some time to regrow what was lost, thus the need for brain stimulating activities.

We love this warmer weather and are glad to say good bye to the ice cream headaches one gets from from inhaling in the winter. I already have dirt stained hands from playing in the garden.

We miss all you family and friends who are far away from us. Hopefully this blog, aaahhhChoo! can help keep us better in touch.

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