Monday, July 28, 2008

Isabella is FOUR!!

Isabella turned FOUR on Friday! It's hard to believe that my "baby" is four already, but I wasn't too sad surprisingly. She was so excited and counting down the days of course. I had given her a couple of options for where to go out to lunch, but knew what the answer would be... Chuck E. Cheese! :) The kids had a great time, and it wasn't too bad for Mark and I either! After naps at home, we had a little Princess party with just the four of us. Mark grilled, and then we had cake. Isabella got her first "big girl" bike, a princess one of course! (She's had her eye on it for quite a while now, but knew she had to turn four first!) She's already a pro at riding it, and Lincoln and her love to ride around the kitchen table. (Him on his four-wheeler of course...) Here are just a few pictures from the day!

You can imagine how excited Lincoln was to see Bob and Scoop at Chuck E. Cheese. It seemed like half of our tokens went to this ride! Here, Isabella is riding on Scoop like Bob does. :)

Posing with Chuck E. himself!

Right after Daddy wheeled her bike in!

Princess cake for everybody with a lot left over for Mommy! :)

Big Stuff! (She also got the proper safety equipment!)

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lincoln's Breakfast: Round Two

Okay, this is now at 9:45 this morning... I ran upstairs to clean the toilet while the kids were watching "Bob the Builder" in the other room. (They didn't even notice that I had slipped away!) I came back down a couple of minutes later to this...

Not only butterscotch chips this time, but paired with mini fruit-flavored marshmallows. Is this how the whole day is going to go? Needless to say, I wasn't quite as understanding with Lincoln this time around. (And not just because the remainder of the marshmallows and chips that weren't in the bowl were on the floor...)

Lincoln Got His Own Breakfast

This morning Lincoln came downstairs before I got out of bed. I'm not stupid, so I knew that I only had a minute or two to get downstairs to spoil any plans of destruction that he had. He met me at the bottom of the stairs holding this...

... a bowl of butterscotch chips. He had already gotten up on the counter, into the baking cupboard on the top shelf, and poured himself a bowl. I said, "Lincoln, is that your breakfast?" "Yes", he said with a smile.

Monday, July 21, 2008

35 Weeks and Counting...

Sorry there haven't been pictures of giant 'ole me sooner. I missed a month since the last set... Well, these should make up for it, though! This was yesterday, 35 weeks and 1 day. Mark keeps wondering if my due date is off. Now why do you think he wonders that!? :) I'm still feeling good, but suddenly can sympathize with why some women might not completely "enjoy" the last couple of months. Simple things like walking and bending seem to be a challenge lately! This one is definately more active and seems bigger sooner. All in all, I still love every moment of being pregnant!

Who Needs a Sister??

Every once in a while Isabella recruits Lincoln to dress up with her princess style! He's a very good sport, and actually somewhat enjoys it, I think. On this particular day, he especially fancied the red ballet flats! :)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Botanical Garden Trip

We took our first trip of the year to the botanical gardens last week when we had a little bit of a cooler morning. Mark got a family membership pass for Father's Day since it's one of his favorite places to be with all of the plants and hostas! It was an absolutely beautiful morning in the 70s. We were able to be there for a couple of hours, eat lunch on their outdoor patio, and be back home by naptime! Bella and Lincoln love it there just as much as we do, especially since they have one of the country's only children's gardens. It's an amazing place for the kids to explore with little houses, a big sandbox, gardens, caves, a treehouse, bubbling fountain, and a couple of fish ponds with bridges and stepping stones. Isabella is going back next week for a BotaniCool Little Spuds class for 3-5 year olds. We also love the Glass House with the butterflies. There are so many that they actually land on you sometimes so you can touch them! If any visitors are ever interested in going, let us know! We love visiting there and would be glad to take you! :)

"Ribbit" in the children's garden

The fountain in the children's garden

A beautiful fountain near the entrance

Posing in the Japanese garden

Crossing a bridge over a fish pond in the children's garden

Lincoln exploring one of the caves

Another bridge in the children's garden