Saturday, April 18, 2009

It's finally here!

Spring, that is! Ok, ok, I know that technically Spring has been here for several weeks, but it sure hasn't felt like it in my neck of the woods! These last two days, however, have been GORGEOUS!! We celebrated the beautiful change in temperature yesterday afternoon/evening with one of our famous n'hood block parties. We all gathered outside around 5:00 and stayed out until around 10ish. Us adults get to relax and join each other's company, and the kids get to run around chasing each other all night, lol. Yet another time that living on a cul-de-sac comes in very handy! We all gather in "the circle", and we can keep an eye on the kids as they ride their bikes/run/plan round and round and round...

Tony had to work today, so the kids and I went on a 2 mile bike ride, and Noah did great! He had to get off to walk his bike up the bigger hills a couple of times, but he rode most of it - I was very impressed. Chloe had the best ride of all - she got to sit back and relax on the back of my bike. After lunch, we again enjoyed the nice weather with one of our favorite springtime activities:



The kids are now napping, and I'm going to relax myself. Tonight i'm heading out to a girlfriend's house for our annual Girl's Weekend. Unfortunately, Girl's Weekend has turned into Girl's Overnight for most of us this year, but i'm excited to at least get one night/morning with some of my closest girlfriends. Afterall, you're never too old for sleepovers...

I'll leave you with my most recent layout made with CMK's gorgeous April kit. You guys will recognize the story, lol. For those who missed my last post and don't feel like strolling down, here is the journaling for you:
Although these photos are of you, this story is actually about your brother and how your friend Mr. Doggie came to be. There is a toy machine at Safeway that Noah always asks to play - the kind with the crane where you hit the button to lower it to try to win a stuffed animal. Well, the stuffed animals are the big prizes, but when you don't win the big prize, a second, smaller crane closes down on some candy on the other side of the machine. On this particular day, I gave your brother the dollar to play. So he moves the crane, hits the button and down it goes...picking up a stuffed dog! You and I were so excited for Noah, congratulating him for winning the dog. Your brother, however, was anything but happy - he started crying hysterically, screaming "but I wanted the candy!!!" Needless to say, you ended up with sweet Mr. Doggie and your brother - well, he's lucky that his mama is a sucker, as I gave him another dollar to purposefully lose that time!

A big thanks to my girl Doris for letting me plagiarize her by stealing her "good things come to those who lose" line ;-)

Also wanted to mention that my sweet and very funny friend Lisa is doing a RAK on her blog to celebrate her birthday (see... I told you she was sweet!). You can check it out here.

Happy weekend, everyone! Hope you are having a great weather weekend yourselves (and finding time to play!)!

17 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Yes Staci, the weather is GRAND!!!!! Loving the pics of bubbles!!! We did that yesterday too!!!!! Have fun on your sleepover!!!! I wish I were there!!!! Loving the LO and the story behind it!!!!! Have a great weekend!!!! Love ya girlie!!!

Jen Martakis said...

Great photos Staci!! They are so cute!! I love your layout and love that story. Have fun tonight!!

Jessica said...

i love spring...those are such sweet pics of the kids..and love your pg. that is such a funny story..I can totally see that all going down! Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and have fun on your sleepover!!

meganklauer said...

Beautiful layout! Enjoy the wonderful weather!

Staci said...

You always create such beautiful layouts Staci! Enjoy the fantastic weather! :-)

Karmele said...

Great layout!!! The photos are fantastic!!!
Enjoy the fantastic weather!

Peggy said...

Beautiful LO, what a great story to remember. It's moments like these we think we'll remember forever that are so easily forgotten ...
xxx Peggy

Diana said...

Never heard this story before, it cracked me up, but that is my grandson. Adorable lo!

Trisha said...

I am so jealous, we had rainy spring weather all weekend! Hope you had a great time at your sleepover. Adorable layout and story!

Pearl said...

How fun spring sounds in the neck of your woods ! Again , a great hood you are blessed with !


& what a fab layout & story with Mr Doggie !!! just precious !!!

Bethany Kartchner said...

Wow that LO is AMAZING! I love it Staci! And your kiddos are totally adorable!

Kristii said...

Spring is heavenly isn't it!!! Your kids are soooo cute!!! Love the photos!!! YOur layout is amazing as usual!!! You are always such an inspiration to me!!!

Mary Patterson-Ezzell said...

staci - lovin these bubble pics of you kids, they are adorble! and your layout is beautiful. hope yuo have a great day! :) smiles, m-

Lucy Edson said...

Hope the girls night was fun!

I love how you scrapped the story of the toy machine!! ;) Adorable!! :)

Meg Giroux said...

What cute photos! Adorable layout and I love that you scrapped this story. Too funny!!!

Hope you had a great girls night!

Amy said...

First off your kids are so darn cute!! You cant help to smile when you see those photos!!
I love your layout the detail is great!!

Leslie Ashe said...

I hope you're enjoying that sweet weather girl! :D How was that sleepover? I want to do that!

GORGEOUS layout and what a SWEET story to go with it!!!!!

Have a wonderful day and again...thank you for making MINE today! :D HUGS!