BRAT - (noun)

Brat- (noun)

1.A child, especially a spoiled or ill-mannered one.

2.A child of a career military person.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Memories

We had a nice weekend. Bill took Josh and Michelle to Ft. Belvoir for an Easter egg hunt with our little friend Luke. There were a LOT of kids there. I mean, from the look of the pictures, every BRAT in Virginia showed up to hunt eggs! Bill said it was literally over in just a couple of minutes. But the kids had fun, and that's what matters.
Michelle at the starting line - ready for action! Go get those eggs, girl!
I think she found 2. Josh found 2. Luke (who was in a younger category) found 10, then his Daddy made him quit. Luke was kind enough to share the "loot" with Michelle. Our weekend was cool and a little rainy, but Saturday afternoon the sun came out and Easter day was beautiful!
I LOVE that my big kids still like to dye Easter eggs. They will tell you it's just to help out the little kids, but I can see they secretely let those creative juices flow and have fun.
Michelle was a little confused when I told her we were going to dye Easter eggs. That word "dye" was new to her, at least used in that way. After a few minutes, she finally made the connection. She told me she knew why the eggs were going to "dye" - because Jesus "died" on the cross for our sins, so we were going to "dye" the eggs. I guess 4 year old theology isn't always spot on, but at least she is trying to make the connection. She loved reading the true story of Easter, and she understood that Jesus loves her very much!
The Easter Bunny brought lots of candy, and here was the best part - the Pretty, Pretty Princess Game for our pretty, pretty princess. If you have never played this game, you need to find a 4 year old girl, grab the game and play! It is SO...MUCH...FUN!
A little over 4 years ago, when we decided we were going to have another girl, I started dreaming of the day we could play Pretty, Pretty Princess. Elizabeth loved this game when she was little, and Michelle now loves it too! Candy is fun, but there's something very special about fake jewelry and crowns!
We had a great day at church and then went out to eat our Easter lunch at PF Changs. Not the traditional Easter dinner, but our family loves it, and well, it is the Year of the Rabbit!
I hope the hope and joy of the Resurrection lives in each of your hearts throughout this coming year!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Leaving the Brats at home!

A couple of weeks ago, my mom came to visit for my birthday, and she watched our kids while Bill and I had a wonderful 4 day weekend in Chicago. Alone. Did I mention with no kids? 4 days of uninterrupted conversations. 4 days of grown up fun, not kid fun. Yea, it was wonderful. Don't get me wrong - I love my kids, and I love being their mom. But I love this wonderful man I share my life with, and it was really nice to relax and reconnect!
We went to Chicago because neither of us had ever visited, and I LOVE the radio show "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me". It's a PBS news/game show, and I download it every week on my Ipod. It was fun to get tickets and see them tape it live. We also went to see an Off-Broadway Show called "Working". O On Friday night, after the show, we went to the top of the John Hancock Tower for some late night drinks. We NEVER stay out past midnight, because it's not worth paying for it the next morning when we have to wake up early with the kids. So, this was a treat for us. The Skylight Lounge was on the 96th floor, so we had a beautiful view of the city lights. On Saturday we did some sight seeing and went to a White Sox Game. I actually like baseball, so it was a fun outing for us. But it was chilly, and we were ready to be inside by about the 5th inning. I feel silly, but I can't figure out how to turn this picture so it's vertical. But it's too cute not to include, so just turn your head. On the trolley tour! Millenium Park Maybe we can get away again soon! Sigh - well, at least a girl can dream.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sugar Chickens

Yesterday Michelle asked me if she could have a "sugar chicken". For the life of me, I could not imagine what she wanted. I knew we were having chicken in the crockpot later that evening for dinner. I couldn't believe she could actually detect that smell, and there was certainly no sugar added to the sauce I had used to cook the chicken.

Then it dawned on me - it's almost Easter, so she must mean...


She loves those little colored sugar chickens!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wedding Day!

This past weekend, my father-in-law married a lovely lady. It was a nice day, and fun to see our family participate in the ceremony.
Michelle was the flower girl. She wore a dress my mom had made years ago when Lizzy was this age/size, for my brother's wedding. She loved wearing her pretty dress and took her duties seriously. She walked up the aisle, picked up a huge handful of flowers, dumped them right at her "Bumpa's" feet, then sat down. It was very cute!
Bill Jr. provided the music for the prelude. He played 3 Spanish pieces on his classical guitar, and it was a very nice addition to the ceremony.
Lizzy sang a very pretty song and I played piano for her. It was a nice way for our family to play a small part in the ceremony. Josh did not have a direct role, but he enjoyed himself at the wedding. Pat, my father-in-laws new wife, also has a grandson named Josh. He is 6 days younger than our Josh, and they are like 2 peas in a pod. Double trouble!
We wish Bumpa and Miss Pat many years of happiness!