Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Endings and beginnings.

The last month has kept us hopping at the Zuill house. Exhausting, but so full of goodness that there's absolutely no room for complaining- Charlie's birthday, Henry's baseball practices & games, school projects, plenty of opportunity for Vitamin D therapy in the garden & yard. Wonderful times that are flying by too quickly. Want to know what else flew by pretty darn quick? Kindergarten, that's what.

Henry and I have talked about the possibility of home school someday, once Charlie is a tiny bit older. We'll see. I think there are things we would love about it, but Kindergarten has been such a sweet experience. Henry has grown to adore Mrs. Walker. And there sure were some sweet kiddos in his class. Charlie has decided that she fits right in with them.

Today was the very last day of Kindergarten and also the very last day of Rockets baseball. Henry had a great ball season. He really has learned so much more about the rules of the game. He's learned to always know where the ball and his runners are. He's excited to move up to the 7-8 year old league next year, because he's dying to try to steal second base. He likes to play catcher, but only for an inning or two because he says all the getting up and down is exhausting, ha! He took a hard ball to the cheek, the kind that leaves a bruise with stitch marks, and after a few minutes went back onto the field with his team. He batted in the winning run during the Rockets' one victorious game. We have been so stinking proud of him. On Sunday he and I were outside practicing some throwing and batting and Henry said "Mommy, I think you'd be a great ball coach.". Melted on the spot.

I think we're all happy to see the slower days of summer arrive. I'm really looking forward to having Henry at home every day. We're already talking about trips to the Discovery Center and the splash pad. I have missed him and I know Charlie has! A month from now, after I've heard "I'm bored!" 7,834 times, I may be singing a different tune and anxiously awaiting shopping for school supplies. But for now I'm looking forward to some downtime and more of this kind of goodness-

I have a feeling, however, that even the laziest of summer days around here are still going to be fairly busy.

The smallest Zuill has morphed into a full fledged toddler. Charlie is a trampoline-jumping, couch climbing, Cozy Coupe riding madwoman. And is she ever chatty. We have been blown away by the number of words coming out of that girl's mouth. We hear "muc!" (milk), "wanu!" (water), bite, and "drinky-drink!" all the time. She tells us if she wants blueberries, banana, or cracker ("crackie!"). Frequent requests are "read! read!", "walk!" and "gin, gin!" (again). I can't say I was shocked when I heard "Wego!" come out of her mouth as she proudly strode into laundry room with a fist full of lego bricks. My favorite is when she plays pat-a-cake ("Pat-caaa, Pat-caaa") or maybe when she's looking for Henry- "Brudda! Brudda!". Or sometimes he's "Heh-heh". She sure loves her brother and he will go out of his way to appease her. But the real trouble is going to be with this one. He is smitten. I love these two.

So, off we go to the lazy days of summer! More on that soon, I'm sure! Thanks for checking in!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Charlie's birthday + Spring things!

Charlie's first birthday party was a success! It was smaller than Henry's first birthday party, no doubt, but almost all of our favorite people were in the heart of our home to celebrate our sweet girl- and we had party food and cake! The epitome of a good time, ha!

I think we had about about 12 adults and 6,783 kids here. Or maybe it just seemed like it. It was total joyful chaos and Charlie wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

She also wasn't sure what to make of her birthday cake. I made the same cake for Charlotte that I made for Henry on his first birthday. Strawberry cake with cream cheese icing. She loved when we brought the cake out. She couldn't take her eyes off that candle and just smiled so big when everybody was singing.

Really, it didn't take much to convince her that her birthday cake was something she didn't want to miss out on.

She came up for air just long enough to share a bite or two.

In the kitchen I hung photos of Charlie throughout her first year. Looking month to month, it's astounding to watch the transformation.

I feel like this little gal with the huge personality gives me a sneak peek into what we may be in store for. Just love her so!!

I guess I shouldn't have been surprised by Charlie's enthusiastic cake eating. She's really gotten into her food lately. Literally.

Spring weather has been a little rainy lately but the nice days are truly wonderful. We've spent lots of great time at the baseball park watching Henry get better and better at his sport. We've cleared and tilled our garden and put out tomatoes, cucumbers, cantaloupe, potatoes, radishes, lettuce, broccoli & wildflowers. Henry has really gotten into the garden this year, as we planted a lot of seeds, and he is fascinated to watch them spring from the ground. We've had watermelon play dates and have gone to the park to meet friends after school. I think Henry spends half his waking hours on the trampoline playing Harry Potter with Ava & Olivia. We're just all so happy to be OUT!

Thankfully the weather was just about perfect for the annual Easter egg hunt next door! Events like this really remind me of what a wonderful community our little town has. I'm so happy our kids gets to experience all this.

Corinne and I found a little gem just a few miles away in College Grove this week. We heard that Delvin Farms has local organic produce and the sweetest little strawberry patch and so one day after school we headed there to see for ourselves. Eureka.

The big kids loved picking berries. Well, Henry mostly loved holding the basket while I picked berries, ha! The little kids, however, weren't exactly sure this was their idea of a good time.

They'd rather eat sand instead.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Cinco de Mayo!