Monday, April 25, 2016

Other April Stuff

On Saturday I took Kiersten and Evie to the park to play while Ben took Kara with him to get his oil changed. It was lovely out. 

Kiersten thought this trick was pretty neat. 

These are just some gorgeous tulips we drove past a while ago. 
On Thursday there was a double rainbow. The one to the left is pretty faint, but it's there! We could see it much better in person. 
Here is a picture of the birth mark on my ankle. I've never been too fond of it, so it was time for me to cover it up. 
Bam! My new tattoo. Can you still see the birthmark? It has been 13 years since my last tattoo, and I remembered it hurting so much more than this actually did. I was in and out in about 30 minutes. I just told the artist what I was thinking, and he designed it for me, and then finished it fast. I love it!
Today I got to tag along on Kiersten's robotics field trip for CCL. They went to Spectrum Brands' factory to witness some robots in action. It was actually very interesting, and the kids had great questions. They also got swag bags and Wal-mart gift cards, so they were excited about that. We also got to all keep our safety glasses. The man in blue to the left crossing his arms was the tour guide for our group of 6 kids. His name is Brandon. He was very nice, and the kids liked him. His job is to unload chemicals from the tankers into their barrels. He had the kids laughing hysterically talking about his Darth Vader gas mask he wears to work. 
They also provided tons of snacks for the kids. They were really great to us. This is the first time they have ever allowed children inside the facility. The kids were great, and CCL was invited back again next year.

What Kara's been up to

Kara's special chorus group got to sing the National Anthem at the Cardinals game last weekend. She was excited about it for weeks. The game fell on bobble-head day, so we got Adam Wainwright bobble-heads. She was also very happy about that part. 
They got to stand right behind home plate to sing. 

Here is Kara on the jumbo screen. She's in the center with straight hair. 
We also got to take some pictures as they walked on and off the field. 
It was a nice day for a baseball game. 
They all did a great job, and had a fun time!

She also had her famous Missourian project at school. She was assigned to learn about Mark Twain. This is a project they've been working on for a few months. They had to write research papers, turn those into note cards, and then dress up as their person, and give the speeches to the parents.
They had drawn black dots on their hands that we had to press if we wanted to hear their speech. That is totally a gogo dancer wig, but all I could find at the last minute. She made the mustache herself. 
Kara's class. They all did a great job. I only wish it had lasted longer so I could have listened to more speeches. It went by really fast. 
Hanging out with Sheryl Crow and Kate Spade. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

What Kiersten's been up to

Kiersten's girl scout troop earned a spa party by selling lots of cookies this year. So they got to get all glammed up at Sweet N Sassy. They got updos, manicures, and makeup. Then they got to dress up and have a fashion show. 
They also had to have a dance party at the end. 
Isn't she lovely in her red dress? She told me it was the most fashionable piece there. 
Kiersten's softball season has also started. She had 3 games in her first week, so that was crazy, laundry-wise. 
They won their first game, and she was ecstatic. 
She has improved a lot since last year. All of the girls have. They are in a different league this year, but it's mostly the same rules.
Kara just finished up a basketball clinic. She really enjoyed that, and made lots of new friends. I was at the middle school for a Girl Scout leaders meeting, so I had them pose in their uniforms for me. Evie was there too, but was dead set on following around one of the teenagers that was there to watch the little kids, so I couldn't get her for the picture. 
This is the fun gift we made for Librarian appreciation day. It was the same day as the spring party at school, so I grabbed a couple kindergarteners from Evie's class to deliver these to the librarians. They also got gift cards to an ice cream shop. 
Our cherry tree finally bloomed, so I grabbed a picture of the girls between sports practices one day. It was later in the afternoon, so the shadows weren't ideal.

Kara asked for this picture, lol. I don't know what she plans to do with it, but she keeps asking if I've had it printed up yet. 
So I made her pose for a nice one too. 
It was looking even more full the next morning, so I had them pose again before school. 

Go! STL 2016: 3 in the race!

Ben had a work event at the Cards home opener again this year, so I got to tag along for that. It's always a fun time!
It was a little chilly, but at least it wasn't raining, like the forecast had predicted it would be. 

They won 9-0, so that always makes the atmosphere even more fun. We did leave a little early, since it was a Monday and we needed to get our kids. Ben even got to break up a fist fight in the restroom, so that was lively!

And because I always load the pictures out of order, here are some I took of the girls in the Go! St. Louis Read, Right, Run Marathon. It was Evie's first year running,so she was nervous and excited.

They were excited to get their picture with the Chick Fil A cow. Except for Evie, who refused to go near him, or be in the photo.
A nice big group was there from Woerther!
Headed to the starting line. Kiersten stayed right with Evie and encouraged her that she would do great.
Kara surrounded herself with boys, as usual.
Ben ended up running along side the race track near Evie the entire way to keep her motivated. She ended up being able to run the whole 1.2 miles.
Starting line! I started my stopwatch when I saw Kiersen start, so their times weren't all exact. But we got a pretty good idea of everyone's approximate times.
Here is Kiersten nearing the finish line. She has a friend who is always one of the fastest girls in their grade. So she paced with her the whole way until she could see the finish line. Then she sprinted as hard as she could to get to the end.

Kara was only about 5-8 seconds behind Kiersten. I was lucky I turned in time to catch her coming up on the finish line. They both ran it under 9 minutes.
Evie really wanted to run it under 10 minutes, but was a little over. So she was sad at first until we convinced her that she had done an amazing job!
They were proud to wear their medals around the rest of the day.
Kara really thought this was her year to beat Kiersten. But she will just have to push a little harder next time.
My happy, healthy girls!