Easter 2017

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:00 PM

On Saturday morning, we did our traditional backyard Easter egg hunt (which turned out especially well because it was sunny that day and raining on Sunday). 

 The exciting discovery of the loot inside

 A bit later in the day, we colored eggs, which looks happy in the photos but kind of stresses this Mama out, as Oliver reaches in with his hand to grab the egg...
 Vianne, however, is getting quite capable at this.
 She enjoyed leaving them in extra-long and it turned out as some really fun, bright colors!
 Grandma sent a box of fun treats our way, Peeps included. Vianne was thrilled, as she loves them.
 They were new to Oliver, though. "What is it?" he asks.
"It's like a marshmallow with sugar on it," I reply.
 One little taste and with this face, he responds, "I don't like sugar."  
Ha! Definitely not for everybody.
 Mama's not so proud of her hurried work trying to keep up the homemade vest/dress tradition, but we'll skip over the self-deprecating comments and onto the pictures in which I tried to make it look like they turned out okay...
Oliver is still in the "let's make photo taking difficult" phase.

 Vianne, however, much to my delight, is entering into a "beautiful natural-looking smile" phase.

 I helped with worship at church which made the morning a little crazy, but Patrick excelled at getting the kids dressed up and to church and everything.  
We had some fun presents from Granma & Grampa to open in the afternoon.

 About a half hour after opening her ballerina set, Vianne had all of her dolls in the whole house set up to watch as the audience (too cute) and I don't think I've ever seen Oliver play with one toy as long as he played with his cool Paw Patrol truck that afternoon.
We also had a fun evening, with our friends the Weiss family and the Murray family from church joining us for a ham (butt) dinner, of which sadly, I took no pictures.  Except this. 😄

St. Patrick's Day 2017

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , 7:40 PM

Green pancakes for breakfast...and I tried with limited success to make clover shapes...

 The green trio...

Vianne would later claim this part was her favorite part of the day: we went across the street on a clover hunt. Just a day or two before, I had taught Vianne about four leaf clovers and how rare they were - and subsequently what "rare" means - and then she bent down, spent about 20 seconds looking, and came up with a four leaf clover...I kid you not.
 Our day-of efforts were not so fruitful, but we still had fun.

March 2017

Posted by Amy Evelyn Oden , 6:50 PM

Backyard cuties

Matching pants!
Spring began to spring...I had major tree envy (this is our neighbor's)
Oliver decided to give the climbing wall a try.
 It's not so much climbing as hanging when placed, 
but it's a great start!

The picture below demonstrates one of my funniest parenting moments thus far. Vianne and I had been playing a game of war with the deck of cards on the left.  Sometimes the games drag on so long that we leave off for a few hours or a few days, leaving our piles as is on the table, intending to come back to them. This particular game, we did come back to the next day, and in the interim, Vianne had happened upon a piece of scrapbooking paper that resembled the design on the back of the playing cards.  So - sneaky, hilarious little thing that she is - she decided to make two additional cards - two twos (the lowest card in the game, of course), which she then snuck into MY pile so that I would have worse cards to play with. Oh my gosh, two months later and I still laugh about this.
Peeking down the train path at the airport, waiting for someone special...
It's Grampa!
While Grampa was in town to occupy Oliver, Vianne & I had a very special Mama/Daughter outing, her first time ever at a movie theater, to see Beauty and the Beast.  We got the biggest popcorn and had a grand time!  Vianne was thoroughly enchanted with the movie and the whole experience!
Chess with Grampa
Both kids love riding on the Wee-hoo bike!
A few days later, the last week of March, we had some more special visitors 
who were on Spring Break - Aunt Jenny & Miriam!
Showing our park & all its wonders to Miriam

Blowing "wishes"

We had a fun outing to Old Town Sacramento...

A little lunch along the river

Love this one!!
Stop for Tillamook ice cream before heading home!