Saturday, May 9, 2009

Weekend Top Five

A good weekend. Each day started out cold and rainy, and ended up beautiful.

Here are my top five:

5. MIL visit and Noah's field day
My MIL came for a short visit Friday afternoon. I was originally supposed to have a garage sale and she was coming down to take Aaron for a few hours, but I ended up moving the sale and she came down anyway. After some grocery shopping due to a huge sale on meat, we went out to a park by Noah's school to pick him up from his "walk-a-thon" (kind of like his schools' version of a field day).

No surprise, Noah spent the entire half hour walk with the girl from his class.

Noah's on the left
4. Baseball game
For Noah's second game, he and I rode our bikes to the ball park, which was a fun change. Noah finally got to play "catcher" for one of the innings. He struggled a little because the pads kept falling off of him and he seemed a little scared of the ball at first, but it was much more fun than hanging in the outfield, which he did all three of the other innings.

3. Meijer Gardens
My brother and his family were here for the weekend. So after a very rainy beginning to Saturday, we decided to take the kids out to Mejijer Gardens.

The butterfly exhibit was supposed to close at the end of April, but there were still quite a few flying around. We were fascinated by one big African moth. It was bigger than our hands and the volunteer there was very knowledgeable about all of the butterflies.

There is also an arboretum and sculpture park. I will be sharing my favorite sculpture later in the week.

Here's Aaron and the bear sculpture

The kids had fun playing in the children's garden, including a HUGE treehouse with different rooms and rope bridges, but my favorite part was the nature trail they have. It runs along a river and ends up at an old farmhouse and barn.

The major event of the nature trail was "turtle spotting". They were everywhere. The turtles were very active and we saw a ton of them. My sister in law won the award for being the expert frog spotter.

I even got a cute picture of all five cousins peeking out of the little kids' gate

2. Mother's Day Gifts
Steve got out of bed early Sunday morning to make a pancake breakfast for us before church, and I opened my presents from the boys. Steve had taken the boys to one of the Michael's craft nights to make me cards and had also helped them to paint trivets for me. Noah was also proud to have made a stepping stone for me. I can't wait to find the perfect place to put it in the yard.

1. Mother's Day Afternoon
We had a nice relaxing visit at my parents' after church for Mother's Day. My brother's family was still there as well as one of my stepbrothers and his family. We came home mid-afternoon and it finally got warm outside so Steve took the boys outside to play for a little while.

The Week Ahead:
We have baseball games Monday, Wednesday, AND Friday this week, and Noah's Spring concert Thursday night. Top it all off with my student recital on Saturday afternoon. Should be a busy week. I can't believe there are only three more Mondays to deal with before summer vacation. Woo Hoo!

Have a great Monday.


Anonymous said...

Aww! The Michaels things came out so nice!! They should be proud :)

AZMom said...

Sounds like a great weekend. I remember when Busy Boy was so excited to play catcher too! I totally forgot to take pics with the kids today....bad mommy!! Happy Mother's Day to you!

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

I have almost the exact same photo of that moth, lol. :)

Scarlet O'Kara said...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend and your boys and husband did a wonderful job of making you feel special and loved.

bethn said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day!

Kila said...

Your family has so much fun :) Belated Happy Mother's Day to you!

Courtney said...

I finally got to post a "mini recap" today. Check it out if you'd like. Sounds like your week is going to be busy & your weekend sounds nice.