Sunday, March 31, 2013


Katherine was in the Easter drama at church this year, but I just realized that I didn't get any pictures of her.  She absolutely loved it.  I think she'll be volunteering for it every year now.  They had two performances - Saturday night and Sunday morning.

We started Sunday morning at home with an egg hunt, as usual. After church, we went to Mom's for just a small family gathering.  Chad had to work and much of the extended family was not in town.  It was a good, relaxing day.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Sun Run

Katherine and Joey decided that they wanted to do the 2-mile Easter Sun Run on the day before Easter.  This is the same race that Katherine ran last year when she discovered she liked to run.  Since she wasn't tired when she finished the 4-mile race, we told her to run this one as hard as she wanted to.  We made Joey stay with Grandpa (or maybe the other way around), but he was determined to make it the whole 2 miles.

Katherine ran it hard and was tired when it was over.  She freaked out a little bit when she couldn't get a deep breath, but once she got that first one, she was fine.  She won first place for her age group again!  I think her time was 15:20.  Based on her time, she would have placed second in the older age group.

Joey did well, also.  He ran about 1 1/2 before taking a break to walk a little bit and then finished it running.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Ava and Joey spent the day with Grandma so Katherine and I could have some girl time.  We got our toes done, did some shopping and had lunch.  Then we met the rest of the family at the park to walk around the path for the 2-mile run for the next day.

That evening, Chad and family joined us all at Mom's for dinner and egg hunt. As usual, the kids got really spoiled with over-flowing Easter baskets from Grandma.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Spring Break 2013

This was my first year to spend all of spring break with the kids.  I wanted it to be fun for them, so we had at least one fun activity each day.

Monday: Zoo (Ava's first time to go)
Tuesday: Build-A-Bear (After Joey's chemo)
Wednesday: With Grandma and Kennedie - Museum of World Treasures and Shopping
Thursday: Color Me Mine
Friday: Movie Day at Grandma's

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ava - 3 Months

Ava at 3 months:

Katherine's Run

We've recently discovered that Katherine has a talent for long-distance running.  I have no idea where she get it because I certainly don't run and neither does Jon.  She has an abundance of energy and it benefits her sometimes.  She ran her first race by herself - a 4-mile fundraiser for LLS - the St. Patrick's Day Run at the Dave Hammer Memorial.  Joey and I were at the half-way mark at the water stop.  Joey held up a sign and waved to everyone as they went by.  Their grandpa did a race walk the whole way.  Katherine did a great job.  Her time was 37.25 and she placed first in her age group, granted there were only 7 in her group.  She was 179 out of a total 437.  We were really proud of her. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clean Baby

I just thought she looked adorable, so I had to take some pictures...

Monday, March 4, 2013

Big Brother

I put Ava down for a nap in her bouncy seat and she wasn't happy about it. After several minutes, I noticed she wasn't crying anymore, so I peaked in her room to see if she was asleep.  What I found was precious.  Joey didn't want her to cry, so he had gone in and was reading to her.  He didn't see me, so I was able to get some pictures without him even knowing it.  Too cute.