Thursday, April 30, 2009

Threadbare Surf Doggies

These are Surf Doggie socks.

They are Nicholas' favorite socks ever. His Grandma Chelle gave them to him on Easter 2008. They have been loved. They started today with this small hole you can see on his right foot, and a small hole on each toe.

After 30 minutes of jumping on the trampoline, this was the state of the beloved Surf Doggies. Nicholas, however, was completely oblivious to the fact that his toes had burst through the ends of his socks.

He wore them like this the rest of the day.
This will be the last day for Surf Doggie socks.

They were well loved.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


I think dandelions are going to overtake my lawn. I am too cheap to pay someone to come spray them. Last year I bought some dandelion killer in a huge bottle and diligently sprayed the things every few weeks. What do I get for my efforts? Even more this year!!

I challenged the boys to fill an entire quart jar each with dandelions. They each did an entire jar in the backyard alone. I then bribed them with money to do another quart each in the front yard. They both almost filled up their second jars.

P.S. You can't see it very well in these pictures, but Nicholas has had a crazy rash on his cheeks the past week or so. It was really bad this particular day. He was complaining that it was itchy, so I dabbed calamine lotion all over his cheeks. You can see a pink/white film on his cheeks from the calamine lotion.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Wrapped around her finger...and not

Thomas adores Estella. Nicholas is indifferent. I think it is their ages that makes the difference. Here are a few examples that prove my point...

Exhibit one:
Thomas shares sucker with Estella

Estella, knowing her sweet big brother has a soft spot for her leans in and turns on the sweet little sister antics....leaning close, giving a huge grin, saying "PEASE" (please) and "UM UM" (yum yum).
Sweet success!
"See Mom...He can't resist me."

Exhibit Two:
Nicholas taunts Estella with a piece of gum

Nicholas, quietly playing with an unopened stick of gum, is soon noticed by little sister Estella.
The gum promptly becomes an airplane that soars to heights beyond little sister's reach.
Uh oh...little sister has lost interest. Airplane descends enough to again entice the attentions of little sister.
"See little is still here. Do you see it? Do you want it?"
"Too bad...I am so much taller than you."
"Hooray. I have the power!"
I rest my case.
I am not trying to infer that Nicholas doesn't share as well as Thomas...he shares very well. It is just interesting to me the different ways they interact with each other at different ages.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What is happening?

What just happened Mom?
When I squeeze this it shoots water in my face.
Hmm...I think I might try that again.
And again...and again...and again.
Ah ha. If I put it in my mouth I get to drink it. YUM!

Friday, April 17, 2009


We roasted marshmallows and made smores while my family was here. I think I have mentioned this on here before, but Jackson's dad made this fire pit out of the drum from an old washing machine. It works great!

My sister Jamie and Estella.

Thomas digs in!

Estella somehow got ahold of the bag of marshmallow and didn't hesitate to start stuffing them in her mouth.

Nicholas has a fire lover's style to roasting his marshmallows. He holds them right in the flames. It is a little stressful, because the roasting stick is too long for him to be able to blow out the flaming marshmallow himself. So, whenever Nicholas starts roasting, someone has to be ready to start blowing.

If you blow the flames out before the marshmallow is completely black, back into the fire it goes.
Yum...blackened marshmallow smore!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Easter Egg Hunt

My dad was holding the remote :)

My sweet mom prepared and brought an easter egg hunt for the kids. We did the hunt Saturday afternoon. She had different colored eggs for each child, and before the hunt began she tied ribbons on their wrists to remind them which color of egg they could pick up.

Estella was so funny carrying her little basket around. She loved picking up the eggs and putting them inside her basket.
She got a bit distracted by the swing set. She set her basket down ever so carefully.
And climbed up for a swing.

Grandpa helped get her focused again.

The boys were darting around so fast I could hardly get a picture of them. This egg slowed Nicholas down long enough for me to catch up.

Nicholas spots one! I think Grandma might have given him a hint...Daddy and Uncle Cody hid them pretty hard...we had to give out lots of hints.

"Mom...why are you asking me to stop and look at you?"
"Because I want to take a picture of all the Easter eggs you found."

Full baskets...happy kids!
Thanks, Mom, for the fun Easter egg hunt!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

My Groesbeck Family

Can you figure out who is holding the camera's remote control?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Easter!

We had a MARVELOUS Easter! My entire family was here for the weekend and we had a blast. I have yet to weed through the pictures, but there are LOTS! For are a couple of darling Essie last week.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I will never dry sheets again

Why will I never dry sheets again? Because there is another way...a better way! I love the Pioneer Woman blog. She is full of great information, good tips, and fun laughs. A while ago she did this post on "The trouble with six beds."

I admit, I was sceptical, but I tried it and like I said...I will never dry sheets again. Try it...I dare you! :)

Thursday, April 02, 2009

High Flying Nicholas

Nicholas amazed me with his balance! He was perfectly calm and steady up high on Jackson's hands. He loved it! Jackson's arms were sore the next day from lifting him up and down so many times:)