Thursday, March 29, 2012

big news around here!

 Yesterday, Ethnie came bounding off the bus yelling, "Mom! I have to show you something!"
Me: "What is it?"
Ethnie: "Look! My tooth came out!!!"
Me: "No way! Did it hurt?"
Ethnie: "No and I didn't even cry!"
Me: "That's awesome. Is your tooth in your backpack?"
Ethnie: No, I accidentally ate it!"
Me: "What?"

Her teacher called me just minutes later to explain to me what had happened. She was eating her apple at lunch and didn't even notice it came out. Ms. Leslie looked around for it and couldn't find it. She came to the conclusion that she had swallowed it. No blood, no tears, no worries! It was a big day here in the Vogl household. And yes, the tooth fairy did come.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

i've got it good.

Ever have one of those days where you definitely realize how blessed and lucky you are? Well, today is one of those days for me. It is such a sobering feeling; knowing how good we have it. I see and hear about awful things happening around me every day and I still end up complaining about something! This is something I have been trying to keep fresh in my mind: what I have to be grateful for. Here are just a few:

- living in a free country
- a roof over my head
- plenty of food
- heat when I am cold
- clothing
- overall good health
- safety
- my husband
- my children
- my entire family!

Monday, March 19, 2012

spring break.

For Ethnie's spring break I took the kids up north to visit family. We had a great time! The kids really missed grandpa, grandma, and nana! We stayed at both houses and spent the majority of our time outside because it was so beautiful and warm. Going to the park was the most popular venue. We also played yard games and played with the pets! I also had a great visit with my grandparents. My grandma took us to the park one of the days. She brought popcorn and all the kids flocked to her! She was pretty popular. I just took some pictures of the kids having fun. I'll have to get the adults next time.

fresh burgers hot off the grill
Emmett's first four-wheeler ride
Lily went with!
thanks grandpa!
at the park with great grandma
swinging is Ethnie's favorite (mine too)
I REALLY had to keep my eye one him...
love the wood pile, but they were not into it
in Brainerd with Nana.
back home! Matt sure missed us. 
excited to ride her scooter
off to the park. again.

We can't get enough of this weather!!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

b&b surprise.

Matt surprised me with an overnight at our favorite bed and breakfast, the Nicolin Mansion. It was such a nice way to start the weekend. Matt took Friday off so we could pack up and bring the kids to my brother-in-law's place. They live in south MPLS so we decided to start our evening in Edina shopping.We went out for dinner then headed to the Nicolin in Jordan. It was so nice to relax and have some time together. And breakfast is the best part! Our feast included chocolate chip scones, a yogurt parfait, egg strata, seasoned potatoes, and a molten spice cake for dessert. Wheww! Needless to say, neither of us ate again until dinner. Thanks again babe!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

my thursday.

Nothing special happened today; just a typical Thursday at home with Emmett. Without the car. Matt has class on Thursdays so he takes the car.
We took our usual walk around the block. It's Emmett's favorite thing to do before we wait for Ethnie at the bus stop. It's so cute watching him lumber along and step in all the puddles. Looking at his wardrobe, I can tell he needs bigger sizes in just about everything, but I don't want to buy anything for him unless it's for the summer season. I can't get myself to buy him anymore sweaters or warm pants! It's that time of year when we all start dressing for spring prematurely. We just want it to come so badly! I think it's far worse when you go somewhere warm for spring break and come back to colder temps. Once you've felt that warm air on your bare skin and have been wearing flip flops for a week, it's pure torture to put on a coat.
When Ethnie got home she and Emmett played really well together. They have this new 'game' where Ethnie runs around on all fours acting like a dog and Emmett chases after her. It's so funny to see him when he gets winded! His little body is not used to all that running. They also chase each other around the dining room table and laugh. Despite the noise, I really love those moments. They bring that joy into motherhood that we all want.
So that's it. Like I said, just a typical Thursday. Think spring everyone!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

thank you, peppa pig.

Has anyone else seen this show before? It is ADORABLE. It's a very popular cartoon from the UK and my kids love it. It's great for parents too because there is no annoying music or characters. Plus, the British accent doesn't hurt! It's a very simple, sweet cartoon for kids. I don't think it's on cable anymore, but you can buy the DVDs online.
Another reason why I love this show so much is because it's one of the only shows that Emmett will actually sit down and watch all the way through. This means I can take a shower in peace! And in the morning, like most Americans. Usually, I am showering at a semi-sonic speed or fending off Emmett from opening the shower curtain. But now he can watch this show while I take advantage of one of life's many luxuries.