1. Aaron has started reading. He has a lot of sight words he recognizes and he is sounding out words. It's still limited, but it is amazing to us. He was looking at his Monthly Interview from last month and he said, I said my favorite animal was a zebra.
2. Abby is extremely animated. All the time. About everything. This is especially fun in public. Strangers are smiling to themselves in the grocery store as she is chirping about whatever such thing. She always has something to say and her expressions are priceless. Tonight as she was putting on her tutu that she sleeps in over her PJs she said, "Do you know what the word Tu Tu means? It means you are a princess."
3. Jory's grandmother, Big Mom, passed away a week ago today. It was expected but still very sad. She was an incredible woman. It was a wonderful thing to see so much family this week, though. Kim kept the kids for a couple of days while we went to the funeral and other things.
4. Aaron is extremely into making up animated stories while he plays with his toys. Mostly his two fighter jets from Planes, but other toys, too.
5. Aaron and Abby really play well together. Obviously not all the time, but they do enjoy each other and they enjoy the same things. I love to listen to them playing together and watch them outside together.
I think one of our favorite traditions has been the Nash Farm Easter Egg Hunt.
The kids (and we) were so excited.
But it has gotten really big, so it's a bit crazier than we'd like
And Abby fell on the way in. It was a little, normal fall and she wasn't hurt at all, but it really freaked her out. We were told this would be normal for a while after her big fall last week.
But she was more upset than we've seen her and she really didn't end up regrouping before the hunt was over.
Aaron got a ton of eggs, though, and that was really cool.
Afterwards, we went to the Farmers Market and had a great time. That's one of our favorite things to do and we got lots of yummy goodies to enjoy for lunch!
As a side note, the day after Abby got hurt last week, she woke up and wanted Chex for breakfast. We didn't realize that she wouldn't be able to eat for a while and the pain of trying even something as simple as cereal in milk really upset her. Even though she was back to eating normally within three days, she refuses to try Chex again. She says, "One day, I ate Chex and it hurt me." So now she eats Cheerios.
Abby made her first trip to the emergency room. (And as an aside, don't her legs look soooo long in the above picture)?
She fell hard off the piano bench onto the hard wood floor and she busted her chin. HARD. The gash was deep - I got a glimpse of it before it filled up with blood. We took her to have it stitched up. The doctors were great with her. She was so scared, but she was a trooper. The doctors said it would scar a bit, but should fade in a couple of years. She was pretty shell shocked for a day or so after, but she's back to her old self and we are so glad!
I love, love, love when I can dress the kids in clothes that were mine or Doug's or our parents. My grandma made me this outfit. You can't see the stitching detail, but I love it. It fit Abby well and she had some room in it. I loved seeing her in it!
I am linking up with Kelly's blog for Show Us Your Life Friday. The topic is pasta recipes and I couldn't pass it up, because I LOVE the stuffed shells recipe I make. It is family friendly and it makes enough for two families. I take it A LOT for meals and I always get rave reviews. It is easy, it tastes great and kids love it!
Source: Real Simple
Jumbo pasta Shells
oz jar Marinara sauce
(15 oz) containers Ricotta
chopped baby spinach
Set an oven rack to the
highest position and heat oven to 400.Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and run under
cold water until cool
Spread Marinara sauce
in bottom of a large baking dish
In a bowl combine
ricotta, spinach, Parmesan, salt and pepper
Spoon mixture into
shells and place on top of the sauce.Sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until shells are heated through,
Increase heat to
broil.Broil until cheese begins to
brown, 2-5 minutes