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May 21, 2013

Our Life Lately

We've been busy little bees around the Cole house and, thanks to my trusty iPhone (that my office got for me, that I never have farther than two inches away from my person and, thusly, have developed a bit of a relationship with), I've captured so many of those moments. 

Sometimes I think technology is ruining our society.  Between it providing immediate gratification and all access to absolutely anything (from uplifting good to seriously crazy bad) and it fostering anti-social behavior...well, people can very easily be left alone with their computers, with no real human contact and no boundaries on what their eyes see and ears hear.

"Oh be careful little eyes what you see...oh be careful little ears what you hear..."  That song has a lot of validity in today's world.  For kids and adults.

But often I thank God for the tiny HD camera/video camera/phone/tv/computer that fits in my pocket and allows me to document my kids' childhoods so easily.  That's a special gift.  I guess, as in all things, technology just needs balance and limits.

Anywho, after a Facebook scolding by my dad about not having blogged for awhile, I thought I'd better get on it. :)  Here's a recap of the past several weeks.

My little bumble bee princess.

Rich making chicken walnut pesto ravioli from scratch with the kids.
Mother's Day dinner at our favorite Japanese steakhouse. 
The kids' sweetest tiny Mother's Day cards for me.  Not much is better than handprint crafts.  
Lena's new swimsuit, which she picked out herself...too cute. 

Making snickerdoodles with my girl. Mom and Dad found that cute apron for her.  She never wants to take it off.  And she can roll snickerdoodle dough in cinnamon sugar like nobody's business!

Story cubes.  I had to video them making up their funny stories one night.  Feel free to breeze past the videos - Sam's secret agent story is especially long and Lena's is pretty sporadic, but I had to post them for grandparents' enjoyment.   


Miles snoozing a Sunday afternoon away. 

Jackie Boy's 10th birthday party...a surprise birthday party! It was such a great afternoon.
Complete with new friends...

And two gerbils (Jack's big present from Lori and Matt) running around in balls.  Here's Lily and Thumper having a stare-down. 
Race for the Cure!  Such a special thing to do with two such important women in my life.  Here's Mom signing the survivor wall.

Three ladies ready for the 5K crawl.
Thunder Tunnel - motorcycles line both sides of the street with their engines roaring, high-fiving everyone, showing support and joining the fight.  Always a really touching part of the race for us.



Mom finishing the race in the special survivor lane!  So proud of her! 

Later that same day...Sam's very first t-ball game.  There he is, little number 1, with his shirt hanging down to his knees and his hat pushing his ears down.
Rich, the assistant coach.

Mom and Lena, cheering on the boys.
He hit it every time. Yea Sammy!  He had to hold up the helmet to run the bases, though. Hahaha...he's so stinking little.   

Rich and Sam in the outfield.
Sam and I had a Mommy-Son day after church last week.  He's been begging to go to a cemetery near church, so that morning we finally went.  He was fascinated.  I know that may seem weird to some, but I think it's cool that he's interested in those things.  I guess because I always was too.  He asked lots of questions and was very respectful, even helped me dust off dried grass and pull weeds from some of the stones.

Then we headed out to lunch in Westerville. 
When we drive to the sitters, we pass an antique store with some old toys in the window.  Sam's been asking for months to go there and, after, across the street to get ice cream.  I wasn't sure if we'd be in the store very long, but my boy surprised me again, asking all sorts of questions and finding all kinds of treasures.  He must have an old soul...
Ice cream at Graeter's.  Then we headed to Half Price Books and found two of the coolest kids books and a gerbil book for the Wingers. 
It was a full, fun, beautiful, much too rare day alone with my boy. 

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