Today, the weather was beautiful and since Dave is on vacation, we took advantage of the day and took the kids to the playground. We really had a nice time as a family Mairead is LOVING the extra time with her daddy- I think she knows that he is not really 'supposed' to be home this much, so she is trying to spend pretty much every second with him.
Of course, Jack spent a lot of time playing with cars and trucks- his favorite thing to do.
Ben toddled all over the park.
But he did come back to spend some time with his big brother.
Mairead had a blast checking out every part of the playground.
The other day, Nana and Grampy were out working in the yard and Mairead was a big help. She helped plant some flowers in the window boxes.
Playing in the dirt was a lot of fun.
This funny face is because she was sniffing the flowers.
We have been having a lot of fun with the kids while Dave is on break. It's not all good news around here since yesterday involved Jack's trip to the ER, my car getting sideswiped in a parking lot and the paint being scraped off of the front fender (no note, of course), and the news that Dave's car is totaled. He was in a small accident THREE weeks ago, and they just told us yesterday that the car is a total loss, so we need to find a new one asap. The car thing is bad news financially, but Dave and I were also a little bit sentimental about the car since we brought Mairead home from the hospital in it, and Dave and Mairead have spent countless hours in it on the road to and from day care. When we tell her she is going bye bye with Daddy, she says, "Blue car?" I guess we will have to get another blue car just for her.
The important thing is that overall, everyone is happy and healthy. We know that we are lucky to have all that we do. My parents watched the kids last night so that Dave and I could grab some dinner together and take a break from the nuthouse, and we know that most parents would kill for that time!
On a very special positive note- welcome to the world, Eli Benjamin Hickok! Eli is Mairead, Jack, and Ben's newest cousin, and he was born just this morning! Congratulations to John, Michelle, and big brother, Noah!!!! Their blog is linked on the right and is the 'Baby Boy Hickok' one. Hopefully we will have some beautiful pictures of Eli soon!