Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spring Break

We are back from what I call a "Whirl Wind" of a road trip. It honestly felt like we were gone for a month and it was only a week. Our "little" trip started Saturday, April 11 around 11:00am. We headed up to Glen Rock, Pa. to spend Easter with the Zeilers. Of course traffic on 95 was the same....awful, so instead of going through DC and Baltimore we detoured and let Maddison drive from Gaithersburg to Glen Rock. She did great and loved all of the hills and curves!
Sunday was good, all of Larry's side of the family came up for the Easter celebration, good food good conversation. The kids had fun playing with the cousins they only see maybe once a year and yes the Easter bunny did visit Grandma and Grandpa's place. Monday started out not so good for me...stiff neck...but I was still able to go and visit with my good friend Andrea. While I was in Littlestown, Adam the kids and his parents took a drive to the inner harbor in Baltimore.
Tuesday we all got back in the car for a 2-3 hour trip to NYC. It was rainy and cold and I was thinking "why in the world did we go north when in the south the weather was sunny and warm?" wasn't sooo bad. We checked in, parked the car and off we started walking to Time Square and to find food. Typical pictures in front of Rockaeller Center and Time Square at night. During our four days in NYC, of course we ate (the most important thing) we visited the Natural History Museum, Central Park, the Plaza, FAO Schwartz, the Empire State Bldg. or as Sebastian referred to it "The Pirate State Bldg.", Statue of Liberty, Wall St., SoHo, Greenwhich Vlg, Tribeca, China Town, Little Italy and all of the big stores! The whole time we are trapesing about the weather was cold and windy, then on Friday as we are leaving the city the temp reaches 74 deg. "WHATS UP WITH THAT?"
Not a big deal it was only two hours to Uncle Neil and Aunt Lori's north of Philly....YEA! Good weather and the kids played outside with their cousin Landon until dark....wore them out! Saturday afternoon we headed into the city for a little more site seeing....Maddison's thoughts..."Not again..I could give a tour of this city with my eyes closed" but she did enjoy her cheesesteak, matter of fact we all enjoyed our cheesesteaks! We visited the Liberty Bell, Ben's house and a few other spots. All in all it was a fantastic day. That evening I do believe Lori and I were the first to fall out so I cant say how Saturday night actually went.
Sunday after a late breakfast, back into the car we go for our 10 hour drive home....WOOOHOOO. not a bad drive at all and here we are back to normal. Until May.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Very Smart Girls

Just a quick note....Jillian made the Principal's List again and Gabrielle (since 1st grade does not receive letter grades) is above grade in all her subjects and was awarded the Art, Guidance, Citizenship, Math, Spelling, AR and a few others. Maddison is as well doing a great job (have not received her report card yet). We are so proud of our GIRLS

Sunday, April 5, 2009


OK, I dropped the ball for the end of March so I am adding those events now to the beginning of Aprils. This is what was dropped..... Jillian had her third grade program which was about the fifty states and saluting our Armed Force Heroes. Then the only other thing that I failed to mention was Adam finally returned home (YEA!!).
Now on to April. This month began like any other until five p.m. rolled around. We (the family) were outside with the neighbors just chatting and kids playing. Bikes and scooters came out and Adam made a comment about how he had just tightened Sebastian's training wheels and I said "lets just take the darn things off and see what he can do!" and Viola!!! I took them off and put Sebastian in the cul de sac on his bike and said GO! He took off like a pro, as if he had been riding his bike without training wheels since birth. What a little show off. Now Gabrielle, is still riding with training wheels so the crowd encouraged Gabrielle to take her training wheels off. This did not go so well, plus she could care less. This all happened April 1st. April 2nd went by without anything to mention. April 3rd was our anniversary which consisted of me taking Maddison to the dentist, picking up the car and getting Adam's present....he was so excited, if only the wind had not been blowing.
April 4th was the hospitals Easter Celebration....5000 eggs, pony rides, petting zoo animals, moon bounce and of course free food. Kids had a wonderful time.
April 5th we headed up to the High School for Gabrielle. Now I know what you are thinking, what could possibly be happening at the High School on a Sunday that would involve Elle, well here ya go...... back in the fall her class had to write a short story from a prompt. The teachers from Onslow County and Camp Lejeune Schools choose which ones they wanted to submit for The Young Authors. Two Hundred and Twenty Six went to the Regional level and were published. Gabrielle's was one of those to be published. There were four total from her class that were chosen. We are so proud of her.
I have to apologize the videos will not upload...maybe next time
I will write more after we return from Easter and Spring Break....til then