Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Moving the blog

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have created a new blog about the boys. It seemed like it was time to say say good bye to the preschool blog, especially with Wyatt's birth and Owen starting Kindergarten. Stop on by and check it out : )

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Soccer Season!

It's that time of year again. We call it Spring here, back home it would be the beginning of Summer. Whatever you call it, it is lovely and welcomed. The time when the weather turns warm and the grass begins to green. It's also the time of year to begin outdoor activities. This year, Owen decided he wanted to play soccer again, so a few weeks ago we signed up. Our first week was rained out and Owen and his buddies were chomping at the bit to get started. Last week the sun made it's way around the clouds and soccer began!

Last year we had a great time with the Black Hawk Soccer league, but this year we decided to stick it a little closer to home and to play with the Maplewood Parks and Rec/NESA. This gives The Chief a chance to play with his neighbors and schoolmates. It's also a little earlier in the season and with baby-to-be due in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure his plate is full of fun activities until his little brother makes an appearance.

It's a similar format to the Black Hawk league. Small groups with a coach to learn the basics and small group 3v3 play. There are some very athletic kids out there. I am happy to report that this year Owen is paying closer attention to the coach and learning new skills. He's pretty happy to be on the same team as one of his classmates and he seems to be making friends with the other players as well.

Here is Owen and a buddy enjoying the night at soccer : )
I think this season is going to be filled with lots of fun!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Mother's Day 2010

Happy Mother's Day! This year I had a lovely Mother's Day. I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Su and Jess down in Atlanta, a handprint picture from my Little Chief, and a new blinds for the downstairs which Troy lovingly installed for me that night! Also, we were invited to Bridget and Bob's for a Mother's Day lunch. I slept in, had breakfast made for me and enjoyed the day : )

Me and Owen being silly for the camera

Beautiful bouquet from the In-Laws

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~Elizabeth Stone

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." ~Marcel Proust

"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts." ~Washington Irving

I hope all of the Mama Ladies in my life had a beautiful, wonderful Mother's Day. I missed you Su, Mom, Grandma, and Anna. You all deserve the most wonderful blessings and I am thankful for the mothers in my life, my family and my friends. The women who have influenced my own adventures into motherhood are such a diverse, creative collective. I have learned who I want to be, what I agree with (and what I don't), how to love, and how to raise my children to the best of my ability. Thank you for your love and support.

Happy Mother's Day to us all!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Happy Birthday to Papa Bear!

April 14th was Papa Bears 36th birthday! Unfortunately for him, his special day fell midweek and that meant having to go to work. I think he may have got to sleep in for about 20 minutes, but Owen wouldn't let him rest much longer than that!

We had a fancy birthday breakfast of cold cereal and coffee.

Dinner was better- Cosetta's lasagna and poke-n-pour cake. My cooking was very limited this year, as in, I made garlic toast. I didn't even get to make the cake! I tried to get Owen to make it with me, but he insisted that he and daddy make the cake. So they did! Tony and Linda came over later to enjoy the cake with us. It was a really nice way to round out the day.

Owen and I did have fun running errands and buying gifts. Everywhere we went he would tell someone: "Today is my daddy's birthday. He's 36!" It was pretty cute.

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! I hope you enjoyed your day! We love you!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Easter 2010

Happy Easter 2010!

Some little 5 year old awoke extra early on Easter Sunday to go hunting for his goody basket! He and Papa Bear hunted up and down and all around before they found the bunny's treasure hidden behind the curtains. Bubble wand, chocolate bunny, Pez, jelly beans, a book and more!

G'Ma and G'Pa sent a bunch of wrapped gifts for all of us. Owen waited an entire week before opening them! He was saving them for Easter. I couldn't believe the restraint. Good for him!

Easter Morning snuggles from Papa : )

We enjoyed our traditional breakfast of bunny shaped pancakes - Yum!!

We hope everyone had a fun, family filled day celebrating the joy of Spring!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy 5th Birthday to Owen!

Little Chief turns the big 0-5!
March 7, 2010 was a big day here in the Yeagerhood. Our sweet little baby turned 5 years old! 5! Did I mention it was his 5th birthday? 5 years have passed since he made his way into this world. 5 years of the most amazing adventure I have ever been on. 5 years of trials and tests of wills and 5 years of the complete unknown. 5 fabulous, wonderful, wouldn't-trade-them-for-anything years.

The morning could have passed for Christmas and I'm not talking about the snow! We had Owen's gifts in a pile in the living room just waiting to be discovered. When he saw them he was soooo excited! It made us pretty excited, too. He did have to wait for G'ma and G'Pa to wake up before he opened them, but as soon as the coffee was made he ran downstairs and got them up and out of bed. It was an early morning.

After a good breakfast we packed up some goodies and headed over to the Eagles Nest where we were having Owen's party. We picked up on this idea from a classmate of Owen's and I think it worked out really well. The kids played, climbed, and burned a bunch of energy and the grown ups were able to chase kids and chit chat.

We had a pizza and fruit lunch followed by cupcakes and gifts. Here is a link to our friends, The Letts' blog- they had an awesome video of us singing Happy Birthday- thank you, Erinn!

After an hour of climbing the kids were hungry!

After lunch Owen blew out his number 5 candle and opened his gifts. Then they headed back out to the play area for more running and climbing. We had a pretty good mix of friends there to celebrate with us. Our playgroup friends and our preschool friends. I think the kids did great and got along well, even if they didn't all know each other. I think overall it was a very successful party! Whoo hoo!

Having fun in the giant "gerbil run"

Happy Birthday Owen!
We love you!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Snow Shoes

This past weekend we had an unexpected opportunity to try out snowshoes! We were tooling around on a sunny Sunday afternoon without much of a destination in mind when Owen and I decided to show Troy the Maplewood Nature Center. When we got there the lady working asked if we were there for the snowshoe rental. Snowshoes? Really? Let's go home, get our gear on, and zoom right back for a walk around the lake!

To be honest, the path was so well worn that plain ol' boots would have been fine, but we there for the new experience after all, so we trudged our way around the 7/8 mile path and convinced ourselves that this was what people do for fun in Saint Paul on a 30 degree Sunday afternoon.

Little Chief made it the whole way around, but about halfway through we began to hear the rumblings of " I can't go anymore." So we did a few races, looked for more animal tracks and did what we could to make it the other half way round. It worked and we arrived in one piece : )

While I knew the lake was frozen, and only a few feet deep, I still couldn't bring myself to walk on it. I am not that Minneostan. Owen kept trying to convince me that "it's really OK, Mom, " but it just wasn't for me. I stuck to the path and took the pictures.

All in all it was a great time. I would totally be up for doing this again. Another lake, a little less well defined path...yeah, I would do it. I'm at least that Minnesotan.