Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Kids, kids, and more kids

We've had a pretty busy couple of weeks here. Currently, we are staying with my friend Brandee's kids. Brandee and her husband went on a cruise for 12 days, so we are watching their five kids and dog. Before you think me a saint, don't. We have alterior motives. :) They will be watching our kids for 7 days in April while Hans and I go to Ireland. I figure it's a fair trade because my two kids are equivilant to their five and their horrid dog. :) We've actually had a pretty fun time with them (except for the middle of the nights and early, early mornings). The kids had school off on friday and monday, so we had some fun activities planned. We had a big party at my house to celebrate Valentine's day. That was on Saturday. We had 19 children and only seven adults there. My friend Lisa was also watching another family's four kids. She brought her four kids and the four they were watching over the weekend. My cousin Renee came with her two kids, and our other friends Suzanne and Roger came with their two kids. Every year we have a tradition to let the kids decorate sugar cookies with frosting and tons of candy. After the candy fest, we all went to the movie Astro boy (very dumb, don't waste your time or money). On Monday, I took the all seven kids with me to Ramba Zamba and had a blast. It's an indoor play area that's even fun for adults. The trampolines are a total blast. The big jungle gym is tall enough for me to stand straight up in.

Where's Gabe?
Eva LOVED this slide. I went on it quite a few times myself. She started getting more daring each time, wanting to go down backwards and head first.

This is Caleb in the air. He's one of the kids I'm watching. It's super fun to jump real high off the top and bounce off at the end.

Gabe couldn't get enough of the ball pen.

Eva carried this balloon around everywhere. She and I loved the trampolines the best.

At my house in Mainz-Kastel with the girls. This was at our Valentine's party. Suzanne is to my left and Lisa and Renee are to my right. These three girls are the ones that ran the Frankfurt Marothon together. They call themselves the running G-ma's (running grandmas because they want to be running even when they're grandmas).

Renee's adorable boy Derek.

These are the cookies Courtney made. She's the only girl in the family of five kids I'm watching. She's a great help.

Way too many boys!!

This is Wyatt and Gabe (wyatt is the youngest of the five). They have a love/hate relationship. Well, mostly a hate relationship. They have their love moments, but they're few and far between. They were due two days apart, but Wyatt was five weeks early, so now they are one month apart. These two are quite the handful sometimes. They fight over toys like crazy! They also both love to hit each other. Wyatt may look sweet, adorable and small (which he most of the time is) but he can hold his own with my little monster!

Here's my little monster. This is his "I'm going to go crazy on you any second now" face. When you see this face, run!

This is my adorable friend Kara. She gave me this camera that I'm using. I broke my other camera right after our trip to Scotland (one of the reasons why I haven't posted much). She just gave it to me. She wouldn't let me pay her either. This camera is a Sony Cyber-shot 7.2 mega pixels with a huge zoom. She's such a doll. I really apriciate it. Another reason she's the bomb-diggity...she went to BYU on a full ride golf scholorship. I can't wait until this summer. I'm making her give me golfing lessons! Love you Kara!


The Duke said...

Crud, Lindsey, we forgot Gabe's birthday!! I saw it on Facebook and that's not where I want to see the birthday wishes! I wish you would put it on the blog because only half my brain cells work! I have such a hard time remembering even the simplest things.
I guess we've all stopped posting the birthdays but I wish we didn't. It looked like he enjoyed his birthday cake! Yum...
You look, by the way, amazing in that photo with all the women!
Give that little kiddo monster a big hug from me!!

renee said...

Valentines was a blast! Can't wait for next year. Actually, I take that back. I hope next valentines takes a loooong time to get here because I am sick of this cold snowy weather. Still, thanks for hosting that amazing party!

Lokodi said...

mom, what are you smoking? Gabe hasn't had his birthday yet. He doesn't turn 2 until the 28th of this month. So, next week. What birthday wishes are you talking about? And birthday cake? Are you looking at last years pictures?


Michelle said...

Have a fun couple of weeks Lindsey. Happy birthday to Gabe. I'm on facebook way more than any blogs, but I missed it too, sorry about that. You look fabulous by the way, how much weight have you lost now? When all this babysitting is over, make sure you get a much needed vacation or break or spa day!

Michelle said...

Ok, so glad I didn't miss anything. No happy birthday to Gabe, well not yet, too funny. That would be why I missed it. Since I'm on facebook nearly every day, but the blogs are about once a week and that is only if I have time. Facebook is connected to my e-mail. If only everyones' blogs were connected and e-mailed us when they were updated, I might check them more often. Sure miss you Lindsey.

Mike and Adrianne said...

It looks like a great party. Our Valentine's celebration was pretty lame. We were all sick the two weeks before so when it came, we were just starting to feel well and we've had so much snow. I just finally got out of our house the day before and everything was gone and the boys weren't able to take Valentine's to any friends.

Team Clark said...

Wow - looks like so much fun! Happy Birthday to Gabe! I can't believe he's getting so big.
Hey - will you call me when you get a chance? I've been wanting to call you lately, but I'm just not too savvy on the whole calling Germany thing...so would you mind calling me? I just want to see how you are and stuff. Thanks!

Seth and Natalie said...

That looks like the absolute best valentine's day ever! Cute kids, cute ladies, beautiful cookies, the best jungle gym ever. You are such a world traveller, have fun in Ireland.

The Whetten Family said...

so I see you know the Terhune's I love them... Once I saw the video of Sierra I knew you would be by them. Did you know they were in the blythewood ward.... If you ever get a chance to have a game night with them ask them to play the Terhune way.... :)