Monday, April 21

easter festivities!


what a wonderful celebration Easter is!
the kids are old enough that they are truly understanding that this holiday isn't just a holiday. we were able to spend several nights this past week reading the story of Christ's last week, watching a couple touching videos, and having some great discussions about why this "holiday" is truly something to celebrate and be grateful for.


and of course, we had some fun too! 
on saturday evening we headed over to Smith's for a big eggstravaganza!
there were bunny hop races, egg dying, egg races, the oreo game, and a great big egg hunt!










on friday we had the missionaries over for dinner. they shared a fantastic video with us and asked us if there was anyone we wanted them to share it with and jack immediately asked if they could visit his teacher. he's such a good missionary. i think if he could go on a full time mission right now, he wouldn't hesitate. hopefully he feels the same at 18. we gave them her address and after they left, we had a special prayer that his teacher would feel the spirit when the missionaries were in their home. later when talking about it with jack i asked "what if Mrs Floyd doesn't want to have the missionaries in her home?" and he said "why wouldn't she???". it was a good reminder for me to have simple faith like that. the missionaries did stop by, but his teacher was out of town for the weekend.

we did our traditional easter scripture egg hunt on good friday.


easter morning!
the easter bunny brought the kids books. and jack and ellie each also got a book lamp to read at night.
ellie is loving the Brownie & Pearl books right now.


this picture makes me laugh because charlie is shoveling in ellie's chocolate bunny and she is just about to realize its hers :)




this boy got the first harry potter book and was jumping up and down in excitement. thats my boy! 


he started it last night and couldn't stop laughing on the very first page when he read the description of Mr Dursley. it was a great mom moment for me. these books are still a little advanced for him right now, but he is determined to read them. out of nowhere he became obsessed with HP so we thought we better grab a broom and fly, er, i mean run with it :)

Saturday, April 19

our house


we closed on our home in florida yesterday.
we are so relieved to have that taken care of. 
there were a few surprises at the end that kind of left chris with unpleasant feelings. so much so that he said, "i don't think i'll ever buy another house!".
 I'm just glad its off our hands.
it's kind of bittersweet for me.

it was a great little house.

when we moved in, ellie was only a few weeks old and it was a prefect fit for our little clan.


jack was about 1 ½. 
those days of sleepless nights are a bit of a blur in my mind.
but we made that little white house on the corner 
our little white house on the corner.



so many wonderful things happened while living in that house.
fun visits from cousins and grandparents.
holidays.
charlie.
art shows.
family home evenings.
girls nights.
preschools.
kitchen makeovers with grandpa.
birthdays.

i would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

it was a great little house.


Monday, April 14

a perfect day



last thursday was the first absolutely perfect warm day!


 charlie and i put on our swimsuits and played in the backyard the whole day.


i couldn't get over this cute little face. 
i pulled out the camera so i can remember it just like this- forever.






it was a perfect day!

of course, the nice weather didn't last long...
we had a big storm last night, complete with eerie tornado sirens and all, which totally freaked the kids out as they were trying to go to bed. but i guess thats spring around here and i'll take it because we have green grass!


Thursday, April 3

ohio to arkansas... and back


we had our first visitors to the natural state!!!
arkansas isn't exactly at the top of most peoples spring break vacation list, so we feel pretty special that marc, delauna, and caiden made to drive from ohio for the week!
we all had so much fun with them and hope that caiden has had some time to recover from the constant attention of three, very active, kids!



caiden certainly got a workout with these three


he also taught jack and ellie how to do "the crow" pose. pretty freakin' awesome!



we went out to eat a couple times, visited the nature center, went to the theater to see mr. peabody, and the mamas even got away for an afternoon to visit the art museum and get pedicures. but mostly, we just hung out and caught up on all the brower family happenings. 


marc even picked up some squid for jack to try. he's definitely not a fan of the canned stuff! but they did introduce him to calamari, which he loved.




this was such a wonderful visit, we can hardly wait to plan a trip up to ohio to see everyone there. each night while tucking the kids in bed, ellie told me that this was the best spring break ever! we love being browers :)


Wednesday, March 12

recent happenings


lately, the Brower's have been...

...playing the banjo!

...being adorable!

...celebrating valentine's day!

...crafting valentines for school!
(idea and image from www.andweplay.com)

...missing florida!

...playing the violin!


....dressing up for "back in the day" at school!

...bbq-ing/fire-pitting with friends (before another winter storm)!

...living on the edge in a kitty helmet!
the kids were riding down a big hill on the plasma cars at the smith's. right after jack went down, one of our buddies went down, fell, and broke his arm :(

...getting ear infections!

...grilling with a new grill and making the yummiest chicken and steaks in the history.of.the.universe (during the winter storm)!

this sucker even has a rotisserie! 
chris is in man-heaven.




Thursday, March 6

a conversation


a recent conversation between the boys at dinner:

jack- every single day at recess, all the girls in my class chase me. like, ALL of them. not just sometimes, but every. single. day. (loud exhale)

chris- yeah, i remember that too!! the girls always chased me at recess!

j- really? (laughs) it's so annoying, huh!

c- yeah, it was annoying cause you just want to play, but there are girls following you. i always had like 3 or 4 girls chasing me. (winks at mom)

j- yeah, it's like my whole class. or maybe like 6 or 5 or something. (loud exhale) its so annoying.

for the record, ellie did attest to the truthfulness of jack's statement.

Tuesday, February 18

six! seis! sechs! sei!


ellie had a birthday!
how has it been six years since this feisty girl arrived?
ellie is a spunky girl who loves to sing, spin, and cartwheel through life. she can be the most thoughtful kid one minute and the next she can be throwing punches.... you never quite know what you'll get with this silly and passionate girl. she's reading pretty well now and can spell like a champ. it's fun to watch her grow in so many ways.
ellie girl, we love you so
and feel blessed you are ours!

she wore a brand new outfit from grandma janie on her special day.


mama and daddy brought her favorite lunch (mac and cheese from panera) to school for her and jack and she loved the special attention. she was also surprised with a mini bedroom makeover, filled with frilly pillows and girly pictures on her wall.

we had a tea party last thursday with three of her friends.


she requested oreo truffles rather than a cake, along with white chocolate cocoa.



the girls had a great time and ellie was happy happy happy!


she was showered with love from grandparents, aunts & uncles, cousins and friends.
what a lucky girl to be surrounded by so many who care about her!

here is a video of our sweet cheeks. 
it was so hard to cram 6 years of videos and pictures into one tiny video!