Sunday, April 24, 2011


We had a great Easter.  It was beautiful outside.  Yeah!  Usually it seems like it is always freezing on Easter and rainy.  On Good Friday we dyed eggs. We have dyed eggs on Good Friday ever since I was a kid so I carried on the tradition with my kids.   Aurora and Corina had a good time dyeing eggs.  I had some boxes of dye and so Corina got her own box and Aurora had her own.  It worked out wonderfully.

Easter morning the girls were so excited.  Especially Aurora.  Her voice was almost a squeal every time she found and egg.  She is 3 this year so she is really able to enjoy it.  Gwyneth was really just excited about the toys she got in her Easter basket and she just wanted to check them out.  Mark tried to get her to look for eggs but she kept going back to her toys in her Easter basket.

On a bitter sweet note Corina asked this morning if the Easter Bunny was real and if I got the gifts and eggs. I asked her what she thought.  She said that she thought that I had gotten them and then she asked me if I did.  I had to say yes. She had asked me the night before and I told her I would tell her later.  At least she didn't ask about Santa.  I'm sure she will figure it out soon enough.  Anyway then she was asking why they had the Easter Bunny so I told her we would look up the history of the Easter Bunny.  Also that she had better not tell Aurora that the Easter Bunny isn't real.

So I'm posting one picture this week and then I made a slide show of the rest with smile box.  This week it was so nice outside.  It was almost 80.  The girls wanted to have a water fight outside and wanted to know if they could put on their bathing suits.  I thought might as well.  Actually we all got a little tan from being outside this week.

The girls getting a tan in the hot English weather.

Here are all of our Easter Pics.  I put them in a super cute slide show by smilebox.

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I hope everyone else has a great Easter too and has a great rest of the week.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A Good Week.

This week was a pretty good week.  It seems like we did a ton of stuff.  

Sunday was my birthday.  I told Mark that I really didn't want much for my birthday and I really didn't want to do much.  He couldn't believe that I didn't really want to do anything.  The day of my birthday he secretly invited the neighbors over for cake and then he had a baby sitter lined up and we went to the movies.  I was surprised.  It was a really good day.  

We are having a little spring break this week from our homeschooling.  I got all of our 3rd grade homeschool stuff the other day.  Corina is already excited about 3rd grade and me too.  She is going to be learning a lot of cool stuff next year.    Plus Aurora is going to be starting some things and she is excited about having her own school books.  

Tonight we went for a walk.  It was super nice outside and all the flowers are out.  It was so pretty.  We walked around the pond in the back of our house and fed the ducks and swans.  The girls and Mark and I had a good time.

So now to start the picture lineup.  

Here is Gwyneth at the beginning of the week.  Corina left her watercolors out and Gwyneth took advantage.  She had a good time watercoloring.  

Here is Mark and Aurora coming off the slide at the park.  The parks on the bases are great. 

 Gwyneth getting a shoulder ride.  The cherry trees are all in bloom here.  It makes me think of the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC.  

So it seems inevitable that every time we have spaghetti that there will not be a spaghetti explosion.  Every time we have it Gwyneth eats it like it's the best thing ever.  I guess it must be to her. 

Here are a picture of the swans (and the little duck) that we fed.  

Here is Gwyneth feeding the swans.  

She was pretty excited about it.  

 Here are Mark and the girls by the lake.  It was such a nice night.  

So hopefully next week I will have some awesome pictures.  Not only is it Easter but here is St. George's Day.  They have things going on all weekend at different places all over England.  Festivals and jousting events so that should be really interesting.  

Have a great week.  

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Finally Spring!!!

It had been so nice here lately.  It really had been such a treat.  The kids have been able to play outside and we have finally been able to get out and got to some more sites.  Over the winter we had tried to go to a castle called Bolsover.  We almost couldn't get out of the parking lot because it was so snowy up there.  So we decided to go yesterday.  They had a special day where period actors were there riding horses and acting.  Also the weekend before we went to a birthday party.  They had hired a face painter.  She did a really good job.  But first of all in the picture line up is some of Mark's promotion pictures.  He worked so hard on getting promoted.  I'm so proud of him.   They let the wives take off the old rank and put on the new rank.

 Me putting on Mark's new rank.  

 Corina and Aurora with their faces painted at the birthday party.

Here is our trip to Bolsover Castle. 

 This was part of the play that we saw there.  Corina got to pet this horse.  It even had it's hair braided.  The girls thought that was cool.  
 Head kiss.

Corina and Aurora in one of the exhibits. This is a portrait of the king and queen at Bolsover.   

 Family pic. If you look through the doors you can see the valley behind.  
View from the castle.   

 Little Gwyneth in front of a big castle.

You could get on a wooden horse and try on riding clothes.  

 Gwyneth at the end of the day.  I'm pretty sure we were just in the car for about 5 minutes and then she was asleep.  

That's all for this week.  I hope everyone had a great week.