Wednesday, May 2, 2018

April Happenings

The month of March was lovely having my mom, but we missed Jason. We started April not sure when/if we would see him that month with his travel and got a last minute notice he was coming (like he messaged at 430 pm he was arriving at 1230 am that evening!) and that was much needed. There was also lots of playing outside in the mud, birthday parties, and fun!

  1. Madi loves her STEM class and is showing Evelyn her battery light she made.
  2. While she was in class we hit up the playground and enjoyed the sunshine.
  3. These two love to scooter! Liv is starting to come around and scooter more (video further down!)
  4. Cotton candy at the compound shop.
  5. Ice cream one afternoon after school.
  6. I am still not great at braids, but I am trying! Madi is letting me practice. :-)
  7. Mud. All the time. 
  8. Little gardeners in the yard.
  9. Going for an afternoon drive in the Range Rover.

  1. We discovered that this girl loves broccoli! (Aka trees)
  2. Madi is starting to shower instead of take baths and it makes me sad how quickly she's growing up!
  3. Fairy Liv. I have similar pictures of Madi and Evy, but they are without shirts on because apparently fairies don't wear shirts, haha.
  4. Scooter pro.
  5. Friday night pizza and movie night with Mulan.
  6. An afternoon Wonderland playdate with her main squeeze.
  7. I had to run by someone's house to drop something after school. These two didn't want to take the car home so they walked. With their shoes in their hands. While I followed in the car. 
  8. Liv swinging.
  9. Evy swinging.
No running in the house...🙄

  1. Mud. Again. Regularly after school.
  2. And in a white dress no less. 🤦🏻‍♀️
  3. Iced coffee season has begun!
  4. She looks completely bored and unimpressed.
  5. Arriving early to school we took advantage to grab a cookie.
  6. Madi and Evy came downstairs on weekend and Madi had picked out and dressed her sister and done her hair. Precious.
  7. Playing with friends on a mid-week holiday.
  8. More playing with friends on a mid-week holiday.
  9. Batgirl. I asked if she wanted to take a picture and send to Daddy. She said "yes". I started to take one and she interrupted "no! in front of the fireplace." Touche. 

Mid-month bonus visit from Daddy!! 😃

  1. Daddy surprised Madi in the morning with his arrival.
  2. Olivia getting her snuggles and laughs with Daddy.
  3. Evelyn and Daddy making afternoon smoothies for everyone. 
  4. Having Jason back in town means making omelets for breakfast again!
  5. And a mid week date night for us!
  6. Plus of course tenderloin. :-)
  7. The girls had a couple birthday parties one Saturday. They were excited to get dressed up for them!
  8. Helping with magic tricks. 
  9. Loving all the balloons!

  1. Taco night. A big hit for everyone in the family!
  2. Puzzle mania.
  3. Working on locks.
  4. Climbing the side of the stairs has become the newest activity.
  5. Madi choosing her clothes. Pink flower pants and Christmas dress. She's got her school shirt on so I don't care.
  6. All the little shoes. 😍
  7. Evy the puppy dog.
  8. And her trainer Liv teaching fetch.
  9. Weird CeCe cat. 🤷🏻
And school is exhausting. Sing or sleep, sing or sleep. Very difficult to decide. 🤣

  1. Popsicles at the playground.
  2. Bubbles. 
  3. Lots of bubbles.
  4. Tire swing fun.
  5. Climbing after gymnastic class.
  6. She loves her gymnastic class!
  7. Three scooter stars.
  8. Who needs pants to scooter. 🤦🏻‍♀️
  9. Delicious lasagna a friend dropped off after Madi decided to end the month with a strep diagnosis. 😑

Evelyn scootering to the playground.

Olivia scootering home. She's really getting more comfortable and so good!

We also got to attend Formula One at the end of the month, but missed having Jason with us! It was a busy month that ended on a low with strep throat for Madi and a cold for Evy, but we still managed to have lots of fun outdoors and are especially thankful we got a chance to see Jason!


Monday, April 30, 2018

Baku Formula One 2018

This is the third year that Baku has hosted Formula One (and I drive a good part of the race track daily to take the girls to school, haha!). The girls saw the stands and road barricades all being setup and they kept asking when they were going to go watch the car race. We were hoping it would work out for Jason to take them, but unfortunately he wasn't able. :-/ Thankfully I was able to take them and we had a lot of fun before Madi got sick towards the end and we had to cut the weekend short.


The festivities started Thursday with a Pit Lane Walk. We headed there after school with some of our friends and it was crowded! But we made our way through, saw some of the race cars, and enjoyed visiting.


I went ahead and took all three girls to school in the morning, but picked Madi up early to get some solo time with her. We headed to the kids area and Madi got a chance to drive a go kart, play in the bouncy house, make some paintings and a sock puppet, see some of the practice rounds, and enjoy the fountains with me. Afterwards we picked up her sisters and made our way back down for more fun.

We made our way to a secret viewing place that I cannot share with you and met up with friends to have prosecco and watch more laps (because that's actually all a car race is...haha). We also ran into the President of Azerbaijan's daughter! Overall it was a pretty exciting day that ended with pizza and a movie for the girls after a long day.


Madi woke up with fever and we had to adjust our plans. She seemed to be better after a round of medicine so we headed to breakfast and ran into last year's Formula One winner Daniel Ricciardo!! The kids all had loads of fun and it seemed like the rest of the day would go as planned without a hitch.

Unfortunately though Madi started to feel bad again and so after the first Formula One race we decided to cut the weekend short and make our way home. The girls had still had loads of fun the past couple of days and I wanted Madi to be able to get some rest.  ☹️

We ended up taking her to the doctor Sunday and getting a strep throat diagnosis so I know we made the right decision. We got a chance to relax on Sunday and thankfully Madi started to feel better after starting antibiotics.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easter 2018

We were so thankful to have my mom here fore Palm Sunday and then Easter. (And the girls' baskets were much better filled with all the goodies my mom brought!).

We recycled Christmas dresses to use on Palm Sunday and the girls waving the palm branches was equally disastrous to last year. Evy got tripped and started crying, Olivia refused, and Madi was a better participant overall, but still didn't seem thrilled. I'll save you from the video where I caught on camera Evy being trampled, haha.

We spent the Saturday before Easter dying eggs and decorating sugar cookies. It was lots of fun and the girls enjoyed having Grandma's help!

We let the girls open their Easter baskets and then attempted some family photos... I need to practice using the selfie stick. Madi grabbed it after my sad attempt and took a great picture of me, Grandma, and the twins. Apparently the next generation is born with these skills us old people are lacking.

After church we spent the afternoon at our dear friends' home where we enjoyed an Easter egg hunt and such delicious food!

It was also my mom's last full day with us as she left early the next morning. It was so amazing to have her here and we are sure going to miss having her in Baku. :-(

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