Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Frankie!


April is the month of birthdays in our house. Today is Frankie's birthday! Another year older and wiser. He celebrated the day by going on a walk with his mom in the forest near our house, and then came home to a yummy lunch. We ate grilled Pacific Salmon, Cucumber Salad, French Bread, Carrots, and Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. He loved his birthday gifts; especially the digital photo frame.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Happy Birthday Oma!

Happy Birthday Oma

Winston and Harris with their Oma

Roman enjoying his Nutella to Go

Strawberry Shortcake celebrating is always fun; especially, when it is a birthday. The boys loved being able to share Oma's birthday with her. Holidays can be hard sometimes when seperated by an ocean and many miles, but not this birthday because Oma and Opa Thijs are visiting from Germany. Yahoo! We celbrated with Asian Ginger Baby Back Ribs, Sticky Rice, Chinese Asian Salad and Strawberry Shortcake a Mile High. The weather was perfect for sitting out on the back deck. Today we spent the day at the outlet mall buying what seems like everything. I was able to find some cute clothes for the boys and some new drinking glasses for me. I know kind of boring, but we needed them.

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Day at the Zoo!

All Aboard
Sleepy Baby
Papa Bear
Mole Rats
long necks
Yesterday, Roman and I went to the zoo with some friends of ours from church. We had so much fun. The Atlanta Zoo has added some new features and made it even more kid friendly. I think Roman's favorite part was riding the train and playing in the park. My favorite part is the Gorillas. I love watching them. I love how this zoo doesn't seem like a zoo. The animals have really nice habitats. We were blessed with really warm weather it was almost too warm. We ate our picnic lunches as we strolled through the park. I think we are going to have to go back because we didn't have a chance to see everything. The only thing I am sad about it that my pictures are a little blurry. There must have been something on my lens. Note to self * remember to clean camera lens before our next trip.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Attack of the Pollen

Yesterday, we spent the afternoon in the ER. Our son Winston woke up wheezing. I thought I could treat it myself by giving him some cough medicine and some Benedryl for the allergies that I knew were causing the wheezing. However, it just did not get better he continued to cough and wheeze. Once at the ER he was treated with predisone and a breathing treatment. The wheezing stopped and he felt much better. Now this morning I woke up with itchy itchy eyes, but thankfully I am not wheezing. I have taken some Benedryl, but I hate taking it because it makes me feel like I am walking around in a daze. On top of that, I think my children are trying to kill me or make sure that we don't have any more children. Last night they didn't go to bed until almost 9p even though I put them in bed at 7p, and then they woke up at 5am this morning when Frank was getting up for work. I am sure that this is going to make for cranky cranky children tonight. Oh fun! The joys of being a parent who is under attack from Pollen.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Around Town

The Terracotta Soldiers

This is Likes Chocolate reporting from downtown Atlanta where today Roman and I went to the the High Art Museum or Atlanta Art Museum. We saw the amazing" The First Emperor-China's Terracotta Army". Unfortunately, the collection leaves Atlanta on the 19th of April. It was worth the ride on the MARTA and the break in our normal routine. The soldiers where found in 1974 when a farmer went to dig a well. He struck the head of one of the soldiers. 7000 soldiers were found in an area about 20 miles wide. These soldiers were created by an assembly of 1000 workers in the years 221 B.C. -206 B.C. Did you know that for $90 you can become a family member? This gives you unlimited access to the museum and with unlimited access you do not need to cram the whole museum into one afternoon. You can stay as little or as long as you want without feeling the pressure to stay because you paid a ton of money. Your spouse can't attend no worries you can bring a guest for free and their children too. Another benefit is that they open the collections up first to the members viewing, and then there are the educational programs that are also included in the membership. They offer Toddler Thursdays and Family Saturdays where you child can attend story hour, art education classes, and they can also create their own art. Is family membership a little out of your price range? Then try coming down on the first Saturday of the month where the museum is free to all Fulton County residents. Make a day out of it and bring a lunch down to have a picnic lunch on the lawn. Don't want to eat a picnic lunch? Then they have a cafe within the building, but just kiddy corner to the museum is Colony Place business center that is loaded with yummy places to eat such as Jaffa's Gate, Great Wrap, Starbucks, Blimpies, European Cafe, and Chick fil A. Still at the museum is the Louvre collection until September 6th, 2009. Upcoming collections are the Monet Collection. Who needs to buy expensive airline tickets when you can head to Atlanta and attend the High Art Museum.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter
The Loot
The Hunt
Easter Fun with Friends
Easter is one of my favorite holidays because not only do I love the shinny Easter candies, but it is so much fun to see the joy on the children’s faces. Roman was just adorable! Watching him find the eggs and place them in his basket to only unload the basket to pick up the eggs again was such a hoot. He could have done that all day. We celebrate Easter on both Saturday and Sunday. The Easter bunny comes to our house on Saturday because he knows that we want to keep Easter Sunday about the Savior, and not about the loot that is received by the Easter bunny. We shared Saturday afternoon with some good friends and their children. The food was very yummy. I made deviled eggs. There were also grilled lamb chops, salad with pecans, red peppers, and feta cheese with a balsamic dressing, corn on the cob, lox and cream cheese, and roasted asparagus. Sunday we went to church and listened to the ward choir tell the Easter story through songs. Plus there were three baby blessings. After church, we ate another yummy meal of grilled pork tenderloin, roasted asparagus, roasted potatoes, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. During dinner we opened the resurrection eggs which are plastic Easter eggs filled with things that help tell the Easter story. The boys are just old enough to really enjoy this and even participate in telling what each symbol means. An example is the coins that were paid for Jesus life, or a piece of linen used to wrap Jesus body. Then we watched the He is Risen video along with The Messiah Comes. Everyone was happy and tired by the end of the day.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eggs and Dinosaurs

Roman telling the boys how it is done
The Fernbank Museum
This year like every other year year we decorated Easter Eggs. The boys always have fun in seeing how they can make the most disgusting looking egg. The do this by dipping and dipping until the get the required result. I usually have to beg for a least a couple of pretty ones. Today I took the boys to the Fernbank Museum. They loved it. I would like to take the older ones back without Roman, so that they can really have time to do the experiments. I was surprised though that Roman sat through the hour show of Dinosaurs Live Imax. He didn't make a peep.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

St. Augustine

The lighthouse
Castillo de San Marcos
The Alligator Farm
St. Augustine is the nations oldest city.
It is charming and there is plenty to do for every age group.
The city has a very similar feeling to New Orleans with its wrought iron balconies.
The streets are lined with independent shops and restaurants.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Post Cards from Jacksonville

After Olivia's Birthday Party we headed to the beach. I just love the beach because there just seems to be endless hours of entertainment. The boys never seem to get tired of it like they do the pool. The weather was perfect.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Break Florida

Happy Birthday Olivia!
Spring Break started on Friday, so we made a quick trip to Florida. Besides enjoying the fantastic weather, we were able to celebrate with my cousin Olivia 6th birthday. Winston can't help himself and loves to tease poor Olivia. On our way down we stopped at the Cracker Barrel for dinner. It was the worst meal I have had in my life. Maybe, it was just that Cracker Barrel, but my hamburger was like shoe leather and paper thin. The biscuits and corn bread were dry. The Mac and Cheese was just plain gross and then my mom had the meat loaf which was almost like eating dog food. I was deceived by the parking lot that was full. What I really wanted was to eat somewhere along the ocean, but I just couldn't find any restaurants. It was getting late and the children were hungry. Corporate America has taken over with its Applebees, Chili's, McDonald's, and so on. Every stop is the same cast of characters, and long gone are the mom and pop cafes that boast the best of every families secret recipes. I am just as guilty as the next person for attending these restaurants, but these days you almost don't have a choice if you want to eat outside your house. The benefit of chains is that you have a menus you know for a reasonable price, but that is also the problem because everywhere you go it is the same. When I go on vacation I want to eat somewhere I haven't eaten before.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Gee Gee's

Once upon a time there was a little boy named Roman he loved his pacifier and Schnuller in German, but we call them Gee Gee's after our second son Winston who also loved his pacifier. This little boy loves them so much he walks around with one in each hand. I can't tell you how many we have lost and how much time we have spent looking for them, but he loves them just the same. Roman has also added 12 words to his vocabulary this week which doesn't sound like much for a two year old, but for a child who only had a vocabulary of twenty words it is big. His new words are baby, juice, dog, night night, this, that, go, sit, shoe, sock, nose, eye, hello. Yesterday we went to visit a friend who had a baby and he was so in love with the baby. He wanted to hold the baby and kiss the baby and feed the baby some of his bread. It was really adorable.