I wrote this yesterday (Wednesday) but had to wait for the videos to upload before I could post it. Then it got too late so I went to bed and instead finished it quickly this morning. Watch this afternoon (most likely evening) for a new post about Levi’s birthday!
Last week at dance class Annika received her costume for the recital. It’s bubble gum pink with sequins and lots of tulle. She looks absolutely adorable in it. Her class did their dance twice in their costumes that night. Annika has her dance mostly memorized but will need some more practice before she’s ready for her big recital (scheduled for June 18th). Annika needs to wear her hair in a bun for her recital. I’ve never done a bun before so she and I will have to do some practicing before then so it’s not a stressful rush on the big night. I was happy to learn that make-up is up to the discretion of parents. I know other dance studios tell you to put all this make-up on your little girls and I didn’t really want to do that. Our dance studio said as much or as little as you want. They did recommend a little blush and some lipstick (but not bright red) as all the lights on stage can wash out the girls otherwise. Annika will be excited to wear make-up so we might put a little bit on her. We certainly won’t go over the top though.
Last Friday morning, Auntie Carrie had her baby! Baby Hans Joseph was born at 2:22am on 4/22 and was 22 inches long. I think 2 is his official lucky number! He was over 9 and a half pounds. A big boy! Auntie Carrie is doing well and was discharged on Sunday. Hans is having some difficulties though and is currently in the NICU. Please pray for Hans and the doctors as they try to figure out what is ailing him and how to fix it. We need that precious baby home with him mommy, daddy and big brother, Isak.
Sunday, we celebrated Easter by finding our hidden Easter baskets when we woke up in the morning. The kids really enjoyed running around the house searching. Then we got dressed and went to church to enjoy some pancakes for breakfast. Hmmm, pancakes! Then it was church in a very full church. We ended up sitting in the narthex which worked out quiet well. It allowed Annika and James to sit at a little table and look at books and color. After church we raced home and put Levi down for a nap and make our corn soufflé. Then we raced over to Grandpa Dan and Marcia’s house for lunch. We had an awesome meal with them and Auntie Krystle, Uncle Pierce and Ayla. The best part for the kids though was the outdoor Easter egg hunt! Even Levi got in the act, finding two eggs. Then he toddled around the yard shaking his eggs (that had jelly beans inside to make noise) and squealing. It was so cute!
Untitled from Kristina Froyum on Vimeo.
Annika and James just raced all over grabbing eggs. We were running a bit late to get over there and Annika was all concerned that they were going to find all the eggs before we got there. Before we allowed the kids outside to find the eggs though we had Annika and Ayla sit down for a picture together. Saturday, while shopping with Krystle, I found a dress for Ayla that was exactly the same as Annika’s. Our girls had matching dresses!
After the egg hunt and dinner we let the kids change out of their dressy clothes into play clothes. Well, Annika changed. James didn’t. He likes wearing his dressy clothes. Annika changed into the new t-shirt and shorts Grandpa Dan and Marcia gave her and then proceeded to tell me that she was wearing that outfit every day for the rest of her life. I think she liked them. All the kids got little gifts for Easter. How sweet! It was such a beautiful day on Sunday that we took the kids to the big playground in town and let them run around there for a couple hours. Annika and James had such a good time there! James is very afraid of heights right now so he didn’t want to go on the swings very high but I did put him on Annika’s lap on the swing (spider style) and they swung like that for a few seconds. I used to do that all the time when I was a little girl with my friends. It was fun to show my kids how to do that.
Annika and James Swinging Spider-Style from Kristina Froyum on Vimeo.
Annika is a monster (she’s so strong!) so she did all the monkey bars with ease. And even Levi got in on the act. He took his first ride of the season in the baby swing. He loved it! Kris was bored though (of course – darn ADD!) so he put Levi in the stroller and took him for a walk down to his old church in town. Pierce put Ayla in the stroller and went with him. Our two manly men strolling through town with their babies in strollers. It was a great sight and of course Krystle and I took pictures!
Yesterday was Auntie Carrie’s birthday. Happy Birthday Auntie Carrie!!
Tomorrow is Levi’s first birthday. Can you believe it! (Just a minute – I suddenly teared up when I wrote that. Breathe Kristina. Breathe.) OK, his birthday is tomorrow and his birthday party is Saturday. I’m so excited to get him a cupcake and a couple presents and celebrate my baby! Instead of buying Levi even more toys (the third child does not need a thing!) we decided to replace some toys and board books we like that have broken and we’ve had such a hard time finding them! I think Kris will be making a Toys R Us run today to find one toy because apparently Target doesn’t carry it any longer and it’s too late to order it from Amazon. We’re also going to get him a couple 18months summer outfits because James’ hand-me downs were mostly 2T’s for summer and that will be a bit too big for my skinny Levi. I can’t believe he’s one already!
I have a coworker from Phoenix that is here in Minneapolis this week. He brought grapefruit from his Phoenix backyard with him and I stole a couple for myself this morning. And that reminded me that whenever Kris eats grapefruit at home Levi always insists on having some. Kris will give him a small piece and Levi will eat it and then screw up his precious little face into the most hysterical little mess. And then he’ll come back for more. He cracks me up!