Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring time fun!

Well, the equinox feels like ages ago and I have only blogged once this month, so I need to bring things up to speed! (thanks, mom for nagging me to update.)

Spring is my favorite season, so we've been outside a ton. I took an awesome gardening class and am currently gearing up for planting. I've ordered a few plants already and can't wait to get them in the ground. I am also currently taking a yoga class that takes place in the FW Botanical conservatory.
It's a great class and it feels wonderful to be back into a regular yoga practice. Namaste!

We kicked off the month celebrating Grandma Judy's birthday. Kevin had to miss it because he was in Baltimore, but the rest of the family had a great time. Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Kevin's been traveling a lot for work, so I've been single-momming it here and finding fun stuff to do with the kids, we've done lots of trips to the park, walks, playdates and just in case any creeps are reading this, installing security systems and stocking up on well-trained attack dogs.

Another interesting March day, we ended up with a stray chihuahua. I opened the back door to let Ruby in, and I saw not one, but two dogs running around the back yard. I asked Preston what he thought it's name was and he said, out of the blue, "Jeff." Where does he come up with this stuff?? After an entire day and two attempts by Animal Care and Control, I was able to coax him on a leash and send him on his way- hopefully to be adopted out.

With the nice weather, we've been spending more time on the porch and I recently caught this shot of Preston texting his buddies. I feel like I just got a glimpse into my future.

This past weekend, we had an egg-hunt extravaganza. We attended the kids brunch and egg hunt at Elcona and then drove to LaPorte for cousin Cameron and Austin's birthday party. And what do you know, that included an egg hunt, too! It was a lot of driving for one day- Fort Wayne to Elkhart to LaPorte back to Fort Wayne. Yikes. But both kids did AMAZINGLY well in the car and we all had a great time. Elcona does such a great job with kids events. They always have a beautiful buffet table set up low to the ground at the kids' level, and a table full of sugar cookies to decorate for whatever holiday it may be. All the kids ran around outside finding eggs. Some kids got several dozen. Preston, egg hunter extraordaire, found two. Two eggs. However, one of those was the highly sought-after "golden egg" that contained a certificate for a kids meal at Elcona. Can't wait to use it next time! He also got to see the Easter Bunny and much to our surprise, absolutely loved him and then hit some balls on the course with Grandpa. A great morning!

That afternoon in LaPorte, he found an entire basket full of eggs (some had money!) with Cameron and Austin's help. We had great food and family fun and enjoyed a darling birthday cake from Adams' cake shop in Elkhart. We bathed the kids there before leaving, loaded everyone up in the car and hit the road. Made it home by around 10 and absolutely crashed. Thanks to the Roberts, Wells and Hansen families for making it a great weekend. We love you!!

The next few weeks are CRAZY with Easter coming up, then Kevin and I are taking the kids to Chicago for the weekend, then CeCe's baptism, but I will try to blog when I find time. Until then, Hoppy Easter! :)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Waiting for spring

February absolutely swallowed us whole. I think we saw sun twice the entire month. I may have rickets.

We've kept busy, hence my lack of blogging, but I figured I better bring you up to speed lest you lay awake at night and wonder what the Erbs have been up to. Below, you can see that we've played outside, had the usual playdates, made trips to the library, a trip to Angola to see Grandma Joan and had Nana Connie and Papa Sherm down for dinner. Lots of fun, and good to keep busy when it's so cold and dreary!

First and foremost, Kevin got a new job! Truth be told, he was very happy at LaBov, and was going on five years there of not looking for anything else. Barry was wonderful to us and Kevin will forever be grateful to him for the experience the position provided and all he learned while he was there. But shortly before the holidays, the well-respected Asher Agency here in Fort Wayne wanted to create a position and contacted him to fill it. It was an opportunity for our family that he could not turn down, not to mention a promotion within his field. I am really impressed and proud of him that in this economy, he was pursued for a new position. For now, he'll be working with their major accounts of Subway, National Serve-All, Indiana University football, and a few others. If you get a chance, drop him a line or send him some good thoughts to let him know you are cheering him on. I'm sure he'd appreciate it!

Spring is upon us and along with Kevin's job, we have lots of other changes going on! I just joined weight watchers to try and drop the 25- yes, 25! - pounds CeCe has left me with. Ok, 10 of that is more likely from before Preston, but still.... You get the picture. She turns SIX MONTHS OLD this weekend and I figure if I haven't lost it by now, it's not happening on its own. gahh! Anyways, I lost 5lbs my first two week. Hope that keeps up and by posting it here will keep me accountable. :) Spring is my favorite season, I dream of gardening and have a new gardening class next week at the Botanical Gardens. I also start "Yoga in the Garden" class downtown there in a couple weeks. Very excited for that and to start buying new plants for our yard here.

Another change is that CeCe is sitting up for a minute or two on her own and the big announcement is .... she's got teeth! The bottom two (or at least the left one) are through the gums and other than some unpleasant side-effects such as biting me while nursing, crappy sleep, and complete fussiness, she's been a trooper. Wait, not really. Teething sucks.

Preston is signed up for another gym class that starts next week. This one is called "Ready, Set, Go!" and I hope it wears him out as much as the other one did. He and CeCe are really starting to interact and I absolutely love it. It's by far, the sweetest and more heart warming thing I've experienced so far as a mom of two.

We have a really fun month coming up! Kevin has two trips for work- one to Nashville and the other to Baltimore, but in between, we have family birthdays, a few weekend events, including the FWMOA Gala this coming weekend and the Elcona Easter Egg hunt at the end of the month. Stay tuned for pics of both. Until next time, stay warm and keep manifesting some sun!