Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter in Colorado

Lillian was sent home with a fun Pre-K science experiment.  She was to design a "shelter" for a raw egg to protect it from cracking when dropped 20 feet from the air onto concrete.  So the Kerschen's got right down to work.  Bubble wrap was not enough, so Lillian wrapped her egg in a lot of layers of Scotch tape, surrounded by plastic Easter grass and coated in a nice cushion of bubble wrap.  That failed too.  Her next plan was to wrap the egg in tape, many, many rubber bands, Easter egg grass and finally the bubble wrap....and it worked! Too bad when we re-built the device for school it didn't hold up as well.  Her egg cracked at school, but she had a great time experimenting!

 Here we are in short sleeves, and swim suits enjoying a nice Spring evening.
 And here is what we woke up to the next morning!  We got 18-20 inches of snow on March 23rd.  Yup, that's Colorado!
Needless to say, our Easter Egg Hunt at my work was moved indoors this year. It turned out to be a good change!  The residents felt like they were able to participate more (we hid the eggs on their laps and behind their feet) and see so much more of the "action".  And the kids didn't mind being indoors one bit.

 But the Easter Bunny who comes to the Colorado Kerschen household kept the outdoor tradition alive! 

 The cold never bothered them anyway!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5 Day Get-A-Way to Indianapolis!

We took a great mini-vacay to Indiana to see Grammy and Opa....all of us but Daddy.  After being away 8 days to Miami and the Disney cruise, Dad needed to put sometime and effort into work.  But it wasn't easy on him after being together 8 days straight!

So we said good bye at the curb - the kids aren't sad in this picture, they're blinded by the morning sunlight!
Grammy was waiting in her usual spot - right outside of security and the kids ran right to her.  I had to hustle to snap a picture!

Indianapolis does St. Patrick's Day well.  We walked downtown to see the "Greening of the Canal" Wednesday night.  They had live Irish music, free hats, bagpipes and of course a VERY green water fountain in the center of the canal!

Again, all those toys my parents saved from our youth came in handy.  The kids were instantly mesmerized and captivated by the 30 (+) year old Fisher Price toys!
At first Lillian and Jak weren't too sure what we were doing standing on the sidewalk with a bunch of strangers.  Once that first car drove by and tossed some St. Patrick's day garb - and CANDY their way, it was on! They broke out their biggest smiles and batted their eyelashes at every person that passed by.  And it paid off....

Opa deserved his green beer after spending all morning listening to bagpipes!  And Lillian was proud to be the one to serve it.

Jak's Star Wars obsession continues...we even brought The Empire Strikes Back to watch with Grammy & Opa.  Popcorn & a movie....the best!
On Friday, Grammy & Opa took us to the enormous Indianapolis Children's Museum..  We got there when it opened at 10 AM and stayed all day! 
 They had a giant chocolate slide descending from the 2nd story of the museum down into the lobby of the 1st floor.  And a carousel - IN the museum!  What more could a 3 and 4 year old want!

 Such great exhibits; Dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Princesses and Dragons, and Star Wars!

 When Lillian stepped off of the skate board (that was resting on metal coils), Jak jumped from his board to hers with both feet and landed it!  Crazy kid...

We squeezed in a trip for pedicures, in anticipation of warmer weather!
 Thanks for a wonderful extended weekend Grammy & Opa!  We will return!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Enjoying Life Without Winter Coats!

 It's so fun to rediscover our neighborhood and our neighbors as the weather gets nicer!
I love this picture of Jak, Lillian, Angelo and Eva - all lined up like little stair-steps!

  Ice Cream in the backyard while Daddy preps the back patio for demolition. 
Life is Good!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Happy 3rd Birthday Keira!

 This picture is can those girls not make you smile?
 Holden is so helpful with these little guys....they're so lucky to have such an awesome big cousin.

  The starfish is bigger than Keira!
 Nice hit Jak!
  Holden being helpful again!!!