April 2011

In April we had our first guests of 2011, the Newhouse family.   We had not seen them in a year and were excited to catch up and meet their new addition Alina, who is a week older than Hudson.

Visiting the library frog

During their visit we spent a day in NYC we had lots of firsts this trip, first subway ride, first time to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, we also walked around the financial district and down to Ground Zero before heading home.

Train ride into NYC

Almost there
Line for ferry to Statue of Liberty
City Sklyine

Hudson having a snack
First Visit

"Touching" the Statue of Liberty
Inside at Ellis Island
New York Stock Exchange
Federal Hall

Memorial Wall on firestation across
from Ground Zero

After a day in the city with kids, Sam and I took it "easy" by staying home with all three kids so Brian and Kendra could explore the city.

Hudson and Alina "sharing" his toy

Alina, Hudson, Annabelle

The rest of their visit we stuck close to home, exploring the town of Ridgefield and a bit of Long Island Sound at Sherwood Island State Park.

Strolling along Main Street Ridgefield
Writing in the sand

Throwing shells
Look at all the seashells!

The visit with the Newhouse family was a lot of fun and went by much too quickly.

Later in the month we attended the Stew Leonard's Easter Egg "Hunt", not so much a hunt as go through and collect eggs and get pictures with characters, but it was fun all the same and perfect for their age.
Waiting in line with their baskets

Filling the basket with eggs

The "perfect" Easter Bunny picture
One not looking the other one crying

Earlier in the month I had promised Annabelle that on the next nice day we would take a trip to the park and have a picnic.  That day finally arrived April 26, we packed a lunch and went to not one, but two parks.

Here are some more pictures I couln't leave out.
Annabelle and her giraffe
that she made on her own
The reason we still have Sam's college couch

Hudson doing what he does best getting into things
Here he got the syrup out and was sucking on the bottle

Getting a foot bath before sliver removal

Hudson's new wheels

Pumping It


Our Princess turns 3!

Waking up as a three-year-old

We were lucky to have Sam home the entire week, so Annabelle was able to open a couple of gifts first thing.

Gift from neighbor in Spokane.
How we miss you Nancy.

She couldn't wait to get it on, and sing with her Princess Sing-A-Long
 After a nice song and dance we headed into New York to the Central Park Zoo

Waiting for the train

More singing, she is singing "happy birthday to me", to Hudson.

Polar Bear
Probably her favorite animal at the zoo

Net in the children's zoo, probably her favorite thing at the zoo.
Hudson enjoyed it too, finally out of the backpack and able to move.

Taking a walk through Central Park
the little man is asleep

Enjoying NYC pretzel and a juice

Her turn for a nap, fell asleep in my arms as we were walking
at 30 Rock

Back at home we enjoyed some pizza while watching Tangled (one of her gifts) before ripping into the rest of them and eating cake.

The gifts, see a theme here?

Ready to return the favor and rip some of them open for his sister

Baby Belle from Oma and Opa
Yes we are back in our Cinerella dress

Princess Barbies!!!!
Daddy is the best

Her Belle dress from Tiffany
Could not get any cuter

Cake time

My Sleeping Beauty