We took the girls to the Kids
Safety Safari on May 20. It was a great event for kids.
Troy and Jen do a little putting practice; Jen won a hard
hat for this hole
They had a cool bicycle safety course set up. Emma didn't
want to go on the course, but Jenna did. What did Jenna's
dad do on the course? In Jenna's words, "Daddy FAST!!!"
…Setting a good example for the kids. :-)
Troy was a vision of safety when he got Jen's bike going super
fast then hopped on the back and coasted. They were going
so fast that Jen got upset and started crying.
Emma loved getting her face painted like a kitty. She was
proud of herself, because it's the first time she was brave
enough to let someone paint her face.
What do you think? Was Em still a little nervous about the
whole face painting thing here? :-)
When it was her turn, Jen wanted NOTHING to do with having
her face painted, and opted instead for a temporary tattoo
Jen shows off her new sparkley fish tattoo
Emma was all smiles when her kitty face was done
One happy girl… and one who was WAY overdue for a nap.
Can you guess which is which?
Emma models her new look – cat-face, and the cool smiley
face pin she designed at the event
Off to the zoo
Jenna's class took a field trip
to the Blank Park Zoo on May 15. It was a little chilly outside,
but the kids had a great time. Jenna is happy any time she
gets to see animals!
Jenna and her friends are all smiles on the way to the zoo
Jenna and her friends on the zoo train
The kids even got to have a picnic after visiting the zoo.
It doesn't get much better than that!
We had a pretty quiet Memorial Day weekend. The girls both
had surgery last Thursday (May 25); Emma had her tonsils and
adenoids removed, and Jenna had her adenoids removed and tubes
put in her ears. Within half an hour of surgery, you would
never even have known Jen had surgery.
on the other hand, had a little rougher time recovering from
having her tonsils out. She's been a real trooper, considering
the pain she's been in. We promised her before surgery that
she could have as many popscicles as she wanted, and we've
gone through three boxes of popscicles in the past five days.
…A small price to pay to help her feel better. :-)
In the swing of things
We felt bad that Jenna had such
a "quiet" birthday, because I had my surgery the
day before her birthday. So, as a belated present, Troy built
the girls their own little "swing-set" under the
deck. The deck is over six feet off the ground, so there's
plenty of room, and it's a perfect size for them. They love
The girls give the swings a try the morning after Troy finished
them. Emma's even mastered the disk swing now and can do it
all by herself.
Jen had some fun on her new swing
Emma was all smiles
Through Emma's eyes
Emma borrowed the digital camera
on May 13. What she took photos of is an interesting glance
into the important things in her life. :-)
This was a Lego creation she built that morning – a
house with a tree, playground and bridge
Joe may look menacing here, but he's just chewing on a rawhide
Emma's Build-a-Bear, Valentine, with a new outfit Emma bought
The girls' spoons and forks. Because they have characters
on them, the girls have had several fights over who gets which
one — Dora, Hello Kitty, Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake
or Disney Princesses
The present Emma got for her friend Brooke's birthday party
— where she was going later that day
Emma's chair at the dining room table
A close-up of Emma's tub of Polly Pockets and accessories
The artist herself
Somewhere over the rainbow
We had a great view of a cool
rainbow from the back of our house on May 8.
Jenna turns two
Jenna turned two on May 12. She
is growing so fast! At her two-year check-up, she is 36 3/4"
tall – around the 105th percentile for height, and around
the 70th percentile for weight. Her vocabulary is amazing,
too… even though her favorite word is, "NO!!!"
She is also completely obsessed with shoes and clothes; we've
already had several knock-down, drag-out fights about what
she's wearing each day! :-)
I had sinus surgery the day before her birthday (and knew
I wouldn't be feeling well enough to celebrate), we took the
girls to Build-A-Bear on May 5 for Jenna's early birthday
celebration. She also got to open her presents a few days
Jenna works on stuffing her new monkey; she loved watching
all the stuffing fluff up in the stuffing machine.
Jenna "warms" the heart for her monkey.
Little Miss Diva works on stuffing her kitty.
The girls give their new animals baths. After they were done
here, each of the animals got a new outfit, too.
Jen had her "cake" and opened her presents on May
8 – four days before her birthday.
"Forget the cake and ice cream… Show me the PRESENTS!"
"Which one should I open first?"
Jen's favorite present was the Dora umbrella she got
"I'm not so sure about this cake and ice cream stuff…"
"Hmmm… Maybe it's not so bad after all!"
What did Joe do while Jenna opened presents? …His favorite
"passtime" — licking the back door!
The newest Maifeld 'babies'
I really think it is true what
they say about boys and their toys – which lead to even
bigger toys! We got a new Honda ATV on May 1 – "for
the girls," Troy told me. (Okay, Emma really does love
it. She even named it – Four. Jenna, however, is happier
just to sit on our riding mower, which she calls her "tra-tor.")
everyone knows (except me, I guess), that when you get an
ATV, you have to have a way to HAUL it. Which meant –
you guessed it – another new toy. Four days later, Troy
got a 2006 Honda Ridgeline truck. And, okay, I wasn't exactly
complaining… It was 2006
Truck of the Year and is the only truck with a 5-star
crash test rating, but most importantly, I was happy because
I meant I finally got rid of the hated minivan. :-)
all had a good time with the ATV, and took it to Lake Red
Rock, near Pella, the weekend after we got it take it out
on some trails. I've even gotten pretty good at riding it
– shifting and all!
Jenna "helps" Troy load up the ATV to take to Lake
Emma was all smiles before we left
Jenna loves to wear her sunglasses upside down. :-)
Troy at Elk
Rock State Park on Lake Red Rock. We took the ATV there
to ride on what we thought were ATV trails. Thanks to me reading
some information about the park wrong, we ended up on equestrian
Troy heads off for the trails. Little did he know only HORSES
were supposed to be on them. (A woman stopped him and very
CLEARLY set him straight!)
Oh, well… even if the trail riding thing didn't go so
well, the girls liked seeing all the horses at the park, especially
this guy. He was an extra-gentle horse. His owner said he
had a "special way" with kids and loved them. We
fed him grass, and Emma even worked up enough nerve to pet
him. (That's big-time for her.) Jen, however, didn't want
to get closer than about 10 feet away.
the failed trail-ride attempt, we visited Cordova Park, on
Lake Red Rock. We hiked down to the lake – which Joe
and the girls loved – and Emma and I even climbed to
the top of Cordova
Tower… which was HER idea. She made it to the top
without stopping, and not even out of breath. I, on the other
hand, couldn't hardly breathe, and had sore calves for three
…Maybe all those stairs and hiking DID wear Emma out.
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