High School Musical
The girls had a great time when
we went to see High
School Musical on Tour at the Civic Center on March
25 — opening night!
Our two little Wildcats, at home before going to the show
All of us, at the Civic Center, waiting for the show to start
A view of all the people waiting, and some of the gear for
sale. …It is a Disney show, after all, so there is always
something for sale. :-)
The girls waiting (mostly) patiently for the show
Jenna could only be "patient" for so long. :-)
One happy girl!
We had a nice Easter on March
Joe checks out what the Easter Bunny brought him – a
blinky ball (always his favorite!) and a squeaky stuffed duckie.
He knew exactly what was his. :-)
I get this out of here myself?"
"Maybe if I look cute – and ask nicely –
someone will help me."
The girls, with their presents from the Easter Bunny
Two happy girls
really wanted another Webkinz, and was very excited
the Easter Bunny brought her a bunny Webkin, which she named
Sunny (like her friend, Madisen's, real rabbit, Sunny Bunny)
and her Sunny Bunny
"PLEASE give me my toy!"
"Okay, I'm tired of playing nice. I'm just going to get
The girls couldn't believe they got to have Easter candy for
"breakfast." (We had quiche and coffee cake right
afterwards.) …I think Joe wanted some chocolate, too.
"Really? I get chocolate in the morning!?!?"
Emma chose Jelly Bellies for her candy "breakfast"
The chocolate bunny "leftovers"
Jenna had to take a quick call on the new Ariel cell phone
the Easter Bunny brought her before she could take time to
have her photo taken in her new Barbie ballerina outfit
Our little ballerina
shows off the "flower" she made during craft time
Troy and Emma went on a special
camp-out on March 20-21, organized by Live Y'ers, Emma's before-
and after-school program. They had a blast, hiking, horseback
riding, having a campfire, and doing archery. …Troy
even had to show off during archery time, hitting some bulls-eyes
and near-bulls-eyes. Or, as he put it, "…even showing
up the instructor!" :-)
Emma was so excited that her friend Maya was on the camp-out!
Maya was one of Emma's best friends last year, but started
going to a different Waukee elementary school this year. The
two of them were fast friends again, and figured out within
about five minutes that they both liked Hannah Montana, High
School Musical and Webkinz!
Maya and Emma even got to share a bunk-bed in the cabin. Emma
got her favorite top bunk, of course. :-)
Emma told us before she left that she wanted to go horseback
riding on a brown horse, so that she could tell her brown
horse Webkin, Jewel, about it. :-) …And that's exactly
what she did! We were really proud of her, because this is
the first time she hasn't been too afraid to go on the horse.
She told us she had a great time horseback riding and wants
to do it again next year!
Emma and Maya watch the kids climb the rock wall. This was
the only activity Emma chose to sit out. :-)
Emma at the Y Camp outdoor chapel, the morning of the second
day of the campout
The girls had a great time at
Jenna's school's annual egg hunt, on March 18. You can check
out a few more photos, and access higher resolution versions,
at our online
and her two best friends, Max and Hattie
Three silly kids! Look at those crazy smiles…
Emma waits patiently for the egg hunt
This is what happens when Mom and Dad make you quit running
around the auditorium – and tell you to sit down to
get ready for the egg hunt!
Easter baskets make great helmets — unless you don't
have one, and are still mad at your mean mom and dad for making
you quit running around!
Easter baskets still make great helmets — unless
your little sister takes yours. (Jenna has Emma's basket now.)
Jenna wasn't sad any more!
Hattie, Max, Jenna and Alex show off their baskets
"Man, is this thing ever going to start?!"
Waiting patiently for instructions
Jenna finds an egg
Troy helps the girls get all their loot out of their eggs
"Max, look at all these eggs!"
Max and Jenna went to visit the bunny, but their friend Hattie
(and Emma) weren't quite as sure about it!
Before we went home, the kids burned off a little steam by
running around outside
Joe, who had been waiting in the car, came out to see every
"Are there any eggs for me? …Or at least a squirrel
for me to chase!?!?"
Emma and Hattie make one last trip down the hill
Max and Jenna make one last trip, too
Jenna and Max with Emma with her adopted mom (and Max's real
mom), Jenny... who Emma adores. Emma even gave Jenny her highest
praise at the egg hunt, "I would REALLY wear her outfit
and her boots... if they were in MY size!" That's saying
a lot coming from our little fashionista!
Joe couldn't resist going for
a swim in the stream at Campbell
Park in Clive on March 16.
Jenna went to visit the Valley
West Mall's Easter Bunny on March 15. Emma didn't want
any part of that, but did go on the Easter train with Jenna
a little bit later. :-)
Waiting to visit the bunny
Jenna and the Easter Bunny
We did lots of fun things to
get ready for Easter on March 15-16, including an egg hunt
at our house and decorating eggs.
We had an egg hunt for the girls at our house on March 15
The girls get ready to hunt
Jenna finds a special surprise
"Look what I found!"
Emma finds some eggs, too
Emma on the hunt… and very serious! :-)
Emma finds some eggs in the fence
The girls show off all the eggs they found
Later that day, we started decorating eggs – dying them
with a base coat
The girls and their eggs
The girls and Troy work on another craft project
The next day, we put more decorations on the eggs… painting
them with even more colors!
The girls show off their finished eggs
We got to help Jake and Dana
celebrate their soon-to-be-here baby at a great baby shower
on March 8. You can check out more of our photos at our online
The girls had been waiting weeks for the shower. Here they
are at Grandma Reed's house before leaving for the party.
They had a great time on these scooter boards.
Jenna told me it was more fun when Dad pushed them, because
they went faster! :-)
The girls with the guest of honor – and mommy to be
– Aunt Dana!
Jake and I with our mommy!
The three crazy cousins
Grandma with her girls
Who's crazier? …Grandma, or the little girls? :-)
Troy and the girls watch the present opening
We got a chance to see the billboard
from my mom's bank — with her photo on it, about 15
feet tall — while we were in Mason City for the baby
shower. The girls thought it was pretty darn cool to see their
Grandma's huge picture on the sign!
Jenna Loves to Dress Up
One of Jenna's favorite things
to do is play dress-up. When she gets home in the afternoon,
she makes a bee-line for the toyroom to get on her dress-up
gear. Here are a few of her get-ups from March…
Emma gave Jenna "fancy" hair on March 2, to go with
her Cinderella costume
Emma did all of this herself
Jenna and her stylist
Jenna also had fun playing dress-up at Grandma Reed's on March
7… especially when Mema got out some of her old ballgowns
for the girls to play with!
"Look at me, Joe!"
Two crazy headbands on, and one in hand... CHECK! Bead halo
on... CHECK! One sparkley ballgown... CHECK! Matching purse...
This was the topper of that dress-up time! :-)
On March 10, Emma somehow squeezed Jenna into some of the
baby clothes they have for their babies.
The pink shirt and capris Jenna is wearing are size 6 months!
Jenna's a Big Wheel!
Jenna officially moved up to
the Big Wheel room at school on March 3. She was so excited
that her first words that morning were, "Now I'm 'fficially
a Big Wheel!" Jenna's teacher, Keri, is the first teacher
who had both our girls as students (when they were past toddler
stage). Keri said, "Boy, Jenna sure is different from
Emma!" I told her you can say that again! :-)
Jenna on her big morning, with her "move letter"
Jenna outside her school. Her new class got to decorate the
school's front window.
Jenna in her new room at school, by her new cubby. (It's the
third one down on the right.)
Jenna shows off one of the decorations her class worked on.
The teachers asked the kids what was at the end of the rainbow.
Jenna's answer: Stickers!
Jenna gets to play in the gym in the mornings now that she's
in her new big-kid class!