Ellie turns six

This past two weeks have been quite exciting. Grandma and Grandpa Cook came for an extended visit before and after Easter. Grammy and Grandpa Mehochko also visited Easter weekend. I think this was the first time we’d had that many grandparents under our roof. When the whole gang was together, we spent that Saturday afternoon/evening celebrating Ellie’s 6th birthday. It’s hard to believe we were living in Lawrence, Kansas when she was born and we’ve been here ever since.

Grandma and Grandpa Cook stayed for a week and spent the whole time playing with the kids. Typically, we put Grandpa Cook to work fixing something around the house or doing some renovation, but this time I only had him help me replace a single light switch. The rest of the time, JD and Ellie kept him busy. The grandparents and the kids explored Meijer Gardens and the great outdoors as the weather was very nice for their visit. Fun times.

This past weekend, Ellie and Paula went to downtown Chicago to meet up with Grammy Mehochko and visit the American Girl store for a nice dinner and fun. Paula will have to write about that trip. I was lucky enough to stay home with Ziggy and JD. I’ll talk about our adventures soon.

Our remodeling project is still in process, but they are nearing completion. Hopefully the washer and dryer are put into place today so I can avoid another trip to the laundry mat, which has become my job for the past few months. I just figured out that I can drop the clothes off and they will wash and fold them and the cost was only about $2 more for about 7 loads ($18 versus $20). Why didn’t I discover that more quickly? Sheesh! ;~)

Finally, I have added some new photos from April. Click Photos above (or to the right) to view.