Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mother/Son Day Out

Back in September, Kate and I had a Girls' Day Out, so today was Michael's turn. 
Michael was pretty excited to have an afternoon with just me and him.  It was pretty simple having just a 5-year-old instead of 3 little ones.  No sippy cups, no buckling kids into car seats, no diapers- a nice change for me!

We had plans to do all sorts of fun things, but he mostly wanted to play at Chick-Fil-A. So we ate lunch together, he played for a little bit, then Michael decided his treat was going to be (in his own words, since he ordered himself), "a chocolate milk shake with a cherry on top, please."  Yum! 

Then we headed to Wal-mart for him to pick out a present for a friend's birthday party coming up. He had a hard time choosing.  

We don't often venture down the toy aisles, so Michael was pretty fascinated by the vast selection.  
It was really nice to get some one-on-one time with my oldest son.  We had some good talks about school next year and about firetrucks and all sorts of fun things.  Precious times and good memories!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

say CHEESE

My 2 oldest cuties
Notice Michael has ketchup on his nose and grapes in his hand.  That boy is ALWAYS eating, but he does a good job eating healthy things.  Kate is my milk-a-holic.  She LOVES her milk! 

Snow Day

We had a rainy day yesterday, and the thunderstorms turned to snow in the late afternoon.  We got about 2 inches of accumulation.
Freshly fallen snow

New footsteps across the snow

 Freshly trampled snow

The kids played for a little while this morning on the deck.  Katie lasted about 20 minutes before she got too cold.  Michael lasted a good 40-45 minutes, then was ready to come in.  They decided that the appropriate toys for freshly fallen snow were the ocean animals bath set that David got for Christmas.  So our white deck is now scattered with an octopus, a whale, a pelican, a fish, and sundry other ocean beasts.

David watched longingly out the window, waiting for the day that he, too, can run around in the snow. 

Precious David

Sweet David brings so much joy to our home. 
So far, he has enjoyed squash, peas, carrots, and rice cereal.  He's still getting used to the textures, but is doing a MUCH better job sleeping at night now that he has something that will stick to his ribs.  Thank goodness! (now if only I would just go to bed at a reasonable hour...)

I pulled the Bumbo seat out, just for feedings, since it keeps him upright.  I have to stay right there, though, since he tries to get out.  Sometimes, while eating, he gets distracted and can't focus on his food because his feet are so awesome!  Gotta love the foot stage!  (and check out those 2 top teeth!   Darling!)

He also loves to watch his big brother and sister play.  He's still rocking on all 4s and is starting to get a little scoot going, and I don't think it will be long before he's chasing after them.  

Sweetie Girl

Katie is such a sweet girl.
One day, when I was working at the hospital, she talked Daddy into letting her wear a skirt.  She was happy, even though he picked one that didn't match too well. 

She remains a picky eater, but is getting a little better eating her fruits and vegetables.  And occasionally, when she does a good job, we have something fun like corn dogs.  She has no trouble eating those! :-)

She currently wants to be like Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie, which is why she often requests skirts/dresses and braids. 

Mischievous Boy

My oldest is such a fun boy! 
And he makes us laugh all the time. 

He loves to climb.

And can often be found taking his normal toys to abnormal places.  Do you know how hard it is to do dishes while the train (and subsequent 15 coaches and coal cars) passes back and forth across the front of the sink?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Care for a Spot of Tea?

Tonight, after dinner, we had an official family tea party (minus Daddy, who was working). 
The kids got to choose their choice of pretend beverage.  Michael chose sweet tea, and Kate chose coffee.

Kate takes hers with 2 sugars and a little cream.  Michael wanted 5 sugars. :-)  

 Katie was very proper and placed her napkin in her nap daintily.

Michael decided that the table needed a centerpiece.  He chose a purple bouncy ball.  Very classy for the occasion.  

I had the yellow place setting.  I chose coffee- black please- and a little yellow petit four with white frosting.  It was divine. ;-) 

Even David had a cup of tea.  He chose a little tea with his milk, though.  :-) 

A Busy Week

David has had a busy week.  He's learning to eat solid foods and is becoming quite the fan of eating.  He really loves his rice cereal, and has now had squash and peas.  He has liked everything I have given him so far, and he gets pretty excited when I sit him in the chair to eat.  
He's also been working hard on his top 2 teeth.  You can see from the picture above that his little teeth are coming on down.  They are adorable! 

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Sweet Girlie

Katie has been begging to wear a dress or a skirt every day.  I oblige on days when it's reasonable, and she just loves it, especially if it's a "spinny" dress.  

My Healthy 5-Year-Old

Michael is a good eater, and often snags my fresh peppers or salad.
Michael had his 5-year-old check-up today.  He passed his vision and hearing tests with flying colors (he has Jon's good vision so far, thankfully).  Here are his stats:
Weight: 52lbs
Height: 3ft, 9in
He's growing up well, and got a couple of his Kindergarten shots today.  (I can't believe we will be enrolling him in school soon!  Where does the time go?)  Michael took his vaccinations personally, and was really hurt that the nurse would do that to him.  As I was holding him and snuggling him after the first shot, Kate started sobbing.  She said she was "so, so sad" that her brother was hurt.  Sweet, sensitive sister! 

Meet Sophie

My friend Cynetta recommended Sophie the Giraffe as a teether, so I got one for David.  He's been working on teeth #3 & #4, and #3 actually cut through the gums tonight to show its pearly whiteness. 
David loves Sophie, and chews her constantly.  He especially loves her ears.  Sophie is a welcome addition, and we're glad she's joined our family. 
 David has his 6 month check-up, and here are his stats:
Weight: 19lbs, 10oz
Height: 27 3/4 inches
Head: 44 1/2 cm
David will start eating rice cereal and baby food twice a day now (remember I started some cereal a month or so ago, but it didn't help him sleep, so I quit).  He also got 4 shots and an oral vaccination, and he took them like a champ. 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Full Cup

Could I get any more blessed?!  Just look at these three! 
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father... "
James 1:17

Oldest & Middle Children

I love these guys!
Michael is such a spitfire, and he keeps me on my toes.  He really makes me laugh so many times a day!  I just adore this cuddly, social, thinkin' boy!

This girl keeps me on my toes in a different way.  She's always needing a snuggle or a book read to her, and the constant reminder not to smother her baby brother to death with her hugs and love.  :-)  Sweet girl! 

Smiling from Ear to Ear

David smiles, despite a nasty ear infection.
We got a lot of ice and sleet on Monday and Tuesday night, but I knew I needed to take this sweet baby in to the pediatrician for his ear.  He didn't sleep much on Tuesday night, and insisted on being no less than 0.25 inches away from me all night long.  With our steep driveway, it took me 25 minutes (and a ton of slipping and sliding) to get to the road, but we got our antibiotic, and hopefully David will be back to himself soon.  I hope David doesn't have Michael's propensity for ear infections.  Michael has already had 2 sets of tubes and his adenoids removed.  Get better, Baby David!

Wrestle Mania

Michael likes nothing better than to wrestle Daddy before bedtime.
Michael always insists that he wins. 

Kate sometimes joins in, too, but sometimes she'd rather do something more fun:
Like clean.  
She's been so sweet trying to help me clean, though, do you know what stainless steel looks like after being cleaned with a dish sponge?  It needs another good cleanin'. 

I Guess I Need Some Practice

with my french braid. 
 I know what to do in theory, but not so much in practice.  Kate has really been into braids lately (thank you, Laura Ingalls!), so I guess I'd better practice up.  It doesn't help that she has super-slippery, fly-away hair. 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Trying SO Hard!

I know my posts have been a little David-heavy lately, but he seems to be changing every day!  I can't keep up with him!  We've been a little under the weather this week.  Michael and Kate had the cough and cold earlier in the week, and David and I caught it this weekend.  I'm hoping it's done and over with soon!  Anyways, David has been trying SO hard to get mobile.  
He's been getting up on all 4s. 

"What?  Can't a boy stick his bum in the air without the paparazzi showing up?"

He sticks it up there and just scoots.  Sometimes he army crawls.  Sometimes he just rolls all over.  Either way, this boy is a mover!

Stopping for a cutie smile break.

And a silly laugh break.

When he has something nearby that he wants, this boy will keep on trying until he gets it.

Especially if it's a blanket to chew on, or better yet, his paci!
This boy is growing WAY too fast!!

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Tooth Update

Here's a better picture of my sweet baby's 1 1/2 new teeth. 
(Click on the picture to enlarge) 
David is really getting quite the personality.  He's such a sweet cuddler, but he loves to interact and be social.  His favorite place to be is on the floor, and he is starting to reach out and play with his toys a lot now.  He's such a good baby, and is even starting to sleep better at night (YAY!!)  His new thing that I adore is his little growl.  He has this sweet happy growl that he does often when he's happy, and it's darling!  I'll try to snag a video soon.  


Nerds in Training

Michael loves to play on the laptop.  His favorite (and only allowed) sites are his Webkinz Jr, PBS Kids, or a phonics site that he really enjoys.  Katie loves to watch Michael on the computer, but only for a few minutes.  She has a short attention span with things and won't even sit through a 30 min show, and definitely not through a whole movie. Michael, on the other hand, has to have limits set, as he would watch TV or play on the computer all day, if I let him.  

Katie, My Helper

Katie likes to help me get lunch ready.  She even wears her apron.
She's a good peanut butter spreader.  

And a good peanut butter taster.  
(Disclaimer: No knives were re-inserted back into the jar after this.  And this IS her sandwich.  I allow my kids to help with cooking, but absolutely no nastiness is allowed!) :-)

My Little Engineer

Michael has really been into building things lately.  He (with a little help from Mommy) made this super structure with "rooftop guns to kill the bad guys" with his tinkertoys. 
He was very proud of this, and it still sits in my hallway (and probably will until the next structure is built).

 This was a combined effort in building a tank.  Even David was in on it. 

Another thing my kids love to play with is building blocks, aka Jenga.  Sometimes we build towers, and sometimes we build race tracks, and sometimes we build houses- Oh the possibilities!