Monday, February 27, 2012

A Visit with The Grands

This week, we have Grandma and Grandpa Blakemore visiting.  
 We are enjoying their company, especially the kids.  They love all the extra attention. 

Looking Like a Teen

I found a skateboard for Michael at Goodwill today ($2.99, thankyouverymuch), and he is learning that it's a lot harder than it looks to skateboard.  He asked me to take this a picture of him holding his skateboard like this:
because he said that makes him look like a teenager.  :-)

Adventure Seeker vs Play-It-Safe

Michael and Kate are opposite when it comes to what they consider "fun."  
Kate loves to swing so slowly and gently, and "not too high," all while wearing a dress and a bow. Of note, today she started out in jeans, but just couldn't bear it any longer and asked if she could "please go get pretty after lunch."

Michael, on the other hand, likes to go as high as he possibly can.  

He can really get this thing going.  Adrenaline junkie. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Library Day

We always look forward to library day.  
The kids just devour new books 
(and it was almost 70 degrees out today, so we read on the deck).

Even David enjoys them (though we did have a mishap last month in which he de-paged a book.  I was fully ready to pay for the book, but the kind folks at the library said it was easily repairable and waived a fine.) 

Michael is an excellent reader.  He is reading Level 3 Scholastic books and is at a guided reading level of O.  He's a quick learner, so reading was not too hard for him.  He loves books.    

Kate is learning to put simple, short-vowel words together.  She will be so excited when she can read Fancy Nancy on her own. 

David loves to look at pictures.  He enjoys turning the pages, and he adores anything with trucks, balls, or dogs.  

Exciting Snacks

I guess the kids missed having in-season grapes, since they were pretty excited when they were on sale this week at Giant.  
Oh, yummy grapes! 

Kate jumped up and down. 

 And she did a little spin.

David was sad when his bowl of grapes was empty. 

But Kate remained elated long after her bowl was empty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

David at 19 Months

David had his 18mo check-up today (one month late- oops!), and he is doing great.  
He is talking quite well for his age and is growing nicely.  He has all his teeth except the 2yr molars, which he is working on.  He's also working on his Terrible Two attitude.  His ears are clear (thank you, ear tubes!), and he got a HepA and a DTaP vaccine.
Here are his stats:
HEIGHT: 35in (95th %)
WEIGHT: 26lbs, 9.5oz (53rd %)
HEAD: 49cm (76th %)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Girls' Day: Disney on Ice

Sunday after church, we all went to lunch at Firehouse Subs (thank you, cheap coupons).  It was delicious!  
My girlie Kate 

After lunch, we came home and got ready to see Disney on Ice.  We were able to go with some friends and their girls, and we had a wonderful time.

 Kate didn't quite understand what we were seeing until it actually happened.  We had seen a preview of Disney on Ice online, so she thought we were going to see a movie.  

Aladdin with a plethora of Genies.   


Princes and Princesses 

 Toy Soldiers drilling right before Buzz and Woody made an appearance.

It's A Small World After All 

Cool lights show

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and Donald 

 Mulan: I'll Make a Man Out of You

 You must be swift as a coursing river, With all the strength of a great typhoon.

 The Incredibles

They were Incredible

 Belle does some fancy footwork

The great finale
What fun to spend some time with my favorite girl and to hang out with some friends!  

Snow, Glorious Snow

It's no secret that I'm not a fan of the cold weather, especially when it involves cold precipitation.  Luckily, Jon is from the midwest and enjoys the cold.  While Kate and I were enjoying our Girls' Day, the boys had some fun in the snow. 
 The snow just starting to stick.  We ended up with a couple inches total. 

All bundled up and ready to play. 

David had fun jumping on the slippery trampoline. 

The boys had fun riding their bikes in the snow. 

And they capped it off with hot chocolate.  
My husband is such a great Daddy!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

David Loves Elmo

David has a recent obsession with Elmo.  He asks for him many times throughout the day.  Occasionally, we indulge him and bring up Sesame Street on the computer, since he gets SO excited about him.  

Mr Cool

Chillin' with the shades on. In the House. With a sippy cup. 

Michael is Sick

Despite that big smile (can you see the remnants of whatever he was eating on his face?!), this big guy was not feeling so well.  
 I took Michael to the pediatrician since I could tell it wasn't just a virus to get over.  He had a double ear infection, a sinus infection, a throat infection (strep, probably), an eye infection, an upper respiratory infection, and an infected thumb (he pulled a hangnail and it got swollen and nasty and he wouldn't stop picking at it).  So, he's on a very strong antibiotic and neb treatments.  Let's just say that Michael doesn't do anything half-way.  He's all-in, even when he's sick.

 It didn't take long on that strong antibiotic for him to start feeling better.

He already has his abundant energy back.  I'm thankful he's feeling better!

Kate at 4 Years Old

Kate had her 4-year-old check-up yesterday, and she is doing great.
She has great vision (which I hope continues, since her Mommy has bad eye genes), and she did well on all her developmental assessments. She is really a healthy child.  She's never even been on an antibiotic, and we're thankful for that (especially since the boys have more than made up the sick visits with their ears).   

Kate was in the 67th percentile for weight at 39lbs, and in the 68th percentile for height at 41.5 inches.  Our little girl is growing up.  In fact, even though she will not be going to school for another year and a half since she has an October birthday, they went ahead and did all her pre-kindergarten vaccines and assessments.  (She was so brave through 4 shots!)  I'm glad she gets to stay home with me another year, though!

Toddler Mood Swings

David is a pretty mellow guy.  
He loves to have fun and play.  

But when he gets in a mood, he can be a real bear.  And not the cute cuddly kind.  Unfortunately, he new favorite word is "MINE!", and he uses it appropriately.  And so toddlerhood officially begins...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy/Grumpy Valentine's Day

David was a Valentine's Day Scrooge today.  Kate LOVES any chance to party, but he was crabby and not into the festivities.  
Sorry for the rotated video.  I couldn't rotate the video without paying for a Quicktime upgrade. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine for Daddy

Kate made a Valentine for her Daddy.  She decided to include something he REALLY likes, so she drew a picture of some Coca-Cola.  She even labeled in "coke," in case he didn't know what that brown pile was.  
I talked her into including a *real* Coke with the valentine. :-)  
(She did this by herself, words and all.)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Couch Potatoes

We had a little extra time before bedtime the other day, so I let the kids watch a PBS show.  They were pretty engrossed.  Kate didn't want her picture taken, so she showed her tongue.  Michael, apparently, didn't wipe his face well after spaghetti.  David just rolls along with it.  
1, 2, 3 little cuties

Pucker Up, Ladies

Sweet David kissy lips.  

Little Laura

Tuesday was Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday (along with Charles Dickens').  We celebrated in the best way we know how- with braids.
We really like Little House on the Prairie, and Kate is a big fan of Laura.