Pictures, The Kids

Is eating a giraffe considered homework?

Brianna needed to work on spelling words. Katie decided to work on letters, which that in itself is a miracle! Alex decided to join in on the fun by trying to consume the head of a giraffe. Thankfully the giraffe didn’t mind!

So peaceful….

*suck, suck, suck*

Practice makes perfect.

The letter b has a stick with a bubble on it!

Holidays, My Husband, Pictures, The Kids

Happy New Year!

We spent New Year’s with the Jacob’s. The kids played the night away. The adults ate lots of great food, played pictionary man and mad gab. It was a great night. Alex even stayed up until about 11:30 then nursed to sleep, but woke up to the noise of kids screaming happy new year and horns blowing loudly! The funniest part of the night was when we pulled into our driveway. All the kiddos were asleep. We looked back and Katie had fallen asleep with a piece of celery in her mouth. It was hilarious! Pictures of course.

Holidays, My Husband, Pictures, The Kids

Christmas 2008!

We spent time with Paula and Michael on Tuesday. We had to spend the night at my parents due to ice that night. My Dad fell outside trying to show me just how slick it was. Alex was awake from 1-3am, fussy because of his cold. We hung out in Dwight’s room, he was playing Warcraft and watching Heroes. Brian left to get to the house and then to work. Paula and Michael left around 8am and it took them 1hr to get 3 miles because of the road conditions and accidents. Brian got off work early and picked us up. We went home, got ourselves together and then went to LCC for the Christmas Eve Service. We got there late because traffic outside Walmart was unbelievable, they had shut down the road, because Walmart was trying to close and people kept trying to get inside.  The band did Christmas songs. Then Hilary and Jeff Sloat read a story to the kids. After that Tom did a mini sermon which included picking Alex up and using him as a visual of baby Jesus and why he was sent to us.  It was really powerful.

Brianna tried to get up around 1am, I wasn’t surprised! Brian let her know not to wake us up again until after 6. She and Katie came in at exactly 6:05.  The girls were in awe of all the presents.  Brian read us  “The Newborn King”. Alex’s only interest in the story was trying to eat the book. Then we opened stockings and Santa presents. The last presents to be opened were the treasured American Girl dolls. Brianna was looking worried up until that point, she was sure she wasn’t getting one after Santa fell through. The look on her face is priceless! We took mostly video of them opening up those gifts. We hung out, cleaned up, ate breakfast and then made our way to my parents house. We opened up gifts there, hung out, had lots of food. That is about it. It was a pretty low key Christmas.

I still can’t believe it’s all over. All the planning, shopping, wrapping and it’s over.

I’m slightly depressed actually.

Life

No Presents on Christmas Eve..

The girls big gifts this year are, drum roll please, American Girl and Bitty Baby. Multiple family members have contributed to these gifts in one way or another. We’re talking Kit for Brianna, and a Bitty baby for Katie, outfits galore (some even matching for the girls), beds, accessories, you name it, they are probably getting it.

The problem: Aunt Paula not being able to stay for Christmas due to work. She and Michael are coming in on Monday and leaving on Christmas Eve.

My Mom and Aunt Freda’s solution is the following:  Let the girls open up the dolls and everything Christmas Eve so that Aunt Paula can take part.

I put my foot down with dramatic irritability. I cannot stress this enough, in no way, shape or form will the girls be opening their biggest gifts on Christmas Eve. Not gonna happen.

My Mom now understands. Freda sent a text saying she understood as well.  I will have a talk with Aunt Paula, but I don’t think it will even be an issue.

Now I better not hear anymore of this nonsense again!

Life

Blah..

I’ve been in a major LJ slump. I just don’t even know what to write. I suppose I should just write whatever is on my mind, but I have been reluctant to do so for some reason. I know I usually go through my phases with LJ, but I wish I could just snap out of it.

We have been pretty busy around here, and like usual I have been running around like crazy. I have managed to get Christmas done for the kids and Brian. I’m pretty excited for Christmas this year. I’m still crocheting a bunch of stuff, but it’s a quick scarf pattern so I’m pretty sure I’ll get that stuff done.

Tonight is Brianna’s Christmas program at school. It’s called “A Star is Born”. She is thrilled. They are doing it in Chapel this morning for the whole school and then the family performance is tonight. Katie’s Christmas program is tomorrow at 1. I’m going to pull Brianna from class so she can see it. I’m praying that Brian will be able to make it, someone is out from work this week and there is an auction due tomorrow at some time that he has to do. My Mom and Dwight are definitely going to be there though.

I got a pink and gray dyson from Target on black friday. I’m in love with this machine! And I was completely sickened by what my old vacuum left behind. Who knew that vacuuming could be so much fun LOL.

Last night was the second to last unit in the Bible Study my friends and I are doing. I think I’m going to take a break from leading after this one and just do a study with Brian. I think it will bring us closer to the Lord individually, as well as together as a couple. Not sure what we are going to do though, anyone have any suggestions????

I need to go food shopping today at Aldi, and I’m so glad that it is more on the warm side. I was thinking of seeing if my Mom could watch the kids so I could go alone and then leave Katie there and just take Alex home. More stuff is arriving via Amazon today and I want to open it up and wrap stuff.

Oh and Alex has his first illness. He had a fever on Sunday, and it’s possibly back today. I was actually thinking of taking him in, but he is his happy self. He was miserable on Sat. night though. Poor baby boy. Though I think being 6 months old and the first time getting sick is pretty awesome!!!

I got a diaper sprayer and tried to install it with my mind not all there. I don’t have a flexible supply line, which was my first mistake, the second was turning the water on full blast instead of off. I had a flooded bathroom and I was soaked. Thankfully I found it more comical than aggravating. I need to go to Home Depot and get the right line and then reinstall. At least this time I will get it right!

Alex has been having oatmeal and started doing the first foods. Just apples, bananas and sweet potatos. He loves it, but now his poop is just plain nasty. I need this diaper sprayer!!!!!!

Alright, Katie is clammering for my attention. I need to go. I’ll try to get some pictures up soon!

Life

Whoa, I’ve been busy..

And it’s not stopping anytime soon.

I started painting the loft yesterday, spent 1.5hrs at walmart with all 3 kiddos getting stuff for Brianna’s late sleepover birthday party. made a huge pan of brownie/peanut butter cookie, had cell group, started decorating for the party, making craft projects for the kids.

Today I have to finish up the one wall in the loft, finish the craft stuff, finish decorating, my friend Tammy is coming over and maybe Kelly for a playdate this morning, eat lunch, take Katie to school, get HSM:senior year the wii game.get anything else i missed from the store. pick up the girls, take Katie to my parents for her special sleepover, meet brian at school for Brianna’s conference with Mrs. Mann. Drop the van off to get checked out before our big trip to PA, get home and finish party touch-ups. Send brian out for pizza. Then 7 little girls will be arriving for the party. 2 will not be spending the night.

I have been reading little bits at a time, but just haven’t been able to post or comment much.

Can I breathe yet???

Pictures, The Kids

Brianna’s first day of 1st grade!

It was last Friday. She had a lot of fun. Has a lot of the same kiddos in her class this year. I still can’t get over the fact that she is a 1st grader! Time is just way to short 😦


Always got to have the pic in front of our tree!


Katie had to get in the picture too


Brianna and Mrs. Mann


Found her name tag and Mrs. Mann helped her put it on.


Sitting at her desk!


Katie saying she wanted to stay 😦

Knocked Up, Life, My Husband, The Kids

And the clock keeps on ticking..

Today I’m 37wks! Alex can come out whenever he wants now. Brianna came at 40+1 and Katie at 39.. I would rather have him early than be overdue! I’m more than ready to have him out and share him now, plus I can’t wait to see his cute little buns all fluffed out in cloth! I have my appt. today. Last week they started internals and did the GBS test.  I was 0 dilated, firm and long. With my history of doing no change before going into labor I wasn’t surprised!

Brian has a lot going on at work and would like Alex to come anytime now as well so he can take off, LOL.. He is really excited about this little boys arrival and thinks it will be next week sometime.

Brianna’s last day of Kindy is today. I can’t believe it. Where has this year gone? I feel so sad that I wasn’t the best mom I could have been for her this year with being so sick most of it or so uncomfortable and irritable. She’s going to miss her friends, so we’ll have to set up lots of playdates and keep in touch.  Her class had a fieldtrip to the zoo yesterday. I went as well as Katie, my Mom and Dwight (who got layed off 😦 last week I think it was). Brianna really wanted to go with her friend Eden, it was a really laid back trip. So I let her go off with Eden and her Mom and another little girl. She was thrilled. I was walking around like a snail and so uncomfortable anyway and Katie was super whiny. I’m glad that I made her last field trip a fun one, by not trying to be involved LOL.

Katie was done with preschool last week. My poor girl. The reason she was so whiny yesterday was she was getting sick. I thought it was just plain old allergies, but it wasn’t. Had a fever last night of 102. Threw up in our bed and complained of her ears hurting.. I’m getting her into the ped. today. If she has an ear infection that is the 2nd one this year.

Alright, I know I have more to say, but my brain is starting to falter…