Friday, February 14, 2014

A Week Ago...

We boarded a boat, with our best friends and had the best vacation...

We had a great time.  Funny enough, we're both dealing with a little bit of motion sickness now that we're off the boat.  Hopefully, I'll fill in the details soon with the amazing adventures on the Wonder... especially since I threw out my back and won't be going anywhere anytime soon...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Frozen Family

I need to write this down before I forget...

Last night while the kids got ready for bed, we started to sing the songs from Frozen.  We have the CD and it's currently on repeat in the car... and by repeat I mean, Mom will get chewed out if she even thinks about listening to other music.  Backstory properly established, back last night...

Everyone (Greg included, minus Luke) started singing the songs.  We got through most of them before we started reading scriptures and pushed off bedtime because of our impromptu karoeke.

Hopefully the grumpies today will be because it's way too cold for my Texas Weather Wiennies, and not because we made a Frozen memory last night.

Today: Annabelle and her preschool carpool friend listened to "Let It Go" and sung every. single. word.  I couldn't help but giggle listening to two four-year-old girls singing a Princess song.  So cute.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Luke's First: Utensils

I'm recommitting to this blog.  Just in time to go out-of-town on a big cruise.... so excited! Seriously though, I want our family to have a record of what we've been up to.

Luke is growing up so fast--- he's only three months away from nursery.  CRAZY.

Today, at lunch, I was feeding him some yogurt and he started squeaking at me and signing 'please.'  I then, asked him if he wanted the spoon.  'please' was the answer I got---- it's his go-to sign.

He had a grand ol' time with the spoon.  He even got some yogurt in his mouth a couple of times.  Couldn't believe it.

After a few minutes, though, he decided it wasn't fast enough and he went straight to the source.

Everyone always tells you, it goes by faster with each kid and it's so true.  It doesn't feel like it's been two years since we were so excited to finally be pregnant again--- let alone to have a now TODDLER in the house.  This is one of the reasons that it is necessary to keep up with this blog.  I'm going to forget things.... and I don't want to forget.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Birthday Questions: Annabelle at 4

Happy Birthday to our wonderful little girl!  Even though it's a little late, as per our new tradition, here's the next round of questions for Bellie (she just said, "I have a lot of words to say"):

  1. What are 3 words that describe you? A person... Fun... and I don't know
  2. I'm really good at:  playing basketball in the backyard
  3. What makes you happy?  going to the pool
  4. What makes you sad?  Not going on the right path where my Mom and Dad go when I'm right behind them (side note: she's never gotten lost, I don't know where this came from)
  5. What is your favorite animal?  MONKEY
  6. What is your favorite food? Tomatoes
  7. What is your favorite color? Pink and Purple
  8. What is your favorite part about church?  everything in church... and treats in primary
  9. What is your favorite scripture story?  Moroni
  10. What is your favorite holiday? Why?  Valentine's Day because it's so fun
  11. What is your favorite treat?  Lollipops
  12. What is your favorite type of music?  "I have a Family Here on Earth," "Let It Go" and the Frozen music
  13. What is your favorite toy?  Coloring
  14. What is your favorite sport to play?  Hula-hoop
  15. My favorite books are:  ALL of my Princess books
  16. What is your favorite movie?  Frozen  TV Show? Octonauts
  17. If I could go anywhere, I would go to: Disneyland & Disneyworld
  18. What songs do you like to sing?  "Let It Go" & "Reverently, Quietly"
  19. Best thing our family does together:  Go on walks and go to the pool
  20. If you could pick any pet, what would it be?  a cute cat
  21. When I was little I used to: go to the zoo
  22. My best friend is:  Alex & Elise
  23. What do you like to do with Mommy?  play a game
  24. What do you like to do with Daddy?  go on a Daddy and Annabelle date
  25. What do you like to play inside?  Color
  26. What do you like to play outside?  Play in the sandbox
  27. If I had one wish, it would be:  wishing to go to the pool (I think this girl likes summer)
  28. Are you afraid of anything?  Only crocodiles and sharks and everything that eats persons and snakes and lizards, but not Mema's lizard (hilarious)
  29. When I grow up, I want to be:  the best baseball and basketball player
  30. Who is the coolest person you know:  Mommy (sweet!)
  31. *EXTRA*  My favorite memory is: playing my matching princess game.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Four Years of Annabellie

It's so hard to believe that she's four!

Weight: 37 lbs (50 %)
Height: 40 1/2 inches (75 %)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: depends on the day--- dark to amber brown
nothing's changed
Shoe Size: 8 to 10--- depending on the shoes ;)
Clothes Size:  5T dresses and shirts, 4T shorts/skirts
Nicknames: Belle, Annabellie, Bellie, Little Mama, Little Girl, Sissy, turkey, button
Luke, Jared, Daddy, Mommy, Pink Blankie, anything Disney Princess, Sea World, anything girly/princessy, singing--- the newest thing I would add to the list would be COLORING and art.  She will take any opportunity to sit and color in one of her MANY coloring books or create something new.
Dislikes: she absolutely HATES (and I try not to use that word a lot) being bossed around--- she's a very independent soul, Luke touching her stuff, and she's recently become a much more picky eater--- much to the frustration of her parents.  Dinner conversations sometimes go like this...
A: I don't like this
M/D: You've had this before.  You ate it up last time
A: Well, I don't like it now.
Favorite Food:  Mac & Cheese with Chocolate Milk is still her meal of choice.  She also gobbles up tortellinis, most burgers, cheese pizza (anything cheese actually), and Japanese food (phew).
Favorite Toys: Princesses & their Castle, her baby dolls and her big dollie Princesses.
Favorite Books: Scripture Stories, All of her Princess books, her new mini Book of Mormon
Favorite Things to Watch: She'll still watch Mickey and Disney Princess movies (without the scary parts).  She also now likes Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood A LOT.  I hear the songs from that show ALL. THE. TIME.
Other New Tricks:  She's gotten really good at writing her letters.  She usually mentions something new every time she comes home from preschool.  The other night in the car, she counted to 29 and got stuck at 30--- it was cute.  She picks up songs really easily and in relationship to her new love of coloring, she's started to color in the lines and be particular in her colors.
What's next: Continue to learn to count, Reading more stories, remembering to use words when she communicates
How she drives us crazy: Her independent (and very similar to my) nature gets us to not listen to each other fairly easy.  We want her to be able to make choices, but sometimes she doesn't listen to us before she makes those choices (like most of us).  She also does a little bit of reverting when Luke gets too much attention (i.e. whining, pointing, using one word)--- frustrating considering she's been talking since the womb... well, not THAT early.
Why she's so awesome: She's my girl and keeps me sane among all of the boy-ness.  She's so sweet and loves to take care of anyone and everyone.  She's also willing to be silly with me, even if it may be embarassing.  She's also really thoughtful; she made FOUR Get Well cards for Jared's surgery yesterday.  I don't know what we're going to do with all of her art projects, but she usually makes something for a specific reason in her mind.  Already willing to serve.  Her smile also lights up the room, or your mood, because she looks at you with complete adoration.  Annabellie-button is the best button girl for our family.  Luke and I definitely miss her on preschool days and I think her growing-up will be the hardest on both Greg and I.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Jared was supposed to get his tonsils and adenoids out today.  I've been using this time before mentlely prepping myself that everything would be okay.  (Like it wouldn't be... because Jared's ENT is incredible and very experienced).

However, we had to reschedule it for next Wednesday (the day before Deda comes for a weekend visit) because Jared and his BFF Caleb LOVE to share everything and this weekend Jared finally picked up the Scarlet Fever Caleb had last week.  The poor boy was not himself on Sunday, so tired and barely ate three crackers.  I took him to the doctor the next day and between getting up and actually going he broke out with the classic rash.  No worries, though, it's just Strep with a rash (it's great what modern medicine can fight).

He actually had to stay home a couple days this week.  The first day, he still felt out of it, but on the second day, he kept asking me for things to do.  Um... rest and get better?  Psht--- way too boring for this Kindergarten!  I don't know what he's going to do when he's home recovering for a week.

So, since he got sick, we have to wait until after he's done with his medicine---which will be next Tuesday--- so Wednesday.  Time to relive the 'week before prep' all over again.  It's a blessing we had to reschedule since we have a big birthday weekend ahead of us... a Princess Party and our little Annabelle turning FOUR!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Year of Luke

I cannot believe I'm already writing Luke's one year stats.  I waited until now because I finally took him in for his year check-up today.  Other parents are not joking when they say 'things go by faster the more kids you have.'  Sometimes I wish we could slow down and enjoy all of the little moments that are passing by so fast.  Oh well, such is life. 

Weight: 24 lbs 14 oz (50%)
Height: 30 1/2 inches (75%)
Head Circumference: 18 1/2 in (80%)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: dark brown
He's half-way there... already has 10!
Shoe Size: 4
Clothes Size:  mostly 12 months, 12-18 months and small 18M things
Nicknames: Lukie-Luke, Lukie, Stinky, Turkey, Babe-ah, Chunky
Annabelle, Jared, Mommy, Daddy, Green Blanket, Mickey Mouse, Daniel Tiger, chewing on his crib (yikes)
Dislikes: Getting his boogers taken out of his nose, peas, being pinned down, going to bed before he wants to
Favorite Food: pumpkin-flavored anything, yogurt bites, almost anything chopped to finger food size and you give to him.
Favorite Toys: anything he can chew on and/or bite down on and crawl around with
Favorite Books: He doesn't really sit still for books yet, just likes to put them in his mouth.  He really likes to put Hop on Pop in his mouth.
Favorite Things to Watch: Whatever his brother and sister are watching, but he seems to pay extra attention to Mickey Mouse & Daniel Tiger (that's why I mentioned them in his likes)
New Words:  He signs 'all-done' 'more' and 'food'  He says Mama, Dada, and I swear I heard him say 'ah-da' when I asked if he was all done with lunch yesterday.  He gets more vocal as each day passes; especially since Jared and Annabelle started school.
Other New Tricks:  He's working on his first two molars right now; here's hoping they come out fast.  He really likes to scoot around the furniture.  He's big enough to walk, but doesn't want to right now.
What's next: Walking, Teething, Communicating, Not eating books--- you know, typical toddler things.... oh, and a visit from Mema and Deda :)
How he drives us crazy: Right now the biggest struggle with Luke is trying to be consistent in teaching him signs; I want to be able to communicate enough with him so I can know if he wants more food, hurt, tired, etc.  I know his ques, but it would be nice to see him at the next step.  The flipside of that is: he's growing up was too fast.  Everyone used to tell me that things go by faster with the third and they really do--- I really don't know where the time went!  Next time I turn my head he'll be going to Kindergarten, like Jared.
Why she's so awesome: He's such a calm soul.  He brings a peaceful feeling into the house by just being here.  He absolutely adores everyone in the family and it makes my heart melt every time I see his face light up when he sees someone he loves.  He's normally so so happy.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  if everyone was guaranteed to have a baby as happy tempered as Luke, we would all have large families.

It's been a crazy wonderful first year of your life, Lukie-Luke, we love you so much!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Annabelle's First: Day of Preschool

When Jared was old enough, I was really excited to start him in a Mom co-op preschool.  It was fun and tiring all at once.  As it happened, I actually taught at the beginning of my pregnancy with Luke and when he was an almost three month old.  It was hard, but really worth it.  I enjoyed the thrill of teaching again.

Throughout Jared's preschool years, Annabelle loved participating.  The girl has always acted older than she is; so it's only natural that she would want to do preschool when she's was old enough.  Since she had basically had pre-preschool with Jared, we decided to look into other options.

We heard from some of our ward members of a local gym which did a preschool program twice a week.  Annabelle and I went to check it out and she LOVED it; she asked me that day if she could stay there.  She's already so smart and really just needs the social aspect and routine of going to school, so it felt like the best place for her.

The visit day was a month before her first day of school; so, for the past month, she's been asking me nearly every chance she's gotten, when it was time for her to go.  Her asking increased since Jared started school.

Today was the day she's been waiting for.  Luke & I dropped her off; we gave her a hug and she ran to join her classmate.  Luke seemed to have a harder time; when we got home he'd do short little voice bursts to see if anyone was home.  After I picked her up, she told me all about the trampolines and jumping in the pit and making crafts and this... and that... and this... she was so so SO excited.

Lately, when I look at Annabelle, I see more of a little girl than a preschooler, toddler, or baby.  Some days it feels like I just had her and others, it feels as though she's wise beyond her years.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Jared's First: Day of School

First off:  I can't believe I'm writing about Jared's first day of school.  When, oh when, did he get so old?  It feels like we just had him...

The night before we prepared for the day.  Set clothes out, packed his lunch & backpack, and talked about what would happen the next morning.  We ended the night by Greg giving him a Father's blessing.  Among the things said were:  he would have strength to be a good example, listen & learn what is being taught & be healthy throughout the year.  I know I've said it lots of times before, but since it's our blog.... I'm so grateful for Greg and his worthiness to be able to hold and use the Priesthood.  So so grateful.

Since Jared and his BBF, Caleb have been pretty inseperable since they were under two, so it's only natural that they went to their first day of school together.  So, we had our first day of school carpool.  The boys were so excited and nervous, much like their Mommies.

Once we got to school, they walked hand-in-hand while we lingered back.  I did because I wanted to soak in all of the first day feelings; plus, I didn't want to think about it too much or I'd get emotional.  Before we went in, we had the boys pose at the entrance.  It's nice to do stuff like this before they're 'too cool' to do this.

The boys aren't in the same class, but they're right next door, so we walked them to their separate lines and waited for the bell to ring.  After the bell rang, it was time to say goodbye.  Luckily, we had a place to go in the library.  There was a 'Cry It Out' Breakfast; we were able to talk with some of the teachers and other parents about school and what to expect.  By the time we left, the kindergartens were getting ready to go to their specials and Kim was able to see Caleb--- without him seeing her.

After school (which felt longer than it probably was), we went together to pick them up.  The boys were cute talking about their days; when Jared got home, he asked if he would be able to go back the next day.  Yep, buddy, for the next few years, or so. :)  I think the hardest part about adjusting to school will be getting used to going to bed and getting up early; and if that's our only major adjust, I'll consider it a win. :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Back to School with Buddy

The current phase of obsession for Jared right now is dinosaurs (not really news, I know); and since he likes them, Annabelle likes them.  One of the kids' favorite shows, and probably one of the reasons he started to like Dinosaurs is {Dinosaur Train}.  Just in case you don't know, it's a preschool show on PBS that follows a family of Pternandons (and one t-rex) as they meet all different kinds of dinosaurs.  How do they do this, you ask?  On a time-traveling train, of course!

When you suspend your disbelief for a just a few seconds, you'll see it's a fun show.  Anyway, one of the main characters (arguably the main character) is Buddy the T-Rex.  Yesterday he was in town, and since we met Daniel for Annabelle {last week}, Jared REALLY wanted to meet Buddy.

Not only was Buddy in town, he was downtown.  We weren't really sure we wanted to fight the crazy downtown crowds, but Jared wouldn't stop talking about the chance to meet Buddy.  And since he's getting ready to go to school, we decided to go.  So, we left really early (everyone, including Uncle Zakie) to brave the crowds and meet the hypothesis-testing dinosaur.

He happened to be at the Children's Museum, which normally has a price tag to get in, but because of the Buddy event, it was free.  Free meant the line to get in was long--- even if you arrive right on time.  So, we waited in the hot sun for an hour while the line widdled away.  We were almost in the building, when one of the workers came out and said they couldn't guarantee Buddy would still be there when we got in.

We prepped Jared, just in case, and as soon as we got in the building, we beelined for Buddy.  It was a good thing we did because we were one of the last people to get in line.  Seriously, there was a girl two families back in line telling others that Buddy would be done for the day.  Once it came time to meet him, Jared, like always, froze.  Only this time, he actually posed and gave him a high-five at the end.

Since we had free admission to the museum, we let the kids explore for little bit before we left; they really like the air-flow exhibit.  Annabelle wanted to carry all of the balls home with her.  It was nice to be able to go to the museum without having to pay, and all of the waiting was worth it for a little high-five.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ugga Mugga

Today was a GRR-reffic day in our house because we got to meet one of the biggest celebrities the kids know--- Daniel Tiger!  He's the star of a PBS show that's spin-off of Mister Roger's Neighborhood called {Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood}.  The show is one of the cutest things ever; they have songs for each lesson of the day and I use them all the time.  Annabelle is particularly fond of him.

I literally found out about it yesterday on FB and, spur of the moment, decided to go with Annabelle's best friend, Alex.  We had a GRRreat time.  Our local PBS station pulls out all of the stops when they sponsor things.  The kids did some crafts, walked and sat on a trolley (from downtown), read some books, and got a new book to keep (even Luke).  As an added bonus, we saw some of our {Play 'n Learn} friends from the beginning of the year.

When the moment of truth arrived, the kids clammed up.  They wanted me to act as a protective barrier just in case he pounced, I guess.  Luke just stared at him the whole time and by the end, both of the big kids gave Daniel a high-five.

In the car on the way home, Annabelle mentioned how cool he was, and how she wanted to go back.  We had to remind her that Daniel had other kids to visit, but maybe he'd come back another time.  She said she might be ready to give him a hug then.  Good enough for me, little girl.


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