Thursday, February 28, 2013

Park Fun & Mommy-Daughter Date

Today, the kids and I needed an adventure, so we went to the Swing park.

Jared tried something new this time.  A swinging platform crossing he was scared of last time.  He was able to cross and take an awesome picture of the occasion.

Annabelle particularly enjoyed the slide and, of course, the swings.  She and the slide had an electric relationship this time--- full of static and awesome hair.

Luke really like the baby swings again.  I swing him from the front so he can see me and he was giggling every time he got close to me.  Hilarious.

After dinner that night, Annabelle and I went on a Mommy-Daughter date for Frozen Yogurt.  Her quote from the night: "I love being with you without the boys."  Yep, baby, everyone needs a little girl time.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Random February Happenings

Jared helped Luke sit up; Jared was trying to help Luke practice because he's getting really close. *** Jared is starting to read on his own.  One of the first things I noticed him reading was the Book of Mormon.  He started reading 1 Nephi 3:7 out loud and asked me to help.  It was adorable--- and a great way to start one's reading career. *** One day at lunch, Annabelle made faces at Luke.  He thought it was hilarious and couldn't stop laughing.  I guess he didn't know lunch came with a show.

Greg and Luke all ready and handsome for church--- we actually had him home that morning because it was Stake Conference. *** Luke's first time sitting in a shopping cart seat; let the random sicknesses commence! *** While shopping at HEB, I asked the kids to get the whole grain goldfish we normally get.  The box was way in the back, so like any good shopper, they had to dig for their deals.  And, like any good Mom, I took a picture instead of helping them.  *** A couple of ways I found the boys sleeping this month.  Luke mostly naked and Jared couldn't stay awake after church.

Greg wanted his birthday to be really low-key, so I did what any good wife would do and bought him a larger TV.  We've talked about this for a while, but never went to the next step, so Greg asked if he could for his birthday.  So, off to Best Buy we went and got a great deal.  For the first few days, it was blocked of from the kids on the floor (it was even that way for my book club), then, we had some friends offer a spare TV stand until we can afford to get our own.  On his actual birthday, I wanted him to open something, so I got him one of his favorite movies we don't own yet (The Three Amigos) and watched it after the kids went to bed.  Low-key for a great guy.

Finally, Luke had a day where he was consistently rolling over, so I pulled out the camera to document it.  Naturally, the older rugrats flocked to the lens and started being really cute; hugging each other, kissing Luke and smiling really big--- so I had to take pictures. :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Sicky Baby

Poor little baby's been working on some teeth the last week or so--- which led to ear infections and weepy eyes.  It hasn't been fun for our happy little Luke.  We knew something was wrong when he wasn't his happy-go-lucky self--- and he started chewing on EVERYTHING in sight.

Even though it's sad to see him sick and it breaks my heart, babies are always extra cuddle when they're sick and this mommy loves to be there for the cuddles.

We haven't been doing much lately because I don't have the heart to take out this sick cutey, but he'll get better soon and we'll be on the move.

Now, if I could just convince his older siblings that it'll be over soon...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

30 by 30: Book Club

I accomplished one of my {30 by 30} goals last night by hosting book club.

I made this a goal because I wanted to be able to find a book that everyone in my group would want to read.  Most of the time, the group stretches my reading sphere and I don't feel like I bring a lot to the table in my suggestions or discussion points.  I know that's mostly not true and it's my female psyche working against me, however, I still wanted to feel like I could contribute and the best way to do that was to find a selection to read and host.

One of my favorite movies growing up was "The Princess Bride".  So, I was really excited when I found out that it was a book first.  So, I suggested it to the group back in November or December and everyone (meaning everyone who came that month) was ready and willing--- WOO HOO!  And, I thought a fun, romantic tale would be perfect for February.

It was an easy and hilarious read.  The book is a satire and definitely my kind of book.  For the eats, I served: MLT crackers-- really BLT because I didn't have Mutton, chocolate truffle life pills, and peanuts. :)

We had a great discussion-- and I even showed a few clips from the author and cast talking about way Princess Bride is such a classic.

I don't know why I was so afraid to host, but now I won't hesitate in the future.... the hardest part of the whole process was finding a book.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Our Valentine's

We had a fun little Valentine's Day.

The kids woke up to a little treat and a new book--- a valentine's tradition in our family.

Before valentines day, we made little bags to give to their friends and Jared to his preschool.  They had cuties and straws in the bag.  After, Jared got back from preschool, we headed for a quick playdate at the swings park to get some energy out before nap time.

I made Gweg and I matching Han & Leia cups... because we're nerd like that; I must say that Greg thought they were awesome.  So we're perfectly nerdy for each other.

Also, I found a fun idea from a friend online for Valentine's Day cards, so we attempted to take the picture to send to all of the family.... these are all of the shots.  It's pretty hard to get three young kids to sit still and smile--- all at the same time.  The third one is the one we ended up sending out to family.

Goofy kids, but we sure love our little Valentine's.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Quick Gramma Visit

Gramma Barb came down to our neck of the woods to escape from the cold and wet of the East Coast--- only to visit on a rainy day.  We decided to make the best of a rainy day and take our first trip to Sea World with our new annual passes.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.

It did turn out fine, maybe a little wet and cold, but with warm waterproof jackets, we had lots of fun.

We ended up exploring most of the park.  We went to both aquariums and the kids wouldn't stop telling us what they were seeing.  Jared wanted to drag Gramma everywhere; her hand in one of his hands with a map of the park in another.

Ride-wise: Jared and I went on the kid Shamu roller coaster; he loved it, I was a little shaky.  Annabelle was so bummed she wasn't tall enough to ride the coaster that we had to go try one she could ride.  Even though she could ride a fishy-tilt-a-whirl didn't mean she liked it; in fact, she screamed the whole time, asking to get off.  Poor girl.  I cuddled with her and tried to stay positive about the whole experience.

After the rides, the rides realized they were so hungry and it started to rain, so we ran to the closest restaurant to us--- which ended up being a pizza/pasta bar.  It was a nice place to wait out the rain to figure out what shows we could catch.

Show-wise: We were able to see two of the three main shows; the beauty about having passes is that we can catch it next time.  We saw the dolphin cirque de sole which ended up having a surprise beginning that the kids LOVED.  Then, we saved Shamu for last.  Seeing those majestic animals up close was amazing; and they even have a new calf in their midst.

After Shamu, the kids were done, so we left and had dinner at Red Robin with Gramma before she had to go.  It stinks that we only get to see Gramma once or twice a year now, but we're certainly grateful we get to see her at all.  We love Gramma Barb!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quick Visit from Oba & Jiji

 It's no secret my parents aren't too fond of Seattle.  They have good friends and Z met Krystal there, so it's not horrible, they've just been itching to move.  Well, it's finally happening and they're moving with driving distance to us, just north of Austin.

Cabinet Hiding
So, last week, Jiji needed to come out on business for a few days and after he was done, Oba flew into our neck of the woods.  Then, we spent Saturday looking for house for them to move into; we drove up to and back from the Round Rock/ Georgetown area--- that's about four hours in the car with three kids under five.  To keep them happy, we watched both a Star Wars and Princess movie (plus they played with the Magnetic Games I made them).

IKEA fun
FUNNY ANNABELLE STORY:  We're at this fantastically overpriced house in perfect neighborhood my folks want to be in and all of the sudden, we can't find Annabelle.  We start to search and find her on the toilet.  She casually looked up and said:  "I had to poop."  The realtor's response:  "The water's turned off."  He didn't seem upset, in fact, all of us adults couldn't stop laughing.  She had to go, so she went.  We had go turn the water on in order to flush Annabelle's business.  Hilarious.

After house-hunting, we made the obligatory stop at IKEA to get some neat new furniture that will totally change how we live. {Honestly, it's more of a 'sorry I'm on business for three weeks in March, honey, here's a new piece of furniture' gift.}  We even had dinner at Salt Lick with Gramma, since she's in town hiding from the snow in Massachusetts.

We had a nice time together, and the kids were troopers for being bunched in the car for so long.  On the way home Jared was so tired of being in the car he exclaimed: "let's not drive up to Georgetown again!"  Oh, to have the time perception of a four-year-old.

On Sunday, they were lucky enough to be here to see how we still have a friendly Super Bowl get together.  This year we added a predictions poster; I think that's permanent tradition.  Surprisingly, Greg was the closest (I taught him all he knows).  A great time was had, yet again, however, the only picture I remembered to take was of the trifle (it was a good trifle).  In fact, these three pictures are the only ones I took of the whole visit.  Epic fail.

They ended up going up again on Monday to look at more houses, hopefully they found one.  If they did, they should be here sometime in March.  I think the last time we lived this close was when they live in Boise and that was a five hour drive.  This time it's about a two-hour drive.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Luke: 5 Months

STATS: We forgot to get them...and I completely forgot to write this update last month... sheesh--- one of these days, I will catch up.  (if I keep saying that it'll happen, right?)

SLEEP:  This kid sleeps great.  Now that I wrote that down it's totally going to change.  He has two or three naps a day (depending on how the day goes) for at least an hour a piece.  He sleeps from 9 to 730--- seriously AWESOME baby.

Naps change because we usually run errands right in the middle of his morning nap (which is his favorite one).  When you put him down in his crib, he gets slightly excited, smiles big and grabs for his blanket to chew on.  It's super cute (and now I remember why all three of our kids have lovey blankets).

FOOD:  He still very much likes his 'Mama Time'--- as well he should.  He eats four times a day.  We started other foods this past month.  As of this date, he's tried:  baby cereal, applesauce, pears, and bananas.  He's still a little wary about food, so we just take it day-by-day.  One day, probably soon, he'll realize what that whole eating other things is all about.

PLAYING/TOYS:  Another big milestone this month--- he started playing with toys around him.  He now notices the things around him and even started grabbing for them.  He's still working on that, after all, he is a baby.  He seems to really like his carseat toys, even though he doesn't have a carseat handle anymore.

PERSONALITY:  He's so chill--- and happy.  He's hardly even upset, so when he is, we know it's a big deal.  He's gotten a little more sensitive over the last couple of days, so Greg and I are guessing a tooth is around the corner.  The only thing he seems to absolutely despise is being on his tummy too long.  He's big enough that he could physically roll over, he just doesn't like to be on his tummy long enough.

MILESTONES:  rolled over on 1/9--- found his toes 1/10-- grabbed for toys 1/13--- ate solid foods 1/18 ---moved out of his infant carrier seat 1/26 ---first time in a shopping cart seat 2/1

RANDOM:  Jared and Annabelle make him laugh the most.  He thinks they are the silliest thing.  He also likes it when we sing-song his name to the 'Star Wars' theme (yeah, I know we're not helping him at all).  Since he is so big, I wouldn't be surprised if he can sit up before he starts doing the 'mobile rolling' thing.  I guess we'll see.

It's so hard to believe it's already been FIVE MONTHS.  Just like the other two, I remember what it was like not to have him, but it feels like he's always been apart of the family.  


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