Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bon Voyage!

It's offical, we booked our cruise today!!! Robin and I will be going on a 4 night cruise of the Bahamas leaving from Miami in the end of January. Since we never had a real honeymoon or vacation by ourselves this is long over due. We are so excited and a special thanks to Grandma Carol who will be flying out to stay with our kids while we are away!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

I can finally post it!!

We had a picture taken of all the Great-Grandkids for my Grandma. I was able to get one of just my kids too. I had to wait until we gave her the big picture to post this one. It is a bit grainy since it is a scan. I love it!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I just up loaded all the pictures from Christmas onto flickr, so check them out. It was the best Christmas yet. Stephen was totally into it. All he wanted to do was rip open every single present he saw. Aria had a great time too, riping some paper then eating it. Lyhna was super excited about her new art easel. Stephen loves his new nerf gun with laser pointer. I spent all morning playing with every new toy with Stephen. It has been great.

Monday, December 22, 2008

First Giggles

I heard Aria's first giggle this afternoon. I was so cute! I have been doing every silly thing I can think of to hear it again. So far the only thing that works is "eating" her belly. I love it! She is also getting her first tooth. I can see a tiny white spot on her bottom gum. That sucker is going to bust through any day.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

He climbed onto the top bunk (without a ladder), opened her computer, and turned it on all by himself. Maybe a future computer programmer??

I Jinxed Myself

I am not going to talk about Aria's sleeping habits at night anymore. She got up 4 Times last night, 2 of which I just gave her nookie. Just when I get excited and think she id going to sleep at night, she gets up every 2 hours!! No more talking about it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

8 Days to go...

... Actually 7 for us. Santa always comes the night of the 23rd around here, because Lyhna is so special that Santa makes 2 trips for her. I think I am about 85% done with Christmas shopping. I could get the rest done in an hour or 2, without children or spouse. It takes twice as long if I don't go myself. I am really looking forward to Christmas morning around here. Stephen can't wait to tear open the presents under the tree. He points to every present under there and says "Open that one Mommy?" He already got into Wes's when I was in the bathroom, he is so quick. And little Aria is crazy about paper, so that should be fun too.

We are slowly getting closer to sleeping through the night on a regular basis. Aria still throws me for a loop every now and then. It is pretty typical for her to get up around 11:30 and 5 these days. I can totally handle that. It the nights when she gets up and 12, 2, 3:30, 5 that kill me. She is nothing like Stephen at this age that's for sure.

Well, it is nap time now and I am going to take advantage. I will finally eat something today, and wrap some more presents, maybe make a batch of cookies too. That depends on how long the munchkins sleep of course.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Projectile at Perkins

I thought it would be fun to take the kids to Perkins all by myself. Special Mommy kids time, as if I don't get enough of that anyways. Well, it started out great. Stephen was actually sitting in his booster nicely, Lyhna was entertaining Aria, all was well. Then right as our food got there, Aria burped. Stephen said "nice burpy baby", then he burped. No big deal right? Wrong!!! The next thing I know, there is lovely fountain of apple juice shooting out of Stephen's mouth right onto his pancakes and all over his lap. Where the heck did this come from? I don't think I ever have packed up 3 kids, put 2 meals in boxes, and paid a bill so quickly. Of course now that we are home, he is fine. I don't get it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Where did my little boy go?

Last night when it was bed time, Stephen totally threw me for a loop. Normally, we brush teeth, read a book, huggies for Daddy, then running jump to Mommy for hugs, then Mommy carries Stephen to bed, some more kisses, "Nite Nite, see you in the morning," close the door. Well, last night it was teeth, book, huggies for Daddy, then... "See you later Mommy," goes in his room and shuts the door. WTF? I was completely cut out of the equation, and honestly kinda wanted to cry. Then about an hour ago... I hear: "Mommy I go potty", and see him run to the bathroom. That was great, but I went to check on him only for him to say, "Go way Mommy, I poopin.'" My little boy doesn't need me any more. He is only 2 and a half and is pushing me away... I can't wait until he is a teenager.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Living with a Nudist

Stephen has turned into a nudist. Ever since he figured out how to take his clothes off he won't leave them on. At least he will leave on his undies so we don't have to see his wienie all day. It really is a battle to go anywhere these days. I try giving him choices of what to wear. I have even tried to let him pick out whatever he wants, not matter how ridiculous he will look. He just wants to be naked.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Snowed In

Holy crap! When the weather man said a minimum of 6-12 inches of snow over night, he wasn't joking. There is easily a foot of snow and it is still coming down, possibly another 6 inches today! Of course Lyhna has a snow day.

I posted some new pictures today too (St. Nick and first foods). Lyhna got pizza playdoh, glitter lava, a Tinkerbell book, and lip gloss. Stephen also got playdoh, his own keys, and undies. Finally, Aria got bibs and food. Both of which she was very excited about.

Happy shoveling everyone!

Monday, December 8, 2008

6 Month Check Up

Aria will be 6 months tomorrow, where did the time go? She has started solid foods, although she will only eat it if I am the one feeding her. Weird! She can also sit by herself for a few minutes at a time now. When she gets really excited she flops over though. She still doesn't roll over often, she has done it but not consistently. The doctor doesn't seem concerned by that though, or the fact that she isn't sleeping through the night. The 6 month point is when teething and a huge growth spurt start, so she wasn't surprised that Aria isn't sleeping more than 4 hours at a time. Her new stats are:
Weight: 16 pounds, 10 ounces (66th percentile)
Height: 25 inches (25th percentile)

She got 3 shots, and the flu shot. She was a real trooper. She took the first one without a whimper, then the 2nd came and she got real pissed, then it was game over. But as soon as I picked her up she was done crying and passed out in the car seat. We went to Olive Garden for lunch and she slept the entire time.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ta Da...

I think next year it won't be as big. It was a lot of work, and took lots of patience but I am pretty happy with how it turned out. I told Stephen that it is Santa's house, so he better be good cuz he can look out the window and check on him. Now when he walks past it, "Mommy, Santa's house!"

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Peas, Squash, Sweet Potatoes...

So far Aria loves peas. I think she would have gobbled down the whole container of them if I would have let her. I ended up giving her half with some cereal, but she definitely wanted more. I am just afraid she will barf it all up if give her anymore. So we will giving her the peas for a couple more days to make sure she is not allergic, then we will move on to something else for 3 more days, then go to fruits. I can't believe she is in the highchair eating solids already. She loves being in the highchair. Now I can just push her around the kitchen with me when I am cooking and she won't be left out. She likes being able to see what is going on and bang her toys on the tray.

Where did the last 6 months go. I feel like it was last week I was pushing her out, and now I have this little person with her own personality, attitude, likes and dislikes, oh and did I mention ATTITUDE!! She doesn't hold bad when you tick her off (who could she have gotten that trait from?)

The gingerbread house is slowly coming along. I have some half way point pics to post a little later. I will be one happy chicka when this thing is done!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


I am loving having a little girl!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Holidays are here...

My Wine Man
(I love it!!)

Thanksgiving was great up at the cabin. It gave great insight of what is to come for Christmas. Only half of all the grandkids/great-grandkids were there and it was chaos, but in a good way. Dinner was great of course. Unfortunately deer hunting didn't go as well. I guess the men didn't see much, other than a baby that was injured already. Robin put it out of its misery. We did craft hour with the kids. Of course Stephen wanted no part of it, but the girls loved it. There was lots of reminding to share, but no time-outs!

I put up the tree today and some of the other decorations that I have. Stephen was a great helper with the tree. We are still working on not touching the ornaments now that they are up. I need to get a good picture of all the kids for a Christmas card. I am really slacking this year. I meant to get a picture up north over Thanksgiving, but that didn't happen. So the wheels are turning my brain to come up with something creative for the picture this year.

I am planning on making a gingerbread house from scratch this year. Maybe this week sometime. Robin even expressed some interest in doing it too. He will be the architect and I will be the decorator. I am sure there will be some interesting pictures of that to come.