Friday, December 5, 2014

Olivia is 18 Months Old

I can hardly believe Olivia is 1 1/2 years old already! The last year and a half has FLOWN by! Olivia's baby-ness is starting to go away too. She demands to be included in everything the boys are doing ;)

Mama (or Meme)

--She doesn't say a lot of words yet, but she understands a TON. And she is able to communicate very well by pointing, grunting, and making happy or angry coos. It's pretty entertaining to watch!

Favorite Activities:
Playing in the sandbox. (She does this on her own, as long as the boys are also outside. I can watch her from the kitchen while I cook/clean.)

Playing in the bathtub. (She loves to have the faucet running a little, then fill up & dump a cup out repeatedly. I have to be careful about saying the word "bath," because she will squeal and run to the bath tub, then start tapping it with her hand and grunting to be let in.)

Being outside. I am careful not to open a door unless I intend for her to come outside as well! She also likes to go up the the back door and tap on the glass when she wants to play outside.

She has just starting bringing books to me and then backing up in to my lap to listen and point to the pictures. I love it! She was ignoring us when I read to the boys before.

Playing games with Mom/Dad. (Monsters, funny faces, etc)

Playing with her brothers!

Favorite Things:
She loves, loves, loves her blue gel shoes her Granny Bee got her. She will bring them to me and demand that I help her put them on :)

Purses. She doesn't actually own a purse, but anything that can go around her arm (like a flip flop) becomes her little purse.

"Bracelets" - usually my hair bands. She will wear several at a time as bracelets.

Climbing, running, (trying to) jump. Mostly climbing! She has been able to climb to the second story of our play area in the back yard for a few months.

Eating :P

Olivia falls a LOT. About a month ago, she fell at church (there is no padding, just concrete) and cracked her tooth really badly. We got it filled in so it looked better, but then that fell out just 3 weeks later. The dentist now thinks the tooth may be dying. (It is her top left tooth.) We are going to keep an eye out for an infection, but if there's not problems she may still be able to keep the tooth. If not, she will not have one of her front teeth until her permanent one grows in around age 8 :( We are hoping she can keep it, and when she gets older, we can fill it in again so it looks better. Poor, sweet girl!

We love you Olivia Ruth!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Our Hearts and Days are Full!

We have been keeping busy, and I like it. I think we need a lot of activities in our week to keep these active kiddos happy and Mommy sane ;) But, I also love, love relaxing family time. 

Here is what our weeks are looking like: (Although we are on a break from Classical Conversations until January.)

Sundays - Breakfast @ Cracker Barrel at 8:15, then the boys go over to Alan's parents for a while. Lots of cleaning done.

Mondays- Usually free. Schedule misc. appointments. Try to squeeze in some quality pre-school time :)

Tuesdays - Classical Conversations (for the boys, but I take Olivia too). Followed by playground time with the group. Then sometimes the boys were going to my parents' in the afternoon.

Wednesdays - Playgroups every other Wednesday morning, nap time (or quiet time), then grocery Shopping (Double discount Wednesdays @ Sprouts. Woot woot!)

Thursdays - I have been trying not to schedule anything on Thursdays so we can enjoy Alan's work from home day together. I absolutely love Alan working from home! (Every 3rd Thursday we go as a family to Alan's chiropracter - Also a family friend.)

Fridays - "Sporties for Shorties" (they do a different sport every week) followed by playground time.

Saturday - Relax in the morning (sometimes take a nap during Olivia's nap time while the boys watch a show). Then, church in the afternoon.

So, most of our activities are in the morning, then nap/quiet time, then getting dinner ready/cleaning house/dinner & family time in the evening when Alan gets home.

Also, mornings (except Saturday) I do a 30 minute beach body workout with the boys (Or sometimes later in the day if I can't fit it in early.) I have finally lost alll of my baby weight. (I never lost it after the boys!) After the kids go to bed I get my quiet time in. I can't manage to get quiet time in in the morning, because the kids get up too early for me! (6:30) Then usually Alan and I watch a show together before bed <3 p="">

Family time is my favorite. Here are some pics from tonight:

 Usually in the evening after dinner (while I clean up), the kids sit on Alan's lap and watch him play Mario or Donkey Kong on the Wii U. Olivia actually starts hitting the chair to let him know it's time to sit down. Olivia will be 18 months tomorrow. She is getting so big. I'll write an 18 month post on her tomorrow (hopefully :P)
 I had to take pictures, it is too adorable when they all sit on Daddy's lap.
 Tonight they were actually watching Football.

The boys were getting tired & cuddling with Daddy. Time for bed.. :)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Working out with Mama

4 year old Matthew did every single move of my "Pilates Fix" workout (30 minutes) from the 21 Day Fix program. This is a first!

Here were some quotes:

"My legs are on fire. Do you know why? Because they hurt."

"My legs already hurt all the way to the top!" (These were during the "side series" that really burns out the legs."

"Daddy, don't workout all day, or you will get sore."

He also groaned through about the last 15 minutes. I was pretty proud of him for sticking it out though!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


Matthew: Does God have blood?
Me: No, He's a Spirit Being.
Matthew: Oh. What happens when he gets a boo boo?

Me: You can have some milk when you get home.
Adam: Ooo, yes! Milk! Milk is my favorite word. And booty.
Matthew: And butt! I like butt too!

Matthew (pretending to write a letter): Dear Grandma, I love you. I spent alll your money. Dear Grandma.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day Camping

Beautiful day for some Day Camping!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Finally Four!

Adam and Matthew - the boys that made me a Mommy and Alan a Daddy - turned 4 this month! I can't believe it!

4 is an age I've been looking forward to. More independent play, more sitting still, more creativity more back and forth conversation, more listening to Mom and Dad, etc. I do love the stage the boys are in now. They are getting so smart, and they say new, clever things all the time. 

Activities: Watercolors, reading with an adult, reading alone (looking at the pictures), writing letters on the computer, using the paint program on the computer, using a screwdriver

Colors: Adam - Red
            Matthew - Blue
             (They will not accept a sippy cup that is not their color!)

Foods: Milk in sippy cups, yogurt, fruit, eggs, bread with butter (Matthew) or honey (Adam), honey & lemon tea, dessert of all kids

Adam: He loves affection, and is always asking for hugs. However, he is in a stage where he does not want kisses at all. But he is very generous with his kisses to us :) He's our sensitive one, and we often hear "You made me sad" when we tell him no. He loves anything outdoors and active.

Matthew: He is our servant hearted boy. He is first to want to help out, and Adam will ask Matthew to do his chores for him. Matthew will help Adam out, but I've been trying to make sure Adam does his own chores (putting his dishes in the sink, clothes in the dirty clothes, etc.) Matthew can get frustrated and lash out, especially at Adam while playing Mario Bros! 

Both of our boys are so loving, and we give them lots of love in return!

A few months ago, Alan let them play the original Mario Bros. on the old NES system. It has become their favorite thing to do. "Can we play the Mario game? Please? We really want to." So of course they wanted a Mario and Luigi themed birthday party. Matthew loves Mario, and Adam's favorite is Luigi.

We put up stickers in the dining room. The boys were so cute describing the scene to us.

"The shoot (bullet) is going to kill Luigi."
"They need to get the flower so they can boom (with the fireballs) the shoot."
"What happens when Mario jumps on the white bad guy (Boo, the ghost)?"
"Mario's losing his lunch!" (The mushroom is falling into the hole)
"The big green thing (Yoshi) is going to save the day!"

They also got to help put Mario and Luigi stickers up in their room.
 They were so happy to finally be four! This year they had been focused on their birthday for months! (Matthew in blue, Adam in black/yellow.)

 My mom and I made Mario and Luigi cakes that the boys really loved!

I made an obstacle course with pipes, Goombas (made from balloons with paper plate feet) and Bowser (Daddy).

 The  participants got a "Question Mark Box" with goodies inside!

Opening presents. They love their watches from Daddy!

The books were some of their favorite presents! We actually had to pull them away from the books to open the rest of their presents.

The Kiddos! 

Our Family <3 td="">
Happy Birthday boys. We love you so much.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer Swim Classes!

Adam and Matthew just completed two weeks (8 lessons) of swim class on Thursday!

I was so proud of them. At first Matthew told me he didn't need swim lessons. He already knew how to swim with his "floatie" (puddle jumper).
The first day they warmed up to the water and their instructor.

 By the end of two weeks, they were floating on their backs with minimal help, blowing lots of bubbles and sticking their head in the water without fear. They were almost comical about putting their heads underwater. They would take huge breaths and then PLUNGE their head in fast. Then repeat, repeat, repeat. The teacher told them they were silly.
She got their names right all of the times I heard her.

Olivia and her Daddy have a special bond, and I love it!

I love this picture of the two of us. Somehow this is how I always imagined motherhood. 
Cuddling with a happy and content baby/kiddo.

With their instructor after their last lesson! You can tell they bonded!