Thursday, March 31, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

I snapped a few cute pics of the kids on St. Patrick's Day. Notice how cool they are in their Chucks!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Finally, Jackson gets a Quotable post! He is starting to talk more and more, and it's so fun! Of course, it can be frustrating when we don't know what he's trying to say. But he's doing great. It is still quite an effort for him at times, though, mostly when he's trying to say several words or a sentence. So, picture the following with adequate pauses in between each word.

At a friend's house last week we had hotdogs. Jackson had eaten a whole one, then another half of one. Then he leaned over to me and said: "Mama..."

Sunday, March 06, 2011

These Kids...

This girl:-is becoming quite the little mommy, keeping tabs on her little brother and letting me know what he's up to.
-is rhyming words all the time now.
-is continuing to learn to write her letters, and can now write her name all by herself.
-can count to 30 (or more), and to 10 in Spanish.
-tells me all the time how much she loves me.
-thanks me occasionally for doing things like cleaning the bathroom or folding the laundry.
-is very much into wearing dresses and skirts, and loves to accessorize her outfits as well.
-loves green olives stuffed with garlic.
-was in the 70-something percentile for height and 40-something percentile for weight at her 4-year old check-up last week...tall and skinny!

This boy:

-can count to 3, sometimes 4.
-is talking more and more.
-says "thank you" all the time.
-still loves his paci (he now calls it "poppy" or "poppies"), blanket, and lovey.
-sleeps in a big boy bed now (at night).
-has a great sense of humor.
-loves fruits and veggies.
-is working on his colors, but thinks everything is either blue or orange (wonder where he gets that color combo from...?)
-weighs 31 pounds.

These kids:-are sharing a bedroom.
-fight like crazy.
-love to play together too.
-love to wrestle and tickle each other.
-love to play outside.
-are the apple of my eye.

Kathryn's Kinderjam Program

Since the fall, Kathryn has been a part of the Kinderjam class at our church. She LOVES the music class, and was SO excited to get to perform a couple of weeks ago on the stage at church! She had seen other kids perform before, and was so excited to finally have a turn to be a part of it.

Here she is sitting with the other kids waiting for their big moment.Up on the stage...
Ringing her bell...
She made this same funny face almost the whole time. She was concentrating really hard!
What impeccable rest position!
One last concentrated ring!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Sick Days

This is what our house has looked like the past two months, on and off.

Sick days. Deep, dark, sick days. We made it through the month of December (the holidays!) with no major issues, and I kept reading on Facebook how many friends were dealing with sick kids in their homes, so it was no surprise to me when it started. But folks, it's not been stopping... It began Jan. 13th with me coming down with a stomach attack. Two days later Johnny started feeling achy, and came down with the flu. Four days after that I started with the flu. Johnny's family stepped in and took the kids that weekend so they wouldn't be exposed to me, and to help me recover. That Friday, Kathryn threw up at night. She continued to throw up, just at night, for the next several nights. The kids came back home the next Monday afternoon. She had thrown up on the way home, and the next day was pitiful. I took her to the doctor that Tuesday, but we never figured out what it was (we thought it was strep because we found out she had been exposed the previous weekend). By the next day, she was fine. I continued to recover slowly from the flu the rest of that week. That weekend, Kathryn started coughing again, and had a little cold virus that weekend (I assume something she picked up at the dr. office). I started with the cold the Monday following (my resistance was still way low due to the flu, I think). Her cold cleared up in just a couple of days. Mine turned into a sinus infection, and I was miserable for a week and a half, then had about a week afterwards till I was still feeling somewhat normal. Then we had about a week and a half of everyone feeling pretty normal. Whew! But that was all the break we had. Then Kathryn started with the flu. A few days later, Jackson started with it. And that brings us to the pictures above. The poor babies were miserable. Today Jackson's temperature was finally normal all day, so I am hopeful that by this weekend, we will all be over it all and back to being completely normal. And, I'm hoping that this will be the end of a long two-ish months for us. So I apologize for the lack of blogging lately, but I hope you understand why!