Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Here are pictures from outside the restaurant.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
This was outside their German Kindergarten when I picked them up one day after school before walking home.
This is later that day when I caught my sweet girls sharing. Hannah had already finished her candy that she picked out, but Genna still had more. So Genna was giving Hannah licks while they shared the little car. What a couple of sweeties!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Isaac is getting so big! He is still in the 97th percentile for height even though his weight has fallen from above the 97th to the 75th percentile. This is either because of his string of illnesses (he’s lost weight and had to gain it back during at least two of the more serious illnesses) or because he just isn’t too excited about the real food that we are transitioning to. He still nurses great, but he just doesn’t eat much solid food. He also refuses to do anything but chew on a sippy cup which he should be able to drink from by now. This is going to make my usual weaning process a little difficult. I have tried many different kinds of sippy cups, but to no avail!
I can not believe that he will be 11 months soon! Here are some (actually, a ton of) pictures from the last two weeks.
(This was before his fifth tooth broke through on the bottom.)
Monday, June 22, 2009
His eyes are infected and oozing, so I took him to the doctor today only to be shocked with the news that he also has a double ear infection. He had no fever or symptoms, so I am actually thankful for the eye infections so that we caught the ear infections early. God works in mysterious ways! So Amoxicillin, here we come!
His nose is obviously running too. This morning after he had been crying a few minutes while I helped the girls with something, I looked at him to find record breaking snot hanging from his nose to his belly button!
At least his head and shoulders, knees and toes are healthy, right?
Here’s a picture of him from yesterday after Mass, before all the oozing began! A handsome fella, in my biased opinion at least.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
I made him this card, and used the color versions of these pictures (below) to make him another card to hang on his wall. Getting these poses were not easy! No one wanted to open their eyes in the sun. :)
Friday, June 19, 2009
My sweet husband has been gone for just over 6 months now, which means we only have less than 6 months to go. Well, the hardest times for us are obviously evenings and weekends because those are the times that he was usually around. So, I have tried to keep our evenings dynamic. However, I guess in my attempts to change things up, we somehow fell into yet another routine. On nights that weren’t labeled bath night (yes, it takes the whole evening with three little ones and only one adult!), we started having movie night, game night, craft night, helping mom cook night, even dessert night, and the much needed clean up night. The kids became so used to this that they now ask during dinner, “What kind of night are we having tonight, Mom? Can we have movie night?”
Speaking of movie night, I am a total stickler when it comes to what I allow our kids to watch. I have very limited choices out in this world of violence, bad language, disrespect, not to mention the complete lack of God in it all! We have watched a few movies lately though that I found to have a good message or be fairly innocent in nature.
This is a TV series. So on the DVDs it is broken up into 15 minute shows which is nice. It is simple, not too jazzy like most modern cartoons, and is educational. Only bad thing I have ever heard on there was the word “hate” casually thrown into one of the characters dialogue, and we don’t use that word since the girls are not old enough to know when it is appropriate or not.
This was a mix of cartoon and real actors. It was cute and the classic story is changed a tiny bit.
This one I liked a lot more than I thought I would! There really was not a bad guy which is unique. I love the vocational message. Tink wants to have a job that will take her on the mainland, but she is chosen to be a tinker and fix things instead. She thinks this is boring at first and is determined to learn one of the other jobs instead. She fails at all of the other jobs and eventually figures out that she is great at being a tinker. She embraces the vocation she was given in the end and she realizes her dream to go to the mainland as a tinker. I thought it was great! The only things I wish they had done differently was make the outfits of the fairies more modest, but for Disney that is probably too much to ask. :)
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
By the way, this is our bronze, ceramic, or lace anniversary and he got me beautiful bronze wind chimes. I LOVE wind chimes and most of mine have broken over the years. Once I get them installed (no trees so he included a wall hanger too) I will post a picture. They sound wonderful! Can't tell you what I got him! It's a secret!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
I just thought since this is our half way point and Brian should be home in 6 months (ish) that I would list some of the things I have survived or learned how to do while said husband has been away.
1. Flew to the
2. Isaac had RSV.
3. Learned how to get things done despite the red tape with my health care while traveling during the RSV bout.
4. Took all three of the kids to two retreats 6 hours away, and stayed in a hotel room alone with all of them. (Anyone who's done this even with a husband knows what I am talking about.)
5. Kids had 2 cases of hives.
6. Made 2 trips to the ER.
7. Isaac got a straight catheter.
8. Pulled many all nighters with sick kids.
9. Survived and broke Isaac’s nursing strike.
10. Learned how to ASK for help, at least when I REALLY need it, which I really did not know how to do before.
11. Learned to say, “Yes” when a friend or a stranger offers to carry something for me. I am so independent that I usually insist on doing things myself if possible.
12. Figured out a routine for getting all three kids to bed by 7:30pm. (That took me a month or so, at least to get down. We have to eat dinner at 5pm and start heading upstairs by 6:30pm.)
13. Learned how to take all three kids swimming by myself.
14. Opened up the computer and learned a lot about the inside of it.
15. Climbed on my roof (3 story house, mind you) to fix the antennae for my internet. I am afraid of heights so this is a big one for me.
If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger, right?
Thanks be to God!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Here's Isaac on a tour!
Here he is trying to play ball with Hannah who just keeps running off with the ball. He is saying "ball" over and over.
He is slowly, but surely, adding to his finger foods too. He ate toast with his dinner yesterday. He's had a few of the Graduates chunky foods, like the overly cooked diced carrots. I also made baked sweet potato fries earlier in the week. They were actually crispy which isn't easy to do, so I scraped out the insides for him. Next on my list to try is chopped spaghetti.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I especially love how she naturally does this in Spelling Bee format..."Cat, C-A-T, cat" :)
Anyways, to cover the main food groups, we also had scrambled eggs and a salad with rhubarb (oven roasted with honey), goat cheese, walnuts, and arugula with a balsamic vinaigrette. The salad was delicious! I got it from a Martha Stewart magazine. Genna liked the arugula and the goat cheese, and Hannah liked everything except for the goat cheese. I was surprised they liked any of it since it was so new and all mixed together. My girls usually prefer things all separated out. They are not big casserole fans!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
...a tree made of cheese and grape stems. She is so Jackson Pollock! You should see the masterpieces she brings home from school...very, umm abstract. She lives in a world all her own. The other day I asked her again , as you know I often do, "What planet are you on?" She tells me, "The green one, Mom." I then ask, "With blue swirls? That's earth Genna. Are you sure you live there?" Her reply, "Mom, I live on the same one as you guys!" You can't help but laugh at that no matter how frustrating her dinginess can be at times!
Monday, June 8, 2009
Anyway, the girls had lots of fun and made several "best friends" as they call just about every friend that they make. We went swimming in our free time. Hannah practiced her underwater swimming, and Genna was still trying to perfect the art of not breathing underwater. :) She thinks if her mouth is closed that she is holding her breath. We need to work on the nose though. I need to make time to get them into the swimming lessons soon!
Isaac is officially a creeper now and is walking along furniture. He was remarkably more friendly this weekend than he has been lately, waving to everyone who talked to him and smiling. I am praying we are nearing the end of that stranger anxiety phase. He also made a little friend, an 11 month old girl, who got along with him super well! I wish I had thought to take a picture of them playing together. They were both so laid back with each other. Isaac would immediately leave me and crawl over to see her. He would sit so close to her it was almost on top of her. So cute! One time this weekend, Isaac totally tried to pull up my shirt to give me zurbits in front of everyone! He also stayed with the childcare several times during my retreat sessions and with a friend of mine on one occasion while I got one of the best massages ever! I really recommend the heated stone massage! Definitely the best hour of the retreat!
It was nice to have time with adults and have some time off from my precious, but exhausting, little ones! We did, however, lose Genevieve's favorite dolly that she sleeps with EVERY NIGHT! It somehow did not make it home with us even though I remember putting it on top of my suitcase with the other sleep aids. Maybe she took it off before I came over to stuff them all in the bag. The last room check has always been Brian's job and I just forgot. (Sniff sniff...I miss my hubby.) I called the hotel, and they have not found it yet! Aah! I think I am more upset than she is, but she was pretty teary about it! Hannah and I picked that doll out for her for her first birthday gift and she has slept with it ever since. She has always just called her Baby. Memories...
It looks like the Baby is gone for good, so my mom purchased a new one exactly like it today. So, hopefully, the new one gets just as much love as the last one!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
(This was Hannah's weird hair phase when the dark curly hair was falling out and the blonde was starting to grow in.)
I still think when his eyes are closed he looks a lot like Genna, but I too was starting to see the similarity in Hannah and his smiles.