Tuesday, January 29, 2008

When we ran out of mushrooms...

Jenna learned how to cut mushrooms with a butter knife!  
Very impressive and actually very helpful!  

But when I ran out of things for her to help me with, 
this is the mess she made.  She emptied all her baby doll clothes 
by tossing everything over her head.  Here she is saying "ta-da!"

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Project completed!

It only took me about 8 months, but I FINALLY got Elsie's name up in her room.  It is suppose to look like her name is growing like flowers out of these flower pots.  I used a bunch of stuff that I already had - the paint is from different house projects, the shelf used to be red, and the grass looking stuff is homemade.  It was fun to be creative with this project!

(Two posts in one day!  Wow.)

When she grows up...

Will she be a doctor?  That's what she says when you ask.  I guess we better start saving for her college education.  What will it cost by the time she heads off to school?  Probably 4 million.  

And here she is helping me with the house chores.  
The vacuum looks pretty real huh!  I wish it actually worked.  Seriously.  

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New sister pictures

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Eric! I love you so much. You are a wonderful dad, and an AMAZING husband. 

Eric is passionate about the things he loves (Disneyland, Apple computers, mexican food), and to be on the list of things he loves is quite a privilege. He works so hard every day, and doesn't complain. He provides and does what it takes to give us a warm house. After a hard day at work, he plays with the kids, and will even play yet another game of Sequence with his wifey. 

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Elsie Laughing

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Three months old!

Elsie is three months old now.  It is amazing how time has flown by, but at the same time it is astounding that Elsie has only been part of our family (outside of the womb) for three months.  She fits right in, and she has captured the hearts of her little family.  

Her life has been quite eventful thus far.  She got a cold when she was just days old.  Then at 2 months got a fever that brought us to the ER and then to Emanual Children's Hospital for three days.  A few weeks later, we found a loose hair wrapped so tightly around her little toe that it was breaking skin.  Little one, you have given us many gray hairs already!  

Elsie started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old.  I thought it was a fluke, but it has stuck and she will even go 10-12 hours straight.  She is amazing.  She is smiling a lot, laughing and giggling, and starting to reach for toys.  I can't wait to discover more of her personality. Here's to many more happy months ahead!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Learning, and re-learning

If you come to my blog often you know that I don't write much, just post pictures and short stories.  But I am learning a lot right now, so I thought I would share.  

When Elsie was first born, I quickly learned that Jenna LOVED to be involved.  She liked to be helpful, to be part of the action, and to be the big sis God created her to be.  But 2 months later I forgot this fact.  I forgot to ask for Jenna's help, partly because it was faster to do things on my own, and partly because I got lazy in my thinking.  Well, a couple of weeks ago Jenna's behavior took a turn for the worst.  She was acting out, and testing boundaries daily.  For a while I thought it was because she approaching age three.  I've heard that for many kids the threes are harder than the twos so I figured this to be true for her.  And though I'm sure this is a contributing factor, it isn't the whole truth.  Eric and I started to think and brain storm, ask a few wise friends and pay closer attention.  And through it we saw that Jenna was acting out the most when Elsie cried.  

I remember the evening this really hit me. I was exhausted and on my own with the kids. Jenna was crying about nothing and being a pill, and Elsie was screaming from hunger.  In a moment of desperation and inspiration, I asked Jenna, "do you want to feed Elsie?"  She said "YES!" and her disposition turned from angry kid to this...

She was so proud of herself, and she sat there for more than 20 minutes feeding her sister.  And after, she was content and happy.  It's amazing how much we benefit by really paying attention to our kids.  

Raising kids is such a refining journey.

I am learning a lot more, but I am tired so maybe I will save it for my next post.  Maybe.  

Friday, January 04, 2008

Camouflage baby

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Christmas Eve Morning

Christmas started on the morning of Christmas Eve. Eric and I decided to give Jenna her gift from us that morning so that we could have a special time with just the four of us. Here she is noticing an extra present under the tree and then opening her gift.

We bought her a playmobile doll house.  It is so cute.  It has little tiny people with a little kitchen table and smaller chairs and tiny plates and teeny tiny mugs...  my point is that everything is TINY and really cute.  

Christmas Eve Day

We spent Christmas Eve with my parents and my sister's family. It was a great day of tradition and fun.  The kids have so much fun together and they love grandpa and grandma so much.  It was a great time together.  

Here are the big cousins, the boys in their football outfits which they LOVED and Jenna in her purple princess pj's which she LOVED. 

Jenne made a birthday cake for Jesus so we sang happy birthday and enjoyed cake together.  
Cute little Weston trying to be a big kid in the helmet.
Jenna in all her purple-ness.  Notice the purple gloves, socks, and crocks.

Christmas Day

Christmas day was spent with Eric's parents and sister who flew in from California and Oklahoma to be with us.  They stayed for a week and the entire trip was wonderful.  Here are some pictures from Christmas Day...

Jenna with two of her favorite gifts from Auntie Keri, a blow dryer that really works and a princess cell phone.  Auntie knows what little girls love!

Here are the grandparents with their newest grand baby.    

Snow!  So pretty.
Here's a picture from Christmas dinner.  Mae taught me how to make a turkey and so we had the entire (thanksgiving) feast.  It was delicious!