Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Well, if things weren't chaotic enough, we have been in the process of re-doing our back playroom. I mean, there was crap everywhere. Wood, tools, who knows what else. The end totally justified the means, though, because today we FINALLY finished. My wonderful father-in-law, Steve, came over and painted the room. It is finally a space that does not make me ill to walk into.
So anyway, today, as I was going through things and trying to get the room in order I found this. It stopped me in my tracks. Taylor wrote it ~ and I had never seen it before. It says: "I love you Diddy. I wish you did not die." Whoa...out of the mouths of babes. Diddy is Chad's granddad who passed away in 2005. Taylor loved him soo much, and he adored her. After reading this I realized that I have let so many unimportant things have too much power over me. Life is way too short! Time to refocus on what what really matters. Thank you, Taylor for the sweet reminder.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
We looked at other SUV's and vans, but nothing compares to the Honda. For one, we can't afford to constantly be at the pump with a gas guzzler. Two, the room inside is unbeatable. You wouldn't know it by just looking at the outside. Now our kids actually have room to breathe - how convenient!
We splurged and went with the top model - leather seats and all. We've never had the luxury of leather seats before. It even has a screen in the rearview mirror so you can see what is behind you when in reverse. I am so happy. I'm ready to go for a spin!:)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
So today was Averi's party! And man, was it fun! There were kids everywhere - playing and screaming and having fun.:) A good time was had by all!
Holding out her "brain" for Gramps.
Connor and Corsen - Buds:)
Connor and Alligator
Logan, Dondi, and Connor - the boy cousins
Making a wish...
Present Time! Averi is a little shy.
Everyone wants to see.
Signing Averi's shirt.
Cute of Jeremy and Sydney:)
Friday, September 19, 2008
Dear Aves ~
I remember the day we found out we were having another girl. I was so excited that Taylor was going to have a little sister. I always wanted a sister. It was so fun imagining how you would look and act compared to Taylor. We already had a blonde-hair, blue-eyed girl. I thought it would be neat to have a a brown-hair, green-eyed girl. I got my wish! It's funny because only within the past year have your eyes turned from blue to a hazel-green color.
So...this is our last year together before you become a Honey Bear like sis. You are very excited about the prospect of Kindergarten! It's bittersweet for me. I guess it will be just me and Con-Man after that. The house will be too quiet without y'all here. You are having a great time at KDO. You are the big man on campus this year as you will graduate in the spring. I can tell you have matured a ton since last year...becoming more independent and learning so much. I love checking in on you in your class when you don't know it. You work so hard - like such a big kid. I am so proud of you. You have made some great friends and it has been fun to watch y'all grow together!
Like I said, you are my funny girl. You are always providing us with comic relief. Just today, while driving in the car, you asked me: "What are french fries made out of?" I told you "Potatoes. Just potatoes." Apparently my answer was not sufficient. You replied: "I'll ask Nana...old people know EVERYthing!" Well, thank goodness I'm not old in your eyes yet. Everyday you make me laugh and I look forward to what craziness will come out of your mouth!
I am so excited about your party tomorrow! I know we will have loads of fun! I love you precious angel! And no matter what, you will always be my baby!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Connor told us last night for the first time that he loved us!!!! It was precious. After he said it I ran to get the recorder. He did not disappoint! Connor performed very well even with the camera in his face:) Sorry the picture is so dark - the only light on was the t.v.
And...I found these adorable Halloween costumes on Etsy. So cute! I wish I was creative like that!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I found this recording I took of Taylor from 4 years ago:) She was only two and was supposed to be taking a nap! Instead she was sitting up in her bed reading Brown Bear Brown Bear. I can't believe how teeny tiny she sounds. Hopefully this link works!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Even if it is for a grade and dependent upon my future career, I love this class. It totally takes me back to my childhood days. Don't you remember as a kid being mesmorized by books and all the colorful illustrations?? I sooo do!
So basically, my assignments revolve around reading tons and tons of great children's literature. No joke - now when I read to Taylor, Averi, and Connor I am killing two birds with one stone. It really doesn't get much better than that:)
Here is what is on my reading list:
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Averi's first dance practice ~ Several of her friends from KDO are in her dance class. It was a nice surprise:)
Averi and Connor's first day of KDO ~
Connor does not feel the love ~ Get away sissy!
Oh...and how cool is this?!
Monday, September 1, 2008
On September 6 Connor will be 18 months...one-and-a-half!
- He says "push" when he sees light switches, remote controls, or anything that looks like something he can push!
- He says "Taylor" - Hasn't quite figured out how to say Averi.
- He says "more".
- He can walk as long as he is holding on to something/someone.
- He loves taking a bath. He is not too interested in the toys. He likes playing with a plastic cup and that's it. He will fill it up with water and that seems to satisfy him just fine!
- He likes salmon patties.
- If he likes what he is eating he says "Mmmm.Mmmm".
- Everything and everyone is "mama" - I'm not sure why, it just is.
- He bites REALLY hard.
- He is starting to understand what we say to him and follow simple directions.
- We absolutely cannot eat out at restaraunts anymore:( It is pure stress trying to pacify the Con-Man! He wiggles, squirms, crawls on the table, and screams. Fun times!
- His feelings get hurt pretty easily - he is sensitive:)
I love this age because Connor can interact more. He is in between baby and little boy. He is beginning to "get it" and it's so fun watching him learn and grow!