Friday, November 30, 2012


We started out November with a visit from Grandma Kathy. Again, it was so nice to have help with the kids. And I could get an occasional nap in the afternoon! We did fit in some shopping, which is always so fun! The kids spent most of their time with her but I did get a chance to have some time for talking with her a few nights before she left. We always have a good time chatting and catching up. The 2 weeks went by way too fast though. And we were all sad to say goodbye.

 Thanksgiving seemed early this year since it was on the 22nd. We decided to have a low key holiday at home this year by ourselves. We always love having Daddy home from work! Emery was a good helper getting the beans ready for the casserole. Now if we could only get him to eat it! I always seemed to need to nurse the baby at the important times for getting things cooked on time. So, Joel took over most of the cooking this year. He did awesome!! He made a homemade mac and cheese for lunch that was to die for! We had our Thanksgiving feast for dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, and apple pie and cheesecake for dessert! And then I had a bunch of dishes to clean. :) It was delicious, but it always seems like a lot of work for one meal!!

Andrew is starting to become more alert. He is smiling a lot and we all like to watch for them! He is still a champ at nursing and is getting quicker too. We put him in this little seat so he can watch us as we cook or play. He always seems interested to watch Emery and Lucy. But also doesn't mind being left alone if we walk out of the room for a minute. I remember Emery as a baby could not be left alone without him crying. So, I think Andrew had a more laid back personality.

The day after Thanksgiving we began getting out all our Christmas decorations. The kids were bouncing off the walls excited to pull everything out. I let them decorate the tree this year. Emery got a stool out to do the top and Lucy did the bottom. And she re-decorates it almost every day since! I have accepted the fact that it's not going to look perfect and am just enjoying not needing to constantly say, "Don't touch the tree! Put that back! Don't break that!" The ornaments are cheap and I'm sort of enjoying the asymmetrical clustering of balls here and there!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

This moment in time: 2 1/2 Lucy

Age: 2 1/2 years

Hobbies: Drawing and dress-up

Skills: Getting dressed, opening the garage, and playing alone occasionally

What I'm in to: Barney, play food, cutting paper (and hair! yikes), play-doh, coloring, painting, games, and helping mommy

What I'm not in to: Nap and bed time, Emery being bossy, and being told "no"

Foods: Mashed potatoes, bananas, juice, but not milk

What I'm saying: Why?, where is___?, Pah-leeese???, oh, tank you!, I be happy to, and I don't sink so.

Sleeping Habits: Bed time at around 7 or 7:30pm, up around 7, nap at 1pm for about 2 hrs.

Favorite Songs: Wheels on the bus, I am a child of God, twinkle twinkle, and I love to see the temple

Other things: Loves to have her picture taken
Wants to hold Andy every day
Willing to try new food that mom and dad are having
Loves to ride her tricycle
Wishes she could do bubbles all day long
Will only clean up if you sing the "clean up" song
Loves to sleep with her dalmatian dog and pink blanket
Likes to watch tv with Emery in the morning
Wishes she could have fruit snacks for breakfast
Has cut her own hair twice!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Andrew: one month

Andrew is such a sweetie! He only cries if he's hungry, has a burp, or a poop coming. He eats about every 4 hours but occasionally goes a little longer at night. He's still got a full head of dark brown hair. His eyes are blue. He is growing fast and weighs 12 lbs. already! He is wearing 3-6 mo. size clothes!
Every time Lucy sees him she says, "A baby!!" just like it's the first time she's ever seen him. Emery loves to hold Andy's hand and anxiously waits for a smile or coo. Lucy wishes she could hold him on her shoulder just like mommy does. But, he's a little too big for that! So she practices with her baby dolls. We love our handsome, squishy little boy!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Andrew's baby blessing

Today Nov. 4, 2012 Joel blessed our baby boy. It was beautiful.
Andrew is such a blessing to our family!