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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Love Picture

"Mom, do you see this picture I made? The one with the two hearts? That's you and Dad, it's a love picture". - Noah



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Packing

There really isn't much I enjoy more than packing for a trip, unless I am packing with 2-4 little helpers climbing all over me. These 2 were very interested in the fact that I was packing their clothes today. Maddie kept trying to take things out of bags and put them on, while Elise was trying to convince me to pack more clothes for her.










Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Maddie 1

Obviously Maddie didn't answer these herself, but I tried to answer how I think she would, or based on things she enjoys doing so we can look back later.

Hard to believe she is 1 already!

1. What is your favorite color? Unlike her sister at the same age, she doesn't seem to have much of a preference.
2. What is your favorite toy? The little people princess castle and babies, she LOVES baby dolls lately.
3. What is your favorite fruit?Before her party I would have said blueberries, but now that she's had them, she loves strawberries!
4. What is your favorite tv show? Frozen? She still mostly doesn't notice the tv is on, but will stop and dance for catchy songs
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Macaroni and cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? She likes dresses that are long enough to chew on if she's in the mood, but not so long that she trips on them while she crawls.
7. What is your favorite game?Probably "baby monster" with the big kids
8. What is your favorite snack? Frozen peas
9. What is your favorite animal? She loves my grandma's Pomeranian Ebony, but seems to be a little freaked out by most other animals so far.
10. What is your favorite song? Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
11. What is your favorite book? There are a few with textured spots to touch
12. Who is your best friend? Mom
13. What is your favorite cereal? Hasn't tried any yet
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?Chase the big kids
15. What is your favorite drink? Milkies
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas was fun since she was starting to be able to unwrap things for herself.
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Mom ;)
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pancakes
19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Shredded chicken and black beans


20. What do you want to be when you grow up? So far she seems pretty set on staying a baby forever.

In addition to this list, she's cruising, and really really wants to walk. She'll walk all over the place if she has something to hold on to.

Saying just a couple of words. Mama, Dada, yum, hi. She likes to wave constantly. She really thinks she can talk, but isn't quite there yet.

She loves music and dancing and playing with her big brothers and sister. She is a very no nonsense sort of little girl, no fear, and not interested in all of that girly stuff like clothes and hair stuff like her sister. She does love jewelry and shoes though.
















Friday, May 16, 2014





 Finally getting used to her bed, one week before her birthday. What is it about being one that makes them suddenly grow up so fast?




Thursday, May 15, 2014

4th Child Syndrome

*Started this post 2 weeks ago and am finally getting around to finishing it. That's what happens when you're the youngest of 4!

Poor Maddie. The main purpose of this blog was to keep better track of things my kids were doing, and as with most things, I haven't quite kept up in the same way that I did for her other siblings.

I realized lately I have ZERO videos of Maddie. None! I need to change that soon before she stops being a baby. It's already happening.

She will be 1 in 3 weeks  1 week. I really can't believe how fast this year has flown by. It's crazy to look back on everything that has happened in the last year.

She is cruising all over the place, and a few times, has let go for a second before she remembers she can't walk, and then grabs back on again. I bet we have about a month before she starts walking for real.

She really thinks she is one of the big kids, following them around all over the house, climbing on things, playing with them. They've done a great job at just including her in their play. She especially loves playing with baby dolls right now, which has been fun (and frustrating!) for Elise. I need to get started on her birthday doll so that she has one of her own to play with!


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Spring!

Finally! And boy do we have a lot planned now that it's warm enough to come out of hibernation.

Our garden!
Anthony has been reading a ton of homesteading and mini farming books, I'm researching the best ways to preserve and store the most food. We even used some Christmas money to purchase a pressure canner, which opens up all sorts of new canning possibilities.

We're *just* about ready to till the garden and just a few more weeks until we'll feel safe planting. We both really missed having a garden last year with the craziness of having a new baby and then Anthony's ankle surgery, and are really looking forward to it this year!


Camping
We're had a tent for a couple of years, but haven't tried more than backyard camping with the kids yet (and even that didn't really go as planned). We're sort of easing in, a few days near Cape Cod in a yurt with beds and electricity, and then hopefully take a few tent camping trips this summer.
 

The swingset
So I found someone giving away a large wooden swingset, it turned out to be MUCH larger than I imagined, and there are a few family members and friends who will probably never volunteer to help me with anything ever again. Sorry guys!

It's sitting in our driveway right now, because it was just too big to get up right away, but the kids are practically drooling watching it out their bedroom window. It will be so nice for them to be able to play outside in the yard with their own swingset instead of having to go to the park to swing and climb.

And so much  more fun stuff to come! Maddie will be 1 in a few weeks, I'm attempting to run a half marathon, and I'll be 30 in 7 weeks! It's going to be a great spring and summer.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Elise: 3

I can't believe she is already 3! Wasn't she a tiny baby just yesterday?


 And somehow she has turned into this big girl!



1. What is your favorite color? Pink
2. What is your favorite toy? A princess toy
3. What is your favorite fruit? Blueberries
4. What is your favorite tv show? A princess one
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Sandwiches
6. What is your favorite outfit? Pink dresses
7. What is your favorite game? It's like a batman game
8. What is your favorite snack? Fruit
9. What is your favorite animal? Pooh Bear
10. What is your favorite song? singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to Maddie
11. What is your favorite book? A princess one
12. Who is your best friend? Sawyer and Gabe
13. What is your favorite cereal? Granola
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play with the parachute
15. What is your favorite drink? Juice
16. What is your favorite holiday? The costume one
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Babies
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Fruit snacks (I promise, I have never given her fruit snacks for breakfast!)
19. What is your favorite thing to eat for dinner? Puffs for Maddie, and water for dinner, that's it.
20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Go potty, and drink some water. That's it.

I think she was done with the questions near the end.

She insisted on posing on this crate with her legs crossed, she's never had professional pictures done, I don't know where she gets these ideas!