Month: January 2019
It’s supposed to snow, so Wade put the kids to work cleaning up outdoors. I was glad to see Kaitlyn dressed appropriately – birthday headband, jeans, and cowgirl boots.
The last of the banana pudding. These kids are definitely Wade’s. They love it as much as he does.
It’s amazing how much fun my decorating supplies are even when there is no actual decorating.
I am so thankful he does independent play like a champ.
Swim lesson Thursday.
Pepper has extremely unusual coloring. It tends to fall into the “love it” or “hate it” category. Obviously we love it, but we understand if people feel otherwise. She is still a lot puppy. She chews things she shouldn’t. She doesn’t like strangers. She still isn’t completely house-trained. She is rambunctious and doesn’t follow commands very well. On an upside – she does play fetch. Her greatest problem might be that she isn’t Madison. Regardless, we’ll keep her!
I love when after weeks or months, these two decide to talk and technology makes it so easy.
This boy reads in the crazies spots, but at least he is reading!
These “4” and “0” balloons were a huge hit with the kids. Now I almost feel bad I don’t do them for the kid birthdays.
Somebody loves balloons.
(His hair does too.)
Wade had a birthday – a big one. He turned 40 and we quietly celebrated at home with presents and his favorite meal – ribs!
Fun fact – Wade loves banana pudding and has had to go without it the last few years due to being lactose intolerant. I finally found a work around for the whipping cream and condensed milk my recipe calls for that are dairy free. (You see why mine is so good, right?)
These guys are just killing time waiting for the birthday guy to get home.
I was curious to see what Ben thought of play-doh. He was interested enough to stay seated in his high chair – which is saying a lot!
Bedtime books – they only all come if Daddy is reading.
Laundry bakset pow-wow.
Pepper’s teeth vs. Alex’s shirt. The shirt lost. Again. I wish I had kept count on how many items of clothing she has put a hole in so far.
This laundry basket has provided hours of entertainment.
She is often content to “work” near me while I do a few things on my computer as Ben naps.
(Today she is almost directly under my computer chair.)
Although always happy to help, Kaitlyn rarely asks to do things on her own. Today she wanted to make her own lunch.
Wade and I have been very lucky and have had to do minimal child-proofing with previous children. Ben has been more of a challenge. We have fought the child-proofing and tried to get away with doing it the easy way. You see how well that is working for us.
My kids have always loved to build forts. I used to help them and now the big kids build them for the little kids. I don’t always love the mess in the living room so sometimes I only allow a fort in the bedroom. Today was one of those days and this is what I found in the boys’ room. Pretty impressive.
Bonding over Pokemon.
Rub a dub dub.
Kaitlyn kept asking for butterfly wings for Christmas. It took me a while to realize they were a prop used in ballet class. I asked her teacher about them and thankfully they were sold in the store run by her ballet class. This gift also turned out to be one she has loved. I did not anticipate her favorite way to wear them would be without clothes. I know for a fact in class they wear leotards…
Look at that hint of a smile as he builds Legos. It’s so cute.
Bread with dinner. Thanks Teague and thanks Raddish kids.
This has all the makings of a quiet-time turning into a nap.
Ben’s new favorite pastime when he’s in the kitchen.
(I should really invest in some drawer locks.)
This was still one Christmas present that I haven’t actually had to use myself yet!
Sparring during class means putting the gear up afterwards. Teague does a pretty good job, but it’s a tedious process.
Kaitlyn’s new favorite thing is window stickers. No mess – so I love them too. The trick is to play with them where Ben can’t get to them…
Ben and I had a playdate with friends while Kaitlyn was at school. He was a little intimidated by the inflatable slide but loved the bounce houses.
These two do more talking than swimming.
The sidelines at swim lessons.
I have mentioned before how difficult Ben’s photo series ended up being. Not only did I have to remember to take the pictures each month. I for some crazy reason decided to take two different series. I also did both of them not on the floor. Ben quickly outgrew staying where I put him and would regularly try to jump to his death. Then I was not only trying to get him to look at the camera, smile, stay in one place, and not hurt himself. I would regularly enlist Teague’s help. I have shown what he looked like helping me but often he also had to crouch in crazy positions to be ready to catch Ben right out of camera view. This is one of the few times I took a picture of Teague doing his job! (The next post will be all 12 of this series shown together.)
Comic books have taken over my house. They are in every room and under every chair. They are in the car and every backpack. Most are in poor shape so they loose pages constantly. Help!
Some days this one can’t be filled up. A pear was our compromise after numerous snacks and with dinner on the immediate horizon.
One of Kaitlyn’s new dress up outfits came with earrings and today she wanted to wear them – and have a picture.
Ben is not happy about wearing a bib. (We pretty much follow the shirt-free for meals theory.)