Monday, November 30, 2009

Week in Review

We had such a nice, stress-free Thanksgiving break. Hubby ended up getting Wednesday off work so it was an added bonus. We hung out, cooked, ate and played for 4 days! We took the kids to see UP in the theater and they all did really well. They shared the popcorn and drink, they watched the movie, and, as Munchkin kept reminding me, no one threw up. I am calling it a success! Anyway, here are some of the things we took pictures of:
The girls glamming up Squirt.

Raking the leaves. ET and I raked them up and used a tarp to throw them all in the backyard. I wouldn't let them jump in them because I am a mean Mom and didn't want cat poo all over everything!
Guess who tolerates her tummy time for more than 2 seconds? She rolls and plays. It's phenomenal!
The set table for Thanksgiving. I finished that table runner that morning and I love how it turned out. I used remnants from Hancock ($1 each) and two of hubby's old shirts. So this cost me $3 and took about 1.5 hours with all the cutting and ironing and sewing. We started a new tradition that I found on the internet. We used a white sheet for the tablecloth and the kids each drew a picture on it. Then I wrote who all was there and the year. We used fabric crayons for the kids' drawings but I think next year, we will just use the fabric markers. (I am not supposed to put the crayon drawings in the dryer.)
Now back to real life.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Life has been nuts here for awhile. Sickness abounds with 4 kids. Two of them are in school and bring home new germs everyday. Then friends come over and share their germs as well.

ET has been the least sick, which I attribute to his lack of thumbsucking. But the boy is coming along nicely with his attitude. OY! Once he gets past that, though, he is the sweetest boy ever. I have been sick twice in the last little bit; once with the stomach bug and most recently with a strep-like-but-not-strep-grossness. And he is always there asking me if I need anything, getting food for the girls, feeding Squirt her bottle, and leading the kids in making me Get Well cards. Yesterday he was the one rallying everyone to rake the leaves. We finished the front yard and he raked about half of the backyard. I'm sure his motivation on that one is the big pile of leaves to jump in at the end.

Thumbelina got the stomach bug and a killer cough that seemed to last forever! She has such an imagination. Always pretending and making up games to play with Munchkin. She brought a friend home with her from school a few weeks back...without any parental knowledge. That was a fun one!

Munchkin usually just rolls with the punches. She started this whole illness merry-go-round with her pneumonia a few months back. She also go the stomach bug and the cough that never ends. She is such a happy-go-lucky kid. She is happy to play along with Thumbelina and ETs made up games or sing songs to herself. She loves it when friends come over even though most of the friends that come are there for her brother and sister.

Squirt has had a rough go of it lately. She started with croup and a trip to the ER. Then she never really got over the cough. 4 weeks we listened to her cough over the humidifier. Then she started being grumpy half the time. So I took her in to the doctor. She had a strep test, a H1N1 test and a confirmed ear infection. 4 days later, she was my happy baby again and the cough was long gone!

Hubby hasn't gotten any of this. I guess there are some perks to being super busy with work, school and more work.

And then, I agreed to host Thanksgiving...

Thursday, November 19, 2009


Curly Sue:

Or BOZO the clown...depending on how you look at it :)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Favorite Faces

(and hubby's, of course, except he's never home for me to see it!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Light Years Ahead of Her Sisters

Squirt is almost 6 months old and has enough hair for a bow. This bow stayed in through two naps.
Let's compare shall we?
Munchkin around 6 months--barely even peach fuzz:
And Thumbelina at 6 months: Only peach fuzz:

(Please excuse ET's lack of pants)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Stage Fright

I was a very shy child. Very shy until towards the end of high school.

It seems I have passed this on to Thumbelina. Remember when she turned 2 and started crying when everyone sang Happy Birthday to her? She does not enjoy people watching her.

She alternated just standing there and fighting tears through the whole program. She didn't want to come and sit with me, so there she stood. But as soon as we got home and I was showing hubby the video, she started dancing along with it. Maybe next time I can convince all the other parents to turn around so she can enjoy herself.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Slightly Jealous

Of these eyelashes.

ET's are so long they curl against his glasses. While mine are short with blond tips. Oh well--that's why they invented mascara.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

How do you celebrate Halloween and trick or treating with an almost 6 month old?

Like this:

She was in bed by 6:30 and I got to read my book in peace while I gave out candy to the 6 groups that came to our house.