Sunday, April 30, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

April pictures

We've been trying to go roller skating once a week.  Regina is really gaining confidence!  I've tried to get pictures of the other kids and Andy, but it's usually too dark and they're moving so fast.  They all do really well, though.


I showed the kids how to make monkey bread, and it was a mind-blowing experience!
Step 1: cut bread dough into chunks, roll in cinnamon sugar.  Bake.
Step 2: remove from oven, cool 5 minutes, then invert on a dish.
Step 3: Marvel at what you have made, then try to get a piece before it disappears.
This is what Philip thinks the donut hole is for.
Coloring Easter eggs on Good Friday before noon.  :-)
Theresa, Michele, Natalie, Regina, Philip, Andy & Noelle on Easter morning

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

January Snapshots Part 2

Andy was away in Mississippi for a week on business, so the kids automatically claimed his empty side of the bed.  Usually Regina is banished from our bed because she sleeps like a starfish.  Philip is usually discouraged from joining us because he likes to push his head into someone's kidneys, or spends the whole night glommed up against somebody so tight we can't move.  

The second morning I went downstairs at 6 am to load up the wood stove, and five minutes later when I wanted to go back to my warm bed, this is what I found.

No room at the inn.  Tough luck, Mom.  (This is a king sized bed, people.)
The heat from the wood stove only effectively warms the first and second floors.  My bedroom is on the third.  With no insulation.  One morning it was chilly enough for Philip to seek warmth wherever he could find it. 
He's huddled in front of the space heater.  Our room gets really cold.


Soooo... Conor's bedroom had been vacant since he went to college, so since it was so bitterly cold while Andy was away, I spent a few of the nights in Conor's room.  After Andy got home on Friday, I told him that I wasn't going back up to the third floor, EVER.  He indulged me and we moved our bedroom furniture downstairs the very next day.  It's been heavenly.  


Our old bedroom is now Conor's room when he's here (he always kept his room freezing anyway), or a guest bedroom when we have company, and a hangout for the kids the rest of the time with a television and game system.  It's also where I'm putting all the off-season coats.  I love it!



I'm going to get something else to cover that air conditioner.  Eventually.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Maverick's Fourth Month





April 3 - I'm four months old already! I love to talk and squeal especially in the middle of the night and I love Moana. I can almost sit up on my own, but I can now roll over and scoot myself all over the floor. I love to grab at things and put them in my mouth. That includes everything that's within my reach. I also pull mommy's hair a lot and try to use it as a chew toy. I'm pulling on it now as we speak.😜 My favorite thing to do is FaceTime with daddy. He loves being able to see me grow up.





Thursday, February 2, 2017

January Snapshots Part 1

I don't post a lot because every day is pretty much the same, especially in winter.  At any given time, 2/7 of the kids at home are sick, and we pass it around like a hot potato.  I was at the doctor yesterday with Clare, and I'm going again in an hour because it hurts when Noelle breathes in.  Normally I'll doctor a cold at home, but I have found that painful lungs are nothing to mess with.

Poor Noelle with Bowie, her favorite stuffie in the world


We're in the thick of swim season, with practice 4 nights a week and a swim meet on most Saturdays.  This will continue through March.  Regina joined the team this year, and she's doing very well, although she hates the repetition of practicing.  She's now able to put her face in the water, and she's working on diving, though it's difficult to dive while holding your nose with one hand!


Noelle

We have snow flurries off and on most days, although the total accumulation hasn't amounted to much and it usually all melts in between snows.  There has only been one snowfall decent enough to play in.




That snowball maker that Philip is holding?  He calls it Crabby and he carries it everywhere, picking up things and snapping at people.  It's really loud.

Noelle's bed was against a window and it was really drafty - she often had to climb in with Natalie in the middle of the night because she was too cold - so we took advantage of an evening when swim practice was cancelled, and rearranged their room.

Natalie's half

Noelle's half


Pretending to be asleep....




 To be continued...

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