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!


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...

Maverick's Third Month.

February 1

With tears in his eyes, he still has a smile on his face. ❤️ Little man got his shots today and I cried just as much as he did! He even hated the sugary liquid vaccine! 😂 He now weighs 11 lbs 7 oz and he is 23 inches long! You are growing way to fast, Maverick! 

March 2

Two days ago, I turned three months old! I am a needy little boy. I like to be held and rocked and always need attention. I now fit in 3-6 month clothes and began to start grabbing at things, especially mommy's hair. I end up with fistfuls of it. I also started teething and I love to suck on my fingers and drool everywhere. I am almost always eating and I'm turning into a little chubber. I also sleep through the nights but then I'm irritable during the day. I am usually a happy little man and mommy loves to hear me laugh and see me smile.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Maverick's Second Month (captioned by Kirsten)

December 30, 2016

December 31

Jan 1, 2017
5 weeks old

Jan 2, 2017

Jan 4
The face I make when Mommy laughs at me

 Jan 6

Jan 8

January 8

Maverick & Aunt Noelle

Boy, this kid can SLEEP!

Jan 13

Jan 14
Belly full of milk and sleeping with a smile.

Jan 15
When I ask Maverick if daddy is bad.
Jan 16
My little monster. 💚

January 19

Slept the entire flight again but decided to poop as we were getting turbulence and descending. Changing diapers on airplanes is not fun!

January 28
He just loves to have his picture taken.

January 28
Together we make a family.

January 30
Today I turned two months old! I am a strong little man. When I get mad, I love to throw myself around and head butt whoever is holding me. I also like to kick and punch to show I'm very happy and excited. I love to stick my tongue out and blow bubbles. I always try to stand when I'm picked up and I get mad when I can't look around. I talk and laugh a lot more now and I still eat like a piggy. I have also flown four times in less than two weeks and for all of them, I slept. I got to see daddy one last time for awhile and I was so happy to see him! ☺️ We love you, Maverick. You are growing into such a lovable and sweet little man! ❤️


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