Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Frank is Back!

Last Sunday morning, the kids awoke to a big surprise!

Frank, our elf, had returned....and he brought breakfast!

He brought each kid a Christmas plate, cup, a note, and "snow-covered" donuts from the North Pole!

The girls had been asking when our elf would return, so it was fun to watch them see Frank again!

The first thing the girls do every morning is check and see where Frank is.  I love this time of year, and I love this tradition!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Turkey Day

Thanksgiving was spent at my parents' house this year.  We were joined by Nathan, Megan, and Brody.  The day was full of food, fun, and family.  

There were lots of Legos,

a little wrestling,


lots of smiles,

a few games,

and, of course, lots of delicious food.  We left the house tired, full, and very thankful.

Speaking of giving thanks, huge kudos to my dad for keeping all three girls on Friday so my mom and I could hit the stores for some Black Friday deals!  I love to be out there with the masses, and Casey had to work.  So, Dad offered to help out!  Mom, (Graham), and I got to do some shopping, and the girls had a fun morning with Pop.  Win-win!  (Well, come to think of it, I am not sure how Pop won......)

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sydney is....


...currently sporting a fat lip.

...ALWAYS moving.

...a firecracker. only freckle-faced child!


Sydney is a million things that make her a perfect part of our family!

Friday, November 18, 2011


T-Thankful Turkey

H-Having a preschool feast with my two favorite three-year-olds!

A- A week off of school!

N- Nice treat to have Daddy at both school events!

K-Kindergarten Thanksgiving Program

F- Feathers!

U- Unassisted Sitting!

L- Little more than two weeks until these two are FOUR!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Teething Times Two

After Jane and Sydney finished teething, I never thought I would have to deal with two kids teething again.  WRONG!

Graham is cutting his first tooth.  It isn't bothering him too much, but he is chewing on EVERYTHING!  I am not ready for him to have teeth.  He is growing up too fast!

And, the bigger surprise is that Clare is cutting some new molars, and they are giving her a hard time.  She is running a fever, and her poor little mouth is hurting quite a bit.  I had no idea that kids even get molars at this age, so I am learning along with Clare. 

I am really hoping that Clare perks up for her final soccer game tomorrow, but if tonight is any measure, it's not looking good.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A New Look

Jane and Sydney got haircuts.  Jane just got a little trim, but Sydney got a full chop!

Here they are before:

And here is Sydney after:

And Janie:

Shorter hair means fewer tangle....and that makes everyone happy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Six Months Old

Happy Half-Birthday to Graham!

At six months, Graham is still my easiest far!  He goes with the flow, gives the best smiles, and is almost always happy.  He weighs 17 lbs., 12 oz. and is 27 inches long.

We have introduced food!  He has had rice cereal, squash and green beans.  He does fine with the food, but I wouldn't say he loves it.

He is sitting up!  He will still topple over every now and then, but he is doing so well.  I love the age where babies can sit up....but not move!

 I have a big box of "baby toys" in the attic, and today we got some of them out.  Graham had a big time.  He seemed to really enjoy playing with them.

Graham is the perfect final piece to our family puzzle!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Super Halloween!

We had a great Halloween!
The girls had numerous chances to show off their costumes...Trunk or Treat, preschool, a birthday party, and trick or treating! 

Clare, Jane and Sydney really got into character this year.  It was so fun to watch.

Supergirl led the pack!  She took the lead marching up to each house to collect her loot.

Batgirl was game for all of the fun...except for wearing her mask.  When one neighbor said, "It's Batman!"  Jane quickly retorted, "I'm BatGUWL!"

Wonder Woman could have covered our entire city.  She booked it to each house and could've kept going for hours.  Too bad for her...the school night prevented us from staying out too late.

And Superman was his usual laid back, happy (very cute) self. 

Superman with a super dad.

This year I noticed how much easier trick or treating is....the girls can walk up to each house by themselves, knock and the door, and say the appropriate thing BY THEMSELVES.  Casey and I were able to hang out by the curb and observe.  What a nice change!

It was a super Halloween, and we have a tremendous amount of candy to prove it!