Monday, February 27, 2012

Graham LOVES his daddy....

...and I think the feeling is mutual!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Jane is my little songbird.  She is frequently singing, and constantly requests to "take turn singing songs" in the car.

Here is one of her current favorite songs:

Fuzzy little catepillar climbing up a tree,
he wiggled right, he wiggled left, he wiggled right at me.
I put him in a box, said, "don't go anywhere,"
But when I opened up the box, a butterfly was there.
I could never make one, even if I tried.
Only God in Heaven can make a butterfly.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In The Past Five Days...

....Sydney has put chapstick all over an easel, thrown a thing of yogurt onto the carpet, squirted a tube of Orajel into the sink, and destroyed several art projects of her sisters.  And that is just the beginning.  She is in a very destructive, ornery phase, and needless to say, I am not enjoying it.  I feel like we have regressed two years and I have to have my eye on her every minute of the day.

Whenever I get too frustrated with Sydney, I remind myself that when she was born she wasn't breathing.  She fought her way back from that, and maybe I am dealing with that same fighting spirit now.  If that is the case, I am glad she has the fight in her.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day 2012

Casey and I were able to celebrate Valentine's Day by ourselves on Friday night.  We had a nice dinner out, and it was so fun. 

So today was all about the kids!

  We started the day with pink pancakes and pink milk.  Jane and Sydney had their party at school today.  (Clare's was Friday.) Then tonight for dinner, we made a heart pizza and had strawberry shortcake for dessert.  

There were a few small presents involved.  



Graham's first Valentine's Day!

Clare made a few presents when she got home from school today.  She gave Casey a small box of conversation hearts that she had received.

And, we are in the midst of doing our second annual "Dates with Dad."  Sydney got to go last night, and Jane and Clare will go some time during this week.  Maybe next year I will take Graham out for a little date?!

Sydney was so excited.  She probably asked Casey 300 times if it was time to go.  When Casey was putting his shoes on, she went and got his keys and wallet.  

Look at all the Valentines the kids received in the mail.  Our mantle is full! They loved getting special things in the mail.

Hope everyone had a wonderful day with the ones you love!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Fickle Fours

Today was "Princess, Pirate, and Superhero Day" at preschool.  Jane and Sydney had been talking about it all week.  Jane wanted to go as Rapunzel, the favorite princess right now, and Sydney was adamant that she was going to go as a pirate.  

Yesterday we gathered all of the pieces to the costumes, had several dress rehearsals, discussed hair styles, and felt well prepared for the exciting day.  Sydney seemed especially proud of her attire.

This morning the girls got up and get dressed. 
Jane put on Rapunzel, or "Rapunzla" as she calls it, and she was feeling beautiful!

Sydney put on her pirate costume, complete with the eye patch that she insisted on.


The girls begin acting silly, the excitement for the day very evident.

And then I could tell Sydney's patch is bugging her.  I assured her that she could wear the costume without the patch.

Sydney went with this for a while, but I could tell she was having second thoughts.
Jane held strong in Rapunzel, never wavering in her decision to be the princess. 

Twenty minutes before we needed to leave, guess what???  Sydney wanted to change.  After making sure she is going to stick with this one, I decide not to fight her on it.  Does it really matter, after all?

So, I sent a very pretty Rapunzel and a very "super" Wonder Woman to school today.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Our New Chore System

I am constantly looking for ways to keep my house cleaner.  Most of these ways have failed. 
 I have tried fancy chore charts.  I have one with all the magnets.  I have made cute charts from pinterest.  But I haven't ever been able to stick to one where I need to measure the completion of the chore at the end of  EVERY day.  By the end of the day, I am ready to get my kids in bed....not dole out stickers or magnets for picking up toys.  Or lecture them about said jobs.

So we have a new system.  You will be amazed at this revolutionary idea.

On Saturday morning, I slap up a piece of paper on the refrigerator that has their chores for the morning.

It isn't very sophisticated, but I am liking it.   The girls are usually in the best moods in the morning, and we typically don't have a ton going on on Saturday morning.   We still have a long ways to go on doing these chores with a good attitude, but I am hoping that as this becomes the routine, the complaining will lessen.
Only time will tell.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Graham's New Ride

  We decided it was time to move Graham to his bigger seat, and we had to bring it in to get it all adjusted right.

The girls thought it was hilarious that we had a car seat in the house and that Graham was looking so big!  They were very willing to pose with him.

So far, Graham seems to like his new ride!