Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sneaking up on Six

A week from today......



At 12:16 p.m.

A certain little boy

Turns 6!

And like every day before

 and every day after

He keeps growing up

And I keep holding on

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pretty weather

The last few days in January have been beautiful. It has reached 79 degrees two days in a row!

So while William was at school, the girls and I ran a few errands and hit the park for 2 hours. Adeline had an absolute blast running around the park. The pretty weather has been a nice change of pace from the cold temps that keep us indoors.

One morning I asked Adeline if she would like to go to the grocery store before we hit the park. She smiled really big and said, "I drive I drive grocery store!" and "Adeline swing really high weeeeeeeeeeee!"

With that, Adeline drove me through the grocery store in her cart car. She loves this. I of course spent about 3 minutes wiping it down with antibacterial gel.

The park was great fun too. I was surprised to find we had the whole place to ourselves, but Adeline sure loved climbing and sliding and playing restaurant with the mulch.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Anna Elizabeth is 4 months old

Anna baby!  Look at you!  This week you turned 4 months old.  4 months!  Goodness, the days are flying by so fast.  I love on you as much as I can.  I adore your sweet cheeks, your sparkling blue eyes and your smile when you hear my voice and see my face. 

I am not sure how much you weigh this month.  Your eyes are still a beautiful blue color and your skin is a pinkish pale color....just the perfect baby color!  Your hair color is still a mystery since you don't have any.  Sometimes it looks like it might be coming in dark and other days it looks reddish blonde.  You wear size 6-9 month footed sleepers because you are LONG!  I hope that means you got Dada's height!  Most of your other clothes range from 3-9 months.  It really just depends on the item, but you tend to wear bigger sizes in one piece outfits. 

You drink 6-7 ounce bottles every 3.5-4 hours.  Your last bottle for the night is usually around 8:30 or 9pm.  Then you go to bed.  For awhile, you were sleeping through the night.  But recently, you have started waking back up around 3am and you want to eat.  I give you 2 ounces of milk and you go back to sleep until 6:30 or 7am.  Sometimes, you wake up before then but if you lay on my chest, you will go back to sleep until your brother and sister wake up.

 I love it when you sleep on me.  Your tiny little body fits across my chest like a puzzle piece.  You wiggle your way sideways so your head is in the crease of my left arm - right at my elbow.  Then your body lays across my tummy with your feet hanging over my right side.  You fit perfectly.  I know you LOVE to sleep like that because you can hear my pulse as your head lays on my arm.  Without a doubt, you are asleep in seconds that way.  I know you are only going to get bigger, so I happily let you sleep on me whenever I can.  Sometimes I just watch you.  It's the best seat in the house.  Your facial features are so tiny, so perfect and so soft.  You sigh, you moan, you squeak.  Music to my ears.

You are such a trooper when it comes to riding in your car seat.  Lets face it, you are in it a lot.  That's just what happens when we are on the go chasing after William and Adeline.  I do try to get you out of it whenever I can too.  If the car is moving, you tend to fall asleep.  But there are many times when I sense you've just had it all together and simply DO NOT want to be in there.  And that's ok.  We just pull the car over and get you out to stretch or sometimes I will carry you into stores instead. 

You LOVE LOVE LOVE the body carrier.  This is one of the best ways for me to move around the house and get things done.  You have the best time riding on my chest with your bird's eye view of the world.  You kick your legs and holler when I suit up and snap you on.  In fact, you have so much fun riding around like this that you fall asleep after a hour or so.  I think your so stimulated as I move around and show you the world, that your sweet little head gets a good workout! 

You smile all the time and belly laugh too.  You still do not cry like a SCREAM!  It's the same scream I heard the minute you were born.  It can be SO LOUD.  You especially scream like crazy when you see me making your bottle.  You reach out and try to grab it with your mouth open wide.

I love your kisses.  You open your mouth and kiss my cheek.  I love to blow on your neck and hear you belly laugh until I think you are annoyed with me.  It's enough to fill my heart with happiness.

You are trying to grab things and hold objects.  You reach out for toys and get frustrated when you cannot get something in your mouth.  You can pull your pacifier out of your mouth and wave it around in your hand, but you cannot get it back in.  You like your playmat and will bat at the toys for 10 minutes or so before getting frustrated that you can't pull them off!
4 months Anna baby.  4 months.  Wow.  You are forever a blessing to our family.  Especially your mama. 

You are the delight of my heart Anna. 

You are wonderfully made.



Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK Day 2013

William came home from school on Friday talking about how his class was going to meet up at the Martin Luther King Day parade on Monday.

He was SO excited to see a parade in person. He talked about it all weekend and really wanted to know what the event entailed.

Well Monday came and the high was 40 degrees AT 4pm!! The morning temperature at parade time was 23 degrees. FREEZING! I couldn't talk him out of going. He didn't care about the weather. He was just so eager to see his first parade. And I am such a sucker for "first" anythings.

Luckily, I already had a babysitter lined up for day, so William and I suited up for snow skiing weather and headed for downtown Tulsa.

The parade started at 11am and moved pretty slow. It wasn't the best parade or the biggest. It wasn't full of fancy floats or professional singers.

It was freezing. It was slow. We were the only Holland Hall kindergarten family to show up! William got to hang with his teachers, Mrs. Rains and Mr. Norlock.

For me, that time with William was priceless. It has been awhile (well, 3 months to be exact) that I have really had a full morning of one on one time with my boy. Watching the parade through his eyes made the freezing temps worth every shiver. "Mom, best part of being here is that we don't have to watch commercials!"

Instead, William sat on my lap and we cuddled in the cold eating lollipops and parade candy. After a long 45 minutes,William told me we should see a parade in the spring or summer! With that, we packed up and headed home.

We had a really good time being together.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Camera phone pictures

I realized that I have several pictures on my phone that I have not included on my blog. All of these are from the month of January. William is 5.5 years, Adeline is 21 months and Anna is 3.5 months.

The weather has been so nice and the park pics are from one day after school when we stopped to play and enjoy the
upper winter temperatures.

Some pics are random ones I took while the kids played together in Adeline's room. William and Adeline really have fun together and William dreams up all sorts of ways to play with her. Adeline LOVES when "E-ah" wants to play with her. It is her favorite thing to do when William is around. So they play anything from babies to airplane adventure. For me, It is so sweet to watch my almost 6 year old boy so enthusiastic to play with his toddler sister. He even told me the other day, "mom, i am just so so glad that God gave me Adeline in your tummy. She is my best friend ever!" Two peas in a pod!

And of course, here are a few of our sweet Anna baby. We can't imagine life without her! She is every bit as scrumptious as her cheeks!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Elin and the Firemen

While we were on OKC during Christmas, Dan and I took the kids along with Elin to the OK firefighter museum.

We started our afternoon off with a trip to Erma's for lunch. The kids ate grilled cheese and colored a few pictures before we took off.

The firefighter museum was very impressive considering we didn't even know it existed before Dada did some research.

There are tons of old fashioned fire trucks as well as a gift shop. The kids mostly ran around the museum and posed for pics.

The Omniplex is across the street so we made a quick pit stop inside before calling it a day.

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