Saturday, February 26, 2011

Happy Birthday, Nathan! - American Idol - and my non-kid blog (almost)

Nathan's birthday was Thursday. We celebrated last week with my family. The poor birthday boy had to grill his own steaks. Then, we celebrated the day of his birthday at home with his meal choice, chicken spaghetti. Friday night we went to his parents house and had food and played Wii so he should be feeling pretty special by now! 3 birthday celebrations - it makes me feel a little less guilty for not putting as much effort into as I did Emory's party. Please ignore the mess of my house in the pictures, I can only keep the house clean while kids are sleeping. The second they wake up BAM! it's a huge mess again...

I love you, Nathan, Happy Birthday! I don't know what we would do without you. You're such a hard worker and great husband and father. We're all so thankful to God for you, in case I haven't told you lately.

And for a special birthday treat, Emory took her most steps ever on his birthday! She's taken 2 or 3 here & there a few times, but she took 6 or 7 steps and is now doing it more consistently. I'm not sure I would call her a "walker" yet, but she's close.

We've been watching American Idol. I would have totally given up on it by now but we just don't have much that we watch together anymore and that's one show we both like. And I wanted to see how it was without Simon, Paula, and that other lady. To be honest, I haven't missed any of them. I really like J-Lo and Steven Tyler. They are funny and caring, and really know what they're talking about without being cocky. I'm excited to see the talent "up close" pretty soon.

And because a blog wouldn't be complete without at least one picture of one of our babies, I give you Alexis...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Emory's Birthday and more snow...

I'm starting to lose track of all the snows, but the day of Emory's party it snowed so we postponed to the next day.
We had a "sweetheart" party for her. She seemed to enjoy being the center of attention and definitely liked her first experience of cake. It was a fun ti
me with family.

Loved the "got Milk" picture. She's such a little diva already!

Then of course this week we found out there was a chance of more snow. I never count on anything until I see those flakes coming out of the sky but all the hype wasn't for nothing this time.

I think the first time it snowed my kids were glued to the windows watching it, this time I said something to the effect of "look at all the snow!" and Kaleigh was like "oh yeah" then turned back to the TV. We're hard to impress around here...

After being stuck inside for two days I wanted to accomplish something constructive so I figured it was as good a day as any to teach Kaleigh to read.
That went well, if you overlook the very large possibility that she will have to undergo counseling in the future and it will all center around reading the word "this".
We may need a few more snow days for that. To offset some of the guilt I was feeling for being such a terrible teacher, I read to her several chapters from a chapter book. To hopefully convince her again that reading really is fun.

And of course there was the snow. So we spent an hour bundling up everyone so we could go out & play then come inside 15 minutes later. But it's all worth it right? For the memories...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

“A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for”

Emory, You've done all this and so much more. You are one energetic, happy, emotional, firecracker of a baby. We've had so much fun getting to know you and seeing you grow. And you just seem so much easier coming after twins, we've really enjoyed you! Now that you're a year old, you will only eat foods that you feed yourself - no more baby food for this big girl *sigh*. You're not walking yet, just getting around too well on those hands & knees. I just get the feeling one day you will take off running across the room! You have a temper - you yell very loudly if something is taken away from you but recover quickly. You grin big at the sight of those sisters of yours, and you cry when mommy & daddy drop you off in the nursery. You started out as a surprise to us and you continue to surprise us every day.

Happy Birthday Little Sweetheart! We love you.