Monday, January 18, 2010


Life with kids makes for many many routines. Sometimes I am so thankful for the routines we have in place and other times the whole world comes down when you do one thing out of routine. Here are a couple of our routines that I think will be fun remembering when the girls are older or when they have their own kids.
-we must have two crackers while we read our night time stories.
- a kiss good night for bunny and her before leaving the room.
- powder on the buns. poh poh poh

-We sing 2 songs in bed: Zacheus and I've got the joy joy joy down in my heart.
- I will scratch, tickle and the rub her back
- We say good night and then she says, " eat yummy oatmeal with me in the morning, Leave the door open this much now and this much in the morning, and leave a not on my door telling me not to yell in the morning. I love you mom! Bigggg Huuuuugs!" Every night. The same thing.
- After bath she wraps the towel around her whole body and lays on the rug in her room like a frog on a log until she is 'warmed up'.

I am sure there are many more that I am forgetting, but these are the ones that I just went through to have a peaceful house tonight. I can't wait to add to the list as Stella gets older.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Not to forget these...

A couple of things Sydney has said the last couple of days:
When talking about a new kid in her preschool class.

A- How old is he? He looks like he is you age.

S- Nooooo..ah. He is not grown up like me. He is not huge 4 mom.

Were in the backyard playing T-ball the other day and Stella was sitting in some chairs along the fence and Syd went up to her and said,

S-Stella, you are in the hooray stands.

A- The what?

S- You know the place where all the people yell hooray from, the Hooray stands.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What a difference a year makes

This last weekend we went up to Mt Hood and rented a cabin with our friends Molly and Jeremiah and their 2 boys (Olen 5, Jonas 2). We had a great time relaxing, hiking and Skiing. Yes Skiing! I was a little hesitant after what happened last year when we tried to take Syd skiing. She has become much more daring this last year and we were with Olen who already knows how to ski.
Sydney acted like she skied yesterday. She was determined to ride the chairlift. She skied between our legs, but rode the life like a champ. We were so proud of her.
At bed time she said, " Mommy I am really proud of myself today." We were so proud of her too!
Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Of course Stella had to get skis on too! She really wanted to give it a shot. She kept pointing at the slopes and saying Stella Stella.

Good buds!

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Sunday, January 03, 2010

If only....

Dinner time is usually a battle with Sydney. She never likes what is made for dinner. She always wants something different. It gets very tiring and can make dinner not very enjoyable. Tonight at dinner the story was just the same. So I asked,

Syd, what needs to happen for you to eat you dinner?



Yup rollerskates. So I can skate around the room with my plate and then I will eat my dinner.

What a great idea. Wish we could make it work, but makes for a good mental picture anyways.
Happy New Year!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Christmas Part Three: Christmas = Mustachemas...

The Stockings were hung

The letter to Santa Claus was written along with a picture of him and Rudolph. The excitement was all through the house.
Sydney was so excited she woke up several times throughout the night singing, 'We wish you a merry Christmas' and 'Rudolph the red nose reindeer'. Almost every hour she woke up asking if Santa had come yet. Unfortunatly we were all up anyways because Stella was having stomach problems due to eating foods that had some milk in them... poor girl.
Morning came. Little girls ran around excited to open their presents. These girls are serious present openers.

Smiles were endless.....  and there was the mustachmas...

Carlos was my favorite!
It was a very merry Christmas. We have so much to be thankful for. Sydney loved reading the story of Jesus' birth. There is so much more to be thankful for.