Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I buttoned up Tyler's old man style PJ shirt and pull his favorite spot blanket up to his chin. I move his hockey gloves to the side knowing he will be wearing them to the breakfast table. I straighten Drew out so his long gangly leg is back on the bed. As I pull up the blankets he grinds his teeth making my skin crawl. Then I smile as I take the new bag of socks out of his arms. This kid knows how to protect his stuff!
Up the stairs, I turn off Ella's radio that surely served up bad pop music to lull them to sleep. I push 10 or 20 stuffed animals to the side, smooth her curls away from her face, and tuck her favorite blanket around her little body. And the smallest is last, although these days he looks bigger and bigger in his crib. I remove the books and animals and gently extract a car from under Colby's back. He sighs a sleepy sigh as I touch his cheek and whisper goodnight.
I have a back log of BIG MOMENTS and events that I want to write down and loads of pictures to share. But really, I need to just settle back into the routine of the writing the little things. The cute little quirks and funny little habits that are left behind so much quicker than we ever imagined.
Without further ado...
* Tyler can spell Colby's name, for the sole purpose of teasing him. "C-O-L-B-Y is a stinky baby!!"
* When Ella asks a question she often has a British accent - strange and so funny!
* Drew had us turning the house upside down looking for his homework. Finally we gave up & emailed the teacher that he completed it, but lost it. She responded that he handed it in a day early :)
* Colby can't stop dancing. Especially to Gangham Style. He performs at soccer games, for family and by himself in his crib at bedtime.
Monday, January 14, 2013
There is only one place to go when the temps hit 60 degrees in Mid-January...in fact, the car steered its way East all by itself. There is something about rising over the top of the dunes and catching the first glimpse of the Atlantic that gets me every time. I'm guessing my kids get the same feeling because they run like the Dickens up the path and always pause at the peak before launching themselves down into the sand.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Ella loves soccer. She talks about it all week and packs her gear days in advance. Although her game isn't until 1 PM, she is dressed, shin pads and all, by 9 AM. Her tiny feet move so quickly through the drills as her face beams with the praise from the high school student assistants. She bumps up against girls twice her size with only the occasional wince. She is proud of herself every time she plays,
and that is all that matters.
Monday, January 7, 2013
A story for the
It was finally the day for Ella's Birthday Party. Postponed a week due to a stinky virus, she could hardly stand the wait. 6 of her best girl friends came over for gingerbread houses, a dance party and some good ol' crafting. Drew and Tyler received several pre-party lectures. They could participate, if they did so nicely. Promises were made.
The party was going along great - crafts a success and dancing in the dark basement with light sticks to all the worst pop music little girls could only dream about. Next, time for cake and ice cream. The girls were gathered around the table chatting about gymnastics and Santa letters when suddenly a little pig tailed cutie shrieked!
"I ate dog food!!! AHHHHHH!!" She ran spitting and gagging to the garbage.
The table erupted! Girls were yelling and running everywhere! "There is dog food on my cupcake too!!"
Sure enough there was one piece of brown dog food nestled into each of the chocolate frosted cupcakes.
Guess who was the culprit?
Saturday, January 5, 2013
(can you guess who is on the naughty list?)
Christmas 2012 - I love how our season starts at Thanksgiving and like a snowball gathers steam and momentum all the way to Christmas. We celebrated our 3 birthdays with 3 different parties and traveled down to NJ for Pop Pops 70th Birthday. There were class parties and tree hunting trips and lots of help wrapping and crafting.
(and there is more to come...New Jersey, we are coming!!)