Thursday, January 12, 2017

Skate Night

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Emmie and Ellie's school had skate night tonight and so I took all the girls. It was a bit of a rough start with three kiddos that didn't know how to skate. I got one of the walker things and started Ellie on that while I held Ruthie and Emmie's hands. Ellie started out ok and then fell twice and decided she was done. She went and played on the playground the rest of the time. (She didn't really want to go to begin with.) Emmie then took over the walker. It was slow going at first and she pretty much looked like a baby giraffe but she finally got the hang of skating with the walker and had a great time the rest of the night! Ruthie did awesome! She was using the little skates that you wear your shoes with. She kept wanting to hold my hand but I finally convinced her that she could do it by herself. She was so proud that she was the only one of the sisters that could skate all by herself!
All of the girls had a great time and said that they want to go back...yay!
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Olaf made it to skate night too!


(I didn't get many pictures because the kids were all going in different directions and we were all on skates..lol!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Salsa!

We were at Moe's a month or two ago and JP saw me dipping my chips in salsa and he wanted to try as well. We're not a tomato eating family plus he doesn't like ANY vegetable (and yes I'm aware a tomato is a fruit not a veggie but still...kind of falls in the vegetable category in my mind) so I was pretty sure he wouldn't like the salsa. Boy was I wrong! His life totally changed from the moment he discovered salsa. He LOVED it! He would dip his chip in the salsa, lick all the salsa off and then go back for more salsa. He would do this until his chip got soggy and he had to eat it and then he'd start over with a new chip. It was great.


The next time we were at Moe's he remembered the salsa and wanted it immediately. After dipping his chip in it for a bit he decided it would be easier just to drink it. Hilarious!
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I love this kid :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Christmas Break

We had the BEST Christmas break EVER. Usually we only have a few days off of school before Christmas but this year we had a whole week and that made such a difference. The kids slept in most days, most days we had a fun activity planned and we still had lots of time to just hang around the house and relax.

We had a pajama party with some besties and decorated cookies.
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Emmie, Ellie, and Ruthie went to My Gym camp. This was Ruthie's first time getting to go and she had the BEST time and felt like such a big girl!

We saw the Christmas lights at the zoo.
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We went to hi-wire. The kids had been BEGGING to go and I had promised them we would go during Christmas break. We met some friends from church there and everyone had a great time!
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We had visits from friends from far away.
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A few days before Christmas Emmie told me she wanted to take toys to kids who didn't have any for Christmas. So I asked around and found that Family Shelter had some needs. Emmie and I went to the store and picked out some toys and delivered them. We had so much fun helping others together and I love Emmie's tender heart and her willingness to give to others. Ellie also wanted to help other children. She took money out of her piggybank and left it out on Christmas Eve for Santa so that he could use it to buy more toys next year for children who didn't have many.

We went to some wonderful church services including the children's Christmas Eve service, the 9 Lessons and Carols service, and earlier in December the first half of the Messiah!
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We made gingerbread houses.
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We had a playdate with one of Ellie's friends from school. She has been begging for this playdate and she was so excited that we were able to make it happen!

We went to the zoo twice.
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Ruthie is definitely her mother's child. She kept wanting to know if the snake was going to bite and she was very careful not to get too close!
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And then we headed back to school and our regular routine. This week was definitely a hard transition getting back into the swing of things...here's hoping next week is easier!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Friends from France / Celebrating Ruthie

My friend Amy from college married a French guy, Jean, and they live in France and have 3 children. (Laura is 5, Leonie is 3, and Louis is 10 months) They were over here for Christmas and I was so excited that it worked out for us to get together. Amy and I have been friends since the beginning of our Freshman year of college and it was so much fun to catch up!
When we started out planning our get together we were just going to meet up for a few hours. Well, as time went on and plans got rearranged it morphed into Amy and Jean and their kids coming to spend 2 nights with us. To break that down for you that's 4 adults and 7 kids under 7 (5 girls and 2 boys) in our house. It was wild and SO, SO fun! Our kids all got along great from the moment they walked in the door and the adults all had a great time together.
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LeLe and Roo were instant friends. The curly headed babies have to stick together!
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Jean and his family make cognac and so they brought some to share! I give him an A+ :)

They arrived December 26th in the afternoon and so we just let the kids play and then had dinner. The kids were sad to have to go to bed and it was definitely later than normal. I'm just glad they were on separate sides of the house or I'm pretty sure they would have been up all night! When the kids were in the bed the adults stayed up WAY too late talking but it was so fun! It has been 2 years since we've seen them so we had lots of catching up to do.
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Storytime before bed.
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Tuesday was Ruthie's birthday so we got up and headed to the zoo. We were supposed to meet up with another college friend, Marie, and her family but her daughter came down with a stomach virus. We were disappointed not to get to catch up with them. Paul took the day off of work to hang out with us...such a special treat! So apparently they have very few squirrels in France and the ones they do have are red so the best part of the zoo trip was definitely how excited Laura got over seeing a squirrel running around the zoo! We spent a few hours at the zoo and when the kids were dragging we headed home for lunch.
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Leone and Laura were both REALLY brave when it came to feeding the animals! I was quite impressed!
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We were fortunate that the day was LOVELY and so while the little ones napped the older kids headed outside to play all afternoon. They had the BEST time.
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The boys have to stick together!

In our house, when it's your birthday you get to pick where we eat dinner and Ruthie picked Moe's. We lucked out that Tuesday is kid's night so they had a guy making balloon animals while we were there. The kids LOVED it!
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The Rudolph hats ad a blinking light in the nose...super cute!
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Ellie's panda
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After dinner we came back home and had ice cream sundaes and sang Happy Birthday to Ruthie.
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Ruthie had opened up her present from the Pasquet crew earlier in the day (a really cute book...we LOVE books at our house!) and Paul had given her a pineapple flower which she immediately ate and so with her dessert she opened up her cards from family and her present from Abby's family. She loved all her presents and cards and was so animated looking at each one!
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$3 from GiGi and PaPa for turning 3! Ruthie gets VERY excited about money.
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Stickers from Gran and Grandaddy
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Her card from Uncle Ben and Aunt Ruth. They always make the kids a card and the girls just love that.
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A Barbie from Abby, Ben, Elizabeth, and Caroline. This was Ruthie's first Barbie that is HERS and she was so excited!

Ruthie had a great birthday and loved having extra people at our house to celebrate with her. It was definitely a special day!
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The kids were all pretty worn out by bedtime (as were the adults!) and we all went to bed earlier Tuesday night than we did Monday night!

Wednesday morning Emmie and JP had well visits so Amy and Jean and the kids headed out at the same time we did. We were SO sad to see them go. I really hope next time they come it works out for them to stay with us again!
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When they left, Emmie told me she knew something different that French people eat. I was quite interested in hearing her answer because the adults had this same conversation the first night. Emmie's answer based on observation: toast with butter and honey!
Each morning Jean and Amy and their kids had toast and then after it toasted added butter and honey. Paul will occasionally put butter on his toast but he does it before he toasts it so you don't see it once it's cooked. I thought her answer was pretty funny!

Another fun thing we just started doing on birthdays is letting the birthday child stay up later and hang out with Paul and me. Ruthie chose to play Minnie Mouse Candy Land while she was hanging out with us and she was so cute and had lots of fun! I've really enjoyed the nights of having one on one time with the kids!
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Friday, December 30, 2016

15 months

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I am 15 months!

  • I am 31 inches (40th percentile) and 21lb 7oz (28th percentile).
  • I now SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There were a few rough nights at first but we're all happier now! Mommy was extra excited because I continued to sleep well when we were out of town over Thanksgiving! In the past I haven't slept well when we've been traveling.
  • I no longer take a bottle at bedtime/night!
  • I take a 2ish hour nap after lunch.
  • I still just have 6 teeth. Two on the bottom and four on top.
  • I wear a size 4 diaper, a size 4 shoe, and 12-18mo clothes. Right now 12mo clothes are a bit too small for me and 18mo clothes are a bit too big.
  • I'm still a bit of a grouch but overall I'm happier than I was last month.
  • I love to eat! My favorite food is fruit of any kind! I also love eggs and cheese toast. The only treat I like is a cookie...and I LOVE cookies!
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  • I drink 12-16oz of whole milk each day and drink lots of water throughout the day.
  • I'm starting to communicate more. I will point to things I need and will try to communicate my needs to Mommy or Daddy by showing them what I need. I also say "da" for dog, "mo" for more, "bu" for book. I sign milk, please, all done, more and eat. I have also been trying to imitate word sounds.
  • This month I celebrated Thanksgiving. I celebrated with both sides of the family and we also stayed an extra night at Aunt Suzy and Uncle Clyde's house.
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  • I love playing in leaf piles.
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  • I like to color. It's what the big kids do.
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  • I love playing with my sisters. I still am a little hesitant to join in when all of them are playing together but I love playing one on one with each of them.
  • Roo and I have become really great buddies. We laugh and laugh all morning! She is generally very gentle with me and she loves to take care of me. If my future wife wonders why I can't take off my own shoes or wipe my own nose it's because Ruthie always does it for me!
  • I love to play outside. The slide is my favorite! I also like to walk around the yard carrying my bat.
  • I love animals.
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  • I discovered salsa this month. I LOVE salsa.
  • This month I went to see Santa. I was not a fan.
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  • I love to throw things. Especially if they make a loud noise!
  • I'm a pretty good listener.
  • I LOVE my pacifier. Mommy is working on sneaking it away from me during the day but I generally start looking for it after a few minutes. At bedtime and naptime I want to have one in my mouth and one in my hand.
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  • I love when someone sings to me.
  • I love touch and feel books and other interactive books.
  • I like to work on playing t-ball. I'm still working on getting the hang of swinging the bat.
  • I love to pat my tummy!