Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Lady Gaga

9 months old and already has suitors!

Yesterday Miss Lila had a visit from a younger boy--Sawyer Rachavong!

Both of them were actually awake this time and had so much fun playing together.

At first they played coy and just made eyes at each other from across the room...

then they moved in a little closer...

and that's when Lila started patting Sawyer like he was a cat! She would pat him on the head and he would just grin. Then she got a little too excited and grabbed a whole handful of hair...

which is when he decided to make his escape! I think she came on a little too strong. Afterall, it was only their third date! I've got some work to do. We will focus on flirting without inflicting bodily harm! Let's hope Sawyer asks her out for another date so that I can see if my training has worked.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

A January morning

What a way to start the day. After a trip to Lowes with his dad, Jackson raked a few leaves (you know the kid loves him some yard work)...

Maddie kicked a few more his way (don't think yard work is really her thing)...

and then the girls did a little swinging. A ride in the big swing...now that's more my style.

Happy Weekend! We're soaking up all the rays we can get!

Friday, January 21, 2011


I confess, I love Fridays. I really don't know why, especially since I don't go to work anymore, but there's just something about Friday afternoon that makes me smile. Since it was a little too chilly for the kids to play outside today, we found fun indoor activities that they enjoyed.

It's amazing how watercolor painting can get these two monkeys to sit still for a very long time!

They were hard at work creating some Handy Manny Masterpieces!

While the big kids were busy painting, this little girl was busy practicing how to stand on her own.

"Look, mom!"

She can stand on her own for about 2 seconds and then falls forward with a big ol' grin on her face.

Apparantly standing by herself is much more fun than holding hands with her mama and brother.

So glad that sweet girl decided to quickly turn that frown upside down:)
Happy Friday, everyone!

Monday, January 17, 2011

On the move

Today we got back into our normal routine. Since it was MLK day, Jackson didn't have school. I gotta admit, it was nice not having to rush around like a crazy lady all morning all for the sake of getting him to school on time. I have no idea what I'll do when he starts Kindergarten and has to be there earlier! We picked up the house (well, as much as can be done with three kids under 4!), did some laundry (the two older ones even helped move clothes from the washer to the dryer), and then got ready to roll to the grocery store. As we were getting ready to leave Jackson asked if he could wear his toolbelt. Even though I did not understand the reasoning behind this (I mean, is he really going to be doing construction work at Walmart?) I agreed to it.

What's a little toolbelt, really? Well, not only did the big guy put on his Handy Manny toolbelt, he stocked his jeans full of all the other supplies he owns. This kid had a saw, screw driver and one other tool in his right pocket. Then he had about 8 large nails from his workbench shoved into his left one. His pliers and hammer were attached to his toolbelt, and he also hung some other toy that makes noise to it. What a look!

Although Lila did not wear anything particularly goofy today, she did decide to go ahead and start crawling everywhere!

This girl is on the go now!

Watch out, big bro! She's gonna be all over your toys:)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My resume

It's amazing. Since I stopped getting a paycheck and began my new job, my resume has quadrupled in size. Not only am I a wife and mother, I am also a nurse, chaffeur, teacher, referee, cook, counselor and playmate. As if that wasn't enough, I recently picked up another title...

Jumbo sized security blanket! No joke, Lila has now decided that she cannot sleep unless she is in this position.

Most kids have a small blanket or stuffed animal that brings them comfort. They hold onto this said object and it helps them go to sleep. Apparantly I am so cuddly that Lila decided to forgo the usual child blankie. Heaven help me! I love this little girl so much, but someone has got to rescue me from permanent mattress duty!

Friday, January 14, 2011

9 months

Guess who's already 9 months old? Here are a few hints. She's sweet as sugar, has a smile that will always brighten your day (even if she's kept you up half the night), and has a family that absolutely adores her.

Look at this big girl! She can pull herself up now and is so very proud of this new skill.

Most nights I bathe the kids together, but the other night Lila had already had her bath. She almost scaled the bathtub and hopped in with her big brother. Her little leg was trying hard to get over that ledge!

Dr. Betty said that she looks perfect. Of course, we think so.
Here are her 9 month stats:
Weight: 17 lbs. 5.6 oz. (25th %)
Height: 28.5 inches (90th %)
Head Circumference: 18 inches (90th%)
Teeth: Has 3, 2 more popped through this week and 1 more is on the verge! Ouch.
She is a long, lean, tooth-cutting machine!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy 39!

My mom's birthday was yesterday and the whole fam had fun celebrating with her. We began on Tuesday by baking her a cake. Madison came over while J was gone and helped me bake the Chocolate Coke Cake.

Jackson got home that afternoon and helped make the icing and decorate it with me. When I asked him how old Gigi was going to be he replied, "I think she's gonna be 39." So 39 it was!

This was the first time just us girls baked a cake together and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it...

especially when I let Miss M lick the batter! I must confess, it's my favorite part, too.

Mom's birthday began with a surprise dinner at Matt's Rancho Martinez. Her dearest friends came to celebrate with her...some of them even helped blow out her candles:)

After dinner we headed home to the three munchkins who were anxiously awaiting cake time with their Gigi! Miss Lila was the first one to dive into the cake.

Soon after she snagged some icing, the big kids did, too!

The only way we could get them out of the cake was by letting them "help" open presents.

Then they cleared off the table and were ready for the big event. Who wants cake? These two, for sure! Happy Birthday, Gigi. We love you!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Snow Day!

This afternoon our doorbell rang and look who it was! Cousin Madison!

This girl was ready to play in the snow.

Before I could even get out the door Jackson had thrown a snowball in her face. Oh dear. Seems he forgot that she wasn't one of his big, tough uncles. After that Gigi and I had a girly snowball fight with both kids. It really was fun and the kids loved it. Maddie laughed so hard every time she got bopped with a snowball.

She loved the snow so much that it was really hard to convince her to come inside. The only way that she'd conceed to coming back indoors was if she got to make a snow angel.

Once Jackson heard this news he ran back outside and joined in on the fun! What a great afternoon.

Let it snow!

We went in to church and it was just boring old rain...

we came out of church, and look what we found! SNOW!! Lots of it, too.

The Hays boys decided it was the perfect time to bring Frosty out this winter. How fun!

Monday, January 3, 2011

A New Year

What better way to start 2011 than with some good ol' fashioned fun? These two cousins know how to do it up right.

I think it's safe to say that the trampoline is a fan favorite!

They LOVE it.

After all that jumping, these kids worked up quite an appetite.
(Great blackmail pic of J for his teenage years!)

So we got out our trusty recipe book and whipped up some delicious Taco Soup. Yum. So glad I had two willing helpers. Now if I could just get them to eat soup we'd be in business. Until then, a dinner of instant mac and cheese, applesauce and cornbread will work just fine. Once I coaxed them into eating a few beans out of the soup they actually had all four food groups:)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

2010--what a year! I know the word is probably overused, but we really have been blessed this year. Blessed by this sweet little girl...

who looked absolutely adorable rocking her hot pink tutu at our NYE party last night!

Blessed by a wonderful family who love each other dearly.

Blessed by great friends who came over to help us ring in the new year.

The kids had fun hanging out and played so well together. Both of the Pointer sisters wore their tutus also. Rock on, girlies!

Even though it was a very laid-back family party, we still got in the spirit and wore our party hats:)

Jackson and Presley were a little sweet on each other! They danced all night, and by danced I mean held hands and spun in circles really fast. I'm pretty sure if they had been awake at midnight J man might have tried to sneak a smooch from her!

All the kids played so well together. They stayed up in the playroom most of the night, but would come down every now and then to perform something for us. Nothing like some free impromtu entertainment.

Nothing says "Happy New Year" quite like Cinderella in a top hat!

Thanks Stephen and Jennifer,

Taylor and Price,

and April and Justin for spending NYE with us!

The Hubdog and I had so much fun!

And so did the girls. Check out Cowen getting a smooch from Lila. Looks like he goes for the younger girls!

Then again, maybe not! He was pretty sweet on Madison, too. Such the ladies man!

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