Wednesday, December 29, 2010


The stockings...looking stuffed!

Our traditional Christmas Eve Family photo.

The kiddos, ready to tear into the gifts...

So, we had a wonderful Christmas...well, mostly. I was sick, ugh, head cold/sinus thingy. I didn't have an appetite or voice and couldn't sleep. But I am tons better now. Yesterday was my first better day and actually it wasn't until bedtime that I noticed how good I felt. Today, even better yet. So, Christmas was so much fun! The kids loved going to Grandma and Grandpa (B and J) the week before Christmas... we also got to visit with our buds Rece, Carmine, Tierney and Kinsley! We do a book exchange with them and had so much fun. Averie is still talking about how she loved watching Rece play his game and loved talking to him. Every time we are with them it is typically for a gathering, which is too busy and chaotic for any play time. This visit was nice and low key. After that visit we went to Grandma and Grandpa's house and daddy met us there. We celebrated Christmas with them and really enjoyed their gift of roller skates!!! The big kids got to skate all over their basement, which was great practice since they were nervous and had never skated before! Colbie just crawled all over and wanted to climb the stairs and eat everything she could find (off the floor even). After a couple fun days there, we headed home just in time for a visit with Jayde, Jett, Jorie, Delaney and A Shan and A Shawna. They came over to our house and we did our annual craft and dinner. The kids painted ornaments and played! And then the next day was Christmas Eve. We headed to Grandma and Grandpa's (P and A) for dinner (we brought veggie pizzas, Oreo and pb bon bons, Hug pretzels and brownie cookies)! We also had sandwiches and soup and a wonderful time. We went to church and after church we did presents! The kids got tons of fun things. Moon sand, play-doh, paper dolls, Colbie got a small Little People set and some other fun things! After all the excitement we headed home for bed (10:30pm...yawn!)... Then Santa came!!!! What a fun morning! The kids got so many fun things...they are still playing with everything today...Trio, Paper dolls, Play mobil, games, etc. The list goes on. We then went to GG's house for Christmas with my extended family and they got a few more goodies. We also had lunch and spent time with cousins (Averie's buds). They played and we just really felt so blessed and loved with everyone together.

As far as the kids go...Averie is doing wonderful. She is reading very well and we are 3/4 the way through her reading lessons book. She is also enjoying working on a winter book right now for our Christmas break "project." She reads stories well and will even, with a little encouragement, read for other people. I can tell she is still unsure of her reading skill, but she does very well. Math, I would says she is at about a 1st grade level. We have a math book and are working on it little by little, but it is still very basic. She can do 10 pages at a sitting and enjoys them. She would do art and crafts all day if I let her. This is what she chooses to do during "nap" for Baylor and Colbie. She could fill up 10 or 20 papers if I let her (I limit her to 5 a day). Her favorite things right now are still Dora and Alicia (Diego's sister/Dora's cousin). She also likes Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz (she got a dress/basket/Toto/shoes for Christmas from Baylor)...even though we haven't watched the movie. She has watched clips from U-tube. She is also a super helper for me with Colbie and will watch her and play with her when I need her to. She loves being the big sister (and is fabulous at it).

Baylor is still Averie's little sidekick. He really loves garbage trucks and cars and anything of that type. He will play independently but is extremely shy without his big sis. He is active and likes to run around and bounce around and has a lot of energy most of the time. He also always has good ideas and shares them, mostly with his big sister. He is a good listener once you catch his attention first. He still loves his blanket even though it is in about 6 pieces! Sweet Baylor boy. As far as school goes, Baylor has started the reading book and is about 6 lessons in. He does enjoy it, but I can tell he is quite ready for the harder stuff. I know he could do it, but I'm not pushing him to do it. If he asks to do a lesson, I definitely do it. But I don't include it in his typical day. He loves doing dot paints and writing. He writes his name very well!! And could probably write every letter if asked. He is also very smart at math and will probably do very well with it. We still do preschool and he will be working on a winter book over these next couple months too.

Then there is Miss Colbie. Oh goodness. She is a stinker! She is persistent. She loves crawling everywhere! And picking up little things from the floor to eat...ugh, yea, that's been fun. 100% opposite of the other two. They picked things up and handed them to me. I have to constantly watch Colbie. But that's okay, I don't mind. :o) She is a mama's girl too. And still sucks those fingers. She loves almost all food. Loves pumpkin bread, cheese, veggies, fruit, pasta...really the only things she doesn't like are eggs right now. And a certain cereal bar. Oh yea, and cow's milk! She is standing a little bit now and starting to get confident in the possibility of walking...we will see when she actually walks. I predict by 15 months she will be getting there. She talks too, and understands a lot but listens when she wants to. She says sissy, thank you, balloon, da da, bear bear, bye bye, all done, baby, uh oh, eat, hi there, hi, all done, diaper, ju ju (juice), mmmmmm, and she grunts/clears her throat for nursing time. She signs, more, all done, light, fan, waves hi and bye. She nurses before bed (her favorite) and in the morning (soon to be done). She chows all the time! She loves her stuffed animals, her fav is bear bear and Violet. She also loves peek-a-boo and climbing on everything!!! And she is starting to love bath time again, finally!

Wow, so that update is long past due! I wish you all a HAPPY 2011!!!!!

Friday, December 03, 2010


Here is one of our new pics from Shawna (Keener Photography). I tried uploading 4 more, but well, my computer didn't want me to. One of these days I will take a few minutes and update on us and the kids...

Monday, November 22, 2010


So, I've been neglecting the blog. Here are two pics. My laptop is acting up so I can only use it for a few minutes at a time.

Colbie devouring her cake!

Halloween - before trick-or-treating!

More to come...

Sunday, November 14, 2010


I am testing this out on my phone.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010


How can this be? How did I go from trying to get pregnant for 8 months, to having a 1 year old. I am absolutely astonished that she is one. It makes me happy that she is becoming a big girl and is starting to really talk and communicate and be curious...but where is that newborn baby I get to snuggle on the couch after I nurse her? I am happy-sad.

Colbie, you are so big. You are so smart! You are saying "bye bye," "hi there," "uh oh," "all done," "diaper," "sock," "da da," "mmmm," and you copy so many other words and sounds. You sign - light, fan, more, all done and you are picking up new words/signs all the time. As far as getting around - you love to crawl. You get anywhere you want to go and love to crawl up our two stairs. You get so angry at me if I don't let you!! You pull up all the time and have stood independently a handful of times. If we stand you up and try to get you to walk while holding our hands you bend your knees because you don't want to stand. You just want to crawl! It is so silly. I can't wait to see you chow your cake on Saturday. I know you will love it and eat it all up! You are also my tiny girl. You have your 1 year check-up next week, but are so small, yet proportionate. Everyone we meet says how friendly you are (opposite or your sister, she was shy and sober). You are smiley and friendly and outgoing. You are also feisty when it comes to diaper changes and me dressing you, socks and hats. You really want to be on the go! I love you sweet girl and can't believe you are SO big. XOXO sweet girl.

Monday, October 04, 2010


Baylor, You are 4! I love how big you are. But don't love that you aren't a baby anymore. It feels like you were only a baby for like a week. You are so active. You have gotten more active and "boy" like this year. You constantly bounce off the walls and are moving and jumping and running and it's kind of nuts! You were so calm as a 2 and 3 year old and around 3.5 you started getting more rambunctious. I try not to squelch it, but there is a time and place for it and you are capable of listening when it's time to settle down. You still love blankie and duck. Blankie is now in 2 pieces, but you snuggle one or the other or both. You love duckie too. You sleep in your big boy bed still and share a room with sis. You nap from 2-3:30pm and sleep at night from about 9pm-7am (you go to bed at 8pm and lounge, and in the morning you lounge til 7:45am). You love trucks, cars, airplanes, trains, helicopters, semis, gators and everything and anything with wheels. You ask to play cars constantly. You still love reading books and pick out library books about cars, trucks and tools etc. You love playing outside and digging in dirt. You are also very good at riding your bike. You can run fast, jump and climb very well. You recently started becomming interested in coloring and writing. This is a first for you. You can write your name and all of the letters. They are just a tad big. You draw bikes, flowers and many other things. For your Birthday party we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant. Your close family was there to celebrate with you. You got make cars, a remote control Gator, Lego's, Trio's and a Go Blue outfit! You were so happy! XOXO, Love you sweet boy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Oh my goodness. Colbie, you are 11 months. I can't believe it. You are growing up so fast. You are so cute. You are crawling everywhere. You don't want to sit still, even for a minute. You taunt me during diaper changes by rolling over, or at least pretending to roll over while making squeaky noises... so silly! You say words - "night-night," "all-done," "uh-oh," "da-da," "hi" and I'm sure I am forgetting some... you dance do music and clap too! You eat everything and anything right now. You love beans, fruit, veggies, cottage cheese and cheese. You still eat the veggies I made and froze (and they are nice to have on hand for a quick meal). You love to feed yourself too. You are so in love with our dogs. You pick out dogs in our books too and "bark" at them. You are so much fun and love to play and pull up and be held by mama. You also love playing peek-a-boo with everyone by covering your eyes with a blanket or shirt. You are also very silly making snuffy noses and wrinkling up your nose. I love you sweet girl. Thank you for being so sweet, silly, sassy and so much fun! I can't believe we will be celebrating your ONE year in a month. Unbelievable!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


She was all ready! We went shopping together and she chose her outfit. She had been counting down the days!

Baylor is excited to start preschool.

Sweet girl.

So happy!

At their work area doing an ABC activity.

Far left is the kitchen area. Behind that is a cabinet with quiet activities, pillows and books for a quiet reading area (the tent/house). To the right is a car and block area (you can see the rug) and in the front is the market. Each area of this porch and of the house (I've completely organized all shelves, cabinets and rooms in the house) is labeled with a shape (you can see the red rectangle in the reading area). And by their desks I have a schedule for each of them so they know where to go when. That way I am also planning ahead. They love me "telling" them what "area" to go to next, and I love the structure.

Calendar and Circle time (this starts at 9am). We have an "idea box" we share ideas about the day and talk about the week, do the weather, day, month and year. And we also have a story.

Baylor uses Dot Paints for his lessons. They are cute and fun and short. I used the same book with Averie. They make many different ones but we love the ABC one.

I used a few different Kindergarten websites for Averie's lesson plans. She does work at the table from 9:30am (after circle time) until 10:30am (snack time). This activity was actually an ad from my Parents Magazine I had ripped out and saved.

** So the kids get up at 7:30am, have breakfast and then do simple chores (they put away their laundry, take the recycling to the mud room, straighten up their room, I think of something simple. Then at 8:30am, they check their schedule and do one of the 4 areas on the porch (a different one each day) until 9am (I am feeding Colbie, cleaning up from breakfast, drying/folding laundry etc.). Once 9am rolls around it is circle time. Colbie hangs out with us, or goes in her saucer or play yard. That goes until 9:30am. At 9:30am they head to the table for their planned activities (math, science, abc, writing, art), we usually have time for two (at least I plan for two). At 10:30am we clean up and (I choose a helper for the day during circle time, obviously it rotates) my helper serves snack. By now Colbie is napping (10-12) and we go outside or downstairs (we have a mini enclosed trampoline and toys down there too) to play for 30 minutes. At 11am the have a short activity (they check their schedule). At 11:30am we make lunch (my helper helps!) and eat at 12pm. After lunch it is blanket time (which means they lay a blanket out in the family room and get a few toys out to play with) and play yard time for Colbie. I clean up and at 1pm they do an activity (check schedule). 1:30pm is "book time." They each pick a book and we read (before naps/rest). On the way back to nap/rest we put away the laundry, brush teeth, potty, etc. and at 2pm Baylor naps (2-4) and Averie gets free art time in the craft room (aka the guest room, aka the scrapbooking room) until 2:30, then she rests until 3pm. Colbie naps at 2:15/2:30 until 4:15. At 3pm Averie gets up and we our reading lesson and writing lesson or workbooks until 4pm. And that is considered the end of our day. Baylor wakes up at 4pm and Colbie after that as well. That's our school day! We do this schedule Monday - Thursday. Friday is our field trip, errand, "fun" day. We might do a pottery wheel, go to the library, zoo, etc. So far everything is going great! I hope she loves school 6 weeks from now... :o)

Here are some silly pics from last weekend!

Sweet kids.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Colbie is getting so big and active!!! Here are several of her current loves and accomplishments:

Crawling EVERYWHERE!!! Up our 2 stairs even.
Pulling up on everything.
Going from belly to bottom, but I'm not sure if she knows she's doing it.
Peek a boo, she plays it with me while on her changing table.
Making a wide mouth face. It is so funny.
Copying everything, a cough, smile, grunt, open mouth.
She loves and squeals with delight at our dogs, her "bear-bear" (My First Bear) from Grandma and Grandpa.
She says "Ha" for Hi about 10 times a day.
Is eating a lot of table food and loves it.
She loves Cheerios.
She is working on her pincer grasp.

Colbie at 9 months, 4 weeks and 2 days (14 hours from her 10 Month Birthday)

Averie at 10 Months.

Baylor at 10 Months.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Averie floating (we had a week of swimming refreshers and lessons in late August).

Averie learning to dive.

Baylor doing his single arm backstroke.

Colbie taking it all in...

Colbie's "official" 9 month pics! Yay for Aunt Shawna!

Aunt Shawna came over for a playdate (Jayde, Jett and Jorie) and she snapped several pics of Colbie. They turned out so great! I love them! And Miss Colbie's hair is soooo RED!!!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Visiting cousins the end of July - Maddie and Colbie, Averie, Max and Baylor.

Colbie chowing on her banana while she watches the kids on the beach.


On the beach...on vacation in Indiana. We went camping for 2 nights and really had a fun time!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Oh man, I can't believe Colbie is 9 months!!! That is huge!!! Well, she is on the move. She scoots with her toes and "army" arms and loves to walk while holding fingers. She has also done real crawls a few times too. She is eating so many foods... we've added spinach and squash to her list. Everything she eats she likes (or at least doesn't dislike) and she loves loves loves bananas in her mesh feeder. She also had a peach in her feeder and just sucked it and tossed it (it was tart!). Averie and Baylor are very interested in playing with her now. It's like she just started getting cool because they can entertain her. The also watch her for me too. Averie is also good at moving her if she gets too close to our coffee table (with permission of course). Some of her favorite toys are Baylor's computer, things to pat or pound, wheels that spin and her baby piano. She does awesome in her bed (I lay her down and she rolls over and that's it) and has 2 naps. One at 10am - 12pm and another from 2pm - 4pm. If things get busy in the am and she misses her nap (Sundays) she will typically nap in the afternoon from 2 - 5pm. Which is so nice. She goes to bed around 7:45pm and has been sleeping all the way thru the night about 75% of the time now (until 8am). When she does wake in the middle of the night occasionally it is around 4am and I just feed her and she goes right back to sleep. She is so happy and silly and sweet, and a "Mama's girl", I just love her!

Sunday, July 18, 2010


All ready for the 4th of July!!

We have been keeping plenty busy swimming and hanging out around the house. Colbie is getting so big. She is sort of army crawling...scooting on her belly by pushing her toes along the floor. It is pretty cute! She is also trying tons of new foods, spinach is the most recent. She loves her baths and the grass (sounds strange but she dives for the grass!). Averie is a swimming fool. She loves the pool and swims all over. She would spend all day in the pool if she could. She also has started having "rest" time instead of nap. We put paper and craft stuff along with puzzles, books and her easel in the guest room. She can do crafts, color and play during naps. If she is tired she can rest on the bed in there too. Baylor is doing great! He loves digging in the dirt and riding his bike and his tractor. He is a helper too with tools and working in the mulch with daddy. About two weeks ago we went to Put-In-Bay and had a wonderful time. Pics coming after I do this post... we rode the Ferry Boat and took a golf cart around (the kids two favorite things). We also went to Perry's Cave, the butterfly house and did about 5 of 18 holes of mini-golf (it was HOT!). We got yummy ice cream from "The Chocolate Factory" and discovered a place to play in the water (but the kids were napping when we found the water so we just kept driving around). We had a picnic and the kids played on the playground. What a fun day! They are already talking about going back with grandma and grandpa and getting an 8 seater golf cart. Ha ha. So, now it is the end of July and we are planning a camping trip for the 5 of us. We are taking off tomorrow for our usual place. It should be fun or at least an experience! :o)


Butterfly House

Hoping butterflies will land on her...

On the Miller Ferry Boat.

Goin for a drive...

Baby butterfly!
Served Averie fresh milk for 1 year, 2 months and 5 days! Served Baylor fresh milk for 1 year, 6 months, 1 week and 5 days! Served Colbie fresh milk for 1 year, 3 months exactly!