Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pumpkin Carving!

I know, I know, Halloween was a month ago. But I just finally got these pumpkin carving pictures off of my camera, and they reminded me of how much fun the boys had carving our pumpkin. They are so funny, and I just love seeing their goofy expressions and the ridiculous things they do. Love my boys!

Why yes, that is Calvin holding a steak knife, why do you ask?


Calvin LOVED the pumpkin. He loved everything about it. Except sticking his hand inside.


He also LOVED his spoon and ice cream scooper.


Ryan was braver, and actually dug around inside a little bit. This is his "I'm trying to smile even though this is gross" face:


And here are his spoils! I think he got like, 1 seed. But he was really proud of himself!


Michael, showing the boys how it's done:


You want me to do what?


Success! A jack-o-lantern!


Calvin also loved helping Michael wash off the seeds:


And Calvin did his usual stand-by-the-oven-yelling-"COOKIE!!!!"-until-someone-gives-him-something-tasty-to-eat trick. For the record, both boys loved the pumpkin seeds!



It was a really fun night! Thanks for doing all the work, Michael!

More ultrasound pictures!

So, Michael scanned in the rest of our ultrasound pictures, so I thought I'd put them up for your viewing pleasure. It seemed like with the ultrasounds for Ryan and Calvin I could keep up pretty well with what part of the baby we were looking at, but with this one, I was pretty much at a loss most of the time! This little girl was wiggling all over the whole time, and kept her hands right up by her face and mouth, and it was fun to find out even those couple of little things about her. Anyways, here are the pictures!

On the left is a view of her foot from the bottom of the foot, with her heel by the vertical line on the screen. On the right I think is a profile shot of her foot.


This is her face from the front. I was thinking of adding Skeletor to the name list...


And a couple of profile views of her head:




I guess this is the shot that shows you she is a girl?


Here is her spine...I know! Exciting!




And another face from the front shot:


Apparantly, these are pictures of her hands..



Anyways, we are excited to meet our little girl in a few months!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Drumroll please...


We had our 20 week ultrasound today and our sweet little baby looks like a happy, healthy, wiggly...

GIRL!!!!!

I was so happy that I cried right there in the ultrasound room. We are so excited to meet this sweet baby girl! Ryan has been saying all along that he wanted a sister, and so he is very happy! When he rolled out of bed after his nap today he sleepily wandered into the living room and, rubbing his eyes, said "I am going to have a baby sister just like Katie!" Anyways, that's our big news and we are very happy! Bring on the girly crafty sewing projects and the pink clothes! I'm sooooo ready!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Moon!

It's 2:30 AM, and I'm sitting at home with the boys while Caroline enjoys New Moon with AnnaMarie.

Twice in the last hour Calvin has started wiggling in his crib, started giggling and then said "Eeew" really loud and clear.

...and now he's kind of crying. Hopefully he'll go back to sleep.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Good Days!

This has been a great week! But before the long post part, I am really curious! We have our big ultrasound on Saturday, and I just wanted to see what you all think it's going to be. Boy, girl, one of each (not likely form the looks of the first ultrasound...phew!)? So leave a comment and let me know your guess!

So, back to the great week! We left to go up north to Ironwood on Friday to visit Michael's family for the weekend and we had such a nice time! I think I have the best in-laws ever. Seriously. It's so relaxing and comfortable there, and so much fun to just spend time with everyone. The boys can't get enough. Especially Ryan who was reunited with the now-working-garage-door. He was in hog heaven, reliving his life's fantasy--sitting on the kitchen table with his very own garage door remote watching it go up and down and up and down forever and ever. Also, we had a really great dinner on Saturday night at their house (my father in law makes a mean spaghetti sauce) and it just seemed like the perfect relaxing wind-down to a crazy, busy few weeks. And Christy and Hikaru made homemade sugar cookies that were just so so so good. So thanks, everybody, for letting us come visit! It was so so so so so so so nice to be there!

To top off the awesome trip, the boys slept for about 4 of the 5 hour drive with the awake hour spent eating lunch in their carseats and saying silly words to each other. We never even had to stop the car the entire way. It was awesome! Then on Monday AnnaMarie came and hung out with me and the boys, which was a life saver, because apparently I had used up all my good karma during the car ride and they were getting way too crazy to handle without some outside help. Enter Katie! My boys love Katie. Calvin especially right now gets so excited when I mention her name that he is bouncing off the walls with joy at the prospect of seeing her. They had so much fun crawling around playing doggies (my new favorite game that they play--they just crawl around and quietly "woof" amongst themselves), getting really messy in the back yard, and playing mommy and daddy. I just love having AnnaMarie nearby. She is so fun to just hang out with and talk to and relax with. Thanks for coming, AnnaMarie! Boy, did we need that!

Then, as if this week could get any better, Kelly took me out for a pedicure and dinner at the Cheesecake Factory as an early birthday treat! Oh. Man. It was so nice to just hang out without our kids! Don't get me wrong, I love our kids, but it's been a long time since we just got to enjoy hanging out together without our minds in a million places at once. It was so relaxing and yummy and perfect, so thanks Kelly! I had so much fun just hanging out together! Not to mention the hummus....and the smoothie....and the lettuce wraps...I could go on, but I might start drooling.

Then Tuesday was my birthday, and it was really such a great day! Michael is so sweet. He made me my favorite--waffles with whipped cream and berries--for breakfast, which was actually quite a battle, because we just got this new pancake mix and now we know not to use it on the waffle iron because it is impossible to get them off in one piece, no matter how much you grease them. Anyways, they were delicious, and then we opened presents (GREAT job picking them, honey!) and spent some nice time all together before Michael left for work. And the boys were so good for me all day! It was amazing! They played nicely, gave me extra hugs and kisses all day, sang me "Happy Birthday" randomly throughout the day (even Calvin, although he can't say "birthday" so he just sings "Happy....(pause)....to you....MOMMY!") had great naps, after which Calvin gave me the sweetest snuggles I've had from him in a while, and were just all around amazingly well behaved and sweet. And we managed to keep the house clean all day, which made it all the more relaxing. Then Michael came home from work and made us all a delicious dinner and AnnaMarie and Tyler and the girls came to help celebrate. Then we topped it off with angel food cake with whipped cream and berries (my favorite cake--are we sensing a theme here? I think anything with whipped cream and berries pretty much just constitutes a favorite in my book), and had a really nice time. My parents sent me an awesome birthday package as well, so thanks, Mom and Dad! And Michael and I topped off the evening watching Psych while the boys slept (I just really do LOVE that show!). It was such a happy, great birthday! I feel really loved!

Then today I watched my friend's two children from 9 to 5, which I honestly thought was going to be pretty painful, but they were all so well-behaved that I got 4 loads of laundry done, the entire house cleaned, happy play time with both of my kids (individually and together), one and a half hours of a completely quiet house all to myself, read 2 conference talks, and had a really great, relaxing day! I don't know how it happened! But it was awesome! And my kids were asleep without a fight by 6:45 tonight. So amazing!

Anyways, these last few days have been so great, and I feel so thankful for my wonderful family and friends who make my life so good! So thanks, everybody!

Here are some pictures of the birthday festivities:

What could be more beautiful than my just-rolled-out-of-bed 'do? How 'bout these waffles?


With Kelly at the Cheesecake Factory:



About to blow out my candles (the real cake was prettier, this was the "go ahead and drip wax on it" cake. Also, I love your enthusiasm, AnnaMarie!):



I think I love this picture more than anything else in the world:


Except maybe this:



My boys being goofy for my birthday:





And some of me and my boys:




And AnnaMarie entertaining the kids when they came over on Monday:


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ballads for the age of science


Anyone who has kids is probably on the look out for good kids songs that don't drive the parents crazy. Anyone who has spent some time in our car knows that we have a collection of kitschy science songs that the kids love.

Those songs were originally from a 6 LP set called "Ballads for the age of science" made in the 50's and 60's. It covers subjects such as Space, Weather, Energy and other science subjects in an optimistic and fun way without dumbing it down for kids.

Yesterday I happened to find them online for your downloading pleasure!
http://acme.com/jef/singing_science/ 

UPDATE UPDATE! You can now buy them on Amazon.com and on iTunes!

They're currently $8.99 on Amazon and $9.99 on iTunes.The Amazon links are affiliate links, so I would also get a little something if you use those. The most important thing though is that you buy these albums for your kids (or yourself).

Amazon:
Space Songs (from Ballads for the Age of Science)
Experiment Songs (from Ballads for the Age of Science)

iTunes:
Space Songs in iTunes
Experiment Songs in iTunes

Update: They disappeared from that site, but are still available in the WayBack Machine

If you have kids, you owe it to yourself (and them) to download at least a couple of them. If you're going to just sample a few, here are our favorites:
Calvin: Beep, Beep
Ryan: It's a Scientific Fact
Caroline: Kinetic And Potential Energy
Michael: Grand Coolie Dam

Now you can make your kids be as nerdy and weird as ours!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Babe

This is how I found Ryan and Calvin this morning:





That's right, Calvin was walking around in my heels and Ryan was walking around in Michael's shoes. To make it even better, Ryan said they were playing "Mommy and Daddy" and then they both started wandering around and calling each other "Babe". That's right, even Calvin. They are still playing even as I write this. I just heard Ryan say "Okay, babe, I have a meeting, so ok, Babe? I'm gonna be running around and, Babe, if you need to call me just run down the hallway. If I need you, Babe, you'll be running down the hallway, cuz I'll be in the kitchen, ok Babe? Does that sound fine?"

Love my funny boys!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Some things just feel SOOOOOOOOOO right!


YES!

Ryan was totally a garage door for Halloween and LOVED it! I feel validated. He loved it so much that he didn't even complain about not being able to reach around in front of the costume far enough to put candy in his own bucket (the box was too big!) or not being able to go up any stair without being practically carried (the box was too tall!). He loved it! And had so much fun pulling the door up and down up and down all night.

And here are the boys together in their costumes. Calvin was part frog, part dinosaur. But mostly dinosaur. He was going to be a frog, but he loves the dinosaur hat and shoes so much (they actually roar and make stomping noises, so cute! Thanks Liz and Erik!) that I decided last minute that he would be a dinosaur. Anyways, they both had a great time trick-or-treating (ok, Ryan more than Calvin...) and DEFINITELY both had a great time eating candy.



Now THAT's a happy dinosaur. Nice feet!


He sure has a goofy, cheesy smile, but I love it!



Hope everyone had a great Halloween! More festive pumpkin-carving pictures to come!