Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Atta girl, Sophie.

Monday, August 23, 2010

A lot to catch up on...

So, I have a lot to catch up on here in the blogosphere.  But I'm too lazy to do it.  So, instead, here are some funny pictures of my kids!

Here's Ryan, declaring himself king of the hill at a beach and park where we went swimming a few weeks ago:

And don't you love these of Calvin?  What a creature of habit.  The second we got this toy out for Sophie, he was right back in the saddle.  Except this time he was pretending to type really quickly on an imaginary computer.

And last, but certainly not least, my girl Sophie diggin the ear muffs that Michael so graciously lent her while some construction guys were jack-hammering our basement:

I love this last one.  It makes her look so chubby!

So, when I have a little more energy, I'll catch you all up.  But for now. I'm off to bed!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Too big for twitter

A funny Ryan-ism that was too big for twitter. 

Ryan was sitting at the dinner table with his finger wiggling around in his ear, following the cartilege channels or whatever they're called.

R: Hey, Dad, ya know this puzzle in your ear, right?
M: Uh....you mean...kind of like a maze?
R: Yeah!  And every time I follow it.  Like this!  (More finger wiggling)  AND THEN...IT'S MAGIC!
M: You mean, and then it's an ear?

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Four Months Old!

I can't believe our sweet little Sophie is already four months old!  I took her in for her appointment on the 6th, and she is finally climbing the charts.  She is now in the 50th percentile for weight and head circumference.  She's still in the 25th percentile for height, but I'm just glad she's healthy and growing!  We love having sweet little Sophie in our family.  Here are some tidbits about Sophie at four months old:

-Sophie is starting to really love peek-a-boo, especially with Michael.  He can make her laugh harder than anyone when he plays peek-a-boo with her.

-Sophie is a very content baby (as long as she's well-fed).  She will lay on a blanket on the floor for an hour or two all by herself just playing with her toys and wiggling to her heart's content.

-Sophie takes after her big brother Calvin emotionally, I think.  She is hot or cold, and it turns on a dime.  It's especially comical to me at church when little girls or sweet old ladies will come up and smile at her and try to make her laugh.  She'll smile politely back for a couple of seconds and then out of nowhere just start screaming at the top of her lungs.  I try to tell them it's nothing personal.

-Sophie loves her toes.

-Sophie is hungry.  Very hungry.  She must be seriously trying to catch up to her cousins Jane and Lily, because today she ate some mushed up watermelon, a bowl of banana oatmeal cereal, half a container of baby bananas, two bowls of rice cereal, and half a container of sweet potatoes.  In addition to nursing at least every 2 hours.  Woooooow.

We love you, Sophie!  You are the best!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Christy and Katie and Jane, Oh My!

So, at the end of July we got to keep Katie and Jane for 3 days while AnnaMarie was out of town. But guess who saved the day by volunteering to come down and help out for the week? That's right, Christy! Christy is the best. I know what many of you who don't know Christy are probably thinking. "The best? Yeah, sure." But seriously. She is so fantastically amazingly wonderful. She sweeps floors and does dishes in her spare time. She always has a smile on her face. She plays with the kids outside without complaint, even when it's so super hot and muggy. She honestly never took a moment for herself as long as the kids were awake or as long as I was working on something. I asked Dad if he thought you had to have 8 kids to get one as good as Christy. Jury's still out, but I'm thinking the answer is probably yes. Christy, I never would have made it with my sanity intact without you! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

Anyways, with Christy around, the 3 days of 5 kids 4 and under was definitely manageable. It was great, in fact, if you don't count bedtime. The kids had so much fun playing with Christy and playing with each other. It was funny to watch Jane and Sophie together. Jane just wants to go get Sophie wherever she is and Sophie was pretty much just terrified of Jane. It was pretty funny. It reminded me of the Katie/Calvin dynamic when they were almost exactly the same ages as these two.

Anyways, it was really fun to have the girls stay with us. I'm especially glad I got to spend more time with Katie. She was very well behaved, and I really enjoyed getting all the sweet happy Katie times. She was pretty much the least of my troubles. For the record, my troubles were getting Jane to bed, followed closely by the all-day, every-day ball of toddler craziness that is Calvin. Anyways, we really did have a lot of fun all together, and once again, Christy, you really were such a huge help!

Here are a bunch of great pictures of all our fun:

Jane, trying to figure out how to get that baby! 

Little buddies:


I'm not ashamed to admit that these three did their fair share of this:

And this:

And this:

And I love this one of Jane getting crazy with the piano:

And I like this one of Katie and Calvin playing a song together:

Katie was a big help shaking up Jane's bottles for her:

And Christy and Michael doing their darndest to entertain Jane:

And here's Christy and the bigger kids playing out in the shade:

And last, but not least, some pictures from the impromptu dance party we threw in our living room when everyone had been in bed for 90 minutes and were still wide awake!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Ryan the Artist

I have a lot to catch up on from the last couple of weeks, but first things first. Last Friday we all went to the county fair and Ryan was thrilled to hear that there was a kids' coloring contest going on. He just very recently learned that the point of coloring is to stay inside of the lines, so he was really excited. He was even more excited when we explained what a contest was. He kept saying, "I am going to do such a great job, and maybe I will even WIN, but we don't know who will win, so we don't know!" Here he is, coloring away at the county fair:

I was pretty surprised at how well he had stayed in the lines, and he was pretty proud of himself. Fast forward to last night when we finally looked through the mail. Lo and behold, there was a letter addressed to Ryan from the Anoka County Fair...


He was SO excited. He was bouncing off the walls and just exploding with pride and giddy-ness. Of course we had to make a few celebratory phone calls. Here's how a few of them went:

Ryan (in one breath) : KellyIwonfairplaceatthecountyfourandwonthirddollars! I mean, I won three at the fair...er...Mom..?..Oh, I won THIRD place at the coloring contest in the COUNTY FAIR! AND THEY GAVE ME FOUR DOLLARS! AND THEY SAID I WON!!!!!!
Kelly: WOW, Ryan, that is so awesome!
Ryan: Yeah, it is. So...did you win any contests this week?
Kelly: Uh, no...

Benjamin: What did you draw?
Ryan: I drew a picture of french fries and my mom loved it!

Grandpa Ernie: What did you do?
Ryan: I won third place at the coloring contest at the county fair!
Calvin: I saw chickens and a guy in the truck and I saw the dog show!

Ryan: You know Danica this was so cool.
Danica: What'd you draw that was so cool?
Ryan: French Fries.
Danica: French Fries?
Ryan: Yeah.