Monday, June 28, 2010

Eat it!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's the little things...

It's the little things that crack me up about Ryan. For example, a while ago I was doing laundry and Calvin was napping so Ryan was milling around with nothing to do. He saw me folding the laundry and said, "Ooooh, mom! Can I do something to help? CAN I PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE FOLD UP ALL THE SMALL TOWELS???" So, of course I obliged. I quickly threw a few of the little towels that I had just folded into a heap and let Ryan go to work. This is what I found when he was done:


They were folded perfectly. He was absolutely meticulous about it. I watched him work, and it was pretty much adorable how hard he was working on each fold. He was so proud when he was all done, and I have to say, so was I! Thanks, Ryan! Our towels have never looked better!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Ode to Sophie


Michael took this picture for me, and I love it so much. I've wanted to capture a picture of her with me reflected in her eyes for a long time, because I want so badly to remember that sweet, adoring way that Sophie just looks up at me when we're talking and smiling at each other. She is such a sweet baby. She loves Loves LOVES to snuggle, and she always has. She is a champion napper in the mornings, but during the afternoon or evening she will always fall asleep in my arms while I'm feeding her, and when I try to put her down she is awake again within seconds. When I pick her back up again, she is out cold. This process repeats until she is just completely wiped out, usually by like 10 or 11 at night, at which point she'll sleep for about a 6 hour chunk and then wake up to eat. Then she'll sleep for another few hours until the rest of us are up and around. Here are a few things about Sophie:
-She adores to be held
-Her favorite thing is food
-She eats pretty much ALL THE TIME
-She's really good at stretching
-She has seen the light and is now a fan of diaper changes
-She likes binkies a lot more than her brothers ever did (THANK YOU!)
-She is still comparatively pretty little, in the 40th percentile for weight and the 20th for height
-She loves to be outside
-I think I heard her very first giggle on Wednesday
-She loves to talk with Michael and me and tell us all about her day, as long as she has been recently fed

Little babies are so much fun to have around, especially when there are older, much crazier kids running rampant. It seems like Sophie, with her sweetness and innocence, serves as a reminder to me that the boys are also sweet and innocent, I just have to look down past all the rambunctiousness. I love to snuggle my little sweetheart, and I especially love to talk with her and earn her smiles. Here are some recent pictures of my little munchkin:

Love this face. She's a winner.


Smiley Sophie:


A smooch for cousin Jane:


Me and my girl:


A couple more with my reflection in Sophie's eyes:



One of Sophie's really great stretches:

Thanks for being such a sweetheart, Sophie. We all love you so much!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Ode to Calvin


Calvin is a sweet, crazy, funny, emotional, cuddly two year old. He drives me crazy and makes my heart just melt all at the same time. Yesterday I was in the car with just Calvin and Sophie. Sophie was just falling asleep in her seat, and I hear Calvin singing this to her:

"Lullabye and goodnight, go to sleep little Sophie. 'Cuz I love you and I need you, but it's time to go to sleep!"

It worked. She fell right asleep. And I was sitting there grinning from ear to ear. I love Calvin. He can be so so sweet. Deep down, Calvin is a snuggly kid. Once you get past the temper tantrums. Even though my arms are usually full these days, I still love it when he wakes up from his nap and just wants to cuddle with me. A few months ago he woke up in the middle of a visit from a friend of mine, and he wandered out, lay down across my lap, and fell right back asleep. What a little darling.

Calvin tries so hard to be a good big brother to Sophie. If he sees a binky or a bottle anywhere, she hurries over to "see if Sophie wants it," which generally consists of shoving it into her mouth whether she wants it or not, but it's still sweet to see him try to take care of her. One of his favorite things to do is try to giver her underdogs in her baby swing (this is Calvin's favorite thing to do at the park--if you aren't familiar with "underdogs", it's when someone is pushing you in a swing and runs underneath you while holding your swing, making you go really high). Needless to say, we buckle her in all the time now. But I always see Calvin doing things like that--trying to do something for Sophie that he likes a lot. He is a very loving big brother.

He is also a very loving little brother. He loves Ryan and wants to do everything Ryan does. They are great little playmates most of the time, and Calvin loves it when he does something that Ryan thinks is funny. Whenever Calvin wakes up from a nap while Ryan is still sleeping, he'll just ask and ask and ask over and over again where Ryan is and if he can wake Ryan up. He loves his big brother!

Here are some fun Calvin pictures from the last few weeks:

Calvin pretty much never eats his dinner. In fact, he hates dinner. Except for last night, when the boys had pbj's for dinner. He was ecstatic about the pbj's. Anyways, I always feel too bad to actually let him go to sleep hungry, so here he is after I gave him a banana and told him he and to eat it in his crib.


Here's Calvin, giving Sophie a piggy back ride!


And Calvin and Katie with their giant Aunt Abbey:


Calvin still loves wearing our shoes any chance he gets:


And he loves swings. And I'm pretty sure this is his wierdest/most ridiculous face I've ever caught on camera:


Here he is on the swing in our backyard. When I took this picture he was yelling, "I'm flying like a BIRDIE!!!!!!!" and swinging back and forth on his tummy.



I found him like this a couple of weeks ago on my bedroom floor. I asked him what he was doing, and he said...


"Playing house! See, here's the mommy duck, and here's the baby duck!"



I love my sweet little/big two year old. He is crazy, and I'm pretty sure my temper tantrums matched his exactly when I was that age, so it's just my bad toddler karma coming back to bite me--it's not his fault. But even with all the tantrums, he is still such a sweet, tender little guy, and I can't imagine our family without him. We love you, Calvin!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ode to Ryan




Ryan is a fun boy. I took him to the dentist today for his 6 month check up, and the hygienist remembered 2 things about him from last time:

#1 He is a very polite and well-behaved boy.

#2 He loves garage doors.

The hygienist just kept saying things like "He's just so polite!" and "He's just so articulate!" and "You must really be doing something right!" over and over again. It's so nice to hear things like that about your kids, it really made my day. It also made my day that the hygienist remembered that Ryan loves garages. Right off the bat, she said "Oh, I remember YOU! You're the one who loves garage doors! Didn't you burn out the motor on your grandpa's garage?" He was very pleased that the conversation took this direction, of course. Anyways, he really was great for her and for the dentist. He LOVES going to the dentist. He loves everything about it. The chair that moves up and down, the spinning toothbrush, the fluoride, the light, the suction thing they stick in his mouth, you name it. He loves it.

And the hygienist pretty much hit the nail right on the head when she remembered those things about him, because it's a pretty good summation of my boy, Ryan. He is a good boy through and through. Sure, he's 4, and he does his share of naughty things, but deep down he wants nothing more than to please his mommy and daddy and to get to spend quality time with us. Oh, and to make people think he's funny. Ryan usually loves to do anything that we're doing, while we're doing it, whether it's working in the garden, making dinner, doing the dishes, playing with Sophie, using the bathroom, you name it. I've been trying harder lately to embrace this, because I know it won't last forever. He's a sweetheart, and tells me out of the blue at least 10 times a day, "Mommy, I love you!" He picks me flowers and when he saw me after I cut my hair he said "Oh, Mommy! Your haircut looks so beautiful!" He's a wonderful boy and a wonderful big brother. And, of course, Ryan still loves those garage doors. Every scrap of paper, every piece of cardboard, anything he finds that has a string attached to it, all become immediate garage doors. I love my Ryan! Here are some recent Ryan pictures:

Checking out Jane with a magnifying glass at Grandpa Moore's house:




Taking a walk with his daddy to fly a kite they made together:




Playing with Sophie in the blanket fort I made for him one day during Calvin's nap:



Being a goofball:


Hunting for "helicopter seeds" from our maple tree:


Showing off his big find. He planted this one in the dirt behind the swing and goes out to water it pretty much every day:


We love you Ryan! You are wonderful!

Evelyn's Dance Recital

So a few weeks ago the kids and I got to go see my niece Evelyn's dance recital for the little girls' dance class she was taking. They danced to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and it was just about the cutest thing ever. The best part was how proud she was of herself. It was just plain adorable. Here are a couple of pictures I took after she finished at the recital.

Me and my girl, Ev:


I love these pictures of Evie checking herself out in the mirror:






What a doll. Great job, Ev! It was fun to come and watch you!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun in Ironwood!

Before I start, I wanted to give a special shout out to AnnaMarie for being my sole commenter on that last post. As for the rest of you...For shame, people! Sophie's first smiles? Nutty pictures of me and my sister? Gorgeous Abbey?

ANYWAYS, here are some more pictures of our fun times in Ironwood! We've been having a great time up here! It's been a team effort entertaining our kids while we've been trying to do the garage sale, so thanks to Abbey, Hikaru, Grandpa, Benjamin, Christy and Reeny--you guys have been such a big help!

At the party, Michael made this sign on the sidewalk that said "Hooray Abbey and Hikaru" and Calvin LOVED running all over it. Pretty soon there were cute chubby little chalk footprints all over.



And I LOVE this sequence of Calvin and Abbey.


Here's Sophie giving lots of smiles to her Great Aunt Reeny:


And I also love these ones of our crazy kids on the love sack. They really are such good buddies.


And some fun ones of Grandpa playing "toss the grandkids". They begged and begged and begged him to throw them and every time they would yell "higher!" Ryan finally joined in and got tossed once and then Grandpa decided it was time for a break :) Those kids sure love their grandpa!





And lastly, AnnaMarie and I got free haircuts from Dad's awesome neighbor, Gail, who works at a salon here in town. She is the best! I like how it turned out.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Good Life.

Well, we've been having a lot of fun lately! On Saturday we drove up here to Ironwood for Abbey's graduation from high school. CONGRATULATIONS, ABBEY! We are so proud of you!


Isn't she gorgeous??



Hikaru also graduated with Abbey, although I somehow didn't get a picture of her in her cap and gown. She still has one more semester of school in Japan when she gets back. Congratulations, Hikaru! So, we came up to visit, attend graduation, and go to their graduation party. We had a blast! And although Michael headed home last night, the boys and I are staying through Saturday. They are, of course, having oh so much fun with their uncle and aunts and grandpa. I'll have to do another post with pictures of all the fun things we are up to, but for now, here are a couple of pictures of all of the Moore grandkids in the tub:

What cuties!



And here are a couple of pictures of Sophie's new (and only) trick:




That's right! She smiles! She started it a few weeks ago but catching it on camera is a bit of a challenge. Anyways, it just melts my heart. I love it! And I also love this picture:



And I never did post about the fun girls' night I had with Kelly a couple of weeks ago. Ken had to be gone on a scout overnight trip and Michael had a lot of work to catch up on, so I took the kids down to Eagan for a sleepover. We tucked the kids in with a movie:



and then we had a great time introducing Kelly to the Photobooth application on my MacBook. It was sooooo funny. We're totally mature adults. I promise. Check it out:

Fat head/Skinny head


Just good 'ol Kelly:


Twin Kellys? How great would that be??


Sucked into a vortex?


That is one tiny head.


Our avatars?


Swirly faces:


Not sure...


Superheroes:


It was really a lot of fun, so thanks for having us, Kelly! Love ya!


And Last, but not least, Happy Birthday to my wonderful father-in-law! Thanks for all you do for us! We love you, and the kids sure love you, too! Have a spectacular birthday!