Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

Last week I was sorting through Drew's clothes and Naomi came into his room. She was drawn to this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle hat that I had for him. She put it on and then quickly went to dress herself in all green (which included an 18 month vest of Drew's she had also found). She looked so great in that hat and made us laugh all morning. I bought the hat at Children's Place for $1 and I think I have already gotten a dollars worth of entertainment out of it!

Tuesday, May 03, 2016


Drew just hit 13 months and has become more and more interested in walking. We have one walking toy that he likes some, but he is actually more interested in finding other things to push around that support him.  

Sunday, May 01, 2016

2,000 piece puzzle

We puzzled like crazy in April. Yesterday we finished our second 2,000 piece puzzle. And now I must ban starting a new puzzle because I am addicted and I need to accomplish other things in my life.

Davey continues to show incredible dedication and skill in assembling the puzzles. Andrew and I have had several dates after the kids went to bed puzzling (and talking or listening to podcasts). And Drew only managed to slightly chew a couple pieces that he reached up to the table and pulled down.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Elephant and Piggie Party

We celebrated Andrew and Alli's (big) birthday last month with an Elephant and Piggie party.

We made headbands for them to wear while they read books to the kids (who love these books). I got the idea for the headbands from our local library who did it one time at storytime.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Date at home

Naomi said she did not want to go to church last Wednesday night. Since Drew goes to bed pretty early I knew this would give some one on one time with her. I had intended on cleaning after Drew went to bed, but I resisted (which was hard for me!) 

We ended up playing Toy Story Yahtzee (her first time playing I think) while sipping on some hot chocolate. It was really fun to see her start to understand the game. I treasure one on one time with my kids like this which just makes me think that I need to put of cleaning more often!

When I was reorganizing and sorting and switching kids clothes last week, Naomi decided she wanted to wear this white sparkly dress. She hardly ever wants to wear a dress, so I was excited. It is fancy, but I delighted as she played outside in it and even spilled pasta on it, because I only spent a couple of dollars on it!

Monday, April 04, 2016


Davey had her first soccer game over the weekend. We signed her up to play a couple months ago and were diligent to find shin guards and soccer socks but kind of forgot to explain the basics of the game to her. So in the hours leading up to her first practice and game, we tried to cram in the basics (dribbling, passing, etc.).

I love this shot because it looks like she knows what she is doing. Reality is that most of the game, she was confused (self admitted), but again we take some responsibility for not prepping her better.

Coach Andrew with the team at half time. It is fun to see Andrew in this role and starting next week Erik will join him as assistant coach (or is it assistant to the coach?)

Cousin soccer players. When I initially asked Davey if she wanted to play soccer, she said no. When my follow up question was, "Do you want to play soccer with Graham?" she immediately said yes.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

1,000 piece puzzle

For Easter, we received a 1,000 piece puzzle. The girls were eager to try it so we cleared off our craft table and started. It is a really hard puzzle so Malia quickly lost interest. Davey got most of the edge done before hitting a wall. I helped her sort and get moving again and she stuck with it until the end. 

I spent lots of hours on this puzzle. I would start feeling guilty knowing that I could be doing all sorts of more productive things with my time. But then I would tell myself I was on Spring Break too. I think there is something strangely therapeutic about creating order from the pieces. I think we will be doing lots more big puzzles in the near future.