Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Graham Crackers

At Malia's 18 month appointment, I had to tell our doctor that she was still using a bottle because it was the only way we could get her to drink milk (she refused it in a sippy cup). Our doctor told us that we needed to take the bottle away and that Malia would probably go on a milk strike for a week or so, but that was normal.

Fast forward over 1 1/2 years and Malia is still on that milk strike. We have tried everything to get her to drink it - chocolate milk, strawberry milk, other incentives - nothing has worked.

A few days ago Andrew was eating graham crackers and Malia joined him at the table. He was dipping his graham crackers in milk and asked her if she wanted to try it. She said yes and went on to dip several graham crackers in the milk. We were both shocked and tickled. I, of course, got out the camera to document the event. I have a feeling it was just a one time break in the milk strike but nevertheless...

Davey on the other hand loves milk. Her big dilemma on this particular day was whether she should eat the graham cracker or the heart ice cube tray!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Belgiano Visit

We were excited to have our friends the Belgiano's with us last week. Things did not go exactly as planned or hoped for because Malia got a 24 hour bug or sorts (her third of the week - seriously it was not fun) while they were here which limited our activities.

The boys playing in the cul-de-sac.

Davey enjoying our new chalk.

Wedgits were a hit.

Right before going to bed.

Glad we get to see these guys again this summer. Praying already that everyone will be healthy!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bouncy Balls

A few days ago, Davey was napping and Malia wanted to play a little game her dad taught her: bounce the bouncy balls into a bucket. She was being kind of goofy so I grabbed the camera and caught these shots.

Monday, March 21, 2011


I know I have confessed on this blog at least once but my tendency is to be a pack rat. And while I have moved seven times since I graduated from college eight years ago, I still have managed to hold onto some things here and there.

Take for instance a box of pencils which I have had since I was a kid. At least half of them are the standard, plain, yellow ones (I think my dad must have bought a huge box from Sam's Club when I was little and for whatever reason I have hung onto about 40 of them). Others are treasures that my elementary school teachers, family or friends gave me like:
- a multicolored one with "Christine" on it
- a green one with "Chrissy Jones" on it
- a white one with red stars that says "Super Star" on it
- a D.A.R.E. to Keep Kids Off Drugs pencil
- a red and a green one with Christmas lights on them
- a pencil from the Cleveland's newspaper, the Plain Dealer

I am not necessarily proud of my inability to let go of things but in this circumstance (as well as a few others) I have actually been able to use what I have held onto. You see this box of pencils has become one of Davey's favorite toys!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Andrew's 30th

On Monday, Andrew turned the big 3-0!

We have had all sorts of fun celebrating over the last month (30 days to 30) but on Sunday we had a Wolgemuth family party celebrating both Andrew and Alli's big days.

The birthday kids - 30 and 25!

Table decorated with candy and ...

... our first (and last?) family pet, Jessie, the Betta fish. (Malia named our fish Jessie and Alli's fish, Cinderella).

Playing the Michael Jackson Experience.


Attempted family picture.

On Monday, I had the priviledge of presenting Andrew with thoughts and memories from 40 different people. Thanks to everyone who contributed - it was really special for both of us.

Andrew has lived a great 30 years and I am so glad that I get to be part of the next 30!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Elmo and the Angel

Two notes here.

1. We have been having dance parties at our house for months now. Up until about a week ago, Davey insisted on being held by either Andrew or I while dancing. Then a breakthrough - she took Malia's hands and they danced together... alone. So great!

2. I haven't done a scientific study but if I am pretty sure that Elmo is among one of the first 25 words said by most children.

Monday, March 07, 2011


Last week we had several days in the 60s - it was great to get time outside playing. We ventured in the backyard for the first time in months and the girls rediscovered the sandbox. I think this was Davey's first time really playing in it as she was still a little young last year (a.k.a. would only eat the sand).