Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Things Paige

Paige Speak- 


This morning Paige was trying to juggle and said, "I'm not good at jungling. When I'm five I can jungle. Like Mommy and like Daddy. I'm free (3) right now. I can jungle reawy (really) well when I'm five. Yes!" 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mondays are for. . .

doing headstands,

and reading books upside down,

and being goofy,

and silly smiles,

and wearing pajamas all day,

and just being yourself!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Bloomsbury Farm

Last week we went to Bloomsbury Farm with MOPS.  It turned out to be a great morning to go.  The weather was nice and the kids really had a lot of fun. 

Doesn't she look like a natural?  I would so love for my girls to be little cowgirls. 

Zach and Alaina are so cute.  They want to do everything the big kids do.

Hmm. . .are cats made for riding?  I think she was a bit confused.

They have an enormous jumping pillow on the farm.  The girls thought it was great.  I think it would be fun to have at home.

Paige and Hannah getting some serious air time.

We got to go on a hayrack ride and through the kids corn maze.  It was a fun learning experience for them.

Can these two be any cuter?!

This child has no fear of the animals.  She tried to pet them all.

The girls also had fun climbing on all the tires.  They were huge!  I just couldn't think about how dirty they were getting. 

"Ta Da!"  is exactly what Paige exclaimed as she conquered getting into the tire.

Just to show exactly how big that tire really is.

I truly wish my girls were growing up in the country.  Both Mark and I did and would love that for our kids.  There's nothing like it, but I'm thankful for experiences like these that give the girls a chance to really get dirty and enjoy themselves in an environment that doesn't stress me out.  It was great to be able to let both girls walk and experience things for themselves.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Alaina's 18 month Pictures

We had Alaina's 18 month pictures taken today at Flash.  She did well for her age.  If you want to see the pics, just click HERE, enter our last name, and the password is alaina.  For family:  if you want us to order any of these for you, let me know.  We also will be taking our own pics soon and will get you some recent pictures, then.  Enjoy!

Gina's Visit!

I've been so blessed through the years by my friend Gina.  We were roommates through college and now have kids almost the exact same ages.  It's nice that we live halfway between her and her family, so we get to see them every now and again.  It's fun to see her now as a Mommy and only imagine what she was like as a toddler when I see her daughter Annika.

Aaron and Alaina

Our four kids together:  Annika, Aaron, Alaina, and Paige (surprising that this is the best pic I could get of these kiddos).

Friday, October 9, 2009


I've been trying for over a year to get Paige to stop sucking her thumb.  First, we tried bandaids.  She just sucked them until they got wet and pulled them off.  Then, I tried Mavala Stop, like clear nail polish that tastes HORRIBLE and lasts for days.  (I tried it.)  And still she just kept on sucking.  I decided to give it up as they say most kids naturally give it up between 3 and 4.  Well, I'm not that lucky.  After waiting about 6 months we tried the Mavala Stop again.  This time it worked!  She hasn't sucked her thumb for 2 weeks and for the last 3 days we haven't had to put anything on it.  Way to go Paige, I'm so proud of you!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

All Things Paige

So they have Christmas decorations up at Lowe's already. It's barely October! Anyway, Paige was fascinated. I don't think she could remember the name Santa, because she kept saying, "Look Mom, a Ho Ho!" I did encourage her a bit. It was just too cute and no, I didn't ever tell her his real name. 

Monday, October 5, 2009

18 Months!

My baby girl is 18 months old already! Alaina, you are our spit-fire.  You knows what you want and won't give up until you get it.  I pray that as you grow we can help you to use this for the glory of God.  You sign "more" and "please" consistently, which has made tons of difference in the volume of our house.  You love pony rides and to be hung upside down.  You love to play mama and take care of your babies.  You have 12 teeth and love to eat everything, though green beans are your favorite.  You play very well with Paige and try to copy everything she does.  My favorite thing you do is when you point to something and say a garbled sentence followed by "that".  You are a Mommy's girl, who still sucks the middle two fingers of your right hand while pulling on your belly button with your left hand.  We love you tons, and you bring joy to our home. 

Height:  82cm/32 and 1/4 in - 75%ile
Weight:  9.31kg/20 and 1/2lbs - 5%ile (Yes, you are itty-bitty)
Head:  46cm/18 and 1/4in - 40%ile

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I did it!

I officially registered for the Living History Farms off-road cross country race and boy do I have my work cut out for me.  I have to tell you. . .I am TERRIFIED!  It is a SEVEN mile course.  I'm not a runner and have pretty much thought that anyone does is crazy.  I mean, seriously, if no one is chasing me, what is the point?  Well, my point is this:  I need to get in shape and be healthy.  I need to start taking better care of my body.  And the only way that is going to happen, is to run.  So I'm doing it.  Starting tomorrow I am a runner  jog/walker.  (No, I didn't say dog walker.)  One day at a time, and I will let you know how it turns out!  Pray for me!  Oh, and please ask me how it's going.  The more people for me to be accountable to, the better!