Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy 33rd to Brandt

We were quite busy this year for Brandt's birthday so we didn't get to do too much celebrating but the little we did do was fun. On Saturday after running around all day were finally at home at the same time so we decided to do a birthday weekend dinner with the girls. He wanted barbeque so since we needed a place nearby we headed to Rub which is just down the street from us and we ended up getting a sweet parking spot right out front (Saturday night parking in Chicago can be a nightmare) and were able to beat the rush and got a table inside the tiny restaurant before a ton of people showed up. Wendy doesn't like BBQ, Jane was only interested in the birthday ice cream we didn't end up getting and Boston sat in his car seat like a champ. Dinner with the kids can be crazy but all in all it was ok and the food was yummy.

On Monday, I met him downtown at a fancy pants restaurant for a birthday date sans kids and we had a wonderful time. I really stretched my limits and ordered lobster risotto (I'm not a seafood person) and while it was tolerable and I was proud of myself for trying it, I felt a little fishy/jiggly inside the rest of the night. That was probably due to a piece of the meat still containing a floppy inner claw part which I boldly said, "Yeah I'm not eating that." We grabbed some donuts for dessert at one of our favorite places, Stan's Donuts, since it was just down the street (and they were still open for another 5 minutes after we got done with dinner) and then called it a night.

On the day of his actual birth, it was yet again another crazy busy day but he got to stay home from work and hung out with Wendy while Boston and I were gone and Jane was at school. It was about as relaxing as it could be for him as a dad on his birthday. I made him creme brulee for dessert and we ate it as we watched a show on the couch and then went to bed early. We're so not cool any more.

Anyway, I love this man. Although we are frequently tired and have lots to do I love the time we DO get to spend together and I'm super glad he was born :)

Art Class

I signed Wendy up for her first big set of classes this winter and today we went to her art class. I did this with Jane when she was younger but I didn't love it as much because I hate messes and letting Jane have free reign with glue and markers was really tough for me. Now, with Wendy, I could ALMOST care less. Part of it may be that since we have a boy next I don't care as much about Wendy's clothes lasting and I also have three kids now soooo I have other things to worry about...

Instead of controlling her creativity I just guide it and play with little Bossy Pants while she does her thing. It's much more fun this way :)

So, today we bundled up and walked a couple blocks over to the park field house and joined the other three year olds for art.

Here she is working away:


Little man so content watching Wendy work:

All done! Now she gets to eat her lunch and run around on the stage with all the other kids (I think that's her favorite part)!

And, while she plays, this guy gets to practice sitting without assistance (he's rocking it btw) and flashing his smile at everyone:

So concerned! It's a little crazy in that room so I can see how he might feel a little...

Uh, never mind, back flashing that cute grin of his!

After class we head back home, Boston and Wendy take naps and I get 2 hours to myself! I like Thursday mornings.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Random December

Going through the photos on my phone is always fun. The quality is usually terrible but I'm so glad I caught those little moments. Here are a few from December:

Jane loves watching Brandt play games on the ipad. This is how I found them when I walked in the room.

Looks like Jane is giving him tips on how to do better next time :)

This girl. I really wish I could go inside her brain and see what she's thinking most of the time. She's so mysterious!

I was working on some stuff for church and she was playing next to me. I looked over and thought, "I haven't seen a strawberry look that cute in a while!"

She noticed I had taken a picture and sat on the chair sulking, pretending she was injured (notice above she'd wrapped her hand). She's a sulking pro.

Jane put her hat on Boston and thought it was the funniest thing. It was, until it covered his entire face and he thought his world had disappeared...

Since Jane is at school most of the time, Wendy gets to spend a lot of time with Boston. She's constantly requesting to hold him.

It's only calm, cute and sweet for about 4.8 seconds. Then I have to rescue the poor fella.

Wendy so proud, "Me put mine headband on Bosson's head!" It's just the beginning Boss, sorry.

Our store gives out cookies at the bakery when the kids show their "cookie credit cards". This time Wendy got two and ate them at the same time. It was funny watching her eat them not noticing the plastic was wedged between them both and seeing her try to eat around it. I helped her eventually but had to take a picture first :)

Janers got this unicorn horn for Christmas. It was pretty much her dream come true. 

She promised me when she was 4 that as long as I let her grow up she would always snuggle me. A year later she's definitely kept that promise. I love my Janie-bo!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Pretty Girls in Pretty Dresses

This is our last Sunday in Chicago before Christmas so the girls got to wear their red holiday dresses to church this morning! I love having two girls close together. We headed downstairs before Brandt and Boston for a little photo shoot of these two little sisters.

My favorite one. Holding hands!

It's like they're saying, "We've got each other's back."

Peace out Chicago. Texas here we come!

 My two little blondes.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Chicago Christmas 2014

We all slept in this morning and at 7:30am, after Brandt got up to get Boston, Jane asked, "Can we get up now?" We told her yes and she ran into our room yelling, "Merry Christmas!!"

It was a perfect beginning to our Chicago Christmas. Since we'll be in Texas on the 25th we decided to have a pre-Christmas this weekend. We opened stockings and presents and then the girls played with their loot while Brandt and I made some Christmas donuts. Jane serenaded us during breakfast with a Thanksgiving song we had no idea she had learned last month while Wendy was going crazy after having eaten almost all her m&ms from her stocking before 9am.

Later that afternoon the two littles took naps while Brandt cleaned up the disaster of a house we had created while Jane and I went shopping with our friend Nicole. Me shopping and Brandt cleaning... Best. Christmas. Ever. For dinner we had some Navajo tacos since we had the fryer out and then scones for dessert since we had extra rolls. It's a good thing I'll be joining my dad at the gym when we go to Texas next week!

Kids are in bed and sheesh are we tired. Here are some pictures from our fun morning. The quality isn't great and some of them are actually pretty bad but I want to remember this morning so I'm posting them anyway :)

Bossy Boy's first Christmas!

Looking at the girls trying to make him laugh:

"Um, why did my stocking only have pureed peas and rice cereal in it?" 

My sweet Wendy:

Whoa! "Wendy, how did you feel when you opened your unicorn toy?"

"Show me your princess smile."

My sweet Jane:

 "Jane, how did you feel when you opened your unicorn toy?"

"Show me your new smile after losing your 3rd tooth this week."

I love this picture even though it's quite blurry. I love how they put their arms around each other unprompted:

 And this one! My two little girls who are often in a power struggle over any and everything being so... sisterly!

Boston's first Christmas present. He went down for a nap right after opening it and the girls opened the rest of his gifts but I'm glad he could be up and happy for at least part of it.

I love Christmas with these two. I fear this may be our last year before they wake up at dawn wanting to open presents but I look forward to many more Christmas mornings of fun and excitement!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Boston Knight: 6 months

The first 3 months drag on waiting for them to sleep through them night and figuring out life with a newborn but these last three months have gone by in a blink of an eye. This is my favorite stage so far. He's a perfect baby. He's wonderful. He sleeps well at night and for naps, he's quick at nursing, great at solids, and LOVES to snuggle and laugh. He'll only cry when Wendy's "over loved him" or he's tired (in which case you just put him down for a nap and he's good).

He's a car seat lover; he's always content while we grocery shop and he's in his seat, and takes great naps in his car seat too. Still super ticklish, loves baths, doesn't spit up too much and is in heaven when he sees Jane after school. He's just barely starting to be able to stay in sitting position but isn't rolling yet and is still wobbly when I hold him with only one arm but the Dr. said he's going to give him a little time and isn't too worried. I am not either. While it would be nice to be able to do things with one arm while I hold him, I'll just enjoy the snuggle time and do those other things later.

 My boy!
My happy, happy HAPPY boy!

He's so little and SO big at the same time!

I love seeing Brandt hold him because it's like baby Brandt and man Brandt at the same time.

Same brown eyes, same big smile:

Same hand sucking, I mean... um... 

This guy. He's pretty awesome.

I love these next shots. This is when Wendy comes close to "Bossy Man" (as Wendy calls him) and starts to lay down next to him.

Silly kids. Wendy trying out Boston's fingers:

Bossy trying out Wendy's thumb. Better watch out Wendy... he bites HARD!

I love his expression here. You SHOULD be worried Boston. Any minute this could turn ugly!

And just like that, he's tired. Ready for a nap now!

But when he wakes up, he'll be ready to play again!

This happened this morning:
Jane: Look Dad, I drew Boston!
Brandt: Hahahahaha!
Jane: Look Mom, I drew Boston!
Me: Hahahahaha!
Jane: And THAT is how I made both parents laugh.

Stats at 6 months:
Weight: 17 lbs 8 oz (50th%)
Height: 27.5 in (90th%)
Head: 17.5 in (60th%)
Boston got 3 shots and actually did cry this time (last time he didn't at all) but he was fine after I picked him up. We took him for some blood work and it was the saddest thing having to hold his chubby little arm out straight for them to draw the blood. I can't believe they even found a vein his arm was so little. He actually only cried for a second when the needle went in and then sat there like a big boy while they filled the vials (and they even had to adjust the needle after a bit because nothing was coming out). Super trooper!

And, we took Wendy in for her 3 year at the same time so here are her stats:
Weight: 36lbs (90th%)
Height: 38.25 in (75th%)
No shots for Wendy but she also had to get some blood work a couple days later and she didn't even flinch! She just sat in my lap and watched them stick her and then dig around for a couple minutes trying to find the vein. I cannot even believe how well she did!