Saturday, April 18, 2015

A new smile

Little Janie has had a loose top, front tooth for a while and tonight at dinner it started bleeding after she bit down too hard so I asked her if I could pull it with the paper towel I was using to clean her up and out it came! She looks so different with the big gap but her baby teeth are getting so tiny. I can't even imagine both of them gone and the other top tooth is a few weeks away from coming out too!

Here's my little rugrat in all her gappy glory:

My favorite thing about her losing her tooth was the note she wrote the tooth fairy, which said, "Dear Tooth Fairy. I like it when you come around."

Ha! She went straight to sleep tonight obviously VERY excited to see what she gets in the morning.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Boston Bunny

It's been a while (like a month) since I sat Boston down for some photos and since I have the PERFECT quilt for an Easter backdrop (thanks Aunt Susan!), I made it happen. First, this boy is a dream. Sure, we had a few rough days last week with him not wanting to eat and he wasn't his normal chipper self during that time but those days are SO few it's unbelievable. I seriously can't even believe he's mine! I know I don't deserve him, that's for sure.

He's started scooting a little while in sitting position and can slowly, with great effort, scoot/crawl on his belly if he's on carpet or my bed. He gives sloppy high fives on command and gives the best light-up-the-world smiles whenever he sees me. He loves Jane, swings, his tooth brush, baths, his thumb, riding in his car seat and reaching his arms out of his crib to grab the girl's animals or play kitchen, both of which sit next to his crib. He tolerates Wendy (Ha! She's a little too rough with him.) and getting his face wiped off. He hates noodles, hearing his sisters cry and... that's all I can think of!

Here's my little Bossy Bunny:

Happy Easter from Boston!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter in Chicago 2015

I decided last week I didn't want to take the girls to an Easter egg hunt with the other billion children in Chicago so we hosted one ourselves today with their friends from church. We had a great turnout and it was super yummy and fun. Here are some pictures:

This is before everyone showed up with the rest of the food. We had SOOO much! The decorations are now down and put away which is record time for me but I miss them already.

After eating and playing inside we headed outside for an egg hunt!

Even though it snowed twice this week (one of which was yesterday) it all melted and the ground was clear and dry! Prayers answered!

The 17 (!!) children who hunted for eggs had to hunt for eggs with a specific number, making it fun and non stressful for the littles who normally wouldn't get any eggs.

I told the girls they could have 2 eggs today and the rest another day.

I think they had about 6 because I just couldn't say no one more time (they asked a bazillion times for more).

But kids are only kids for a short time (and we made sure to brush their teeth extra long tonight).

Love this girl!

She was so happy to have her OWN basket with her OWN eggs.

And this girl found all her eggs on her own! She getting much too big!

After Wendy woke up from her nap they opened all their eggs and traded/counted/sorted their treasure. Jane gave Wendy her stickers for nothing in return and Wendy was so delighted she almost squealed. It was so fun listening to and watching them do this. Oh, to be a child again.

Next weekend we'll do this again in Utah! Can't wait!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tacos, Cheese and Inside Mouth

Today was just an average day but thinking back on it still makes me laugh. Boston had a doctor appointment (20lbs and 28 inches long at almost 9 months) which was super far away. I googled the doctor's address and it sent me to this building 40 minutes away. I had been to this Dr. once before but went in the wrong entrance that time so I thought maybe it was still the same place. It wasn't, the office was basically abandoned and lights were out. I called the Dr. and asked for their correct address. LUCKILY they were a couple miles away and apparently this wrong place used to be their office a long time ago. So, that was fun. We were a little late for the appointment but still made it AND my favorite taco place was on the way home so we stopped and got some tacos to-go.

Wendy was walking back and forth on the chairs in the waiting area and after a while walked over to me and gave me the sweetest snuggle. I said, "We've got to take some pictures." and pulled out my phone.

My little friend:

 She wanted to take a picture of our mints so here is a picture of our mints:

We spent like 5 minutes taking pictures of ourselves and during that time she dropped the mints out of her mouth three times. I kept giving her new ones and laughing each time it'd happen again. When we got to the car she was opening a new mint to replace the last one that fell and it popped out of the package right onto the filthy Chicago ground. I gave her one more after I got her buckled in and we weren't more than 1 minute away when I hear some choking from the back seat. I turn around and noticed the new mint wasn't in her mouth anymore. I asked her if she was ok and where the mint was and she replied, "In my belly." I couldn't stop laughing at this little girl! 4 fallen mints and one swallowed accidentally. Needless to say we were done with mints for the day.

I dropped her off at school and headed home to chat with my long lost friend Amanda while Boston napped. It was SO good to talk to her as I haven't really talked to her for 14 years (she moved away in grade school and we lost contact).

Then I picked up Wendy from school, played, got Jane from school and then came home for some more playing and then dinner. I gave Boston some cheese cubes for dinner and he was so ridiculous. He LOVED the cheese but refused to pick it up with his own hands. I would put one in his mouth, he'd smile super big and eat it and then scream like he hasn't eaten in 10 years till I put another one in his mouth, rinse and repeat. Ha! I couldn't even get him to eat any initially and as I walked away to get something, Jane hopped up from her chair, sat it mine and shoved a piece in his tightly closed mouth. As I walked back she said, "It's the best when he cries because then his mouth is open and you can put food in." She's gonna make a great mom. :)

The plan was to make the girls pizzas on tortillas but when it came time to make them I realized we were out of tortillas. I was defeated for a minute until I realized I have a quick recipe for tortillas and all the ingredients so the girls helped me make them. Best decision of the day was letting them have some of the dough to play with while I rolled the rest of the dough out. It occupied them for ages and they loved every minute. Jane used a cookie cutter on hers so I heated that one up and she ate a palm tree tortilla. Wendy just played with her "playdough" as she called it, trying out different things. Playdough is definitely on our list of things we need now.

Brandt worked late tonight so the bedtime routine was all me. When it was Jane's turn for brushing, flossing and prayer she was going crazy. It was hard to wrangle her but I managed and after she was all done she sat on my lap complaining about some pain in the back of her mouth. She asked what that part of her mouth was called and I thought about it for a minute and just said, "Uh, I think it's just called inside mouth." She thought that was THE funniest thing. She almost died laughing so hard without breathing. She asked me to say, "inside mouth" a million times and laughed the same way every time. Saying her prayer was, um, impossible because she kept looking at my face which was trying really hard not to smile each time she giggled about "inside mouth" so I just said it for her. She's hilarious.

And I get to do all of this again tomorrow but with different jokes, difficulties, mishaps and snuggles. Can't wait!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The best job

Some days are tough, some days are painful, some days are exhausting but days like today make every day worth it. I was doing some late night kitchen cleaning and as I swept up the mountain of crumbs from around the table a flood of happy and fun feelings swelled in my heart. It was a good day.

School was closed for the 4th day this year due to extreme cold (I think it was -8 at one point without windchill?) so we got to keep Janie Babe home with us! She was so excited when I told her to get dressed in play clothes instead of school clothes and jumped with joy. We spent the morning playing and coloring and doing her first 50 piece puzzle. Jane and Wendy played so well together and Jane and Boston loved laughing together.

I had a neighbor take care of Boston so I wouldn't have to bring him outside for Wendy's art class so it was just the girls and I and they had so much fun making a paper gumball machine with fuzzy pompoms. We then ate lunch together and Wendy napped while Jane and I chatted, worked and did another puzzle. After Wendy got up I got serious about making dinner to bring to some friends and pretty much did that while wrangling all three kids until dinner was dropped off and we were fed ourselves. My favorite moment this evening was surprising them with licking the icing off the beater and spatula. I called out to them in their room, "Who wants to lick the icing off the beater!?" They came running. Then I squirted the extra icing from the piping bag into their mouths and they couldn't even believe what was happening.

Seems like a typical day but we don't get to see Jane very much since she started Kindergarten and it was so nice to be together. I was actually thinking today how, though I think I would go mad, it might actually be nice to homeschool Jane. 7 hours is a long time away and we all miss her.

A few things about the little spirits I've been so privileged to take care of...

Jane: She can laugh and has so much energy! She LOVES playing, coloring, reading, "guiding" Wendy in playing pretend. She LOVES getting Boston to laugh. I think they are going to be best friends. She is still quite the hurricane but she is SO sweet and loves to snuggle me. She never forgets I need that from my "first baby". I still hear her ask, "Can I be your kitty that listens and obeys?" ALL. THE. TIME. So, she's almost always a kitty.

Wendy: She's funny. This girl. I'm still trying to figure her out. She's very strong willed but also super willing to help. Sometimes she'll just do or say something so random it cracks me up. Like today in the car she started laughing so hard for no reason (I think it was to just hear how it would sound). She always rushes to grab me things when I ask (and don't ask, like my phone... she's always bringing it to me for no reason) and is such a great helper. Sometimes she'll tell me, "just minute" when she's too busy to do what I need and she's so cute saying it I can't help but allow her that minute. She's such a girlie girl and is almost always wearing her Cinderella dress. She's never taken dance but she is actually quite the graceful ballet dancer. I've got to sign her up for that and expand her talent. I do love this girl so much. She has got such a soft heart inside her little body. She just got up to go potty and after she was done she said, "you hold mine hand to mine room?" Of course I will, any day!

Boston: This kid is an angel. I adore him. I could hold him all day every day if my back would allow (he's getting pretty heavy). He is so smiley. So smiley, it's almost like he's rewarding you for taking the time to look at him by giving you a huge smile. He is very ticklish and I can't help but tickle him A LOT because I love his laugh. Maybe it's a third time mom thing but I am seriously enjoying this baby. With Jane I was always looking forward to the future, the next milestone, making sure to capture everything. With Wendy I was so stressed out trying to deal with two kids and the change in Jane after having Wendy (it was a hard adjustment on her). I just thought two kids was really hard. Three has been a breeze. I'm able to live in the moment and take in him being a baby. Don't get me wrong, I'm exhausted a lot (should have gone to bed 2 hours ago) but we are in a good place right now. I could have 10 more Boston babies easy.

I have the best job. I am so grateful every day that I get to stay home with, laugh with, bond with, grow with these three kids. I've never wanted a different job and though mine is waaaaaaaaay more demanding than office jobs, mine is waaaaaaaaaaay more awesome. I would only change one thing-- maybe I could get some sick/vacation leave every once in a while? :)

My Wenders: She's awesome.

Enjoying my left-over cereal milk (which she demands every morning that I have cereal after she's already eaten).

Janers after building her "first project with REAL nails". 

It was so fun taking her to do this last Saturday.

Friends. Friends with heart eyes :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Boston Knight: 8 Months

Boston woke up from his nap today in an especially great mood (who am I kidding, he's always happy) so I decided it was a good time to take some pictures of my little 8 month old boy. I almost melted looking at the photos after because each one was just perfect. It took me ages to choose which ones to post so I hope you enjoy!


This boy. Man, he's got everyone wrapped around his little finger and we are all more than willing to be! He's the happiest baby I've ever known and just absolutely loves life. Some details about him at 8 months... He's got 7 teeth (nearly 8) and Brandt calls his top teeth "hippo" teeth because he's the first of our three kids to get their two front teeth last. He's not a great teether and has all the classic teething signs (our girls never did). 

He still has 3 naps a day and sleeps 12 hours at night. He's really good at sitting up now (just graduated from the Bumbo to a booster high chair), loves sleeping on his tummy, can roll onto his tummy super quick but doesn't really ever flip back to his back. He isn't scooting or inching to things he wants and is perfectly content just sitting there, munching on a toy within reach. He is an amazing snuggler and beams when he sees anyone. He isn't too great at picking up food and putting it in his mouth yet but he's getting there. He loves puffs, rice cereal, apple sauce, bananas and even eats peas and green beans like a champ. My least favorite thing he does while eating... he's a teeth grinder! Between bites he grinds his hippo teeth and bottom teeth together, drives me crazy!

He isn't blowing raspberry's but has starts gurgling in the back of his throat for fun. When he starts jabbering it means he's ready for a nap and even though you don't think he'll go to sleep he just sticks his thumb in, flips over and to sleep he goes. He's pretty healthy and has really only been sick twice so far. We're about to start iron supplements and hopefully that'll give him more energy and help his anemia (which isn't full blown yet).

Blah. blah, blah... He's the perfect thing for this family at this time and we feel extremely blessed to have our little Bossy Boy in our lives. Boston, we love you SOOOOOOO much! Mwa!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Moments from January/February

I love this day and age. Being able to capture daily moments whenever I want on my phone so I don't forget them is definitely one of the best perks of being a mom in the 2010's. Here's some of the stuff we've been up to:

My big boy Bossy Pants! First time sitting in a shopping cart and he LOVED it. I definitely think he can stop growing up now.

"Uh, Mom? MOM?! She's at it again! Save me!"

We walked past the Valentine's cards and stayed in this spot for about 20 minutes. Wendy was obsessed with all the pinks and reds and cute pictures and handed me card after card to read to her, gushing after each one. Wanna make a child feel loved? Take them to this isle at Target and tell them the cards are written for them :)

Boston got his first ear infection. Took him a while to kick it but he did and he was back to his smiley self. Wendy also got pneumonia again (she got it exactly one year ago) but she got better very quickly.

Wendy Mae is a Sunbeam! She loves to tell me how she's a big girl and gets to go to class with Jane now.

Speaking of those two... They are pretty awesome in the aprons Grandma gave them for Christmas.

And Wendy is pretty awesome in this get-up she put together for her music and movement class. She's pretty cool.

And by "cool" I mean uh... not feeling too cool about handing over her wad of cash to pay me for something she broke. I caved. She got it back.

And this guy? He's got YOUR back (though he was not too happy about me putting those glasses on and the other 200 pictures I took of him wearing them prove that).

Speaking of super heroes... Dr. King had a birthday so naturally we celebrated with cupcakes (Jane's idea). She's been telling me all about him and Rosa Parks non-stop :)

My super hero and princess (matches their personalities perfectly). Cinderella is Wendy's favorite and she's almost always wearing that dress. I love how she says Cinderella, "Findarelela". Makes me laugh every time.

My hummus loving girl playing in the sink while I make dinner. She had no idea she had it all over her face but that's what happens when you lick the container clean :)

I got a hair cut! I think I'm officially done with long locks. I LOVE it short and off my neck/shoulders!

Jane has been obsessed with me doing her hair curly and wants me to do this every time she has a bath. It was fine until Wenders started wanting it too. It takes SOOO long but I can't say no to that sweet girl who just wants to be like her sister (or is it because then they get to watch an hour and a half of cartoons while I braid?...)

One day we had no time between bath and bedtime so I did this not knowing how it would turn out in the morning...

Aaaaaand, for the record, it turns out like this:

I had to tame that wild hair so she wouldn't be sent home from school so we did piggy tails. She got so many compliments I am slightly worried she's hooked on this hair style. Here is a picture of her pretending (like she does EVERY DAY) that she is a cat. Slightly worried about that too...

Wendy's favorite hiding place. She was tucked up in Boston's car seat without showing or moving around for like 20 minutes the other day. I was completely ok with that :)

I put Boston down on the bed and turned around for a minute. This is what I found when I turned back around. Silly Wendy was SO proud of herself for tucking him and her in together.

Chicago got a blizzard! Now I want a Butterfinger Blizzard... mmmmm. The girls had a blast playing on the balcony (so grateful we have that) and Boston and I had a blast playing inside in the warmth.

Later that night, while it was still coming down pretty hard, Brandt and I went on a "date" to the lake to see how crazy it was over there. Absolutely no one was out there, probably because anyone who WAS outside was trying to get their car unstuck. It was CRAZY windy and there were HUGE snow drifts. My two favorite moments were when we rolled over the 4 foot fences because the snow was that high and it was the only way to get closer to the lake and the other moment was when Brandt walked out onto a 5 foot ledge and belly flop-jumped off of it. I screamed and ran to see where he landed and he landed in a 5 foot pile of snow on the other side of it. I declined his request to do it too. We helped one guy get his car out of the snow on the way and 2 other people on the way home (it's only 2 blocks) and there were still about 7 others that we could see that were stuck. Very grateful for a covered parking spot and that we didn't have to drive anywhere!

And, finally, THIS big boy has officially graduated from the bumbo to a booster seat and he LOVES it!

Just practicing his pincer grasp. I love this stage when I can just toss a bunch of puffs on his tray and it occupies him for ages! I think he loves this stage too :)