Saturday, November 15, 2014

Kindergarten School Pictures

School pictures. Oh, how I strongly dislike posed and fake smiled school pictures. By the time the girls sit on the stool in front of an ugly back drop, their hair is wild and the photographers have apparently lost their tricks to get the kids to give a real smile. Another reason I strongly dislike school pictures, they make you select your overpriced photo package before the pictures are even taken. We debated whether or not to order photos, but decided to purchase the CD and the class picture. If there was an option for just the class picture we probably would have done that, but with the CD at least we can print photos in the sizes we want at a much better rate than what the photo company charges.  All that being said, here are Lillian and Claire's fall school pictures with their wild hair and fake smiles. We had an option to retake, but let's face it, they would end up looking exactly the same, just with dinner outfits. 
 


Friday, November 7, 2014

Two Princesses and a Dino

Lillian had decided months ago that she wanted to be Elsa for Halloween this year. Claire was unsure for the longest time and then finally decided on a fairy. Well, the fairy quickly changed to an ice princess when she saw all of the sparkly and shiny materials we bought to make Lillian's costume. Then she wanted to be Pinkalicious when I told her she could still have sparkle and pink. We were at the store picking out all of her pink for a Pinkalicious dress when she decided to be a pink princess. Well, the day before Halloween she decided she no longer wanted to wear the pink  dress I had made for her and she wanted to wear her Power Rangers costume again. This is only because the little boy she sits next to at school was going to be the Red Ranger and she thought it would be cool to be Power Rangers together. Not wanting to get into a fight the morning of Halloween before school, we made a deal, she could wear her Power Ranger costume to school, but if she wanted to go trick or treating, she would have to wear her dress I made. Deal.
Here are a few pictures before we went trick or treating on Halloween. It was so cold, but we walked a few blocks as it went from light to dark. The girls loved pointing on the houses of the kids on the bus and running into friends from their class and their bus. It is so fun seeing them interact and build relationships with other children. Henry was bundled up under his dinosaur costume and a blanket on top, he was so cozy he ended up falling asleep as we walked.
 



 
It was difficult to get really good pictures of their dresses I made since it was so cold and they were shrugging to keep warm. Henry also had an adorable tale on his costume.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

5 Months Old

This post is about a week late, but Henry is now 5 months old. He is growing leaps and bounds and so full of personality. Seriously, this little man cracks us up. Henry will start laughing while we are driving in the car or sitting in his high chair. He is a huge flirt and loves smiling at the ladies. 

At 5 months old:

Nurses every 3 hours
Started rice cereal at breakfast and dinner
Sleep is all over the place, some nights sleeps 7+ hour stretches, other nights will not sleep unless he is being held.
Smiles and giggles often
Rolls from back to belly, but gets angry after being on his belly for more than a few minutes
Loves being outside and will calm him down when upset
Tries to sit up on his own
He drools constantly, but no teeth yet.
Reaches and grabs for items
Everything goes in his mouth
Enjoys bath time
Likes playing in his exasaucer and jumpers

Henry is pretty amazing and gets cuter each day. His hair is growing thicker and growing in a lighter brown than his hair he had at birth.
 
 

Henry had little interest in getting his picture taken and Claire jumped in for snuggles.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reading and Writing

I am amazed every day when Lillian and Claire step off the school bus and share with me what they are learning at school. They started the year already knowing all of their letters and most of their sounds, but now they are taking it a step further. Now they are mastering their sight words and using "kindergarten" writing to write notes, lists and stories. They come home singing songs with the days of the week and months of the year. Claire loves reading and does an amazing job sounding out the words she isn't sure of. Lillian is our artist and is creating daily. She is always coloring in her coloring books of free drawing some beautiful pictures.
Next week we will attend their first quarter parent teacher conferences and I have no doubt we will hear many positive things.
I have some super cute pictures I wanted to add to this post, but the blogger app is acting up, so those will have to wait.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

LOVE

We are so incredibly blessed to have these three amazing kiddos. I love them so much!
 




Friday, October 3, 2014

Henry's Dedication

On September 21, 2014 we had Henry dedicated at church. Here are a few pictures from during the service. The second one is my favorite. Our Pastor just finished making a cross on Henry's forehead and smiled at him, Henry gave the biggest grin in return that the entire congregation was able to see from the stage. He is such a ham! I am thankful Josh's parents were able to join us, my mom and Billy attended and we also had many friends who were able to join us for service. Henry, Lillian and Claire all were fantastic being on stage in front of everyone and very well behaved.
 





Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Henry is 4 Months

Henry is 4 months old and growing like a weed! Seriously, he is growing so fast it is unreal.
 
Height: 27 inches - 97%
Weight: 17 pounds 5 ounces - 89%
 
He is only about 1 pound less and 1 inch less than what Lillian and Claire measured at 1 year old. He is long and lean, he really doesn't have that much chunk on him.
 
At 4 months:
 
His sleep is inconsistent, some nights he sleeps 7+ hours solid and others he wakes every few hours
He smiles all the time
Huge flirt with the ladies
Giggles more and more, especially when you give raspberries or kiss his neck
Eyes are officially brown
Hair is starting to lighten up
Nurses every 3 hours
Naps are becoming shorter and not as consistent
He loves being outside in the yard or walking to the bus stop with the girls
He has rolled from his back to his belly a few times, but never when anyone is watching
He rolls from his belly to his back
Loves being upright
Takes a pacifier!!!
Takes a bottle for Josh on those rare occasions I am out of the house with pumped breast milk
Wears 6 month clothes, but probably not for much longer
Swaddled for night time, but no longer for day time naps
Starting to take interest to the tv when it is turned on, mostly to cartoons Lillian and Claire watch
Bath time is still hit and miss, some days better than others
Smiles and giggles when we sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" & "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"
Enjoys being snuggled in my Ergo carrier (I think we both like this one, I love kissing his head!)
 

 




We love this little guy to bits!