Sunday, January 25, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Another week with no update. I'm so sorry! To say I've been busy is an understatement. And on Monday I came down with a stomach bug that I'm just now feeling a little better from. Oy! I *really* hope the kids don't get it.
Like that top picture? That is Nick, Sami and Colby.... they were "dog piling" as they call it. And Sami's tooth fell out while they were doing it- it was quite funny!!
Let me tell you what we did this week...
Last Wednesday Art and I spent 3 hours in the boys' room cleaning. They're not very good at cleaning it themselves, and I'm the first to admit they have way too much stuff. So we decided to go in and clean it for them- while they were at school, of course. We were able to get rid of so much! A lot to the garbage can, some upstairs for Owen, and some we just put away somewhere else.
We also took the toybox out of their room and put the desk that was in our room into their's. Will loves that!! And they each havea drawer to themselves for special things... you know, like pokemon cards and secret toys and such!
I hope you appreciate the before and after photos... they are the same area, the toybox is gone now... the pink didn't really match anyways!!
On Thursday we did Owen's room. We finally put up his crib- not that he sleeps in it, of course... but it's nice to have up and maybe he'll eventually nap in it? We also got rid of lots of stuff in his room... so hard to believe he's already outgrown so much!! Luckily I was able to pass on a bunch of gender-neutral stuff to my brother and sister-in-law for my new niece (due in May). I still have lots of boy stuff I need to find a home for. But now Owen's room is nice and clean too!
On Friday we took a break from the instense cleaning!!
On Saturday Samantha did something else that we are SO PROUD OF!!! She was in a concert at Lansingburgh High School. She was in the All County Chorus. It's a chorus made up of 100 kids from 10 or so different schools in the county. I think there were 7 from her school?? We got to see an orchestra, a senior chorus, a jazz band, and the elementary chorus. There was also a band but we left before they came on. I was AMAZED. I thought the concert was wonderful. And Samantha had to audition to make it so we are proud that she had the guts to audition and then made it as well!!
On Saturday also, after bowling, the boys were in the Pinewood Derby with cub scouts. I coudln't go because I was at Sam's concert. But Art went and they had fun. They didn't win, but Colby was able to get the trophy he won last year but forgot to take home! bonus!
Will also had a basketball game that day that I missed. But Art says he is improving a lot, and even his coach took me aside to tell me that. Go, Will!!
On Sunday we just stayed home and did nothing. Fun and exciting, huh?? On Monday I brought the kids to the Y where we met Grandpa Bill for some swimming! Samantha wasn't there though, she went snow tubing with a friend all day.
And on Monday night I came down with the lovely stomach bug. Grrrr....
Owen is getting SO BIG!!! On Friday he ROLLED OVER for the first time!! And now he does it a lot-- he was so frustrated in the beginning because his arm kept getting caught, but now he does it perfect. He goes back to front, to the left always!
We have been playing lots of games as a family, and a new favorite is Rummifun. Will really enjoys it!! Of course Art is ultra-competitive in that game, but that only makes it more fun for me! Colby doesn't really get it yet though.
What else is going on with us??
Oh yeah, on Sunday Sam had a basketball game (I guess we didn't just sit around!) they lost... bummer... her team is good but apparently they need some practice!!
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Look at Mr. Blue Eyes sucking on those fingers! Isn't he just so sweet?? He loves to eat those fingers!
Here is a picture of Samantha and Owen!!!
Samantha just adores Owen. I can tell he's goin to be a very spoiled little boy, especially by her. She always wants to give him love.
(But she still won't change diapers, and spit up makes her run away)
And another smiling Owen picture!!! He smiles all the time. He just loves everyone, loves the attention! He has the sweetest little laugh and he loves to laugh and smile lot. Lately, if you go "Blech" really loud in his face, he laughs and laughs!!
Last night, out of the blue, Will offered to read Colby his bedtime story. cool! They read down by the fire (the best place in the house!) It was very sweet. These too are so hot and cold lately... they're either best friends, or worst enemies. Obviously I'd rather see them getting along! So this makes me really *smile*
Ha ha ha! Colby took a bath last night and made his hair like this! He was so proud of himself, and he really had me laughing! Sometimes I just need to step back and stop what I'm doing to just laugh and giggle with him. He's such a fun little guy!!
Art is still working evenings and it's really been hard on all of us. Of course it's hard for Art- his hours are all screwed up... he can't sleep in for too long... he misses the kids... it's tough. And the kids don't get to see him either and that's hard on them. And me... well, sometimes I feel like a single mom! Art leaves for work before the kids get home from work... and wakes up after they leave again. I'm juggling tae kwon do and basketball and Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts... making sure dinner is done and cleaned back up...being referee when the kids fight constantly... all the while trying to take care of a 3 month old who doesn't like to be put down!! But I know it's not permanent and we'll have him back soon. I just hope it's REALLY soon!!!
I forgot- a month or so ago Samantha auditioned for All County Chorus and made it! So this weekend she has a big concert... kids from all over Rensselaer county will be there. How exciting! I'm so proud of her- not only for making it, but also for having the guts to audition!! Go Sam!!
And I also forgot to mention that we lost Midnight a week or so ago... you know, Midnight the hamster.... It was sad... he just died one night... Sam took it pretty hard, but even when we offered to get another one she said no. So we no longer have a hamster in the house.
I better go do what I can while Owen is still sleeping. :-)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Same place... and a BIG smile and laugh from Owen!!
Here is Colby and Owen... they were snuggling on the couch in the basement one day, watching TV. It's amazing how the TV attracts Owen's attention so much!!
We got lots of snow last night, about 6 inches or so. Here is a picture of Will outside helping Daddy carry in firewood so that we don't get cold.
Well, this is what I paid for everything:
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Another blog I follow, http://www.mysentimentexactlee.com/ is having a give-away. They're giving away a breastmilk pendant.
Everyone who knows me knows that I thoroughly enjoy breastfeeding my babies. I am grateful to be able to do so, and I cherish the bonding it forms between me and my babies.
And if you take a look at Owen, you can see that I have some hearty breastmilk! Ha ha.
I love the idea of this necklace and I think it would be a great keepsake. Head on over to her blog to enter yourself. I did!
I bought this outfit on ebay months before Owen was even born. It's a Gymboree romper, my favorite kind of outfit, and it is so soft and warm. It is size 6-12 months, and I really had no idea he would fit it so early. I tried it on this day...and wow! It fits! It's a tad big, but just the way I like it. And I love the hood! I think he looks like a little monk!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
My Dad and Becky came to visit the Saturday after Christmas. This is a photo of my baby brother Zarek, who was 6 weeks old, and Owen was 11. What a difference 5 weeks makes!! Zarek is a *baby baby* and Owen seems like a much older baby! Zarek doesn't hold himself up or anything yet.
And Owen is getting a little baby attitude... he HATES his swing and now when you try to put him in it, he arches his back and cries. OY!!