Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

I love this year's Christmas picture. It is just so indicative of each of my children.
There is Emma Jane, grinning from ear to ear, basking in the glow of her own cuteness, and completely oblivious to anyone else around her!
And there is John, who is indignantly protesting that I have dared to require him to sit still for 2.5 seconds!
And Libby. My beautiful, beautiful Libby. Who has the most enchanting, contagious smile. Until you ask her to pose for a picture...then she turns into Chandler!
God bless them, every one!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
"For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snow Day

A trip to visit grandparents is always a treat.
I mean, who doesn't love continuous spoiling!
Our first morning in Nashville also provided an extra, unexpected, treat:

John had never seen snow before and was instantly curious about it. He ran over to the grass and gave it a big stomp!

And then he got upset about the white stuff clinging to (and probably seeping through) is "whoo."

Brad convinced John to give the snow another chance by forming it into John's favorite toy.

I still don't think he is sold!

Emma Jane had also never really experienced snow. The last time we saw snow she was John's age and suffering from the Black Death, so she (and mommy, not that I'm bitter) didn't get to enjoy it.

Not that she would have anyways, apparently. EJ is a true beach baby and really didn't like the cold snow.

(Btw, you can't see it, but in her pocket are two radishes that were supposed to be the eyes on her snowman that didn't happen. Thankfully she gave them back to me later that day instead of forgetting about them and letting me find rotten radishes in her coat next year!)

Libby, on the other hand, LOVED the snow! She didn't care that it was cold and wet and that she was under dressed! She didn't care that the snow was too powdery to make a snowman or for snowballs. She was just excited to have a chance to throw snow at mommy. So was Daddy...notice the fingers at the side of the picture.
So that was are snow day. Er, snow hour! It had all melted by 10am. But we enjoyed it while it lasted...well, one of them did anyways!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A short Thanksgiving post

I have a ton of pictures of Thanksgiving.
And I had very good intentions of putting together a nice long, photo-filled post of all of the fun we had with our favorite friends!
But instead my family was struck down by the stomach bug plague the day after these folks left.
So it didn't happen.
At least we had fun while they were here!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Cuties in the Tub

We don't usually all bath together.

For one thing, the bathtub is really small and all my kiddos like to "swim."

But hey, I was in a hurry and after the sand fight they engaged in in the backyard, all three children desperately needed cleansing!

But thank goodness I got such cute photographic evidence, because it will never happen again!

Between the splashing water all over my floor and Emma Jane not being able to keep her innocently incestous hands off of John's boy business, I think it is worth the extra 30 minutes to do separate baths!
Say "Teeeese!"

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Notice anything different?

How about now?

Still can't see it? Take a closer look...

My very brave, big five-year-old got her first pair of real earrings! She has already started picking out some of my earrings to wear once she is aloud to take hers out. I have a feeling that she is going to grow to have an obsession with big earrings just like her Mommy!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Festival Fun

Sunday evening was our church's annual Fall Festival.

Last year, John was only 6 months old, so he spent the entire festival riding around in his stroller and watching his sisters have all of the fun.

This year, John owned the Fall Festival!

He had a blast playing all of the games, like Fishing for Apples,

and eating tons of junk food, like the cupcake he devoured in just three bites!

But his favorite part by far, was digging for candy!

And his favorite candy was the DumDums! He came home with a bag full of them. Mommy kept trying to direct him towards the Snickers bars, but he could not be swayed.

He had so much fun, he was really pissed when it ended didn't want the night to be over!

Oh yeah,

Libby and Emma Jane were there too.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Libby's New Glasses

My baby girl is looking very grown up these days. She just got her first pair of glasses and I think she is looking pretty adorable! And older!
Everyone has a different opinion about the glasses. As you can see from the picture, Libby is not really loving them. She wouldn't even crack a smile for me. She seemed happy enough when we were picking them out, (my girl does love shopping!) but when she got them home she complained that they hurt her eyes and itched her nose and then she got down to the heart of the issue and asked me why no one else in our family has to wear glasses. I felt so sad for her and I tried to make her feel less self conscious. But my explanation about my contacts did not really make her feel better.
Emma Jane responded with typical little sister jealousy. She tried to convince that she also cannot see and then started whining about how she really needed glasses too!
To Libby's face, Brad was super excited for her and told her how beautiful she looks in her new glasses.
To her face...
In private, his response went something like this:
Brad-"She needs glasses. My beautiful baby girl needs glasses! But she is so beautiful!"
Me-"She is still beautiful, honey."
Brad- "But the glasses are covering up her face! Let's just be honest, little kids in glasses are just funny looking."
Me-"You were the mean kid in elementary school, weren't you?"
Brad-"Whatever. I feel the need to blame someone. My vision is perfect so I am going to blame you."
Me- *eye roll*
Brad- "No, really. First you give my children your deformed, go-go Gadget toes and now you are passing on your bum eyes!"
Me- "Yep, babe. You really married a genetic lemon."
He didn't really think that was as funny I did!
And I don't blame him for his reaction, because honestly, I was a little disappointed when the doctor said she needed glasses. Even though I was expecting it. And even though I know that this is the best thing for her right now.
Once Libby realizes how much better she can see with the glasses, I think she will start to like them more. And I think her dad will like them more when he sees how much they help her.
And I think Emma Jane will keep squinting up her eyes and pretending like she can't see where she is going...for at least a few more days!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where's John?

There he is!!

Where's John?

Really, Mom? I was kind of done with peek-a-boo...Just sayin'.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Perhaps we misjudged the wicked Queen

We recently took a trip to Epcot.
While there, the girls friended a few more princesses.
While waiting in line to see Snow White, Libby chattered nonstop as usual told me all of the important things she wanted to tell Snow White, such as "Snow White is my favorite princess movie. It doesn't even scare me!" and "The next princess Polly Pocket I am going to get is Belle. Then Snow White. Because I already have Cinderella and Aurora."
When it was finally our turn, Snow White greeted Libby and Emma Jane and spent several minutes talking with them.

Then she posed for a picture with them.
As we were walking away, Libby said, "Mommy, I didn't tell her any of the things I was going to tell her...She just never would stop talking!"
That got me thinking. Perhaps it wasn't vanity and jealousy that drove the wicked Queen to try and kill Snow White...
Maybe she just wanted Snow White to shut up!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

some ants are just ants

I love talking to Libby.
And she loves to talk.
To anyone. About anything.
Each conversation with her is an adventure because you just never know what is going to come out of her mouth!
Recently after church, (the timing of this particular conversation still confuses me a bit) Libby said to me, "You know Mommy, all of my boyfriends think all ants are fire ants. But they aren't all fire ants. Right?"
I had gotten lost after the "all my boyfriends" part so I had to reply, "What was that?"
Libby repeated herself (verbatim): "You know, Mommy. All my boyfriends just think all ants are fire ants. But they aren't all fire ants."
Me (still hung up): "So who are all your boyfriends, dear?"
Libby (slightly nonplussed by this turn in the discussion): "Um Nicholas, and Aaron, and Jack Powell." (Yes, she called him by his full name!) "Do you remember that time Jack Powell was at our house and there were some ants in the driveway. Jack called those fire ants, but they weren't. They were just regular ants."
Content that she had steered the conversation back in the right direction, Libby sat back and buckled herself in so that we cold finally leave the parking lot.
I was left to ponder the day that my daughter calls some boy her boyfriend and means it...I am so not ready for that day!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Sweet Siblings

I wish they were always this sweet!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

apple picking

We spent Labor Day weekend visiting my sister in New Hampshire.

And while we were there, we enjoying one of our favorite New England pastimes...

Apple Picking!

Emma Jane worked really hard picking every apple she could reach.

She was very proud of how many apples were in her basket. She only stopped picking because the basket was getting too heavy for her to carry!

Ryan also worked very hard to fill a basket.

Ryan and Emma Jane spent a lot of time comparing their apples and had to respectfully disagree as to who picked the most.

Libby was less competitive about her apples.

In fact, she only picked two apples.

One for now, one for later!

John was fascinated by the snack trees.

And like his biggest sister, he didn't waste any time before chowing down!

(After freaking out just a little bit about my baby eating unwashed fruit, my sis pointed out that they were organic apples and so while not necessarily clean, at least they were pesticide free!)

What could be better than an apple straight from the tree?

According to these four, a fresh apple cider donut from the general store!
And since I don't have any pictures of her picking any apples, here is an extra shot of Morgan enjoying her donut.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


I think John might be a lefty.
I know it is still too early to tell for sure, but I have noticed that he uses his left hand to eat with most of the time.
Using the spoon by himself is a new skill...hence the mess.

He switches back and forth some, but he definitely favors the left right now!

I really hope he stays a lefty. And that he gets a little neater with that spoon...

Bath time!!