Tuesday, November 12, 2013


It's been a super long time since my last post so here's an update.
*Sorry most of the pictures are blurry.  Many were taken by my cell phone in dim lighting.

Halloween happened.  Kylie was a ninja; Summer was a rock star; and Jackson was Clark Kent sleeping on the job.

Because we had severe weather on Halloween, trick-or-treating got pushed back a day.  That was fine by me because it gave us a chance to finally carve our pumpkin.
Our former neighbor dropped by before trick-or-treating to bring the kids gifts.  Gifts.  What kind of neighbor does that?  Ours :)
We moved into a townhouse a few weeks ago and we're still working on getting settled.  I often have Kylie take pictures of me while I hang things on the walls to ensure that they're straight.  It pays to have a 5-year-old I tell ya.
 If you ask my kids what they like about the new house, they'll tell you "the stairs."
 I'm kind of loving my new kitchen.
What are the kids up to, you ask?

Kylie is loving school.  Now that we're in our new place, she takes the bus everyday.  Big girl!
Not only has she mastered the bus, but she is also reading and has been placed in an advanced math program.  She loves to practice spelling words on her own.  The other day she created a makeshift restaurant, complete with hand-drawn menus.  The menus mostly consisted of pictures, but she attempted to sound out a few words.  I admire her creativity and her efforts to practice what she's learning in school.
I'm finding that there are drawbacks to the reading, though.  Like the time she read my hairspray bottle (Big Sexy Hair) and asked me what sex was....

Summer has surprised me.  She has really blossomed as a big sister and is always ready to help out when needed.  She's always pleased as punch to fetch a diaper, pop the binky back in, or entertain Jackson. 

But Jackson isn't the only one she entertains.  She cracks me up every. single. day.  Lately she's been very complimentary and they don't always make the most sense.  The other night she asked me if the moon was a boy or a girl.  I told her she could choose.  Then after a few minutes she said, "Mommy.  The moon is SOOOO handsome!"  She also told me today that she likes my face.  Bless her.

Jackson is 2 months old already!  Here are the stats from his appointment today:
  • Height: 22 3/4 inches (50th percentile)
  • Weight: 13 pounds, 9 ounces (75th percentile)
  • Head: 39cm (25th percentile) 

He is hands down the easiest baby we've ever had.  He's incredibly mellow, rarely cries, and can sleep through just about anything.  Unfortunately, I'm not able to nurse anymore but he seems OK with his 4oz bottles every 3 hours.  At night, he typically sleeps from 12:00-5:00 straight, then will give us another 2 hours after we pop his pacifier back in.  Even at this age he's still sleeping in his car seat because he's been struggling with reflux.  I'm sure breaking that habit will be super fun....
Here are a few more fun facts about Jack:
  • He snores.  And let's just say he doesn't get that from me.
  • When he does cry, his entire body turns beat red.
  • He often gets mistaken for a girl because of his full head of hair.
  • He has blue eyes, which he clearly doesn't get from me either.
  • His roots are blond and I can't wait to see what will happen over time!
Josh is very busy at work but still manages to be a family man.  Like most men in America, he's soaking up football season right now.  Just don't mention U of M's last couple games :)
And I'm staying busy organizing my house, adjusting to a new calling at church, managing 3 kids, and reading, reading, reading in my spare time.  Every once in a while a bunch of books appeal to me all at once.  Now is one of those times.  I finished this book last week.
 I'm currently reading this one because some serious adjustments need to me made around here.
And I have 5 more books on hold for me at the library.  And a bag of Dove chocolates in my pantry.  What can I say?  Life is good.