Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tree Shopping

Last weekend we decided it was time to go get our Christmas tree. This was our only tree and it wasn't cutting it (even if the baby in front is really cute)

We took the kids up to Zionsville where we have bought our last three Christmas trees. We thought the kids could help us pick one.

Reagan was miserable and wanted the first tree we saw. I think he knew Thomas the Train toys were inside.

Claire picked this wasn't really one of our options but she liked it-of course, it's sparkly.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Hired Help

It will be awhile, like never, before we can afford to have someone rake our leaves and do all the other little chores around the yard and house that none of us want to do. Lucky for us we have kids(although I'm pretty sure, actually postive, they are the reason we can't afford the help!).

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So Sleepy

Sometimes having an older brother and sister can be quite exhausting.
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Little Beauties

I can't help it, I think my little girls are adorable. You might think I was deprived of dolls as a child but that's not the case. To be honest Claire has started requesting to wear tights, well I GUESS...

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Trick or Treat

Claire was excited ALL day about going trick or treating. As soon as she got up in the morning she was in her costume and talking about it. Reagan didn't care quite as much so we weren't sure how he would do. When it came time to knock on the first door Reagan ran up with Ryan and Claire stayed on the sidewalk with Caroline and I. She was pretty nervous and for most houses would wait for Reagan to knock or ring the bell and once the bowl of candy appeared she would run up, CANDY! It usually gets her attention. They both ended up having a blast in the end, we probably only went to 12 houses but it took an hour at their pace. Claire was excited to eat her candy when we got home(one piece, she chose starburst) Reagan was excited until he realized his bucket mostly had candy in it, he ate the goldfish, candy?, he doesn't touch the stuff.

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Carolines 1st Halloween

I had so much fun with Caroline for her first Halloween. Unlike Reagan and Claire she actually went out her first year (tagging along with the twins...). She even got some loot-goldfish crackers! Here are some cute pics from the last few days...

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Bad Blogger...very bad!

Yeah, I know, it's been a looonnngggg time since I've posted anything. My excuse? I HAVE THREE KIDS! Of course I'm mean that in the nicest way possible. We have been super busy with playgroups, doctors appointments (the well kind) Mommy nights out, book clubs, family visits, carving pumpkins (see below), gymnastics, etc etc etc!

I'll give you the run down one by one starting with the oldest (at a whopping 2.5 years old and nine minutes older than the next child)

Reagan is doing great! Both he and Claire will be done with speech therapy in December, while we will be sad to see Ms. Allie go it means that we have good news too, they have caught up to their peers! It's amazing some of the conversations we have with them now. Reagan can be a pretty goofy guy but also has his moments where he insists everyone follow "the rules". Like saying "your welcome" after he says "thank you". The waitress at a restaurant earlier this month learned the hard way that you BETTER respond to the extremely polite two year old or he will not be so polite anymore.

Claire is also doing well with speech and turning into what could be considered a little lady if she actually wanted to act like a lady ever. Don't get me wrong, she can be quite cute and in public for the most part she behaves but she is a two year old. She absolutely loves gymnastics-her favorite being jumping on the trampoline and hanging on the bars and rings-I still can't get over how strong she is on those things! She loves dips now but we laugh because she is constantly confusing ketchup for syrup and vice versa-although maybe when you are two ketchup would be good on pancakes? She also loves orange juice but instead of asking for juice she asks for yellow milk-mmmmm doesn't that sound good?

Caroline just had her 9 month check up-what happened to my baby? She is 19 pounds and 3 ounces-right in the middle of that growth charts. Yes the doctor confirmed it, she is perfect! She is now eating table food, having never developed a taste for baby food. She is learning to use a sippy cup because just like the baby food thing, she isn't into bottles. Last week she started pulling herself up and now I find her doing this everywhere, she is on a mission to grow up fast so she can hang with the "big kids".

I leave you with some pics of this past weekend at my Aunt Peggy and Uncle Jerry's house. We carved pumpkins, went on a hayride and ate soup-the perfect fall day.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Labor" Day

For Labor day this year we took a drive up to Michigan(again!) to visit my parents, brother and my Grandpa. The kids always have so much fun with their Grandparents and Aunt's and uncles that it's usually worth the hassle of packing and driving. This time was no exception...

Grandpa reads to Reagan and Caroline

Reagan and Claire "help" Grandma make zucchini bread

At the zoo in GR

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to Where We Belong

We've had a busy summer and to cap it off we just went to Michigan to visit the Wilmering side of the family and have Caroline's baptism at G & G Wilmering's church. It was a lot of fun playing with Auntie Cortney and Auntie Katie. I think Claire made everyone read her Green Eggs and Ham about 250 times and Reagan pointed to every truck on every street and every plane in the sky. It's fun to share them with the family, especially now that their personalities are really coming out, even Caroline's! Caroline has really started growing up fast on me! She has two bottom teeth and has been army crawling ALL over the house. She's still not a huge fan of baby food but I can't blame her. I'm confident that once she can start some real food she'll got after it with a gusto!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Touch a Truck aka Throw a Tantrum

Recently I took the kids to a great FREE event up in Carmel. There in a huge parking lot were tons of cars and trucks the kids could touch (who would have guessed...), look at and climb in. Of course Reagan was super excited. Have I ever mentioned he LOVES trucks and cars. If you ask him which he likes better his answer is usually "cartruck". I'm not sure what that means. We checked out two different fire trucks a bus and a police car! That was fun.

The bad parts were...
1.Waiting in line with two two year olds
2. Waiting in live with two two year olds on a hot parking lot
3. Waiting in line with two two year olds and then having someone cut in front of us!
4. Waiting in line with two two year olds while one is throwing a tantrum on the ground
5. Did I mention waiting in line with two two year olds and a BABY strapped to me?

I'm glad we went but I'm hoping outings get better!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Q: "Do you want to go play on the beach?"

A: "Bus."

Who knew a kid could be so anti beach and water? Apparently Reagan prefers cars to Lake Michigan and buses to sand. We got him down to the beach eventually but it took some talking into and the promise of a truck to play with in the sand.

We had a great time on our vacation in Michigan with my parents, brother and extended family. It was a lot of packing, a little bit of a drive but tons of fun. We are all exhausted.

One of the highlights of the trip was heading to Mac Dune Buggy rides near Silver Lake. they have been there for over 80 years and I remember going on the ride when I was younger. I wasn't sure if it was a good idea for the kids because they are still pretty young but Grandpa talked me into it. I'm glad he did! This was most definitely the most fun Reagan has had in a long time! Every time we race down a sand dune Reagan would yell "Again!" to the driver! It was too fun! Unfortunately his sister only liked about the first half of the ride then she was done, Dad had to hold a squirming toddler for 15 minutes while we finished the ride, turned out she was hungry. Reagan's other favorite of the trip was visiting a store in Traverse City that sells model trains, I'm telling you, the kid could have spent the whole day there!

Claire had more fun playing on the sand, in the water and with her "cousins" (my cousins kids, they don't have any cousins yet). Claire really looks up to older kids, even if it's only six months older. Anything they did she wanted to do, including eating! It was a great way to get her to try some new things. She had her first bite of hot dogs, lettuce, tomatoes and more.

Caroline was great. She had no reason not to be considering her Grandpa held her about 1/2 of everyday! They really bonded and I think she misses him!

Daddy (Ryan) had fun golfing with Uncle Lance one day so he got a break as well.

I'm sad the vacation is over. I really love Northern Michigan. Indy is great but I miss being able to go to the beach when I feel like it. I think I might be a lake snob because the Indiana lakes just don't cut it for me.

Check out the pics from our vacation below...
Claire on the beach with "cousin" Hayden

Claire heading down a slide in downtown Manistee

Reagan on his way down.

Claire and Reagan on the riverwalk in Manistee

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