Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's Fall?!

When the sun is shining, you have to keep the air on and the weatherman says another week of 80 degree temps it's hard to believe it really is fall. But alas it is...

Reagan and Claire are full steam ahead at school. This year they go MWF from 8-12:30, it's a big enough chunk of time that Caroline and I can get things done. In school they have been baking, working on their writing, playing on the playground, and getting messy with paint. They LOVE their teachers and even tell them "I love you" sometimes when they leave in the afternoon. Today was their first field trip, to a pumpkin patch. They were most excited that they got to ride on the bus...and the bus had no seat belts! I guess that's fun when you are four but when you are thirty something it's just not the same.

The leaves on the trees are just starting to change. I noticed as Caroline and I drove up Meridian today while running some errands. It was such a beautiful day, except for the fact that Caroline had forced me to listen to Veggie tales again it would have been perfect.

I packed up the kids summer clothes this past weekend, what a chore. A pile of clothing up to my waist, trying to decide what might fit who next year, what to keep, toss, sell...keeping track of wardrobes is a full time job in itself. I had the hardest time putting away the swimsuits, we might still use them in doors but it's just not the same as the outdoor pool at the Y, that we spent a lot of time at this summer or the BEACH!

The final straw that it's fall was actually today while bathing the kids, their tan lines were all almost faded. It didn't matter how much sun screen I lathered on them they still ended up with tan lines, I wish it was that easy for me.

We are excited for Halloween, apple pie, pumpkins and jumping in leaves but we are really going to miss this...

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Vroom Vroom

This past weekend was a big weekend if you live in Indianapolis. Every year this town goes Ape Crazy? for 33 cars speeding around an oval. Sure they go fast-think 225ish mph-put your arm up in the air and you'll probably tear up your shoulder. Try to take a picture of a car going that fast with a point and shoot-not easy. Well some 300,000 people go to this "greatest spectacle in racing". (We don't really know how many exactly because the George family is weird like that).

Recently, well more like for over the past year, our children have turned into true Hoosier and become obsessed with this "racing thing". Not just any racing- Indycar. Don't go trying to sell them on Nascar. Reagan has already been through many drivers, he started on Helio, then Dario and now he is a Will Power fan. Guess who the girls like....Danica. Argh. What a great role model right? Oh well, better than Paris Hilton.

We took the kids to Qualifying a few weeks ago. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon. For $20 we got parking and two tickets, kids were free! Cheap family entertainment-another reason to love racing? Also we got to bring our own food and drinks in-SCORE! We all had a wonderful time, pretty sure Reagan could have watched for days.

To be continued!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

Another weekend of rain here. We decided to put on the rain gear and head to the zoo despite the weather. The great thing about a yearly membership is that if you have to leave after only an hour it doesn't really matter. The kids had fun jumping in puddles...and yes even seeing a few animals. Too bad on top of the rain many exhibits were closed, they open again in a few weeks with warthogs and bat exhibits, just what I always wanted to see up close. Can't wait for summer so we can spend our week days at the zoo and parks!

Reagan tells Daddy all about meerkats?
We did not see any living walruses so this will have to do...

Caroline considers the sharks Claire loves jumping in the puddles!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Very Random photos...
Caroline in her crib which Reagan and Claire had filled with every blanket, pillow and stuffed animal from their room.

Cupcakes from Caroline's birthday party

Three kids at the IMS musuem(lego replica of speedway behind them)

Reagan's favorite car, it was a tough choice!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sweet Caroline...

I've been meaning to write a "happy birthday" letter to Caroline for some time. I've postponed it for many reasons...sickness, weather, a busy life, but mostly because I don't want to believe it. My baby is two. MY BABY!

You might think with an older brother and sister than she would be ready to grow up and in some ways that is true but not always. When I asked her the other day if she wanted a pillow like the big kids had she refused and said "NO! BIG! GIRL!". She knows she is my baby. She wants me to rock her and sing to her still. She walks around with her doggy and pacy(which by the way I SHOULD think about taking away, ugh) and always always wants me to carry her.

I never went through this with Reagan and Claire. They were too busy. The never cuddled like Caroline cuddled. Maybe it's because they were twins? Maybe because by the time they were her age she was already born(whoa!)? Maybe because I had a lot more help with them so I think they were more willing to go to anyone? Maybe because I didn't nurse them for long, or because they weren't swaddled as well, they spent too much time in bouncey seats, watched baby einstein....whoa! Guilty mom anyone?

I never had to feel guilty with Caroline. She is the third child but she feels more like my first. Twins are an amazing thing. They take a ton of work but get you a ton of attention. They always have each other which is comforting as a parent because they are never alone but also in a way can make you feel left out. Caroline was MY baby. I didn't have to share her. In fact for the first year I was it for her. I carried her in the baby carrier everywhere and nursed her on demand. I would never give back the experience of having twins but THIS is what I pictured when I thought about having a child. A single child. All those things you picture doing as a new parent are hard to do with two, Caroline gave me some of those things back. It's purely selfish and honestly when Reagan and Claire were one year I decided that I could be happy with two children and I think I could have been. I'm just really glad I didn't have to be.

So here it goes...

Sweet Baby Caroline,

Thanks for being the third child. Thanks for being an easy pregnancy, easy baby and easy toddler(sometimes). I could live with out the temper tantrums in the library and throwing things in the grocery store. I couldn't live with out the pig tails and sweet little voice. I love that instead of saying yes you say "huh". I love hearing you sing "Wish you merry Christmas happy new year" on your "stage" even in February. I love hearing you walk in your squeaky shoes and reading you God Loves you books twenty times in a row. Keep it up, and I'll keep calling you baby Caroline.



(token cute picture taken by Jennifer)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Quotes of the week

Reagan and Claire go to a Catholic school. They learn about God making the earth, people, animals etc. They sometimes like to ask- "Did God make the lamp, Did He make the tv?" One day we were discussing the ocean, they have been doing a project on the ocean at school. I asked Reagan "Who do you think made the ocean?". He said-"The fifth graders"...of course.

Today we visited friends in Michigan. Claire played with their daughter who is a year older than she is. I told Claire it was time to leave and she turned to their daughter and said "It was very nice to meet you". It was adorable!

Reagan requested today in the car that we sing the MSU fight song, because we're in Michigan.

This past week we had an ice storm-three days of canceled events, don't get me started!-Reagan told me that ice is made out of glass...sure looks like it buddy!

Caroline has an amazing vocabulary for a two year old. She takes a bite of food and exclaims "delicious!". Of course she also says "I stink" and points to herself. I think maybe Reagan taught her that. The two of them are very goofy together, they definitely keep me entertained!

Reagan asks me every time I open a new box of food if I bought the food at Target. It's quite funny. He also likes to ask me about everything I give him if I bought it at the store for him. If I say "yes" he says "Thank you mom! I love you!". Awwwww, that's momma's boy!