April 22, 2014

Because they crack me up.

 My kids are always saying something that makes me laugh. 
1.  Lately if Andrew wants us to stop singing or something, he says we're squishing his head.  "Can you stop saying that, Emmie?  You're squishin' my head."

2.  Emmie looked outside the other day and said it was "windy to-gain."  A combination of today and again.

Someone gave us this baby thingie, and Emily LOVES it.  She always begs to be put in it, and looks so ridiculous, but has a great time so I don't care.  :)
3.  When the girl gets mad lately, she will point her teeny finger at people and say angrily, "Don't make soup!"

4.  When she wants attention, she will often tell me that one of the boys is "fighting her."  "Mommy, Ande-rew fightin' me."

5.  Andrew got hurt the other day and said, "I'm okay.  I'll live."
Andrew picked out his outfit that day.  A pj shirt with a shirt put on backwards, underwear, and my slippers.  Then he helped by sweeping the floor.  I'll take it.

6.  Andrew - "I don't like puppies.  I'm not going to change my mind about puppies.  I just like kitties."
The back view, and our little blur baby.
7.  Andrew and I were reading a book about cats and I read that on this certain cat, there were about 130,000 hairs per square inch.  Andrew said, "Woah.  Hey!  That's kind of like you!  You're that much!"  So I asked if he thought I was 130,000 years old, and he said yes.  There are days when I feel like maybe that's true.
8.  Andrew told us tonight that his friends Nellie and Evelyn are his favorite girls.  Pretty cute.
Eating cheerios, fistfuls at a time.
9.  Charlie snuck outside today while we were playing at a friend's house and when I found him, he was standing in a mud puddle, splashing sticks into the water with the most excited look on his face.  I called out to him and he panicked, thinking that I would make him stop.  That made him stumble forward and fall face forward in the puddle.  Then he started yelling at me.  I think maybe you had to be there, but it was one of the funniest things I've ever seen.
10.  I told Andrew it was rest time, and he told me that was not a "correct right idea."  Oh.
11.  I was making sausages for dinner the other night and Andrew came in and told me "those sausages grabbed my nose!"  Apparently he thought they smelled good.  :)
12.  Emily had her finger in her nose the other day and I told her to take it out.  "Mom!  I have to get this nut out of my nose!"  Andrew just about fell over laughing.  I explained that we could just blow her nose, and that that wasn't a nut.
Daddy time.  Not pictured is Charlie who was grabbing the other leg seconds before.

April 21, 2014


 Easter was super fun!  We were able to go to Salem to visit with all the grandparents and all my sisters and their families.  We had 7 kids 4 and under and a 12 year old, so it was a bit crazy, but we had a good time.
Easter egg hunt!
The kids loved their baskets.  Charlie was mostly excited about the banana that was in his.
Andrew was happy with the "100 candies" that the Easter bunny brought.
It was a very bright, warm day.  Emmie looks like a sweet little doll in this picture.
And a rare picture of the whole family together.

April 13, 2014

Which Came First?

The Chicken?  Or the egg?
We found out the answer!  It's the chicken of course!
On Thursday, the kids were looking out the sliding glass door and were super excited.  Then I saw the chicken.  Apparently she just wanted to come for a visit.  The kids were super excited.  She even laid an egg in our backyard.  Her owners were happy to find her, though.
It particularly cracked Andrew up that it flew up and stood on our chairs.  When I asked why he thought the chicken had come by, he said, "Just to see our beautiful pictures."  Probably so.  Our sidewalk chalk pictures are pretty gorgeous.
Then tonight we decided to dye Easter eggs.  The kids were pretty excited about it.  (Please ignore the mess in the background.  Mike was gone at a conference for a couple days and the kids and I have been sick- fevers, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, headaches, general yuckiness.) 
They really had a great time, but apparently it's impossible to get any pictures of them smiling.
Andrew is really good at smiling for the camera when I ask him to, but they aren't always the most natural smiles.  And he doesn't always look at the actual camera.
I took the one of Andrew, then took one of Mike, who posed like our favorite 4 year old.  And when we looked at the pictures, we laughed like crazy.

April 10, 2014

It's My Blog and I'll Brag If I Want To.

I'm sure people get sick of me bragging on my kids, but I can't help it.  They are so dang cute and creative. 
Although I didn't seem to get any pictures of her actually smiling, she was having a great time.  She got a stuffed bird animal and was making it fly while having the bird say things like, "I'm flying!  Wow!  Look at me!  I'm as high as a kite.  Thanks!"  Then apparently the bird needed to be rescued, and Emmie was there to save the day.
This little gal knows her stuff.  She finds shapes around the house, as well as pointing out numbers and letters wherever she goes.  She loves to play pretend, and can be counted on to be any number of animals at any point of the day.  There's something super cute about having your little girl in the tub, hair all soaped up on top of her head, pretending to swim and making weird noises, saying, "Mommy, I just TWYIN' to be a whale wight now."
 Andrew has been blowing us away with the creativity he has been showing with his drawing.  As little as 8 months ago or so, all he was drawing were scribbles or "pipes" which were lines.
Instructions for making a sock puppet.
Bugs crawling toward a chocolate chip cookie, saying Mmmm!  He drew the cookie, asked me to make the ants, then came back to me a few minutes later with the rest.  SO cute.  He informed me that bugs like things that are sweet and crunchy.
It's backwards, but he wrote "Hi you" by himself, then asked how to spell I Love You.  It was a message for Mike, I believe.
Sorry these are sideways.  These are different robots.  And they are so cute, and each is unique.
This is some sort of maze/aquarium for tadpoles.
A pickle
Fish and tadpoles with numbers for their fins.
A truck.  He made several of these and today asked me to help make a book of them.  The top left corner has a checkmark.  When we do school, he gets either a checkmark or a smiley face when he's done.  When he finishes a drawing, he often gives himself a checkmark and says, "Wow, that is great!"
Fish swimming up to his fish bowl.
A guy with food, standing on a table.  See the wood grain?  I'm telling you, he's pretty detailed!
So yeah, my kids are basically smart, creative, beautiful, wonderful.  I'm bragging, but you're reading it, so you might just have to agree with me.  :)

Never a Dull Moment

Life with little Charlie Boy is never boring.  He's hilarious and sweet, and on top of all these great qualities, he's a seriously active and climbing little man.  He gets on top of everything. 
Plus he's one cool cat.