Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Rebekah was in town this past weekend for a home game. We got a sitter for the kids Saturday morning and did a segway tour of the National Mall in DC. As Rebekah put it "History is A LOT more fun on a Segway"!

WE HAD A BLAST. Seriously so much fun. It was a 2 hour tour. We thought we were going to kill ourselves on those things at first but we got the hang of it and ended up having so much fun!


White house

The kids LOVED having her here

Love this picture

We took the kids on a hike to see the Potomac overlook....this picture does not do justice what we had to do on this "hike". There were some pretty hairy spots we got into with just me and Rebekah to get the kids through!

We went to the park the morning of the game

Ugh she is so absolutely precious

morning snuggles are the best!

Game day! Go daddy!

Little girls are so much fun! Rebekah had fun braiding Maddie's hair. 

Little Sass :)

Cutie patootie

We always love it when Rebekah comes! Can't wait to see her again in a few weeks!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Smithsonian National Zoo

Yesterday we met Nicole Considine and her crew at the Smithsonian National Zoo in DC. Sean is playing for Baltimore this year which is only about an hour from us so I was SO excited to know that we could meet up whenever we want! We haven't seen them since they had the triplets last year. In fact the last time we saw them Nicole had just found out she was pregnant and thought it was twins! Our crew has grown by 4 kids since our last time of seeing each other in January 2011.

Madison (2.5), Caden (5), and Hunter (4.5). These 3 had a blast together! Hunter and Caden picked right up where they left off almost 2 years ago. Madison did her best to keep up with them and they were so sweet to include her!

Hadley (14mo) and Audrey (6mo) 

Cohen (14mo)

Corbin (14mo)
 This was Nicole's first time to meet Audrey and it was my first time to meet the triplets

 The boys had fun planning our day out

 They look so much older now.
These two were 1.5 and 2yo when they first met.

We stayed for 4 hours and had so much fun. They played and played and played and then they all 3 passed out on the drive home.

I took this picture so I could remember this...I have never seen gas prices this high. As I was leaving DC I noticed my tank had 40 miles to empty. The drive to our house was 45 miles away. I was about to get some gas and saw this and just decided to pull a "Kramer" and risk it. I made it back to Leesburg where the prices are $3.85. CRAZY

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Lumpy Pumpkin

I told the kids we would go pick up some fall decorations this morning. Hunter was beyond excited, he is always up for crafts. He told me he wanted to make a pumpkin like he made when he was 2 in the "Florida house" with Vivi. I wasn't sure what he was talking about (I have the worst memory ever...also the reason I have this blog because-- it is my memory). I asked him what it looked like and he said "I'll show you it's easy." 

We got to the store and I picked up some things I wanted to put on the porch. I got a few small pumpkins for the kids to decorate and then Hunter went and found this lumpy pumpkin and said "here mom this is just like the one me and Vivi did in the "Florida house". Then he said "now we need some paper, colors and glue. We can find some hair outside". I was still clueless as to what he is talking about but I knew I had those supplies at the house. 

We came home and I let him tell me how to make our pumpkin. He specifically said it needed purple and yellow eyes, and a long foil nose and eyebrows. As he was describing it the memory started coming back of the little project he and Vivi did one fall weekend in Florida. I remembered the Culwells being there too and taking a picture of him and Vivi working on the pumpkin. I quickly pulled up my pictures from the fall of 2010 when he was 2.5 and found them! It was EXACTLY as he had described. I pulled up my blog and sure enough I had pics on the blog too! (see even with the blog my memory is bad!). I could not believe how detailed his memory was from when he was 2.5! Just goes to show they remember the little things :) Here is my blog post from that weekend.

We decorated the pumpkin during his "quiet time" while the girls napped

He went outside with scissors and found some hair. He said "it's not like Vivi's pumpkin but it's ok". He fixed the hair on top of the pumpkin and then picked a place for "lumpy pumpkin" (which he named her) to go.

Front and center on the porch
So precious

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

6 months old

And just like that...half a year...GONE

Why must you grow up so fast?

It's been a busy month for you sweet girl. Aside from the move across country, you really blossomed this month. For one you started solid foods which you seem to LOVE. Daddy thinks you may be our best eater yet (as far as baby stage goes). Your first meal was broccoli bits, mum mums (your fav) and water in a sippy. You had that mum mum eaten in about 3 minutes flat. You had no problem with the sippy cup and ever since your first taste of real food you've been begging for it every day since. 

You love toasted bread

Your favorites seem to be apples, sweet potatoes, and bananas. I made pot roast, carrots and mashed purple potatoes tonight and you tried the carrot bits and purple potatoes and made a face at the carrots but seemed to like the potatoes. 

Madison is LOVING that you eat now. She wants to be a part of every one of your meals. She gets you your spoon,  a napkin, your bib she always quick to give you a sip of water here and there and she tries to sneak food into your mouth to "help" you along. 

You love pizza crust too. Madison was nice enough to share hers with you last night. 

You love floor time wether it's on a blanket where you can play with your feet and watch Hunter and Madison play near by or on your floor mat. You pull on the toys hanging over head and bat at them and make them swing. Hunter is a pretty big fan of yours...always 2 feet away and always wanting to snuggle you. Anytime you are awake you have 2 siblings fighting for time with you. They absolutely ADORE you. We all love Audrey snuggles. You are SUCH a snuggle bug. You love to be held but you play alone well too if you are fed and not tired. You love to watch and you are so alert. The comments I get the most from strangers is 1. how alert you are 2. how strong your eye contact and grip are 3. how happy/content/easy you are. 4. and of course how adorable you are. You draw so much attention wherever you go. Everyone wants to love on you and ooh and ahh over you. 

You and Hunter and Madison dress up on game days and watch daddy play. Hunter and Madison think it's hilarious to see you sit up or stand up after watching you be horizontal all of your life. They always ask me to stand you up or let you sit up. You have good strong standing legs and love to be in the jumper and exersaucer. You sit up well with support and topple over when you start looking too far in one direction.

You are too cute for words

You are such a good baby, always so happy.

You love to swing at the park. You always have the biggest grin on your face with each push.

You are pretty chill. In the mornings you kick back and watch cartoons with Hunter and Madison while they eat breakfast.
They fight over who gets to sit next to you so you're always in the middle

Bath time is fun. You love to splash around and kick the water. You have always loved bath time just like your sibs!

Things I want to remember about you...

You weigh 16 pounds 11 ounces (43%)
You are 27.5 inches long (92%)
You wear size 2 diapers and size 3 over nights
You wear size 6-9 month clothes
You sleep 11-13 hours a night (6:30pm-7ish am) some nights you wake to eat at 5:30am and then go back to sleep until 8:30am other nights you sleep from 6:30pm-7:00am and are up for the day.
You take 3 naps a day (1.5-2 hours each)
You nurse every 3-3.5 hours a day (roughly 5 times a day) and eat 3 solid meals a day

You giggle when I change your clothes
You LOVE to be scratched...it puts you in a trance
You get really still and listen when I sing to you or whisper in your ear
You play with my hair and shirt when you nurse. You run your hand up and down my shirt or grab on to my hair and swing it back and forth.
You put yourself to sleep in your crib by rubbing your face in the sheets back and forth really fast right when I lay you down then you take both hands and paw at the sheets up and down as if you are feeling how soft the sheets are.
You play with your lovie (mostly chew on it)
You are loving your feet right now
When daddy tickles you you always curl up and roll to the right and stick your fist in your mouth as you laugh.
You anticipate being tickled
You respond to your name
You stare at daddy all through dinner every night
You bask in the attention of others and flirt away with strangers
You love your brother and sister and love it when they come talk to you
You babble and coo, sing notes and blow raspberries

You are the perfect baby in so many ways. I can't thank God enough for giving me the best surprise I've ever had. We love you more than you will ever comprehend. You are just the BEST!