Monday, February 23, 2015

Doesn't Matter Where

Reid really hates to be alone. He always has. And bedtime has often been a major struggle because of it. We have thrown in the towel on trying to get him to sleep in his bed though. He falls asleep most nights under the table in the hallway downstairs. As long as he can see one of us he will crash within minutes. He is such a goofy little man. I keep telling myself that someday he will sleep in a bed like a normal child. Baby number 5 apparently gets a new set of rules. Sheesh.

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Specs!

Zane was due for new glasses and new frames. His old ones were completely thrashed and were being held together by a staple. So it was with much delight that we went to pick up his new glasses this week. Previously I had gotten transition lenses put in but our new insurance does not cover it so we opted to get a pair of prescription sunglasses as well. He is very thrilled with his new look!


Reid has been an utter rascal the last few weeks.  Eric has been working long days and late nights which has left me to manage dinner and bedtime solo most nights. I have discovered that there is a surefire way to keep him out of trouble though, give him a bath. He will play in the tub for as long as I let him and magically when tub time is done it is time for bed. It is not a bad gig. The kid gets clean and I save my sanity. Win, win!

Learning to Sew

Miss Lucy got a cross stitch kit for her birthday. We finally had time to start working on it and she is taking to it like a duck to water! I forget how slow it can be to learn but she is absolutely determined. Can't hardly wait to see the finished product.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


This little boy is 100% imp these days. He is very interested in following the big kids and being just like them. His vocabulary is really coming along as well. He is talking up a storm and it is so much fun to hear what is going on in his head.


Andrew just finished his first semester of middle school and he could not have done a better job. He rocked all 6 of his classes (two of them being challenge) and managed to get straight A's. We went out to Dairy Queen for ice cream to celebrate. It is a good thing that I don't pay him for grades. I would be broke!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Lucy's 7th Birthday

Lucy celebrated her 7th birthday with friends the weekend after her actual birthday. She was very excited to have a Frozen themed party. She managed to be easy on me with her cake decoration requests and just wanted sunshine and snowflakes. Easily done!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Helping Daddy

Reid helped Eric work on the car by jacking it up for him. He is so strong it is ridiculous. We are constantly amazed at how tough and strong Reid is for his age and his size.

This goes way beyond his goat milker hands. He is just strong all over and he knows it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Lucy is 7

We had a small family celebration at Red Robin for Lucy on her birthday this year. Eric had to work so we snuck away to celebrate our special girl for lunch!

7 years old is such a big deal to me. It is like the final cross over from babyhood to big kid territory to me. I don't think there is anything magical that happens when my kids turn 7, rather I think it is a mental shift that I make in the way that I think about and train my kids. The initial hard work is done by the time they are 7. Basic character traits have been established and personalities have fully emerged. There are future changes and events and shifts that happen but this is a milestone age to me. Happy birthday my Lucy girl.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Daddy Daughter Dance

Today is the day my girls look forward to all year! The high school does an amazing job hosting a dance every January for dads and daughters. It means a lot to the girls that Eric takes them. It does not hurt that there are lots of cookies and cupcakes and punch. And this year the theme is Frozen. So that just adds to the excitement of the night. And let's not kid ourselves, any daddy that misses a Seahawks playoff game must be very committed to his baby girls. They are the priority and they know it.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Haircut for the Ollie-wog

Ollie had been looking like a long haired hippy these days and I decided that we needed to finally do something about it.

Ollie was not exactly sure that he was ready to have his hair cut but he was a trooper as soon as the hair stylist gave him a sucker to eat. Now my baby looks like such a big boy. Bittersweet feelings over here for sure!