Saturday, January 30, 2010

Creative Arts Fair

Hope’s school hosted their Creative Arts Fair last week. The kids got to do things like make instruments and paint with fish rubber, of course. They also did a little dance called “Hip Hop Rodeo":

Hope told me the night before that she "needed" cowboy boots and a bandana. Luckily Justin had some old cowboy boots that he had outgrown and I pulled a bandana from the dress-up bin. Obviously, they weren't as much of a "requirement" as Hope thought.

On a side note,
I tried to do this post in the Windows Live Writer that Lindsey blogged about. I think, in general it's going to be great I'll have to post again soon to really try it out but I couldn't get a video to upload on it without uploading it to YouTube first. So, I went back to the "old editor" on Blogger, because I still don't know how to upload video on the new one. My next post will feature Live Writer - stay tuned!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sleep comes pretty easily at my house.  Hope started sleeping through the night at 12 days old.  Ellis took quite a bit longer than that, but always had good, 5 to 6 hour stretches from fairly early on.  Ellis will still fuss on and off in her sleep occasionally, but never anything that really interrupts MY sleep.  So, while I know many parents deal with sleepless nights, I'm NOT used to it.  So, last night was no fun for me!
Ellis was fussing on and off throughout the night.  Not the fussing she usually does, that lasts only a few seconds.  I was actually having to GET OUT OF BED to check on her and calm her down.  I would rub her back and, as soon as I thought she was asleep, I'd slip out of her room.  Right as I would lie back down in my bed, she would start up again.  Finally, at about 3:15, I nudged Brandon and asked him what I thought we should do.  I wanted to bring her into our bed - if she must have my hand on her back, she can have it there while lying next to me, so I can GET SOME SLEEP!  "We don't want to start that", was Brandon's reaction.  While I totally agreed, I still wanted to sleep.  Both of us were beyond tired at this point, so we finally decided to bring her in.  Here's how the next hour played out:

EJ: Is Hopie sleepin' in her bed?
EJ: Daddy's sleepin' too.  Thunder sleepin' in Hopie's bed.  Hopie sleepin' in Hopie's bed too.
EJ: Daddy sleepin', Mama.  I'm pettin' Daddy as she's rubbing his arm.  Mama's sleepin' in her bed too.  Is Hopie sleepin' in her bed?
Me: (No longer able to ignore) Yes, EJ, everybody is sleeping and you need to go to sleep too.
EJ: I'm pettin' Daddy.  Mama, I'm singin' you a song - "Happy Birthday to you . . ."

Yes, this went on for AN HOUR!  Different versions of the exact same thing.  Brandon's alarm was going to go off at 4:30, so right before that, when she started saying. "Do Dah! Do Dah!" Camptown Races, I guess? I told her that I was going to put her in her bad and she needed to go to sleep.  I told her she didn't need to cry anymore.  She responded with " Not yet, in a minute", but I took her anyway.  I layed her down, walked out of the room, and she went to sleep.  She slept soundly, until I had to wake her up at 7:20 to take Hope to school.

Hopefully last night was an anomaly and we didn't start any "bad habits" after only one night.  I must say, I feel for people that go through this all the time.  I think God only gives us what we can handle.  He knows I can't handle kids that don't sleep!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Kids say the darndest things

In the backseat of the car the other day, EJ pulls off her sock and says:

" 'ook Mama, I got wingernails on my woot!" Look Mama, I got fingernails on my foot!

Then later the same day, she pulls the soy sauce out of the fridge, takes it over to the table, pulls her self up in the chair and says:

" Mama open dat peese.  Dat some wine."

Oh my!

And finally, this morning at breakfast I was talking to Hope about the fancy "interactive" white boards they have at their school.  I told her I didn't have anything like that when I went to school and she says:

"That's because you lived in the olden days.  We live in the newen days."


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Update: Yes, I now realize that I posted this on a Tuesday, not a Wednesday.  Thanks Jill! :)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fruity Pebble Friday

Every Friday at our house we have "Fruity Pebble Friday".  It all started with Brandon's love of Fruity Pebbles.  He never wanted them all the time or anything, but when the mood hit, he liked to have them available.  Well, the fruity, crunchy, yumminess was too much of a temptation for a 3 year-old who normally had oatmeal or eggs for breakfast.  Rather than fight the battle each day, we started "Fruity Pebble Friday".  Every Friday, Hope could have Fruity Pebbles for breakfast.

Fruity Pebble Friday is still alive and well in our house, but has really morphed into Sugar Cereal Friday though the name hasn't changed.  After all, one can eat Fruity Pebbles only so many Fridays in a row.  Once we have run out of one box, Hope decides which kind she would like next.  It usually rotates through Fruity Pebbles, Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, and an occasional box of Froot Loops or Apple Jacks.

Now that EJ is two, she apparently feels that she should partake in Fruity Pebble Friday as well.  This morning, as Hope was eating her Lucky Charms:

EJ: I ont ucky choms too, Mama.
Me: You have a biscuit and eggs, EJ.
Hope: Mom, if she actually knows the name of the cereal, you should probably give her some.
Me: Okay, EJ, I'll get you some lucky charms.

I got her plate and put a small handful on, took out all the marshmallows and gave the plate back to her.

EJ: I ont ucky choms ike Hopie.

Hope took some of the marshmallows out of her bowl and put them on EJ's plate.

EJ: I ONT MY OWN UCKY CHOMS . . . . . peez.

She got another little handful, charms and all.  She ate all the marshmallows and left the actual 'cereal' sitting on her plate.

Fruity Pebble Friday is now inclusive of the whole family!

Monday, January 4, 2010


Our baby had a birthday yesterday. Ask her, she’ll tell you, “I’m two years old!” in her little southern twang that we’re not really sure where she picked up. As all parents say, “time flies”. It "feels like only yesterday” when this picture was taken:

Ellis at two:

* She still LOVES her pacifier. When she goes to sleep she must have her "pa-pa", her burpcloth (with a tag), her "bankie-boo", Jingle Bear, Panda, and her most recent addition, Violet the talking dog. She wants to have Violet with her, but does NOT want her to talk when they're in bed. If a button accidentally gets pushed she says, "No want Violet on! Turn Violet off!" and presses the left foot which turns it off. When she wakes up, she hands these things to us one by one before we can pick her up because they must come downstairs with us too.

*She's a talker! This girl talks non-stop, in big, long sentences, like this morning when she said, "They two blueberries stuck together, see Mommy. I take they two apart with my teeth!" She still has trouble with a few beginning sounds. She says "w" for "f" so 'foot' becomes 'woot', and leaves "s" off the beginning of words, so "Santa" becomes "anta". But most things are pretty recognizable. She really doesn't ever stop talking. She may even rival her sister in this area, and we weren't sure that was possible! Needless to say, it's never quiet around here!

*She's learning lots of things! She knows all of her colors and shapes and can count to ten. She knows the words to lots and lots of songs and can point out all of our names on paper.

*She still won't really watch TV, but loves many characters - Cookie Monster, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Dora. She knows the princesses because we have old princess figurines of Hope's.

* She is very empathetic, always the first to say "You okay??" in her sweet little voice.

* She's a hugger. She gives great big wonderful neck squeezes and, half the time, follows with a kiss which have, thankfully, become closed mouth in the last few months.

*She LOVES her sister. Despite their age difference, these girls have so much fun together. Hope can make EJ laugh in a way that no one else can. They also know EXACTLY how to push each other's buttons, and do it regularly.

* She really likes to be in the kitchen. If I'm cooking or baking, especially baking, she says, "I want to 'tand by you" and pulls her stool right up to help. She also loves cooking us things in her play kitchen.

*She gets so excited when Daddy comes home. Anytime she hears the garage she yells, "Daddy home!"

*She's a dipper and a mixer.  While many kids can't stand if their food touch, Ellis likes to make a casserole out of every meal.  If she has yogurt, applesauce, or anything else dip-worthy, she will dip her entire meal.  Peanut butter sandwiches and cheese into applesauce seem to be her favorite.  Otherwise, she just mixes everything together into her bowl or one part of her plate.  It all goes to the same place anyway, I guess!

*She's getting very independent. She'll often say, "My do it!" but is still pretty open to help.

*She really likes for everything to be in it's place. Doors should be shut, lids should be on, and personal items should be with their owners.

*Two things she says that I love: "okay?" When she has told us something, she follows with this, as in "I'm going upstairs to get my baby, okay Hopie?" and "oh" She'll ask us a question and when we answer she'll simply respond, "oh".

*She rarely throws tantrums. Though she'll let us know when she's mad, we can usually calm her down and get her to talk through things.

*She's big - a two year-old! It's hard for me to believe. She provides us with so much love and joy every single day. We are so lucky to have her!

EJ on her First Birthday

EJ at Two!

Celebrating at Big Pappy and GTs

"Happy Birthday" Glasses from Big Pappy and GT

Birthday Cupcake at home - January 3rd, 2010