Saturday, October 31, 2009
and this was her reaction! She wanted no part of reaching in to get it!
As expected, the boys wanted no part of getting their hands dirty and thought the inside of the pumpkin was just gross. They tried to scoop it out with their wooden spoons (which doesn't work well at all!), and then gave in to let Daddy finish it. They were happy to help with the actual carving, though.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Mallory had never been in one before, so she was quite intrigued...
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Mallory was definitely fascinated by the pumpkins. She kept picking up little ones and carrying them around with her... unfortunately, she also threw a few of those :) None broke, so I guess all was well.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Example #1 - Drew. From the moment he gets up in the morning until he goes to sleep at night, he complains about being tired. I tell him to sleep later in the morning or take a nap - sometimes he does one or the other but it's never enough. And, of course, the only way he gets a nap is if he falls asleep in the car. If that happens, I can usually get him out without waking him, and he will stay alseep if I put him on the couch (not in his bed, heaven forbid!). This morning he got up at 6 a.m. and was complaining about being tired by 7.
Example #2 - Mallory. She generally goes to bed around 8 p.m. and gets up between 6-7 a.m. A typical nap would be around an hour a day. Often, it's less and occassionally it's more. Yesterday she was up by 6 a.m. and took almost an hour nap at school. So, she was in bed by 7:30 p.m. last night since that's obviously not enough sleep for a 14 month old (apparently someone needs to tell her that!). To my dismay, she was whining by 6 a.m. again this morning, which means she was probably up by 5:30 a.m. I thought putting kids down for bed EARLIER was supposed to help them sleep LATER?! Now it's 8:30 a.m. and she is rolling around on the ground with her blankie and paci...
*** After I posted this, I decided it wasn't really fair to say they are "poor" sleepers. Frustrating is probably more accurate because there are definitely things they do well. Although it took a lot of hard work, they DO all sleep through the night. They also go to bed at night generally without complaint. For both of those things, I am VERY grateful! Of course, I know that tonight will be unpleasant since I just put both of those things in writing...lol.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Captain Hook and Peter Pan... Drew didn't really want to wear his costume, but at least posed for a few pics before removing some of it.
Mallory found a twix on the floor (in the package) after one of the party games. She sucked on it long enough that she was actually getting some of the chocolate out.
Mallory and Kate both looked too cute in their tutus!
Bobbing for marshmallows instead of apples - this is one of Brady's (many) girlfriends from school :)
I am now going to lay on the couch and do nothing for the next couple hours. I didn't forget how much work a party at home is, but I forget that when you're the one running the show, you don't have time to visit with any of your own friends :( But, Brady had a great time, so that's all that matters.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
It seems that Drew has made his first friends :) It's so fun to listen to the few things he has to say about school. He mentioned the name of one little boy a few weeks ago and when Bryan asked today, also named another little girl and said that the two of them were his favorite friends. Three is such a great age (not in all ways, of course) - they are learning so much and have so much more to say about it! Of course, he also has the advantage of listening to Brady and has adopted some of his habits. Not only does Drew let me know that he didn't cry at school each day, he also lets me know that he stayed on green and reports if anyone in the class did not... too funny.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Mallory's been her usual happy self, although I've seen her throw herself down on the floor a few times in the last month when things don't go her way...lol. She is walking the majority of the time now, although I don't think she's quite given up crawling yet. I'm still perservering with the bows - sometimes she won't leave it in at all, but sometimes she messes with it a few times and then will leave it in for an hour or so. Hey - it's progress! Maybe in a few months she won't notice anymore... the good news is that she does have enough hair to keep one in! Her vocabulary is definitely growing - she hasn't said any word clear enough for me to call it her first official word, but there are several things we hear her repeating from us. She says a version of hi and bye (and waves, although a lot of times it's too late - has to do it on HER time, of course!). She says "no, ma'am" and "uh, uh" (her version of uh,oh). She follows the end of any song with "Yea!" and sometimes says it at the beginning if it's one she really likes - she's been doing that for quite some time. She says "mama" quite a bit but I'm yet to be convinced she's referring to me. The other word that comes to mind is "puppies" - hard to know if that's what she's really saying but it seems appropriate when she says it!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Bryan went to the Aggie game yesterday with my dad and brother, while I stayed at home with the kiddos. We had a soccer game in the morning and soccer pics in the afternoon. Drew played the first three periods and did great. His only crying episode was as he was coming off the field that last period - not sure if something happened, or he was just getting tired. He got to throw the ball in twice and I thought he got his foot on it once, although he says he didn't (not sure I believe him!) Brady played goalie the first half and was disappointed because the ball only made it's way down to him one time. At least he did get that one, though! Then, the third period he scored two goals. He sat out the last - I could tell he was upset about that, but did a good job hiding it.
Today is the beginning of "party mode" - Brady's birthday party is a week from today. Of course, I've already made lots of plans and bought a lot of stuff but there are always many things that have to be done closer to the actual party date... Needless to say, he is VERY excited. I'm loving the idea of a costume party and if it goes well, wouldn't mind making it an annual thing - we'll see!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
1. Brady scored 4 goals at his soccer game... he was thrilled!! After the first one, he was running back and fell down, that's how excited he was. We told him not to expect all his other games to live up to this one :) Drew did a little better than last week - he cried very briefly and ran around with the team more than before. I'm still not convinced he's enjoying himself. He's pretty small compared with everyone else and can't run as fast as most of the kids out there.
2. I took Brady to a birthday party of one of his new best friends in kindergarten. Apparently, he's still quite the lady's man! Four of the parents there (all of girls, one of twin girls) came up to me and remarked how much their daughters talked about Brady, and one said that all of the girls in the class seemed to really like him...lol. When the birthday girl got to Brady's gift, she read the card and gave him a big smile before she opened it... too funny!
3. Grandma got Brady's peter pan costume finished. It looks awesome and he is very excited about it! Grandma, thanks for the extra work that you and Grandpa put in!!
4. The least exciting part of the day was the aggie game that night. We looked good for the first few minutes, and it was all downhill from there. But, look how cute our little aggie was!!