Saturday, October 31, 2009

Carving time!

I was curious to see Mallory's reaction this year when we opened up the pumpkin... she was definitely intrigued. She touched some of the seeds/guts of the pumpkin that Bryan had put in a bowl, but quickly wiped the little she got on her finger onto her shirt. She did grab a scraper - mostly she used it to beat on the pumpkin, but she did try to stick it in the pumpkin a few times. Eventually, she dropped it in...

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.
This year Brady decided on a Batman design - we were happy with it because it wasn't too much work!

Pumpkin fest

Brady had his halloween party at school yesterday - of course, it's not politically correct to call it "halloween", so technically it was his Pumpkin fest. Obviously his teacher has been doing this a while - she had seven different stations set up for the kids to keep them busy. They all had lots of fun, and Brady was happy that I was able to join him. I know it probably won't be too far into the future when I'm no longer welcome...lol.







Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bubbles!

A few nights ago, Drew requested a bubble bath.
Mallory had never been in one before, so she was quite intrigued...
Not surprisingly, she thought it was pretty cool!
On a different note, I finally feel that fourth tooth coming in on the top of Mallory's mouth. So, she's got two all the way in on the bottom, and four in a row all barely poking through on the top. It's funny how different their smiles are once those teeth start showing!

Respect

Every month at Brady's school, the PTA gives out Character Trait Awards. Two students from each class are chosen by their teacher - whomever they feel best exemplifies that particular trait. This month it was respect, and Brady was happy to be chosen along with one of his good friends from his class. They had a little recognition ceremony at the school, and each student was given a sign to display in the window at home. We are supposed to hold onto it, and then give it back next month when they are ready to announce the winners of the next trait award.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Good Laugh

I just logged onto facebook and saw that my brother-in-law became a fan of "I don't care how comfortable crocs are, you look like an dumbass!" Apparently, they have almost half a million fans. Maybe tomorrow when I'm better rested, this won't seem as funny, but somehow I find it hilarious at the moment... maybe because it's true.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Happy Anniversary to me!

And Bryan, of course...lol. Eleven years! Just as hard to believe as when the kids get a year older. We didn't buy each other gifts, but I did get pretty flowers. We got a sitter tonight - nothing too exciting, just dinner and a movie. We're headed to Washington D.C. in about three weeks (without the kiddos), so we decided we didn't need to do anything too extravagant.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pumpkin Patch

I thought today would be a good time to visit the pumpkin patch since it was an early release day for Brady. We headed over there this afternoon, but I didn't have high expectations for a really great pic since Drew wasn't thrilled about going and fell asleep in the car on the way over. So, I was very excited when I sat them down right away and got this...
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.
Their selections - I was only planning on getting one, but why fight it when Drew picked out a $.50 pumpkin? Boy, he really needs a haircut!
This didn't last long, but she sure did look cute!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Never enough sleep...

How did I end up with kids that are such poor sleepers?? Although I complain about Brady getting up at 6 a.m. everyday, at least he's in a good mood when he does get up. And, although I don't really consider 7 a.m. to be late, he does sometimes "sleep in" when he's extra tired. What I've realized is that Drew and Mallory have yet to grasp that important concept - if you wake up and you're still tired, go back to sleep!!

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

Happy Birthday Brady!

1 year old------------------ 2 years old


3 years old -----------------4 years old

5 years old


Hard to believe you could already be 6! Love you!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Brady's party

OK, the pics aren't cooperating, so you're getting them out of order!

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

Anyone need a dog...or two?

They used to be so well-behaved... before the children, back in the good old days when we worked with them and gave them our undivided attention. Now, they just do whatever they damn well please. Can't say I blame them, but that doesn't stop me from getting irritated! I'm almost certain that their jumping up on the furniture was to blame for Murdock's pinched nerve (and several hundred dollars at the vet, I might add) and tonight I discovered that one of them (99% sure it was Murdock) was laying/sleeping in my laundry basket. The kicker is that the laundry basket had freshly washed and folded clothes...&^%&! I can at least understand the draw of dirty clothes, but why the clean ones when a basket of dirty underwear is within arm's reach??

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Discovery

I was surprised to find another of Mallory's teeth coming in... The left front middle tooth is barely visible, but now I see the tooth to the right of the middle poking through, too. I didn't feel anything on the left but assume it won't be long until that one appears. Poor thing - I don't recall the boys ever getting more than two teeth at a time. Of course, they also has more than two teeth at a year old!

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

Nothing too exciting around here... so guess I'll just give a few quick updates. The weather on Sunday was uncooperative, so my mom wasn't able to take the boys to Dewberry Farms (which would explain why I haven't posted any pics!). They went to Chuck E. Cheese instead - Brady was definitely disappointed because he knows all about Dewberry Farms, but Drew was very happy to visit one of his favorite places! Speaking of Drew, he's still doing great potty training. In fact, I owe him a trip either to Chuck E. Cheese or to go bowling because of how well he's done. He's very proud of himself and still tells everyone that he's wearing underwear...lol. Of course, he's not perfect yet, but SO FAR (those words are always critical!) it's been a piece of cake compared to Brady.

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

A quiet day

It's a quiet day today - my mom has the boys. We met last night for dinner so the boys could have a sleepover and then go to Dewberry Farms today. My mom roped two of my aunts and one cousin into going with her, so I told her she should be able to at least take a few pictures :)

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

Christmas... a little early!

I wasted a good amount of time the other night trying to come up with something I liked from one of my bookclub kits this month. Both kits are winter/xmas themed, and I don't have any xmas pics that need to be scrapped.... so, I was trying to come up with some cards, but it just wasn't happening. After I layed down for bed, I realized that what I should do was just a single layout for my scrapbook. Here's what I came up with - it's designed to show off whatever pic I end up using in our xmas cards. Of course, I don't have that pic yet, but I did get a cute pic of Mallory in her xmas outfit and will swap it out later...


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Halloween cutie!

No, she did not wear the tutu outside of the house... although I did think about sporting it at music class - seems appropriate. Of course, she won't leave the bow in either, but even the shirt and pants are too cute on their own!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Homework woes

Brady has had reading homework for several weeks, but this is the first week of writing homework. We sat down to work on it this afternoon, and it was rough! We are supposed to talk about the topic of the week, and then he is to write a sentence (or more) on the topic. I can help him sound out the words, but I'm not supposed to tell him any of the letters. Let me tell you - we were both in tears! Him, because he was frustrated at not knowing what to write (and wanted to write some letters but couldn't remember how) Me, because I giggled at something he wrote (of course, I didn't mean to) and then he got upset, so I got upset! I think I was trying too hard...lol. I should have just let him write anything instead of sounding out some of the the words so many times. Oh, well. Live and learn!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Drew's day

I didn't have high hopes for Drew's day today... he cried when I dropped him off with the babysitter at exercise. No idea what that was about considering he's been going there since he was literally 6 weeks old. Then, he fell asleep on the way home and was only able to nap for about 15 minutes before I woke him up for his swimming lesson. I definitely expected some tears at his lesson and was plesantly surprised when they didn't appear. He also had a great soccer practice this evening. But, the biggest news of the day is that he kept his underwear dry all day! It took a lot of encouragement from me to regularly try going to the potty, but it's still major progress. I'm not naive enough to expect this daily from now on, but definitely felt he should be rewarded... as witnessed below. His own Artic Batman - Brady was jealous and wanted to know what prize he got when he stayed dry the first day...lol.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday happenings

Seems like we had a lot going on yesterday! Here's the latest:

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!!