Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Kidisms

I haven't been keeping up on this as well as I used to- Sometimes we haven't written the funny things the kids have said quickly enough and then forgot them.  I haven't updated the sidebar since this summer with the ones I did write down, so I decided to just put them all in  a year in review post.

When I picked up Luke and one of his baby buddies didn't get picked up it sounded like he said "ha!" to her.

(Luke is holding a ruler) J: Luke, what are doing with that ruler?  K: Ruling?

Jaide and Kiree got very excited about making presents for everyone with art supplies like paper, crayons, markers, and glitter.  Kiree asked me what I wanted for Christmas and I told her she could clean up the house for me.  She didn't care much for that answer.  K: No, I mean what do you want that I could make you in the office?

Bob tells the girls they need to clean up the mess they made in the office (quite a bit of glitter on the floor)  K: I think the mess is beautiful.

M: Your tongue is green, probably from cookies.
K: It could be from broccoli.

One day we were talking about back in April when we posted an April fools joke about Luke being born that day.  Kiree said something about nobody being born on April fools day.
M: Some people were born on April fools day.
K: (jumping up and down) Like Mr. Jack! (one of the preschool teachers)
M: Oh, was Mr. Jack born on April fools day?
K: I don't know.

K&J: Dark Vader
J: Wait, is it Dark Vader or Darth Vader?

J: The basement is one of the scariest places on earth.

M: would cost $2.
K: Do we have that much money?

L: (laughing riotously at us shucking corn)

Awhile back we got a DVD in the mail about Disney cruises.  Kiree wanted to watch it so we did.  Bob found the DVD one day when he was going through the DVDs and Kiree had to tell him all about it.
K: On the Disney cruise you get to watch lots of movies and they have towels.  You don't even have to bring a towel.  You have to bring a swim suit since they have hundreds of pools.  I am not sure if they have toilets, you might need to bring a toilet.
(after some laughter and some discussion of what a cruise is for)
M: The point is to eat food and visit interesting places like beaches.
K: Maybe we could bring our play sand to the beach.

K: (After learning about the word of wisdom in primary) We only drink urban tea.  (Later it became urvant tea)


L: maaaaahm
(after an FHE lesson about pioneer day) K: I learned my ancestors were pioneers and they crossed over airplanes.
(Phone is beeping loudly) B: Who left the phone off the hook? J: Off the hook? What hook? That doesn't even make sense. B: (to himself) Am I that old?


M: (looking at the picture Jaide drew during church of what looked like people coming out of the ground) Is that a picture of the resurrection or zombies? J: Zombies!
K: Daddy is my fun house!
K: Let's play nice together like real pirates do.
B: What's this world coming to? J: The end.
K: When I was outside walking on the grass with no shoes on I saw a bird. I talked to it but it didn't believe me.
K: Once I sneezed and you didn't answer
K: ability cord = umbilical cord
K: No one can escape my smartness.
K: (showing 3 day old Luke his 3D ultrasound picture) Here's a picture of you when you were a baby.
Commenting on the two edible arrangements we received after the baby was born K: Why did people send this? The baby can't even eat it.
J: How can it be bedtime, there are brownies over there.
(At Bob's suggestion of the possibility of the brownies being poisoned)Commenting on the brownies she was eating, brownies which Sister Ladle made J: These brownies are not poisoned. M: How do you know? J: They taste good. K: Sister Ladle never has poison.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Rather Dull Post About December with cute baby pictures

Every year I start thinking about Christmas "early" and I think, 'this year I will get everything done early.'  Even though I think this, and I get started "early"  I never manage to finish up until right before Christmas.  It is crazy.  I'm not sure what I can do besides maybe schedule a trip right before, at, or after Christmas.  I still need to finish making some picture books I've been dragging my feet on for at least two months.  Valentines presents!

December is a busy month.  I had a birthday, which seems like a really long time ago by now.  We had some birthday pie.  After Thanksgiving, my birthday, and Christmas, I think I'm a little pied out.  The holiday party Bob's work had this year was more fun than in previous years.  It was held at an art museum in Baltimore.  There was a Relief Society Christmas dinner and a ward Christmas breakfast.  I know I felt really busy although it's hard to remember now all that I did.

Christmas was good.  It was just us at home and we had a lot of fun.  We stayed in our pajamas until 3pm.  The girls really enjoyed their presents.  I made a roast in the crockpot for dinner.  It didn't taste all that great.  I'm not sure why.  I bought Wegman's brand sparkling juice and that wasn't that good either.  The cherry strudel pie we got from the school fundraiser was very good though.  We somehow ended up with a lot of candy and sweets just before and after Christmas.  I got Bob two new games for Christmas and we've played them both already.  Jaide beat us the last time we played.

Here are the cute pictures from Christmas:

I was there too

two teeth now

Luke got a "treasure box" and ball pit balls from Santa

It's a lot of fun to see Jaide get presents because she is so appreciative

The balance bike was a big hit with both the girls

sock monkey pajamas and our little monkey

Luke is starting to pull up and do a little cruising, also I really need to get new window coverings in the living room

Luke also figured out regular crawling right about Christmas day

Jaide really excited to get the Chronicles of Narnia

Climbing up that one step entry way

"helping" Daddy

Taking a seat inside the finished product with a talking Darth Vader doll from his sisters

Luke has gotten a few rides in this toy from his sisters.  It looks like he's taking Darth Vader for a ride but he was just standing there.

The wagon started to get away from him

Everything goes in the mouth when you're eight months old
Since I wrote the Thanksgiving post, Luke has started eating wheat without problems.  He loves bread!  He also loves taco meat, shredded cheese, and sweet potatoes.  He feeds himself and does a pretty good job (he gets a lot of it in, but does toss some overboard as well).  

Bob has been home all week.  It's been nice to have some time to just do whatever the kids wanted to do and also some stuff around the house.  We've read books, played games, jumped on the trampoline, went swimming, some of us rode bikes, some of us played in snow while it lasted, watched Star Wars movies, played instruments and made hot breakfasts several days.  We've also cleared everything off the floor for robot vacuums to go around (a new one Bob got me for Christmas, which already has some kind of issue and the old one with a new battery and some new parts).  It's been a good thing to have the floors cleared for wagon rides, balance bike rides, and Luke crawling all over the place.  We rearranged the furniture in the basement, spent some time down there, and wondered what on earth the people who finished the basement were thinking (probably something like, who cares how that looks- let's just get this over with).  I'm looking forward to getting back into projects around the house and to hiring some of those projects out (dining room floor, you need professional help!)  I always enjoy making new goals and looking ahead.  Hopefully 2013 will be a good year despite the fact that I keep thinking it's going to be 2014 and Bob's insistence that "2013" does not sound like a year.

Thanksgiving and others

I started writing this post the week after Thanksgiving and then never got back to it.  I figured I'd just post it even though it just kind of ends.  The year is almost over and I need to write about the month of December, so no more time for this post!

Thanksgiving was just last week, but it already seems like terribly old news.  I'm going to write about Thanksgiving any way.

Thanksgiving was fun.  It was just the five of us at home this year.  Instead of making way too much food, we made a more reasonable amount.  It was like a little nicer than regular dinner but with way more pies.  We made two pies and had two we bought to support the band and strings at Jaide's school.  That is a lot of pies for five people, one of whom is a baby and didn't really eat any pie, but we did take almost a week to finish them up.  I asked Bob and the girls what foods they wanted and we just made the things people wanted, in small amounts.  I enjoyed "lazy" Thanksgiving.  We did what we felt like doing, like "sleeping in" and having our own "turkey trot" at the elementary school.  I wanted to invite other people to join us, but never got around to it.  Luke got a good nap and Kiree ran through the forest part a second time so that she could "win."  Earlier that week, Kiree joined Jaide's grade at school to run their turkey trot.  We ran the same route on Thanksgiving.

Luke got to eat quite a bit of Thanksgiving dinner. He eats a lot of things these days, but still not wheat.  Wheat and his tummy don't seem to get along yet.  Luke even got to try some pumpkin pie, minus the crust, though he wasn't too impressed with it.  He loves sweet potatoes though, even without marshmallows and crushed pineapple.  We had a chicken instead of a turkey because Bob doesn't like turkey and a chicken is a more appropriate size for our family.  Everybody ate at least a little bit of chicken.  I tried brining it this year. I think it turned out pretty well.

Luke has become mobile this month.  Luke does the army crawl and is starting to pull himself up on things, if he is properly motivated.  Paper is a big motivator for him.  The computer is another one.  Luke also sprouted a tooth recently.  We were at Ikea the Saturday after Thanksgiving and he grabbed a hold of my finger, stuck it in his mouth and bit me.  That's when I discovered the little tooth.

We did some shopping, but not too much.  I went to Michael's Thanksgiving night as I have the last few years.  I always go Thanksgiving night because they always have a 30% off coupon on top of good sale prices that night and the next morning.  I don't get up early to shop.  There has started to be more and more people shopping Thanksgiving night.  There was a long line of people waiting to get into Target, stretching past the Michael's by the time I left.

We did end up at Target on black Friday.  Their portrait studio had a black Friday deal.  I scheduled our appointment for what I thought would be a good time for Luke- right after his morning nap.  Well, he didn't take his morning nap and then we had to wait 40 minutes to get in to take our pictures.  I hadn't planned on dressing up, but the girls said they wanted to.  I wore a dress that didn't have nursing access, so Luke was pretty grumpy by picture time.  At least we got a few pictures of him.  I needed to find a sweater for me and something for Luke before we took pictures.  It took a little digging around, but I found a cute red sweater on the clearance racks and I got Luke a cute little sweater vest.  I bought Luke a cute little black jacket first, but then didn't like the way it looked on him (a little too big).  The vest was actually a bigger size than the jacket, but fit him better,  funny how that works.

We set up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.  The girls were very excited about it.  We put ornaments up the next day.  I didn't really feel like doing it, but the girls wanted to, so I let them.  Then I joined in too.  We've been slowly putting up Christmas stuff since then.  I always realize when I get the Christmas stuff out that there's stuff I'd like to go get.  I guess that would be one pro of putting up the Christmas stuff on or before Thanksgiving, then I'd know what else I'd like to get from the craft store before the big sale.  The greenery garland I've had for a few years is shedding all over and falling apart.  Maybe I should make a list for next Thanksgiving or the after Christmas sale.  Last year I did get some cute glittery ornaments deeply discounted after Christmas.  The girls really liked them.  One of the sets had ties on them that were knotted close to the bottom with long loose ends at the top.  It's like they were made in some shop in rural China by people who had no clue what they were for or why it would matter where the knot in the hanger was made.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An Interview with a Five Year Old: Kiree edition

I would say that I sat down to chat with Kiree about turning the big 0-5, but actually I sat and she ran in and out of the room.  It was the day of Kiree's fifth birthday, her birthday party was two days earlier, a my little pony friendship is magic party.  Kiree was rocking Halloween socks, pajama bottoms and a t-shirt that says "I'm the little big sister."

I asked her how it felt to finally be five.  "Great!" she told me, "because it's my birthday!"  Almost everything Kiree says could be written with an exclamation point.  She is a very dramatic and passionate little girl.  At five years old, as at younger ages, Kiree has some strong preferences and isn't afraid to state them.  Her favorite color is blue, favorite food is pasta, and favorite show is "ponies."

I ask her what her favorite activity is.  "Activity days" she says (she came along with Jaide and I one week when Bob and Luke went to a community meeting, she also came that evening as we had a family activity day night).  After a short pause, she continued, "um, baking and art.  How about baking and art?"
Kiree's attention now turns to her baby brother Luke.  He is a frequent playmate when big sister Jaide is at school.  Kiree gives him her new Princess Celestia doll to play with.  Luke tries to bite it.  Kiree shares (after I ask her) that her favorite place is Chick-fil-A.  This may have something to do with our having gone there for lunch on Tuesday.  She wants to go there again today, we don't.

Kiree's baby brother has started inch worm style crawling.  He inches toward my notes and tries to grab them.  Kiree runs around quickly with her toy she has taken back from Luke.  "So Kiree," I interrupt, "What is the best part of being Kiree?"  "Getting tiny things" she says.  I have no clue what she's talking about so I ask what she means.  "I'm happy" she says.  I move on as she seems to find answering my questions boring.  What's your favorite treat? "Gum."  What did you think of your party?  "I loved it?"  The best part?  "The pinky pies"!  (We had mini pudding pies with vanilla pudding dyed pink).

Hoping to get more than a one, two, or three word answer, I ask, "What is the most important thing you've learned in your five years?"  "About the earth," she replies.  What's the best thing about a November birthday?  "It could snow."  (It did not).  Best thing about being a big sister?  "I like to kiss Lukey wookie" she says in a baby voice as she rushes over to do so.  Is it good to be the middle child?  "It's good because it's fun, because I get to play with the baby."  And with Jaide?  "yeah"  But being the middle child can also be bad according to Kiree, like when your balloon blows away (earlier we'd gone to Toys R Us and got a free birthday balloon.  The first one we got popped off the string and flew away.  The second one got all the way home and then Kiree poked a hole in it while playing roughly with it).

My last question for Kiree was what advice would she give to people turning five.  "It's great to be five," she would tell them, "because they might be nervous to turn five."

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Happy Halloween!  As my three year old nephew told my told my dad on his 64th birthday, "you shouldn't eat too much candy or you'll get sick!"


Monday, October 15, 2012

October is like half over

Blogging has not been happening so much lately.  I'm not sure why exactly.  Facebook and pinterest?  At least I have baby pictures and milestones to log.

Hit the 1/2 mark earlier this month.  He's officially 29" long and 15lbs 9oz.  He's eating pureed veggies and fruit and sometimes non pureed of the same.  He's recently gotten quite good at sitting up all by himself (as in we sit him on the floor and he stays there).  He sometimes leans forward and eases himself onto his belly.  No teeth yet, but you can see the lines on his bottom gum where the teeth are pushing their way up.  Everything gets put in the mouth and he sometimes bites- ouch!
Already trying to get into stuff

Is doing well in preschool.  She's a little bummed that she's not in kindergarten with her buds or at her old preschool which "had more toys."  They seem to be doing a lot of work on learning reading and writing.  It's kind of weird that it's such a small group and that everybody seems to come at least 5 or 6 minutes early to pick the kids up.  If I'm only 5 minutes early, Kiree is usually staring out the window with her backpack on her back waiting for me.  We have her first fieldtrip on Friday to the farm and Jaide and Luke will be coming along.  Kiree's picked up her first cold of the season and had a bad night last night.  She She missed picture day at preschool today.  She might miss her last swim lesson tomorrow.  I don't think she cares about swim lesson though.  The teacher wants her to put her face in the water and she refuses.  At least she is willing and able to swim around by herself with a float on.  She used to be so afraid she needed multiple floaties and someone to be holding her all the time.

Has started playing the cello.  They have lessons at school twice a week.  We had to rent a cello for her to play.  So far she likes it despite having to carry it to school and back.  At least the case has backpack like straps.  Jaide enjoys going to activity day now that she is eight.  I like having some extra time with her on the rides there and back (I'm still activity day leader).
Kiree's up again hacking away.  I wish she could clear her throat without vomiting.  I hope she doesn't wake Luke up again tonight.
at 3rd grade fundraiser restaurant night
Jaide, back to Jaide.  Jaide is very helpful with Luke.  Sometimes too helpful, but it's nice to have someone else around who can hold Luke and help him to be happy.  She is enjoying school.  We continue to battle over her hair.  She really wants to have long hair but lacks the skill and desire to care for long hair.  I made two charts, one that says long hair and one that says short hair.  I put a mark on long hair any time she takes care of her hair and a mark on short hair any time she doesn't.  If short hair fills up first, she's getting a haircut.
We also have two charts that say responsible and irresponsible.  That is for both the girls when they do their chores (or not) and when they do other responsible or irresponsible things.  The girls really want to get a dog and if they fill up responsible before they fill up irresponsible, then we will get a dog.  If irresponsible fills up first, then we'll have to start over again.
So far, short hair and irresponsible are the more full charts, but responsible isn't far behind irresponsible.  I see a haircut in Jaide's future.  I told her she needs to practice combing doll hair.

I've been trying to go for walks with Luke for (a) exercise and (b) to get him to take a good nap.  It works great on days when it's not raining and when Kiree is at school.  Kiree's not a fan of walking and we don't currently have a double stroller.  We are members at a local gym, but I don't like it as much as our old gym.  The child care isn't available at the times I'd most like to work out.  Then there's always to problem at any gym of the kids picking up viruses and whatnot from the kid areas.  I've been trying to work on family history a bit.  My sister has been doing much more than me.  Our ancestors are a bit hard to find.
Luke's new suit is a bit big

Bob and I did some painting this past weekend.  We painted exterior trim around one of the second floor windows.  It was a gnarly mess of rotty wood.  It looks much better now.  Bob did a lot of Luke tending and he and I both helped the girls to clean up their room somewhat.  We might move some furniture around in there.  The casing around the windows and closet door are getting painted white (they were previously red, green, blue, and yellow).  Bob is a good man and I love him.

Luke and his father

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Luke at 5 months

I started this blog when I was pregnant with Kiree and I wrote about the things she did when she was a baby.  Since Luke was born, I've been going back through and reading some of those posts to help me remember what I did and what Kiree did at different stages.  It's been helpful, so I'm going to try and record things with Luke too.  It's amazing how soon you forget so much.
Just before turning 5 months, we started feeding Luke solid food.  We would have waited longer, but he really wanted food.  He would get so mad when we had dinner and didn't share.  He's pretty good at eating (for a baby obviously, he still makes slightly more of a mess than Jaide does).   We started out letting him chew on some whole foods which he liked, but he wasn't very good at grasping stuff and that really frustrated him.  We started making him pureed food in the baby bullet and he loved it.  He does want to hold the spoon though and I let him.  I help him a bit, but he gets to hold the spoon as he's taking the food off it.  He's had bananas, apples, pears, green beans, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash.  He also enjoys sucking on plums that I've bitten the peel off of.  He had avocado too, but he didn't like it.  All the other stuff he really likes.  He usually eats one baby bullet jar of food at lunch and at dinner. 
 Luke is getting better at sitting up by himself.  He still falls over from time to time (or folds himself in half) but he can sit up all by himself for short periods.  Not that he could get to sitting up without being put there in the first place though.  He often grabs his feet and then rolls to his side and then onto his tummy.  He usually can't get back onto his back from his tummy and he doesn't like being on his tummy for very long.
Luke's gotten better at grabbing things lately.  He has a few toys that he loves to grab and bite and slobber all over.  And sometimes he can really throw stuff far!  No teeth yet, but you can see the spot in his bottom gum where they're working their way up.  




On good days, Luke takes two naps, one after we take the girls to school and one at about 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon.  Sometimes he naps in his crib, sometimes in his carseat or the stroller.  He's usually a good night time sleeper.  Bedtime is between 7 and 8pm and he usually sleeps until somewhere between 3 and 6 in the morning.  After a feeding, he usually goes back to sleep until everybody gets up (7 or 8).
Luke's a pretty happy baby, for the most part.  He loves watching people, especially his sisters when they're playing or doing crazy stuff (as long as it's not bothering him).  We've been doing "baby stats" on the wii fit nearly every day.  It's interesting to see the fluctuations even in such a little one.  He's just under 16lbs right now.  Next month, at his check up, we'll find out how long he is.  He's a tall baby, that much we know!