Thursday, April 6, 2017

Owen: 6 Years

Well now that Owen is 6.25, I thought it was time to document how this kind, fair, & hard working kid rocks my world. The intricate details of Owen are changing as he grows and matures through his kindergarten year, and I'm loving watching him unfold. His report cards show him to be working hard, meeting academic expectations, honing some leadership skills, and befriending most everyone. His favorite friend, however, is Matthew. When their teacher needs to know how a situation really went down, she turns to Owen & Matthew. This makes my heart swell! (Maybe Matthew can help me intervene btwn Millie & Owen?!?!?).

Owen is getting more serious. He still likes to giggle, of course,
but he is sensitive & internalizes most things..... that apple didn't fall far!
 He also loves to follow rules, and it turns out that is a nice quality to have in a kid ;)  

His favorites are still his favorites. Ralphie is the stand by lovey.
Hot wheels cars are the go to toy. He loves to run & race.

His head isn't often in the clouds, unless there's an airplane or he's watching TV. 
(ps... he doesn't like movies. Any story line where there is an antagonist is too much drama!)

On the way to cousin Kelley's wedding where he was the featured ring bearer. 
Who does he look like these days? 

Fairy tale day @ school. He dressed as a wolf. I hope he didn't blow any one's house down!

I'm still trying to create Tiger fans out of these kids.. 

 Serious and still. Very meticulous about the way he is holding this chick!
This photo really captures his personality!

He wrote this card to my mom who is in the middle of tax season. 
It was so sweet.. I might have cried a little bit. 

These two get along pretty well, but Amelia can get really jealous of Owen. She wants to make sure everything is 100% fair. Naturally, that starts a few fights. 

Owen is playing baseball this spring. He hasn't played any other sport this kindergarten year, because frankly, he's been SO tired! 5 days a week of school & 3 days a week of before & after care (adeventure club) can really wear a kiddo out!

He loves math & is reading anything he can. Advertisements, road signs, encyclopedias, etc :) When he grows up he wants to be a scientist & we frequently have science experiements going on at our house. 

He's a work hard, play hard kind of boy. I've loved watching him this year. Thanks for sharing in our joy and loving him along side us!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Macy: 20 & 21 months. Tiny Dancer!

Our little Macy girl is 21 months. Our girlfriend loves to dance! She dances to grocery store music (like her mama), Millie's ballet songs, carousel music, the radio (we have the Trolls soundtrack on repeat), etc. It's a sweet little bounce on repeat!

She's mostly down to one nap a day; occasionally she'll catch up with two. Sleep transitions are one of my least favorite parts of parenting, so I'm happy to have her almost through this one! I still have her sleep in a sack that zips over her, so she hasn't attempted to climb out of the crib. Owen was 22 months (I had just delivered Millie) when he climbed out... I'm not ready for her to do it yet!

Aside from her 2 year molars, she's complete with a full set of teeth. 

She's my best eater & she loves MEAT! 

 Sweet baby blues!

 We've been working on getting used to the water again. We're taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge in March, so I'm 'training' Macy ;) It took 45 minutes to get her to stop crying the first week. And the second week this was her expression! She walked right in. 
ps.. the kids don't know yet about this surprise. 


 She calls shampoo, 'Poo'. 
At first we thought she was trying to warn us that something was coming.... 
'More poo! More poo!'

 She loves to color on paper (and anything else in the path of the crayon or marker!)

 'I wanna dance!'

 She has started to throw some tantrums. I believe these tears were caused by me reading the wrong page of a book. This quick temperament change can be quite difficult out in public ;) 


 Angel babe!

 These girls love their babies! Here they are showering baby Gwen with kisses!

 The library is one of her favorite spots, too. 

 She refuses to sit in the buckled part of the grocery cart, but we have come to compromise with her sitting here. 

 She wants to help mix like a big kid. 

 Stir, stir. 

She has definite opinions about her coat and shoes. Basically she won't wear the adorable poncho or boots I bought specifically for her. She prefers Millie's hand me downs ;) 

She's starting to sing Twinkle, Twinkle & ABCs (I love this). 
She knows some colors (pink & lellow). She has a million words. I'm not even exaggerating. She says 2-4 word sentences and her recent favorite word is 'MINE' ;)

And we love her spunk & smile!

Friday, December 23, 2016

19 months: 'Matey'

Our sweet baby girl continues to grow like a weed!
Today she is weighing in at 23lb. I know that because this morning she is at the pediatrician for the 3rd time this month! Day care sure does cause a lot of colds with subsequent ear infections. Better now than kindergarten, right?!

 Pigtails! Her hair is getting long...and she's got soft big curls in the back. I gush!

 A swinging tutu. Girl on the go. 

 She still loves to empty my tupperware cabinet. This day, she found Owen's hat while he was sleeping, and she requested to wear it. How could I say no?!

 Dressing the girls alike doesn't happen often, but I sure do love to capture it when I can!

 A tired Christmas elf. 

 Last night we turned her around to face forward in her car seat. She was getting to the point where she would cry every time I tried to put her in the car, so we flipped her. (You're supposed to wait until they are two... but they can't move their legs!). So last night we flipped her and went looking at Christmas lights. She kept saying, "Hi Hi" and "Wow!". :) 

 Sometimes she poops like this ;) 

 Perfect Santa reaction!

 Sickness cuddles this month. 

 First ponytail! Look how it curls!

 I don't feel good, I don't want to eat anything, and I will tell you about it!

....but if you give me a cookie, I'll consider being happy & patient :) 

She can ask for cookies now.. which means she gets more than I would otherwise prefer to allow!

She calls herself 'Matey'.
She says a perfect 'Owen' and calls him bubby too. She sticks to 'Sis Sis' or 'Sissy' for Millie. 
She knows every kid in her class & calls them by name. Her teacher too.. but Faith sure is hard to say when you are only 19 months!
Other cute words: E-O-E-O for cheerio. 
She knows the entire cast of Finding Dory from a library book: Dory, Nemo, Hank, etc!
She loves to say the word CUP (Hard emphasis on the P!)
WE love the way she says Boat.. imagine a Minnesotan accent. 

We love her so. Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Macy: 17 & 18 months! Practically Perfect in Everyway ;)

Macy is blossoming! She's a ton of fun (and also getting LOTS of opinions!). 
She can point to her nose, ears, eyes, hair & mouth. 
She's still my best eater, but now loves variety. Items that were tried & true are now often catapulted off the tray & on to the floor! That action is also accompanied by a 'NO!'. If you guess correctly & give her what she wants, she giggles & says 'YEAH!'.  She also get's 'hangry'. Hungry angry. There is no waiting for dinner where she is concerned.

On repeat at day care she mutters, 'Daddy, bubby, daddy, bubby, daddy, bubby'.  She loves her mommy & sissy but we don't get in the rotation. 

She's ALWAYS up for a laugh. She's great at her animal sounds, and I think her fish face is my favorite. I need to record that!

She's got 12 teeth with #13 & 14 almost through. 

Height: 31 inches
Weight: 23 lb 9oz (62%). 
Our pediatrician just updated to an electornic medical record, so I no longer get the percentages written down for me. The percentage of her height went in one ear & out the other!

Miss Independent toddling at the park!

A bee goes buzz... here she is practcing her sounds!

Think I could get her on Ellen!?
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 This was at a church picnic. No wonder she loves her bubby!


 The zoo is always a hit!

 I got to ride with her on the train. She loves to sit like a big girl, so this was a dream come true for her! It will be a dream come true for me when she really can sit like a big girl & I can turn on a cartoon for her!<3 p="">

They do a lot of art at school/daycare & she enjoys it! She really enjoys coloring on my kitchen floor. And that's the difference between #1 & #3. I wouldn't have even let Owen entertain the idea of coloring on my floor. And with Macy I think, 'Well at least she's safe & occupied!". 

No wonder she loves her daddy ;)

Girlfriend loves story time! I love how she crosses her ankles. (She eats this way too!)

"Mine!". She likes to feed herself!

Macy has so many words. She even said a four sentence word the other day, 'Here you go baby'. I'm pretty confident that the others weren't speaking as well at 18 months, but I can't remember, really. I'm just thrilled that she's developing normally. She loves her baby dolls, and Santa will be bringing her one of her own for Christmas. Fortunately, Amelia has been willing to share thus far. 

She naps 1-2 times a day, and she's in bed by 6:30 every night! We have tried on multiple attempts to push back night time, but she just needs her sleep! She's often shuttled to many places when she really should be napping, so we just let her keep her 6:30 bedtime. She's so busy that we are often ready for her to be contained anyway ;)

Thank you for sharing in our joy for all 3 of these wonderful blessings God has entrusted to us. 

xo, H&M

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday, Amelia!

Our sweet Amelia is FOUR years old! I still remember the day we found out we 
were having a girl. Time really does fly!

                                                                  Maker of plans
                                                                  Excited about God
                                                                  All girl

Amelia is brave & adventurous. She rides her bicycle down the hill fast! She's also willing to take risks. She always has a plan & a back up plan. Especially when it comes to her play time! Amelia is my one kid who seems to really consider God, think about God, celebrate God, and pray specifically! Shes loving, nurturing, & sensitive (she feels all the feels), and she's a great solo player. I often find her imagining conversations between two princesses or other characters (often one is whining ;) ). She's also alllll girl. She loves ballet, accessories, princesses, tiaras, and has big opinions about how she'll wear her hair.

 We celebrated her 4th birthday with Ariel. 
I'm glad she also loves swimming princesses who dream big! 

 She is definitely a loved little girl!

 Aunt Alaska & Uncle Steven (but really aunt Alaska) MADE her a mermaid costume for Halloween. So super fun! This costume was complete with a warm fuzzy cape for cold trick or treating!
Ariel never looked so good!

Big grins & giggles. 

Tiny dancer. She works SO HARD at ballet. She listens well & really tries. 
I love seeing her in this element. 

She wrote this on a paper at school. I melted. 

Bitty baby comes with us a lot of places. This day, she got to swing at the park. 

A beautiful grin on a beautiful, kind, smart, & brave girl! 
(We try to watch our compliments being only about things external). 
Love that she is so full of JOY!

A special birthday book from daddy. That Amelia Bedelia is so literal & so silly!

She chose to go to the zoo on her actual bday. The carousel is always a hit!

I have always loved her half moon eyes. 

She looks so grown up in this picture painting her toe nails with her hair pulled back & her accessories on point. 

Amelia, my dear, you bring a wonderful dynamic to our family. You love big, feel big, encourage big, and are independent. You're such a nurturer, and we are blessed beyond measure to have you. 

xo, Mom & Dad