Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas- and after

Merry Christmas!

My children are now learning the love of opening gifts. Liam says almost after every present "Oh wow, really cool". It makes me laugh to hear him chatter about his gifts. He did get quite the amount of toys: a guitar, a scooter, a new tool set, some more blocks, a new train set, and much much more. He was a little confused about how come Santa did not stay after he came down the chimney. After explaining 2-10 times, I think he kind of grasped the idea.

The girls received as much. Amongst the new arrivals were two vacuums, two scooters, some clothes (badly needed), some new buses, some babies, and much much more. I think that we tripled the toy count in the house overnight. They didn't seem to understand the whole opening package bit, but neither did Liam at that age. They sure do love the toys though, and it has been fun to be able to spoil them a little.

Clif and I had a ball with the kids. We were able to spend Christmas Eve together with my whole Seattle family. Liam loved playing with his cousins and the adults had a good time eating and chatting.

Unfortunately, due to the weather, Clif and I did not feel like we could take Adele out in the cold and were not able to head to my sisters for Christmas dinner. They forgave us though, and took Liam to the zoo with them today. How fun for him!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Adele is here!

The newest member of our family was born on Sunday. My other kiddos are so excited to have her home and Liam is very concerned that she is well taken care of.

If you are wondering if she is a clone of my other children, she is. She looks almost identical to the other three so I am just wondering when people will start to ask me if I had quads.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Boy kids grow up fast!

Since Liam has been in speech therapy, he has been shocking me with the depth of his thinking and verbalization. What I don't know is if I am just being unprepared for him growing up, or if I just didn't expect him to say what he was thinking. So if you don't think this is funny- then don't tell me, I think he is a ham.

Today while we were reading his speech therapy homework he made me laugh. His homework consists of four pictures: a pan, a pile of peas, a man paying, and a pie. He is supposed to be working on his sentence structure so he says "My pie". Pretty basic, so we have been pleased that he has picked it up quickly. Well, when he said his sentence, it wasn't so basic. He said, "My pan, Mom makes eggs in pan". Then, to top it off, he said 'My peas, Mom cooks peas in the microwave". Yay, I always knew he was super smart, now he can tell people how smart he is.

On Saturday, Liam and I were racing Clif and the girls to the car. Liam fell down and skinned his knees and was really upset. I kissed his knee and gave him a love and told him to buckle up. Clif was helping him buckle up and told him that Liam was ok. Liam said "No!". Clif then fell back to the old story that we use and said "Liam, your a boy and boy's bounce, so you are ok". Liam said "No bounce, I cry". I think that we learned he is not going to put up with our nonsense anymore.

Last week when it was nap time, Liam and I fell asleep. I got up before he did and so I went into the other room trying to not wake him up. Pretty soon I heard this horrific scream and Liam came bawling out of my room. I gave him a love and asked him what was wrong. He wouldn't answer and so I said "Did you wake up and I wasn't there?" To which he said "Yeah, I was scared, really really scared". I thought it was so funny. He is so cute and he is not afraid to show his emotional side.

The girls are also so funny. Evelyn is the biggest faker you have ever seen. If she gets her feeling hurt she bawls and lashes out, usually at those who hurt her feelings. Like today, she had the cup of letter magnets. MyraJean took them away, Evelyn let out a blood curdling scream and then took it back. Then, she pushed her over in an attempt to get even. By this time I am watching her and she comes running over to me to get sympathy, without a further thought to her sister who is laying on the kitchen floor screaming in pain.

MyraJean is the cutest little thing ever. She is so girly, it is like she is a teenager already. She doesn't like dirt on her hands, or getting dirty on her face. She loves to give kisses and is pretty laid back, especially compared to her sister. I do have to say though, I went to check on her last night and she had eaten Swedish meatballs and raviolis (the yucky Chef Boyardykind) for dinner. I picked her her up and gave her a love and she burped in my face. First of all, it STUNK, and second she laughed when I said "Oh, gross". Didn't I just say she was dainty? Funny!

That is the stories of this week, stay tuned for cute pictures and funny stories.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween and other funny stories

My kids went with my Sister, Mom, and her two kiddos to downtown for the Trick or Treat. The best part is that the city blocks are roped off so that the kids and parents can walk around the city center and the businesses really get into it by decorating and handing out candy.
My sister got so many complements (I don't know if she realized it) on her kids costumes. Her daughter was a peacock and her son was a shark. They really were so cute. I was amazed how many people stopped and commented on their costumes.
Liam and the girls, he has to share with them, got so much candy that I took some really great advice and put it away for Christmas. I can't believe how much junk they got. One really nice gentleman gave Liam a Giant Hershey bar- to a 3 year old! Like Liam is going to eat it, he would bounce for a week.
Clif took Liam by himself to Trick or Treat on our street. Clif came home chuckling. Liam saw a Jack-o-Lantern and said "OH WOW" then later he said "Spooky, spooky, spooky". This is quite the breakthrough since he is a very late talker and so it has been really fun to hear him put his own thoughts into verbal words.
Other funny stories.
Liam was told the other night that he had to put his toys away in his room. Usually he does this very well but he has been a little ornery about it. So, I told him that he could do it by himself, he got them out, he could put them back. Clif and I were trying to put the girls to bed and clean up the other part of the house.
Every time I came to check on him, he was playing in his room and not putting his toys in his toy chest. So I sat next to him and started to help him do it. The only problem was that both Clif and I told him that he had to do it by himself or he couldn't sit on the couch and watch a little TV with his Dad. So by the time that he told me multiple times that he was "So tired", I told him that all he had to do was put his toys away and go to bed.
By this time, Clif came in to help and Liam told him that he wanted to sit on the couch with him. Clif backed me up and told him no, he didn't put his toys away by himself. Liam threw a fit, he cried and bawled and howled. He then told Clif that he would do it himself and tried to pull his toys out of the toy box so that he could but them away by himself. Clif had such a time explaining that he couldn't do that. It was quite the sad story.
MyraJean is talking- sort of (not really). Her first word is Yuck. If you ask her what that is on her hands (regardless of what it is) she says "Uck". I have taken that to mean yuck. It is pretty funny.
Evelyn is so lovable. She walks up to everyone and gives them hugs. She especially loves her brother and tries to hug him no matter what. She is still a bear, and pushes her sister around. She takes toys and then runs away giggling so now I have 3 kids that run circles around my house.
Liam is doing well in speech therapy. He loves it and tells everyone how "cool" his school is. I have seen marked improvement in his speech. He is still pretty unclear but his vocab and sentence structure is amazing. He told Clif and I that he couldn't eat nursery snacks because he didn't eat his breakfast all gone. It may not be amazing to anyone else but it is to Clif and I, it has been a long time coming.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Trunk or Treat

We went to the Trunk or Treat on Saturday night. The kids were not to sure about the dressing up or the candy. Go figure, I thought my kids would love candy anytime of the day but they are a little nervous around strangers handing out candy to them.

I do have to say though, Clif had just as much fun as the kids in dressing up. People kept saying they loved Clif's costume, to which he replied "But I didn't dress up". He was pretty funny. I just helped corral kids around the car and at my Moms so she could take some pictures. As a disclaimer, Evelyn is the frog and MyraJean is the cow. I always have to distinguish who is who so I am trying to be a little proactive.
On a last note, when we got the costumes at Value Village, we didn't check to see if they did any tricks. Well, MyraJean was going down the stairs and smooshed her belly on the stairs and all of the sudden we heard MOOO MOOO. There was a sound device in her costume that when you pushed it, it sounded like a cow. We all got a good kick out of that.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Apple -Pumpkin Picking

The women in my family decided to drag our kids and spouses up to north Washington to an apple farm and pick apples. Clif and Stephen were such good sports and helped pick the fruit and take care of our kids. This farm was so much fun. There were over 200 different varieties of apples, a hay ride, a small pumpkin patch, and a tiny haunted house.
Liam didn't eat much of his ham and cheese but he did eat 2 WHOLE apples. Clif and I kept telling him not to eat too many, it would give him a belly ache. So the next couple of hours he said, "No more apples, belly ache", which is what must have happened since all he wanted on the way home was milk.
Do you think MyraJean could get her mouth bigger? She and her sister both ate half an apple. They must have been hungry.
I love the smiles, Evelyn was so happy as long as she had an apple in her hands.
Did I mention they fought and yelled over their apples. They didn't like the wagons that were provided and my sister was thoughtful enough to bring hers. I am so glad that her kids were eating and allowed my twins to sit in it. Too bad mine cried as long as they were around it and we wouldn't let them in it.
Cute little hayride around the farm. They show you the orchard and the organic area. Quite a quaint farm up north.
This was the whole crew but my Mom, she graciously took this picture so that we could ride it with the kids.

Cute little family, huh. We had a ball in the pumpkin patch. Again, MyraJean doesn't like the mud but Evelyn had no problem with it. Liam kept going from pumpkin to pumpkin saying "Um- this one, no this one" Finally we got our pumpkins, I got two baking ones, and each of the kids got one to decorate.
All in all, a really fun day. The kids had a ball and really enjoyed most of the trip. Clif and I loved the drive to see the fall colors, Washington is truly a beautiful place to live.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch this past weekend. It was really muddy but other than that the kids had a ball. Every time I told Liam that he needed to get away from the puddles, he conveniently didn't hear me and went directly through them. Needless to say, Liam was not allowed back into the van until he changed his clothes. He didn't seem to mind much, although he told me later that the pumpkin patch was very messy (muddy). Still, he was so excited to go.
Obviously, the kiddos loved it, for the most part. There were goats to feed and watch as they went through an obstacle course. There was an old tractor that the kids played on and we took thier pictures. Not only that, but there was an old town cut out that the kids could play in and when weather was nicer, the owners would act out plays and such.
MyraJean didn't like it much. She was a little upset about the mud. In fact she cried anytime she touched the mud or dirt. She is such a princess. Evelyn, on the other hand played in the mud and pumpkins until she was covered much like her brother. There are not two identical twins that could be any more different.

All in all, it was a fine day. I don't know if I am up to another pumpkin patch, but here comes apple season.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Yes-yes another blog, yet again

So last night Clif and I were watching the History channel. Yes, I know we are geeks. They had a show on about the Great Depression and the weather phenomenons that were associated with the depression era. The announcer kept saying the dust bowl, with it's pestilence of rabbits, poisenous insects, and destructive critters, was of biblical proportions. As a History buff, I was amazed how much of the information that was being given is not in History textbooks and better yet, that most of us do not realize what was happening in the Midwest durning this time.

As I watched I had an eppifany of thought. I don't bring up religion or inner thoughts on this blog, but I wanted to share this with others. Remember in the bible how the Lord brings pestilence to the Egyptions because they won't release the Isrealites under Moses's command?

The 1930's was not much different. America, which had been blessed and extremely prosperous up until the last 1920's had similar experiences of that with Moses and the Pharaoh. Women lost babies to the dust that coated the children's lungs much like black lung killed those that worked in the coal mines. In fact, children's lungs effected by this for 2 years looked like what coal mine worker's lungs after a decade. They literally suffocated to death on mud. There were insects that killed children and adults alike. People lost their farms for pennies to the failing banks. Huge numbers of people starved to death.

Like most people, I had grandparents that grew up in the Great Depression and had awful stories to share about it, but have we learned from their experiences? Do we remember how the Lord chastens those that forget Him? I have been pondering this as the elections come up and since the economy is so awful. Do we remember our blessings or are we headed into another Great Depression era? I would hope not. Like I said, this is not a blog usually for inner thoughts, but I was struck on how much we don't remember such recent chastisements and how far we have not come since then.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Disaster comes in small packages

After the catastrophe of Evelyn's split head, I was amazed to find her on TOP of the large coffee table in our living room, the next day. So I said, nicely I might add, "Evelyn, that is going to cause you another split head, we DO NOT do that!" I then picked her up and plopped her down on the floor. She just looked at me and laughed. I continued to go down stairs to do laundry and returned about 5 minutes later to find her perched on top of the table again. I did the whole lecture and kid plopping routine again and went to work on dinner. This time I kept and eye on her because the table was really tall and she didn't seem to be big enough to climb on top of it by herself. She soon revealed her tactics. She climbed onto the futon and pulled off one of the large area pillows off onto the floor and nudged it to the table. Then she climbed onto the pillow and then the table from there. Finally she worked herself into standing position on top of a huge glass and wrought iron coffee table.
I plucked her off the table, picked up the pillows and put them on my bed. She was definitely not big enough to get them off the bed and so I was pleased with myself. I went back to making dinner and then had to go down stairs to finish the laundry. I came back upstairs to find her on top of the table again. I don't know if she somehow grabbed an edge of pillow and pulled it off herself or coerced her brother into helping her but the pillow was next to the table again. I gathered her and the pillow, put the pillow in my room and shut the door, and told her "We are not going to walk on the table".

The little pill then pulled the classic fit. She started to yell at me and then laid prostrate in front of the door. Every few seconds she would look at me and scream some more and cry when I didn't give into her tantrum. Need I remind you she isn't 2 yet? Oh my heavens, she has some personality, cute kiddo though. I can't wait to see what she gets into next time.

She has now got all of her siblings included in the madness....

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Accidents again

Evelyn has followed in Liam's steps. She gashed her forehead into the coffee table while I watched a foot away. Thankfully, she didn't cut it too deeply and they were able to super glue it together. But... they also gave her a tetnus booster shot so it was pretty tramatic. With a lot of loves and a bit of Tylenol she has survived.

Makes me wonder what MyraJean has in store for her....

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Park Adventures

A couple of my girls and I periodically go to the park and drag our kiddos with us. My friends Emily, Melissa and Hayley are very talented at taking pictures. Here are some really cute ones. I know that these pictures are alot, but how cute are these? We don't get a lot of pictures with them since I am usually running after them not playing so well... Thank goodness for great friends and good times. Hope you enjoy....