Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lowe's Kid Clinic

This past weekend, Tony took the kids to a Lowe's Kid Clinic. You have to register online but they have all the supplies there for you. The kids came home with their very own Lowe's apron, their first patch that has to be sewn on and their own set of goggles!

This is what they built:





They got to use a hammer and had so much fun! I already registered them for the next clinic!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Cats, Cats, Everywhere!!

It is no secret that Stella loves animals....loves, loves, loves. When she has a choice to go somewhere special, Stella always chooses the pet store.



Stella takes very good care of the cats. She covers them up and feeds them and really 'mothers' them.



But the cats are getting quite comfy. I find them places that they should not be.



This is why I end up doing so much laundry!



P.S. James doesn't sleep in the bassinet at all anymore:-) But still, the cats should not be sleeping in it!!! More laundry...

Caught on Tape

Just a little Daddy and James bonding caught on tape:

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Do Not Be Alarmed!





But this is what is sleeping with Stella each night...a vampire cat!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Stella's Nature Show







Just So Cute.....


Look at those cheeks!!


James seems to always have a little drool lately.


Those lips! Can you stand it??


We really do not have monkeys in the house...Curious George was on TV.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday Fun

We had my friend Holly over to see the kids and baby James...it has been way too long but it felt like we had just seen each other yesterday. And the kids loved her!







And then we headed over to Sam's birthday party.



Seems like just yesterday we were singing Happy Birthday to a one year old...and now he is three!!



Happy (early) Birthday Sam!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Four Months Old


So much has changed in sixteen weeks. You are now sleeping twelve hours at night and taking three good naps during the day.



Your personality is silly and calm. Curious and relaxed. Such a mixture of Thomas and Stella; truly an individual.



James, you honestly complete our family!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

One year ago..

I wrote this post one year ago and really not much has changed. I still struggle with Stella's willfulness and creativity yet still trying to set boundaries:

There is something very powerful about having a daughter. Most of the time I can not put into words how I feel about either of my children. I have been thinking about Stella for awhile...let me explain.

She is a complicated girl.



Stella is exceedingly bright. School is and does come very easy to her. With that said, she can get bored very easy. She doesn’t need to spend the time that some other children may need to learn something new. She picks everything up very quickly.

We had my mother in law's car a couple weeks ago and she has an 80’s CD in there. We listened to “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Stella wanted the song put on repeat she loved it so much. After a couple of listens, she sang it. The whole song. She picks things up very quickly.



Stella is also extremely creative. She loves to paint, draw, act and pretend. She is extremely verbal. I think I have written that on a two hour car trip to Tampa, Stella can talk the entire time. I. Am. Not. Kidding. She also has trouble falling asleep at night. I describe it as her need to “empty her head”. She used to make lists, “I like mustard, I do not like cole slaw”. Everything she was thinking while she was lying in bed, she had to say.



When we clean up before naps or in the evening, Stella doesn’t always help. She will lie on the couch and explain (in detail) all the reasons Thomas should clean up and not her. Sometimes she makes a good point.



As her mother, I try to still teach her that there are times when she will have to pay attention for longer than she wants to. However, I can not help but feel like I am exposing a cruel secret to her. Shhhh! Sometimes I have to do things I do not want to! I admire Stella. I love listening to her thoughts. I want Stella to embrace her creativity and individuality because that is what makes her the rock star she is. I also want her to function in school and be able to listen to her parents.



Stella could be described as a wild child. Not in a running around in an uncontrollable way but in an up-for-anything way. Stella would dance in front of a large crowd and she often asks if she can have pink hair. While Thomas has decided that he would like to work at Starbucks when he grows up, Stella still has her heart on becoming a princess or a bird. Whichever.

I guess I am trying to tame my wild child without boxing her in.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Our Weekend

Yesterday, Tony took the kids to Grandma Stella and Grandpa Kerry's for a cookout! Tony cousin Andrea was there with her family and they had such a great time. There was a surprise for the twins when they got there....scooters!





I was home with James because he was slightly fussy:-(



He still is cute though!!

Thomas found a crab claw on the beach with Papa and Gigi and thought it was a sharks tooth. Tony promised to take him to find a real shark tooth. So today off they went to Shell World!




Is Thomas doing the robot in this picture??





Tonight we all went to dinner and James cooed and slept like the sweet baby he is. Stella did some singing and James showed off his new kicking trick.



You can hear Tony and Thomas playing rough in the background! Now...everyone is asleep and we are going to try to watch a movie!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Family Moments

The twins are wild and the baby is crying. There are bottles on the counter and toys all over the floor. Our crew can enter a house and create such a whirlwind of activity. It can be a lot for anyone who is not used to it.

But then....

I see my gram having a conversation with James. He is throwing his head back with laughter. She will ask me his name many more time throughout the day but for that moment she knows who he is. Such a good baby, she says. He knows she loves him and he smiles over and over for her.



Later, I look and watch my mom rock James and whisper into his ear. I know what she is saying without hearing the words. James gazes up and they just rock and whisper to each other. My mom has a lot going on: an busy job with too much responsibility, a mother at home who needs more and more care each day and some new heartbreak that only family members can understand. In that moment, my mom is calm and content. So is James. Thomas will crawl up on her lap later and want to do the same thing. Even at five years old, he wants to cuddle and whisper.



I love watching my kids with our family. Those moments are so sweet and make all the chaos worth it!

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