Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Aaron and I decided we didn't argue and fight enough so we thought roofing our house would be the perfect way to add more controversy and we were right. I don't even know why we are arguing about it because it's not like I'm up there on the roof with him although at this point I'm about to get up and there and just do it . . . he borrowed a scissor lift machine from work and all it does is break down. By the time his work gets it back it will be newly refurbished -- good for them! The weather has not been cooperating . . . Neil, our neighbor (who is probably ready to move so he's not our neighbor) offered to help us and Aaron isn't quite sure how to do it perfectly he's relying on Neil to show him how. We've only been discussing reroofing our home for 7 years. The day we moved in it was raining and there was a waterfall in our downstairs bathroom. The seller who happens to be another neighbor offered to pay for half of reroofing that part of our house (our playroom and the bathroom). We picked a completely different color of shingles for the new part with the intention of reroofing the rest of our home soon. We have gotten bids 3 or 4 years in a row. Why we didn't do it before the kids were born and we had more money and time -- I don't know but now the cost is outrageous even "friend's" bids were as much as big companies. Our roof is super steep and nobody wants to get up there including Aaron. Neil said he could save us thousands by doing it ourselves and he's right the materials were $6000 less than the entire bid. Of course if we keep putting money into the scissor lift our savings may be eaten up who knows!
We went and got haircuts this week. Addison bangs are almost down to her chin so I asked if her hair could be cut one length. So it was. It looks so cute. I don't think we'll have all the tears with the tangles as much and it certainly doesn't look as stringy as it did before. Aaron said he was surprised I cut it but my opinion is it's just hair it will grow back anyway. I think Addison likes it quite a bit too!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Even so the zoo was pretty fun. It was a million degrees and Reese instantly turned bright red after about 2 minutes of being there. She finally fell asleep for a little while.
We saw the giraffes run around their pen for a little bit. Those animals are just awesome but to see them run is breathtaking. The baby monkey we saw a few months is getting bigger and still very cute!
We spent a long time in the Reptile House because we were out of the sun for a while and I am thinking I should invest in a Water Monitor. A Water Monitor is this alligator looking reptile that my kids thought was the best thing ever because it was trying to climb the glass. They laughed and giggled so much!
One of the highlights for me are these giant fans the zoo has has that also spray a mist of water on you. I wouldn't mind having one of these in our yard. It was very hard to walk away from and Ethan loved it a lot too!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
It looks so pretty and it tasted pretty good. I never make homemade frosting but this recipe sounded easy and it made a ton so I could cover up my mistakes on the cake but it was super rich and a little sliver is about all anyone could stand. Even my kids, who are the sweetest of all sweet tooths, couldn't eat all the frosting on their pieces. I really like to cook. I'm not so much into baking but baking is a good activity to do with kids since there is so much measuring, pouring, stirring, and best of all licking (the spoons). You can teach counting and fractions and reading (recipes) and time for baking when you cook with them. They are at the stage where they are learning the names of ingredients and taking turns pouring and stirring. They really are help with it too. I can have them get out the egg carton in the fridge and yesterday Addison could keep the mixer bowl turning while I washed the dishes. Ethan isn't too much into helping yet but I think in the next few months he will be more interested. Caden ran and grabbed their play apron while we baking -- so cute!
The internet once again has inspired me on the cooking front. I would like to do more and more food from scratch (the cake above used a mix). I like to cook and I think I'm pretty good at it. I easily become bored making the same foods over and over again and I enjoy trying new things. I'm not the type of person that orders the same thing at a restaurant -- I like to venture out (not too far out). I'm not a perfectionist at cooking I add and subtract ingredients and amounts and eyeball some stuff too. That's why I don't like to bake -- you have to be precise in baking but cooking in general is all up for interpretation. Cooking does take some time but mainly it takes more planning which is ultimately the time-user-upper especially if you are going to cook from scratch. Menu planning, grocery shopping, recipe reading and planning all take huge amounts of time so maybe this is not the perfect time to start but I am collecting ideas and sites to visit. Joy the Baker is where I got the cake recipe from, it's a fun place but beware the photos of her food look really good! Even Reese wanted to try a piece of that strawberry cake:
Monday, July 14, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
The other day I ran across the footprints on your birth certificate and I became quite emotional after I compared them to your brother and sisters’ footprints. My, how tiny you were: all of 2 pounds 6.6 ounces. All the memories of you being born so small rushed back to me and brought tears to my eyes when I think of how you looked in the NICU isolette with all the tubes and wires hooked to you. We were told you probably wouldn’t make it but you did. We were told many scary things about what your future held but as of today, your future looks pretty darn bright. You’re talking and laughing and playing and learning and running and jumping and wearing us out. You are one challenging little boy at times but you are also one sweet and loving little boy too. You sleep hard and you play even harder – everything to the extreme. You love life and you do things your own way but I love that about you. You do have a zest for life that is definitely different than others.
Right now you love:
*being naked, anywhere, anytime
*Dora, Diego, and SpongeBob
*Eating: especially meat off pizza and fruit
*dogs: big or small doesn’t matter
*playing in the sandbox
*dancing to the Wiggles
*watching yourself in the mirror while pretending to sleep, eat, dance or talk on the phone
*Running away from us in stores (although it’s getting better)
*Your Papa Ronn
*Saying, “Stop, Wait, Where are you going?” at the top of your lungs
*Being dramatic whether it’s fake crying or choking or laughing. You even like to run with open arms to someone saying their name – like a commercial.
*not wearing shoes
. . . you still have tiny feet . . .
i love you and those feet
Friday, July 11, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Ethan weighed 2 lbs 6.6 oz and was 15 inches long born at 32 weeks 6 days gestation.
It's so amazing the difference. I guess at the time the triplets were born there was so much going on with all three of them and even though we knew things were touch and go with Ethan in the beginning, I don't think a lot of it sinks in or maybe it's more of a defense thing not to let it sink in order to keep hoping. Maybe I'm more emotional now thinking of all the things he went through and how he looked in that NICU isolette and how horrible it was to see him so sick and not understand everything that was going on and what the future held for this little boy while at the same time trying to keep tabs on Addison and Caden who were small too but in no way had any of the problems Ethan did. Maybe it's because now I see him jumping and talking and learning and laughing and I can be more relieved that he's going to be okay. Maybe now that I had Reese who didn't start off 2 months behind and is a healthy baby meeting her milestones, I see how scary it can be to have a preemie . . . I didn't really know the difference since preemies were all I knew. Or maybe it's just because I am a mom and that's the way we are built . . .Ethan still has tiny feet and I love every inch of them!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
We walked to the town cemetery which isn't really that far unless you are pushing a stroller and trying to get three kids to follow you there. Ethan, who normally runs everywhere, suddenly becomes a 90 year old man who can barely walk when we are on a mission. Anyway for patriotic holidays they line the cemetery road with flags. It looks so neat and the kids loved it and ran all the way down the road.
For lunch we made Bomb Pop drinks. The were really fun to make and the kids were so patient. Here's the recipe and Aaron and I thought they tasted yummy!
On Thursday we made t-shirts. I let the kids do it (except Reese) and they were fun. Too bad they didn't stay on long once we got to Grammy and Papa's house -- too hot in the Bounce house and then Grammy had gotten them new shirts -- Hulk beat out the stars. We'll keep wearing them throughout the summer anyway. The directions to make these shirts can be found here. Too bad the shirts turned out better than the photo . . . oh well.
We went to Grammy and Papa's house for a BBQ and to play with cousins. Then we watched the fireworks. Last year Caden and Addison were scared and Ethan loved them (for the first time, he used to ignore them). We have been discussing the fireworks for days and how they can be loud but they are pretty. They were fine once they got going and once again Ethan loved them and said on every one "Here it goes" loud enough for the entire neighborhood to hear. Reese liked them too.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This is what I bought at Hobby Lobby while my house was being cleaned -- special project, stayed tuned for an update and see what I do with it -- this canvas is 2 foot by 3 foot, hmmmm . . .
This is what we did when we came back from shopping to a super clean house! I didn't want them to mess up the house too much before Aaron had a chance to enjoy it.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh . . . sweet summer!