Monday, December 20, 2010

Molloy Threet Night

Molloy-Threet Nights date back to at least six years ago when there were a lot less kids in our families and the grown ups could actually get in a good conversation and maybe even play a game! We had a great evening together...Shannon made sugar cookies and the kids gobbled them up...Can't recall if these pics were before or after cookies!

7 months came & went

Our sweet, boy turned 7 months the day we moved into our new home. Thought the past month has been a bit of a whirlwind, it has been filled with wonderful memories...But needless to say, I have been slacking on the updates. So this is what our munchkin is doing presently...He is finally sitting well without assistance or propping, he loves tummy time and can scoot nearly anywhere if he wants to get there bad enough, has four teeth and is teething yet again, and is entertained by making a horrid grinding sound, loves to cuddle at night, laughs if you look at him with a big smile, has singlehandedly wrecked "Bethlehem" (Kate's nativity that she spends forever setting up just so) several times, can hold his bottle through an entire feeding, still is a "happy spitter upper", loves any green veggies, won't eat fruit, it ticklish everywhere but especially his lower back. He daily brings us great joy with his happy grins, precious face and I so desperately wish I could bottle up/freeze/hold on to this time.

Happy 8 months, Baby Boy!

Camel Confusion

Conversation with Kate several days ago:

Me: Kate, did you know that Papa T moved to a new house just like you did?

Kate: Where does he live now?

Me: In the desert.

Kate (excited and clapping her hands): Oh, we can go visit him and ride the camels!

Monday, December 6, 2010

ThAnkSgIvinG VisItOrS

We are so thankful for the long journey that you made to come visit us in this frigid land. Love you Papa T, Mama Lynn and Auntie Lala! We missed you Uncle Jeff and Uncle Justin

Snapshot of the past 3 weeks

In the past three weeks we have moved into a lovely new house which has quickly become home, unpacked, decorated for Christmas, my parents and sister visited for Thanksgiving, we had the "soup" portion of a progressive dinner, Joseph has learned to army crawl, Kate is talking nonstop, Michael has raked more leaves than he thought possible AND we are enjoying every minute of it!
I finally am able to use all the ornaments my mom gave me each year for my very own Christams tree. Decorating it with the kids was a dream come true
Say cheese
Tutu Cute

Story time with Kate
I love my squash
Kate set up her Veggie Tales Nativity and loves playing with all the characters (except on of the kings because he has a "yellow" tooth...he should have brushed his teeth better i suppose)
Two happy kids
Thanksgiving party with her little friends where they made indian hats, made leaves for the "Thankful Tree" and had a Thanksgiving feast
Nothing quite like a humongous pile of leaves

something that makes this mom smile

Teach your children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it...

Christmas List

While driving home tonight I asked Kate what some of her family members might like for Christmas gifts. These were her answers in her exact words:

Daddy wants a spider web
Papa T wants a nap
Mama Lynn wants a car
Auntie Lauren wants a tree, a pretty pink tree
Uncle Jeff wants a house
Uncle Justin wants a stop sign
Baby Joseph wants a toy

When asked what she would like for Christmas, she replied whithout hesitation, "PRESENTS!"

If only each Christmas could be this easy!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Africa and Ice Cream

With the enormous 26 ft moving truck Michael brought from California were a few surprises sent for Kate from Mama Lynn...a huge giraffe and elephant, which she dubbed Twiga and Tembo respectively (meaning "giraffe" and "elephant" in Swahili she learned in a library book). As you can see, she was quite pleased! She currently has both animals in a corner of my in-laws living room and she frequently travels to "Africa" to go see these two new friends of hers.

Kate was also kind enough to make most of her family members ice cream cones out of her pay doh...both Papas, Mama Lynn, Uncle Jeff, Uncle Justin, Auntie Lauren and Kate all made the list!

Partridge Creek Tree Lighting

Yesterday I decided that since the kids had taken such great naps that I would take them to the Christmas tree lighting at Patridge. We met up with out good friends, the Poxon family, and the kids loved playing together with their color changing glow sticks, Andy waited in the Starbucks line for an eternity, we listened to the carolers and to top off the ceremony Santa and the drum line walked right past where our happy group was standing. Hooray for the holiday season, the scents, the cookies, the time with family and friends, but most of all for the "little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay"!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lil Bit O' Fall

We have been crashing with the in-laws for the past two weeks until our new home is ready...It has been lots of fun, nice and cozy, and almost like vacation for me. I haven't had to cook, clean, do hardly any laundry...I have become extremely spoiled to the point that I am a bit nervous to move into a big home and have to care for it without Grammy and Papa Brian to help. Thank you both for your graciousness, patience and helping hands during this time of transition. We would have been in quite a pickle without you!!!

Kate and Joseph are, of course, having a ball with all the attention and toys surrounding them! Kate is now talks a mile a minute, her imagination knows no bounds, has surprisingly shared several times with her little brother without cohersion, is hilariously animated during conversations, sings and dances without hesitation. She remains a joy and a delight! Joesph is almost seven months, pushing up onto his hands and knees, sitting unassisted for a short while without toppling, loves, loves, loves to be tickled. When tired he will nestle his face into my neck, always looking up one last time to give me a smile before drifting off to sleep. He is too sweet to describe, chubby, healthy, loves his peas and green beans and watches his big sister like she is his hero.

Here are a few moments captured this afternoon by Papa Brian after Kate helped rake the leaves...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

6 months

mr joseph is now 6 months old, still 2 teeth (with several more about to pop through, sitting (well, leaning) without assistance although he does tumble now and then, eating baby cereal, has tried squash and peas (going out of order i know) and enjoyed them both, LOVES interacting with his big sis, belly laughs when tickled (so cute), will stop drinking his bottle if he feels he is missing out on any socializing going on around him, can hold his own bottle for quite a while and is the most happy baby imaginable!

we love you, baby jo-jo! never stop smiling!

fall family fun

we took a weekday to go to the cider mill as a fam. not only did we have the place to ourselves, but the weather could not have been more perfect. fresh cider + warm donuts + crisp fall air + sun shining on our faces + time together = one perfect day!

we later met up with the sheerer crew and keri was our lovely photographer. even though both of my children needed naps and her kids had not yet had lunch, she maintained the composure of a professional and was able to get some amazing shots! thanks, friend!