Saturday, May 30, 2009

More Ivey Tricks at 7 1/2 months old

So, in just about 9 days, Ivey has gone from army crawling to real crawling to climbing over pillows and such to pulling up! It's not extremely stable, but she's doing it!

Thoughts from my hatchling

Addison: "Daddy, why did you let Ivey taste a chocolate chip?"

Jeff: "Because she told me she wanted it."

Holly: "Parents don't just give kids everything the want. Grandparents do."
(Holly then chuckles to herself)

Jeff: "What?"

Holly: "The thought of you as a grandparent."

Jeff: "Addison, are you gonna grow up and have kids so I can be a grandparent?"

Addison: "NO! I'm not a girl!"

Jeff: "Well, I'm not a girl and I have kids."

Addison: "Yeah, but mommy laid them! Only girls lay kids... like you laid us and Mim laid you."

Monday, May 25, 2009

Rain, Rain, Go Away....

Yesterday was the boys' party... and it was threatening rain. I moved the party across the street to the city Pavilion, which proved to be an excellent move! We had a Star Wars Lego party... because Addison loves Star Wars and Asa loves Legos. It was a success! Although not many kids were able to come, it was enough for the boys to play with everyone and have a great time. We had their large Legos set up for free play, along with their light sabers, Jedi robes, clone blasters and a Darth Vadar helmet. I made the Lego cake for Asa, which didn't turn out quite as nice and I would have liked. I should have used fondant. This year, I asked mom to make one of the cakes... and boy and I glad I did! She did an excellent job on the R2D2 cake!

It rained off and on, but it was a so muggy and warm that we decided to let the kids throw water balloons at the end of the party. Hal and Jen worked to fill and tie all those balloons... and they learned what I already knew. Water balloon fights are a whole lot fo work for a very short fight! Even though it rained, the kids had a blast. Asa said it was his best birthday ever!

The next day, I collapsed and slept for two 3 hour naps. I'm glad I get to have two of my kids' birthdays on the same day! The next one isn't until October, whew!

Friday, May 22, 2009

We Have Lift Off!

Lock up the cabinets... put away the Lego's... Ivey is mobile! She does a army crawl / inch worm combo. It's not graceful, but it works! Go, baby, go!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Graduation Day

Today was the last day of Kindergarten! We had a picnic party in the class and then came back tonight for the ceremony. I am very glad Ivey was there to distract me, or I wouldn't have been able to keep my tears under control! I am so sad to leave. This place has been home for us since the boys were in their two day a week 2 year old program. I had the luxury of having a worry free education experience for my kids. I knew they were in good hands and they were surrounded by people who love them... who love all of us. Asa and Addison are truly sad to leave. Asa has been telling me how much he will miss Miss Kim, who has been his teacher for two years now. I will be forever grateful to this church and this program for all they have done for us!

After graduation, we met Mike and Jodi for dinner. Asa and Addison brought their scrapbooks into the restaraunt and told everyone who would listen how they just graduated! They were so proud they could explode!

Here's Asa with his best friend, Julie. Asa has told me many times how much he loves Julie... and it is reciprocated as Julie has "I Love Asa" written on a sign in her room!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Straw Please

Ivey has been strengthening her straw cup skills. Since she refuses to have anything to do with a bottle, we started using a straw to give her water like a baby bird. After a week or so, I had her sucking the water up through the straw. Now, just give her a straw cup and she is in heaven! She's still up on her hands and knees and rocking back and forth. She is thinking hard about how to move forward, but just isn't there yet!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Now We Are Six

Six years old. I cannot believe it. People always talk about how fast time flies... and boy are they right.

Their birthday was a crazy day. I brought cupcakes for their class. After school we went to play at the Chick-fil-A playground. After a brief stop at home, we had Karate at 5:00 and then we met Jeff at McDonalds for dinner at 6:30. My kids are so deprived... I told them we could go to McDonalds for dinner and they said, "Since it's our birthday, can we get happy meals!?!?" Yes. You can have your very own happy meal with your very own toy. We won't do the usualy and all split a 20-piece nugget and fries! After dinner and presents, we headed to the ball field for Addison's game. Whew! What a day!

My little preemie baby boys are six. The combination between this birthday and their graduation from Kindergarten... and leaving Bethlehem FUMC Preschool/Kindergarten program, is leaving me very emotional. A chapter has ended and a new one is beginning... a crazy new chapter filled with unknown challenges, surprises and learning... for all of us. Here. We. Go!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Wedding Weekend

Well, my brother is officially married!

The weekend was a crazy one, but it all came together and we had a great time. I had explained to Asa and Addison the importance of their job as ring bearers, and the importance of their happy little faces for pictures... and boy did they deliver. I was, and am, so proud of them. We dropped them off with the men for pictures and it was reported that they acted like little soldiers. During the ceremony, they stood there and acted like little men. I hope that I let them know how big of a deal it was to us and how extremely proud we are to have them as our children.

Hal gave the boys monogrammed cuff links, to match those that the groomsmen were wearing. The boys were thrilled. They felt so big and important, and they wore them proudly! We are so thrilled for Hal and Jen... and are so happy to have her as a sister and aunt!

At the reception, my Addison was a dancing machine. He danced for 3 hours straight. He danced like it was his job! On more than one occasion, he had an entire crowd around him cheering him on. At one point, Hal jumped in two and they both danced like crazy. It was awesome! I wish we had it on video, but hopefully I will catch him in action again at some point. He danced with more women than anyone else there! Asa, my shy little man, asked one of the bridesmaids to dance with him! Looks like they may not take after their daddy, after all!