Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Camera!

We got a new camera! Woo hoo! It is technically a Christmas gift, but my husband allowed me to get it early because he knew how much I wanted to have it before Christmas-- we have someone's first Christmas to capture, after all! :-) I haven't had much time to play around with it, but of course had to test it out this morning... And this is how it went.

I told Evelyn, "Mommy got a new camera, now she can take all kinds of wonderful pictures of Evelyn!"
She responded with this look: 

Then I said "Okay, Ev why don't you look here and smile!"
She then responds with:
Me: Okay, nice smile- but look here!
Me: Okay, a little less smile!
Okay, this will do for now :-)

I then went over to Hunter and told him the exciting news.
This is how he responds:

A new camera?? Really?!

And he gracioiusly volunteered to be my model whenever I wanted.
The end :-)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


It is amazing how much your life changes (and YOU change!) after having kiddos. This past week Evelyn was sick and it seems life was pretty much on hold for me. It is very all consuming (time/energy/PATIENCE) taking care of a sick toddler along with a baby (who thankfully did not get sick as well)!  It is so sad seeing your kiddo miserable. She is feeling better minus a runny nose/cough so we are working pretty hard these few days to try & work out the habit of extreme whining we picked up while sick :-)

This week was pretty draining for me, Evelyn didn't sleep well because she was having a hard time breathing at night, so she was up several times for a few nights and had coughing fits at least every hour.  I also had moved Hunter back downstairs at night so Evelyn's night wakings wouldn't interfere with his sleep. So yesterday on Forest's day off I needed to go to the store and since he was home I got to go BY MYSELF. I was pretty excited to get a little break so I took my time and was amazed at how much more I can fit in a shopping cart without one or both kids in tow, ha! As I am driving down the road by myself listening to the Go Fish Guys (Evelyn's favorite), and walking through the aisles at the store where Evelyn usually points out EVERYTHING she sees (and asks for) on the shelves, I realized how much I am used to having the kids with me. And while it is not always the easiest or fastest...I love it! Now, don't get me wrong I very much enjoy and appreciate time alone and will not turn it down if offered it :-) But I guess it just reminded me to be thankful for them even in the times when it may seem stressful or inconvenient. I will try to savor the moments singing with Evelyn in the car as she dances as best as she can while strapped in her carseat, and just talking with her and explaining things to her as we push through the aisles of Wal Mart. Silence and solitude are welcome friends, trust me, and necessary for my sanity at times... But I think I prefer the crazy, chaos, and constant company of my children- runny noses, sleepless nights, and all. Thank You Lord, for allowing me to parent these little ones!

my sick girl

& happy boy!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

10 on 10::November:: (Siblings!)

 Well considering I still have NO camera (still mad about that, ugh!) I was not sure what I was going to do for this month's 10 on 10. I still have my iPod which I take pictures on but the quality is not that great. So I decided to post my 10 favorite pictures of both of my kiddos together. It is so fun to see your children interact as siblings, even at such a young age. I am glad they will have each other as friends as they grow up! It took Evelyn a couple weeks to get used to having a "brudder" but now she adores him and his face lights up every time he sees her. So sweet!

 First proud big sissy picture!

 Hahahahaha. No really, they love each other!

 She loves to "hold it". ( He has now been upgraded to real human status and she now  asks to "hold Hunter!" instead of "it")

Love this one!

 Trust me...kisses are aplenty!
Saying goodnight to Hunter!

 Hanging out in bed with dad on a Saturday morning

 Tickling his toes!
(P.S. it is not until I see it in pictures that I realize just how ugly our couch is haha!)

Love my babies! :-)

Check out my sister Amy's 10 on 10 here!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Monthly Kiddo Update :-)

It is kind of nice that Evelyn's birth date is the 5th and Hunter's the 7th, so I can do an accurate combined monthly update  :-) As you see I am on a bit of a video kick lately...haha. But I feel like right now things are going very smoothly! Hunter is now on a predictable and consistent schedule and Evelyn & Hunter's schedules run smoothly together. I remember even with Evelyn, it was at the 3 month mark that things started to get easier! So I am glad to be here now :-)

Evelyn is now 21 months
What's new?
-She can now (correctly) sing the ABC's.
-She is putting together 3-4 word sentences.
-Her new favorite activity is to color. She asks at least 5 times a day to "color, stamps, stickers pease!?".
-She loves puzzles and activities where she can sort colors/shapes into groups. On her own she will normally separate her things (blocks/crayons) into groups by color.
-We are getting closer and closer to being totally potty trained.
-I know I say this all the time, but she seriously is such a funny little girl. She cracks me up. Here is a video to prove my point :-)

Hunter is now 3 months! 
What's new?
-About a week ago he rolled over (front to back) for the first time!
-He is just starting to grab at toys.
-He went on an overnight retreat to Skyview and did great!
-He eats every 3-3.5 hours, takes 4 naps, and sleeps solidly at night from 9:00 pm-7:30/8 am.
-He is still very happy & content and loves to chat... See video ;-)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Rapunzel & her lion

Happy (late) Halloween! We didn't plan on taking the kiddos trick-or-treating, but they both had costumes and they were so stinkin' cute! A friend had given us Hunter's lion costume and he looked absolutely adorable in it.  Evelyn borrowed her cousin Tessa's Rapunzel costume from Halloween last year, which is very fitting because she loooooves 'Punzel ;-) And Ev just loves dressing up so she just wore it around the house for awhile. It is so fun to do these things as she gets older! She is going through this little phase (hopefully a phase!) where she will NOT smile or look at me for pictures. So I did my best :-P