Left to Right: Laura, Andee, Ashley, Me, Nadia and Kelley (That's Albert in the front with the green scarf!)
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Both the kids had programs at school. Emma did a great play where she had a couple of lines to memorize and was dressed up as a Pilgrim. They sang great songs and had a fun time. I snapped a picture of her with one of her classmates Tomas. I think he is a cutie!! Matthew had a Thanksgiving "Feast" (AKA:Potluck) that had all the Thanksgiving fixings. We had Turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and anything else you can think of. They opened with a Turkey song that Matthew continued to sing for weeks and weeks after. Below is a picture of him with his Turkey hat and the Thanksgiving placemat he made for us. I was so blessed that the activities for both kids were on the same day. So I just took the day off to spend with them and Ben. It was a great day!
I also had to add this picture of the Reindeer we went to see! It was pretty cool to see REAL Reindeer. They had it at the Learning Express near our home. The line to see Santa was around the corner so we just took a second to take these pics. Happy Holidays!!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
What a crazy beautiful family I have. Love them!!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Me as a boxer
The Saturday before Halloween I took the kids and Angelina to the church Trunk or Treat. Emma decided to wear the mermaid costume that Aunt Rachel mailed to us. Grandma Jett had it made it a few years ago for Natalie. It was a little snug on Emma but she was EXTREMELY determined to wear it, so I let her. Matthew didn't want to be anything other than a dinosaur so we used the same costume I made him last year. We added a dinosaur head that we got at the dollar store to make it even better. Only problem was that when he put the hoodie on, it covered the dinosaur's eyes. SO, I thought it would be a good idea to put eyeballs on top of the hoodie. BIG mistake because it made Matthew look like a frog or alligator. But oh well, he still had a good time roaring like a dinosaur. My costume was a boxer - I had a black eye and all!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
We also went with a friend to downtown Woodstock where they had a little Fall Festival. There was music and activities. I had a Caricature (SP?) done of the kids and they got their faces painted. They also had a dance party, played with sidewalk chalk and won prizes in a bowling game. It was a fun night that was also free so everybody was happy!!
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Trying on her soccer shoes....I love the frilly socks!!
Game Time. Emmas is #20
Somehow the only uniforms left were Youth Large. My little girl is petite for her age so the shirt was like a dress and the shorts went past her knees. She still looks awesome though!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Emma was pretty proud of her little brother!
Matthew sitting down in the circle, ready for school!
Friday, August 5, 2011
The Best Parenting Advice I Never GotJD Roberto.Writer and TV Host, How To Get The Guy and Outback Jack
I got a lot of parenting advice before my first child came into the world. I think people feel obligated to bestow their wisdom on expecting parents and, overall, I guess that's a good thing. Still, the advice I got - though well meaning and thoughtful - was almost entirely useless once the actual odyssey of being a dad began. Phrases like "life changing" and "wonderful adventure" came up repeatedly, but no one bothered to tell me I should go see a movie. These days, going to a movie involves two weeks of planning and forty bucks worth of babysitter -- and that's before you pay fourteen bucks for a ticket and six bucks for some Twizzlers.
Sleep was high on the recommendation list. "Get as much sleep as you can!" is what they tell you, but that particular pearl of wisdom seems entirely backward to me. What you should really be doing is training yourself to function on less sleep or sleep that is frequently interrupted. I guess you could try to stockpile sleep but, trust me, when you're up all night with a sick four month old, knowing you got a solid nine hours back in June doesn't help.
A few times, kindly grandparents summed up their parenting philosophy with something along the lines of, "Just shower 'em with love!" It's a heartwarming sentiment but I have yet to figure out how an exhausted parent is supposed to apply such sage counsel when his two-year-old is howling, spread eagle in the grocery store because he won't buy a pair of Elmo shaped oven mitts.
The most common phrase I heard in the run up to parenthood was the seemingly benign, "It's a tough job but it's all worth it." This is both true and diabolically misleading at the same time. Something about "it's all worth it" suggests a proposition where some small majority of the time things will be blissful. "Yes," you're led to believe, "it's going to be tough forty-nine percent of the time, but don't worry because the other fifty-one percent it is great." Guess what, it's not. The ratio is frequently twenty percent enjoyable to eighty percent aggravating. Some days clock in at fifty-four percent bearable with thirty-five percent maddening rounded out by a dash of bewildering. I've been through entire weeks of eighty-seven percent exasperating, and experienced good-night cuddles that are one hundred percent ecstasy. It's not balanced, it's bipolar. It's worth it not because it's easy as often as it's difficult, but because the perfect moments are so overwhelmingly sublime, you somehow forget the maniacal pajama tantrum you endured the night before.
If I could go back and give myself some more practical advice it would look something like this:
1. When they nap, you nap. Don't send emails, don't catch up on work. Nap.
2. Travel with your children when they are very young. At six months old it's just as easy to keep them entertained in Cozumel as it is in Cleveland. You might as well get a tan out of the deal.
3. Buy a rechargeable, cordless hand vacuum. Your floors and cars will thank you.
4. It's perfectly acceptable to make an entire dinner in the microwave.
5. In every parent-child relationship someone has to be the grown up. Try to make sure that someone is you. A two-year-old has the right to act like a child, you do not.
6. Take everyone who volunteers to babysit up on the offer. Repeatedly.
7. Buy everything you can second-hand.
8. Make time for the other relationships in your life -- seeing you in the role of good friend or devoted spouse teaches your kids way more than a Baby Einstein marathon.
9. There's no such thing as using too many wipes.
10. There will be times when you're sure you are a terrible parent and, secretly, wonder why you ever had kids in the first place. This is normal. Forgive yourself these occasional moments of self-doubt and, from time to time, let yourself mourn your life pre-parenthood. Then have a healthy glass of wine, get some sleep and get back to work. After all, as you've no doubt heard, it's a tough job, but it's all worth it.
Oh, and go see a movie while you still can.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The other BIG thing for the summer is that she can now swim without her floaties!! She has been working hard with her Daddy and had great success this year. This is huge considering not long ago she would not even get her face wet in the water. She can also jump off the diving board (with her floaties) and jump in the shallow end without anyone catching her (no floaties). She is quite the little water bug.
So proud of my girl and can't wait to see what else she will learn this year!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
After the ceremony we had a small party in Emma's classroom. Matthew was excited to be there with his big sister but wasn't thrilled to have to share her with her classmates. Hard to believe he will be in Pre-school next year and she will be in first grade!!
Saturday, May 21, 2011
She thinks she wants to try soccer in the fall so we might possibly take a break from dance and start back up next spring. I don't know if she'll like soccer as much as dance but I'm sure she will do great at whatever she chooses to do.
It takes so long to download videos on my blog so I have just added the YouTube links below. Enjoy the show!!