Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hazing of the Bedspread

**TMI alert, continue at your own risk**
I wanted to write a post about spring time, (I probably still will at some point, since it's my favorite season) but I really need to fold laundry before I go to bed, so just a quick "ugh" post instead. The beautiful room I posted pictures of recently has now truly become a kids room. The girls got the stomach flu and the beautiful quilts got their first spewing. I must say, they washed just fine. Yeah! Now if Christoph and I can just stay well. I'm too tired to be sick! On a side note, after lying around all day as if glued to the couch, Emily somehow dredged up the energy to change Katrina's diaper. What a sweet big sister. Christoph and I were upstairs making their beds. I'm hoping no early AM wake ups to vomiting children tonight. I have a feeling tomorrow the diarrhea will begin...

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Date Night

Last night Christoph and I went to a Newsboys concert with our friends the Divineys. It was a lot of fun.  I have only ever been to one other concert, which was a small affair at the Indio Fair. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I knew it would be loud and I hoped it would be fun. I was thinking about it a few days ago and I have been listening to the Newsboys for 15 years! I guess it's about time I saw them live. They did this little, trip down memory lane, bit where they went through their career and played little clips from their old albums. Talk about flash backs! Anyway, it was a fun night of good fellowship, good food, lots of fun, and a tired me. The baby didn't even seem to mind all the vibrations. Thanks to my great brother for watching the girls.  :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Project #1

Life is always busy, but the last couple of months we've added an extra project. With a new baby, especially since it's a boy this time, we have been playing musical rooms. Emily has been longing for bunk beds since Katrina was born, so she had no complaints when we brought up moving Katrina into her room. We started by moving Katrina out of the crib into a toddler bed, which she loved. After about a month of that, we moved Emily into Katrina's room so I could start painting. It took a while, but finally I finished and we were able to move them into their new room together. Everything has gone smoothly. There were a few nights of talking and arguing, but things have been relatively smooth. Katrina doesn't seem to miss her crib at all. She loves having a big bed to spread out in, as well as climb in and out of on her own. Emily likes having her sister close by most of the time. She has actually been sleeping with Katrina in the bottom bunk the last few weeks. There have been a couple of times when she wants to be alone in her room and gets frustrated that Katrina won't leave. I think it will be good for them to share a room. It will help them build negotiating and teamwork skills. ;) The beautiful quilts on their beds were lovingly made by my sister-in-law Katie. What an awesome gift! I'm glad the girls seem to love their room. Stay tuned for pictures of the boys room.

Before: (sorry, it didn't occur to me to take before picture until all the furniture was out.)


Monday, April 7, 2008

You Just Never Know

So, I was not feeling up to much today. I had not planned anything for dinner and I had an OB appointment at 6:30pm. So, I was looking for a quick fix. I made penne pasta with spaghetti sauce out of a jar, Brussels sprouts and green beans. Emily had three helpings! She ate eight Brussels sprouts. After her second helping she asked quite seriously, "Mama, can you please make this again sometime? I really like it." I hate Brussels sprouts! When I spend 1 1/2 hours cooking she pushes the food around her plate and only finishes so she can have dessert. Go figure.

Saturday, April 5, 2008


My girls are growing up. Last Saturday they turned five and two. We had a big all day bash starting with a small party for Emily (she wanted to invite three friends). She picked a daisy cake and wanted to have piƱata. We also painted flower pots and planted little flowers to keep with the theme.

 Then after Katrina's nap we had friends and their kids come over for Katrina's ladybug themed party. I thought about a ladybug shaped cake, but the thought of kids and all that black and red frosting was too much for me to stomach! I bought live ladybugs and let the kids play with them. It was a big hit! I felt a little evil, since the weather was still so cold, but the whole next week was nice and sunny, so they had chance to survive. It seemed like everything went smoothly and people had fun. I was tired!

Emily: This last year has been one of change for you sweet girl. You are growing up in every way. Looking back over pictures your face has lost the last of it's baby chubbiness and your long, thin legs seem to stretch on for miles. This year you stopped sucking your thumb, you got stitches, your ears pierced, not to mention lots of little milestones. You amaze me at every turn at the intellectual questions you ask me and your sweet view of the world. You constantly strive to figure things out and oscillate between a super sweet helper and an ornery complainer. If I've learned anything this year it's that you are one determined little kid. this can either be your strongest asset or your biggest deterrent. You love music, building and creating things, and playing make believe. I love you!

Katrina: I can't believe you're two! My baby is sprouting right before my eyes. Of course this year was full of change for you, the year between one and two always is. You changed from a crawling, cooing baby, to a walking, non-stop talking, toddler. You keep me busy with your constant curiosity and very active hands. I love watching your personality emerge more and more every day. You love to "help" me in the kitchen (is that because you can snitch bites when I'm not looking?) and could play dress up all day. Your current favorite question is "What doing?" and that just about sums you up little one. You always want to be involved in whatever is happening and always seem to be doing something! No one can melt my heart faster then you with requests to cuddle, kisses, and your sweet, "I la-you, mama". I don't get as much done with you around, but I get other rewards in return. I love you!