Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
That night they just popped in for a couple of minutes. They came back the next day for a chance to hold her.
Lucy is thrilled to have another "brown haired girl" that resembles herself as a newborn.
Camille loves having a little sister to kiss on the head.
Oliver was in no mood to attempt to hold a one day old. We settled for this that night, but he is learning to be very "foft" with her now that we are home.
Posted by Lael at 6:15 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
We are ready for when the kids visit today! They briefly stopped by last night and my mom got a family of 7 picture on her camera - I'll try to get that from her soon.
Posted by Lael at 10:41 AM
Saturday, November 20, 2010
7 lb 3 oz
18 1/2 inches
6:15 (45 minutes before A&M kick off)
We have moved up to our room and are both doing very well. Genevieve has lots of dark hair like her sister Lucy did, which makes Lucy happy because "all the other kids are blond".
Pictures to follow!
Posted by Lael at 9:46 PM
We've never had an early baby before (although yesterday was my original due date before it was bumped to December 4th). I had made out my "To do before baby list", but not really accomplished much on it since I was counting on a December arrival. That's ok though - we're obviously very excited to meet him or her in a few hours!!
Here are pictures of Oliver that I had started to post several days ago. He was sporting Aggie maroon and enjoying his days as "the baby". I know that the next time I see him he will seem so big and grown up next to his tiny new sibling!
We'll post again when there is official baby news!
Posted by Lael at 12:36 PM
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Camille as "Cinderella" (Costume B - because she was just too hot in Costume A)
Posted by Lael at 10:18 PM
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
During a trip to Sam's, Brad's mom suggested that we take home three very large pieces of thin cardboard (that were separating the paper towel packages) for the kids to play with. I forget to think about the freebies you can find there.
They immediately started their art projects and stayed busy for most of the evening.
Kilian duplicated a picture of a dog howling at the moon (with music notes, a lightning bug, fence, tree, moon and stars) that he had drawn and colored at school for a contest. It now hangs on his wall above his bed.
A few days later we found out that his original drawing has moved on to the next level of the school contest.
Camille drew a scene that at first resembled Kilan's fence and tree, but in hers it remained daytime and some flowers bloomed at the bottom.
I cannot fully explain the poses...but here are my observations: Camille looks like an NBA player from the 70's holding a toy yorkie and Lucy is modeling her tassel from kindergarten graduation.
Posted by Lael at 10:19 PM
Monday, September 20, 2010
Lucy does not like most of the meals I cook. Pretty much if two ingredients touch each other, she gears up for a long night at the table. She knows that what is fixed for dinner will be what she eats. 99% of the time we stick to our rule that she must have at least one bite of everything in order to leave the table, but must finish her plate in order to have a dessert (if there is one that night).
She also knows that I am tired of hearing her complain about what is on the menu plan. So I found this note tonight.
I do not wont lzonya for dinr and I theek that Lucy is the best."
Interesting because Kilian knows how to spell these words correctly (well, maybe not lasagna). She got so many laughs at this attempt that she wrote two more of *Kilian's* requests to not have meals that he likes just fine.
Posted by Lael at 10:43 PM
We were lucky enough to have Brad's mom come visit for a week recently. If you know Grammy, you know that we are now very well fed, better organized, and have lots of little fix-it projects taken care of.
Our freezer has some stored up food for just before or after baby arrives. We also have a solution for the little blondie that loves playing in the potty. These latch/hooks on the outside of the bathroom doors work well because Camille can reach them, but Oliver cannot. (He can reach all door handles, though).
We also have our mantle decorated with something other than match books, dried up palm branches, changing pad, remote controls, junk mail, 2 cigars (not mine!) and random toys that were put in time out because of fighting.
...and the "funny" I want to remember...Kilian has been enjoying the Magic Tree House books again. Between the ones we own and 3 or 4 at a time from our library, he only had a couple left. Grammy had heard this, and offered to take "just him" shopping at a book store to get those that he had not read. He informed us that he had filled in all the gaps with his teacher's collection at school. Grammy then offered to take him to look for any other books he would like to buy at the store. His response?
"Well - I think I just want to go read books in the store for about an hour. I could probably read about $50 worth because they cost a lot there and that way you won't have to spend any money."
Not sure if his dad or Uncle Darren are more proud of his frugality. Thanks for everything, Grammy! Bring PawPaw next time!
Posted by Lael at 10:41 PM
Friday, September 17, 2010
Camille: "Do you know who gave this to me?"
Me: "No, who?"
Camille: "Olivia's sister"
Hmmm...I was trying to think of who that might be. I must have had a confused look on my face while I thought.
Me: "you mean a teacher gave it to you?"
Still thinking...are there any families at our small Catholic school that have a student with a big sister that teaches??
Camille: "you know, she always wears the brown dress..."
Me: "Ahhh - you mean Sister Olivia" - the nun that teaches kindergarten classes!
We've talked about nuns before, but apparently not what they are called :) Now she knows!
Posted by Lael at 9:48 PM
Thursday, September 16, 2010
A couple of weeks ago Oliver was with my parents during a televised Tech football game. I wasn't there, but I heard that he was sitting in my dad's lap when the other team fumbled the ball. My dad yelled "GET THE BALL!" at the t.v. Oliver quickly slid down, ran across the room and grabbed two balls, and brought them back to my dad...pronto.
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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Posted by Lael at 12:12 PM
Monday, September 6, 2010
is the name of the new paint color. I feel relaxed when I walk in here now.
This morning my dad came over and helped me paint the bathroom between the boys' rooms (with the paint I got for my birthday 3 months, 3 weeks and 6 days ago). Maybe I should say I helped him paint since he did most of the work. My mom took the oldest 3 kids to their house and Brad kept Oliver busy, so they deserve a lot of credit, too.
This bathroom was one of those things I thought I would take care of within weeks of moving in. We did it in 2 years and a few weeks instead, but I'm very happy with the outcome. We just need some hooks for towels.
Potty view from Kilian's door - Before:
Posted by Lael at 9:30 PM
Thursday, September 2, 2010
One evening I fell asleep early diagonally across our bed. When I heard Brad come in the room later, I joked that I probably looked like a beached whale.
He said, "no, actually just a beached dolphin".
Posted by Lael at 9:00 PM
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Posted by Lael at 9:25 PM
O-ne year old! (plus 3 months now)
L-aughs like Gus-Gus the mouse in "Cinderella" with occasional snorts like "Wilbur" the pig.
I-ntensely loves his siblings - kisses Camille, brings things to Lucy, climbs all over Kilian
V-ery much a clown. "Falls" on purpose and does a "crazy baby dance" for laughs.
E-njoys middle of the night time with mom or dad in the rocking chair. (still true at 15 months)
R-outinely pretend cooks with pots and pans in the kitchen floor.
We celebrated Oliver's first birthday in May with dinner and a cake at home. I had big plans for making a "lion" cake, but I spent so much of the weekend getting the house ready for the guests, that I ran out of time. So we had a very plain cake. He didn't mind.
I promised myself I would make the real cake later on that week, leaving the matching jungle decorations up in the kitchen. So as long as 2 months later, I was so used to seeing monkeys and zebras that I didn't even notice them. No new cake ever happened and he's 15 months now.
This week he started Parents' Day Out on Monday/Wednesday (but it is actually my "day in" since those are my "at home" work days). What a big boy!
Cutest backpack ever!
Handful of dirt - a new favorite hobby.
Fancy cake or not, we are so thankful for the joy that Oliver brings to our family! We love you!
Posted by Lael at 9:20 PM