Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving in Michigan

This year Matt had to work on Thanksgiving night, so we spent our first holiday here in Michigan. It just so happened that many of our friends were in the same situation so we joined forces and attempted to have a Grown Up Thanksgiving together - and I'd say it went pretty well! I even dolled up the turkey all nice and pretty which was great - until we realized that I put it in the oven upside down and now the right-side-up skin was all pasty and slimy!

Avery laying claim to her cookies

The "pretty bird" - albeit a belly sleeper

The disgusting underbelly - no wonder we couldn't find the timer!

The spread

A successful attempt at Dutch Apple Pie

Hot chocolate!

Caleb and Addison totally out after a long day of fun!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


This girl just keeps getting bigger and bigger. She's quite pretty if I do say so myself.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Avery's Antics

Silly, silly Avery. So we put the girl in her big girl bed and, for the most part, she's doing a great job. But there are many nights when I find her getting into some mischief. Avery has taken to spending her days making messes, undoing what's just been done, and making me laugh. She continues this behavior into the night which leads to some exhaustive bedtime battles, but I've found that if I just leave her to do her thing, she usually chooses sleep on her own in some odd way/place/position. I haven't taken too many pictures because I don't want to encourage her as she's changing her clothes, re-organizing drawers and what-not when she's supposed to be sleeping, but below are a few I have gotten once she's cashed out.

You can't tell, but she had put on 3 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of pajama pants, one pair of pajama shorts, and a nightgown. "I'm a princess" she says when I walk in.

Diaper free - it took me awhile to figure out where she put it

"Playing" with Jadyn

Cashed out after finding the newspaper in my room and strewing it across her floor

Friday, November 13, 2009

Avery Turns 2!

If I could invent anything, it would be a machine that could freeze my kids in time. Don't get me wrong - I just love watching them grow and delight in the accomplishments that they make as they get older, but I just feel like the days are flying past me and my babies are turning into big kids way too soon! Avery turned two this week and I just can't get over it!
We had a nice time celebrating her birthday in a fairly mellow fashion. While in Ohio for a very brief weekend we had an open house at my parent's house and celebrated her birthday with some friends we haven't seen in quite some time. Back home we celebrated rather quietly - taking the kids to Chuck E Cheese during the day and having cake at our house at night. We started the morning with a celebratory birthday donut (though I couldn't find the "2" candle at the time) and cartoons.

Avery at her second birthday ...

Surprises us at how quickly she changed from a quiet, complacent baby to a spitfire toddler.
Talks and talks and talks.
Is fearless.
Loves to imitate her big brother and sister.
Enjoys music and loves to dance.
Seems similar to Caleb in her comprehension and memory.
Makes us laugh several times a day with her silliness.
Has a "strut" that you have to see to appreciate!
Is extremely independent - can dress herself, cleans up after herself, and constantly claims, "I do it!"
Refers to herself as "Ahvee"
Blesses us everyday with her delightful personality!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

One Month

Time flies! Jadyn is one month old today and we just couldn't love her more! Some awesome things about Jadyn at one month:

She's sleeping 8 hours at night: 11pm-7am
She's enjoying her bouncy seat
Baths are fun
She can put herself to sleep
She's getting BIG - 11 lbs 6 oz
Pretty sure she's working on a true smile
She calms at the sound of familiar voices
She shows a genuine preference for the scent of ALL family members - when unable to sleep, she calms when placed on one of the big kids' blankets

Sisterly love