Thursday, April 22, 2010

Trucking along...



 
 
 

Life never slows down. Sophie only has one more month of her first year of school! She is doing so well. She can read a ton (as long as she is in the mood; sometimes she just guesses for every word.) She is super computer savvy and an honest joy to have around. Poor kid has to do more than her share around here, what with all the new babies, but she usually does it with a pleasant attitude. The other day, I was nursing the babies and Gabe needed to be wiped. Yeah, that is right, Sophie did it for me! Now that is slave labor, right there! Maybe having all these kids will pay off. Just kidding, I love them all so much.

Penelope is getting so sharp. Too smart for her own good, sometimes. I think she got Dallas' brilliance. She doesn't miss a thing. She loved April Fool's day. She was fooling me (honestly fooling me!) right and left. She sometimes helps out, but usually wants compensation for her efforts. I kid you not, this kid is a piece of work! She can also be my sweetest kid. She absolutely loves back massages and will sit and be snuggled for hours if you have time.

Gabriel is quickly learning Penny's pack-rat skills. He is always configuring things together. Just yesterday, he somehow tied the kids' lawnmower to his bike with a jumprope and was riding around with it following him. He cracks me up.

Dallas is really busy with school and recitals. I was able to turn pages for two this weekend, which was fun. The Pew's watched our kids, which was so generous of them (especially since the one on Sunday was for about four hours and Daphne cried pretty much the whole time!) Dallas leaves in just over a month for Utah to play for Utah Festival Opera, just like last summer. We are still working out the details of how and when the rest of us will get there.

I am back! I have been feeling so much more motivated to do things, like edit pictures. I also started a new blog (http://afamilyoforgs.blogspot.com) if you want to see my new movement. I am just trying to get our family healthy.

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The old new room

 

The other day Gabe decided he wanted to sleep in the little room that we have all our crap in. My friend Janae gave me an extra mattress, so I decided to give it a go. He actually slept there for 3 nights and naps, and was really happy about it. Then two nights ago, he found a spider. I looked for it, but thought he was making it up, so I made him go back to bed. He came up hysterical and Dallas went down to see if there really was a spider. Sure enough. Now he won't so much as go down there. Oh well, it was nice while it lasted!

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Blue eyes?

 
 

I am pretty sure Peter's eyes are going to stay blue; they are really bright. Daphne's are darker, but still pretty blue. I think they may stay that way. That means we have more people in our family with blue eyes than brown. How did that happen? Can't say that I mind, though.

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Peter and Daphne

 
 
 
 

So the babies are 2 months old! I took a few pictures the other day. You can't tell all that much, but Peter is way bigger than Daphne. At their appointment yesterday, Daphne weighed in at 8 lbs 14 oz and Peter was 11 lbs 13 oz. That is a 3 pound difference! They both seem healthy, though.

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Mr. Hoppy

 
 

While mowing the lawn, Dallas found a frog. Sophie was the only kid willing to touch it. She even picked a flower for him. I even held it. Frogs don't bite.

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Smiley Babies

 
 
 

I know these aren't really great shots, at least you can sort of see that the babies are smiling. They do a lot better than this, it is just hard to get a picture of it. When I get the camera out, they get all weirded out and stop smiling. So, I asked Sophie to make Peter smile. You can see how well that went....

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010
















I sort of feel bad that I usually clump these babies together, but right now they have pretty much the same likes. You, know eating, sleeping, pooping, being held nonstop. But, by golly, we love 'em. Peter is by far my easiest baby. He really only cries when he is hungry or tired. Which, now that I think about it, is pretty much all the time.

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Happy Easter everyone!

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This week is spring break for Sophie. I told her to make a list of all the things she wanted to do. A walk. Fingerpaints. Spore. Toontown. Pretty easy to please. So far we have done it all. Here's to you, Sophie. Hopefully you don't look back on this week as a waste of time.

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That White Puppy is at it again! He is such a crazy thing. In fact, we aren't really sure if he is a he or a she. When we asked Penny, she said, "He is a girl." As you can see here, White Puppy and her/his friend Graham Cracker are all dressed up. To get married, apparently. So is White Puppy the bride or the groom, you ask. I am asking myself the same question.

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Easter Baskets
















I am a cruel mother. Easter morning had the kids up extra early; they were excited, of course. I was tired, so I told them to let me sleep for a little bit longer. I told them not to look for their Easter baskets until Dallas and I were up. When I did finally get up, Penny said they didn't even look for the baskets, but she thought one might be under the bathroom sink (hers was) and that there were no other hiding spots so Sophie and Gabe must not have gotten theirs filled (they were downstairs and in the trunk.) I am just impressed that she didn't tear into her basket upon finding it. I have super kids.

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This is Gabe. "What do you want to do today, Gabe?" "Just nothing." Another thing he says: "I have an idea! Let's build a fort!" He says this pretty much every day. Whenever I tell him I want to take a picture of him, he runs and gets his camera. Or does a stupid puppy pose. He wants to grow to be a spiderman puppy, or maybe a robot. One day our neighbors were having some cement poured at their house. The big cement truck was out in front of our house, so we walked out to see it. Gabe looked at it and said, "Mom, I want a truck like that for my birthday!" For some reason, no matter how many times I tell him, he ALWAYS puts both his underwear and pants on backwards after going to the bathroom. What a kid!

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Awww.

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The Granny Awards....

















So these are our little Starlets: Sophie Bear and Penny Clock-Mouse (yeah, weird costumes, huh?). Arnett Elementary had a skit/performance, which was really mostly about the older grades, but did have a number or two for the kindergarten and preschool classes. Of course Sophie was so excited, as she loves to perform. Penny, on the other hand was bribed big time! The dress-rehearsal (which luckily Dallas took the girls to) was a complete disaster, with Penny having a complete melt-down. One of the preschool teachers ended up carrying her on while she kicked her feet together and scowled. I was nervous on how the performance would go, and I was on duty that night (with Dallas home with the babies and Gabe.) As luck would have it, we got a fake Disney Credit Card in the mail that day that Penelope really, really wanted. It had Mickey on it and I told her she had to be a good little mouse to get it (and some icecream if she did the signs along with the songs.) Amazingly, she was so cute up there. She smiled the whole time even though she told me afterwards that she was super nervous. Way to come through, P-dawg! (How lucky that Penny got to keep her costume. I heard someone refer to them as Hasmat suits. Just so you know, she is keeping it folded nicely with her beloved credit card in her junk basket. She is such a hoarder.)

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