Jan 30, 2011

January Videos

Here are some videos from the past few weeks. The first is Hannah feeding Colin. The second is called "Paper Boy." Colin has fun with the newspaper. The third shows what goes on when I'm not around. Dax puts on jazz and they make interesting launch tracks for the Hot Wheels. The fourth video is the girls playing with their fort that ends in lots of giggles. The fifth is Colin's turn to giggle as Hannah tries to give him a bottle. He gets a little distracted. : )

Jan 28, 2011

Past 2 Weeks

Hi Mom! This is proof that the black shirt I got for my concert was worth her monetary contribution-haha. The gray shell is sewn in and has some sparkle and I can even pin the black together to make it more concert appropriate. I was happy to wear the necklace I got from my aunt in memory of Mamaw, but the chain broke before I even made it to the concert!

Last weekend, Dax's brother, Alex, drove down from Tennessee with Weston and Hudson.
The kids were super happy to see their cousins. Hannah was a little put off by the brothers' wrestling and told them so. I thought the bigger boys might intimidate the girls but nope. Hannah and Choe stood their ground and made sure the guys knew who was boss : )

Weston loved his extra-soft gray blanket from Nana. We got a cream one. They are awesome!
As awesome as blankets get, I suppose.

Colin and Alex hang out.

We mainly hung around the house, had our Christmas, perused the mall, and ate at Dickey's, Dax's favorite restaurant around here. Free ice cream!

Alex and Chloe look ready to call it a night.

On Martin Luther King Day we headed to the Benton's for some time together.
Ruby and her mom joined us, too.

Colin tries out the cool IKEA chair.

The girls entertain with a few renditions of Twinkle, Twinkle. Mozart would have been proud.

Hannah is developing her drawing skills. First it was just heads, and without me really prompting, she decided now her people need limbs...and lots of face hair. I guess she's used to that looking at Dax. The thing I think is really funny is everyone's chins. At first I thought she just gave everyone goatees, but then I watched her draw a face. She makes the initial circle, and when she rounds it out and connects her circle, she scribbles on the "seam" so to speak. She wants to make sure that circle is really closed. Oh, and the cross is part of a series of pictures I'm trying to draw for them about things we see in church. We color them and save them in a notebook.

This time on the glowing IPad.

All three kids are really starting to play together now.

And the monkeys are, too.

Hannah and Colin are starting to bond a bit. She loves to feed him.

I've got some great videos of feeding sessions between the two of them coming up.

Hannah got this for her 1st birthday and now Colin likes it alot.

After a long break, we're back to visiting our local libraries.

The girls are enjoying their dress-up clothes in the mirror.

I'm an alien princess with glasses.

Putting a little weight on his feet! But he's not even close to crawling yet, so that's a good ways off.

The girls are learning to entertain themselves in the morning while I finish sleeping. They can be pretty early risers- and I'm a late stayer-upper. They usually come in my bedroom and ask to play in the living room. If I grunt in agreement, they find things to do. This morning I heard them laughing and carrying on. "We made a pillow line!" I found them crawling across these as fast as they could and having a great time.

It turns out we have pictures of each of the kids in the grass right after they learned to sit. Here's Hannah. Dax and I laughed at her funny head of hair.

And we laughed even more at Chloe! What a face!!

Today we had super nice weather so it was Colin's turn. He hated it! He did not like the leaves on his legs, and when he got brave enough to grab one, he wasn't a fan of the taste either. Haha

Mom, get me out of here!!

Jan 16, 2011

Snow, Sitting, and Silliness

Snow! I think it hit just about everywhere the past couple of weeks. The girls were super excited about it.



Watch out!

I accidentally grabbed a newborn hat for Colin as I headed out the door! At least the top of his head was warm. Don't worry, he was only out there for about 2 minutes- that's why he's not bundled up.

Seems to like it, but he smiles at pretty much everything.

Smallest snowman ever.

So I'm always telling Dax to make sure Colin's hat is off in the car since he can pull it over his face now. Well, this particular evening it was I who forgot and this is what I found when we got home.

The kids like to sit on the bed while I fold laundry. Ring around the rosies.

Colin saying- "Get me out of here!"

But he receives a sweet sisterly kiss instead.

This is Colin's favorite position- turning his head to find you and then doing a stare/smile.
He just doesn't look away and it makes me smile every time.

Contemplating his next move.

He tried eating the doll's hand, but something didn't taste quite right I gather.

Second try wasn't any better!

One day Hannah kept throwing her doll on the floor in various rooms, running to tell me Rapunzel "dieded." I have no idea where all that came from, but Rapunzel must have nine lives or more because she dieded several times that day.

One more shot. I can't help it. It was another stare/smile.

Look who graduated from the bumbo to a high chair! I'm not very excited about having another large contraption in the kitchen, but it's nice to have him on the same level as us during meal times.

Hannah and I made some chocolate chip muffins with her new baking set. The batter was a little too thin so the chocolate chips sank to the bottom and stuck to the paper and other muffin pan bottom. We still enjoyed them, though.

We are the least handy people I know. But I've been wanting to take on some smaller home improvement projects since we know we won't be here forever, and probably should make the house a little more appealing to future buyers. I would take on some bigger ones but it seems that every month something large breaks and we have to spend everything we have on it! First it was antibiotics for everyone in the house, then it was the dishwasher, then it was the heating/air unit, now it's the van. Changing out a few outlets for newer ones is at least a little something in the right direction. And I did learn a few things about electricity! I almost changed out just the plate in the picture above, but changed my mind.

Tada! A new dimmer switch for Colin's room. The good news is when the dishwasher repairman was trying to tell me about some faulty wires, I actually knew what he was talking about and didn't feel "bamboozled."

Also happening this weekend, my brass quintet, Touch of Brass, held our first official concert this weekend. We played in Plano, TX for a concert series hosted by a church there. There was a fairly good crowd and a couple of my friends even got to come. With some humorous banter from the tuba player, a couple of standard, a cartoon medley, some Beatles, a march, Gershwin, and a fanfare, it was a fun evening. I hardly ever play my horn right now, so it's been fun to play with such great people who are a pleasure to be around every single time we meet. I wish more than anything I had remembered my camera!

Dax's brother and our nephews were able to visit this weekend, too, but I'll post those pictures after they get downloaded.

Now for the silliness. Yes, I have better things to do with my time, but sometimes playing with your kids and taking a couple of goofy pictures can be a fun use of my time, too. This blog has brought you many happenings from the toy animal kingdom, and now we bring you the girls' most sought after toy as of late....Action Figure Beethoven. I know... only in this house. Actually, Dax got it as a gag gift awhile back, and he's been a steadfast companion ever since. Here, Beethoven (BeeTHOven as Hannah pronounces it) hangs out in his favorite spot.

Sometimes he'll get bored and try to peer out the window. When he suspects someone
has come to play a tune...

...he takes up his hiding spot for listening and critiquing. He thinks we can't see him.

Miss a few notes? You get this look.

Then he shows us how it's done. No patience, that guy.

Here's Beethoven in his summer Lincoln Log Cabin. You might notice a couple of hired hands coming in to chop his wood. He's on vacation, after all.

But upon further inspection of his cabin, he's unhappy with the structural work I did and takes matters into his own hands.

He makes things drastically worse. Beethoven should stick to his day job, I think.

Finally, a little conversation with Hannah.

Hannah in the bookstore: Can we buy this dress-up book?

Me: No. I'm sorry. We don't have any money for that.

Hannah: Well let's just go buy some money and we can come back and get it.

Me: I never thought of that!

Don't know if I posted this one either.

Hannah in the car: Mommy, you have to pay attention while you're driving or you might crash another car. That would be bad. (good, she's been listening!)

Me: That's exactly right. That's why I don't want you to ask me any questions right now. I'm trying to pay attention. I have to get on the interstate.

Hannah: What?

Me: I have to get on the interstate.

Hannah: Mommy, what?

Me: Nothing. Hold on.

Hannah: Mommy, are you paying attention?

Me: Yes. I'm trying to.

Hannah: Okay, that's good.