Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's Been a Long Time...

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve written…so unlike me!

Last week ended my busy time with the filing of my 10-K. This past weekend was my first “normal” weekend in a long time, and it’s been nice to have my evenings back to be able to do whatever I want!

Here is what has been going on over the past couple of months with everyone:

Kylie: Kylie has been busy with school, friends (mainly Isabella, her BFF) and gymnastics. She has been doing wonderfully in school – her teacher has put her in a couple of “challenge” groups for math and reading. She and her little group work on some harder things than what the class as a whole is working on. The stuff that she comes home and “teaches” me is amazing! Of course being homeschooled I was never on a normal schedule when it came to what I learned when, but even talking to others it’s amazing how early kids learn things these days. I’m also so amazed at her reading ability. There is absolutely nothing that I can’t give her to read. Yesterday we worked on a school project where she had to research a famous person on the internet, so we printed out the page and I handed it to her to read. She did it without a problem! The only area she needs to work on is remembering/understanding what she is reading. She can fly through a book, but sometimes if you ask her what it was about, she won’t remember.

She and Isabella have sleepovers/play dates just about every weekend. The two of them are so cute together! And while if they’ve been together for too long they can definitely get irritated with each other, 99% of the time they play perfectly together and do a good job of including Josh and Ryan in their games.

Kylie and I have such sweet moments together. She still tells me just about everything, and while she definitely has her own opinions and can be very strong-willed, she is still my sweet little princess. She has become a huge help at home – she frequently sets the table for dinner (with Josh’s help when he’s around), she helps me take her clothes up after the laundry is done, and she’s really good about cleaning and organizing her room when I tell her to do it. And she is still the most caring sister I have ever seen! She loves playing with Joshie, and she is such an adoring sister to Ryan. If I need to go and do something, I can tell her to watch him and not worry. Making dinner at night has gotten so much easier because I can have Kylie watch Ryan in the playroom while I cook and not worry about him!

Joshie: Joshie is my buddy. He is currently obsessed with video games. We now have to limit his time with them because he would sit and play Super Mario Brothers on his DSi all day if we didn’t watch him. Unfortunately this has led to him not playing as many hockey games, which I have to admit, I really miss. Everything now revolves around Super Mario Brothers. At least he and Kylie (and me when I get roped into it) have started playing “Super Mario Brothers real people,” which means that he is Mario, Kylie is princess Daisy (or whoever that is) and I try to be Luigi but he wants me to be princess peach. At least this involves running around the house and fighting bad guys.

Joshie still doesn’t eat a lot, and I feel like we have tried everything! It’s not that he’s picky, he just doesn’t eat much, and in turn, he’s a skinny little nothing! It will be interesting to see what the doctor says at his five-year check-up. Maybe it’s normal, but right now he’s lighter for me to carry than his little brother is!

The biggest thing we’re gearing up for with Joshie is Kindergarten next year! I registered him a couple of weeks ago, and he’s been working really hard on reading and math. He can now read the easy-reader books that we started with Kylie, and we’ve been working on Kylie’s old sight words with him. I’m really impressed with how well he’s doing! And in math, he’s doing basic addition and subtraction. My dad has come up with a deal with him…every minute he works on school stuff is an extra minute that he gets to play his DSi. He does really well with this and understands the concept of earning more play time.

This spring Joshie will be playing football and t-ball. Football doesn’t start until April, but he’s so excited about it and gets to play with one of his friends from church. I’m excited because hopefully the games will be nice and warm, instead of worrying about the weather each week (although we did get so lucky last fall with each Sunday being really “gorgeous” (for October) for his games.

We still get some great time alone with Joshie at night. He does everything from watch sports with John on the couch, to come up with me in my scrap room and color pictures and make tickets for his games.

Ry-Ry: My little man! This little (and I don’t mean that literally, the kid is so heavy and does not appear to be losing any of his baby fat now that he’s walking) guy is developing such a personality! He plays with you, teases you and always has a smile on his face. He is a great walker now, and has made some attempts at running. Thankfully he’s not a climber and he really doesn’t get into anything.

He is talking like crazy now! He will repeat everything you say, and even if what he’s saying does not sound anything like the real word, we have learned what it means (he has a word for “pop tart” and “Guess Who” that sounds nothing like those words, but we know what he means!). He can say all of our names very clearly (although he won’t say “Kylie,” just “sissy”). The funniest thing with him is he won’t say “yes,” he’ll just get a big smile on his face and say “aahhh” with his mouth open wide!

He is following in the footsteps of his brother and just about every other little boy out there and is now obsessed with trains, and loves Thomas. He calls them Choo-Choos, and sleeps with at least one, if not two trains every night. When we’re by a TV he points to it and says either “Choo-Choo” or “Amis” (Thomas), meaning he wants to watch Thomas. I can’t believe how I have forgotten how cute this obsession is. Some of it is coming back to me (Joshie was so obsessed with Thomas and trains…I remember promising him a new one of he gave up his paci). My poor dad…every time Ryan sees him he says “Pappaw, choo-choo.” My parents have a big train set up at their house next door, and Ryan loves it! My poor dad never gets a break! But he says he’s enjoying it because he thinks Joshie is pulling away from him a little bit, so it’s nice to have Ryan there wanting attention from him.

Ryan is also playing so well with Kylie and Josh. Just last night John and I were cleaning up after dinner, and we watched and listened to the three of them run around and play their game. It was usually Josh and Kylie and then Ryan tagging along behind them trying to keep up, laughing the whole time. This is the age that makes up for the 12 months of hard times we had with him. Babies are hard and make you question whether you’ll ever have another child, but at 17 months he’s a dream and watching the three of them together makes me forget about all of the sleepless nights and desperately trying to get him to stop crying!

Ryan is definitely our stubborn one, even more than Kylie. Just last night we had a 10 minute battle with him about throwing his train on the ground. He was made that I made him leave the room while Kylie was reading her school book, so he threw his train down in a temper-tantrum. We sat there for 10 minutes while he was crying telling him he had to pick his train back up. Finally he did and life went on, but things like that show me his determination and his will and what we have in store for us :) He definitely knows what he wants when he wants it. We got home from the grocery store one day and as we were putting the groceries away, Ryan went in the pantry because he wanted a pop tart. I told him “no,” but as I was putting things away, he got out a package of pop tarts. But then he decided that wasn’t enough, and brought out the whole box to me and kept telling me “pop tart” (only it was his special word for pop tart). He did the same thing with juice one time…he went in the pantry and brought me the big thing of juice!

Ryan loves milkshakes (which we've gotten in the habit of making most nights). And for a while, the minute I would walk in the door, he would get excited, go to the cupboard where we keep the cups, get out the "milkshake cup," go and get a straw, hand them to me and say "milkshake" (except it does not sound anything like "milkshake," but we know what he's saying :) ). It's so adorable!

So that’s a quick update of the kiddos. They are growing up so fast that John and I are desperately trying to slow down and enjoy every minute. They are all so fun and I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like when we don’t have little ones running around the house yelling…so I’m not going to think about it – I’m just going to enjoy my time with them right now!

Kids Riding in Laundry Basket from Debbie on Vimeo.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Snow, More Snow, and Even More Snow!

The snow continues! Over the past two weeks, our offices have closed early three times. This NEVER happens! Today, as has been the trend lately, the roads have been perfectly clear going to work, and I sit in my office and occasionally look out the window every hour or so and all of a sudden it will be snowing like crazy. Today it came on really quickly and added up fast! Our office closed at 3:00, and it took me an hour to get home. Thankfully, John drove over to my office and switched me cars because my car is horrible in the snow.

Once I got home I played with Ryan and then got some work done. Kylie’s school is already closed for tomorrow. I really hope the roads aren’t too bad for my drive in tomorrow :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Valentine's Weekend...

This Valentine’s weekend started with Kylie’s class party Friday afternoon. John and I took Josh over there and it was so much fun! It was relaxed and it was so neat seeing all of the Valentine’s boxes. John and I helped Kylie make a Nintendo DSi box, and I think she had the best box by far! She was so proud because she had helped so much with the cutting and gluing and painting.

After her party I worked from home until it was time to get ready for our dinner out. Our house church had decided that for Valentine’s day we would all go out to dinner together, instead of having our normal meeting. So we still had the baby-sitter come over, and everyone came and dropped their kids off, and then we all headed to the restaurant. We had a great dinner! It has been a long time since John and I had been out with friends with no kids. Friday night all of the kids spent the night at my parents’, and the house was eerily quiet!

Saturday we watched my nephew, so all the kids had a lot of fun playing together. I took Kylie to gymnastics, which gave me some time to get some work done which was nice. The rest of the day was spent doing miscellaneous chores and keeping the kids fed and cleaned up :) My dad took Josh and Ryan to a train show which they loved! Ryan is really into “choo-choos” right now, so he especially loved the trip.

Saturday night John and I took Kylie and her BFF Isabella out to run some errands and then to Subway for dinner (their choice :) ). It was a lot of fun hanging out with just the older girls.

Sunday was a busy church morning, followed by laundry and relaxing. Throughout the day the kids opened different Valentine’s Day presents – first from my parents, then from John’s parents and then from me. I got Kylie some of her own acrylic stamps and blocks (because she always uses mine), for Joshie I got some envelopes and sports stickers, and I got Ry-Ry a Thomas coloring book and crayons. All of the kids got some candy too :) The day ended with Kylie and I scrapbooking and then snuggling and watching Supernanny.

Onto another super busy week…only 1 ½ more weeks to go!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's Wednesday Night...Really?

This week is flying by…surprise, surprise!

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday night already. I feel like it was just the weekend…

Our nights have been spent making dinner, eating dinner, baths, playing (lots of Wii and DSis) and then bed. Lather, rinse repeat for each day. I swear by the time I think I might have a second to catch my breath and relax for a minute, I realize it’s 9:40 and I really should get myself to bed (although at that point I find something else that needs to be done and then I don’t get to bed before 11:00).

Last night was nice because we found out that schools were closed around 9:00, so Kylie got to get out of bed and come snuggle with me and watch Supernanny. I haven’t been able to do that with her for a while, so it was nice. Each night Kylie and John have been working to get her Valentine box ready for her party on Friday…they’re making a DSi box :)

I’m super busy at work…we file in a couple of weeks. I have been working tonight after Ryan and Kylie went to bed. I can’t wait until this craziness is over and I can take a day off!

John and I were supposed to go skiing this weekend, but because of something at church, we’ve postponed our trip. I’m bummed, but at the same time it will be nice to get some things done that need to be done…John and I need to look at washers and dryers and we need to pick up a new Sunday school lesson plan.

OK, off to bed now…or at least try to make my way up there :)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Fun, Wintery Weekend!

This weekend started off VERY, VERY snowy!

We knew a huge storm was coming Friday...the news people had been talking about it all week. So at work on Friday, I kept watching out my window for it to start snowing, and when it did, I watched to see how traffic was moving, because I knew as soon as it started looking bad, I was going to head home and finish working from home.

Thankfully, my boss told all of us that we could finish working from home. So I packed up and headed out. When I got home, all the neighbors in the court that were home, and John, were shoveling the driveways. It was really snowing hard! I went in and finished working and then finished up my Valentine's cards for my family because everyone was going to be here this weekend for my sister's birthday.

We cancelled house church because of the snow, and we spent the evening just hanging out in the house and watching the snow fall. My sister came in from Michigan (luckily the snow was a north-moving storm, so she didn't hit any snow until just north of us), and we had a very relaxing evening!

Saturday we got up and I made a huge breakfast. Afterwards we all went out the play in the snow. It was fun being out there and acting like a kid again! And it was nice to touch base with some neighbors that we haven't seen in a while. After that we came inside and hung out for a while. That night we went to dinner for my sister's birthday. I was worried because we don't eat out much because of Ryan...he's just such a handful! But he was so good that night!

When we got home we watched the CBJ game and ate cake and ice cream and hung out some more. Ryan was in such a good mood! He hadn't eaten very much at the restaurant, so I opened a jar of baby food (I have not known any other 16 1/2 month-old that still likes to eat baby food), only this time he decided he was going to completely feed himself. He held the spoon AND he dipped the spoon in the jar AND he brought the spoon to his mouth to eat. He was so adorable I just couldn't be mad at the gigantic mess he made :)

Sunday we got up and went to church. Afterwards was a quick trip to the grocery store, followed by a long and relaxing day at home. My sister and dad headed out fairly early, so the rest of the day we just hung out and played. Josh is obsessed with the new Mario Brothers game on the Wii (I HIGHLY recommend this game to anyone that likes the Super Mario Brothers games), and Ryan is also obsessed with Wii (he really thinks he's playing and really does play the baseball game on Wii Sports). Kylie and I played school :)

Now everyone (except Josh of course) is in bed. I have a busy week at work ahead of me (actually worked for about 3 hours this evening). Right now I'm going to climb into bed and watch some shows that I have DVRd :)