Sunday, November 30, 2008

Birthday Extravaganza

Aaron had his 13th birthday today. I am really having a difficult time with this. I can remember him as a baby and toddler. How very little sleep I got those years! His singing in the halls at school. I miss that so much. I scolded him daily about that. Now, I would love to hear his songs!

He wanted sushi for his birthday! We had a beautiful arrangement of rolls. He enjoyed the celebration!

Air and space

On our trip to West Virginia, we took time to take in some learning;)
We went to the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center after picking Erik's brother up from the airport.

Here are Carl, Aaron, Ali, and Erik in the simulators. I can still hear the squeals and laughter!

Here we are at the top of the observation tower. We had so much fun!

Thanksgiving trip

We had a wonderful week in West Virginia! The kids enjoyed seeing grandparents and great-grandparents. Aiden was baptised. We forgot to get a picture of this event. This was our only picture of everyone. We enjoyed our time together and a wonderful meal!

Aiden got to spend time with his grandparents and great-grandparents.

Aiden enjoyed Inga's kisses,oh, I mean licks:)

Grandpa was so funny and even warmed my feet!

Gramme kept me smiling! I have her wrapped around all of my fingers!


What's with the scarecrows in Braselton Georgia? It was really creepy last night when we drove through that town. Flashbacks to Jeepers Creepers! Ohh, I think that I will never be able to see that movie again!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Great News!

Aaron made all As on his report card. He loves going to school and is a different person! He has never been this happy. Now if he would quit sneaking around at 3am to get on the computer...we'd be set.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Aiden's First Laugh on Video

Our little man has been feeling under the weather for the last couple of days. Tonight he was feeling tons better, and showing it too. You can hear the cough a few times, but so much better then it was. Here he is laughing until his heart is content, then at the end it went down hill. Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

4 month check up

Woohoo!!!!!! Aiden weighs 15lbs. 14oz. and is in 61st percentile! He is 24 3/4" and is in the 44th percentile for height. That is better than the 20%tile he was before!!!! He was such a trooper and laughed into the first of four shots. It did take him about 3-4 minutes to calm down, but then he slept through lunch at Slices...mmmmm! Guess what we can start because he is starving...rice cereal and veggies. But wait...he's already had some banana and cereal...bad mommy>:( So, he'll get some cereal, sweet potato or carrots tonight. Can't wait for that diaper;)

A happy 4 months!

Aiden is 4 months old! It seems like a lifetime ago that his birth happened. He's now grasping objects and playing. He giggles and "talks" to us. He chews on everything, but the pacifier. He seems to be my little Linus (from Charlie Brown). He loves to have a blanket to chew. I am so amazed by the love he has for us. He was so happy to see Ali and Aaron this weekend! He wakes up cooing and smiling. Right now, he's looking at himself in the mirror.
I couldn't resist these photos!!!! They were taken two nights ago. I love when he fake cries! He's upset because he can't watch t.v. and he's on his belly.

O'Reilly vs. Einstien:

You would think that a little one would love the little Einstien series of dvds. Nope, not Aiden. He show very little interest in them. He'd rather watch Bill O'Riley or Glenn Beck. Glenn is not on again until January, so, Bill will have to do;)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hands, sleep, and chins

Just this week, Aiden has found out how to begin controlling his fat rolly polly hands. He is grabbing sister's hair and making her scream (she barely got away as he laughed:)! He's been so sweet playing with his activity mat, grabbing the firefly and butterfly. Now is the time to change one toy out.

He has also started sleeping through the night again. He goes through spurts of sleeping. So, just when my body adjusts it's milk supply to accommodate him, he sleeps through the night. I wake up and am extremely ready for him to eat. He was very surprised by the amount of milk spraying his face:)

As I was peering at his beautiful face while he was sleeping in my arms, I looked at his features. His lips and chin reminded me of daddy. I looked at daddy and low and behold: twins;) Same poofy lips that are slightly turning down at the corners. At any time with no warning, they turn up into a smile while he's sleeping. Also, the same deep crease right above his little chin that comes and goes as he smiles. I just wish that he had the same snuffleupagus lashes that his daddy possesses.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Chunky Monkey

He certainly is gaining weight! He's not a happy boy right now. He had a total of 40 minutes of sleep during the day. He was so excited to take a bath! His legs and arms were moving so fast and he was telling me something that he thought was very important! His noices were loud and forceful with many grunts.

I gave him a little bear and he put it to his mouth and started to eat him! It was so funny! Then he got tired of it and let go. Before we left school and came home, he tinkled out of his diaper and all over one of the other teacher's floor! He had on his huggies. I think we're going to have to stick with pampers.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The Vote is In

Today we left the house at 6:45 a.m. to vote at a small church in Milner. Whew, there was already a line forming. We made it a family affair and had the children in on this action! Loud mouth Ali might not get to come back the next time we visit the polls!!! With a smile and calm voice, I finally said "Feel free to shut up or get away from my screen!" Yes, I used an ugly word, but she was telling daddy Erik that our votes were not matching. I explained that we were on different screens.
After the nice gentleman offered to take this picture, he made a smart comment. Yes, whenever we go somewhere, I feel like we are the Herdman's from the Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Just read the first couple chapters of this cute book and you'll get the drift! I don't know what it is, but my usually mellow voice rings loud and clear, then Ali's even louder and clearer. Poor Erik and Aiden my be a little embarassed.
Anyhow, we voted with me being the village change. I had not changed me name 5 years ago when I got married. That took a few minutes and we were done by 7:20. How's that time?! I even made it to school with time to spare!
I am very excited! We'll find out who the new president will be soon and tonight was my final night for my gifted endorsement class! I am now certified in gifted education! Hooray! No increase in salary, but the school system paid for my classes and books! A free education is something that I could NOT refuse! Ali had a difficult time accepting the fact that I wanted to take these classes, but I think I will be a "student" whenever I can! I'm just so happy that I'm rambling now! I never had much growing up in a family with 7 children, so, I'll leave you with a thought that I truely believe...Your education can never be taken away from you.

Wider than the sky...

Thoughts about our daily lives.