Saturday, April 30, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 4.30.16- 14 Weeks



Weight: 15.4 pounds
Anna had a couple big things this week. For one I switched her over to Kirkland formula instead of Similac Sensitive. Kirkland brand is half the cost of Similac which this Dutch mama loves. :) And she actually seems to spit up less on the Kirkland so double bonus! Anna also sat in her Bumbo seat for the first time this week:
As you can see she is a fan
Her other big thing of the week is she rolled over from back to front! Of course the first time she did it was when I wasn't home and Steve was in the other room getting the twins lunch. He walked back in the living room to find her on her stomach (and turned 180 degrees). After dinner that day he went to put her down in her playmat on the floor and again, she rolled over, this time he saw her, of course I did not. Since then I'd say I've been by her a total of 30 minutes with a camera all ready to go and would that stinker roll over for Mommy, no. :) So I've yet to see her roll over and the last time she did she did not like being on her tummy, so I'm thinking it will be a while before she tries again, but we'll see (or someone will see, probably not me :)). Other than that she continues to be our happy talking girl. Although she did make it through both services in church this past Sunday so that was nice. She now usually goes to sleep with one arm already out of her swaddle and by the time she wakes up the other arm is usually out too, so I'm thinking it wouldn't be too much longer that she's swaddled, especially if she can roll over. And no more hanging out on her changing pad :). Anna continues to love her Daddy, she gets especially happy when she can see him and tonight after dinner Steve was holding her and I said "Anna do you love your Daddy" and she just cuddled up to him, it was so cute. She also is a big fan of her brothers. I got this video this morning:


All cute and comfy for church
She continues to not want to be held when she's fed, but at least she'll cuddle with me afterwards (and when she's sleeping :))
Steve's cousin made Anna these adorable headband and hair clip holders. So nice to have them all organized and easily accessible

Breakfast time for the boys! Can I just say I love having them able to sit at the counter! So easy to get them their food

Think he's a fan of Anna? :)

Watching her brothers eat breakfast from her Bumbo. I'm not sure who was more intrigued, Anna or the boys :)
All cute to go the mall and the library. A lady from church called me and asked if me and the kids needed to get out of the house to which I quickly responded "Yes!" (the weather has not been nice this week so we have been inside most of the time), so we went to the mall to get Micah new pajamas and I scored big time at The Children's Place with their $1.99 rack!! and then we went to the library that has a great play area in their children's area.

Building with wood blocks at the library (I have no idea why Micah felt the need to be a hoodlum and keep his hood on the whole time :))

Checking out Lizzy the Gecko

Facetiming with Grandma, always entertaining :)

Micah had his kindergarten screening yesterday and afterwards he and I had a lunch date at McDonalds (his choice :)). He did such a great job at school! He's pretty excited to get to go to school which is so fun to see.

My silly big boy :)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 4.23.16- 13 Weeks (3 Months!)



How we find Anna a lot these days, with her fingers in her mouth :)
Weight: 15 pounds
We have made it to 3 months with our Anna!! She is doing really well. She is pretty content unless she is really tired or we're trying to feed her. :) She loves to play on her playmat on the floor, or in her swing with toys hanging down. She loves it when her brothers get in her face, they can always make her smile. She seems to be discovering that her hands can be used to grab toys or put fingers in her mouth to chew on. She smiles easily which is so fun. She's outgrowing her 3 month clothes, so she's wearing mostly 3-6 month clothes and even some 6 month clothes although they are a bit big on her. She still is a pain to feed, eating most of her bottles in her car seat which she prefers to being held. But at least she's eating and thankfully she's starting to like being held a little more so we still get some cuddles in. Steve mentioned the other day he feels like she's even starting to hold on to him when he holds her which is so fun. We love our Anna!!

I got some bubble bath for the boys and they are now big fans of taking bubble baths. They think it's pretty fun to hide their toys under the bubbles and to put the bubbles on each other's faces to look like beards

It was the twin's half birthday last Sunday so Micah decided to make these banners (he even cut them out himself) and party hat. Of course the twins were confused why we were saying Happy Half Birthday and yet we had no cake and no presents. :) Half birthdays were a big deal for me because my birthday was in the summer so I always brought treats to school on my half birthday. All our kids' birthdays are during the school year, so half birthdays might not be such a big deal for them. :)

We gave this dress to a girl at our Michigan church and I loved it, so when I had Anna, she gave it back to us for Anna to wear, so fun!!

Playing some Kids Sequence. Playing a game with the twins is always interesting :)

Steve and I have decided that Montana really doesn't want people moving here because they make it an absolute pain to get your drivers license which you then need to register your car. We had a hard time finding on line where we had to go so Steve called the car dealer where we bought our car and they told us where to go for both (it's a different place for each). So Monday we piled all the kids in the car and went first to the place to get our drivers license. Got every one out of the car, got inside only to find out that we needed an appointment and even though it wasn't very busy inside they couldn't just fit us in, you have to make an appointment online. Went home to make an appointment, the next available one was the beginning of June!! So we piled all the kids back in the car and went to the place to get our vehicles registered. Got every one out of the car, got inside, took a number, waited a few minutes, went up to the counter to find out we needed proof of residency. We had a pay stub with our address on it, nope, that didn't work. Checks with our address on it, nope, that doesn't work. A drivers license would work, but we can't get one of those till June!!! A renters agreement works, but we don't rent our house! So, no registering our cars for us. So we wasted our morning driving around, getting all 4 kids in and out of the van, all for nothing! All that to say we ended up at a park and the boys loved having Daddy there to swing them nice and high :).

Our neighbor gave me a bag of girl clothes for Anna and inside were these boots! Can't wait for her to wear them, they are soooo cute!!!

We have had a beautiful week weather wise so we spent a lot of time outside. They found a good place to play baseball (just have to watch out for some sprinkler heads :))

Out for a walk with the twins (on their bikes) and Anna

Anna got booted to her room to play on the floor because she was making too much noise in the living room where the boys were watching a video. She didn't seem to mind, she'll play and make noise anywhere

Of course as soon as their video was done they had to come find Anna to play

All that playing wore her out :)

I did my first trip to the grocery store with all 4 kids! This was after so obviously it went well. :) Thankfully Micah was happy to push Anna in her stroller, Anna slept in her stroller, and the twins could ride in the car in the front of the grocery cart, so all went well.

The boys rode their bikes and I pushed Anna in the stroller to the school to play on the playground one afternoon

The twins love being monkeys and swinging on the bars

I wanted to get a picture of all 3 boys with the mountains in the background, I had to settle on 2 out of 3 :)

Got to break out the rompers this week, so cute!!

David got a ride from our neighbor girl who is very impressive driving with the dog going crazy in front of her :)

They love this swing!

I took Jonathan on a little date this week. We went to the store and got some fun bubble toys and then went to Costco for some ice cream. I said let's take a picture together and he thought his spoon needed to be in on it. :)

That's a little better

Here he said "Mom (he calls me Mom by the way, not Mommy, and Steve is Dad, I guess he's too mature for Mommy and Daddy), look, I can do a silly face." We had fun on our date, he is such a talker it took him forever to finish his ice cream. :) Love these special times with my boys!

Playing with their bubble guns the next morning. They have a hard time blowing bubbles, so this way they got to chase the bubbles but not blow them. :)

She loves her Daddy!

My parents came to visit and I let the boys skip their naps (which they rarely sleep during anyways) and come with me to the airport to get them. They were pretty excited at the airport because there was a little bear there

And a big buffalo bench

We went to Famous Daves for dinner Friday night and this is how Jonathan thought his plate was suppose to be used

Anna chilling in her car seat while we ate dinner

Even though the weather wasn't the greatest Saturday morning we decided to do some exploring in the area and went to a state park that had lots of hiking paths. They boys LOVED it!! So much fun to hike around. So that's what the next whole bunch of pictures are from:

Anna was sleeping in her stroller so we had to do our family picture without her

It was so fun to get to show my parents where we now live, they'd never been here before!

Checking out the rivers (this is where 3 rivers meet). Amazingly none of them ended up in the river :)

Attempting to get a jumping picture, didn't work :)
Trying to get a nice picture with my boys, Jonathan didn't cooperate :)

Micah did (after about 5 attempts)

Showing their muscles




So big!

And of course if one climbs on a rock, they all have to climb on a rock :)

And of course you have to jump off the rock to get off

Anna hung out with Grandma in the car to stay warm for some of the time
We packed a picnic lunch and even though it was raining by lunchtime we found a covered bench to eat at which was way more fun then just going home to eat :). It was a very fun morning! We're excited to go back this summer and hike more trails!

Anna hung out in her stroller all bundled up while we ate

Making pizza Saturday night. They were so excited to each make their own
My mom made some valances and this banner for Anna's room so we put them and some other stuff up yesterday so her room is now all decorated! Love it!