Monday, August 29, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 31 Weeks- 8.29.16




She is our silly girl :) And she seems to be still teething as well as you can see from the drool on her outfit. :) She is ALL OVER THE PLACE!!! And:
She's trying to stand up! I guess crawling isn't enough for her, she now thinks she needs to stand. So we have had many tears because she thinks she is capable of pulling herself up but she's really not so she falls and bonks her head. We really need to put a helmet on her until she understands her own limitations. :) She is also becoming quite the mama's girl, she is not happy when I leave a room. And she crawls up to my legs and hangs on. It's actually kind of sweet. :) She is definitely keeping us on our toes. She has a great ability to see something she is not suppose to have and go straight for it!! Thankfully we have 5 sets of eyes making sure she doesn't get something she is not suppose to have :).

 
Her first time sitting in the cart instead of in her car seat in the cart. She was a fan

The boys really wanted to push little carts, but this grocery store didn't have them, so they opted for carrying baskets instead. This was the day after our long trip back from California (we had a 4 1/2 hour delay in San Francisco) so I was kind of dreading having to take everyone to the grocery store, but they were so good.

And so much fun! After they put all the groceries that were in their basket on the conveyer belt they decided their baskets made great seats :)

This silly girl should have been sleeping at this point. She looks really tired, right? :)

She did finally conk out

Hanging out outside with my girl! This sleeper is a 12 month sleeper! And it's really not big on her!

Hanging out with her neighbor buddy (who was born 10 days after Anna)

Breakfast is a little different these days with Micah at school but they're surviving :)

Just hanging out in the kitchen by mommy

We had to go to Costco and they were very good, so they got to get some ice cream, and this time they only had to split it between the two of them instead of with Micah too. As you can see David was pretty excited about it

But just wait until Anna can have some too :)


Jonathan is seriously the messiest ice cream eater

She still loves her swing

We went out to eat at IHOP one night (they have free kids meals, seriously, we eat so cheap there :)). The boys love pancakes for dinner!

I gave her a little pancake but she didn't care for it, she just wanted to hit the table


Playing some soccer after dinner


And then we ate some homemade soft serve chocolate ice cream


David's a pretty messy ice cream eater too :)

I finally figured out how to get the soft serve ice cream to come out of the bottom of the machine (you have to have the machine running :)). Pretty proud of my cone!

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Being outside does not slow her down
 
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This cracks me up. The twins are a little more graceful than Micah :) I say they would make great gymnasts, their father does not agree :)

He truly is a monkey!!

We finally got the gate up. Now to convince the boys that the gate is not a toy to play with :)

It is effective :)

We had some friends from church over Saturday night. The mom had helped me get the fire pit for Steve for his birthday, so we had them over for a fire! And our kids played so nice together so us parents actually got to visit which was so nice!

I forgot to actually take a picture of anyone by the fire :) but here is Jonathan with his s'more

Anna and I matched for church

So pretty for church!! (I tried to get a picture of her to send to Steve's aunt who got her this outfit and I had her sitting and she kept just crawling towards me, so we had to stand :))

Micah can get Anna to smile and laugh, it's so cute!

Steve and I got to go away just the two of us this morning. A sweet lady from church watched the kids (minus Micah who had school) so we decided to go hiking.
 
This is me at the bottom (actually at the end of the hike). Can you see the white "M" up on the top left? That was where we were headed.

We made it to the top!! See the parking lot down there? It's surrounded by trees. That's where we started. We tried this hike with our kids a while ago and couldn't make it all the way to the "M"

That's the "M" behind us. I wasn't sure I was going to make it. I decided we should take the intermediate trail, oh my. It felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest!



But what a view! I'm so glad we (mostly I) pushed through it and made it to the top. After our hike we got to go to lunch just the two of us and actually have a conversation without being interrupted :) Thanks so much Barb!! (Yes, we have another Miss Barb :))

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Anna's Weekly Update- 30 weeks- 8.25.2016 & Micah's first day of school

 


 
This is a little late due to the fact that we were in California and I didn't have my computer so I couldn't do it till I got home and then we had a not so fun time getting home :) and then I had to get Micah ready for school to start, so now I have a few minutes to finally do Anna's update. :) And boy has Anna done a lot of growing up in the last couple weeks. She has two teeth on the bottom and I'm pretty sure is getting more on the bottom. She is starting to grow out of her 9 month clothes, she has to wear 12 month sleepers and they really aren't that big on her. And the biggest thing:
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We have a crawler in our midst!! She is all over the place! The boys are slowly learning that they can no longer leave small things on the floor because she will discover them and get over to them, she is very determined :). She can also get herself in the sitting position no problem. She's also started to try to pull herself up on things, crazy girl! It's time to put the gate up and bolt bookshelves to the wall, nothing is safe over here anymore!
 
She started over in the living room over by those foot rests that are stacked. As you can see she is quite proud of herself
 
We have two more exciting things going on in our household. One is that Jonathan is finally potty trained and in underwear!!! David, is not. :( But I think he is close. If nothing else I think when Coffee Break starts and Micah and Jonathan get to go to Little Lambs and he has to go to the nursery because he's not in underwear, that might finally do it for him. He knows how to go on the toilet, he's just too lazy to stop what he's doing to do it. :) So we are down to only 2 in diapers/pull-ups, we're getting there!! It has been three years and 10 months since I only had one child in diapers!!
 
The other exciting thing in our house is Micah started school!! Yesterday was his first day of Kindergarten. He was pretty nervous as we were leaving the house and when we got to school, but he was very excited when he got home, so it must not have lasted long. And he woke up this morning excited to get to go to school again today. He goes three days a week- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday- all day. So this is a big adjustment for both him but for me and the boys as well. Amazingly I didn't cry, I really thought I would. But I think it helped that I stayed for the chapel and talked to some other parents before and after, so it'd seem pretty silly to be standing there crying :). And then when I got home I talked to my mom on the phone for a while which helped too. So no tears from anyone over here! :)

Sitting at his table

With his teacher Mrs. Cok

Steve got to lead the devotions at the opening chapel

He was very focused on following his classmates out of chapel that he didn't even notice Steve and I sitting right there, or he was just ignoring us :)
 
Getting on the bus this morning. When I asked him yesterday what his favorite part of the day was, he said riding the bus. When he woke up this morning and I asked him what he was most excited about school today, he said, riding the bus :) Glad it's a good experience for him. Of course, he's on the bus for less than 5 minutes, but I think his favorite part it he doesn't have to wear a seat belt. But he told me he does hold on just to be safe :)
 
I will hopefully get to our California pictures soon!!