name game

Before we went to Uncle Nick and Aunt Amber's house a couple weekends ago, I was "reviewing" family names with Hailey. To my surprise, she repeated a lot of them back to me! I've been trying to get her on camera doing it since then, and I think I finally figured out a way to record her without her knowing it. Check it out! It seems like she can do 6-8 names, then she starts babbling, so I will just rotate which names I start with!

Attempt #1:

Attempt #2!


wall art

I consider us lucky that it took until our younger child was 19 months old for our first wall art. Still, not what you really want to see. Thanks Magic Eraser for fixing this and making it look like new! That stuff is great...

Here's some other random pictures that don't need a separate post... enjoy!

Hailey wanted to mail herself.

He buckled himself in his carseat!

No pictures please... can't you see I'm riding Clifford? We FINALLY got a Chuck E Cheese close to our house... it's nice going to a new one, before the games are all pizza-fied, and broken!


happy valentine's day

Here's our cuties on their way to school that day, they had Valentine's parties and were all hyped up!

Steve made us HUGE ribeye steaks (yummmm) and asparagus. Why mess with the restaurants when your husband can cook better than them anyways! And I got tulips! Woo-hoo!

Hope you had a good one. Yes, it is a made-up holiday, but it's nice to remind the ones we love of our feelings for them.


cupcakes and elefantes

I finally wrote down some of the funny things this guy has been saying lately...

Last night we were putting him to bed, and he said he had a booboo on his finger (he didn't... it was one of his delay tactics that he tries sometimes). Me: "Oh that's too bad. I'll give it a kiss." Tyson: "Mommy here's what I need to fix it. First, I need a bandaid. Then I need to get the right medicine, cut my toenails (counting on his fingers for each request), eat healthy foods, drink my milk slowly, and don't stare at the elefantes." HA HA!!!! (Not sure if I mentioned but starting with his birthday party, he prefers to calls elephants "elefantes"... Spanish word for them)

Then, tonight when putting him to bed, we noticed he had some weird sticky stuff on his shirt. We were trying to figure out what it was, and he says "I tripped on some mulch, then I landed on a stone and it did that to my shirt." {We had just gotten the shirt out of the dryer...}

We have some leftover cupcakes from the Superbowl... Hailey had her first one since her birthday. I was actually surprised that she didn't get more messy with it!


Superbowl XLV Champs!

So... I talked Steve into making some yummy stuff on the smoker and having a little superbowl fun since the PACKERS were in it! We had the whole family dressed up!

Pre-Super Bowl wrestling...

So the kids were a little excited that they could actually play outside... they haven't made it out much lately with the cold weather. So these were the best family pics we have!

What else can I say but... dun dun ch dun dun dun dun... GO PACK GO! What an awesome game! I have to admit I was nervous on the last drive, but hewhoshouldnotbenamed couldn't get it done and the Pack prevailed!! SWEEEEEET... it's so fun when your favorite team wins a championship... especially when you don't live in the town they're in... SUPER BOWL CHAMPS BABY!! Now we go for the SPURS to win again!


the Good list

I thought I'd write down some of the endearing things the kids do, mostly so we can look back later and smile when we realize we didn't catch it on video, but also to share them with those of you who don't see them often, and lastly so we can remember the fun things when we're having a "frustrated moment".

She can be extremely shy and reserved with new people, but she is FEARLESS when it comes to playing. This slide is probably 2 stories tall and she was alllll about it. She wanted to go down by herself and got mad when I'd put her in my lap.

She finally got to go down by herself... and shrieked in excitement the whole way down! She would have gone head first if we let her. She also tries to just walk into the pool, etc.

She loves Daddy more than anyone else. She kicks her legs like crazy if I'm holding her when he comes home. Mommy's a pretty close second.

This habit is probably more of one that will be funny when we look back on it. Not so funny now, but this time when she did some pantry destroying it was kind of cute how she wedged herself in there.

She does "drawings" for us... :) When she colors with markers, she will draw a few lines, then put the top back on. Then take it off and draw a few more lines. etc. etc.

She has such a sweet smile, and shrieks in excitement constantly. She's started doing an exaggerated "fake smile" lately too. She's added more words - up, yucky (gucky), ball (really not new just forgot earlier), cheese (chzszszs), please, apple, cookie, cracker (gacka).
She gives GREAT hugs.
When she wants to sit in your lap, she backs in and then once she sits down, she scoots all the way back until she's completely pressed up against you. So sweet.
She makes this adorable sound when she's concentrating, or trying to lift something heavy. It's kind of like a soft grunting sound. I doubt I'll be able to get it on video but I love it.
She talks and talks about all kinds of things in her own language. I've tried to catch this on camera a bunch, but she either stops talking or tries to grab the camera when she sees it :(

Tyson is such a sweet natured kid. He loves to play pretend, whether it just be making his toys have conversations or actually dressing up himself...

He loves to do projects. This year we did his gingerbread house a little late (it was still early January), but he didn't care if it happened before Christmas or not!

He's very funny. He says hilarious things all the time, and has gotten to the stage of saying "don't laugh at me" when we chuckle at his cuteness. Man... it's hard not to laugh sometimes!

He brings home artwork from school that we are so proud of. Whether it be letters, numbers, or writing his name, we love it. He is proud of it too, every day he tells me he has a surprise for me in his backpack :)

Getting much better, eh?

Almost daily he draws a picture of our family and our house. The number of people varies, but there is usually some kind of road or train track on it, a ladybug and a spider.

He loves his sister. One of his favorite things is wrestling with her on our bed after they get their pj's on. He's very aware of how and where to tackle her - never near the edge of the bed, never making her fall on something other than either him or the mattress.
He randomly says the sweetest things. We were at lunch with friends on Sunday, and he was at the opposite end of the table. He says "Mommy?" "What Tyson?" "I love you!" He melted all the girls' hearts right there! We get random "I love you's" and I even got an "I want to marry you when I grow up" last week! Love you two!