Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Spoiler Alert

If you've been telling your kids that you're not going to get them a pet and using me as an example of someone who doesn't let their kids have a pet, stop reading now.

Also, if you're like my sister Chelsea who hates it when people post pictures of their pets, stop reading now.

Okay, anybody left?

So, yeah, I broke down and let the kids get a pet.

Meet Kit Kat...

I'm not now, nor have I ever been a "cat person". But with six kids and a tiny yard, we decided this was a better option than a puppy.

The oddest thing we've discovered in this venture is how much my husband enjoys this animal. I didn't know that about him. I find him playing with her even when all the kids are in bed. Last night I was nodding off in bed and he came into the room with the cat in hand and said, "she's crying...what should I do?" I rolled my eyes and said, "put her in her bed...she's a cat...or rock her to sleep if you want...I've had enough babies, I'm going to sleep".

And that's exactly what I did.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Jack Man

Jack, at 8 months old. Couldn't you just look at him forever? Maybe I'm a bit biased.

From September 2009

Some Privacy Please?

I caught John getting pretty the other day....

He was NOT pleased with the intrusion....

Can't a two year old get some privacy around here please?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

I've Had A Birthday, Shout Hooray! (and some other stuff too)

So I turned 33 last Sunday. Now I'm one year old and wiser too! (as the song goes)
We had a nice day (as nice a day as a mother of six can have on a Sunday...really the longest day of them all)
Thanks to Grandma Carole for organizing a dinner, and letting FIVE kids help her make it. They were pretty happy, and so was I.

We've gone through a bit of a dry spell in the costume area. Harry has somewhat grown out of the game. He'll still put them on, but not every day like he used to. Luckily for all of us, there seems to be a never-ending supply of 2 year old boys at my house who have fallen in love with the costume collection. Here are a few shots of John as a garbage man one day, and a car washing fireman the next. This kid's got a smile like none other.

And, I've been trying to get back into some sewing. Today I spent THREE hours putting these ruffles on the bodice of this dress. IT TOOK FOREVER. I had to give up and put it away for awhile. I've made several versions of this dress and thought some ruffles would be fun. Fun is not the exact word I'd use to describe it now, but hopefully I'll like the end result. Don't mind the weird duct tape dress form. That's a story for another day, but basically, it involves being wrapped up in saran wrap and duct tape. It's a useful tool for sewing for one's self, but VERY humbling to see a cast of your body in duct tape. I should be hitting the gym and not the sewing machine!

So, Happy Tuesday, here's to birthdays, costumes and sewing!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Charlie is Five!

Can you believe this little boy is five?

From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

Can you belive he's started kindergarten? Can you believe he taught himself multiplication and how to tell time over the summer?
From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

He got to have a real birthday party and everything! His first ever!
From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

We had presents and cupcakes and just general fun.
From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

From Charlie's Birthday/First Day of Schoo

I sure miss him when he's at school.
But that's okay, I have version 2.0 of him to keep me company while he's gone!

Happy Birthday Charlie Buckets! We love you!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Dear Uncle Taylor

Hey Uncle T -
We sure missed you at the water park this summer! The wave pool just wasn't the same without you.

BTW - We love our HOVENS!

We miss you...hope you had a great birthday!