Oct 26, 2009

A Day for a Hike?

Today may not be the best day for a hike as it has been pouring in Pullman all day, but I was going through some pictures on my computer and ran across these:


They were taken a few months ago back in late July on a hike up Kamiak Butte. When I saw them I couldn't resist doing a post. Especially when I found this from the year before:



Early August 2008 -- Trying to help Miss Isabelle make her appearance into the world
(just days before she actually decided to).


And back to the pictures this past July.

A little difference, I'd have to say.
How cute are they? And how beautiful is this view?

Oct 19, 2009

Books, Books and More Books!

Does this face not say it all?!
"Hmmm, which book should I read next?"
Isabelle has been a reading fanatic these past few months. She's always loved books, but her love for them as really grown recently. It's almost an obsession, but I'm not sure if babies really have the capacity to obsess over things... so anyways, as I was saying, she LOVES her books! First thing when she wakes up she says, "Boos!" Which obviously means books! She will read them for hours on end and expects us to sit and read the same books over and over with her morning, day, and night. So I'm constantly trading out what books are in the basket in the living room since that is where we spend most of our time reading and 'Where is Baby's Birthday Cake' gets quite old after the 8th time in a row. It's sweet really and I hope she continues to have this love for reading. Here are just a few of the many, many pictures I have of our little one reading away. =) She's too cute! And isn't she getting way too big?!
"See Mama, Noah put two of every animal on the Ark!"
This is another one of her favorites that she'll read over and over.
See two different days that I snapped a picture of her on the same page!
Just a reading away.
This is her new "cheese" face.
And this is when she really gets into cheesing! Haha!
"Mama, enough pictures let me finish reading my Fish Kisses book."
(Another favorite!)
And one more cheese picture because she's just that cute! =)

Pumpkins!

Why is it that pumpkin carving always sounds more fun before you're actually elbow deep in the never ending pumpkin goo? I guess it just always seems like more work than I remember it being from the previous years, but it wouldn't be the same without a Jack-O-Lantern on the front porch this time of year so I always get excited to carve pumpkins.

This year was no exception! My sister-in-law Erin, our friend Joanne, and I decided to brave it and carve pumpkins with our three little ones on Friday night. It was actually pretty fun, but definitely a lot more work than in years past. I'm sure it didn't help that we were close to bedtime when we decided to start.

Dillon had a blast! He was totally into digging in and finding the pumpkin guts. While Isabelle, on the other hand, wasn’t too sure sure if she liked it or not and if she did, she sure wasn’t going to let us all know. Cassidy enjoyed having these big orange things to support her in standing and had fun crawling through all the mess. =) We didn’t exactly get finished products when it was all said and done, but it was fun to get together to visit and watch the kids interact. I can't believe how much little Cassidy has grown! I'll have to post a picture once we finish our pumpkin, hopefully sometime this week.

Patiently waiting to start.
Big girl!
Izzy was a little shy with Cassidy, but enjoyed watching her from afar.

But once she warmed up decided Cassidy needed a... pumpkin scrub?!
(Sorry if you had pumpkin goo to wash out of her hair, Jo!)

Having fun digging in! (Check out that messy dress!)

Diggin' in some more with Mama!

He must have found something pretty neat in there. :)

After cleaning up Dillon thought he needed to wash
his face with the left over pumpkin slime!

And thought it was SO funny!!!

Nice and sticky!
Looks like someone was trying to eat the pumpkin guts... Time for a bath messy kids!!

Oct 12, 2009

One Year (+2 month) Check Up

Isabelle finally had her one year (plus two months) check up. I had to postpone it twice due to her being sick. We went in a couple weeks after her first birthday because she had the flu and she weighed 19 lbs. 15 oz. Since then she has gained a whopping 9 ounces.

At 14 months old:

She weighs 20 lbs. 8 oz. -- 20th percentile
She is 30 inches long -- 50th percentile
And her head is 46 cm -- 75th percentile

Within the past two month Izzy's love for reading has quadrupled! She will read books morning, noon, and night. She's always loved to sit down and read a few books, but now she will read for hours, literally. Her interest in baby dolls has also increased. She kisses them, pats them on the back and when she lays them down she says, "Nigh, night." Her vocabulary is increasing daily as well. She will try to repeat anything we ask her to say, although you can't always make out what she's saying. Some of her newest words are flower "ower", apple "papple", bite please "beat peas", and monkey "mumkey". She loves to tell us the noises that animals make -- her favorite is the lion and cow. =) She still enjoys climbing, but not as much as she used to. She no longer tries to climb everything in sight. Her newest trick is climbing up onto something and bending her knees while she says "Dump!" (jump). It's amazing and so neat to see how much she is learning and picking up on lately. She's just a little sponge!
Playing with cousin Dill before her dr. appointment. This is her crooked smile that looks like her mama when she was a little girl. =)
She has a major love for shoes already. I think we're in trouble!

And this was after her shots that afternoon (you can see the band aid on her arm). She ended up getting five shots... four booster shots and the flu shot (one in the arm and two in each leg). Poor little girl! :( She was a trooper, but had a bit of a fever that evening and next day.

Other than the shots her appointment went well. The doctor says she's perfect, but we already knew that! =)

Not Me! Monday!


Welcome to another Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama, where mothers, wives, and other bloggers from computers around the world deny doing the things that they did during the week. A sort of confession-type therapy, only we're not really confessing are we? Well you might be, but I'm not. Nope, not me! You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week. And feel free to join in on the fun!

I most certainly did NOT forget about the spaghetti sauce that was cooking on the stove the other night. I was not off snapping pictures of Isabelle while the RED sauce splattered all over my WHITE stove top! Nope, not me!
I did NOT plop Isabelle down on a chair in the kitchen with a sippy cup full of juice and a baggy full of POPS while I prepared dinner last night. I would never let my little one eat almost a full baggy of sugary cereal before dinner in hopes that she would stay distracted long enough for me to finish a task.

I did NOT tell Paul to "DEAL WITH IT!" when he woke me up multiple times in the middle of the night this past Saturday at my parent's place because he was cold and wanted the heat turned up. I would never do such a thing being the loving, kind, and understanding wife that I am. I'm sure if I was conscious, I would have jumped right up out of my warm bed into the freezing air at 3:00 in the morning to turn the heat up for the love of my life.

Oct 8, 2009

Josh's 30th Birthday

Last weekend while we were up visiting my parents we also went to my cousin Josh's 30th birthday party. It's always so much fun getting together and even more so now that all our little ones are running around like little crazies! I just love seeing the house full of kiddos. I'm sure it's just like it was 20 (or 30) years ago when we were that age. Happy Birthday Josh! Hope you had a great one and here's to another great year! :)All of the kids we could get to sit still for two seconds. We're missing Brock and Autumn. Here's Mr. Brock!And Dillon! And of course Isabelle found the kitties! She absolutely loves cats! Maybe some day we'll convince Daddy that she needs one. :)

Oct 7, 2009

First of Many Trips

My parents are all moved into their new place on Diamond Lake. Last weekend Erin and I took the kids up to their new place for the weekend. It's the perfect weekend getaway! Being on the lake makes it feel like a vacation home and spending quality time with Grandma and Grandpa is the best! Sunday morning after breakfast and before heading home the kids wanted to take a walk to the lake (which is just right across the street).

Here they are bundled up and patiently waiting to head out on their walk. Too cute! This is the first of many trips to Diamond Lake and the first of many walks down to the lake. :)

FIESTA!

Okay, so I'm desperately in need of updating the bloggy blog. It's been a whirl-wind these past few weeks! Between Paul fishing and hunting, moving my parent's up to their new place, birthday parties, and the start of fall things have been crazy! I thought the end of summer would bring some slower, more relaxing weekends, but it's been go, go, go ever since. I love it though! I do love to have those nice productive and relaxing weekends at home, but also enjoy nothing more than spending time with the people we love. So be on the look out for quite a few new posts in the next few days because I've got some major updating to do. :)
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September 19th Isabelle and I celebrated Mexico's Independence Day with some of our great friends, Susana and Lupe up at Schweitzer Engineering here in Pullman. The party didn't start until 8:00 so I had Izzy take a little cat nap around 6:00 so she was ready to dance the night away! When we first got there she was a bit out of sorts -- she's used to going to bed at 7:30 so for us to be out and about (and at a party none the less) was a little confusing to her. But of course once she saw all the people and heard the music she was ready to party! We had such a great time! Wonderful food, decorations, music, dancing, and people!
Dancing the night away!
Lovin her Mexican flag.
Watching the band.
(even though I couldn't understand a word they were saying, they were great!)
And some more dancing!