Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Getting the tree!

For the past two years, the tree farm that sets up at Mark's work has given all the GM's a $20 coupon for a tree!  The girls were really excited about going back this year because they remembered how much fun they had running through the trees last year

This picture is fuzzy, but I love how Karis is helping Abbi :)

Trying to figure out what is going on!

We had to get a picture of the snowman that the girls have been talking about all year long!  Last year, Karis asked the snowman's name because (of course) it could not be Frosty without the corncob pipe or button nose!  We took the easy route and told her his name was Parker (see below).  So for the rest of the season, every time we saw a snowman, there was much discussion on whether it was a Frosty or a Parker snowman.  This year, (now that she is a great reader) when Karis saw the snowman, she informed me that I had been wrong because Parker has an "S" on the end!

I didn't take too many pictures because I had to chase this little girl around the trees the whole time.  She loves to play hide and seek!

One of the first decorations we got out of the attic was our Little People Nativity Set.  (Hands down, the favorite decoration of the season!)  Abbi decided it would be fun to watch Karis put it together while sitting on her back!

 Mark is giving out decorations for the girls to put on the tree and as you can tell, Karis is telling everyone where to put them :)

More pictures to follow once we finish decorating... A little person tripped and fell on our lights and broke them so we have to go buy more... :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Much Thankfulness!

For the past few years, my Mom has taken a big Thanksgiving feast to my grandmother's house.  This year was different, however, because she had to move to a lovely little home where she can get around the clock care.  So we couldn't exactly take over the kitchen there...

Instead, we decided to have a Thanksgiving picnic for my grandmother and we seriously could not have asked for a prettier day for it!  We ate all sorts of yumminess while chatting with my grandmother and then Mark started playing frisbee with the girls.  We were so thankful that she was well enough to enjoy the day and that God gave us such beautiful weather!  My grandmother was so sweet and hapy that we were there.  She kept on asking where the baby was because Abbi has gotten so big that she really doesn't look like a baby anymore.  Abbi is shorter than Karlie but they weigh about the same.  My grandmother was very glad I have a baby in my belly since Abbi isn't one anymore and she seems pretty certain that it is a boy this time.   She has been correct in all three of my other pregnancies, so I am curious to see if her luck continues!

Later on when we were back at my parents' house, the girls begged Papa to make a leaf pile for them.  (We live out in the country on farmland that was developed and we don't have a single tree in our yard that is good for making leaf piles.)  I cannot tell you how much fun the girls had playing in that leaf pile!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our Annual Thankful Tree!

Last year, I decided to make a Thankful Tree with the girls and they had so much fun with it!  We may never earn any decorative awards, but they sure looked forward to coloring their tree this year and Karis was really excited that she was old enough to cut out her own leaves and write her own thankful notes.

Here are their thankful notes for the first 15 days of November:

Karis (she tried to make them short so she could fit it on the leaf):
I am thankful for... kitchen set butterfly field (a special craft from her birthday) kitten (a favorite stuffed animal)
... coloring!
... my softies
... chocolate milk (a recently discovered special Daddy treat)
... Karlie and Abbi
... my babydolls
... Pink Dog (another favorite stuffed animal)
...Mama's baby
... God

I am thankful for:
... kittens and puppies
... myself
...chocolate milk
... Abbi and Mama
... my baby doll bed and my new baby doll that Lindsay gave me and Pup-pup and Blackie Kitty
... for making our leaves tree
... my kitchen set
... my artwork
... my softies and playing with Daddy and dressing up in poofy dresses
... babydollls and for God
... the baby in Mama's belly
... my bear coloring book

And I might not have written any leaves, but I sure am thankful for these 3 little girls and that they love each other so much:

Once again, many thanks to Miranda Knox for these sweet pictures of my girls!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Life with the girls...

Being too tired or icky to get everything done that I normally would attempt has several advantages.  I feel like I've really been able to enjoy my girls more.  I threw out my to-do list for a short while, dove into "survival" stage where I only try to do the bare necessities, and found that sometimes life is kind of nice without rushing from one task to the next.  I haven't blogged as much but I've been treasuring up memories in my heart and feel like I need to try to write a few of them down to remember this precious time in our lives...

--- Karlie Sue is the queen of hide and seek.  She requests it all the time and will even go and hide without telling us!  The first time she did this, it totally freaked Karis out, who could not find her favorite playmate.  She kept running into the room where I was folding clothes with Abbi and begging me to help her find Karlie.  I wasn't too worried at first because I did not think she would leave the house, but after about 10 minutes, I joined in the chase.  She had chosen a good hiding place, different from ever before, and had stayed quiet as a mouse the entire time we shouted for her, all without telling us she was playing hide and seek!  After the first scare, Mark decided a code was in order, so if she hears us yell the word "BUNGALO!" then she must come out of hiding or she will be disciplined.  She also requests hide and seek over and over in her class at school.  She has 3 other boys in her class, and they will all run and hide while Abbi is the all-time finder.  The teacher says they would play the entire 3 hours if she let them.  Karis could care less about hide and seek and always laughs and makes noises so that we can find her.

Karlie despises going to any kind of medical professional other than her beloved chiropractor.   But she absolutely loves her and is super cooperative and just smiles away while Dr. Porter "makes popcorn" on her back. She loves her so much that she is quite determined that she wants to "help Dr. Porter" when she grows up!

 -- Abbi Grace, now 21 months old, is so much fun right now.  She loves her nursery rhymes and brings me Mother Goose books to read all day long.  She talks about her animals almost as much as her Daddy and "Nini and Papi" and is always leaving whatever activity we are doing to go tell kitty about it.  She calls him "Meow" rather than "kitty" and is super sweet and gentle with him.  Abbi is doing well in her nursery class in school and talks about the boys in her class.  (She and Karlie are the only girls.)  She happily goes to play with Miss Kayla each Friday and it has been a big relief to me that she doesn't seem to have a bit of separation anxiety even though she had never been in any kind of nursery before.

Abbi is a bit obsessed with her favorite treats and regularly begs (or screams) for "meow" (her kitty-shaped vitamin), popcorn (which Daddy makes only each Thursday night for a special snack at school), crackers (morning sickness got her into that bad habit; my other girls did not even know that word at this stage!), and "deee!" (her honey cotton candy that we got at the fair which has become their treat for after cod liver oil.)

Abbi has 3 items she must sleep with: a little bear softy, a purple soft blanket, and a tiny pink heart pillow.  The bear softy comes with me in my purse everywhere we go in case of a melt down but the others mainly stay in the bedroom.  It is amazing and sweet how much she loves these things.  At night I cover her up with her softies and she just grins and cuddles closer.  She is a great sleeper once again and still sleeps between 12 and 13 hours each night and between 2 and 3 hours each afternoon.

-- Karis Lynn is my full-of-ideas girl!  I am not the most crafty of Mamas... I'd like to be but it just doesn't happen.  Who cares, though, when you have a 5-year old who daily makes up a craft?  An American Girl catalogue comes in the mail and she decides to spend 2 full days cutting out paper dolls. She sees someone making snowflakes in a book and asks if I will show her how to do it and then we add glitter!  She gets a new fairy coloring book and decides to cut them all out after coloring to use to decorate my kitchen.  Grandma gives her a little pumpkin and she decides it needs to be painted.  She keeps me on my toes with her crafty ideas because then I have to entertain Abbi or find ways of letting her help while Karis carries out her plan :)

Karis is very excited about getting bigger and often changes her mind about what she wants to be.  A farmer (like Almanzo in Farmer Boy), a painter (of canvases like my friend Mary), an ice skating instructor, a soccer coach (like Daddy), or a baker (of cupcakes and cakepops and cakes at a bakery) include her current ideas.  She would also like to marry either Daddy or her cousin Jack.  When I told her that cousins do not marry each other, she wailed, "but I want to marry a nine-year old!"

It has been a tough few months with my not feeling so well, but even so, I have been thankful for these slower months to enjoy my girls!

Many thanks to Miranda Knox for these precious photos of my girls!