Monday, November 17, 2008

Quirks and other stuff

The babies have taken to carrying pieces of my clothing around with them, Lily sniffs them. Don't worry they're clean!! I use a body oil after I shower and its fragrance lingers a little. Well, I guess it just doesn't wash out. It's cute and a little odd. They have a few favorites. Lily pulled my jammie pants down the other day trying to get a hold of them, and Tess teases her by taking things away. If I don't put away clean laundry right away...I find it has been dragged all over the house. Silly things.

Tess can climb on most of the furniture, and is constantly having to be rescued from the tops of things. She just discovered the silverware drawer, climbing up on her walker. Lily is too busy laying on my shirt!!

Lily says "tickle, tickle!" and is always tickling is the cutest thing, and oddly enough her first it.

I've been alternately letting Jack do more stuff, and then not, simply because he is 11 and not quite ready to do a lot of the things he wants to. Our adjustment to middle school has been a little rough. Not socially, but we are needing a little guidance keeping up with classwork and homework, perhaps a little less chatting during class would help!! I am sooooo happy that he is having fun and has lots of friends, but his grades are really suffering...what to much emphasis do we put on grades??? I really just want him to try, put a little effort in!! He was thinking I suppose, that if he got all A's on his tests that his homework didn't matter. He was wrong. So we are pushing effort, not achievement at this point.

Alexa started gymnastics. She's so good!! She already ruined her leotard by putting it through laundry with some goo stuff she made at school, so she was thrilled to get a new one, not from Target....

And Travis. Well, he is still giving me a hard time about switching him to AM kindergarten. He is the sweetest most charming and adorable child one minute, and the most hateful, screaming, kicking, hitting terror the next. He is 5 1/2. I sort of remember Jack and Alexa being a little this way at this age as well, but I think I blocked it out. I spend most of my evenings watching him sleep, and basking in his sweet face.

Luke is beginning to really settle into his new that the initial shock of how different it is than his last job has worn off. I am so proud of him...

And me, well, I had a new obsession for a while, but I've had to put it on hold, so I hope to pay a little more attention to my poor has been sooooo neglected!! Is it too weird to change the dates on my posts so they stay in some sort of order as I try to catch up???

I've weaned the twins...a bittersweet reminder that I will not/cannot have anymore babies...they of course were barely phased, I was a wreck. I'm just amazed I made it for so long....when they were 3 months old, I would have said there was NO WAY I would even make it to a year...well I did it!! 17 months.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Our dear friend Bella Llewellyn, passed away early last Saturday morning, November 8 from a cerebral aneurysm. She was seven years old. We are all so sad, and the kids are so confused. We will miss her beauty and sweetness always. Our hearts are heavy with love and concern for her parents Gwen and Ian, and her big sister Mikayla. We love you guys.