Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentines Day

In the weeks leading up to Valentines Day, I had an idea to throw a kids only Valentines party at our house. This would allow my kids a chance to hang out with some of their friends, and would ALSO give the parents a kids free date night for V day. Thankfully, my servant-hearted hubby was on board with my idea too. I sent out the invitations and 10 kiddos RSVP'd!
The boys and I had a blast setting the table and putting out the decorations
Keaton made a name tag for each of our guests (and Mark added a sticker to each)
Of course, Little Miss had to get all dressed up for the party! Here she is with her Daddy Valentine.

Her brothers are kinda crazy about her too...

The party started at 4:00 and the boys were literally waiting for the doorbell to ring at 11:30!
Finally our friends arrived! Here's the boys table.
On the menu: hotdogs, mac&cheese, fruit, and lemonade!

The girls were outnumbered!
After dinner, we had a cookie decorating contest!

Here is the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize cookies
Some of the other activities included Musical Hearts, Valentines Bingo, and a special Valentines day Chipmunks movie. We were so busy that I didn't remember to take any more pictures!  We partied until nearly 9:00.  It was a wild night, but so much fun for everyone. Maybe a new fun Valentines tradition?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

3 months old

I was just getting used to having a newborn. Now she's technically an infant. It's all happening so fast! Lots of changes this month for Sailor June! She's still eating every 3-4 hours during the day, but she's definitely becoming more independent. 

She's content in her swing or on her playmat for longer periods of time. 

Her sleeping is still all over the place, and she's definitely been my first baby to really resist the "through the night" sleep. She will generally go 7 hours stretches at night, but still prefers to see me and hang out most mornings around 1-2. We made the decision to move her bedtime up to 7:30 because she was so fussy in the evenings. This was a "hallelujah" moment for me. Having my evenings back is truly more life-changing than a solid 8 hours every night. 

And if I  have to see any face at 2am,  I would want it to be this one...

She's becoming a serious finger sucker which results in tons of delicious baby drool all down her chin and usually all over anyone who's holding her. I'm wondering if she will eventually find her thumb and stick to that? I was a thumb-sucker growing up, but neither of my boys have been. 

She loves for anyone to sing to her, read to her, talk to her, make silly faces at her. She so very close to laughing and I can hardly WAIT!

As much as Mark loves her to pieces, she's still kinda like a new toy that he's still trying to figure out how it works. I found he cannot be trusted with her unsupervised even for short periods of time. One evening last week, I left her in her swing in the living room while I finished up dinner in the kitchen. Suddenly, I heard Sailor cry out - not the "I'm tired" or "I'm hungry" cry. It was more like "Mom, come quick. Someone's trying to murder me!" cry. There was Mark, looking extremely guilty.
"Mom, I think she wants you."
After some research, I discovered that Mark had actually bit her foot, just to see how she'd react...

The Moby Wrap is still her happiest place. She would stay in there for hours if I let her.
I'm thinking about contacting the folks at Moby Wrap and demanding to start collecting a commission. I'm pretty sure I sell at least 2 per week.  People are always like, "It looks so comfortable!" "Look how content she is!" "I had no idea there was a baby in the room!" I'm truly so very thankful for the Moby, because it makes getting out and about so much easier! If they could only figure out a way to make it safe to "baby-wear" and drive!  SJ has a serious issues with her car seat. Usually, she cries all the way from the house to any destination and all the way home.

Waiting for Keaton at the bus stop
 Overall, Sailor is an absolute delight. To say that we are enjoying her is a major under-statement! She makes being cooped up in the house on these frigid days so much more fun.

Keaton says, "She like the most famous person in our family!"
I asked him what he meant and he said, "Well, everyone's always talking about her and texting about her and wanting pictures of her..."
And no one is crazier about her than her big brothers!
Who can resist these cheeks!? Certainly not me!

 Keaton: "She's too good to be true!"
I have to agree.
Sailor June, you are a JOY!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Snow Dayz

To me, one of the most amazing things about having kids is getting to relive your own childhood in some way. When I was a kid, there was nothing like waking up on a school morning and finding a blanket of snow outside your window and then finding out school is cancelled! 

We made the most of our day...stayed in our PJs for most of the morning, ate multiple breakfasts, extra screen time, the whole nine yards. Daddy even tele-worked for part of the day, so he took the boys outside to play in the white stuff. 

So thankful that Scott stayed home and enjoyed the snow with the boys. Growing up in Miami, Scott obviously never had snow days. This is all new for Daddy too!

Look at my giant snowball, Mom!

making snow angels

Watch out Keaton!

"Here's how you make a proper snowball, boys. Just like Buddy the Elf, you have to pack it tight!"

"Thanks for the lesson, Dad! Now take that!"

Wait! I'm unarmed!

Of course, the snow was mostly gone by the next morning, but it was sure fun while it lasted!

 I can't help but think about how much our lives have changed since this time last year. Such a different landscape to photograph now. Hawaii couldn't feel farther away.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pinewood Derby

This morning, we participated in our first Pinewood Derby race with Cub Scouts.

Keaton and Scott had been working very hard all week on this car.
Professionally engineered by my perfectionist husband. Painstakingly designed and decorated by my Star Wars obsessed son.
What a beauty!
Keaton with his car right before they left for the race.
Scott was a little bit worried that they would be disqualified for some of the intricate measures he went to in order to make this car go fast. Think: bent axels, strategically placed weights, wheels barely touching the track. Thankfully, the car weighed in at exactly 5.0oz (the heaviest it could be to meet qualifications). 
Mark was excited to see Keaton's car race!
Keaton and Edward waiting for the race to begin.
And we're off! (Keaton's car is in lane 1)
Keaton ended up in 2nd place for his Tiger Cub Den. He was happy with his ribbon. He would have been happier if it had been blue.... we're still working on sportsmanship as a part of winning!
The Tiger Cub Winners: Ryan, Keaton, Cameron. Ryan (on the left) went on to place 3rd in the whole pack!
Keaton with some of his Tiger Cub buddies!
It was definitely a fun morning, and a learning experience for all of us! I think we will definitely have an advantage next year with one Derby behind us. So thankful for Cub Scouts, and the time it is allowing for father/son bonding.