27 April 2012

Phillip's Sleepover


Tuesday afternoon Alison came by for a minute. While we talked Phillip climbed into her van and buckled himself into Ella's carseat. Alison offered to take him home for the night. I gathered a couple diapers and some clothes. He let out a "yah-hoo" as Alison drove off. He was not so sure about Deacon, their dog. His little toes are curled in protectively around blinket and monkey on their chair. He warmed up quickly and resorted to petting the dog before bed all by himself. Phillip was in awe by all the big boys willing to play with him and Ella to baby him. He went to sleep on the Ella's floor after his customary 20 minutes of winding down. He came home Wednesday morning with an exuberant "MOMMY!" After his nap on Wednesday he packed his monkey, blinket, diapers, and clothes into his pack-pack ready for another excursion.

Our house was very quiet Tuesday night. It felt strange to use a normal voice for hours on end. No yelling! It was heaven. We missed our crazy boy. He is so cute, quirky, curious, happy, and full of life. I missed his chubby feet, chubby hands, and exclamations of "I DID IT!!!! YES!" If I feel frustrated with him I ask him to say rocketship. It sounds like rocket s*it. Makes me smile enough to temper my anger.  

Amelia's Birthday


Amelia woke me up at 6:30 on Wednesday...her nose inches from my nose and her eyes sparkling with excitement. She was so very excited. Her birthday breakfast was a freshly made chocolate doughnut from Rolling Pin Bakery. We light some candles and sang to her before Justin left for work. Phillip and Ella arrived around 8:45 am. More on Phillip in the next post! We made pink lemonade cupcakes and frosting. It is our week for preschool. I decided to visit the cute little greenhouse a couple miles from town with the kids. Rose helped drive and herd kids with me. It was a bit warm outside. The kids enjoyed romping around the beautifully landscaped grounds, catching ladybugs in the greenhouses, and chasing each other around. Amelia ate the frosting off her cupcake and graciously gave me the rest of her cupcake. Then she ate another cupcake, errrr, the frosting!

Ella came with us to a fun birthday lunch at Pizza Hut. Amelia chose Pizza Hut on Monday. She was determined to like it more than McDonalds. Ella ate a plate of carrots, broccoli, ranch dressing, and pasta. Way to go Ella! The girls were so cute chatting about this and that. Phillip kept Justin busy with his frequent visits to the buffet(s) and attempts to squirm into the kitchens.

Amelia and Ella enjoyed the afternoon playing outside in the swimming pool's cold water. Once Justin arrived home she opened her gifts. Amelia got a little Hello Kitty, Barbie Mermaid 2 movie, new booster carseat, and a real camera. She went about ordering us to pose this way and that for the perfect photo. Made me laugh!

We ended the evening at the church attending an informational class on 72 hour kits. Our ward has some amazing gear nerds. The Elder's Quourm President is head of the camping division at Cabela's. Some of the gadgets he showed off were pretty cool. Yep, we need more cool stuff. Phillip was highly intrigued with the table of gear. Happy Birthday to our amazing little girl.

She had her well child visit on Thursday. Amelia weighs 36 pounds and measures 41 inches tall. She grew 2 inches since Aug 2011. Her blood pressure is excellent! She can hop on one leg, walk on her tiptoes, walk on her heels, and can talk your ear off. Her left tube is still in her ear drum (bummer). 

Everett is 11 Months Old


I just realized while ruminating over my lunch that Everett turned 11 months old today. Course we had to get some photos of the little munchkin on his special day. Amelia and Phillip helped me pick out a fun location. They sang pat-a-cake much to Everett's amusement. He is becoming more adept at patting, rolling, and throwing that cake into the oven. This past month he made good progress towards crawling. He loves to sleep on his tummy. All that tummy sleeping has made him a little more agreeable to tummy time. He pushes up on his arms and last week started bending his knees and rocking. He will be my latest crawler so far. I don't mind in the slightest! 

My favorite development is how he babbles and talks. It melts me to hear me him talking away about who knows what. He makes huge spit bubbles and giggles when they pop on his nose. He nuzzles my shoulder when someone comes up to greet him. He hates grass on his toes. Everett loves to sit on Cactus the blue horse and the Big Wheel trike. His most favorite game is to empty baskets, containers, and such. His skinny fingers crack me up as he pinches a bite of food.