Friday, September 28, 2012

Eight Months

Rolling, getting up on hands and knees and rocking. Making some forward motion by twisting, rolling, reaching and stretching.  Still just two teeth.  Usually sleeps through the night.  Two to three naps a day. Happy, happy, happy!  Except when she's sick with a stuffy nose.  She started to complain about being stuck in the stroller.  That makes life a little more challenging.  She is also much more squirmy on laps too.  We've been using the walker and she seems happier there.  It's safer than having her roll all over and get into everything but she doesn't feel so left out as when she's in her pack-n-play. She doesn't sit for very long on her own.  I'm taking that as a sign that she's still not ready for solid foods. Or that's just my excuse because I'm not ready to feed her solid foods.  I still don't know how we're going to fit another high chair in the kitchen.  When Tony was a baby his doctor said babies can go up to a year on just breast milk.  I think we'll go with that.  She's obviously not wasting away. :)

Climbing the Ski Jump

Today I decided to skip naps to make the most of the warm fall day.  Climbing to the top of the ski jump is a favorite fall activity.  Here are the stairs to get to the base of the jump.  The stairs were new when my boys were two and four.  There are quite a few in need of repair now.
This is the first set of stairs at the base of the jump.  I don't think my boys ever made it past the top of these stairs at this age.  The curse of being the first grand kids, I guess.  It must seem easier when a group of older kids are going up first.

 This was all I looked at on the way up.
 Phew! At the top, this is Amanda's third or fourth time at the top.  I was wearing Julia and the middle girls climbed all the way up.  I think my mom carried one or the other for a little while.
 The view is always worth it.

 Ugh! Going down is the hardest part.
From my mom's camera:
 "Almost down, Mama!"
 Sillies on the chair lift at the top of the ski hill.
 The baby sitters.  After hauling Julia up and down the jump, I was thrilled when her godmother offered to wear her down the hill.  The other lady is wearing her friend's baby too.  They took the service road that wasn't so steep. For some reason, Ana want to go straight down the hill.
The tail gate party at the bottom of the hill.
 Yeah. We just did that!

I came home and put the girls right to bed. They were all sleeping quietly by 6:30 pm. Usually, it's a two hour process to get them all to settle down and go to sleep.  We'll see how they do tonight.  Perhaps they are ready to all give up naps. Amanda doesn't sleep on most days and the girls usually fall asleep quickly at nap time but it would be nicer to have them go to sleep quickly at bed time and sleep through the night.  Of course, Julia will still have her naps.

Saying Goodbye Was Hard to Do

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Couple of Photos

Waiting for Tyler to be released at the base...

Finally! Wish I could hug him too!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Graduation Day!

Tyler graduated from boot camp this morning! Yay! We are so proud of him.  We got to talk to him earlier this week after he officially passed or was qualified or confirmed or what ever terminology is correct.  It means he's done with boot camp and begins his schooling.  Mike, Tony and two of Tyler's friends traveled to be at the graduation.  I'm at home with four sick little girls. I'm so bummed that I'm not there and that girls don't get to see Tyler but it's a nine hour trip which is crazy without sick kiddos.  So, I'm here at home waiting anxiously for pictures, texts and phone calls. I feel like I'm waiting for a baby to be born.

They got to see Tyler briefly after the ceremony but then he went straight to processing.  He'll have time off after that's done and then he'll have time off on Saturday and Sunday too.  He has to go back to the base at bedtime.

Who do you suppose has the tougher job? I'm at home with four little ones but he's in Chicago with four teenagers. I hope they have a great weekend and I can't wait to see pictures!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Raising the Bar

When I posted about Amanda's cake on Facebook, my sister commented about some kind of fruit carousel commercial. I haven't seen the commercial but I did find a horse cookie cutter mixed into my mom's collection that I looked through for Amanda's cake. This is what we made for my sister's birthday. Her birthday isn't until Saturday but I had all the fruit and wasn't sure it would last until the weekend. Plus I wanted to bring it to her work to show off a little. ;)

It was so much fun and the girls were so excited by the time we got it all put together.  My sister and her co-workers loved it. We used watermelon, pineapple, grapes, cantaloupe, and golden honeydew melon plus toothpicks to hold on the stars and kabob sticks for the heart and horses.  There are so many creative possibilities!

Sunday, September 2, 2012


 When Julia was in her bucket seat we always kept the stroller frame beneath her seat like this. I didn't think the double stroller would fit under there but it does. Perhaps not with Mike behind the wheel but I'm short so it works.
 I happy to have the extra space in back for the three little bikes. Although, my sister in law just loaned Amanda a new pair of roller blades so she prefers to roller blade instead of ride her bike.
This is the garden next to our deck. I planted all the left over seeds from last year. Carrots, kale, spinach and the saved squash.  Then I added a couple of tomato plants when I moved the extra squash plants to the big garden.
The big garden has squash, beans and peas. My plan was to use the beans and peas to improve the soil quality but the have been producing wonderfully.  This spot was where the former owner had his garden years ago.  I think the pine trees were a bit shorter then.  It worked because the peas were shaded and cooler so they did well even though I planted them so late.  However, now that the sun in sinking everyday more and more of the garden is in the shade for most of the day.  I'm already making some to dig up a new garden spot next to the garage.  Because it's on the south side of the house it will be good for early and late plants like peas, kale and squash.  I'm already looking forward to next years garden season. Good ice skating starts soon to keep me busy until then. Ha!