27 November 2014

Henry is a Whopping Two Years Old

I still can't believe it has been two years since I first saw Henry.  Oh how he has grown!  

Henry is such a happy little kid.  And he still loves his dryer sheets.

The boys wanted their blankets on them and so they got dresses.  Daddy wasn't thrilled about the idea :)

Henry is potty training.  He is doing marvelously!  Hopefully it continues.

The toilet paper holder provides great entertainment while waiting for the course of nature to happen.


Henry enjoyed his birthday morning.  He opened presents and had tons of fun with them all day.

Henry enjoys crayons, mostly the dumping part.

Henry is such a happy little kid.  We love him so much and couldn't imagine life without his sweet voice, happy laughter, and crazy thoughts that he always vocalizes.  One such example is below.  All of the quoted words with their meaning next to them.  The entire conversation is less than ten seconds.
"Try, trying." - trying to climb on to my lap
"Tricky" - it is trick to climb up
"Tricky treat" - trick or treating
"Sick, candy, lollipop." - You get sick from candy and throw up.  Lollipops are candy.

09 November 2014

Annette's Addiction to Adorableness

This is Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is posing in the new dress that Annette found at Costco. 

The dress didn't have a price tag.  So, Annette brought it to the cashier and I asked her how much she'd be willing to spend.  Annette said $15, but I knew that if it rang up at $1,000,000, she'd still want to just go for it anyway. 

Annette's been waiting for Sunday to come around like a little kid waits for Christmas just so she could see Elizabeth in the new dress. 

We forgot to teach Elizabeth about modesty before wearing this dress so she's showing her bloomers in this one.

We haven't gotten our picture back up since we're re-painting the living room so this is Elizabeth in Italy. 

She can sit up pretty well for a long time, but sometimes she gets so excited that she looses control. 

Annette made this picture look like she's dancing.

We love the blue eyes in this one.

I refer you back to the title of the blog on this picture.  I'm sure there will be more pictures to come. 

02 November 2014

The Little Moments of Life, Prince Philip Included

I read Sleeping Beauty to the boys.  They refer to the book as, "The dragon book!"  Their favorite part of the book is when Prince Philip kills the dragon.  Charlie has been pretending to be Prince Philip all day.  He throws his sword (screwdriver) at the dragon (blanket on the floor).  He kisses Princess Aurora (Elizabeth) and she wakes up.  Then he does it 100 more times.  Henry enjoys it by pretending to be scared of the dragon, "Dragon!  Fire!, banana, bread."  He gets a little distracted by the idea of food.  I finally showed them the dragon clip from Sleeping Beauty.  They loved it!
(And there are a few more random videos of our kids on our YouTube channel if you want to check them out.)

I had this ribbon thingy around and so I just had to put it on Elizabeth since it looks so ridiculous.  And, no, she actually does not have an outie belly button, it is just her little herniated belly button getting much better.  It kind of looks like a button.  She sure is as cute as a button.

Look at that smile and those cheeks!

Charlie was running around the house, tripped and chomped his tongue half way through.  This picture shows pretty much nothing of how bad it was.  It really has been amazing to see how fast and well his tongue has healed.  Our dentist said that he probably needed stitches, but it is fine.  Just a little tiny scar that is barely noticeable.

Henry was cuddling-ish.  He pretends that the white crayons are chapstick and will apply it to his lips.  Since it is so close to his mouth it often slips in between his lips so he takes a few nibbles.  Once he took so many nibbles he ended up puking the chewed up crayon out at my feet while I was cooking dinner.  Yummy...

The boys loved their balloons from going to the dentist.  Both of the boys sat perfectly well in the chair and allowed the hygienist and dentist to totally do their thing.  It may have helped that the day before, they saw me get my teeth cleaned.  And, as well, Charles makes them lay down when he brushes their teeth, so the general position wasn't too strange.  They did know that they would get a balloon if they cooperated.

After I got Lizzy ready for the day in her non-gender-stay-at-home clothes, Charlie thought she was so cute that he wanted to take a picture of her.  So he did, pretty much by himself.  I helped a little, but not much.  I have a little photographer in the making.

Charles changed the oil in the transfer case of the Benz hoping that the clunking sound would stop.  He looks very scientific in his smock, gloves, and using a syringe.  It didn't solve the problem, but it helped.

I love Lizzy's smiles and expressions!  I started calling her Lizzy because Henry can say Lizzy and I am a little tired of him calling her Biss, Bith, Biff, or Bi.  He is transferring to Lizzy slowly but surely.

Lizzy is very excited to be able to sit at the table like a big kid.  I love Henry in the background of the photo eating whatever.  Speaking of eating, the boys thoroughly love oatmeal that Charles makes for them now that it is cold.

For Halloween the boys were cows.  I made their costumes out of smocks that Charles has to wear when going into clean rooms at work.  He brought two used ones home for the boys.  Here in good ole' PA they make the different townships trick-or-treat on different nights for whatever reason.  So the boys went out on Thursday in our neighborhood and then on Halloween in another.  We let one of Charles' coworkers who loves trick-or-treating take them up to each home while we walked behind and kissed.  We let the boys gorge themselves on candy for the night and then let her take the rest home so that we didn't have anymore.  

Some Sewing

So before Elizabeth was born I made her this dress to match my doll's bonnet.  She out grew the dress after one Sunday, but the bonnet was still too big, so...

I revamped the bonnet and...

made her another dress

With the extra ribbon I made the boys bow ties.

I realized that Charles had a matching tie so I had to make a matching skirt for myself.

I made Lizzy this cute headband.  Henry calls them band-aides.

I had a princess style dress, but didn't care for the style any longer so I chopped it up and made a skirt for myself...
... and one for Elizabeth (sorry the picture is rotated)

This head wrap thingy for Elizabeth used to be a tie of Charles' that he no longer wore.  I made two bow ties for the boys (not pictured) and this for Lizzy.

Since she didn't have a matching dress I made her one.  She wore a cute little sweater with it.

And then I made a skirt for myself.

This skirt used to be one of Charles' shirts.  Sorry none of these photos are great.  I was trying to take them quickly and didn't have Charles' help.

And I made this skirt from a pleated, high waisted skirt that my mom wore in college.

I finally finished our Christmas advent calendar.  It is a little different than the one I grew up with.  I made the pockets three dimensional so that I could fit larger items in them.  I made it more of a "city" scene with the church, homes, snowman, and nativity scene that maybe someone might put up in the town.  The baby Jesus and star are actually Dec 1 and the sheep and camel will be Dec 2, but I wanted to put them out for the picture.