Sunday, December 28, 2008

A note to Grammie...

Okay Grammie, I was ready to post the cutest story entitled "Ezra's New Digs."  He had on the overalls and cute little monkey shoes you had gotten him for Christmas.  He looked pretty darn cute, if I do say so myself.  But alas, he only made it about an hour before a massive poop explosion, and I had to change him.  So, hopefully soon I will get you some pictures of Ezra in his new outfit. =)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

New Pajamas

It is so fun to get new pajamas, especially when you get to run around with your cousins.  All three boys got Spiderman and they had so much fun matching.  Well, it seemed like they had so much fun matching.  Maybe it was just me who really enjoyed the matching.  =)

Ballerina Hair

First, just a quick apology, it seems I am doing my posting for the week in one day!  I haven't had much blogging time, and I needed to clear the pictures off the camera.  Therein lies all my good blogging material.  Emma wanted "ballerina hair" and this was the best I could do.

Family Movie Night

Grandpa Ron and Grandma Connie had gotten Emma a biographical book about Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Emma enjoyed it so much that we have been reading "Little House in the Big Woods".  Shortly after we began reading it, the kids started playing "Little House."  Emma works in the kitchen, and Caleb lines up all the stuffed animals we have in the house and shoots them with his Pooh-Bear gun.  Then they smoke the meat and store some of it for winter. =) 
My mom found a DVD that had two Christmas episodes of Little House on the Prairie.  So, we all got cozy on the couch and enjoyed an episode together.  It was great fun, and happened to be an episode that told the story of Baby Jesus.  Now, every time Emma sees a Christmas star, she says, "Happy Birthday Baby Jesus" just like Carrie did in that episode.  It's sweet.  And, Noah even held Ezra's hand during the show:

Christmas Shopping

We took a trip out to the Thousand Oaks Mall.  Neither Ben nor I had seen it since all the renovations.  When we entered the parking garage, it said there were 997 spaces available.  By the afternoon, I overheard a store clerk saying that the garage had been full so he had to park farther away.  We had all the kids with us, and it was quite an enjoyable trip.  We didn't accomplish much in the way of Christmas shopping (although most of it was done anyway), but we looked at decorations, enjoyed walking around the mall as a family, and even enjoyed some ice cream as a reward for such good behavior.  There was a man playing the piano in the middle of the mall, and Emma and I enjoyed dancing together to his beautiful music.  For the pictures, Caleb stepped in for me. =)

Still Happy...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Baby


Dress Up

I had just been telling my mom how Noah wasn't really into dressing up like the other kids are.
Apparently I was wrong:
 This is all he wants to wear, everyday.

Full House...

Yesterday, we had a LOT of friends over.  Luckily, Auntie Katie came over to help.  And to tell you the truth, it went remarkably well.  I don't even think we had any screaming!!  There were nine altogether, but somehow I didn't get a picture of Cadence??  (Oh, I think I took her pictures with Kelly's camera.)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Field Trip

We have been learning about fish lately, so we were down in Ventura and decided to stop in to the TAT, Tropical Fish store by Target.  The kids loved it!!  Noah was in the stroller (with Ezra), which made it safer for all the fish in the store.  But we all had a great time, and it was really neat to be able to see first hand some of the things we had learned about fish.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The outfits...

You know when you receive clothing from people, and there are some outfits that you just can't wait to put on your child?  Well, a woman from our church had gotten Ezra two outfits that were organic cotton, and totally cute.  I have been so excited for Ezra to wear them, but they were size 6 months.  And, not hand-me-down 6 months, but brand new 6 months (it makes a big difference!!)  Well, the day has come.  There were two outfits and due to his massive spitting up and tendency to explode out of his diaper, he got to wear both of them!  

Dr. Appointments...

Today we went to the doctor for Noah's two year check-up (yeah, we're a little late), and Ezra's two-week check-up (pretty late on that too!).
Here's the stats I know:
Emma weighs 41 pounds!!
Caleb weighs 38 pounds!!
Noah weighs 28 1/2 pounds and is 35 1/2 inches tall.
Ezra is 11 pounds, 9 1/2 oz. and is 22 inches long.
They had talked about possibly referring Noah to be tested for Speech Therapy, but have decided that first we are going to test his hearing.
Ezra has a little bit of eczema, and the doctor said we should use Aveeno instead of Johnson and Johnson's.  I hadn't thought about it at all, but the minute the doc said "Aveeno" I remembered that... (Guess who??  His older twin of course!!) Caleb had a similar situation and I had used Aveeno with him.  Go figure.  This is just getting weird!!  But all in all, it was a great appointment and we were glad everyone is healthy!!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Six Week Check-Up

Today I had my six week check.  Everything was great and I'm all healed up.  I haven't lost any weight since the day after I had him.  So, a good twenty or more pounds is just hanging on!!  But that's okay, I am glad to be healthy, and although losing the rest of the weight is on my "list", I've got a few more important things for now...
P.S.  Sorry about all the posts at once, I was a little behind!!

Decorating the Tree

The kids had a blast decorating the Christmas tree at my parent's house.  
Three generations!

Emma decorating Daddy!!

Noah is worn out!!

Company Christmas Party

Last year we won a bunch of stuff.  This year, we did not win anything, but we enjoyed a lovely dinner and a night out (with Ezra), and most of all... we counted our blessings.  We have so much to thank our God for.  We have a Savior who bore our curse.  We have everything. =)

And, the big kids got to have a sleepover with Grandpa Ron and Grandma Connie, complete with Mickey Mouse pancakes and everything!!  


On the eve of Thanksgiving, we got together at my parent's house and had tamales.  Here's the best family picture:

Then on Thanksgiving day, we read stories about Thanksgiving and ate at my parent's again that night after Ben was off work (Thank you Mom and Dad for feeding us so much that week!!)

The kids had a blast with their cousins:
And then we had another "Feast" at Grammie's house, and the kids got to play and run around with their other cousins.
P.S.  The trouble with a 4 year old who can read:
I was reading the books about Thanksgiving I got from the library to the kids.  One of the stories had quite a bit of reading, so I was "paraphrasing" in order to give them the most important information.  Caleb told me, "Mom!  The last word on the page was "grains" and you didn't say that!!"  Oops.  =)  

Enjoying the Christmas tree...

So, we put up our Christmas tree the day before Thanksgiving [I know it's been a while, but I have not been very good about keeping up with the blog.  Luckily, my sister-in-law reminded me that I have been lagging!! =)]
Anyway, this is a picture of the kids in their jammies... It would have been our Christmas card, if there wasn't one child missing!!! =)

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Fun Friday

Cadence and Lyric (my nieces) came and hung out with us on Friday.  Here is a picture of Cadence and her Auntie "See-saw".  She even fell asleep on me and let me cuddle her... just until Mommy was available.  =)

Child Labor...

Just to be clear, I didn't ask Emma to mop the kitchen floor and the bathroom floor.  She begged me to let her use the Shark H2O mop.  I LET her do the kitchen and the bathroom.  I did the rest.
Oh yes, Caleb had to have a turn too.

Look Who's Getting Big...

Ezra at 6 weeks.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

One Month

Ezra is a month old!!

We had fun putting up our (fake) Christmas tree!!-Ben starts his "work week" on Thanksgiving day, so we figured we might as well put it up and enjoy it now!!  
Here are the big kids with our tree:

Saturday, November 15, 2008

He's Growing...

Ezra at three weeks old:

Friday, November 14, 2008

It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time...

Well, today was one of those days.  We all have them, you know.  Ezra was up at 1:15 am, which was normal.  Then, Caleb was up at 2 am to go potty, then 2:15 am to blow his nose, then at 3 something am to tell me he had a bad dream.  Then Ezra got up to eat again at 4 am, which is again, pretty normal.  But he didn't want to go back to sleep.  So at 5 am, I just brought him into the bed with me and he fell asleep.  But alas, Caleb was up again at 6 am to go potty, and left his door open, so Noah got up and started getting into trouble in the living room.  I came to get him, and Noah threw a fit, so he ended up screaming in his crib for a while.  Then everyone decided it was time to start the day!
After breakfast we were getting ready for a walk, and Emma got into trouble for using unkind words with Mama after I asked her to change.  Then, Caleb threw a big fit and ended up on his bed (which was all for nothing, because all I was going to do was ask him to flush the toilet, but he assumed he must be in trouble so opted for crying on the floor).
The walk was a nice break, but I decided we all needed a do-over.  So, since my mom was babysitting the cousins, I thought I would take the kids over to Grandma's, which they love, and then take the big kids to the library to choose some Thanksgiving books.  When we got to the library, it was closed!!!  By this time, you just have to laugh.  I mean, really.  But, my mom ever-so-kindly made us all lunch, and we had some fun on, and then came home for rest time.  
After dinner, Ben had to go to work (it's night shift week!).  A friend came by to bring over some hand-me-down clothes, and her two kids were playing with all of mine.  In the next 30 minutes, Caleb hurt his ear, Emma cut her gums and was bleeding, Ezra was screaming to be fed, and Noah did this:

TWICE.  They took the sink out of the play kitchen, and Noah climbed into the cabinet below the sink opening, and stuck his head and arms up through the opening.  You can't see in the picture, but there is a microwave above his head, so you can't pick him up through the opening (not that he would have fit that way!).  The only choice was to go back down through the opening.
The first time I helped him out (and told him not to do it again).  The second time I took pictures and told him he was on his own.  He got himself out.
Anyway... today was a day.  I can't wait to see what tomorrow has for us...


The first time the boys have had matching shirts... 

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Caleb and Emma have two new favorite words.  "Mysterious" and "suspicious".  I have been hearing these a lot.  The other day, I made tea for the kids.  Caleb told me, "Mom, there is something really mysterious going on here.  My tea just keeps getting tastier and tastier as I drink it!!"

Deja Vu

 Caleb  Ezra
They look so much alike sometimes, it is uncanny.  It amazes me.  Even many of their facial expressions and mannerisms are similar.  And yet, God has made them each unique, I am anxious to see what differences and similarities we will see as they grow and change.  And even though these pictures don't even do justice to their similarities, I still don't look at Ezra and think, "Oh, Caleb."  I look at him and think, "Ezra."  =)

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Update on Ezra

My SIL (look at me, trying to be like a pro-blogger, my sister-in-law) reminded me that I needed to post some pictures of Ezra.  Tomorrow we go to our appointment to try and get him a birth certificate.  Only after running around getting letters and records from his pediatrician and my OB/GYN.  
Anyway, at Ezra's one week check-up he had already gained 1/2 a pound, so I think he is doing okay.  
He eats every three hours, which means I get up about twice a night.  He has been very sweet about going back to sleep after he's done eating.  Unfortunately, the big boys have been getting up before 6 am ever since we changed the clocks!!  But, we are enjoying our new family addition, and he is doing great!!  Daddy's is off starting tomorrow, so we are all looking forward to some time together as a family.