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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Day 2010



After a rather rough Christmas Eve evening, slamming doors, refusal to eat dinner,  melodramatic crying, icky behavior (no, it wasn't Kevin OR me) I was wondering if the Christmas spirit would be alive and well come Christmas morning.  



Maybe it was the gift of snow that brought the Christmas Spirit back.
Emma and Ellie spent  hours outside playing in the snow.  Isn't that one good looking snowman?!  



New crayons and notebooks were a hit too, making the rug in front of the fireplace a favorite spot all day long.

A friend stopping by to read a good book was well appreciated!

 Need a good laugh?  Try playing Apples to Apples ---so much fun.  Sure to be a favorite winter game!


Lucy was thrilled with her first Christmas.  Here she is cracking up over Five Little Monkeys.  It is a pretty good book, especially when Ellie is doing a puppet show!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 24, 2010

We wish you the merriest!


                                                From us to you...Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

...the children were nestled all snug in their beds


Except that it is 7:45 and these children have to go to school!  




Just one more day and then these sleepy heads can sleep their hearts out.  Though, they'll probably be wide eyed tomorrow morning at 6:00!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

4 months

Stats-
Weight- 14 pounds 7 ounces
Length- 25 inches
Dimples- 1
Eyes- Blue
Tricks- the best gummy smile you've ever seen, belly laughs, rolling, pulling her hat and bows over her eyes.

Lucy turned 4 months on Thursday.  She's chatty, giggly and happy.  Emma and Ellie are so good with her, always by her side and in her face!
Lucy has been a very good sleeper until the last couple of weeks.  We've been traveling, she's rolling, turning 4 months, maybe teething?  We had all kinds of reasons for the crying when we put her down and the waking every hour and a half.   I took her for her 4 month check up on Friday and we found out this beautiful baby has two "monster" (our awesome pediatrician's word!) ear infections.  She's on amoxicillin and  tylenol and sleeping just fine again.  Poor baby girl!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rollin'

Tonight as we sat on the floor going through Christmas ornaments Lucy rolled over for the first time!  She was very impressed with herself!  What fun for all of us to see her first big move.








Monday, December 6, 2010

Memphis 2010




 Chalk this up as another successful travel weekend!  Memphis was beautiful, with weather in the 50s.  Kevin, Gordon and Mom all ran a great race, with Kevin achieving a PR.  The cheering squad---which included Jim, Jackie, the girls and me---scurried around and were able to catch Gram finishing her race...looking very strong!  I'm already looking forward to running next year!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Punk'd

 Emma has enjoyed a good joke for years.  She started with knock knock jokes, funny and cute...at first...pure torture beyond the first week.
 Here's her latest work
This party invitation was on my desk as a reminder to RSVP.  Kevin asked me, "Who is this Jim that invited Ellie to a party?"  "Jim??" I asked, glancing at my desk, "that invite is from Piper".  " It says Jim" he responded.  I looked at the invitation closely.  Emma had erased Piper and written Jim.  Punk'd by Emma!  Good thing she didn't see us doubled over laughing...we wouldn't want to encourage this type of behavior :).   Keep your eyes open around this girl, who knows what she'll do next.

Monday, November 29, 2010

So thankful

Thanksgiving was wonderful.  We were in Kansas City from Wednesday through Sunday and nary a meltdown or even a close encounter!  We had loads of fun with our fabulous family and felt sincerely thankful the whole time.  Tonight,  Bing Crosby is my soundtrack as I make dinner in my cozy kitchen and I'm again reminded of my many blessings.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Packing with my sidekick!

I'm in the middle of packing.  Not my favorite thing.  



I'm so thankful though that I have somewhere to pack for, family to look forward to and the means to get there.  But still...I don't like packing!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sleepover Success!

Emma and Ellie had their first sleepover last night and I'm happy to say it was a total success!  No tears, no fighting just hours of fun.  I love having girls!!


These two spent their evening composing and preforming songs...really silly songs!  They spent their late night giggling over Mad Libs.  



















While these two created many pieces of art, including this fabulous work aptly titled "Starry Night"! Then they read each other books at bed time!


             Lucy loved all of the extra action.   I think she's already planning her first sleepover!
 Logey, pack your bags :)!!
 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Baby Overalls Rock! Pajama Day Rocks!

Everything we like around here rocks!  Books rock, macaroni and cheese rocks, and certainly adorable, soft, pink baby overalls rock...not to mention the baby in them.  Ellie says "she looks just like a mini farmer".

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

3 months

3 months!  Doesn't she look just like her Dad?  She even has the same facial expressions.  







Monday, November 1, 2010

Thankful at 12 weeks

When Emma and Ellie were each 12 weeks old I returned to work.   I am a teacher and I consider myself a very blessed person, because I love my work.  But, oh the heartache I felt returning.  Especially with Emma, since I was still working full time.  It was better with Ellie, having only to be away half a day, but still I was sad.  The joy I feel today not leaving Lucy is unexplainable.  I can only say that I'm thankful, very, very thankful.  I look forward to someday returning to the classroom but for now my home and my family are my work which makes me one lucky lady.

Monday, October 25, 2010

11 weeks in

Kevin and I have been the proud parents of three for eleven weeks, and we're loving it.  I've been asked countless times, "So, how's it going with three?".  Usually the words are delivered in a tone that one might use when asking "How are you recovering after passing those kidney stones?".   I'll admit, as we awaited Lucy's arrival, I sometimes wondered how we'd manage a household with three children. Although a precious gift,  kids require constant work.  And three?  Yikes!   Always being outnumbered?   The dreaded middle child issues.   Honestly I was worried.   That worry (as most is) sure was wasted time.  I'm not saying that it's been Easy Street over here.  Having a newborn, no matter how incredibly good that newborn is (because seriously, Lucy is amazing) is a jolt to the system. You say things like " baby was only up two times last night--woo hoo!!" and really mean it.  You feel true accomplishment when you've showered and put on clean clothes, and if you happen to also eat a full meal while seated, well that's cause for all out jubilation.  I knew about the newborn issues and had the experience to understand that while exhausting, it's short lived, and the delight of a baby makes it all manageable.  The part that worried me was balancing two other children who also need me.  Would I be enough?   I hope I am, but I refuse to beat myself up for what I can't be.   It's impossible to be everywhere for everyone.  The worst thing I can do for my girls is feel obliged to do it all, constantly rushing around never truly enjoying or being present.  While I was pregnant with Lucy, a mother, who I respect greatly, with three grown children of her own told me (I didn't record her saying this, I'm paraphrasing )  " Having three kids forced me to be the mother I was striving to be when I was a mother of two.  I could no longer do it all, I was forced to slow down, to trust my kids to be ok.  By doing this they trusted themselves."  I pray that someday I'll look back and be able to say that to someone.  Being only 11 weeks in, I'd say it's a bit premature to state something so powerful.  I can say though, that when I look around my home, the faces I see and then sounds I hear tell me that there is no doubt about it, we were meant to be five.
One of the joys of having big kids around is watching them with their baby sister.  What great helpers!


It's also wonderful just watching them be themselves.  They are so connected to one another and yet each their own little person. 

Monday, October 11, 2010

What? 9 weeks already?

Where do the days go?  Every time I turn around it's Monday again and another week has clicked by.  


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My sister!

 Why do babies..at least all of mine...seem to fuss when you're trying to make dinner? The rest of the day can be calm as can be but try to make dinner and watch out!  Yesterday, Lucy was serenading me with her nightly pre-dinner songs. In came Ellie and Lucy began cooing, smiling and kicking her legs--what a great communicator!  She was delighted at the sight of her sister.  Talk about making your heart sing!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Baking with 4 year olds

I volunteered at Ellie's preschool today and we made apple pie.  They'll serve it tomorrow for snack...not the ordinarily healthy snack but hey, it has apples!  The memory of baking with these jokesters will keep me smiling for days.  They karate chopped the apples, continually wiped their noses on their sleeves (is it already cold season?), stirred with such vigor that I'm surprised we didn't end up with applesauce, loved pinching the dough and cheered when they heard the other kids were outside playing because "that means we don't have to clean up the toys, they already did it!!".

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

7 weeks...1 day behind!



She is awake, smiling and busy!  All day yesterday people kept commenting on how much she's grown.  Mind you these were people who had just seen her on Friday.  It was a big weekend! 

Monday, September 20, 2010

6 weeks


Lucy is celebrating by snoozing all day!  Growing really takes it out of a girl.

Friday, September 17, 2010

One of my favorite nights of the year...

The St. Louis Symphony has a concert outside on Art  Hill every September that is super high on my list of things I love to do.  It starts at 7 on a Thursday...a school night, you have to get there really early to park anywhere near Art Hill (which we never do), and we have a newborn.  You might think this would have sidelined our plans.   Think again!  I filled thermoses with mac and cheese for the girls, picked up a pizza from Katie's for mom and dad, loaded the red wagon with blankets and pillows and away we went.  We arrived right at 7, set up camp and I was in Heaven.  Snuggling under blankets with my family, listening to the symphony play live outside, it doesn't get better!


  



Sunday, September 12, 2010

7


At 10:45 this morning Emma Josephine Baum turned 7!   Being Emma's mother is amazing. How blessed I am! She is a strong, brilliant, honest, loving, curious child who fills my heart to overflowing!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

1 month

As it often is with things that complete you, it seems like Lucy has always been here.  We love her so much and she knows it!  I wish I had more time, there's so much to say about our first month together.  For now though, there's dinner to eat, homework to finish, last minute birthday party preparations to complete, a baby to cuddle and big girls to tuck in tight.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A perfect day for apple picking!

  Yippee--Kevin took the afternoon off and we went to Eckert's!  What a perfect afternoon.
                                                     The picking crew grew by 2 this year!

She's taller than the fence this year!


Only the best apples will do---which required Kevin climbing a tree!  Or maybe that was just an excuse!

She may be missing her two front teeth but that doesn't slow her apple chomping!  

Tuesday, August 31, 2010