Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A family first

We're biased, but we think pretty highly of Paxton.  But really, can you blame us?  Just look at this face:

 We love him right down to that drop of drool hanging off of his chin!
But, I know what you might be thinking.  "Now it still needs something.  What does it say to me?

This is a first for our family--Kendra rolled across a room a couple of times, but Paxton's been doing this for quite a while now.  By the age he is now, both of his siblings were doing the wounded-soldier crawl, but Paxton seems to be just fine with rolling and rotating on his belly and rolling some more.

It's really quite impressive how fast he can cross a room.

He might not be crawling, but it's still time to make sure the floors are clean of debris that will cause certain death if ingested... 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A family of Geeks

 Sometimes, we set Kendra up with a laptop when she wants to play a game but we are using our own computers.

Every time we do this, Elliot is pretty interested, too.

It's FunGooms.  It's free.  It's AWESOME.

I follow a number of Geeky blogs, and many of them post different neat products for sale in various places around the interwebz.  Sometimes I share some of the things I've found on Facebook and one day I posted this link with my thoughts, which were something to the effect of, "How have I had three babies and not owned this shirt for any of them??" because I love the film it references.

A few days later, Paxton received a package.
Goblen, schmoblin.
I dressed him in it with glee--his Poppa didn't even know the reference when he sent it.

It's not exactly Geeky of us to do, but when we have a date night, after dinner we don't go to the movies.  We go to stores.  A little while after Paxton was born I saw something on Facebook that said, "I never thought that going on a family vacation would feel like work but going to the grocery store by myself would feel like a vacation."


So, we take a little vacation and we go to stores.  Grant rarely gets to go to stores because I do the shopping during the week while he's at work and I'm not super willing to take the whole family into one on the weekend.  Don't judge me, it gets kind of crazy.

So one night in December, we went to Home Depot and had the kind of fun that's just not doable with 3 children under 4 in tow.

We have a list of stuff we want, "when we have a house."  Until we do, we can go play with the stuff at the stores.

Some people make fun of Geeks like us.  I'm convinced that those people aren't having nearly as much fun as we do.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Paxton, the pink-nosed baby

See Paxton.

I know I'm biased but seriously, he's SO cute!

See Paxton's nose.

For realsies. Take a good look.

You might be wondering, "What is that pink stuff on his face?"

I certainly was when I saw him like this.

It's Play-Doh.

Now you might be wondering, "That's weird.  How did he get Play-Doh on his face?  He's just a baby..."

How, indeed.  Here's how:

Elliot seemed to think surely Paxton wanted to play with the Play-Doh, too.

So, of course, the only nature option is to shove a ball of it on his face.

Mommy watches the Play-Doh more carefully now when it gets taken down to play.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Crazy sleeper

The way our schedule works out, I wake up the kids about half the time to start the day.  I keep finding Elliot in the most humorous positions, so finally I had to start recording them.

I wasn't kidding about his preference for towels to blankets--there ARE blankets in there with him, also.

Just today, when I went in to get him up from his nap, he had his feet propped upright on the wall, the towels covering his body and the pillow over his head and torso.

Though one morning when I took a picture, Kendra had already been roused by the opening of the door and after I took his picture, wanted me to take hers.  I explained that I was taking the picture because of how he was sleeping, so she started doing this:

Funny girl.

Fixations, obsessions and smiles

When Elliot was an infant, we used extra towels as well as blankets to cover him.  He actually started to prefer them.  He started to prefer them so much, he'd snuggle any he could get his hands on.  Imagine what happened when he discovered my stash of dish towels.

This happened several times a day for a while.  He's lucky he's so handsome.  And sweet--he's a terribly sweet, sweet little boy.

Kendra has obsessions of her own, of course.  When she gets into something, she loves to amass as many specimen as she can--luckily she can get new fixes at the library.

How many dragons do you see?

Paxton's too young to be obsessed with much more than his family's faces.  But this post isn't complete without including something of him.

I say it all the time and I believe it with my whole heart...I am the luckiest Mommy in the whole wide world.

Monday, April 8, 2013

O, Christmas Tree!

We didn't take a bunch of pictures of trimming our tree this year--there were just too many little ones to manage to remember!  And...our holiday decorations are still rather simple.  We have small children and only a handful of ornaments that must all be placed at least three feet above the ground...

But to them, it was still plain Christmas magic.

Sure, you certainly may ask me why on earth there are fans in my living room while the Christmas tree is up...but my best guess is that three babies later, that's just how long it takes me to put the dang things away after their neccesity during the summer.

Don't need no stinkin' spoon...

Oatmeal and blueberries are a common dish around here...

To his credit, he does always start eating with a spoon...but he's got a point...it is much, much easier his way...

Though Paxton's face captures his thoughts and mine on this particular technique.

"Dude.  Seriously...?"



It is kinda nuts to have two babies in less than sixteen months...but the more I get to know this guy, the ever more grateful I am that we did...