Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Harmonica Harmonies

In Speech Therapy, we have been working with Anna on trying to get her to blow on a whistle or flute or horn...or anything!

She finally started tooting on a recorder, but I had to take it away because it was so loud and obnoxious.  But, I think we have found a happy substitute.



We may have just discovered her true talent and passion. =)

PS - please excuse my rude son in the background -- boys!


Friday, February 18, 2011

Smiles From Ear to Ear

In case you did not see Paige today (because if you had, she most certainly would have told you herself,  even if she had never met you before)...Paige got her ears pierced today! =)

Now, I have been wanting Paige to get her ears pierced for a couple of years now (no reason other than I think earrings are cute and fun), but she has always refused, arguing that it would hurt.   But, over the past couple of weeks, a few of her friends have gotten their ears pierced. So, I encouraged Paige to ask them if it hurt.  (Why trust your Mom, right?)

Finally, she agreed that she wanted them pierced, and actually has been asking when we were going to get it done.

So, today we took her to the mall under the guise of looking for a new dishwasher (ours broke -- grrrrrr).  We were wandering through the mall and stopped by the Piercing Pagoda and asked her what she thought.  You could see the excitement about to bubble right out of her.

We picked out the earrings she wanted (cute little white gold hearts) and got all the paperwork signed.  There was a moment of hesitation because there was only one worker at the time...meaning she would have to do one ear at a time as opposed to doing both at the same time.  I was nervous that we were going to be walking out of there with only one earring.

But, Paige said she would be brave, and she was!  Here is a video of how it went down.

All Smiles from Ear to Ear!!!






Thursday, February 17, 2011

I Can See This in Anna's Future...

Knowing how much Anna loves Kindermusik (see post), I can definitely see something like this in her future...

http://www.wltx.com/news/article/121995/2/Teacher-Born-With-Down-Syndrome-Breaks-Stereotypes

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Adorable Centerpiece

She makes an adorable centerpiece, don't you think?!


I am fairly certain a post about a big fat bump on her forehead is not far off considering this is where I find her every 5 minutes.

Any suggestions on how to baby-proof a table other than removing all the chairs?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Star Wars Sleepover - Success Story!

Last Night Charlie had a sleepover to celebrate his 7th birthday.  It was his first sleepover, as well as the first sleepover for all of his friends.

We had a great time, but I will be honest and say that I was very happy to send our guests home. =)

As the guests arrived, the lightsaber duels began.

Even Anna got in on the action.

Then, it was time for pizza and Yoda Soda.


Followed by cake (my favorite part!)

We watched a movie (Star Wars - of course!)  And the boys got excited about the lightsaber action scenes and felt the need to act them out.



The boys finally started to quiet down around 10:30, and all was quiet by 11:00. The late hour didn't stop them from waking up a little after 6:00 this morning -- and picking up right where they left off with their lightsaber action.

After Star Wars pancakes for breakfast, the boys finished off the party by taking down the Evil Sith Lord, otherwise known as the mean Dad who wouldn't let them jump on the furniture, slam doors, or scream when it was well past bedtime.  How dare he?! =)

All in all - it was a great party, and huge success for a first sleepover.  Our house is still standing, at least!

And, I can see the wheels turning in Paige's head already about when she has her first sleepover.  I am pretty sure I will have to stock up on sedatives for Jonathan before that ever happens.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dance-A-Rama

Paige had her first dance class this week.

I am pretty sure that Paige is blessed with about as much grace and style as her mother, which is very little - and I have the scars on my chin from tripping over the free-throw while running down the basketball court to prove it.  But, I am quite certain that she is having a ball! =)



So, when Paige was getting dressed for dance, she asked if I would give her "exercise hair".  I found out "exercise hair" is a pony tail with a headband -- like how I fix my hair when I am going to workout.

Well, the headband wasn't going to stay on Paige's head, so she then asked for "dance hair".  Not knowing what that was, I gave her some little piggie buns.  She was quite thrilled with the results.

Crazy kid! =)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Happy 7th Birthday, Charlie!!

Happy Birthday, Charlie!!!

I can't believe my baby boy is turning 7...he is over half-way to becoming a teenager (aack!)

I can't say enough about how much I love this kid.  He is sweet, smart, funny, adorably handsome...and the  Force is strong with him =)

Here's a video that Jonathan put together to celebrate Charlie's past year.   Enjoy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

After Hours Party

Anna's current bedtime ritual...

1. Insist with flailing arms, grunting and pointing (and screaming if I don't comply soon enough) that I play the music the comes from the heart.  Tune: "You are my Sunshine"

2. After I turn off the lights and close the door, the "After Hours Party" begins.

3  I return to her room to see what all the ruckus is only to find Anna stripped down and giggling her little head off.  Praise the Lord she leaves her diaper ON!

4. I redress her.


5. Repeat steps 1-4 until she tires herself out or until I decide that she can just freeze that night (it gets cold in her room!)

6.  Final check on my sweet angel, dress her again, a quick squeeze and sleep tight.

I know, I should probably buy her some new pj's that don't zipper and she would stay dressed all night...but the whole scene is actually pretty funny.  That is, until the diaper starts coming off -- then I will be investing in duck tape!