Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Carnival

Friday night, the girls and I headed out to a local Halloween carnival at the school.  We met up with their best friends and daycare buddies, like we did last year.  It's crazy to look back at those pictures and see how little Sydney was, and mostly her lack of hair!

Once again, the kids had a blast playing the various games and I could not get Sydney out of the bounce house.  I'd start tying Kendall's shoes, and Sydney would sneak behind me to run back into it.  I can't count how many times she squealed, "I bouncing! I bouncing!"  I figure it was good practice for Kendall's party the next night at the bounce house.  You don't want to look like an amateur in front of your nearest and dearest, ya know? 
The kids got tatted up.

They had a great time, and it was only somewhat chaotic wrangling in both of them.  I didn't need to pour a glass of wine when I got home, so I consider it a success. 

Stay tuned for Part II of Kendall's birthday tomorrow.  I'll give you a hint - it involves Rice Krispie bars that looked like raw meat.  Have I mentioned yet how awesome I am in the kitchen?  

Monday, October 29, 2012

Kendall's Birthday: Part I

Thursday was Kendall's 4th birthday.  I wanted so badly to stay home with her, but I had to take Friday off for various appointments, and I knew she'd have just as much (probably more!) fun at daycare.  She was able to start out her day wearing a crown, and I wouldn't be surprised if she never let it leave her head.  She got to pick out the meals for breakfast, lunch and snack, so she felt pretty special.  They sang happy birthday to her 3 different ways, and she made sure to tell me allllll about it that night. 
Eric got off of work a little early on Thursday, so he picked the girls up from daycare and met me to celebrate that night.  We went to Chuck E Cheese, and the kids had a blast.  They almost had as much as their daddy, who I had to constantly remind to quit stealing their tokens.  He justifies it that he could win more tickets, which would get them a better prize.  Mmm hmm, sure, ok.
The best part of going on a Thursday night, was that it was relatively dead inside, so the kids could run and have free reign over the different rides.  I so wish I would have been recording when Sydney first turned around and saw Chuck E Cheese.  I don't think her eyes could have gotten any bigger, or she could have ran any faster.  I know I win mother of the year, when I wanted to get her close just to get the same reaction on film.  She wasn't having any part of it though.  Kendall, on the other hand, loves to be the center of attention and get close to him.

After lots of rides, pizza and a cupcake, it was time to go.  For part of Kendall's present, we went to the pet store and let her pick out a fish.  That's the extent of pets in our house, and I was a little shocked to find out these little things can live for 2-3 years!  I guess this will be a bigger commitment than I thought.  
They each ended up getting one.  Kendall named her's Soupy, and Sydney named her's Eight.  Confused?  Yeah, me too.  
On the way home, Kendall rode with Eric and Sydney hopped in with me.  She wasn't done with the birthday celebration, so she kept singing Happy Birthday to Kendall...who wasn't around. lol  I just held my phone up to record the sound, but you can see her a little bit.  My favorite part about when Sydney is done with something, is her little Italian accent.  "You like-a that song?"

We had Kendall's princess birthday party on Saturday, so stay tuned for Part II.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Kendall!

Wow.  Wow. Wow.  

My baby is 4 today!  It seems like I just wrote this letter to her for her 3rd birthday.  Here we are, another year later.  Another year of fun, of smiles, of laughter, of joy, and mostly - of love.

Kendall always amazes us with what she picks up on and learns.  In the last year she has:

It's been a busy year, but a lot of memories have been made.  
Kendall, you are such an amazing blessing to our lives.  Your wit and spunk keep us on our toes and keep us laughing.  Your love of books and reading makes me so happy, and you are an incredible sister to Sydney.  You make us so proud, and we can't wait to see what this next year will bring for you.  
Happy birthday, baby girl!  I think 4 will be our best year yet. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Nuk Fairy

 So, last week I decided that it was time.  Time for Sydney to give away her beloved pacifiers.  And you guys? I was terrified.  Seriously, this kid looooooved them.  We would only give them to her for sleeping, but that didn't stop her from trying to beat the system.

She'd sneak in her room for a quick hit.  You'd look around and wonder where Sydney quietly snuck off to, and there you'd find her.  Now, this was no novice.  She knew she wasn't supposed to have them, so she thought she was clever.  Nothing a quick hand over the mouth couldn't cover up, right?  Or, she'd give it to you, while sneakily hiding the replacement one behind her back.

I know they say the first step in addiction help is admitting you have a problem.  We tried staging an intervention all week with her, but there was no way of knowing if we were getting through.  There was only one way to tell, and it was to go cold turkey.

Now, of course I wasn't going to be the mean one to take away her beloved comfort.  And we all know Eric surely wouldn't step into that role.  It was time to call on backup.  Enter in.....the Nuk Fairy.

We geared Sydney up all week, that the Nuk Fairy was coming to visit Friday night, and was going to take all of her paci's to the babies who needed them.  So, after dinner, we gathered them all up (that we know of. I wouldn't be shocked if she had a little stash buried in the floorboards).  We put them in a bowl and handed them over.
She methodically looked at each one, silently giving her approval. 
 "Hold up! This one, too?!?"
And then it was time,  She set them down and was all excited to be a big girl.  This process was cut pretty short because big sister kept running outside in just her underwear, and I didn't want to add another reason to why we're those neighbors, so we had to quickly shoo her back in.

Ok, the band aid was ripped off.  Now I'm waiting for the inevitable questioning for her nuks, and the changing of her mind.  Instead, she made a comfy bed in what else, a laundry basket.  I'd like to say that this basket was empty because I'm so awesome at keeping ahead of it all.  In reality, there was probably a pile stacked on the couch that she dumped out.  But, I digress. 

Now it was time for the true test, when it was time to go to bed.  We said goodnight, and shut the door and waited.  About 20 minutes later she started asking for it.  Eric, I've come to realize is the enabler in the family.  Immediately he is all, "Oh, come on! You have to give it to her!  You're torturing her, Tessa!  You can't just do it all at once!!"  Men.

I went in and distracted her with something else, and that was that.  I was expecting a weekend of crying and no sleep, and I was pleasantly surprised.  The Nuk Fairy now has a 2-2 record for my kids, so I'm sold.  

Now, if only the Fairy left me money for her future orthodontics which I see in my future...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Today, it starts!

Today is the day that we've been looking forward to for the last 4 months.  We are officially breaking ground on the new house build! ::confetti::

We met last week to sign the paperwork to buy the land from Eric's aunt and uncle.  During this time, the old house and shed were torn down  Eric and my in laws were there to watch them do it, and my mother in law video taped some of it.  We were at their house watching it on the computer, and Sydney kept saying, "Oh no!!! My new house! Oh, no! My new house fall down!"
Haha, sorry girls.  That house had to go!  We stopped out there this weekend to get a good before visual.  Everything had been cleared out, except some of the foundation remained from the house.  The girls were all concerned on where their new house was.  It'll be so fun to watch this process through their eyes.  

Here is our new house "before"

And here will be it "after"
I most looking forward to seeing it get framed up and to truly be able to get a picture of it in my mind.  Now for the decisions, decisions, decisions.  It feels like we've already made so many, but I think the real work is starting now!

Friday, October 12, 2012

What do you mean it's not the right answer??

This morning I took Kendall to have her preschool/kindergarten screening.  They took her off into another room, and did a variety of tasks with her.  Some motor skills, some cognitive skills, some problem solving skills, etc.  They want to determine early if there are areas that children are lacking in, so you can do some early intervention to have them ready for kindergarten.

Overall, Kendall did awesome.  When they came back in to go over her results with me, I had to laugh.

Her problem solving questions cracked me up.

Q1. What do you do if you go into a dark room.

A: You go to sleep.

Apparently, it's supposed to be turn on the light, but she got a half point for that.  As a mother that tries to get two little stinkers to go to sleep at night, I disagree.  I give her an A+ for that answer.

Q2: What do you do if a fork is on the floor.

A: I tell Sydney to quit throwing it there.

OMG, I die.  Do you see our dinner time issues?

I love that kid.  Above all else, she never fails to make me laugh. :)