January 28, 2013

the things they say

Our little people say really funny and adorable things and are constantly making us laugh. Oftentimes, they can not even be in the room, and Husband and I will just sit and recall the things they said and did that day and find ourselves hysterical.

So, I thought I'd do a post on a few of their recent sayings. I know these are probably not as funny and cute to anyone else as they are to us, but it's my blog, so there ya go!

~ Never wanting to miss out on anything, Makayla is always very sad when it's nap time. As I carry her upstairs, she has started to call out, "Caleb, help me!" to which Caleb responds, "No, I cannot help you right now!"
~ The other day the kids were eating popcorn in the den while they watched a movie. Well, I walked in to see the bowl turned over on the sofa and the popcorn spilled everywhere. After cleaning it up, I told them that if they wanted to eat in the den then they had to keep the food on the table or else they would only get to eat in the kitchen. A few minutes later, Bobby walked in to see them both sitting on top of the coffee table with the bowl between them. He asked them what they were doing and Caleb pointed to the sofa and said, "We made a great big mess!".

~ Caleb calls pajamas "jamamas". I do not correct him as I think this is adorable.

~ Caleb says "I so much love you" instead of "I love you so much". Again - no correcting from me! In fact, we've all begun to say it this way!
~ A lot of times when you go to give Makayla a kiss, she will cover her mouth with both of her hands and play hard-to-get. Even though you can't see her mouth, you can tell from her eyes that she is smiling under there.

~ The other day in the car, we came to a stop at a red-light and Caleb, with much enthusiasm, said "Good job stopping the car Mommy!".

~ Caleb's saying lately is "Ughh! Good grief!". Thank you Charlie Brown.

~ Makayla points to any bird that she sees and says "Bald eagle!".

~ When Caleb wants to encourage me in something, he will say, "You can do it!  You're a big mommy!".  I guess since it's a good thing to be a "big boy", then being  a "big mommy" must be even better, right?

~ Sometimes at dinner when it's time to pray, we will all hold hands and then Caleb will say "Ready, set, close your eyes!".

~ Makayla thinks that her name is "Baby", which is entirely our fault. We've called her this since day one because we were trying to make it easier for Caleb to say at the time. We never realized how the name would stick!

I sure do love them!

January 13, 2013

a christmas recap

Christmas this year was on a whole other level. Caleb really understood and got it all in a way that he hadn't before - which made it both a lot of fun and exhausting! He started asking for Christmas back before it was even Thanksgiving. He would look at the calendar and ask why Christmas wasn't on there yet and he would look in the living room and ask why we didn't have a tree yet. I think that he was genuinely concerned that everyone else was having Christmas and we were missing it! When it was finally December, I put the little Christmas picture onto his calendar that hangs on the fridge. When he saw it, he got so excited and said, "Good job mommy! Good job putting on Christmas picture!" And when he saw us putting up the tree, he literally gasped and said, "It's beautiful! Hooray! We decorate the Christmas tree!"

Once it was decorated, every time he would walk past the tree, he would stop and give us a hug and in a very sweet, quiet voice he would say, "Merry Christmas mommy and daddy." Ummm, talk about a heart-melter!

We also decorated our annual gingerbread houses. We got each of the kids their own, so as to avoid any unnecessary arguing. They did both get upset because their tiny fingers just could not hold onto the little pieces of candy. Next year, I will definitely only put out larger pieces for them to use. Still, it was fun, and I love seeing their masterpieces displayed all month long.

I'm sad as I go through our pictures because there is so much that we did that I didn't get photographed.  I want to capture it all, but when you are dealing with two little people, you really need both your hands free and not holding a camera! Something else for me to try and improve on this year.

I used to be sad to see Christmas go, but I have to say that this year I really wasn't. I still love it and it's still my favorite time of year, but this year I was definitely craving routine and simplicity. And I knew that the kids, especially Caleb, needed that too.

So here we are, mid-way through January and considering this blog updated!  Now onto current events!

January 6, 2013

family pictures

so back in the fall, we finally got around to getting family pictures made with my parents and brothers. none of them seem to like getting their pictures made, so it had been something we had been putting off for a long time. but the kiddos were due to have their pictures done again so i told everyone else they needed to show up too! it ended up being a cold day, and the kids were not entirely cooperative - Makayla had decided to skip her nap that day and Caleb just wanted to run off and play. but as always, Jennifer came through for us and somehow managed to get some good shots of our wild bunch.

these were just a few of my favorites.

yes, i know it's a lot of pictures, but i love these people, and i could look at them all day long. and believe it not, that was narrowed down by a lot! really though, i love having pictures made of the kids, because i feel like we are capturing that brief moment and helping ourselves remember what they were like at that exact time. they are growing so quickly - i already find myself looking back at baby pictures and not being able to completely remember what it was like when they were that small. that is one reason that keeping up with this blog is one of my resolutions for the new year. there is so much that i want to document, and i am determined to make it more of a priority this year. so i hope to do a quick fall and winter recap post in pictures and then stay better updated with the day-to-day.

be back soon!

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