Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snow and ice days

The kids are off school Friday and Monday for snow and ice days! We lost power from Friday night to Saturday night, and the house got cold. But we are all thankful for our gas stove, candles, iPads and lots of blankets!

We had a good time outside!

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4: Fever of 103.8

Back to school, but not for Olivia. Jason is learning to use a fork, though!

I was thrilled when the big kids went back to school Wednesday!!! Back to normal!

Except that today, Saturday, Olivia is going to school for a make up day! Crazy year-round school!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Jason is ONE!!

Our sweet last baby is one!! Twelve months have flown by and now Jason has sixteen teeth, is crawling fast, is cruising everywhere, eats most things, drinks from a cup like a pro, sleeps better than his older siblings at one, loves music, bubbles, and playing hide and seek, is 30.25 inches (75th %) and weighs 22 lbs 9 ounces (75th %) totally naked! 

We just had a little party at home with our immediate family, but opened presents from family far away! I got one-on-one time with Jason while the big kids were at school to play Legos and knock them over, do finger plays and bounces, snuggle, and play hide-and seek. The night before I made a lasagna--Jason's favorite food--, a cake, and decorated.

Nicholas came home early for "the party!" Bubbles, music, a small piƱata with boxed raisins for Jason, and dancing!

Jason literally rolled in the raisins! Ha!

And, of course, cake!! Leo picked the flavored, and Jason was a fan!

Happy birthday, Jason! You'll always be my baby!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The old grind

Back to school, back to work, getting groceries, walking to pick up Olivia, making food, cleaning up, doing laundry, cleaning house, playing more and enjoying these days! 

Look at those big boys!!

Playing bears!

Checking out a Kindermusik class...since Leo wasn't into the family class, Jason and I are going to the library for story time instead.

Getting a haircut.


Flying kites!

Building more...

Going to bed...

Getting up early 

Starting a new tumbling/cheer class
Playing outside...

New neighbors!

Playing inside on early release day!

What I found in my pocket from the holidays! Ha!

Friday, January 1, 2016

Oh, what fun!! Holiday trip 2015!

We got on the road by seven ten Saturday morning and made pretty good time! We made it to Louisville before 5:30. Jason cooperated with his naps.

Our first stop was Grandpa Bill's and Tamara's for two nights. Here are some photos from Christmas at Grandpa and Tamara's:

Olivia LOVED her fan and tea set, Leo loved his Legos, and Jason loved the boxes!

We had fun playing inside the next day with all the new toys!

Then Monday we had Stemm family Christmas, less Heidi and her family who couldn't make it. Dinner was delicious and present opening was raucous!

We played Tuesday and Thursday at the farm. The kids had tea parties, fashion shows, played with barn scenes and Legos, played bear and wolves using overturned couches as dens, and went for walks in the woods and threw rocks in the pond. We had such a great visit!

Jason was such a happy baby most of the trip, but on our last night he woke at ten pm and stayed up until 1 am. He wrong in the new year with four new teeth!! He's up to sixteen cut through the gum line, but not all the way in!

Wednesday we had Christmas at Mutti's house! We got to visit with her, Uncle Chuck, and Jeffery! The kids had fun playing with their presents and with Jane's dog Bug! I got to sneak away and have coffee with my old friend Stacey, and it was so good to catch up even if just for an hour!