Thursday, May 28, 2015


This has been a busy week. Reid has been getting a lot better with his hand-foot-mouth disease. His rash is healing up nicely. Ruby never got it, which is great. I was pretty sick over the weekend with just a sore throat (red with white spots too), and really bad body aches. But I was mostly better by Monday, which was Memorial Day, so Andy had it off. That was nice. 
On Sunday we were all standing around in our bedroom and Reid was holding onto the door, when suddenly he took off and walked about 8 wobbly steps to the bed! We were all in shock. We kept trying to get him to do it again and he wouldn't. It was the funniest thing. He will go from one piece of furniture to the other with a few steps in between. I'm sure walking a lot is in his near future. He had his one year appointment today with a new doctor up here in Beaverton. He was 22 lbs 10oz and 30 1/2 inches tall. He's getting so big! He was in the 59th percentile for weight, and 66th for height. He seems like such a big boy, but I guess he's pretty near average.
Ruby has been having such trouble with potty training that we have put her back in diapers/pull-ups full time for this week. We figure it might help us to reset and start over. I'm sure she'll get it soon, but we don't want to force her to use the potty. That's not fun for anyone. She has been doing really well otherwise though. We went down to Stayton for Mom-to-mom yesterday, and she was sad that we don't live in Stayton anymore. That's hard. But she has been doing a lot better with her emotions.
 Cutie boy in the car.
 We made new play dough. She loves playing with it every day.
 Reading stories to my babies. <3
 Reid got ahold of the drawer. He just pulls things out one at a time and loves it. That boy loves to laugh too. Today I almost had him to sleep for nap when he sneezed and started cracking up. Then he had the hiccups and would laugh after every one. Silly boy.
 Playing together in their closet.
 We had to give them baths separately because of Reid's HFM disease. He really wanted to join her.
 Snuggly guy.
 She had lots of fun riding her bike on Monday.
 Helping me freeze some ground beef. She's such a good helper and loves it.
 Ruby turned 40 months old this week! Craziness.
 We love the library. They have a cool book scanner thing that she loves to use.
 Eating her all-time favorite lunch... tomato soup and grilled cheese.
 They love getting new library books.
 Big hamburger!
 Yesterday we surprised Daddy after work with a picnic in the park. We all had a ton of fun.
 It was a lovely day.
 Playing at the play ground. His first time in shoes.
 She had fun playing with Daddy.
 His hair is getting long. We're going to cut it next week.
 She wanted to ride in the Ergo on a little walk down 21st.
 Hugging Daddy before he left for work. We're all sad when he has to leave in the mornings.

She has such pretty curly hair!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Two sick kids

This week has been a little bit brutal. Both kids have been sick. On Sunday, Ruby threw up on the way home from church, and then had a fever for a day or so. Then on Wednesday, Reid got a fever and was super fussy. We're pretty sure he has hand-foot-mouth disease. It really hasn't been fun, and I'm pretty sure I have it too. Bleh. Hopefully we'll both recover quickly and Andy and Ruby won't get it too...

Aside from being sick, Reid has been really about to walk. He'll take a little step here and there, like he could walk but just doesn't think that's an option. Andy said he'll probably go from crawling to running in about a day, which I think is probably accurate. He's just such a fun little guy, too. He loves to wrestle and play. The kids have been playing together pretty well, except of course when Ruby takes Reid's toys he puts up a big fuss. And she's not super gentle when she tries to wrestle him.

Ruby has been a little less tired in the last few days, so that's good. I was getting worried, and she has a doctor's appointment for next Friday. I'll cancel it if she perks up more. It's been about a month since she's been extra tired a lot, and we've been worried about it. But since she's doing better with it I'm not as worried. She has really been loving the songs from the Sound of Music and has been singing them pretty much non-stop. It's so cute. This morning she came to me with some play dough and said, "Look Mom, it's forsume." I though she said, "for Sam," so I said, "Who is Sam?" Then she said, "No, forsume." I finally figured out that she meant "perfume." Haha.
 I love the people that Ruby draws. They are so cute.
 This guy loves his Cheerio's. They didn't stay in the bowl though.
 Daddy and Ruby built a tent in the living room.
 Playing in the tent! It was pretty roomy in there.
 Ruby's getting really good at cutting things out of her play dough. She gets it out all of the time to play.
 Sunday after church we went out to lunch with these friends. Ania(9) on the left, Etta(5) on the right. Ruby really loves these girls. And then she got really pale and tired, so we left to go home. But then right when we turned on our street, she threw up. Poor thing.
 Ruby ate a banana and piece of toast several times while she was sick. And she really liked eating in her room with the pillows like this.
 Making a mess!
 Her requested meal. She drank a ton of water while she was sick too.
 Starting to feel better! These guys really love playing outside.
 She took my book and read "Jesus dying on the cross." She knows that one by heart from her bible story book.
 What a cutie! I love his chub.
 Counting the minutes until Reid has his nap.
 I found this in Ruby's play kitchen. Soup, apparently.
 We like to play red light green light in the living room.
 On Tuesday our friends Cheryl and Nora came over! Nora is a very sweet baby about to turn one. (Unfortunately Reid shared his hand-foot-mouth disease with her too, we didn't know he had it yet when she was there).
 Playing together!
 They love the laundry baskets. This was about when Reid started his fever.
 Since Ruby was feeling so much better and got a little stir crazy from being home all day Monday and Tuesday, we decided to go to Omsi for a little bit. But now I feel bad for exposing everyone there to Reid's virus. Oops.
 They love playing in the sand area. It's so fun!
 This thing blows air up and makes these little balls hover. Reid loved it!
 More outside time! It was really warm so we got out the water.
 They had a blast.
 But it was probably a huge mistake for poor Reid. He didn't feel good after that.
Cuddly little guy. His fever got to 101.5 before bed on Wednesday night, and then he slept horribly. He was up about every 30-45 minutes all night. It was brutal. 
 This little squirrel came right to our back door. We put some peanuts out for it and watched it eat them. It was so fun!
 Making some cake. Grandma Patty came over on Thursday morning for a while to play with the kids while I got some rest from being up all night. That was really nice.
 She wanted to lay in her dolly bed. She didn't quite fit. :)
 We went on a nice, long walk Thursday afternoon around the neighborhood to the north of us. It was lovely. They have some nice walking trails around.

Play, play, play

Here's the next week of pictures! We sure like to play around here.  We love our fun tent, the kids get it out often.  I straig...