Saturday, September 26, 2015

A visit from Grandma and Grandpa!

My parents came up this week, and it was a lot of fun to see them! We spent Tuesday exploring Portland a little bit, which that was fun. It's always great to have them here. The kids loved it. My mom is so helpful with the kids and doing dishes. :) A nice, much needed break for this mama.
Reid has not been sleeping well at all this week, so I've been super tired. I've even taken a few little naps with Ruby, which has been very sweet. She loves it too.
Both of the kids and I have gotten a ton of owees lately. Ruby started with a black eye, and now has a scrape on her leg, blackberry scratches on her foot, she fell and hit her chin on the couch, and I think that's about it for her. Reid got a low grade fever all day on Thursday, I have no idea why, but he also cut his finger on something under the dishwasher, bit his lip, and fell off of the back step (from sitting) onto his face. It has been brutal! At least it hasn't been anything serious.
Giving Daddy a kiss while he leaves on his bike for work. 
 Bye Daddy!
 They have been playing together so well some of the time. It has been really nice.
 They both love reading books.
 And they helped clean off the back door. It gets a lot of finger prints on it.
 Looking through her kids Italian cookbook.
 He's resourceful.
 Snuggles with this guy in the early morning are the best!
 Helping me carry in the propane. She couldn't quite do it.
 Playing with Josephina.
 These girls are great buddies. They don't understand each other, but it doesn't seem to matter to them.
Photo at church. 
We park and ride this little shuttle bus to church every week. The kids love it! 
Sleepy boy. We try to make it home before he falls asleep, but it doesn't always work. 
"Gently" waking him up. 
Helping Daddy clean out the refrigerator. 
These guys love the drums! 
 We tried going out for a bike ride again this week, but we accidentally popped the tire.
 He loves this! So do I. :)
 We've been loving Magnolia park. It's the best!
He's trying to look through the tube. Not quite, buddy. 
 The way she's sitting! Haha. We went on a lovely walk when my parents got here.
 And then we came home to these apple dumplings. They were pretty amazing.
Trying out our weights from Grandma. 
On Tuesday we rode the tram down the hill. It was fun! 
 Such a pretty view of the city.
 I love this girl.
 Then we rode the street car over the new bridge to the East side for some coffee.
Dinner out at McMenamins. Reid and Grandpa had fun playing disappearing knife. 
 Cutie pie.
 She loves Grandma and Grandpa.
 Under dog!!
 Reading stories with Grandma.
 And Grandma brought them these colors, which are fun!
 Sliding upside-down.
 Cleaning off the wall. Any time Reid gets a kleenex or wipe, he wipes everything. He loves to do what we do.
 His owie on his forehead and nose! Poor guy.
 Story time. 
Me and my babies. 
Puzzle time! She's getting pretty good. 
We walked to the end of the street and Ruby rode her bike. She had a ton of fun. 
She did fall once and scraped her leg a little bit. Then she put on her own bandaids when we got home. She may have overdone it a little bit. 
Poor sick baby. I have no idea why he got a fever, but he's feeling much better now.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Andy's birthday!!

I've got the rest of the photos from Andy's birthday celebration now. :) We had a fun time going out to dinner at the Montage and then we went to Fifty Licks for ice cream. We love having a lot of options for places to go to here!
Today I asked Reid if he wanted a hot dog for lunch. And then he said, "hot, hot, hot" and put his hands out like he does when things are hot, and then said, "woo woo, doggie!" It was hilarious! He is getting so funny, he keeps us laughing all of the time. He says so many words now, there's no way I could count. This morning he said, "book, bible, light" all in a row. He's going to be putting words together pretty soon, I think. It's still hard to keep him off of the table when Ruby's trying to do painting or crafts, or when I'm trying to do dinner. He wakes up in the middle of his afternoon naps at least once or twice usually, and I have to go rock him with his paci for a minute and then he'll go back to sleep. And if he's tired or I take something away that he wants, he will seriously scream for 15 minutes. That can be frustrating. But other than that, he's a very sweet boy and is happy.
Ruby is having the hardest time going poopy on the potty. She is great with peepee and rarely has any accidents at all, but she holds her poop in or waits until she has her nap time diaper on. :( We've tried everything we can think of, it's just going to take a lot more patience and her being willing to try.
Tony and Courtney got this sweet little puppy named Otis. Reid loved him!! Doggies are his favorite. They make a good pair. 
 Out for birthday dinner at the Montage.
 After Ruby was done with her dinner she tried to take her plate to the counter. Haha! We don't go out to eat much. :)
 They made us aluminum foil animals with our leftovers inside.
Andy got toasted milk ice cream. It was really good!
 Reid loved my chocolate ice cream!
He stuck this Cheerio on my eye.
 On Friday the kids and I went to the zoo for the morning. Ruby flipped all of these to show the numbers and then counted them.
The kids with the snoozing polar bear. 
 On the phone at the monkey exhibit.
 Climbing on the lion!
 On Saturday I took Ruby to the farmer's market to get some peaches. She loved it! We also got her a balloon animal. The guy asked what she wanted and gave her some options, and she chose a weasel. Haha!
These guys LOVE to play in the dirt. The only problem... we have a doug fir tree and it has a lot of sap that gets on their feet. Thank goodness for lemon essential oil which takes it right off. 
 Ruby spilled a snack, so she helped clean it up. She has been very helpful.
 Ruby drew this picture of Uncle Danny, her, and Aunt Becca.
Snuggling and playing guitar. 
 A HUGE avocado at Winco. Notice Reid's bruise on his cheek. He fell off of the back porch step and landed right on his face. :(
Andy's birthday desert a few days late. This grilled peach melba was delicious! 
 Snack time!
 Reading time.
 Being cute time after nap.
 Matching time!
 We went to the mall to get Andy's iPhone fixed on Wednesday, and the kids had fun driving the car.
I started going to Imago Moms group that meets every other Thursday. Ruby gets to be in the 3-5 age class, and she drew all of these people on the white board. She's getting pretty good!
My two little super heroes. They love to play tag all around the house!

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