Wednesday, April 30, 2008
They all thought it was so cool, because it was just their size!
Now we've got a new place to play when it rains!!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Just a glimpse of our day...
Morning snuggle time with McKenna. Make sure you hear Abby singing to her (if you can ignore all the noise the boys were making). Abby was making up a song for McKenna. When Abby prayed at lunch time today she told God that McKenna was her best friend.
Making Chocolate Chip Muffins for snack time.
Christian and Nate mixing the muffins.
Christian "reading" Abby his new Dora & Diego (our latest obsession) book.
Window markers!! This was the first time we had ever used window markers. They were a huge hit. The clean up wasn't that bad ... no worse than bath tub crayons.
The trio literally spent hours today coloring with these window markers, so I'm putting them away for a week or two so they'll be new and exciting all over again!
A new song we learned today!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
The guys got six posts installed before a thunder storm rolled in and they got lots of holes dug!!
On Sunday we actually skipped church so we could get some fence panels hung (we're in a time crunch to get this fence installed because it's "fireworks season"). Unfortunately it didn't end up being a very productive day. Thanks to some confusion over brackets (and three trips to Lowes) we only got two panels hung by about 7pm. Now that we've got it figured out the hanging of the panels should go rather quickly, Ryan doesn't seem to think it's that hard.
So next weekend is the BIG weekend. We've recruited some help and we're going to try and get it all done, well at least get all the posts in (Ryan can hang the panels by himself if need be). I'll keep you posted on our progress!
We never quite know what a season will hold for us. For the past seven years every season has been different. It just depends on the ever changing state laws, whether there has been a drought or lots of rain, and then of course it depends on whether their international shipments are arriving in a timely manor. Ryan always try to prepare for "the season" ahead of time, but much of it is totally out of his control. A typical day for Ryan during "the season" will start at 7am and end sometime around 11pm or later.
"The season" seems to have started early this year. Ryan has already begun to work longer hours and I can tell he's feeling the stress of it already. It's always a difficult couple of months for our family, since Daddy doesn't get to spend much time with us, but we're happy that this year Aunt Amy is living across the street so we'll get to have some extra special time with her. So this summer when you see displays of fireworks in Target, Walmart, Sams Club or Costco, think of us and say a prayer for us!! Don't forget to pick up some TNT sparklers for your 4th of July celebration!!
I had taken all the Marshall kids carseats out of my car last week because I went to a yard sale and bought a train table for Nate and had to fit it in my car. I was putting them back in the car and forgot that I left Emma's sitting behind the car. I remembered as soon as I heard the crunch. Oh dear!
Now I have to go buy another one. At least it wasn't a carseat. They cost a whole lot more. Do you know how many car seats I've had to buy in the last year??
Thursday, April 24, 2008
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Saturday, April 12, 2008
Once Abby figured out how to keep her feet from going in opposite directions she had a great time. She and I made one lap around the rink and I think once was enough. She didn't like having to get so much help and my back probably couldn't have made it around again (I was basically holding her up the entire time). So Abby skated around on the carpet and did a great job with no assistance from anyone!
Christian's skates were so heavy that he had a really difficult time and was quite clumsy. He still really had fun with lots of help from Daddy. He gave up on the skates after about 30 min. and headed to the moon bounce.
Mr. John (Emily's Dad), Emma and Ryan
I couldn't resist posting this picture of Pastor Mike and John.
Christian loves playing with his friends Bryson and Tanyon because they love all the things Christian loves especially trains!! The boys made a terrific train track and then headed outside to play for a couple hours!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Today McKenna got to meet her new friend Gwen! Gwen is the Furnish's new little girl. She and McKenna are six weeks apart and you can tell that McKenna was born first. There is a significant size different between the two girls. It's hard to believe that McKenna was the size of Gwen just six weeks ago. My little girl is growing up so quickly.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
It's hard to believe that McKenna is two months old today. She's already changed so much. We have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, so we'll find out then how much she's weighs. McKenna has started to stay awake for longer periods of time during the day and she has started to coo and babble a little bit. McKenna also smiles now in response to my voice. I'll give you another update on her tomorrow! Our lives are so blessed!
McKenna's check up was today. She's a fussy girl right now because of her shots, but I was thrilled to find out that she weighs 11.2lbs. That means she gained two pounds in the last month! WooHoo! Remember that it wasn't that long ago that we were worried about her gaining weight.
Christian helping me with laundry. He uses his green bucket as his laundry basket, fills it up and then throws all the clothes over the railing down into the family room. Then Abby collect all the clothes and puts them in the washer. Are they well trained or what?? Actually they usually love helping with laundry because they like to throw the laundry down on top of one another.
Emma took this picture of McKenna. She'll be happy to see that it ended up in the blog. That girl is something else. How many other seven year olds do you know who totally know how to take a picture on a digital camera and then ask if it will be posted on the blog? I'll bet there's a few million forty year olds who still don't know what a blog is and Emma even knows how to log on and leave her own comments. She's so smart. I got her a book making kit this past weekend and she spent over an hour yesterday writing a dinosaur story. I just might post it when she's done. I think it's going to be really cute.
The things I do for a few extra minutes of sleep: Abby and Nate arrive at my house around 7:30am on the days they stay with me. That seems awfully early to me these days since little Miss Mckenna is still figuring out how to sleep for longer than 3 hours, so the night before I lay out their pillows and blankets on the living room floor so they can have a picnic. Then I set up the breakfast tray and put their breakfast in little sealed containers on it. I fill their sippy cups and put them in the fridge ahead of time. The next morning Ryan sets out their cups and turns on the TV to the Disney channel. When Abby and Nate arrive they hang out in the living room eating their breakfast and watching TV. This usually buys me an extra 20-30 min. of sleep before they come trotting upstairs to wake me up. Abby usually wakes me up to tell me that Nate made a mess with his breakfast and I usually don't care as long as it's not before 8am.
A typical morning at our house.
I never know how wise it is to leave Christian alone in the same room with McKenna, but sometimes I just have to for a minute or two. Christian was alone with McKenna for about 3 minutes today and this is what I found when I walked back into the room. He had gotten his pillow and put it next to hers and he let her have his new blue doggie that our neighbor Ms. Peggy just gave him. He was being so sweet. Talking to her in a soft voice. My little boy is getting the hang of this "big brother" stuff.