Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Our 4 month old and loosening the apron strings

So, wow time just flies, Curren turned 4 months old yesterday!

(love the deer caught in the headlights look. Still can't always catch him smiling.)

Some stats. for those of you keeping track:

Wt. - 16lbs. 11 oz - 90% (a little less than Kellen, definitely more than Aidan:)
Ht. - 25.75 - 85% - our longest baby so far...hmm
HC - 16.75 - our smallest baby head:)

Curren just loves, loves people. He's always smiling, he's starting to giggle and loves to watch and interact with his big brothers.

He loves to be held, but facing out so he can see what's going on around him.

He loves playing in his playyard batting at his toys.

He's getting really good lifting his head up high while on his tummy. And amazingly enough doesn't really mind tummy time.

He usually likes sitting in his little bumbo seat while we eat dinner. He definitely feels a part of the family that way.

He's beginning to sleep better at night, but I'm still not always sure what the nighttime will bring.

His big brother's just love him to pieces. I can't wait until Curren gets a little older and starts running around and playing with them. I guess that will be the true test to see how much Kellen loves playing with him. Right now, Kellen can't wait until he can start playing cars with him.

Happy 4 months Baby Curren, we love you!

Sigh, now onto the apron strings. Aidan had his first sleepover last night. I honestly didn't think I would be so anxious and kind've sad about the whole thing. For those of you who remember when he was young he was soooo attached to me. His first year of preschool was so difficult for him. Going into nursery at church was hard. He didn't like being away from home for any length of time. Man have times changed. He has grown and matured so much. I love seeing him interact with his friends, but I have to admit a little part of me is sad that my baby is gone. I felt a little ache in my heart when I headed upstairs to bed last night and saw his door open and realized he wasn't in there fast asleep. I'm glad he had a good time and as I type this he's busy swimming his little heart out with his friend from his old school in Castle Pines.

Aidan will always be my baby, my firstborn baby, but like his brother's he's etched a special place in my heart.

Oh, and mom and dad, he made it through the night. Unlike me:) (I was notoriously bad at waking in the middle of the night wanting to go home. Thankfully my dad was so patient and would pick me up from my friend's house dressed in his pj's.)

Sunday, November 23, 2008

8's, Eight's, 8's...

You get the picture, I've been tagged.

8 of my favorite all-time shows (I admit, I'm a reality show junkie):

1. The Amazing Race
2. Survivor
3. So You Think You Can Dance
4. Dancing with the Stars
5. The Deadliest Catch
5. Sarah Connor Chronicles
7. My Own Worst Enemy (I've gotten hooked on that show)
8. Throwdown with Bobby Flay (and almost anything else on Food Network)

8 of my favorite restaurants (lately we only go to kid-friendly restaurants):

1. The Melting Pot
2. In-N-Out
3. Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger
4. Komatsu (haven't really been to any Japanese Restaurants in CO yet.)
5. Big Bill's Pizzeria
6. Yolanda's Taqueria
7. PF Chang's
8. The Stone Church

8 things that happened yesterday:

1. Curren only woke up once and slept until 6am - Woohoo!
2. Worked out with Tony Horton (on DVD)
3. I actually got to read a little of Breaking Dawn while Curren napped and Rick and the kids were outside
4. We attended our neighbor's (twin boys) 5th birthday party.
5. Aidan lost a tooth
6. Castle Rock 73rd annual Starlighting event
7. Ate at Papa Bello's restaurant
8. Kellen woke up complaining his ear hurt

8 things I'm looking forward to:

1. Thanksgiving! YUM!
2. Family coming into town
3. Christmas
4. A nice trip with the family (remember it's not a vacay with the kids in tow, but it can still be fun.)
5. doing some snowshoeing this season
6. helping out in Aidan's classroom next year...that is starting in January
7. Kellen's birthday
8. Curren truly sleeping through the night

8 items on my wish list:

1. having a real (un-rushed) date night with Rick
2. a dutch oven
3. going to see Twilight
4. Figuring out where to go on our big trip (aka vacay with kiddos) next year. Hawaii, Disneyland, Disney World?...
5. Staying focused enough to lose another 10 lbs. to get to my pre-kid weight
6. Having time to bake this holiday season
7. Hoping my kids stay healthy this season
8. Hoping I stay healthy this season

I refuse to tag anyone, so there!

Aidan happenings

On Friday Aidan's class had a "Thankful Social". Kellen, Curren and I attended. It was pretty cute. We met in the library and the kids each had a picture they colored talking about the 1st Thanksgiving and then they sang a couple of songs and shared what they are thankful for. The "I Am Thankful" presentation was created on the computer using Kidz Art. Aidan says he's thankful for his two cats who make him laugh. Afterwards, we all headed over to the classroom for treats and a little socializing.

He was so cute and nervous reading his part in the program.

Apple Cider and pumpkin treats - yummo!

I really love seeing Aidan interact with his buddies. And he's still young enough to like me coming to see him at school:).

Aidan's best buddy - Parker.

(A little side note about his best buddy. A couple of weeks ago Rick had lunch with Aidan at school. When Rick arrived and walked over to wait for Aidan and his class enter the cafeteria he noticed Aidan wasn't there. He had been with his reading tutor so he walked in late. His buddy was already sitting down with some other classmates, but when he saw Aidan walk in he got up and asked him where he wanted to sit. Isn't that so sweet? I'm so glad they are buddies.)

In other news:

Aidan FINALLY lost another tooth last night. Last year he lost his two bottom teeth and then nothing. Now he has 4, I mean 3 teeth loose.

Right before bed he walked out of his room to show me he pulled his tooth out. I grabbed the tooth and put it in a little alligator tooth fairy thingy-ma-gig my mom bought him last year and set it on his dresser right by the door. (Hint, hint, easy access for the tooth fairy, right?)
For some reason I don't remember, I walk back into his room and noticed the head of the alligator was off so I asked him where he put his tooth. He told me he put it in this little glittery bag (I used this for his other two teeth because I had nothing else for him) and stuck it right under the middle of his pillow. UGH!! How the heck is the tooth fairy going to get to it? Anyway, the tooth fairy succeeded in taking the tooth and giving him $1.

Friday, November 14, 2008

It's official!

Our first snowfall of the season has finally arrived!
It actually hasn't amounted to much, but when I took this picture it really had started coming down so I thought we'd get several inches of snow. As I type this post (in the later afternoon) most of it has already melted. Welcome to Colorado! We're expected to have weather in the 60's this weekend and next...go figure. And I'm not complaining. I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to deal with the kids wanting to play outside and keep Curren cozy and warm inside.

As for other things, since Kellen didn't have preschool today we went with our neighbors to a new place called Little Monkey Bizness. They have a Monkey Bizness (kind've like The Jungle in Campbell for those of you who know it) which is geared more for kids Aidan's age. Little Monkey Bizness is perfect for Kellen's age and younger. Pretty cool place. Kellen and his friend Memphis played and played and played and played...well you get the idea. Thankfully Curren slept and slept and slept. I think the noise kept him asleep amazingly enough.
A fun day for Kellen...too bad Aidan had to go to school today.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Halloween...better late than never

Okay so I'm a week late posting pictures, but here are some highlights on our Halloween.
On Monday for Family Home Evening we carved our pumpkins. I decided to let the kids design their own this time around.

Kellen had a little Fall Harvest party at school, but he did get to dress up and have a little parade for the parents.

Aidan had a Fall party on Halloween, but didn't get to dress-up and we had to make sure there weren't any references to Halloween...whatever! Thankfully his teacher is more lenient about the whole event so some Haloweeenish items slipped their way into the party.

After Aidan got home from school the kids and I all drove to downtown Castle Rock to do some trick-or-treating on the street. We went last year and I thought it was fun and since I wouldn't be taking the kids out trick-or-treating in the evening I wanted to see them get some candy.

Aunt Kirsten came over for dinner and after eating off the boys went (minus Curren, of course) to do some more trick-or-treating. They got LOADS of candy and unfortunately we had too much. So yours truly broke her Weight Watchers diet and had loads of candy herself and LOVED every minute of it:)

Our ward (combined with our old ward before they split) had a Trunk-or Treat night at our Stake President's barn, but since it was on All Hallow's Eve we opted not to go. Bummer! I wanted to go to both, but we have such a great neighborhood we stayed close. I'm hoping next year they'll reserve the barn early so it won't be on Halloween.

All in all a fun week and night for the kiddos. Now I just want all the candy to disappear.