Thursday, June 25, 2009

Growing Too Fast

Yes, this is my tiny baby, born just 7 months ago. Can you believe how big she has gotten? These pics were taken on Father's Day. As you can see, she's thrilled to be kissed by boys! That's m' girl!! My cuties in matching Old Navy patriotic dresses...

And here she is....Ol' Blue Eyes.... 7 months old and counting...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Learning to Ride

Last week I took Lily and Matt for a bike ride and Lily hit a curb and broke off her training wheels. So, Jack decided to seize the opportunity to try to teach her to ride a two-wheeler. I am not so sure that she is ready, but she wanted to give it a try. She had fun, but really doesn't have the concept of balance down yet.
I love this look of concentration on her face in the pic below...

This pic was, of course, before the dog attack that happened on Sunday. Don't know that she'll ever look the same again, but she'll always be beautiful in my eyes...

Gotta love the devilish grin and twinkle in her eyes below...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Baby's First Words????

Here is my baby Zuzu saying her very first words. Sorry it's sideways. I don't know how to flip the video.

**Peanut Butter Flies**

When the kids are out of school for the summer, I try to pull out my best teacher/mom/crafter tricks to keep them occupied.
Today, they were getting on each other's nerves because it was a bit cloudy/rainy and not a great day for playing outside.
So, I decided that we would make Peanut-Butter-Flies! We started with a couple of slices of wheat bread, cut into triangles.
Next, we cut off the crusts and added those as the butterfly antennae.

After that, the kids spread peanut butter onto the bread.

Finally, they decorated the butterflies with almonds, cashews, raisins, chocolate and butterscotch chips. These lovely insects served as lunch, treats and a distraction from the fighting that had been going on all day!

Hooray for peanutty-butterflies!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Fun with Huggies

So, today Lily was being her usual difficult self, so I had to come up with some sort of distraction to keep her occupied. I grabbed one of my favorite books, "365 games and activities to keep your kids occupied," and found an idea about using a box to create a baby bed.

While Zoey was napping, Lily and I took an empty box of Huggies and lined it with a blanket and created a little crib for her American Girl doll, Webkinz and assorted other animals and dolls. She had a really good time make-believing it was her doll's bed.

A few minutes later Zoey woke up and we thought it would be a fun idea to put her in the box. The funny thing about these pictures is that Zoey looks like a big ol' crab, but she was actually laughing and smiling in the box. I just couldn't catch those looks on camera. She actually doesn't like the flash and makes a weird face (like the one below).

Matt had the best time pushing Zoey around the floor in the box. He said it was Zoey's race car.

Eyes are the Mirror to Our Souls

"Eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected."

All three of my children have beautiful eyes. I've been stopped at the mall, grocery stores, the bank, and many other places by perfect strangers who tell me, "Your children have the most beautiful eyes I've ever seen!"

It warms my heart to know that my children's eyes can touch people's souls. They do have beautiful eyes, long lashes and personalities that shine right through those big, baby blues!!

Often times siblings will have eyes that don't quite resemble one another's. I have friends who have blue eyes yet their siblings have brown eyes. Luckily, all three of my children have huge blue eyes, thick, dark black lashes and fun, rounded brows that accent their eyes to the fullest!

Matt's eyes showcase his fun, thrill-seeking personality. Lily's eyes tell of her mischievous, yet loving heart. Zoey's eyes lead right to her perfect, sweet, gentle little heart!

"Those true eyes: too pure and too honest in aught to disguise the sweet soul shining through them," - Edward Robert Bulwer-Lyton


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