Nine years ago when we moved to Arizona we made the sad choice to sell our little Nissan truck since it didn't have A/C. It was a hard day for Matt knowing we weren't going to replace it right away. Well...9 long years later he finally feels whole again! He brought his new baby (aka: truck) home on Saturday! He's pretty dang happy and saying that he's as excited as a kid at Christmas doesn't adequately describe the mood around here. Apparently from what he says, all of the men who read this will understand...and all of you women...well, we knew what they were when we picked them up, right?
Claire turned one month old on Saturday. I can't believe how fast the time has gone and how much she has changed. She is such a good baby and so sweet. Here she is hanging out on the front porch in her bouncy seat while I watered the flowers. Matt bought her this sunbonnet at Bass Pro Shops of all places...Love you all! Nancy
My poor little Spencer had a traumatic day yesterday. I finally decided to be brave and take ALL FIVE kids somewhere since they have been climbing the walls after a month at home. So we packed a lunch and went to the park. Well, it was 90 degrees and Spencer took off his sandals and headed for the playground. By the time he got halfway up the little "mock mountain" on the playground his poor little feet were just burning! He made it the rest of the way up and then Paige rescued him and brought him to me. The poor little guy really cooked his feet. He has blisters on the balls of both feet plus some of his toes. I hurried him right home and got him in cold water. That combined with Motrin, a cool fan, and Bob the Builder finally calmed him down enough that he could fall asleep. He woke up two hours later and said, "Me better!" He does seem to be doing much better, but he is walking very carefully...when we let him walk at all. As a matter of fact, he is going to recover from this much quicker than I will. I've just been so sad for him. He is my little toughie!
Hi Family! I just thought I would post a few pics to show you how Claire is growing. She's getting some cheeks and a double chin but she's still just a little bird. The kids still enjoy holding her, and so far she has survived all of the hands on loving from Spencer. I have to stay RIGHT next to him when he has her because he will rock her and love her and then without warning, push her right off of his lap and say, "ME DONE!" I added this picture of Paige because I think it's funny that she has something in her genetic makeup so that when a camera is nearby her body automatically goes into this pose! (See both pics above!) Nicole and Corinne are still great helpers but I don't have pictures of them with her because when they are holding her, I'm running around trying to get stuff done! Love you all! Nancy
Claire is two weeks old today!! She had her checkup and had gained a whopping 15 oz. in the last 9 days to bring her current weight to 6 lb. 13 oz. She likes to eat!! She's such a good little baby. As you can see she is not our sleepy little newborn anymore. When she's awake she is so alert and looks all around. The second picture here is of our "little burrito". She loves to be wrapped up like that and carried around. I'm thinking I should just get a papoose board and strap her to it. Have a great 4th!! Love, Nancy
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Out of the Mouths of Babes
Matt to kids: "I'm just being facetious." Corinne: "What's facetious?" Matt: "It means sarcastic." Corinne:"Well then just say 'sarcastic'! Why make it complicated? I mean, that's like, why would you say Czechoslovakia when you could just say Kentucky?!" (7/14/12)
Claire: "Grandpa, I want milk." Grandpa: "How do you spell milk?" Claire: Looks at grandpa for a minute and then says, "You tip it!". I'm sure she was wondering why he wanted to know how you "spill" milk. (7/8/12)
"Mom, when I yawn my eyes get sad." Claire, age 3 (3/14/12)
Paige: "Guess what happened at lunch today?!" Corinne: "Lady Gaga came?" Paige: "No. Better! My chocolate milk tasted like pink milk!!" (3/13/12)
"If we had to leave our house and could only bring 4 things I would bring: food, water, a guy who makes electric things work, and the wii." --Paige, age 8 (3/9/12)
"I really wish I had a different mom. One that's nice." ---Claire, age 3 (9/18/11) OUCH!!
5 y/o friend: "My brother's friend is scared of trees and branches." Spencer: "That's crazy!" Friend: "He thinks there's scary stuff in them." Spencer: "Like what?" Friend: "Porcupines" Spencer: "And mini-dragons?" Friend: "Yeah." (9/13/11)
I am a mother of five, a wife of one, a lover of great books, dark chocolate and good friends. I used to be a nurse, but now I spend my days as a doctor, chauffeur, chef, secretary, referee, tutor.....did I mention I have five kids??