Hastily glued on coins covered the bottom of Andrew's car, paint jobs were mucked up by something or someone, and Greg and I were thinking how glad we were to only have two boys, but the boys couldn't have been more excited. (Par for the course, my pictures are terrible, but at least we have some- right?)
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Isn't it funny how nicknames randomly become a part of your vocabulary? Emmy turned to Nemmy (because of a Dr. Doofenshmirtz song). Then Nemmy turned to Nemmers because of Mack. Suddenly, Emily is called Nem or Nemmers. Weird, but we love that Nemmers.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Another beautiful April baby girl turns 11. When did she get so big? Her feet are the same size as mine now.
She loves to decorate other peoples birthday cakes but would always rather eat poppy seed cake with food colored glaze. She wishes glaze was a food group.
A few weeks after her birthday, Natali ran another 5K with her Girls on the Run group. Greg ran with her and they finished in just over 30 minutes. She never ceases to amaze me.
I am so blessed to have Natali. She is helpful, fun, smart, a good example, loving, confidant, capable, has a good since of humor, I could just go on and on. I rely on her so much because she is so responsible and obedient; our family wouldn't be the same without her leading the way.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Oh, my Kate is growing up. I thought I had her all figured out, but she has changed so much in the last year. When we get to school each morning my little girl, who used to be so shy, is swarmed by friends. Her baby voice is nearly gone and she has really stepped up to meet the demands of Kindergarten. She loves to please her teacher and is learning that she can do hard things.
She is also learning about the power to choose and the consequences of choices. For example, letting Andrew smear your head in chap stick results in nasty, greasy hair that has to be washed in all sorts of strange things over and over and over again. Not such a fun lesson, but a good one. Another thing Kate learned this year is that short hair gets less tangled than long hair. A few weeks before her birthday she declared that she would never let me comb her hair again. "Just cut it all off," she said. I was sad to see it go but she was thrilled. I've realized she really doesn't care much about her hair as long as it doesn't have to be brushed.
I love to listen to her sing or play with Emily. Sometimes the two of them will just disappear for hours. She also loves to talk and play with Lily, but I think her favorite thing is my phone. If she needs a distraction or incentive, I use the phone. To get her to do her homework, we use the phone. I often get my phone returned with hundreds of photos and some very strange videos.
Natali convinced Kate to let her decorate the cake. Kate gave the order and Natali carried it out.