Friday, June 15, 2018


Leah was toddling around our dining room while Amelie and I were in the kitchen. I think she may have tried to get her foot up on the rung of one of dining room chairs, or she may have just crashed into the chair, but she bonked her forehead and had a deep cut right by her eyebrow. I rushed her over to urgent care, and she got 3 stitches.

This is what it looks like today, though - exactly 1 week later. I guess that’s baby skin / healing - it looks great!

Here she is in the doctor's office waiting to be seen on Friday. She calmed right down when we got in the car and I was hoping they could just close it with a butterfly or the glue, but I guess it was gaping a little. 

This is what it looked like on Saturday, the morning after she got the stitches:  


(This post is about 2 months old!) Holly and Leah and I all went down to the bootheel over Easter weekend. Conveniently, there were many toys for Leah to play with when we visited Grandma Doris as she was recovering.

There was also a curtain and a doting aunt Holly to play with: 

Sam didn't take quite as many photos. He sent me this one of Amelie and James are hopping like bunnies for Easter. (I'm not really one to talk since we spent the night with my Uncle Jeff and didn't take any photos at all!)

Thursday, June 14, 2018


I think I mentioned that Amelie got several books for her birthday. All the kids are enjoying them :)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sleepover / Art in the Park

Last weekend, Amelie had her very first non-family sleepover. I took a picture when I dropped her off. She did great and had so much fun.

Then we all accidentally went to Art in the Park. There was an excellent puppet show of Stellaluna. 

James can climb up the big rock: 

And Leah  showed off her strawberry shoes: 

And swinging ability:

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Kid Artwork

Leah absolutely loves to draw on paper (and herself) but so far they're all just scribbles (she's only 14 months, after all!)

James is our big artist and he wanted me to upload some of his recent pictures:

Updated: James drew this one today specifically for me to add to this post. 

"Look how it's growing," he said :) James drew two of these - one for me and one for Sam.

Here's an alicorn (a unicorn with wings) that Amelie drew - it's a little harder to see with the white background, but I think we must have recycled a lot of hers recently (and then she didn't want to draw more specifically for this post! ha! maybe if she creates some soon, I'll just add to the post.)

Updated: Amelie did draw some pictures just now for me to add! You may recognize these characters from the Dog Man books (which were her birthday present from us and included how-to-draw-the-characters tutorials in the back). 

Here's a link to some artwork from about 18 months ago for comparison. You can really see how much they've both improved. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Leah Was Not Having It

I mentioned before that the one-year pictures were almost a disaster - my back was still hurt and for some reason Sam had to meet us there instead of us all getting ready & going together. Leah really was not having it, and we have a whole slew of hilarious photos where she's really not cooperating much.

I'm not talking about the serious face (check out Amelie's serious face for comparison).

Amelie and James were up for it, but Leah was like, "What is happening?!?!"

It's terrible that I find these hilarious, isn't it? Just look at everyone else!

Rhiannon really is a genius (and Leah really wasn't upset the whole time!)

Isn't that awful/awesome?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

8-year Well Child Visit

Sam and I took Amelie to her 8-year well child visit on Tuesday. Aunt Holly watched Leah and James for a bit so that we didn't have to drag the younger siblings along.

Weight: 53.8 pounds (38th percentile) 
Height: 4 feet, 11 inches (7th percentile) 
No shots!

She's got one more inch until she can go down the slide at the pool - I think if she eats a lot of healthy foods this summer, she might be able to grow that last bit :) Although I looked just now, and she only grew 2 inches since her 7 year well-child visit. I feel like she gains weight first and then shoots up, though, and it seems like she's on the cusp of another growth spurt according to that pattern.

8 years old:

Here's a comparison to her 5-year well visit :) 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Birthday Interview

I just realized when I linked to all the old interviews at the bottom that I'd spelled "Birthday" incorrectly in the title of the post last year. Oops.

We won't have Amelie's party for a few more weeks, but she did get several days of special celebration. Today was the last day of school, and her BFF Hattie got to ride the bus home with her and have a playdate. We went to the park and got ice cream and they tore around the house like madwomen.

Anyway, without further ado, here are Amelie's answers to the annual birthday interview questions:

  1. How old are you? 8
  2. What is your favorite color? Turquoise
  3. What is your favorite toy? Books
  4. What is your favorite game? Viva Pinata
  5. What is your favorite song? Any song
  6. What is your favorite animal? This is hard! I think it would be a cheetah
  7. What is your favorite book? Any new book I haven't read. Okay, out of the books that you have already read, which one was your favorite? Nnewts 3
  8. What is your favorite movie? The Book of Kells
  9. What is your favorite TV show? Mya and Me
  10. What is your favorite thing to eat? Chinese food!
  11. Where is your favorite place to go? Grandma Mary's (so far, this and turquoise have been the only two the same as last year!)
  12. Who is your best friend? Hattie - wait actually Kaitlin.
  13. What is something you learned last year? I learned about how cool Angler Fish are. Anything else? I learned everything about the Angler Fish.
  14. What is something you'll learn now that you're 8? Cursive!
  15. What is your favorite part of school? Recess. What is your favorite special? Media Center.
  16. Who is your favorite teacher? Ms. Malloy
  17. What is hard for you to do? Writing. Why is that hard for you to do? I'm bad at spelling for some reason, but I am very good at reading and I love it.
  18. What is your favorite thing to do? Read
  19. What is your favorite thing to do with friends? Crack each other up - because we are very good at that.
  20. What do you like about Me (Mama)? You are very kind.
  21. What do you like about Dad? He's really kind about the computer and stuff like that.
  22. What do you like about James? He is very cute and is a good playmate.
  23. What do you like about Leah? She's cute, fun, and I wish for her to be a good person when she grows up.
  24. What do you like about yourself? Ummm. I am very good at solving any kind of re-grouping problem.
  25. What do you want to be when you grow up? Ummm. A farmer. (This one was the same as last year, too.) Amelie, do you even know what a farmer does? Yeah, grows plants and takes care of fish.

Four-Year-Old interview:

Five-Year-Old Interview:

Six -Year-Old Interview:

Seven -Year-Old Interview: