Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sick Baby

I downloaded the Blogspot app so that I can upload and post straight from my phone without getting on the computer, so hopefully I can update the blog in a little bit more of a timely manner. 

Anyway, this is a test to see how that all turns out.

Also, Leah is sick(ish) and probably will stay home with Sam tomorrow. Nana Jana says the kids make the cutest faces when they’re sad, and it’s terrible, but I agree! 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

School pictures

Hey! The kids had school pictures made ... a month ago! Actually, Amelie's came in and then we had to wait on the ones from preschool.

Amelie had Opinions this year about what to wear and how to do her hair for pictures. I'd suggested braiding it or putting it in a ponytail, since she plays so rough & I didn't know when in the day they'd do the photos, but she wanted it like this:

 Leah was 6.5 months at the time of the pictures, wearing a sailor suit from my friend Caitlin.

And there's James at 5 years old and in pre-K.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Corn Maze

We did Shyrock's Corn Maze on an unseasonably warm day (hence the t-shirts and shorts).

I was going to say that we only walked around in circles in the lower right quadrant, but I do remember going along the bottom of Missouri and ending up in the tiger.

Here's that open space for the tiger:

Sam diligently punching the questions at the check-points. They were really hard this year! (All related to Mizzou sports, and I don't know if we got any right of the 4 checkpoints we managed to find.)

There was mud:

and of course the kids found it:

James may or may not have fallen in. At least he was wearing appropriate shoes.

Me and Leah in the "activity barn."

One of the activities was the big corn pit (which seems like it would be very uncomfortable to me!)

There were also several rope swings and a big, two-story slide.

I got some cute pictures of Leah in her overalls in the pumpkin patch.

These two were not nearly as willing to pose for a photo opportunity:

Thursday, November 2, 2017


Well, the Buffaloes have had a fun-filled Halloween. James ended up going as Mario:

And I impressed all of the teachers and none of the kids in the preschool class by bringing this treat for the party (I signed up for fruit/vegetable).

James had maintained for weeks and weeks that he wanted to be the video game character Ness, however - a costume that looks a whole lot like just a kid:

And Amelie wanted to be Thea, a pokemon trainer in Nina Village in Pokemon, who as best as I could figure looks something like this:

So we spent a lot of time Sunday night putting together costumes of basically just clothes and I was convinced that everyone would think they were just trick-or-treating without costumes.

James did wear the Ness costume to school one day (they had two days of parties for the kids who go Mon/Wed/Fri and the kids who go Tues/Thurs, believe it or not).

Leah wore the same pumpkin onesie that Amelie wore her 1st Halloween.

And the orange skirt my friend Liz made for us! By the way, look who's pulling up on the couch! Get out!

We carved pumpkins. The kids were pretty much in charge of their own pumpkins. I cut the tops off, then they did 90% of the cleaning out and 100% of the drawing of the design on with a marker. Sam let them cut as much as they could cut with the little cutter tool. Maybe we'll brave a real knife next year. Amelie's is on the left and is a vampire cat, inspired by the Bunnicula book she just had to read for school, and James's is on the right. I'm especially impressed with the cat scratch on one side - creative!

Here's Amelie! The other major part of her costume was her pokemon belt which held her pokeball, but you can't really see it in this picture. She says Thea would use a staff and mask during battles - I have no idea about anything related to Pokemon, so I'm just taking her word for it.

Leah looks just thrilled to be a part of this bunch, huh? 

Since our neighborhood is super-awesome for trick-or-treating, we had some friends come over to check it out. They were Thor and Valkyrie, and they walked around the loop with Sam and the big kids while I stayed home with Leah and passed out candy. 

I didn't get many pictures of Amelie, but I did take a blurry, low-light video of her describing Halloween for me, since I stayed home: 

And finally, not exactly Halloween, but we went out to grown-up dinner and dessert on Sunday for my 35th birthday. Thanks to the Buffaloes for kiddo- and baby-wrangling! 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pumpkin Patch

I have a lot to get caught up on with the blog! My goodness, things have been busy.

In the meantime, here's a fun fall photo. Never mind that it was 87 degrees this past weekend :)
Amelie is 7, James is 5 and Leah is 7 months old.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Birthday Party

So we didn't celebrate James's 5th birthday on his actual birthday because my co-worker was getting married, and there was the rehearsal dinner and then the ceremony, and Nana Jana couldn't come on the next day, so we thought no big deal to move it to the next weekend. NEVER AGAIN. The week before his birthday, he got chocolate cupcakes and presents out at the Buffaloes. Then we had leftover chocolate cupcakes for dessert in the nights leading up to his birthday. The morning of the 15th, James picked out his breakfast. He really wanted mini-muffins. His verdict after 8 was that they weren't as good as the ones some kid brought to summer school: 

Then James had rice crispy treats at Ready Set Learn and his classmates sung him "Happy Birthday." That night at the rehearsal, there were cupcakes and a candle especially for him. Then the next day of course, there was wedding cake. 

The next day was Sunday and they announced his birthday at church, and then James continued to milk the birthday celebration(s) all week long. He got birthday money in the mail and had a bonanza at Toys R Us. Finally, we had a small birthday party at the park just around from our house with his cousins and our neighbors. Sam made a cookie cake: 

It was hot! I bought out the last of the water balloons and various water-squirting toys on very deep discount at Target for the kids to play with, plus some Halloween stuff for favors, and James got even more presents. 

The balloons even magically lasted over a week at the house.

His favorite thing to do is play video games:

Thursday, September 28, 2017


I think I mentioned before that we have our first thumb-sucker. I tried really hard to get her to take a pacifier. I tried 3 different kinds/shapes doing all sorts of things they said on the internet might work. I could have maybe bought some more kinds to try, but after all the bottles we went through I was a little burnt out.

I looked through my camera and actually don't have that many photos showing Leah sucking her thumb, even though I think it's kind of sweet when she finds her thumb, so I took this one on purpose:

Just a little blurry:

And just a little suspicious:

One thing that is nice is that she never loses it in the car seat or crib, so I'm not groping around in the dark trying to find something to soothe her.