Monday, December 13, 2010


Ever since we took Luke out of his crib, we haven't really had a problem with him staying in bed.  He gets up sometimes, but always gets back into bed before he falls asleep.  Lately, though, he has been sleeping in all sorts of weird places.  We have found him between the cribs, under the bumper pads, behind the door...he seems to like small, enclosed spaces.  It's like he's the opposite of claustrophobic. 

Last night, I put them in bed at 8:30.  I could hear Emily walking around, playing, and generally just not sleeping for quite a while.  At about 10 (!) I went in there to put her back in her bed, and stepped on something soft and fleecy.  It was Luke's pajamas.  Laying right next to his diaper.  Meaning he was naked.  In bed.  NAKED.  Totally asleep, all spread-eagle, not even covered up.  I put a diaper and his jammies back on and covered him  up.  He didn't even wake up.  I put Em back in bed and called it a night.

Luke woke up a little before 4:30, crying.  When I opened the door, I picked him up and he said "machine on." I don't think he was even awake.  Then he said "Hi!" and "I need tatties (his little giraffe blankets)"  I put him in bed and went looking for the tatties, which is no easy feat when you're sound asleep and it's pitch black and you're trying to not wake up the other kiddo.  I finally found the blanket that he sleeps with in the closet.  Warm.  Like he had been ASLEEP IN THE CLOSET!!!  I covered him back up, again, and he slept until 9:30 this morning.

And just now, when I got him up from his nap, he had slept in the closet again!  In this snazzy get-up:

No pants.  Socks.  Boots on the wrong feet.  Awesome.

So it looks like we have a little nudist-in-the-making.  Or a sleepwalker.  Goodness, can you imagine if it's both??!?  We could have a nekkid toddler roaming the house by night!  Well, roaming his room at least.  He can't get out of his room at night anymore, thanks to a childproof door knob that was put in place after Scott found him wandering around one night with the plunger, muttering about the Wiggles.  But that's a story for a different day...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

One of those days...

It's 11:00 and it's already been one of those days! 

Emily is in a no-sleeping phase.  Which I really don't get and REALLY don't appreciate.  She has woken up before 7 every morning this week, which might seem late to some, but is early around here...they usually sleep until 8 or after.  Last night she went to bed fine, but we could hear her in there talking and playing until AFTER 10:30.  And of course, she woke up about 6:45 this morning.  Which makes for a tired, cranky kiddo who has been crying for most of the morning.  I'm hoping for an early nap and a very early bedtime!!!

Luke has been, essentially, potty training himself.  He comes to me about 10 times a day, without a diaper, telling me he has to go potty.  And he goes.  Every single time.  It's really laziness on my part that has kept us from just doing it, but I'm thinking it's time.  I can't ignore the nekkid buns much longer :)

Scott's car has been leaking coolant, so he took mine to work this morning.  At least, he took it about a block before it died on him.  ??!?!?  Soooo...I guess we'll be fixing both cars in the near future!

I finally got to take a quick shower a few minutes ago, so things are looking up!!!  Just an hour until lunch and then nap time!!!  Hope your days are going much smoother than mine!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

We took the kiddos to see Santa today.  They were so excited!!!  They talked about it all last night, and this morning, and all the way there, and in line...and then we got to Santa.  Luke totally stopped in his tracks, and refused to sit on his lap.  Emily screamed her head off and clung to Scott's neck like we were trying to throw her off a cliff or something.  Santa made ME sit on his lap (barf!) in hopes that it would calm everyone down...Luke sat on my lap but Emily was still glued to Scott.  The plus side is that there is a Santa picture of me at exactly the same age screaming my head off :)  But all in all, not the cheery, happy holiday experience I was envisioning.

We put the kiddos down for their naps and I gleefully went off to the grocery store by myself.  (I try to go by myself if AT ALL POSSIBLE because the last time I took the kids to the grocery store Luke cancelled the entire transaction by pushing random buttons on the credit card machine while I was chasing Emily down.  ahem.)  The store was PACKED and there was lots of crimson and gray...but I was pleased to see a few Husky fans as well :) 

I hadn't been to the store in a while, what with all the snow and ice and general busy-ness that has been going on around here, and my cart was pretty full.  While I was unloading, the lady behind me said to her husband, "Why would anyone buy so much food?  They must be preparing for a storm!  But there isn't a storm coming! I don't think I've ever seen so many groceries!  Look at all that bread!"  To be fair, I did have several coupons that were about to expire, so I was stocking up on cereal and a few other things, but I only had 2 loaves of bread.  Scott said they probably weren't talking about me, but it seemed pretty obvious...especially since she later said, "of COURSE she has coupons too!  *grumpy huffy sigh*"  It was actually pretty funny.  I wonder if it was her first time at Wal-Mart.

I tried to buy a coupon card thingy from a cute little guy selling them for the local high school wrestling team, but he didn't have any change.  Poor guy, he was really disappointed.  It was cold out there.

We are staying in tonight, listening to the Apple Cup on the radio and then having a pizza movie night after we put the kids to bed.  Happy Saturday!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A little holiday cheer...

Happy December :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

You know you're a mom when... get excited over who is going to be on Sesame Street.  Jeff Gordon?  Brendan Fraser?  Awesome! 

And don't forget cameo appearances by Dale Wormhardt Jr. and Carrie Underworm :)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Lots of times Daddy and Luke are the ones with the matching outfits...but not on this day!
(Hey, wait...does that mean my husband wears girlie clothes?? ;) )

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Little Mama

The other night, we caught Emily putting Ernie to bed.  She wrapped him up, gave him her kitty and her blankie, and even gave him a pacifier :)   Such a good little mama she is! 

Em spends lots of time with her babies and little toys...I frequently catch her reading books to them, tucking them into her little doll cradle, feeding them (she likes to water them, too :) ) and rocking them in the swings.  Sometimes she even brushes their teeth! :)

And of course, she seems to think that ALL mamas have two babies.  The other day I watched as she picked up one baby, lovingly kissed it, bent over sideways, and picked up another baby (making a sound remarkably similar to the one I make, heh).  She's a little sweetie and we can't get enough of her!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

He's a biiiiiig boy!

Luke has recently started noticing trucks. "Tuck, mama, tuck! Big tuck!" And the "big" thing is new, too. And just for your information (because I know somewhere along the line this will come in handy) there are three types of trucks. Tucks, big tucks, and BIIIIIIIIIIIG TUCKs. Oh, and there are also "grandpa tucks". His favorite thing to do while we are driving down the road is point out all the trucks. And sometimes vans. But they still count, right? As long as they're BIIIIIIIG.

This weekend Luke got something new to add to his "BIIIIG" repertoire: a bed.

It all started on Thursday. Luke and Emily only get their pacifiers when they are in bed. Not around bed, not around bedtime. In bed. Which means it sometimes takes Luke half an hour to get out of bed...he just doesn't want to give up the pa-pa. So on Thursday, when he unearthed from the secret hiding place underneath his crib picked up the beloved pa-pa, I picked him up and plopped him in bed. Where he stayed for 20 minutes. By this time I left the room and resumed whatever it was I was doing. THUD. I turn around just in time to see Luke walking down the hallway, saying "all done! all done!" with the biggest, proudest grin you can imagine on his little face. I sighed, called Scott, and said "Houston, we have a problem."

The next day, after naps, I got Emily out of bed and went to get Luke out. Em started pulling at my leg, so I picked her up, turned around and set her in the rocking chair, and turned back around just in time to see Luke's little legs kicking in the air. Meaning he had fallen, HEAD FIRST, out of the crib. Boom. HEAD FIRST.  "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!! Owie, mama, BIIIIIG OWIE!!!!" You get the picture. I mean, literally, I had turned around for .37 seconds. Yikes. Houston, we have a problem indeed.

So on Saturday morning, we converted the crib to a toddler bed. Luke was very was Em, and they spent lots of time getting on and off the bed, saying "nigh-night! nigh-night!" Nap time came, went very well, and when Luke woke up he very politely knocked on the door for us to let him out.

SWEET!!!! We have survived the toddler-bed transition!!! We are NOT those people who let our kids stay in the crib and get injured, because we are obviously AWESOME at getting our super-smart-genius kid to transition seamlessly to his toddler bed! I was actually excited (even more than usual, heh) for bedtime!!!

Uh...not so much.

At nap time, we always close the door to the nursery all the way. At night, we leave it cracked a little, because Em doesn't like the dark so much. (Luke does. So nightlights don't work. Thus one of the MANY twins-in-the-same-room problems. I digress.) So this night, we shut the door all the way because we don't want Luke to get out and, say, drive around the neighborhood. So life is good, everyone goes to bed, everyone is happy! Until Em wakes up at 9:30, and can't go back to sleep because (gasp!) it's dark in the room. Usually we just let her cry it out, but once we realized the problem Scott decided we needed to open the door. So we cracked the door, listened to her scream for a bajillion years, and once she fell asleep we went to bed.

Luke woke up crying about 3am or so, and I figured I had better go in there and see if he was okay. I opened the door of the nursery, and immediately Em pops up and says "Hi!" Great. Luke is asleep on the floor by the toys, so I pick him up and put him in bed. I go to lay Em back down, and discover that her crib is full of toys. Thus explaining the sudden stop to her screaming several hours before...Luke had tried to calm her down by giving her lots of toys. I guess it worked. Good job, buddy.

About 7 minutes later, we hear Emily say "uh-oh! Uh-oh! UH-OH!" followed by a click. We look at each other and Scott jumps out of bed. Luke has left his room and shut the door behind him. Here is what transpired:

Scott: Hey buddy, what are you doing?
Luke (pointing to my purse): Mama! Keys! Bye-bye! (apparently he did want to drive around the neighborhood ;) )
Scott: Uh, Mama's in bed, dude. Are you ready to go to bed?
Luke: No!
Scott: Well, you have to go to bed, buddy. You can't just walk around out here like a ghost all night.
Luke: No! (and you have to imagine the "no's" in the highest pitched voice imaginable.)

Alas, we finally got the child back into bed, and we all slept until 9 the next morning. Which is pretty much unheard of. The next night was the 4th of July, so no one got much sleep...but the next night I only had to put him back in bed once, and the last two nights have been a breeze. So we seem to have made it over the hump...until Em jumps out and it starts all over again, that is :) :)

And I know the story could have gone like this:  Luke jumped out of his crib so we converted it to a toddler bed and we didn't get much sleep for a few nights...but what fun is that?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Big Helper

Luke helped Scott put together our new bookcases.  He sat there forever, waiting for Scott to hand him the next piece so he could put it in the hole.  He did a pretty good job, actually.  He has such a tender heart...always wanting to help, comforting his sister when she gets upset, coming in for a quick hug or to say "HI!"...We sure do love our Lukey boy!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


I let made them watch the parade while they ate breakfast :) 

Em:  "Hmm, what's for dinner?"  Luke:  "Hmm, how can we get it off the table?"

Almost there, just a little farther...

Um, Grandpa, I think the chair is supposed to go on the floor. 

Wow, new toys!


Posing for the camera is hard after a long day :)

And he's outta there!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Luke carrying around a fake light-up pumpkin

Emily looking somber as usual :)

Just pushing my "baby" around, mom.

Don't worry, Uncle Brian, I know how to steer!

Just checking to make sure she's okay!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

We're BACK!

I know the blogging hiatus has gone on for long we're back in the game!  Downloading pictures off the camera and getting ready for a whirlwind of updates to cover Halloween through now!!!  Stay tuned...