Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Oh, Happy Day!

Jump for Joy!
Kick up your heels!
Live it up!
Tickled pink!
Give Thanks!
Happy dance!

All words to describe our feelings today...we closed on the house at 4 o'clock this afternoon!  We are hoping to move in on June 6th!

Oh, Happy Day!

Until next time...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Fun Friday Flick

Dallas is such a helpful brother!
Until next time...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reba ~18 months

18 month stats
Weight: 22 pounds 10 ounces ~ 18th percentile
Height: 31 1/4 inches ~ 38th percentile
Head Circumference: 18.7 inches ~ 77th percentile

Our little girl turned a year and a half old yesterday!  Holy cow!  I would say that I can't believe she is that old...but I say that all the time.  She is turning into a beautiful little girl, and not my baby girl.  It amazes me how much she changes each day, and how many skills she is acquiring so quickly.  I'm going to do my best to list her milestones at this age...

Reba has 12 teeth now - all 8 in the front and one molar on each side, top and bottom.  She handled the molars about as well as the previous teeth.  A lot of fussiness, drooling, diaper surprises, and chewing on anything and everything!

She sleeps anywhere from 10-12 hours at night (it just depends what time her brother wakes her).  Reba will also still take a 30-45 minute morning nap and a 2+ hour nap in the afternoon.  We are going to have a bit of a challenge when we get moved into the house because Reba hates sleeping in a room without Momma and Dad in it...

Reba has so many words it is hard to keep track of them!  Some of her favorite/latest things to say include:
"don't know" (compliments of her brother)
"Dal" = Dallas
"luv" = love
"hank you" = thank you
"pees" = please
"two" - She'll join in when we are counting 1, 2, 3
"boon" = balloon
"tree" = treat
"eat" (again, compliments of her brother)
"tay" = OK
"ka-cow" = ka-chow (from Lightening McQueen from the movie Cars; compliments of her brother)

She is currently wearing 12 month clothes, but will be wearing 18 month clothes as soon as we get the summer clothes out of storage...pending the closing on the new house...

Reba loves to identify facial parts - eyes, ears, nose, mouth, tongue, teeth, hair.  She will even name them as she points them out.

She loves to brush her teeth.  Anytime she sees someone with their toothbrush, she has to brushing hers as well.

Reba has started jumping.  She has loved to stand on the edge of things (sidewalk, flower beds, etc) and hop off for a month or so, but today she started standing in the middle of the room and would jump up.

The girl LOVES shoes!  She was absolutely in love with only her cowboy boots, but now she has grown to love any and every shoe!  (She gets that from her momma)

Along with her shoes, she has started to love bags.  She recently rediscovered a toy purse that she got for Christmas, and she now wants to carry it with her where ever she goes.  If she doesn't have her purse, then she will carry a grocery sack or the diaper bag!

Reba loves animals, especially cats and dogs.  She has got her sounds down for sheep, cow, horse, pig, dog, cat, bird and duck.

Reba wants to walk everywhere, but she always reaches for a hand to walk along with.

She loves to can get her in quite some trouble at times too.

Reba has started to make the sign of the cross when we pray at supper and at bed time.  She was really good about folding her hands to pray, but she has been getting distracted more recently during the middle of prayer (maybe she thinks our prayers are just too long)

And my personal favorite, she loves to give hugs and kisses!

Congratulations Cody!

On Monday, Doug and I headed to Indianapolis to be a part of Cody's Confirmation at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral
Cody is Doug's godson, and Cody also asked Doug to be his Confirmation sponsor.  It was a very beautiful Mass celebrating nearly 120 young people being Confirmed.  Doug and Cody were able to meet the Auxiliary Bishop and get their picture taken with him before the Mass started.  Then, they got to sit in the front row.  I sat with the rest of the group about half way back, so I wasn't able to get a good picture during the laying on of hands and the sealing.

Congratulations again Cody!  We are so very proud of you.

Until next time...

The kiddos stayed with my parents - the Mass didn't start until 7 p.m. and we didn't think they would be very pleasant to be around :o)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Field Trip Time

I took the kiddos on a field trip to a vegetable farm this morning. We went with the Mommies and Munchkins group in Evansville. This is the same group we went with to Pump It Up in January.

The farm is called Seton Harvest, and it is on the west side of Evansville. You can read more about it here.

Now...on to some pictures

Dallas enjoyed running up and down the aisles in the green house

Farmer Joe is raising chickens for the first time this year in order for the share-holders to have fresh eggs. He is trying his best to tame "Henny" so that kids will be able to pet her.

We ended our tour in the strawberry patch! Reba couldn't get enough of those sweet, sweet berries.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Sleepovers at Ma-maw and Pa-paw's

These pictures were taken when the kiddos stayed at Ma-maw and Pa-paw's house when I went to Iowa to pack and move.

Until next time...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mother's Day Weekend

My Mother's Day started on Friday afternoon when Doug got home from Illinois!  It was so nice to have him back in time to enjoy the weekend together as a family.  As we were sitting in the apartment wondering what to do for the weekend, we decided to head north to visit with our parents (even with the high gas prices we knew the kiddos would enjoy the weekend a lot more having room to run around and be outside).  We quickly gathered our dirty laundry, a few pairs of clean clothes for everyone, and made our way to my parents' house.

We decided to meet my mom and dad at Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbus for supper.  We just love the food there...and Reba just loved the ranch dressing!
She started by dipping her fries and licking the ranch off.  Then she forgot about the fries and just dipped her fingers.  Finally, she said to heck with the fingers and just licked the cup!  She had ranch dressing everywhere!
We spent all day Saturday with my parents.  Ma-maw, Lisa, Reba and I went to town that morning to pick out some hanging baskets and to run a few errands.  Pa-paw, Doug and Dallas took a ride to see a nearby dairy farm that is a customer of my dads.  Dallas is still talking about those milk cows!  Saturday afternoon, Doug and I helped plant flowers around Ma-maw and Pa-paw's house.  We had so much fun playing the dirt that I forgot to take any pictures!  Pa-paw also got the battery charged on his tractor, so Dallas had a blast riding on it.

Sunday morning we met up with Gram and Pa at church.  Reba fell asleep within the first 5 minutes; therefore, she was a perfect angel throughout the entire Mass.  Dallas was on really good behavior as well.  We couldn't believe how well he behaved, and we were praising him up one side and down the other.  His response: "Get ice cream!"  Hmmm...maybe we bribe a little too much with the ice cream?  Somehow, we convinced him pancakes at Denny's would be a great alternative.

After breakfast, we headed back to Gram and Pa's house and just enjoyed the day outside - and I remembered to get my camera out.  Reba enjoyed being pulled on the pedal tractor.  You know that girl is comfortable when she has her thumb in her mouth.
The kiddos got this tire swing for Christmas, and they were finally able to test it out on Sunday.

Gram recently bought this sand and water play table for the kiddos.  They had a blast playing in the sand!
That was our weekend.  Doug later apologized for not "getting" me anything for Mother's Day; my reply was that he was working on buying me a house...that covers quite a few Mother's Day gifts :) and birthdays and anniversaries.  Plus, I had all I needed in being able to spend the day weekend with the ones that I love the most.

Until next time...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Fun Friday Foto

It was a frosty day yesterday...and I'm not referring to the frost advisory we had.

Until next time...

Wednesday, May 4, 2011



I was able to get some time in this morning to update the blog!  The kiddos woke up at 5:45 this morning, ate pop-tarts, and are now snoozing again.  We are all battling colds in this house, so it has been an interesting few days around here.

Here are a few other updates of what's been going on...

We were to close on the house last Friday, but it didn't happen.  We are still negotiating terms with the sellers, so if you have a few prayers to spare - we would love for you send up one for us that we can get this all settled...soon.

I have been absolutely engrossed in the Twilight Saga for the last 3 weeks!  That's one reason for my absence from the blog ;) My friend, Laura, let me borrow the first book, Twilight, while I was in Iowa with the movers.  I finished that book in about a day and a half.  I then borrowed the remaining three from my sister, Lisa.  I read New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, in less than a week each!  I never understood what all the hype was about when they books first came out - I mean vampires and werewolves?  But once I started reading them, I just couldn't put them down!  Yea, I pretty much neglected all my adult responsibilities while reading those books.  I should have known I would like the mythical stories...I loved the Harry Potter Series just as much!

As I mentioned in "previous" posts, we have had a lot of rain down here; therefore, Doug's group at work have not been able to get in the fields and plant.  They were able to do one field in Kentucky about a month ago, but I think it is standing in water like many other fields in the area.  Doug and his boss, Dean, left this morning to go to an Illinois station (Thomasboro) to set up the planter.  They are hoping to get the GPS set up and the spacing settings aligned so that they don't have to waste a day when the rain actually stops long enough to get in the fields here.  Doug and Dean might even go farther north (Waterman, IL) to help that station plant, so he could be gone for a few days.

Well, that is what's new around here.  Make sure you scroll down and check out all the "updates".  I back-dated the posts so that they were posted on the days the events actually happened.  They go back to April 22 (Dallas' speech appointment and seeing the Easter Bunny).

Until next time...

Wordless Wednesday ~ How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?

Until next time...