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Sunday, November 18, 2012


Well, the flu hit our house early this year.  That means we have had our turn and are done...right?!?  I hope.  Everyone but Elise felt it this week.  Elle is still recovering (and throwing up every night!)  With that said here is what little we have been up to the last two weeks.

It SNOWED!  Elle was so excited and couldn't wait to get out and touch it.  She took off to the back yard and wanted to swing.  

She wanted the lawn mower and then looked at me and told me she was "vacuuming"!  Well, she knew she was cleaning it up.  Good thing the snow was gone by noon, I am not ready for it to stay.

The same day, I took Elise to school to meet my first graders.  They were very excited to see me and meet Elise.  What a nice bunch of kids.  I miss them, but am so happy to be home through the end of year with the little bundle I am holding!

Elle has been so into coloring, play dough and crafty stuff lately.  Each night we spend a good half hour to hour coloring or some type of activity at the table.  That is a long time for a 2 year old!  (so not a good grip in the picture, but normally she has a perfect pencil grip...needed to add that in for all my teacher friends who read! :)).

Look who is ONE MONTH old already!  Yikes...where did the last month go?

Check out those chunky cheeks!   Elise had her one month check up Monday (David took her because I was in bed with the flu. I cried!)  Here are her one month stats:
9lbs. 1oz 35%
21 inches long 41%
Head is growing - 6.4% :)
She is still our little peanut - just like her big sister was!

What else does our ONE MONTH old like to do?
1. She is getting up once a night between 2-4 am to nurse.  And then is up for the day between 6:30-7am.
2. Her favorite place to sleep is on your chest - laying on her belly!  She could stay there ALL day.
3. She is a  I don't know if this is a sign that she will be a talker or that she is trying to make more noise than her sister?  But the girl is always making noise!  I now know why some people "kick" their kids out of their room!?!?!?
4. She is spending more and more time awake during the day.  Her longest awake stretch is 2 1/2 hours.  
5. While awake she likes to look at her sister, look at her toys on her play mate and of course the ever favorite starring at the lights! :)

Last weekend gramma and grampa came to visit!  Gramma got her hair cut and they stayed the night.  We went to Adam/Amy's house for dinner and fun!  

Elle and Grampa danced!

Gramma's walker was fun for the kids to climb on, under and around!

So, the visit to Adam/Amy's was Saturday, by Monday morning Aiden, Adam, Kathy (Amy's mom), myself, and Elle all had a form of the stomach flu.  By Monday night, Ashton was picked up early from daycare for throwing up and David started getting it too. In other words all but Gramma, Grampa, Amy and Elise got flu.  We are so, so thankful that Gramma and Grampa somehow stayed healthy!

Tuesday, Elle was still wiped from Monday and fell asleep at the island counter while coloring...poor girlie!

This is what we looked like most of the week!

Elle had a 36 hour stretch of no fever or throwing up, so I sent her to daycare, because we were having the carpets cleaned.  Look how big the living room looks without furniture!

It was all stuffed in the dinning area.

We also decided to paint Elle's room that day.

Dave loves to paint!  See him peeking?  More pictures to come once it is ALL done!

Thanks for checking in.  It is hard to believe we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, which means Christmas is right around the corner.  YIKES!  The good news, I got 1/2 of my Christmas shopping done today and didn't even leave my house!  Gotta love amazon (well the internet in general)!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Life as a family of 4

It has been a while....sorry!  We are B.U.S.Y. and I am enjoying my alone time with Elise - snuggling - not blogging! :)

With a newborn in the house, Elle has been feeling the need to try all things baby....
Pacifiers (which we took away at 14 months for her, not sure she evens remembers having one.)

 and Elise's Moses baskets.

Elle continues to be a great big sister!

So proud!!

Lately, Elle has been obsessed with birthdays, birthday cakes and singing Happy Birthday.  She made a birthday cake with play dough.  See the pink cake with blue candle?  She was so proud that she sang Happy Birthday to herself!

We painted and carved pumpkins this year!

Look at the concentration...

The final products.

Elle is teaching Elise lots of tricks...this morning it was peek-a-boo.

Bath time...Look at those cheeks!
What a helper!

"Towel like mommy, Towel like mommy"...hahahahaha!  Such a ham!

All dressed and ready to for the day!  Loving the accessories.

Finley and Hadley brought us dinner one night. Thank you it was delicious!!  

Hadley was checking out the baby her mom was holding.

Finley was so excited to meet Elise (and play with Elle's toys!)

We made little gift bag full of goodies for the twins and Elle got one too.   Look at those cute ghosts!

We headed to Menomonie, to see the "transitional house".  While Adam and Amy build, they are renting a beautiful 3 bed duplex.  We went to visit, play and eat dinner! 

Aiden L.O.V.E.D. holding Elise!!!  Asthon, looked at her, but wasn't all that interested.

Elle made sure the boys knew that was "my Elise"!!!  Yes, Elle we all know she is your sister...could be your twin!

Giddy up!

Opening their Halloween goodies.

Helmets you ask...the week that we went over Aiden had taken a golf club and hit Ashton over the head with it.  So... we came prepared with head gear just in case!  As you can see Aiden had the golf club out again.  No worries, Elle did the hitting this time (on accident)!

Dance party!

This is how Elise spends her days...looking adorable as always.

Elise's furniture came in and what is more fun than a big box?!?!?

And yes, that is me.  The things you do for your kids??!??!

Elise was trying out the play mat.

Elle was making sure Elise saw every toy that was hanging from it.

Time to carve.    Elle was excited, and so was Dave.

And then she touched the inside...."Elle not like it".

So we gave her a spoon to dig with..."Mommy do it?"

So she stirred the "guts" on the table while Daddy cleaned the pumpkins out.

Dave was drawing the faces on the pumpkins before carving and Elle thought that looked like fun!  She didn't even have to touch the pumpkin!  Maybe she will enjoy it more next year!

Daddy did a great job!  Elmo...

Halloween was a lot of fun this year.  Elle didn't get it at first, but then when the first Trick or Treater's came to our house - she was ready to go.  It is exciting to watch how excited she gets with the holidays now that she "gets it".

Elise got this adorable outfit from Auntie Amy... BOO!

Halloween is always cold, so I was glad when I found an owl costume that with fleece pants and hat!  I think this is the last year that I will be able to pick out what Elle is for Halloween...but I still get to for Elise! ;)  

On her way to her first house, our neighbors!

The annual picture with the neighbors -Avery the firefighter and Olivia the fairy bat.

What a cute owl!  With a full bucket of candy we headed back home to pass out our own!

 Mommy snuggling with her girls!  I can't get enough of these snuggles!