Friday, December 13, 2013

My Papaya

Maya is growing SO fast, TOO fast.  Here is an update:

  • 15 weeks!
  • Still not sleeping through the night! She gets up usually around 1am and 4am ish.
  • Starting to 'talk' and coo a lot.
  • Loves when Ellie talks to her.
  • Wants to be held (a lot). Grandpa Frank spoiled her when they babysat for 3 weeks.
  • Has some really dry skin :(
  • Is sporting a cute little mullet - her hair in the back of her head rubbed away, but she still has hair near her neck!
  • Wears 6 months clothes!
  • Loves her nukie.
  • Ellie and I call her Maya Papaya or just Papaya.
  • Jack just started saying Baby Maya, he use to call her Baby Yoyo!
  • Nick calls her Poopaya.
  • She is such a happy baby :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

2013 Christmas Card


Tis the Season!

Well hi there! I'm pretty sad that I haven't posted in over a month. I'm such a slacker. Actually, I've been SO busy at work and with the kids I just haven't had time. I'm not sure where to start...

We are pretty much ready for Christmas!! The last two Saturdays, I've gotten a sitter and went shopping at night time. You wouldn't think the malls would be busy at this time, but they are. I love Christmas time and all the hustle and bustle :)

I have a few small things to get Ellie and Jack, but that will be easy. I actually haven't boughten
anything for Maya... not sure what she needs, but she has to have something because then Ellie will think that Santa thinks Maya is naughty. Ellie is really into Santa and all the magicalness of Christmas. I love it. We are doing Elf on the Shelf this year and it's fun that the first thing Ellie and Jack do in the morning is look for him. I haven't done anything crazy with him yet, like some pictures on Pinterest, although I did make believe he found missing books that Ellie was looking for the night before. We couldn't find these Dora books and I stumbled upon them under the Christmas tree when I was turning off the lights, so I set it up that "Little Elf" found them. She loved it.

Ellie has been doing really well at school, she hasn't been crying when she goes and doesn't break down there.

Now that my mom is back from Japan and watching ALL of the kids, Jack goes to daycare with Ellie on Tuesdays and Thursdays. He seems to enjoy it and loves going, but sometimes cries when we leave him. He's a 'silent' crier and all of a sudden you'll look at him and there are tears running down his face and he's so sad. I love my Jack.

Here are some recent pictures of things - some of you may have seen these on Facebook, so sorry!

My Jack.

Shopping with baby Maya.

My dad and the 4 kids!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Halloween has come and gone so fast again this year! Ellie was Snow White and Hello Kitty. She dressed up twice. Maya wore a cute little shirt with a Halloween cat and Trick or Treat bag. Jack was Thomas the Train. I found his poncho at BuyBuyBaby and his hat and Thomas 'bag' at Target. Ellie was very excited to be Snow White and even more excited because we watched the movie. It was her first movie filled with popcorn, M&M's and Skittles! We had Trick or Treat Halloween night in our subdivision. We went to a Halloween party at one of our neighbors and Nick's parents hung out at our house and handed out candy.

Where have I been?

I've been at work. I went back Oct 21. 8 weeks after Maya was born. It's like I never left. That' awholenother story. I'm just going to skip that part and talk about things that are more important.

I forgot to post pictures from our Devil's Lake outing. My dad and I took Ellie and Jack right before I went back to work. We went to an apple farm, Devil's Lake and some other stop along the way. It was such a nice day and we had a lot of fun.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Maya's newborn pictures

Here are Maya's newborn pictures done by Amy McManigal. I love them and love that there are different looks. I think the purple whimsical one is my favorite. This was a super stressful day as Ellie and Jack were not cooperative at all :( We got a few family ones, but none that I'm thrilled about. I will definitely post the 'bloopers'. They are hilarious.



Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Jack goes to daycare!

I'm on a roll! I'm actually trying to catch up my blog before I go to work next week. Today, Jack went to daycare for the first time. I thought it would be a good idea for him to start before I go back to work. I had a lot to pack for him! Diapers, wipes, extra clothes, his super cute sleeping bag/mat.

When we walked in, Jack kept saying "Mom, Mom?, Mom!". It was hilarious, but I ignored it as I knew it could get ugly. He usually says Mama, but he was saying Mom and sounded so scared.
I felt weird leaving him there, but I didn't stay. I literally went in, gave them both a kiss and left quickly. One of the girls picked him up so he didn't really see me walk out. I think his day went well. I'm not sure how much he played with the other kids or just followed Ellie. I guess it took him a little longer to fall asleep at nap time, but Ellie watched over him like a nice big sister. The plan is for him to go Tue/Thur when Ellie is at daycare all day too, but that might not work as I do want him to play and do his own thing too. We will see.

I have to admit I kinda missed my buddy today. Jack is the sweetest and funniest little boy. I love him to pieces. It's been awesome being with him the last 2 months and Maya of course!

Right before we left the house for school

Things I've missed....

I totally  missed some big things the last few months. Blame it on baby brain or laziness of getting photos off my camera... I don't know, but I'm going to post some pictures now!!

Ellie's 4th birthday, July 21.

Ellie's favorite.. her sunglasses, new purse and cell phone!

We got a sandbox for her birthday. Both Ellie and Jack love it!

Some pictures of my dad install a double swing for Ellie and Jack. Nick had re-stained and did a major overhaul of our playset and we added this new swing. The kids love it! This was in August some time.... I think.

Ellie started 3K the day before Maya was born- August 26th. She goes 3 days a week for half mornings and the rest of the time is daycare. Here are pictures of her first day. She was really excited, but scared too :)