Sunday, December 8, 2013

double digits at last

I'm fairly certain she's been counting down to her 10th birthday since her 9th birthday!  

So who is Alexa at 10?  Well, she's a 5th grader instead of a 4th grader, and did a fabulous job on her first report card - all As.  She's learning to play the saxophone and has made many new friends.  Reading and writing are two of her favorite things to do.  Alexa's at least 5' and weighs about 145 pounds.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

look who is 6!

We celebrated the twins's 6th birthday at Chickie Lake with some friends and family.  They had a great time - everyone did.  

Both kids had a lot of growth this year.  They completed kindergarten, starting to read and write.  Jake ditched his training wheels on his bike.  He is still in love with superheroes and dressing up in his Superman costume from when he was 2.  Liz enjoys playing with her dolls and barbies, reading, and coloring.  They also love to argue and make messes :)

We've made it 6 years!

wee bit of slacking off

Crikey...has it really been since December?  I know what the problem is.  It's this little blue website that just sucks you in.  You get to be nosing into everyone's business at one time, plus play games.  It's awesome for avoidance on face-to-face contact and most especially...the completion of housework.

So what has happened in the last 7 months?

January:  Well we celebrated New Years in Gorham with our friends and their kids.  My Girl Scout troop had it's first cookie sale, selling over 1000 boxes.  Over 300 of those were Alexa's - earning her a free week at GS Camp in the summer (um YEAH!!!).  Liz got her first love note which she tore up about a week later.
Photo: On the door when I got home....the first love note
Other than that it was housework and work and errands - same old stuff.

February:  Basketball and some Build & Grow action at Lowe's.  Ordered Breaking Dawn 2 :).  Sick kids, fixed back of dryer, read lots of good books.  Maine got hit by a whopper of a snowstorm.

March:  More snow!  I got employee of the month for RSU 13.  I was foolish enough to do a cookie booth at the Samoset Expo - it was pure insanity with too many girls.  Sick kids that weren't really sick.  More housework and errands and work.

April: Tossed our busted couch out the back door all by myself.  Took the kids to Boston for a Red Sox game - a first for the twins.  Allowed the twins to have a playdate - will NEVER do that again.Visited my parents, kids got to finally ride bikes, made thin mint cupcakes that were to die for.  Made rubber eggs, busted said rubber eggs - it was gross.  Dairy Queen reopened - got a blizzard fix, chocolate extreme :)  Work, housework, errands.

May:  Sunshine and green grass.  Liz was OBSESSED with hurdle jumping (not real hurdles, but rather stacked up tires and beach toys).  Participated and judged the talent show at RDMS.  Eventually got the garden rototilled.  I had a day to myself when Chris took all kids to Seadogs game.

June:  Got the garden planted.  Alexa performed in her school talent show and got to read a retirement poem to her principal.  Jake finally ditched the training wheels.  Made it to the end of the school year - theirs and mine.  Had to deal with a busted washing machine for 2 days which nearly caused a panic.  And oh a new nephew :)

July:  Beach time, part time work, birthday party...and we are only 1/2 way through.

Thursday, December 13, 2012


I was informed by my eldest that this is going to be the best year because it's the last of the single digits.  I didn't bother to tell her that someday she'll be wishing she was single digits again.

And so...on the eve of the 9th anniversary of my becoming a mom...a look back :)

days old
Year 1
 Year 2
 Year 3
 Year 4
 Year 5
Year 6

Year 7
Year 8
year 9!

And so what is Alexa like at 9?  Way too smart for her own good!  She is still an avid reader and devours books.  After reading through the Lemony Snickett series this summer she is onto the Indian and the Cupboard series.  I don't think she's come across a book she doesn't like.  And she enjoys them in listening format as well.  Her favorite gift at her party yesterday - her new cassette tape/cd player.  Owning that has opened up lots of opportunities at the library.  She not only excels in reading but also in writing and math.  Alexa is a good friend, thought like all girls at this age there is sometimes drama.  She is a great big sister - most of the time.  And sassy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall is in the air...and flying by

Here we are nearly 2 months into the school year.  It's already almost Halloween, although if you went by the decor at some of the stores you'd think Christmas was right around the corner.  Which I suppose it 2 months.

It's been a busy fall.  J and E both did soccer clinics which lasted 3 weeks.  A kept us the busiest by doing fall field hockey and playing recreation soccer.  And she shined on both fields, when she wasn't too busy gnawing on her mouth guard.  In her last game of the season I caught at least 8 saves on camera!  Here's one she dived for but it ended up going very wide of goal.

Chris has been busy with his new job.  He's actually going on to trips to warmer climates - once to Orlando, then to Atlanta.  Unfortunately due to the cost of travel we won't be joining him.  I think I nearly keeled over when I priced round trip flights to Florida at nearly 500 per person.  Playing solo parent for 5 days in a row should be interesting...not only for me but for those I work with also.  I've been warning them so that they can be prepared for any untypical behavior from me.

Besides sports we've started up a new year of Girl Scouts.  We've got a good size group this year - 8 brownies and 3 daisies.  My goal is to try and do a few more field trips than we did last year.  Which means I'm going to have to remember to plan ahead so that I can get all my paperwork done in time.  Both girls seem very excited to be joining.  J is a little bummed at being stuck as an honorary Girl Scout but I keep telling him it'll be next year before he knows it.

Another fun part of fall is school pictures.  I do like how they came out, yet I am left once again wondering how the background went from the requested gray to orange on J's.  Oh well...they didn't charge me.  Which is good because it's not cheap purchasing a school package times three!


Of course we did our annual apple picking.  Well...annual for me and the kids.  And once again I left the orchard wondering why I put us through that.  While every other family was laughing and enjoying themselves my kids just kept bickering and snarling like rabid animals.  Ok, so that might be a bit of an exaggeration but they definitely weren't like all the others.

And we got some pumpkins!  I grew sugar pumpkins this year so that they made better eating (think cookies and bread and pie, oh my).  We bought 3 pumpkins at $5 each from Seabreeze Farms in Friendship.  They came in all sizes.  My new requirement - you have to be able to lift your own pumpkin, and be able to clean it out without turning to the relief cleaner.

before...once we hauled them into the backyard with a wagon

I remember when she hated the she couldn't get enough

hey Lizzy...since yours is done, wanna do mine?
and the final product for 2012!

Since it was still fairly warm when we got done carving and cleaning up I decided we should tackle the front yard.  Hopefully some of the decorations will hold up longer than last year, so long as the neighbor kids stick to their own side of the yard...

front stoop with graveyard and signs

walkway done with repurposed pumpkins.  They used to be lights but we have no outlet!

tree hangings

a better shot of the graveyard

Jacob's milestones

  • weight/length @ 5: 42lbs, 43.5"
  • weight/length @ 4: 36 lbs, 39+"
  • weight/length@ 3: 32lbs, 36.5 inches
  • weight/length @ 2 years: 26lbs, 33.5 inches
  • weight/length @ 1 year: 18lbs, 29 inches
  • walking: 11/17/08
  • standing: 3/31/08
  • crawling: army, 2/5/08
  • first time rolling: 9/30/07, belly to back
  • first smile: 9/7/07
  • birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:49am
  • birth length: 19.5 inches
  • birth weight: 6lbs, 1oz

Elizabeth's milestones

  • weight/length @ 5: 40 lbs, 42.25"
  • weight/length @ 4: 34lbs, 38"
  • weight/length 3 years: 28lbs, 35.5 inches
  • weight/length 2 years: 24lbs, 6oz 33 inches
  • weight/length 1 year: 18lbs, 1oz 27.5 inches
  • walking: 9/1/08
  • standing: 4/4/08
  • crawling: army 3/16/08
  • sitting alone: 2/29/08
  • first time rolling: 11/23/07, back to belly
  • first smile: 9/7/07
  • birth date/time: 7/8/07, 12:50am
  • birth length: 18.75 inches
  • birth weight: 5lbs, 8oz

Alexa's milestones

  • weight/height @ 8.4 years: 113 lbs, 55.5 inches
  • weight/height @ 5 years: 61lbs, 4oz 45.25 inches
  • weight/length @ 4 years: 49lbs, 42 inches
  • weight/length @ 3 years: 38lbs, 38 inches
  • weight/length @ 2 years: 32lbs, 8oz 35.75 inches
  • weight/length @ 1 year: 22lbs, 3 oz 29.5 inches
  • 1st day of preschool: 9/3/08
  • solo somersault: 3/4/08
  • whistling: 3/2/08
  • potty training: 10/7/05
  • walking: 12/21/04
  • standing: 8/23/04
  • crawling: 8/21/04, only a week, then became a butt scoot
  • first wave: 7/27/04
  • rolling: 5/2/04, belly to back
  • sleeping thru the night: 3/1/04
  • first smile: 1/20/04
  • birth date/time: 12/4/03, 10:41pm
  • birth length: 20 inches
  • birth weight: 7lbs