Saturday, December 26, 2009

Kendyl Rose is 6 months old!

The day after Christmas and all is settling down - finally.  I can't believe I even found time to blog again.  I couldn't let today go by without documenting this special day - Kendyl Rose's half birthday!  We had great plans; make a half cake, eat only half a sandwich for lunch, get only half dressed (staying in jammies for the other half of course) and feeding Kendyl only half of her food for the day (LOL - as you can see she is not starving by any means) But we woke up feeling kinda sick and stuffy. It ended up being a quiet jammy day - we watched some movies and got pretty competitive with our new Wii.  Besides, there were plenty of treats left behind from the Christmas aftermath.  Even a half cake would have put us over the top!

So here she is. Our littlest princess.  Sitting up all by herself.  Six months new!  We are in love with our little Kendyl.  

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Baking with My Baby

The little girls are napping so Kendyl and I decided we needed some chocolate!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Our Monster Mash! Enjoy!

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Many faces

Zerbert face!
Determined (and focused on getting those toes)
Our Kendyl

Kendyl these days...

Kendyl is changing so quickly.  Her personality is starting to come out and play.  The newest thing  are her zerberts.  She does it when she's happy, when she sad and just because.  This is what we hear from Kendyl all day...

She is a great sleeper. LOVES her sleep actually.  She sleeps from 9:30 pm til about 6:30 am.  She wakes up to nurse and then goes back to sleep - sometimes til noon!!!  This child can sleep just about anywhere...

She is so smiley!  Loves to interact with people and really wants to get that laugh out.  A few times she's kinda giggled, but she's not quite sure how to handle those tickles yet.  Laughing is still a work in progress but til then, her smiles are plenty enough for us.
Still loving to nurse even though we have been dealing with 3 month long, stubborn thrush that will not go away!  Tried formula and she just can't keep it down.  So, for now we are dealing and it almost seems the norm since it's been like this since nearly day one.

Kendyl has found her LUNGS!  There is a new scream in the house!  SURPRISE Haidyn!  You're not the loudest anymore -- well maybe.  (I will spare you that video)

About a week or so ago she started becoming really interested in holding/hitting rattles aand toys.  She loves to snuggle up to her bo-bos -- her cuddly, soft, mini-sized blanky.  
And, here is bo-bos...

As you've seen in previous posts, Miss Kendyl is a thumb sucker but more recently we've seen this too...

So that's it for now.  She is a great baby!  She's so easy going, so happy, so adorable!  We love our little Kendyl Rose.


This hat has been around for over 10 years!  This was the very first baby item Gramma Dee purchased for Ashlee when we found out we were expecting a girl.  I love this little strawberry hat.  It has blessed and warmed Ashlee and Haidyn's head and now it blesses Miss Kendyl's.  Love it!  

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


From the other room I hear, "Mommy, I'm having a cat picnic!"

I come around the corner to find this...

and it was most definitely a CAT PICNIC.  

This cat puts up with WAY too much.  

Monday, October 12, 2009

Little Miss

I love her!!!!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Our Cub Scout

I am so behind on blogging and have so much to share!  But I couldn't let tonight go by without sharing Nolan's news.  He is joining cub scouts!  He is really excited about it and can't wait to earn as many badges and awards as he possibly can.  Ryan and I are very excited for this new venture.  He already feels so important -- like he has this great duty to achieve.  We gave him his new uniform today and he's been walking around doing his "scouts honors" and vowing to do his best at everything (except vegetable eating of course).

He's so handsome is his new uniform!
Our little man!  We're so proud!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Sunday Night Cool Down

We took the kids to the clubhouse tonight for a swim.  It was another hot day.  Kendyl and I decided to take a dip too.  Kendyl loves her baths so it was no surprise that she loved the pool too.  It was my first swim this year.  I wasn't too excited to squeeze back into my swim suit nor expose my whiteness from lack of sun all season.  But I did and it wasn't so bad after all.  Here's to another week.  It will be a short one.  We leave for Sea Ranch on Thursday!  Can't wait!

Our four kiddos
Mama and her wee one
Just like Happy Haidyn, we have a Happy Kendyl
Haidyn still loves to catch air! Especially when it lands in a SPLASH!
The big kids.
Miss blue eyes.  Kendyl gets lots of comments on her crazy hair and bright blue eyes.  
Happy again!
I think Daddy likes tossing her around (in an evil sort of way)


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sugary Afternoon

It was so nice to have a long weekend.  Yesterday, we claimed it family day but couldn't decide what to do.  Ryan suggested Apple Hill and everyone cheered!  So off we went.  I purposely left my camera behind.  I wanted to play with my kids yesterday and not just watch them play though the lens of my camera. (although, I was thinking about my camera a lot and wishing I had brought it)  So without any photos to share, here's the gist of our amazingly, yummy trip to Apple Hill.

1 dozen apple donuts
1 candied apple with sprinkles
1 caramel apple
1 caramel marshmallow stick
1 homemade candle (by Haidyn) with bubble gum scent
2 face paintings
1 bucket full of apples
2 bbq tri-tip sandwiches
6 bottles of water
1 square of pumpkin fudge
$ .50 for petting zoo food

It was an afternoon packed full of clear blue sky, fresh air and lots of sugary treats.  Maybe that's why Nolan got sick at bedtime.  He seems fine this morning so I'm sure it was from the overwhelming consumption of sugar.  We are bloated and feeling a little sluggish today - but it was worth every bite!

Now -- what to do with all of these apples...


Saturday, August 29, 2009

When It's Hot!

If you're ever stuck inside when it's 104 degrees outside, 
try this...

If you didn't quite catch it, that's our cat, Antonio being a good sport.

Friday, August 28, 2009

The New Ashlee

Miss Ashlee had been complaining about headaches.  After being fed up with her complaining of yet another one of her ailments, we finally decided maybe she wasn't crying wolf after all.  Lo and behold, our baby girl needed glasses!  

So, here she is.  They suit her well.  Don't you think?


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

2 months old

Kendyl Rose is 2 months old today!  

Monday, August 24, 2009

Haidyn's First Day of Preschool!

Today was Haidyn's first day of preschool!  She was so excited and so anxious.  I woke up to find her sitting at the top of our stairway.  She was dressed, had her backpack on and she was holding a brush and some hair ribbons.  

"I'm ready for school mom!  Can you do my hair like Ash?"  

She looks up to Ashlee so much -- it's cute.

She's a big girl!
Haidyn and Alexis (who I do daycare for)

Haidyn, Miss Tracy and her classmates

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Penngrove and a New Toy!

Ashlee, Kendyl and I headed out west to Penngrove, to visit my grandparents yesterday.  My Grandpa is not doing so well -- we were long overdue for a visit.  It's such a relaxing drive and so beautiful out there.  I love the endless vineyard covered rolling hills.  It's even more breathtaking in the fall when all the leaves are changing color.  I really miss Sonoma County and it's calm.  It was nice to go back home again.  I wish I would have taken more photos to share.

While we were there, we scored Grandpa's old food dehydrator!  Grandpa used to make the BEST beef jerky for all the grandkids but now he is too weak to conquer such a task.  We are going to give it our best!  But first, Ashlee and I decided to make some yummy snacks for this week's lunches.  First in the making are nectarine fruit rolls.  Secondly, we added some apples to the bottom racks.  We'll let you know how they turn out.  We are so excited for our new toy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Miss Smiley!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Why We Love Cool, California

Today we drove out to see Ryan's parents (Papa Dennis and Gramma Jan) in Cool.  It was far from cool out there today though.  It was hot.  The kids just love going up there!  They love to run around on the property and feel the sense of freedom.  There are no fenced in 20 x 30 yards in Cool.  It's country at it's best!  It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.  We feel relaxed and ready for our crazy week -- in the suburbs.  (sigh....)

Why we love Cool, California...

Papa and Gramma live there!
The trees have personality.
You find color bursting everywhere.
You find houses waiting to become homes.
Mario is there and ready to play and cuddle.
We get to sit back, chat and eat while the birds do the same.
The kids can climb trees!
and feel proud when they reach their 'goal branch'.
Gramma takes us on walks.
We can play on the grass and pose for a picture!
Happy Sunday everyone!  Enjoy your week!