Friday, February 14, 2014

Kids' prayers

Bridget has taken a great interest in praying on her own in the past few weeks. While we are thrilled with this and encourage her to pray, it has made for some entertaining prayers. And of course, since Bridget wants to pray, Carter does to. Praying takes a decent chunk of time around here.  :)

I wanted to document some of their prayers (mostly Bridget's, Carter usually just repeats what we tell him to say).

-One night I made potato soup and told her she had to take one bite. She stewed over this bite all afternoon, and at supper prayed (very dramatically): "and God, PLEASE let me like my bite of soup!"

-Another night we had quiche that I added broccoli to. Bridget's pre dinner comment was "what are we eating? Are those vegetables?" I skirted around the issue by telling her it was like breakfast casserole (you know, eggs, cheese, sausage) and left out the broccoli part. Then she prayed "Lord Jesus (her usual reference to God/Jesus), thank you that there are no vegetables in my quiche." Oops. I may have gotten a glare from Luke

-Prayers for everyone's ouchie, headache, tummy issues, and any other ailment we've happened to mention in the past month.

-Thanks for her elephant, Pinkie

-"And Lord Jesus, thank you for this lovely house, and food, and cardboard." I had no idea where the cardboard came from, but after she prayed about it for a few days in a row, I figured out that she meant the chalkboard hanging on the kitchen wall!

-And then from Carter. After spending a Sunday night with our friends Brock and Jodie, Carter prayed (multiple times a day, for almost a whole week) "thank you a Bock and Dodie." They were well covered in prayer that week!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snuggling Up!

It's been so cold and snowy outside, and since I'm not a big fan of either, we've been hunkering down inside. Like it's been weeks since the kids played outside. They think it's great to walk in the snow in the grocery store parking lot. :)

Luke had a work meeting one evening in Bloomington, so the kids and I snuggled on the couch and watched Marley and Me. Bridget has such a tender heart, especially when other people are crying or upset, and she had tears in her eyes when Marley died. It was so sweet.
I opted for microwave popcorn this night instead of getting out the stir crazy, and it made me realize a huge reason why we use the stir crazy most of the time: these two ate 3 bags pretty much by themselves! 

Going to the grocery store pretty much sums up our outings. In recent months we've discovered car carts, and it has made life SO much easier! I feel like I'm driving an 18 wheeler, but the kids have a blast. And since Kroger gives out stickers, that's their pick on where to shop. The other day they were begging for stickers in the check out lane, and the bagger gave them each about 30 stickers! They were quite thrilled, and now there are "I've been Krogering" stickers everywhere. 

One day we had a play date with some friends, and little Shiloh got so worn out she fell asleep mid lunch!

When I had my last Dr appointment, my mom watched the kids for the whole day and I ran errands. I had gone to Joann Fabrics and got some material to make Bridget some little outfits. I whipped up this skirt one morning, and I think it turned out pretty cute! It certainly wouldn't win any 4-H blue ribbons, but Bridget was thrilled!

Eating popcorn on the stairs. This was about 3 seconds before they dumped their bowls all over.

This is not the greatest picture, but I had to document Bridget eating baked oatmeal! She's been doing really well in branching out with eating. She only ate about 5 bites, but I was thrilled that she tried it!

Luke's mom brought over a water color book and Bridget spent about an hour one afternoon coloring. She would have finished the whole book if I'd have let her. 

Saturday morning the kids ran around in their underwear/diaper and snow boots. They were pretending they were their "blast off boots." They'd stand still and then say "3-2-1, blast off!" and go running around the house. 

Saturday night we had a celebration for Luke's mom and dad's 50th anniversary. We did family pictures, then had a nice dinner for all immediate family as well and Ralph and Linda's siblings. Some of the granddaughters put together a slide show with pictures of every year of their marriage, which was fun to watch.  Afterwards we had singing with a bunch of their friends and some more distant family. The day was very tiring, but we also had a really nice time being with everyone and celebrating Ralph and Linda. 

Saturday night was a rough night. Bridget woke up about 5am crying because she scratched her ear. She went back to sleep for about 20 minutes, only to wake up again crying. This continued all morning, until we got her up for church. She was so tired, kept crying, and refused to eat anything, so Luke stayed home from church with her. She slept on and off all day. She said nothing hurt and she never had a fever, so we headed over to Leman's to watch the Superbowl. She perked up while there, although she still refused to eat much of anything. 
Sunday night was awful. She woke up every hour/hour and a half screaming that her ear hurt. At this point I was sure she had an ear infection. I would go upstairs and put ice water drops in her ear and she'd go back to sleep for a while. We headed to the Dr first thing on Monday, and she was given an antibiotic. I think this is the first time since she was 4 months old that I've taken her in for being sick!

By yesterday she was doing much better, and she and Carter spent most of the morning coloring. 

Carter is our medicine lover, and is very jealous of Bridget getting to take medicine twice a day. He keeps telling me "I sick too, mom!" 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January Life

A very long time ago my mom gave me a whole bunch of "Nature Friends" magazines and I promptly stored them somewhere out of the way. Fast forward probably close to a year, and Carter has discovered them. He'll spend close to a half hour or more sitting on the floor looking through his magazines. 

Last week we headed to the Children's Museum in Bloomington for Taevin's 3rd birthday. The kids had a great time, and it was pretty much impossible to get to them both to look at me at the same time for a picture. They loved the grocery store best of all. I finally hauled them out of there after 3 hours since it was past lunch time. I think they would have skipped both lunch and naps had I let them. 

Lately we've been trying to get Bridget to have a more rounded diet, ie: more dairy besides yogurt, more fruit besides grapes, and any sort of vegetable. This quiche was the first attempt. I happen to love broccoli so I chopped it finely enough that she couldn't pick it all out, and added mushrooms to appease Luke. :) Carter and I both thought the result was delicious, Luke thought the broccoli was a little much, and Bridget ended up gagging on a bite and throwing up on her plate. We'll wait a while to try broccoli again. 
Overall, however, she has been doing much better. I made some Southwest chicken wraps one night and she actually ate mashed up black beans in them (granted, she didn't know they were there, but still)! We've also added mandarin oranges/cuties, and apples to her list of approved fruit. I still haven't come up with a vegetable she'll eat, but hopefully she'll get there.

Carter is the exact opposite of Bridget. He'll scorn hot dogs or chicken nuggets for things like salsa, green beans, grapefruit, cooked carrots, and quiche with broccoli. :) I'm thankful, but it's a little weird. 

Last Friday we got watch Joelle and Maggie. Poor Maggie was probably way over stimulated by the time she went home. The kids could hardly move more than a foot from her for the first half hour. Bridget couldn't stop giving her toys (notice the huge pile) and Carter wouldn't stop rubbing her head. 
I have a feeling that the first few days (or weeks) of Alison's life I'm going to be saying things like "give her some room to breath," "back away from the baby," and "get out of her face!" She will be one loved baby (at least until they figure out that she isn't going home at the end of the evening...).

Pardon the bad picture, but I had to include this! Carter is my snuggle buddy and will randomly stop by me while playing and get in a few snuggles before running off again. It's pretty sweet. I call him my baby, and he'll correct me with "I not a baby! I Tar-ter." It's kind of hard to think of him not being my baby anymore! 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Freezing Days

This past Monday it was COLD. Like -18 degrees cold. So we bundled up and stayed inside all day.  :) I didn't even get the mail. I decided to knock off something from my "before baby comes" to-do list, and went through all the kids clothes from the past 3.5 years. I cleaned out some I knew I wouldn't reuse and reorganized everything else. We still have a lot of clothes!

The kids (with Bridget as the mastermind) come up with all sorts of random things to play. This day they played sleepover party in the nursery, complete with blankets, pillows, and lots of books. Unfortunately, no sleeping ever occured. 

By Friday we were going a little stir crazy so we called up the Grimm's and all headed to Jumping Jax, a new inflatable bouncy house place in Washington. The kids had a great time running, jumping, sliding, and burning off energy. 

After playing hard we went to Firehouse Pizza (probably Bridget's favorite place to eat) for lunch. Then it was home for naps! 

The other night after making a large pot of soup, I called up our friends Andrew and Lindsay, who had just had a baby, to see if they wanted some food. They did, so we headed over there with soup, and to meet baby Eva. Both kids were very excited to hold her, although it didn't last long since she was screaming.  :)  Based on the half hour we were there, our poor baby is going to have to get used to being bumped and knocked around! 

It's been a lot of fun to see the kids learning about "baby Alison in your tummy" (which is how they refer to her). One morning during breakfast I showed them a video of a baby developing in-utero and told them that this is what baby Alison looks like. Now they ask to watch "the movie about what baby Alison looks like in your tummy" all the time. Bridget wondered how Alison gets food, so Luke gave a rudimentary lesson on how the umbilical cord works. She's missing some details, but she's got the general idea, and often reminds me while I'm eating that this food is going into baby Alison's tummy. :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Days

Last Sunday Bridget came down with a very light case of the stomach flu. She threw up at the Big Schick Christmas during supper, but acted totally fine the rest of the evening. While my mom was helping get her cleaned up Bridget informed her that "throw up is sick!" I was starting to think maybe she had just choked or gagged on something, but Monday morning she came downstairs and threw up again. She was a pretty sad little girl and spent the rest of morning sleeping on the couch. Then by afternoon she was her usual self again.

Carter thought the ability to watch movies on the laptop all morning while Bridget slept was great! He did have a hard time leaving her alone and letting her sleep, and kept begging to go see her. When I finally let him tiptoe in the living room, he ran over to her and kissed her forehead before coming back to the kitchen. It was pretty cute.

Bridget needed someone to dance with and asked Luke if he would be her prince (melt my heart). She quickly decided that she needed someone smaller, though.

Luke took off new year's eve, and we enjoyed another day of being together. We ran a few errands and the kids got to pick out a movie to watch at the "movie store." Since Bridget had been sick the day before, we thought it'd be best if we didn't hang out with other people and spread any germs we might be carrying around. We let them watch their movie after supper, with popcorn and cookies, and then put them to bed a little before 9. After that, Luke and I settled in with a huge bowl of shrimp, 2 whole pounds of hot wings, and The Wolverine. We crawled into bed right at midnight, and totally crashed! We are not used to staying at that late anymore!

New Year's Day we headed to my mom and dad's for supper and the evening. Of course Grandma had to read one the kids' favorite books, Adam Raccoon at Forever Falls. 

Thursday morning Luke headed back to work, and since Carter had come down with a cold, he got to stay in his pajama's all day. This boy loves "bawberries" and can clean off half a box in a sitting. 

The little girl at the other end of the table...sent down there because they couldn't leave each other alone.

A few days before Christmas we watched Despicable Me with the kids and they loved it, begging to watch it every single day. So the other night we rented Despicable Me 2, which just as big of a hit as the first one!

You have to look closely at this picture to figure out what's going on. For Christmas my brothers both got remote control helicopters, and Carter thinks they are the greatest thing ever (actually, he thinks anything Adam and Luke do or have is the coolest). He re-discovered his toy helicopter in the toy box, and for the past few days had been attempting to fly it using his monitor. He'll comment that "it's not working" every once in a while, but that doesn't stop him from carrying them both around all day!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Baby's Blog Debut!

As of last week, I am officially halfway done being pregnant! Hurray!  :) 
We had a 20 week ultrasound last week, and once again confirmed that our little one is still a girl. She weighs about 11 ounces, and is about 10.5 inches long. We are all excited to meet her in person!

Meet little Alison Kate Knapp:


tiny little foot

Belly picture from today, at 21 weeks.

Despite Alison's size, she can pack a pretty good punch when it comes to kicking. She's currently breech, and enjoys playing kickball with my bladder. She also doesn't kick a whole lot during the day, but come 9pm, she makes her presence very well known. I'm a little worried about this!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Favorite pics of 2013

Just a few pics from the past year that make me smile.  :)

Making popcorn with dad

messy messy eat, he has only slightly improved

Children's museum with friends, and also the last time we'd fit in one van with the Grimm's

Reading books together, also I love this because you can just see some of Carter's long curls peeking out behind his left ear.  :)

Piano playing at grandma's

Story time with grandpa

Sleeping in a big bed!

It's time for flip flops! (probably one of Bridget's favorite times of the year)

New swing set and sandbox!

And the man who made it all possible. I love him.  :)

These got a little out of order....oh well
Donuts on July 4th morning

Mother's Day at Daniel and Wendi's

Uncle Luke's 16th birthday, and my newly shorn little boy

Ripstick rides

Back to July 4th...eating popcorn while waiting for dark

LOVES fireworks

My birthday, and my wonderful siblings

Vacation, and lots of books read by grandma

Going fishing for the first time! (no pictures of fish, because we didn't catch any)

He thinks he's big stuff

New booster seat

First real snow of year with our neighbor girl Grace, who Bridget thinks is the greatest

First hot chocolate