Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Ryanne's 4 month well baby

14lbs 8oz (75th%)
25.5" long (95%)
42cm head circ (90%)

I kept telling her that we could run away before the shots......

She ended up with 2 shots and cried like I haven't heard her cry before. She also had an oral vaccine as well. We talked about solids foods. (we won't be starting them anytime soon)

All in all our baby girl is doing great! She's getting some rolls and she's getting a little rashy from them and the extra drool. Drool will be a never ending factor for quite some time I'm sure. The dr. was surprised that she's got 2 teeth already, but I reminded her that all the kids had teeth by 4 months.

We don't go back until March...when she's 6 months old.

Monday, December 29, 2008

~*~Peanut Butter Balls~*~

Thanks for the pic Erin! (Your pic came out better than mine)

Peanut Butter Balls
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
6 tbsp butter
almond bark
Stir powdered sugar, peanut butter, and butter. Shape into balls, coat in melted almond bark, and set on wax paper lined cookie sheet.

These taste exactly like the Reese's Easter eggs and Christmas trees that come out during the holidays.

I've been caught!

From the callous' on her fingers when she was born I knew that once she got a bit bigger and could open her hands up that she'd be sucking on her fingers. The above picture shows you what she's been doing more often than not the last 10 days or so.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Lots of rain today!

The temp got up to 52 degrees today. So far we've gotten 1.26" inches of rain today. We even had a severe thunderstorm warning this afternoon. The snow has melted (not all of it, but a big portion) and we've got a lot of standing water on the roads.

It's supposed to get down to freezing temps again tonight. I'm not looking forward to slippery conditions again tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kids are bouncing....

The kids are bouncing off the walls today. I think Kolin and I might need a padded room by the time it's bedtime for the little people.

I'm excited for everyone to open up their gifts. It's super exciting for me to watch all the faces as presents are opened.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Rolling over and 'talking'

We've got a little girl who is talking and sounding like a Pterodactyl. Granted we don't really know what a Pterodactyl sounded like, but if we could guess they would have sounded like Ryanne does at this stage. We've even started calling her baby Pterodactyl.

She also rolled over for the first time tonight (tummy to back) all by herself. Once she flipped herself over we got a big smile and we made her do it again. Sure enough she did it without even putting any thought to it.

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

I know 4 kids that are getting super excited for Santa's arrival in just 2 short days. One little person could really care less as long as she gets a warm bottle and diapers changed. A cuddle here and there would be a great thing too.

I'd really like to put some presents under the tree, but I have little doubt that little fingers would go walking and I'm just not going to tempt them.

Jadyn is saying the children's prayer at the Christmas Eve service tomorrow night. She's been practicing and practicing. I think she's a little nervous, but she's done it before so I know she'll do great.

Ryanne has her first acting gig. She'll be playing baby Jesus and we can only hope that she'll cooperate for the short time she'll be needed.

The camera will be ready!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Really mommy, tummy time isn't that much fun.

Jadyn's Gingerbread Church

Last Wednesday I got the chance to go to school with Jadyn and participate in gingerbread house day.

Jadyn had a great time decorating what turned out to be her gingerbread church and I had a lot of fun watching her and her friends build their creations.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Brennan's in the bathroom doing his business. He's still under the impression that he needs someone to come into the bathroom and wipe his little rear end.

Brennan: I'm done!
Me: So, whip your bottom
Brennan: What? That's not happening!

Laughing ensues from mommy and daddy....

Brennan: You need to supervise!

Needless to say.....I supervised by wiping his little rear end.


We supposedly have a nasty storm system headed our way. Brennan's Christmas program was supposed to be tonight, but it's been cancelled. Instead the kids will preform for us sometime in January after the holiday break. Brennan is a Wise Man and I really want to hear him say him lines and see him all dressed up.

Taryn has pajama and movie day tomorrow at school. She's hopeful that school will actually go on as scheduled. She also has her party tomorrow afternoon with her class.

Jadyn's class is having a party tomorrow morning. They are also having a gift exchange. Don't remind me how hard is actually is to pick out a $4-$5 gift for a child you don't even know.

Things you just don't want to hear

"Karis is smearing applesauce on the cat!"

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Santa Who?

Just Chillin'

Look what found me tonight

Not wanting to take all 3 little ones out in the nasty snow this afternoon I waited until Kolin got home from work and made a quick trip out. A certain 3 month old needed diapers.

While I was meandering around I decided to check out the Christmas ornaments. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed the ornament below. It was the only one left and I knew I was meant to have it.

EI Graduation

Karis had her Early Intervention graduation/Holiday party last night. We all trekked out in the cold and tried not to slip making our way from the car to dinner. Santa visted with all of us and each child got a present.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Angel Alert

We had the Children's Christmas program this morning at church. Jadyn, Taryn, Brennan and Karis all participated and did a great job!

I don't want to show everyone my teeth!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Mega Tea Party Activity Center

I found a great deal on the above exersaucer today. We had to get rid of the one we had for Karis because it broke and couldn't be fixed. We received a couple of gift cards shortly after we had Ryanne and we've been waiting to spend them in hopes that we'll find something she'll really enjoy.

Only this little for today...

Karis and Brennan are taking a much needed nap. I'm running around the house picking up and baking a cake for a certain birthday girl tomorrow. Miss Ryanne decides that she'd like some cuddle time. What's a mom to do?

I walk over to Ryanne and get a huge super sweet baby smile that just melts my heart. I pick her up and tell her that she'll only be this little for today. We sit down in the recliner, throw her favorite blanket over us and she's out and dreaming of what only little wee ones dream of in 10 seconds flat.

Even though there are a million and one different things that need to be done, you've got to slow down and realize that they are only the age they are for one day. The next day they are one day older and doing new things they didn't do the day before. Soon enough Ryanne will be going on 3 like her big sister and won't want mommy cuddle time quite so often as she does now.

I know I'll miss this.

I already miss the newborn snuggles....

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


was Karis' last day of her playgroup. She took in brownie cupcakes and really enjoyed her last day. I don't think she had a clue that she's not going back...except for a quick visit here and there. She has her Christmas party graduation to go to next Monday. Santa will be there and it's supposed to be a lot of fun for the kids.

Right after Christmas break she'll start at the preschool that Brennan goes to now. She'll go Tuesday/Thursday and Brennan will go Monday/Wednesday/Friday. It'll make for super busy mornings around here.

1st day of playgroup 1/08

Yesterday blowing out her birthday candles

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Taryn & Shapes

Nicole wants to wear a hat with 1 face, 0 edges and 1 vertex. What solid shape should her hat be?

Taryn's answer: A party hat!

Soak, File, Duct Tape...Repeat

One of Jadyn's ears has been bothering her for a couple of days. It wasn't a constant thing so I wasn't terribly worried. This morning I made a dr's appt for her just to have it checked.

Turns out she has an ear infection. She hasn't been sick or had the sniffles...so who knows. She also had to get a shot to be completely caught up on her vaccinations. Then we had the dr. look at a spot on her foot and she's got a corn. We were told to soak her foot, file the top part a little every night, apply some wart be gone medicine and put duct tape over it. (supposedly the duct tape will help pull the dead skin off better than a bandaid) Repeat every night for eternity...not really but 4-6 weeks might seem like eternity by the time we're done.

Hope that will take care of it.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Jadyn is currently reading the Best Christmas Pageant Ever at school. Kolin and I have read the book to the kids for the last couple of years and always enjoy it.

Jadyn had homework on the book tonight. She basically had to do a bunch of fill in the blanks to complete sentences.

One sentence was:
I think anyone who _______ is insane.
Her answer:
I think anyone who is crazy is insane.....

Long day...yesterday

After church and Sunday school Kolin headed up to Aurora to pick up a bunk bed set that was given to us. We figured that we might not need it now, but at some point Miss Ryanne is going to need somewhere to sleep.

I got in my head that we should take down Jadyn and Taryn individual beds and set up the bunk set thus giving them more room in their bedroom. While Kolin was gone picking up the beds, I dismantled the girls room and wanted to have it ready for him when he got home.

After finding out there were no instructions and I could find nothing online no matter where I looked.....we finally got the set together, 2 girls in bed and they are happy happy campers. It was totally worth it for the extra space they now have.

I did find a really neat site for Ikea fans..... I was able to find out what the name of the set was and get instructions for it. (all of course after the set was up...but that's not the point)

Jessica and George, thanks for thinking of us! Jadyn and Taryn love the set up!

Melting Moments Cookies

Melting Moments

1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
¾ cup cornstarch
1 cup flour

Mash softened butter in bowl with a spoon. Add sugar, and fold together until mixed. Add cornstarch and then flour.Chill for at least an hour (I usually do overnight)

Make into 1” balls and bake @ 350 for 15 minutes. Watch closely so that bottoms only lightly brown. Allow to cool fully before frosting.


2 tbsp butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp Almond extract
Milk to spread

Combine ingredients, add desired food coloring, and frost the cookies.

I do not use a mixer for these cookies, the dough seems to get too thick and tough.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Have you ever?

Have you ever put something...anything somewhere knowing full well that you'd need to know exactly where it was when the time came that you were going to need the item and then couldn't find it when the time actually came?

Yeah......I'm at that point RIGHT now. I can't find the SD card that has all 400+ family pictures on it. I want to have prints made and no go because I can't remember where I put the darn thing.

This is one of those time when I wish I had an in with a psyhic.....

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chippy Cookies

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chippy Cookies

15 oz can of pumpkin (about 1 3/4 cups of fresh cooked pumpkin)
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups uncooked oats
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
3 sticks of butter (1 1/2 c)
2 cup brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2+ cups of chocolate chips, as desired

Mix dry ingredients and set aside: flour, oats, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. In a standing mixer, cream butter and slowly add in sugar until well incorporated. Add in the vanilla and egg next. When they are well mixed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and the pumpkin until it's all well mixed in. Add chocolate chips in last.

This is a large batch of cookies and are cake-like in consistency. The batter is also very soft so they need to be dropped by the spoonfuls on a cookie sheet or use a cookie scoop. Small cookies take about 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Larger cookies take about 15 minutes at 350 degrees. I was able to make about 7-8 dozen of larger cookies.

Ohhhhhh sooooooo good!

You've got to behave...

Tonight while having dinner I was telling the older 4 that we have to go to the bowling alley once Kolin gets home to make up their bowling for tomorrow morning.

Karis out of nowhere tells everyone...

"You've got to behave...ok? You've got to behave."

I'm sure all of them hear that phrase a lot more than I want to admit.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

I should have known better...

Finger chomping, drooling....it all leads to ONE thing and I sooo wasn't ready for it.

I actually told Kolin the other night that I really wanted Ryanne to have toothless gums for a little while longer. I really really wanted toothless pics of her when she was a little older and sitting up all by herself.

A couple of hours ago she started crying like I haven't heard her cry before and that's when I noticed that her 2 lower middle bottom teeth are just getting ready to break through. Karis still beat her by a couple of weeks though.

One has to love....

Great deals on things you actually need and free shipping!

There is a large thread going on right now on a bargain hunters board I check out on a daily basis. Multiple times daily if the thread is moving fast and the deals are getting really good.

I've been able to get most of our Christmas gifts online this year. No taxes, free shipping...it's almost too much to ask for. The older the kids get the more expensive their want/need list gets and I'm always looking for a great deal.

At this moment I can say that I am now done except for a few handmade items I need to turn out.

Oh....yeah...I still to get family pictures printed as well......

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Wish Upon A Hero

A friend of mine brought Wish Upon A Hero to my attention last night. No wish is too large, no hero is too small. Wish Upon A Hero is an online community of people helping people.

Everyone has a wish. Anyone can be a hero.

Check out the site and see what you think when you get a chance.

Oh Brennan....

After picking up Karis from her playgroup Brennan and I had the following conversation.

Brennan: Mama, where are we going now?
Me: We're going home.
Brennan: What are we going to do?
Me: Have lunch.
Brennan: I know what we can do. You can feed the baby and we'll play the wii!
Me: How about you feed the baby and mama will play the wii?
Brennan: No! She'll spit on me and make a mess! Then I'll have to change my clothes and you'll have to change the baby. You should just feed her.

Who can disagree with that logic?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm in love....

I found these skirts on Etsy today. I'm going to pair them with a black top and tights for each of the girls. I can even get one small enough for baby Ryanne.

Now to find something for Brennan.....


Snow can make the ugliest things pretty...make pretty things beautiful and be lots of fun for the kids.

I however don't like it at all! After the first snowfall it can all just disappear and forget to fall again. I hate driving on snowy/icy roads. I don't like being cold and having hypothyroidism makes it even worse. I don't like having to remember that everyone needs to take all the 'extras' to school and work in order to keep warm. I don't like all the extra clutter that the boots, jackets, snow pants, hats and mittens cause.

We're getting our first major snowfall today and I'm just about ready for some nice warmer springy type weather.

Saturday, November 29, 2008


Super cute movie!
Our local movie theatre was having a customer appreciation weekend. Movie prices were $3 and you received a small popcorn and drink with every paid admission. We decided to take the kids and a couple of their friends after bowling this afternoon. It's not often that you can go to the movies, have popcorn and a drink all for $21.

Are We There Yet?

How many hours have we been driving? How many hours do we have left before we get there? How many miles have we driven? Are we there yet? How many more minutes mommy?

On our recent trip to visit grandma and grandpa the above is pretty much what we heard over and over again. Really...for the most part we've got a set of kids that do great in the car. Each of the kids usually brings something along to keep them busy and entertained for a little while. Of course there is always some point along the drive that the arguing starts over something petty.

We all enjoyed our visit over Thanksgiving. Jadyn and Taryn stayed the night with grandma and grandpa. The girls really enjoy themselves and love staying the night. I'm sure Brennan will be chomping at the bit soon to stay as well.


Jadyn and Taryn have both qualified into the next round of the Pepsi Bowling Tournament. They get to practice until the end of January where they'll bowl and see if they move on to yet another round. Should they do really really really well they could actually end up winning scholarship money.

Brennan is really enjoying bowling this year. He got a 96 and an 80 this morning. He's still a bit impatient when it comes to having to wait his turn, but he's doing better.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Look Who's 3 Months Old!

Ryanne Ella Claire

The last 3 months has flown by way too fast!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

We're heading down to Kolin's parents this morning. A little black Friday shopping is on my to-do list while we are down there.

Hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Many Blessings

We have so many things to be thankful for this year. It's amazing how a year can change and shape everything around you.

We have added another sweet baby girl to our family. Ryanne fits into our family perfectly and I can't imagine our life without her.

"Lost" friends have been found again. I am incredibly thankful for that. Some are still lost, but I'm hopeful.

Brennan is off his seizure meds and his EEG was normal. We're hopeful that this time next year Taryn will be as well.

My little family has a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, family and friends who love us...

My only wish would be to have my grandma here with us. I talk to her all the time, but I would so love to be able to get a hug.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Neuro Appts Today!

Taryn, Brennan, Ryanne and I made it up to and back from Rockford in no time flat this morning. I wasn't really in the mood for shopping. I know...I'm thinking something might be wrong with me as I'm sure I could have found SOMETHING I needed at Target.

Brennan weighs in at 40lbs and is 3 feet 7 inches. Taryn is now 39lbs and 3 feet 11 inches.

EVERTHING came out normal for Brennan. He's been fine and had no problems without his meds. His EEG was completely normal. Should we notice anything of concern we are to give them a call, but assuming nothing will Mr. B is done done done done done!!!! Hip Hip Hooray!!!!!

Taryn is doing well too. She hasn't had a seizure in 14 months. We've got 10 months to go before we can even think about weaning her and then we've got to try and figure out the whole 'hair thing' with her. We talked a little more about it this morning, but we're still stumped. We think it just might be a Taryn tick and we're hoping at some point she'll outgrow it. She doesn't need to go back until the end of March.

All in all it was a pretty good morning.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Neuro appt tomorrow morning!

Brennan and Taryn both have appts. with the neuro bright and early tomorrow morning. Wish us luck that everything goes well and Brennan's EEG is completely normal.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Karis...Turkey Head

Mama, Mocco Likes Me.....

For the longest time Karis would scream at Morocco to get away when he would come near her. He just wanted to cuddle. Well, her attitude has recently changed and now all I hear is....

"Mama, Mocco likes me"
"Come here Mocco, come sit with me"
"Mama, look! He likes me!"

Even more recently I find them like this......

25 Things About Brennan James Wayne

1. My favorite food is pizza
2. My favorite color is red
3. My favorite toys are my cars
4. I like to color
5. I don't really like to do crafts at school
6. I like to sing
7. I bowl on Saturday mornings
8. I wore my dad's Robin costume for Halloween
9. I sleep with 2 "wags" every night and chew on their tails. (they are disgusting!)
10. I can out box my sisters on the wii
11. I love to hold my baby sister Ryanne
12. I have my own box of action figures just like my dad
13. I am the only boy in my family.
14. I have 4 sisters (2 are older, 2 are younger)
15. I love to watch my dad mow the lawn and wish I could help him
16. I always take at least 2 toys to church every Sunday morning
17. I like cheeseburgers...with ketchup
18. I am no longer on seizure medication
19. I like watching Go Diego Go
20. I can spruce up any Christmas program just by being myself
21. I love American Gladiators!
22. I have 2 middle names. James is from a great uncle and Wayne is my daddy's middle name
23. My favorite movie is Cars
24. I just figured out how to zip up my jacket all by myself
25. Still working on buttoning my jeans

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Craft Show Tomorrow

I've gotten some pics of our items listed on my sorely neglected craft blog.


Wish us luck! What doesn't sell will be listed on etsy.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Busy Busy Busy...

Twilight is tonight! All of us who are going are really excited.

A friend and I are doing a craft show on Sunday. We've been working our behinds off for the last couple of weeks to make sure we've got a little bit of everything made and ready to sell. We've already decided that starting next summer we'll devote at least 1 if not 2 weekends a month to just making crafty items for this show. (Hopefully we'll be able to stick to it)

Kids have bowling tomorrow morning and then I'll spend the rest of the day making the last of the items we need for Sunday morning.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Tying Shoes

With just a little frustration on her part because she was tired of people not tying her shoes for her, Taryn has finally got the hang of it. I knew she could do it, the problem was that she didn't want to do it.

She has now decided that she'll keep her tie shoes and she doesn't need a new pair of shoes afterall.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A few of my favorite things....

Hot Chocolate


2003 Ford Expedition




XM Radio

Candy Necklace Bink Link


Kitchenaid Professional 5 Plus 5-Quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixer


Digital Canon Rebel XTi ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Fisher-Price Starlight Papasan Cradle Swing (it plugs in!!!!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Woven Traditions® 9" x 13" Baking Dish ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



The Twilight Saga