Monday, July 10, 2017

MAY We Demolish the Kitchen? Yes, you MAY!

May 4 - Actually I just want to remember how this silly boy sits straight up with his legs outstretched not touching the ground on grass, carpet, wood, anything. No adult can do this.
We also finally had a very late Easter Egg hunt.
May 7 - We officially start to demo the kitchen, box things and store them in the Mama/Dada room, move stuff to the mud room and tear out cabinets!
May 13 - More demo
and we go out to eat at Pacific Grill with our friends the Wells for our 17th anniversary!
May 14 - The kids get to meet their new cousin for the first time on Mother's Day!
May 15 - Tile removal! The kids were amazing! The jack hammer was not. It broke about 4 different times.
May 16 -  More tile removal in the dining room now, after a crowded breakfast in the living room.

After two days of extreme hard work. Dada took the kids to pizza. Not just any pizza, really, really big pizza! AND he bought them another Switch!!! - Say, Whaaaaaaat? (Said in a Tuff super high voice, which is what he does all the time after saying, "Boom, boom. Shake the room.")

Eben's DC Trip!

will be posted here later!


While Eben and Nonnie were in DC, Dodie and Cheese had their baby!
Sweet baby Styrkur. Mama was blessed to be able to attend the whole birth of her first little nephew!


Friday, May 12, 2017

Easter 2.0

A week later... we pretended it was Easter! Like nothing had gone wrong. We wore our Easter best. We said, "He is Risen" to everyone. We took our traditional Holt Chapel stairs picture (for the last time! It will be torn down next year for the remodel.).
 We even had the scavenger hunt to find the giant Easter basket which was hidden in the hot tub in our room. (Yes, that's a hot tub. In our room. There was no water in it at this time, so it was a perfect hiding place.). This year we actually gave the kids three Easter baskets, one large boys' one, one large girls' one, one candy (with a surprise) basket, paddle boards, and a drum, xylophone and flute. It was a big Easter 2.0 present year.
 They opened the boy and girl baskets and Dada brought around the paddle boards from the garage and they opened the musical instruments.
Then we told them to look in the candy basket and at the bottom was a little onesie with a number nine that matched their Easter clothes.
Eben knew what it was right away because he's the one who found it, but the rest couldn't really see it, so I held it up and they were all super excited and clapped and cheered and hugged. I think they all actually knew deep down that we were pregnant. Jasper was the first one to kiss my belly, months ago. Weeks before Opal started talking to the "babies" because she and Kivi had been praying that we would have twin girls. (We know there is only one baby!) Even Tuff would come up lift up my shirt and kiss "the bobby".

So instead of a basket picture this year (my first time ever missing that detail!) We have a new baby announcement Easter picture! We are due in November. Oh Valentine's, you get us every time!! This will be our third November baby. Unless I get Cholestastis again! Then we will have 2 October babies.

The best was Face Timing my parents and wishing them a happy Easter and then they asked to see Buggy's belly and first Dodie stood up and held up the "9" onesie then Buggy stood up and held up the "10" onesie and then I stood up and held up the "11" onesie and we hear Pops slowly count, "Nine, Ten, Eleven." and then his eyes get wide and Mamacita screams "What, what? Are you serious? Are you serious?" I wish we had thought to get it all on video. We all started laughing so hard. We took a picture of all their 11 grandbabies and babies to come, in order.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April 2017 - The Easter of Sick

April 1 & 2 - Peter works on getting the mud room pretty for me to be our makeshift kitchen while we undergo a major kitchen remodel.
April 12-15th  - Kivi and Mama sew Easter dresses. Kivi works on sewing her first dress.
April 13 - Easter egg day! And we celebrate Passover with a simple, modified celebration. We shaped tortillas into matzah and dyed lemonade purple for the wine. But Dada walked us through the whole Haggadah. 
April 14 - Tuff helps with dress sewing. 
We make our Holy Week crafts and display them on Mama's old windows.
April 15 - We're all ready for Easter! Our house is clean, our Holy Week Art is beautiful, everyone is coming to celebrate, our dresses are sewn, the clothes are all laid out!
April 16 , 3am - Kids start throwing up!! Dada and I have a long night. 6am - we tell everyone we have to cancel Easter. 8am - Kivi realizes we're not going to church and that no one will see her dress. Crying. One by one they all go down, Pella, Berg, Opal, Tuff, Eben, Jasper. Only Kivi, Coal, Dada and Mama haven't thrown up. But Kivi and Dada sleep all day. And Mama thinks that Dada is just trying to get out of vomit clean-up. (Some of our children have NO idea how to puke in a container, even when it's right in front of them!) We tell the kids we'll have Easter the next day. But the next day Coal and Mama sleep all day and can't get out of bed even if they wanted to. And Mama feels bad that she thought poorly of her sick hubby, who couldn't help the day before because he was actually sick, not hiding.

More Marchiness

March 12 - Eben and Kivi get to go skiing with Nonnie, Poppie and Dada.
March 16 - Dada has his much needed knee surgery.
March 18 - We go to Seattle to see The Taming of the Shrew, because the kids read that this year. 
March 24 - Ipanema for all you can eat meat and Ninja Escape Room with friends! We won the room, but the meat beat me.
March 27 - Family bowling at Uncle Buck's Fishbowl. Just the kids bowled. Tuff had to put his fingers in the holes just right each time and pumped his fist in the air to celebrate whenever he let go of the ball.
Milk Babies - Since Coal gets a bottle, Tuff has decided he wants back in on that action and asks for milk when Coal get a bottle. Sometimes we let him have some.


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Coal's Mining Party!

The kids had the awesome idea of having a Coal Mining Party for Coal's first birthday. We had so many "Coal" themed treats: coal truffles, rice crispy coal, coal and canary cupcakes and a coal cake.
Dada and Uncle Cheese made the mine (which was the crawl space under our house). I saved all the black paper from the Mops Auction and they taped it all around 1/2 the mud room.
Group shot outside the coal mine.
The Coal Miners
We hid dark jewels all over the crawl space and the kids went down in groups with headlights and pails to collect the coal. Every three pieces earned you a piece of candy.
Coal's Birthday Kiss
We served pulled pork, homemade baked beans and "Coal"slaw for dinner. Grandma made some cornbread muffins, too.
Some other games we played were find the canaries around the house, which Karl won, rock climbing and a game where you grab as many canaries off of other people before they take yours which Mr. VanderPol won.
Coal's First Cake - He was a little scared of the candle and singing.
But he LOVED the cake. We've never had a kid get soooo excited to dive right in and devour the thing. He was a mess!
 So he got a birthday bath. After presents he and his girl friends got all cozy in their jammies! It was a fun party celebrating our little mira - coal.

Coal - We love you so much! You are the happiest, most contented baby. You love to be with people, but you don't have to be held all the time. You sleep in the boy's room in the closet crib and love your rainbow blanket which you confiscated from Kivi (It was actually one of her 11th birthday presents.). You laugh, smile, make clicking sounds and make lots of baby sounds, but don't talk yet. You can say Mama and Dada but I don't know if you actually know what they mean. You love your buddy, Opal. You sit with your legs straight out and off the ground; no one else can do it. You just started to scoot around by sitting and then bending one leg, then the other. We are so glad you are in our family and we get to love you and watch you grow! God is good! Happy First Birthday, Coal!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Marchiness

March 2nd  - Eben and Kivi spend all day at Game Stop to be the first in line for Eben to purchase the Switch. He was successful!

March 8th - Berg finished his review book and earned his Book 2 Sparkie pin!

March 9th - After 18 months our ReEngage Foundations group had our last night, a dinner at our house. We took a picture of all the babies born while we were a small group. Five babies in one year! Small group record - every couple had one.
Tuff and Payton didn't want to be left out of the picture taking.

March 10th - Coal turns ONE today!!!
So we took his one year old pictures on the white blanket. Tradition.
... of course Tuff couldn't be left out of a photo shoot.