Sunday, October 14, 2012

What's in a name?

Pepper: Mommy, sometimes people call you Kathy.
Me: Yep, that's my name. What is Daddy's name?
Pepper: Honey.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Update and lots of pictures

 In March Taylor went to Portland for March Madness with his stepdad and brothers. They had a blast! And since he was going to be gone, I drove out to Iowa to spend a week with Karen and family!!! That week conveniently turned into 2 1/2 weeks, and I was still sad to leave. We had so much fun! We stayed up way too late talking, we ran, went to the zoo, played at the park, went to the St. Patrick's Day parade and made the most amazing green breakfast. Ever. It was so fun to have our kids play and get to know each other better. I LOVE MY SISTER! Oh yeah, and we completely repainted a room in her house, including doors, baseboards, ceiling...and made a sweet frame for her wall...and it all looks so awesome.

Pepper, Ash, and Tate making soup. And macaroni and cheese.

My girls

On a fun walk at a cool park! 

Karen demonstrating perfect ceiling painting form

This doesn't due justice to the awesomeness of this room and frame. 

I also made a frame a few months ago. Found these old window frames with glass still in them on the tree lawn. Fun easy project. And I made the wreath to go on it. Too bad Karen's is way cooler than mine. haha Just kidding. But it really's just not too bad. :)
Story smiling - cuter than the frame I was taking the picture of

Another tree lawn find! (Thank you Jasmine!!) Pepper helped me clean it. For an hour. 

She (and friends) have loved having a sandbox in our backyard.

"Don't get me, Elliot!!!"


Dr. Daddy teaching Pepper how to hear heart murmurs

All holidays are more fun when your kids are a little older and really enjoy them. Painting easter eggs was so fun with Pepper! And finding the Easter baskets! We went to a dinner and easter egg hunt at our friends Holly and Mark's house and had a blast. Pepper loved finding Easter eggs. We loved having good friends to spend the holiday with.

Story examining the grass while everyone else enjoyed the hunt

Pepper running for an egg!

Our little family

Life has been fun this summer! We spend lots and lots of time outside enjoying the sunshine and the heat! We frequent different parks each week, hit up the swimming pool, and go on lots of walks to any place within walking distance. We also still like story time and playing with friends in the backyard.

Max, Pepper, and Elliot playing in our backyard during our "Story's First Birthday/YAY Exams are Over" Bash! We had all the first years over for a weenie roast on our fire pit and had fun swinging on the tire swing, talking, and eating delicious food! And the world's best s'mores.

After crying hysterically when her fingers were covered with frosting, Story decided she liked her cake after all. 

Pepper liked it too. Obviously.

Thomas, Will, Pepper, Abbie, and Story shwimmin!

"ooh!" A classic Story face. She loves her swimming pool from Grandma.

Pepper loves to push Story on the swing. And Story loves it too! This was when we went to Chagrin Falls - a cute waterfall and little town. It was pretty and the ice cream was yummy.

Pepper driving Story in the tractor. This was at Patterson's Farm. Right after we drove 30 minutes out there to pick strawberries and found out that they were all picked out for the day! We still had fun and ate delicious homemade donuts.

Story in the tractor wheel

Grandma likes to periodically remind the girls of their Canadian heritage. They proudly waved their flags on our walk.

Pepper could swing all day if I'd let her. And I love that she loves wearing her sunglasses.

Pepper at the beach! 

We had a fun day with friends at the beach and I only got a little sunburned. 

Story had fun at the beach too. See?

Story sleeping with Joshua on our walk. Little rascals. Ahh, young love. Jasmine and Joshua hung out with us while our husbands were at a conference in Orlando. It was so fun to have her around and so nice to not be alone! I'm so grateful for good friends. Seriously.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Story is the big ONE!

Happy birthday to our little Story Ann! You know, a few weeks ago. She has grown up so much lately and seems so much more involved in things. She is tipping the scales at a whopping 17.75 lbs, placing her in the 10th percentile! That's big! It's all in her chubby little thighs. Her two words are "wow!" and "uh-oh" She loves to eat all the food we eat and good thing too because I was so done with baby food. I would tell you her favorites, but to this point she pretty much just pounds whatever we set before her. Although, she does have a great love for rocks, wood chips, sticks, pieces of broken asphalt, grass...I'm constantly pulling them out her mouth.

Recent accomplishments: learning to crawl up the stairs, learning to clap (she does it all the time with a huge smile on her face. Love it.), and just today she took her first steps!! She can balance forever while eating or playing with a toy and can stand up easily from a sitting position all by herself. We'll see how long it takes her to really get going, but it was so fun to see her do those first steps! And lucky for you, we  got it on film (if that is the correct term considering it isn't film at all...) so you can enjoy it too!

Other fun tidbits: Currently one of her favorite hobbies is scooting all around the house pushing a little wooden train. Seriously, she did nothing but this for a full 45 minutes the other day. Her hair is strawberry blonde and looks very red in certain lights. I think it might stay red because she seems to have the matching personality! She is full of energy and excitement and opinions. She has become very vocal about voicing those opinions...loudly and with much drama. It's actually pretty funny. She also enjoys wrestling with Pepper. Mostly. I'm always surprised that she is laughing and not crying. She just loves her big sister! Pepper enjoys playing with her more and more and it's really helpful for me. Pepper likes to have Story follow her around or chase her, to crawl with her, give her toys, tell her what to do and what not to do, and tell her interesting things about life. It's fun to watch them interact more.

Apparently I'm a nut job.

On Tuesdays this local gourmet pizza place has all large pizzas on for $6. Recently we (meaning I) decided that this sounded better than making dinner. Taylor was home, so I ran quickly to pick up the pizza. While waiting for our order I began talking with a lady and her mom. The lady said something about me being a cute pregnant girl and congratulations and then she was distracted and her mom started to ask me questions about my pregnancy.
When are you due?
Is this your first?
Nope, our third!
Wow. How old are the others?
Two and One.
You are a nut job!
[unsure how to respond] haha thanks!

Is there a correct way to respond to this?! The funniest part was that we kept talking for another few minutes and she repeated this phrase to me several times and never once qualified it with a congratulations or that's great or good luck. Just, you're a nut job! I'm pretty hard to offend, so it wasn't offensive to me how she responded, but just so funny! Who says that?! She was so nice in all of her conversation I figure she just really thinks I must be crazy! Well, she is probably right on that point. But, crazy or not, we are really excited for baby girl three to join our little family!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pepper funny

Just before bed tonight I had Pepper go to the bathroom (YES! She is potty trained and it's awesome!). She sat down, pooped out 3 little logs, stood up and said, "I got some out! Yook! It's a family!" haha!! Hilarious. I love having kids.

Monday, January 30, 2012

It's the end of January!

We're alive! And even better than that, we are enjoying what I am continually told is a crazily mild winter. Apparently the snow normally stacks up taller than your kids all winter, noses and ears freeze off, and the sun refuses to be seen for months on end...but not this year! I was preparing for the worst and it hasn't been bad at all! I am secretly hoping we can somehow luck out like this for the next 7 years?! I've even been able to run outside most of the winter!

So...yeah...kind of slacked off for the last couple of months. Thanksgiving in a nutshell was: awesome. We went to Iowa to my sister Karen's house and 2 of our other siblings came too, so it was a big half of the family party in Iowa! We had a blast talking, doing karaoke, laughing, and going on hikes. We even managed to get Karen and Lisel back from Black Friday shopping at Wal-Mart without being trampled to death! It was a close call. The week went by too fast, but we were just so so grateful to get to spend time together!

Story and Daddy

Uncle Dave is so fun! This was just before that bouncing tree branch broke and they all fell to the ground! Mason, Joseph, Charly, Meredith, Porter

Hi Story!

Uncle Taylor reading books - Tate, Pepper, Ash, Aaron

Pepper and Carsten

Story WAS asleep...Went to check on her and found a group of adoring fans playing with her

Christmas was really fun too (minus Taylor and I being sick with crazy nasty colds for the whole two weeks!). We were lucky enough to go to Canada and spend Christmas with Taylor's family. They always have a ton of extended family around and playing games, eating too much food, and having fun are good staples in the vacation. Taylor also got to go quading and we went to a Flames hockey game. The Christmas Eve nativity and testimony meeting at Grandma and Grandpa's was wonderful as always. Pepper enjoyed Christmas much more this year and that of course made us enjoy it more too! She had fun opening presents and being a part of the excitement. She loved being up there and getting to play with cousins all the time - especially Royal. They play really well - particularly when Royal smothers the play kitchen food with Chapstick and then gives it to Pepper to eat. Pepper took a good lick and decided it wasn't her favorite, but was polite enough to pretend to take licks when Royal continued to offer it. haha! Smart girl. This was all caught on the secret video Kylie was taking of them playing. She is just such a funny girl. She cracks us up all the time! Grandma and Kylie took our girls to hear Darby sing at a recital while we were at the hockey game. Pepper decided to sing her own solo in between the other singers and busted out, "ABCs! ABCs, ABCs!" for all to hear. Then on the way home they asked Pepper if she wanted to eat a treat when they got home she replied, "No thanks, I'm alright." Is she normal?!

Orr/Christensen cousins! Pepper, Story, Livy, Benson, Kale, Royal, Luke

Pepper and Mommy on the frozen lake behind Rod and Brenda's house

With Grandma and Grandpa Pierson

Royal and Pepper in the tub

Not sure why this was so fun, but we saw these two lying on the stairs quite a few times

January brought us back home and into birthday season! Taylor turned the big 2-7 (which somehow catapults you into your "late" twenties and feels much older than 26...) and we celebrated with a small party and cake and ice cream. He's been super busy writing a paper and studying all month...and attending conferences all over the country!

Shoveling snow!

Pepper celebrated her second birthday! So fun! She is proud to tell you that she is "two!" and loves to ride her new rocking horse that she got. She is talking all the time and loves to sing...even songs I didn't know she knew...and occasionally make up her own. She still loves to read and enjoys playing with other kids more and more. She currently loves letters and carries the letter magnets from the fridge around with her and even sleeps with them. Tonight the lowercase u and n are tucked in for a good nights sleep (she always groups them by shape or letter). She now knows all of her letter sounds and loves to sing "the A says ah! the B says buh!..." She's hilarious to listen to while we're driving... "A tractor! There it its! I found it! Oh, a bus! A big big bus! Beep beep! A car, a red car! Yook! I see it. OH! The J says juh! There's a big big J! And an O - ahh ahh!" She just talks and talks and talks and never runs out of really exciting things to tell me. It's fun too as she learns and thinks more. She will say things that show me she has really been thinking about things and putting them together and making sense of her world. And her memory is crazy. She will talk about things and ask me if I remember things that happened months ago and that we haven't talked about forever. She's just fun and full of energy and personality and we love her more and more all the time! Oh, and she randomly decided to go poop on the "big girl potty" a few weeks ago. Sweet. She does a great job at telling us when she needs to go. It's only forgotten when she is at someone else's house or I am not around to tell. But, hey, I wasn't even planning on potty training her yet, so I'm just really excited for her when she goes!

Reading a birthday card. She took them very seriously...

She's cute. :) That's a new birthday hat from Grandma. She still loves hats!

Happy Birthday breakfast! Pancakes are her favorite. Little does she know they are whole wheat and I add spinach to them!

Petting a horse at Farm Park. So fun! Tons of farm animals to watch and pet, feed, etc.

Story is 8 months and becoming more and more of a person all the time. It is fun to watch her grow up! She is finally cutting her first two bottom teeth and is drooling like crazy and chewing on everything. She sits like a champ and usually only falls over when she is pushed by her charming older sister (who says, "We don't push. Makes Story feel sad, and Pepper feel sad too." yet still pushes her...) She can't crawl, but is getting closer to trying and can still move around a bit by scooting on her bum. It's hilarious to watch - she rocks back and forth and there she scoots! She is really chill and content most of the time, but is really social. She loves to be talked to and gives the best smiles and laughs! She really enjoys watching Pepper and laughing at her (and screaming when Pepper steals her toys, which is frequently...still working on that...) People say she is tiny, but she feels really chubby to me! Maybe just because Pepper was so small. I really have no idea how much she weighs these a few weeks I'll let you know! She also loves her Daddy and always lights up with a huge smile when she sees him. Her Jenny jump up is the coolest thing that ever happened in her world and she loves loves loves to jump! She laughs and smiles and jumps and laughs! So great.

Story the jumping bean!

Her serious side

Happy girl!

And, I am nearly 15 weeks pregnant. WHAT? I know. It's insane. I mostly prefer to stay in denial and pretend I am just getting fat. :) I haven't told anyone but family and some close friends here (that I see all the time!), but not because I care if people know, just because I haven't really felt like it...and its kind of fun not telling! It's also really easy since it is winter and I am always wearing big coats. Maybe I am just rebelling. ha! So, I probably sound ungrateful and you are all thinking, "Wow, that poor unwanted child!" Not so. I really am grateful that we can have kids so easily (remember how it took us a long time to have Pepper?) and we are excited to have another sweet little spirit in our family! I was just SO NOT READY to be pregnant again and have another baby! Hello? Pepper and Story are 16 months apart and these two will be 14! Will I completely lose my mind?! Possible. We were using contraception... If there is one thing I have learned in our family its that our children are coming in the Lord's time. Apparently this little one needs to come now, and I am just praying I will have the faith and patience and endurance to be a good mom to all three of our little munchkins!