Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Might as Well

The day after Edith's birthday, we moved! If you're going to possibly overdo it after major surgery, when you've been given instructions not to lift anything over 8 pounds for 8 weeks, no housework, etc… you might as well really go for it, right? I was pretty proud of myself, actually. I didn't lift anything. For real. And for those of you who know me, you know what an amazing thing that is. I just pointed. A lot. I kept the grunting to a minimum, though. 

My amazing family and friends made it possible for it all to happen. Rophone and my girls really stepped up and took on a huge amount of work. It's pretty crazy to attempt a move when we did, but the perfect house for our family came up and we didn't want to hesitate and possibly lose the chance to live there. Luckily, most of our stuff was already boxed up and in storage and just needed to be hauled to the new place. 

Big insisted that I take his photo so that it looks like he's driving the truck. Way to keep your eyes on the road, Big!

The house is perfect for us, just like I thought it would be. It's light and bright, I love that everyone has their own room, the yard is fantastic with a perfect basketball court for Big, and everyone feels comfortable. Like we're at home. Edith is so comfortable here that she doesn't feel like she needs to be where I am all the time anymore-- she plays in all parts of the house, and spends hours entertaining herself. Hours at a time. Really. It's so fantastic.

One of the best parts? It's super close to the elementary and middle schools so we can just send the kids out the door in the morning instead of having to climb in the car. The only kid we have to drive is Pen. On some mornings it means we're cutting out 3 driving trips! That's huge! It means that Edith and I can spend our mornings relaxing and drinking hot cocoa in our jammies instead of sitting in the car. 

Much better. 

Even a move doesn't keep us from making our trips to the library. 

Our new driveway is perfect for Edith to practice riding the scooter she got for her birthday. So much fun.

I uncovered a floor drawing pad that used to be Pen's when I was unpacking our stuff. Edith has spent hours and hours drawing and coloring in it. She has been loving having me draw houses and then she'll color them in. When I started adding doghouses in the yard it became even more fun. 

I really love it when she draws "humans". Edith never calls them people, it's always humans. "Hey, Mom, do you like my human?" It cracks me up. I was wearing an apron with a person on it the other day and Edith said, "Your apron has a human on it." It's almost like she's not a human…

I love that this human she drew has eyebrows and nostrils. 

I should have taken a picture of the human she drew that had dots all over its face. I told her that the dots were cute and she responded, "They're not dots, they're zits." Maybe not so cute, I guess. This three-eyed, spiked penguin is awesome, though. 

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day and the leprechauns were up to some tricks. Silly leprechauns. 

Edith was so happy to have something new-to-her in green that she could wear to avoid being pinched. I love that we bought this skort 10 years ago for Ginger and, even after being worn by cousins, it has made its way back to Edith. It's so fun to see Edith looking cute in the same things worn by her sisters. It's still adorable and so is the girl wearing it.

I was pretty happy that for the first time in years I actually had something green to wear. Hooray for not being pinched!

The Cutest 4 Year Old in Town

A few days shy of 3 weeks post-surgery, Edith turned four. There was no way I was going to let it hinder the celebration, though. Turning 4 is huge! She may be our fifth kid to do it, but this is Edith's first and only time. It's special! You can tell what a big deal it is just by looking at the smile on her face. 

Edith spent the day with Rophone while I set to work to make it look like a party. The balloons Rophone picked out were perfect. 

Edith was so happy that her Grandma and Grandpa Gorilla were able to come help her celebrate (but I forgot to take pictures with them, of course). I fixed the same chicken burrito dinner we had for Ginger's birthday because when Edith tasted it she announced that it would be her birthday dinner, too. It was really nummy. Again. :)

Edith loved the gifts she received (the scooter was a hit), but I think she was even more excited to get to the cake. She loves cake.

Happy, Happy Birthday, Edith! We love you so much!

Back On the Horse

Hey, I'm back! I had some surgery, and it's amazing how when you don't feel that great things like typing up blog posts don't sound that appealing. Either I'm feeling better, or the guilt and stress of how far behind I'm getting is bothering me. Ha!

First I'll start with a few photos I took of Ginger on her longboard. I took these a few days after her birthday, so she's even better on it now, but she sure does love it. 

We made another trip to the library-- such a perfect time to document Edith's style. So, here's another installment in my Library Attire photo series:

I could tell that Bud was nervous about the fact that Rophone would be helping him make his Valentine's box this year, since my surgery would make me unable to do it and we usually work on it together. So, the night before my surgery, I set about throwing together a Valentine's box idea for Bud to possibly use. I knew he would most likely be appalled by what I quickly assembled, and hoped that it would make him more excited (and relieved) to be working with his dad on the project.

I was in surgery when Bud saw my creation, but apparently I was spot on in judging his reaction. Put a "shirt" on it and I would totally use it. I think it rocks. Total personality! Bud was way more happy with what he and his dad came up with as an alternate. 

It won the award for "most colorful". Fitting. I wonder what my box would have won? Probably the "best hair" award. 

I was pretty down and out after my surgery, but I managed to get a little video of Edith on her balance bike (she's awesome at it!) and I captured this picture of Edith and Rophone doing a little clothing design together. 

Daddy-daughter designing is just about the cutest. They had so much fun together during the two weeks Rophone took off work after my surgery. I think we could get used to having him around all the time if it were possible. Everything's better with Rophone.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Ginger Groundhog is 14!

The best part of Groundhog's Day is definitely that we get to celebrate Ginger's birthday. I hate to say it, but the Groundhog gets pretty much ignored around here-- sorry, chump, no Groundhog's Day glory for you. 

Ginger is waaay cuter than Punxsutawney Phil, anyway, so it's to be expected. See?

I was super excited for the chance to use some of my cute new paper for the presents. I have a thing for wrapping paper.

We ate an absolutely delicious dinner of chicken burritos (thanks for requesting them, Ginger, they really hit the spot!) and then opened gifts. 

Ginger has really been getting into art lately, so this sketch book made her really happy.

The present that made her the happiest, though, is something that we hid until the very end-- a longboard! Ginger has been wanting one, and we're so glad we got it for her because she's been on it almost constantly since her birthday. Total score.

After the gifts, it was time to move on to the blowing out of the candles portion of our evening. Ginger didn't want a cake, so I made her the gluten free chocolate chip cookies she wanted and served it with her favorite salted caramel ice cream. She was happy.

It was such a great birthday, and we're really glad that Grandma and Grandpa Gorilla could join us for the celebration.

Happy Birthday, Ginger! We love you!

What's Been Going Down

The morning that the kids returned to school after Christmas break, Edith was ready to jump immediately into working on her goals. She brought up the idea right after I got out of the shower and kept pressuring asking me to help her with more and more as the morning went on. So self-motivated, that girl. We ended up working on her reading, practicing writing her name, learning to zip her coat, and learning how to button sweaters. She spent a looong time on the sweater-buttoning, but of course she refused to try something with bigger buttons first. Edith is one determined girl. She's going to go places with an attitude like hers. 

A week later we finally got some good snowman snow. So, after we shoveled (work before play, and all that)…

We worked together to create this lovely snowgirl named Marshmallow:

You can tell how pleased Edith is with it just by the smile on her face. I'm so glad we got a chance to make it together. 

A few days later, Edith and I were able to go watch Bud compete in his school's geography bee. He was one of only 2 fourth graders in the school bee, with 4 fifth graders and 4 sixth graders who all won their class bees. It was really fun (and nerve-wracking!) to watch. We're so proud of Bud for taking part, and the icing on the cake was that he placed 3rd, being beaten out by two of the 6th graders. Way to go, Bud!

 I love the way Edith expresses her personality and individuality with the outfits she wears. They make me smile because they are so her.

When she came out in this outfit one morning, the conversation we had made me so happy: "So, you think this goes pretty well together, huh?" She looked back over her shoulder and replied, "Of course! It's unicorns, flowers, and mouse!" 

 I mean, it's not everyone who can pull off this look to go to the grocery store:

Edith had a sickie couple of days that were a real bummer. It was an odd little fever without much else, but it took the wind out of her sails.

Just a few days later, though we went out for a fun walk with Big. We stopped to take some photos of ourselves and I said, "Let's make funny faces!"

They totally hung me out to dry! Thanks, kids. 

Edith and I were stoked to get the chance to go see Bud compete again, this time in the school spelling bee. Bud totally rocked it, tying for 4th place! The girl they had reading the words pronounced things a little weirdly, though, so both Bud and a friend ended up getting out on words they knew, but couldn't tell that's what she said. Total bummer, but now they know to take the time to ask for a definition and that the word be used in a sentence! So proud of you, Bud!

The month of January ended up being a pretty fun and exciting one. I mean, how could it not be great when I get to hang out with this girl? Cutie pie. One night I was helping Edith brush her teeth when suddenly she put her hand to her chest and said,
Edith: "My heart is beating really fast. I can feel it."
Me: "You can? Is it beating faster than normal?"
Edith: "Yes. Maybe I'm going to die."
Me: "Hmmm…I don't think you're going to die. I hope not, anyway. Do you feel okay?"
Edith: "Yeah. Maybe I'm turning invisible. That's probably what it is."
Me: "Yeah, probably."