Tuesday, July 29, 2008
1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together or that you have of the kids. Or of Jim, if you want! It doesn't matter if you knew us a little or a lot-- or just from blogland-- anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It's actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I'll assume you're playing the game and I'll come to your blog and leave one about you.
Monday, July 28, 2008
We managed to get there, get set up, and get Reagan dressed in time for pictures. She wore the same dress she wore at Easter, one we bought then specifically for this wedding. She was somewhat cooperative for the pictures. She looked beautiful in her dress, of course!
What an adventure! We were so glad to be a part of Josh and Erin's wedding, and we wish them a lifetime of love and happiness together!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
My favorite new phrase of the kids' is "My next!" This is what they say when they want to be next for whatever the current activity is. I love it because grammatically it makes so much sense to their little minds.
I say, "Your ball." They say, "My ball."
I say, "You're next." They say, "My next."
As far as they are concerned, "your" and "you're" are the same word with the same meaning, so "my" makes perfect sense! I love it! I've never heard another toddler say this before, although I'm sure it is not unique to my children.
As a side note, although I had to struggle with many a teenage student to teach them the difference between "your" and "you're," I sincerely hope that my children's English teachers will not have to do the same.
For now, I'm not worried about it. I'm enjoying it for all its cuteness!
Zachary had an eye infection, then he came down with hand/foot/mouth disease (which is not nearly as bad as it sounds). The disease gave him an ear infection. The antibiotic for the ear infection gave him diarrhea which turned into a horrendous yeast infection/diaper rash that lasted forever! It was truly awful!
And Reagan had pink eye.
I think that was it. It was mostly Zachary, but it was enough! What a month of sickness June was! We've been totally healthy for a couple of weeks now, and hopefully it will stay that way for a nice long time!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
We had an absolute blast! It was so much fun to watch the kids play together and chase each other all over the yard! And I loved getting to cuddle a little baby again!
Tyler loved the swing set too!
Pretty little Avery!
Reagan LOVED having Avery around! Anytime they were in the same room, Reagan spent a good portion of her energy pointing at Avery and squealing, "Be-bee! Be-BEEEEE!!!" She also liked to poke Avery in the face. "Be-bee eye?" We worked a lot on teaching her NOT to do that.
While in Jasper for the reunion, we paid a visit to Gammy and Granny Kat. Here's Gammy with all her kids and grandkids!
Sidenote: At the reunion, Aunt Jayne gave each of the kids a set of Go, Diego, Go plastic animal figurines. One set was water creatures and included a hammerhead shark. Thomas lifted it in the air and proudly proclaimed, "Airplane!"
Monday, July 7, 2008
Still loving the swing set!
We had seats of honor!
Abby, loving the Bounce House
We lounged in the sun!
Cris and Carter
Reagan and Granny Kat
A FULL pool!
We took pictures!
Jonathan lends me a helping hand
We smiled for the camera!
A FULL table! (clockwise, from the top) Reagan, Thomas, David, Carter, Jonathan, Zachary, Abby, Cami
We opened presents!
We blew bubbles!
We learned to say Papaw!
Jonathan shows Papaw his new toy
We let them eat cake!
Aunt Jayne's cake
My cupcake-cake for the kids
We ate the candy first!
Zachary LOVES candy!
We tried to steal our brother's candy!
Give me some of yours!
We got messy!
Notice the icing smeared across his chest from where he wiped his hands!
We had a great time!
Birthday parties are AWESOME!
Sunday, July 6, 2008
What did we do to celebrate? Well, we started off the day by going to the DOCTOR'S OFFICE! Yea!! Jonathan and Zachary had their 2-yr checkup that morning, poor things! Luckily, there were no shots at this checkup, just a finger prick. They both got glowing reports! Sort of. Zachary weighed 27lbs, a good average weight. Tiny Jonathan weighed only 21.5 lbs, a loss of half a lb since 6 months ago. We've been a little concerned about his size lately because he is so obviously smaller than the other three. His height and head circumference measurements were both on track, so that was good. And the blood work from his finger prick came back normal, so that was also good! Molly suggested that we increase his fat intake, and asked if there was a history of thyroid problems in our family. Well, there is, on Jim's side...
...so what else did we do to celebrate our birthday? Took Jonathan to the HOSPITAL!!! Woo-hoo! I took Jonathan to Children's Hospital after the checkup so they could draw some more blood and test him for thyroid problems.
It turns out his thyroid is fine, so probably Jonathan will just be the small one. Or, who knows, he could hit a growth spurt any day now, start eating everything in sight and gain 10 lbs in the next 6 months. You never know!
Surely, THEN we did something fun for our birthday! Well, actually, no, we ate lunch and took a nap.
BUT THEN we got up and did some fun stuff! Here the kids are during the very seconds that they turned 2!
I LOVE being 2! Jonathan
I'm 2? Does that mean I start getting my own way now? Zachary
Mom, is this 4:30 picture really necessary? I'm busy! Reagan
Hey! Did you hear I'm 2?
After playing outside, we went in and played with the brand-new Play-Doh that Aunt Jodie, Uncle Jeff, and our cousins gave us for our birthday. It was the first time the kids had ever played with real Play-Doh! They didn't really know what to do with it, but we managed to have some fun!
Notice the hospital arm bracelet, the envy of his siblings that day!
That was about it for the actual birthday. It might not have been the most fun day ever, but that was okay because the next day was PARTY TIME! Stay tuned!
Luanne, Jim, and Matt with the kids
Right before the kids' birthday, we were delighted to welcome our friends Matt and Luanne for a visit to the Harris House of Quadruple Fun! I have known Matt since the SECOND GRADE! How crazy is that? He and his wife Luanne live in Canada, and we hadn't seen them since way before the kids were born. It was so great to see them again! And Matt's dad too, who made the drive over from Memphis to get in on the quad-action too! Well, and to see his son, I suppose.
We had a great visit and hope they can come again soon! We're not quite ready to take the kids to Canada to see them! Maybe, someday!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thanks Austin! These balls are great!
Jonathan, showing off his pool-climbing abilities
Reagan, all smiles, as usual
Thomas, trying to figure out the watering can
After swimming, we did a little swinging and took some really fast rides down the slide!
What fireworks? I don't see any fireworks!