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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Ready to Rock


Trinity is 5 months old now- this was official last Saturday. And as of yesterday she is now up on all fours (2 hands and both knees) and rocking back and forth. She is having so much fun trying to move around! I can't believe I'm about to have THREE kids to chase around this house...they grow up so fast!!!

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Our Visit to the Zoo Today

We went to the Zoo today. Just the 4 of us- me and the three kiddos. It was lots of fun. We have a membership, so we should go more often and it takes all of 5 minutes to get there. But, when Bakri was in school it was almost impossible to do anything. His school hours were so short- only from 8:30-11:30. So, I spent all morning either getting ready to take him, pick him up, and of course bringing all the other kids along with me everywhere we went. Then, it was time for lunch and then naps. So, there was no time for any other enrichment activities. Now Bakri is home with us and we actually have time to do things as a family. It is definitely a lot better for the other kids and I already see a huge positive change in Bakri too.

We spent the morning and the early part of the afternoon at the zoo. We saw the meerkats, the giraffes, lots of fish, bats, the new baby giraffe- Miles, the elephants, lions and the california sea lions. I made sandwiches and brought those for lunch. We had a great time.
The highlight of our visit (other than seeing the animals) was the carousel ride. The boys are both big enough now that I don't have to worry about them falling off. So, that makes it easier for me to manage all three of them at once- as long as Trinity is in the baby bjorn.

We are looking forward to many more local adventures in the days and weeks to come.
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Trinity's Sleeping Tour of Maui

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1-2-3 Go!

Maddux and Bakri took 10 rides on these pretend roller coasters. It's not nearly the same as the real deal. But, they liked them a lot.

Christian loves cake!Yes, Maddux has his hand in his mouth in this picture. And yes, there is clearly cake icing missing from his side of the cake. What can you expect when you put a cake so close to a 2 year old?...he only has so much restraint!
James on his 4th birthday. The whole family was feeling a little under the weather that day. Michael was really sick that week and my dad found out a few days later that he was suffering from pneumonia. Luckily, everyone is doing much better now.
My dear friend, Holly came to town with her son, Owen. And we met up at another friend of ours- Jordan's home. My boys and Holly's little boy are like a stairstep. Each one a little bit smaller than the next. And they had the best time together, just running up and down the driveway. Luckily noone got hurt. They only collided a couple of times! :-) Boys will be boys. I wish we could all hang out a lot more. But, when you don't live in the same city or state, you take what you can get.

Jordan also has a baby boy. But, he is too little to run on the driveway just yet. Speaking of, last night I was asking Bakri about a boy from his school I mentioned the child's name and he said no- not him, Baby (blank- I don't want to put his name and offend the older one!) But, it was interesting that he knew just how to differentiate and let me know which child of the same name that he wanted to spend time with- and it was Baby. So, I guess we need another playdate at Jordan's soon!
We celebrated our nephew's 4th birthday last month. He and Bakri are just a couple of months a part in age. And they get along great. They love a lot of the same things- music, baseball, the astros and Chuck E. Cheese. This was a Chuck E. Cheese party with a guitar birthday cake. Fun!
Trinity was sporting a holiday party dress for the occasion. She likes to dress up!
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day

My parents, or really my mother, rather (although my dad is fully supportive) make that extra effort to make holidays and birthdays really special. My Nannie (mom's mom) was like that in some ways. She never forgot to send us cards and gum for every occasion. Her gum choice was juicy fruit. I still have some that I never chewed that are in old cards from holidays' past. Now, my parents carry on the tradition with my children. They always send them cards and special gifts for holidays. My mom picks out the cutest clothes too that go with the occasion. Last night we opened our Valentines as a family. Here is Bakri holding up his "King of Hearts" t-shirt. Maddux got one too!
Little Miss Trinity is getting so BIG and so fun! She is such a little giggly girl. She loves to laugh. This week she had her 4 month check up and vaccinations. She was technically 4 1/2 months at the time. And she is off the charts! We knew she was big, but it is now confirmed. She is in the 100 percentile across the board....at least she is in proportion!!! Remember how happy she is with bows on her head, well it turns out she loves hats too. She is going to be the fashionista of the family.
The grandparent valentines included some new books. Here we are reading the new books for the first time.
Did I mention we saw Elmo last weekend? T and I just returned from a women's retreat with First Pres where I was leading the worship- amazing weekend by the way and Grandmother even came along and blessed many ladies with her presence. Anyway, Sesame Street Live came to Houston and we went. The boys and Trinity really enjoyed it. I thought it was a little on the long side. But, who asked me? :-)
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