Monday, March 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Sydney!!!

Sydney, 1 year
Sydney, 2 yearsSydney, 3 years
Sydney turned four on March 16th. These pictures are being posted a little late due to our vacation soon after her party (photos to follow). Sydney had a Disney Princess party...her favorite princess is Cinderella. So, I decided that I would try to make a Cinderella cake. Little did I know, that by the time I bought all the supplies, it would not only cost double what the store-bought one would, it would also take hours to make and decorate! But, seeing the look on her face when she saw her cake was worth it. She said, "Oh, Mommy...she's beautiful!" Sydney and her friend Lauren. They go to preschool together.Me and my princess. Sydney had fun opening presents. She got LOTS of princess stuff!
Group shot with most of the kids. Most of them aren't even looking at the camera... :o) Sydney, getting her last look at the cake before I took it apart and cut into it.
Getting ready to blow out her candle.
One of Sydney's favorite toys was a Fur Real cat. She has been asking for a (real) kitty, so this is keeping her happy for the time being.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Ok, so the other day I blogged about things Sydney has been saying. But, Sam has been cracking me up, too! So, here are a few quotes from the past few days...

-Sam walks around singing, "A dweem is a wish you heart makes when you fass asweep..." (from Cinderella) It is just the sweetest thing...

-Sam has been very resistant to potty training lately, so we've been talking about how he can't wear a diaper to school...and Sam REALLY wants to go to school. So, the other day, I asked him what he gets to do when he doesn't wear a diaper anymore. His response: "Me get go to ballet!" Not quite the response I was looking for... But, it's better than when he responds, "Me get wear panties!"

-Almost every time I ask Sam what his name is and about half the time that other people ask him, he responds, "I Mommy's Boy." When he does decides to say his real name, he says "I Bam!"

-Sam recognizes every Disney princess and likes to point them out and shout their name. Sydney has taught him well!

-Sam refuses to drink out of a pink or purple cup. He says, "No! That's Dydney's cup, no Sam's cup...I a boy, no a girl!" Thanks again Sydney for telling Sam that pink and purple are only for girls...

-I found him running into the couches head first and asked him what he was doing. His response: "I a montmer truck and I cwashing! Vroom Vroom!"

-Sam came into the house from playing outside and with a great big smile on his face, announced, "I poopy! Hurry Mommy, clean me...I stinky boy."

-Sam was dumping out container after container of toys. I asked him what he was doing. He replied, "Making a mess."

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


My sweet little girl is going to be FOUR on March 16th! Time sure flies when you're really busy (and having fun). The following quotes are directly from Sydney...things she has been asking and saying lately...

-"After I'm four, do I get to wear a bra?"

-"I like my curly hair, Mommy. When I get really big like you, will my hair look like yours? I don't want my hair to look like yours Mommy."

-"Sam's not in charge, right Mommy?" No, he's not. "See Sam! I'm in charge, not you!"

-In response to my asking what she was doing..."Oh, I'm just beating up my little brother. It's ok."

-"Daddies go to work...Mommies stay home and babysit." I responded that my job was to take care of her, her brother and Daddy. "But you don't bring home any money for my piggy bank and you don't work in an office, so you don't work."

-"Mommy, can you put Sam back in your tummy? I think he'll still fit."

-"Mommy, I'm not going to be a ballerina when I grow up any hurts too much to put my hair in a bun. But, I'm still gonna marry Austin and have babies after I go to college."

-"Daddies have hair on their face...Mommies just have skin and some boo-boos." (referring to acne)

-John asked Sydney, "You think you know everything, don't you?" Sydney's answer, "Yes."

-"Mommy, I want to have a Disney Princess birthday party. And it has to be a Disney Princess party, not just a regular princess party."

-"Mommy, why is Jesus always walking across the road?" (referring to the local East Indian men in their flowing garments and long beards) "Isn't Jesus in our hearts? How did he get out?"

-"Mommy, my bottom hurts, can you kiss it?"

-After I served her mac n cheese for lunch, she said, "Mommy, this isn't healthy food for me...I think you better give me some chicken dinosaurs or french fries instead."

-"Poop!" (then falls to the ground in a fit of laughter)

-Her general responses to the question, "Why did you do that?" are "Because I wanted to" or "Because I like to."

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Visit with Grandma Alice

The day after we arrived in Fort Bragg, we made the three hour drive to Eureka to visit John's Grandma Alice and Aunt Mary Lee. It was a very long, curvy drive...luckily Sydney mastered the use of a "barf bag" after her experience on the way to Fort Bragg! :o)Mary Lee made us lunch and we had a nice visit with her and with Grandma Alice. It had been quite a long time since we had seen either one of them.John and his grandma.The kids with Mary Lee. The kids had big hugs for Grandma "Awice" when it was time to go.

Fort Bragg

We went to Fort Bragg a couple weeks ago. Our friends Jimmy and Lisa and their boys, Austin and Hunter joined us there. We had such a great time!The kids loved looking at the ocean.Sam showed us how far he could throw!Little rock climbers! Fun at the beach...
A note from John...
Sydney running across the beach...
The kids got to fly a kite for the first time.
The tide was really low one day, so we went exploring... we found star fish and anemones.