Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breakfast time!

“Okay, I’ve got my p.j.s on, my goggles are firmly in place, and now I’ve just got to land properly in this high chair and we’re ready to go!”

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She put these on herself with a little straightening assistance from Chris.

Friday, February 24, 2012

“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”–Michelangelo

The 10 year olds, Reed the most, have been trying to grow muscles.  Reed, our string bean, often pulls up his sleeve to show me how big his biceps are getting.  This evening he showed me his 6-pack while flexing his stomach muscles.  Douglas was also in the room as we discussed muscle acquisition.  I asked Douglas, “are you working on a 6 pack?”

“Yes, I’m growing a 6-pack too, but it’s not showing through my skin yet.”

To me, that was the funniest thing I’d heard all day!  As usual, I’m trying to get healthiertaylor_lautner_new_moon_shirtless2 through exercise and diet.  When I think about ever having a flat stomach nipping and tucking will definitely be a part of that plan.  Two sets of twins and a big baby in the middle do not a beautiful abdomen make.  I’m fine with that reality and so when I heard Douglas’ optimistic statement about the hidden six pack, I laughed my head off (I have since reattached my head).  Douglas has one of the most literal minds I know, but he can also see the humor in something once he sees his mom shaking with laughter.

If you’re Taylor Lautner you not only have a 6 pack but a wolf pack.  Ha-ha, I make myself laugh sometimes.  Sorry.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Baby Chanel (pronounced like Coco Chanel. Only, this Chanel makes the onesie look like the sleekest fashion choice on the planet!)

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Vanny and Gavin’s new baby girl, Chanel Roth Jensen.  I can’t pronounce how you’re supposed to say her middle name because it’s not an American pronunciation.  So, you’ll have to get it straight from Gavin or Vanny.  She is just BEAUTIFUL!  We stopped by for a visit this afternoon and I got to hold her for a little while.  From what I saw, Vanny and Gavin are wonderful parents already.  


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It’s hard to believe that Aunt Jodi is now a Grandma Jodi!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Addressing a few topics of interest

Dental Care:

I’m not sure how effective chewing on your toothbrush is when it comes to a thorough cleaning, but at least this picture shows she’s got the front teeth method down.

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Isaac lost his 3rd tooth with the help of his sister Miriam, the sister shown above brushing her teeth.  Somehow they were wrestling or she was getting tickled or something like that when her foot met his mouth with a great ker-chow!  Out came the tooth!  I think I see a future for Miriam as a dentist or maybe a karate sensei.

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Bucky B. Katt

Self Defense Course 101:

Elizabeth has her pinned and because of an uncontrollable case of the giggles, and the fact that her sister weighs at least 4 pounds more than her, Miriam cannot come out of her hold.

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I think the bite to the bottom did it.  She’s free!

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Counter Time:

After watching Elizabeth successfully, yet treacherously, climb the barstools, I decided to just set them on the chairs and let them enjoy the feeling of being a big kid.

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Miriam really likes to find a surface with a pencil or marker and have at it.  I learned a while ago never to buy markers that can’t be washed off.  She keeps finding pencils all over the house.  It’s like they call to her, beckoning her, and begging that she put them to good use.  Kind of like chocolate and me.  The chocolate must fulfill the purpose of its creation and I must help it.  It’s the right thing to do.

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Aren’t those the cutest dresses and sweaters ever?  Aunt Erin and Aunt Jodi have great taste.  I must admit these girls have been spoiled on all fronts in the cute cloths department!

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Anyone know how to deal with curly, fuzzy, and unmanageable hair on babies?

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Please, don’t drop that jam on your dress! 

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I really can’t believe how big they’ve gotten!!!!  The baby girls are 21 months now and do you know what that means?  Do you?  They will be 2 year olds in May, just 3 months away!!!!  I don’t know if I’m ready for my babies to be so old.

Birth Announcement:

Just got news that my cousin Gavin’s wife, Vanny, just had her baby girl this morning!  Congratulations to them!!!!!  By the way, Gavin, where are the pictures already?!


I’m sorry I don’t put as many pictures of the boys on the blog any more.  I shall make a greater effort to do so.  Usually, when I’ve got the camera out they just want me to take pictures of them eating, running around topless, or play fighting.  Let’s not encourage overindulgent, partial nudists with an interest in violence, by documenting it.  (See sample below).  Okay, it’s pretty funny and he actually has his shirt on.

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