Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas 2010

Rigby opening his ball popper

Rowan trying on her jammies

Rowan and Rig enjoying their new wagon from Mimi

Getting ready to open presents Christmas morning

Two studs playing toys :)

Cole got in on the action too

Happy family...Derek, Rig, Cole, Rowan & Mommy

Rigby playing on his new toy from Mimi Gora

Rowan's Concert by the Fireplace

Rowan has been singing a lot lately, and it is so cute! Sometimes when we're driving in the car she'll just start singing a song in her sweet little voice...Derek and I always get a kick out of it.  She gets a little shy when she realizes we're listening.  Other times though, she belts it out loud and proud.  We got her one of those cheesey little megaphone/microphones for Christmas, and she's been having fun with that.  Her favorite though is to use one of the ornaments from the tree as her microphone.  Unfortunately, it's one of those long glass tree topper bulbs so we always take it away from her. 

Rowan sang songs the other day when we were making the gingerbread house. She kept singing happy birthday to! Afterward we had a little concert so she could perform her favorite songs :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

rock star

Rowan is still doing the sun glasses thing...this morning she put them on to go to the sitters...and then wore them on her head in the car.  She cracks me up!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

love bugs

Every morning Rowan sneaks into our bed to snuggle...usually around 6am. But as soon as she hears Rigby talking on the monitor she gets super excited and says "Biggy awake...he talkin...I get him!" and she rushes into his room, climbs in his crib, and they play and cuddle.  It's really cute and just warms my heart. 

I remember when Rowan was little and Derek and I would race to her door to get her out of bed whenever she was waking up from a nap.  It's like we would fight over who could get to get her 1st.  Now Rowan is the one running to Rigby's room to get him because she loves him so much. 

watch out jackie o'

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Gingerbread anyone?

Rowan and I decorated a gingerbread house today.  She was sooooo excited and couldn't wait for Rigby to go down for his morning nap so we could break open the "kit".  We don't have the time or energy to bake our own gingerbread these days, so the Walmart kit really worked wonders for us gals.

Rowan ate a lot of candy as you might imagine, but in the spirit of Christmas this mommy could not say no :)  We ate and iced and stuck candies until we ran out...lots of fun of course.  Rowan's favorite part was licking Santa I think, but eating gumballs was a close second.  I guess this gingerbread memory will be staying with her for quite awhile...gum digests slow right?  Ha! 

Getting ready for Christmas

Cole helping to warm up the tree skirt

Decorating the mantle...yes, we have camo stockings

Making sure all the lights "taste" just right

Holiday baking...mmmmmm

Trying out our snow suit

Standing in awe of the biggest snow angel known to man

And finally, showing love to Santa

Just cheeky

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Missing child!

I was running around the house this morning in a frenzy trying to find my missing child!  I could hear him but I could not see him...who would think to check the shower?  I ran in and out of the bathroom a few times and could not figure out where he was.  What a sneaky little guy...I saw him "eyeing" the shower this morning.  He loves water so I shouldn't have been surprised to find him slipping all over in there, happy as can be of course!

Look at his wet little legs!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Making good use of a Home Depot box!

Mickey Mouse Parade

We took the kids to see Mickey Mouse in Chicago a few weeks's a Disney Parade downtown the night of the big Christmas tree lighting.  We went with our friends Joe & Kelsey Starke and their two daughters Kylie and Lyla.  I dreaded the idea of going at first with the crowds and cold and all that, but it was so much fun!  I think sometimes I get selfish with my time at home on the weekends since I work all week long and then end up missing out on fun little getaways like this one.  It was so much fun and really so worth it to see Rowan's face light up when she saw all the big balloons and the characters in the parade.  It was so could tell she thought Mickey was waving at her....awwww :) 

Rowan also had a great time with Kylie who is 3.  The girls played dolls and jumped on the bed and even ended up sleeping together in the same bed.  It was just darling to watch them together.  They were each lying in the bed together, holding their baby dolls and blankies, giggling and playing. 

Waiting on Mickey...Rowan is being a goof as usual!

We borrowed a friend's double jogging stroller so the kids got to snuggle in side by side :)

Rowan blowing kisses to Mickey

And waving with eyes full of glee...just look at her sweet!

She had to sit on Daddy's shoulders to see over the crowd
Rigby stuffing his face...all layered in warm clothes and looking LARGE

Friday, November 19, 2010

Family Pics -- finally!

We had family pictures taken for the 1st time ever last weekend...I can hardly believe it!  I actually thought they were going to be cancelled because of the weather (it was rainy) and I had a really bad eye infection all week.  But we pulled ourselves together and went thru with it!  These pics are the only ones we've seen so far.  But aren't they just so sweet?  Ashley Wittmer, a friend from church, came to our house to shoot them, and we went down the road to to the Rice family farm too.  I'm excited to see the rest :) 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bathtime babies

Rowan and Rigby have lots of fun taking their baths at night. Rowan has been helping to wash Rigby with a big surprise with her cleaning/mommying skills. Rigby just laughs and laughs whenever he's in the tub...he's so cute.

Look how much bigger Rigby is than Rowan...what a tank!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mommy's little helper

It's starting to look like our little Rowan might have a future as a cleaning lady.  She LOVES to help mommy clean and is (as usual) determined to do things herself.  We hear this a lot at our house..."NO, I DO IT" or "I DO IT, I DO IT, I DO IT".  I'm serious, if you give this child a task, she's a happy camper!  She loves to wipe down anything she can reach with wipes...from baby doll butts (she can wipe a teddy bear's butt over and over for hours, to kitchen cabinets, to the sofa?, and even her baby brother's crib.  She also loves to sweep the floors, take a new trash bag and place it in the trash can (whether it's empty or not), and is even doing dishes now.  She'll stand at the sink and just rinse and wash on her own, sometimes making a mess with water but other times is actually being helpful. 

I'm always amazed by what a 2 year old is capable of! I can't imagine what this little monkey will be up next year when she's turning 3.  With my luck she'll probably be more into making messes than cleaning them up at that point!  I had Derek take a video of her helping mommy rinse dishes last was SO cute so check this out.  She has a little bit of a messy face from dinner, but I think that makes it all the more enjoyable!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My little chicken butts

Halloween came and went this year; for some reason we just weren't really "into" it. I got the kids dressed up and we went to a whopping 3 houses to trick or treat and then just handed out candy the rest of the time. It was nice just sitting up on the truck and watching all the older kids and their parents make the rounds anyway. Rowan was a little freaked out though. She doesn't understand that scary costumes are pretend yet. So whenever a little kid would come up for candy wearing a mask or something rightfully scary, she would cry and clench onto us for dear life :) Some of those masks freak me out so I can't blame her I guess!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pumpkin Patch

We took Rowan and Rigby to get pumpkins today...I know, a little late being that Halloween is tomorrow.  But I guess pumpkins are a fall thing anyway, right?  I think we'll still carve them too.  Last year we bought and carved them really early and they were rotten by Halloween...I guess we're doing the exact opposite this year.  We had so much fun doing it last year that I'd hate for Rowan (or Derek) to miss out.

This year we tried a new pumpkin with a big jump-ee, corn maze, hay rides, and even pony rides. It took awhile to get Rowan warmed up -- sometimes she's really shy and clingy -- but eventually she was riding a pony and having fun in the wagon with Daddy and Rig.