Sunday, February 19, 2017


Wednesday it was in the 30s so Evelyn and Nate went ice skating.

Today it was in the 60s so we went to the park and flew a kite.

Jameson thought it was fun.

After the kite, we played on the playground and then got ice cream because it is 60 degrees in February.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

What a day; we had some highs, we had some lows.  It started off good - Evelyn and Jameson gave Nate their Valentine's Day present.

Then we spent the morning at Bella's house which is always fun, but often means we miss naptime. So the afternoon was long and filled with grumpy kids.  But the weather was nice enough to play outside and then Isaac and Joshua called before dinner!

As usual, Evelyn blew bubbles, but this time Jameson was most interested in the sticks.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Check up

Evelyn had her 3 year check up today.  She did an awesome job letting the doctor and med student examine her.  She weighed 33 lbs (73rd percentile) and was 38 inches tall (74th percentile).  Jameson, although he got antsy toward the end, also behaved so we went to Panera for a treat when we were finished.  (Check out Evelyn at Panera this time last year for her 2 year check up - what a difference a year makes!)

The temperature was in the high 50s again today and Evelyn really wanted to play outside and blow bubbles so I said why not.  At first I thought Jameson and I would stay inside, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized he could play too; he can walk now.  So we all played outside before dinner.

Jameson loved to chase the ball and pop any bubbles he could get his hands on.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Birthday

Today was Evelyn's golden birthday; she is three years old!

She wanted cinnamon rolls for breakfast like Jameson but the store was out so she picked a coffee cake instead.  

She still loves Frozen, but also likes most Disney princesses.  Evelyn loves to read, dance, play pretend, dress-up, and watch movies.  She is still a very picky eater.  Sometimes she is patient with Jameson and plays with him; sometimes she just wants him to leave her alone.  Evelyn is generally well behaved and a good listener, but she is also a determined and strong willed child.  

One final birthday treat.  We stopped for ice cream on the way home from church.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Birthday Party

Finally, pictures from Jameson's birthday party!  We had a John Deere tractor themed party with lots of green and yellow.  One notable exception was Evelyn's birthday cake.  Evelyn and Jameson's birthdays are only two weeks apart, but we made the decision to just have one party for Jameson.

But we also didn't want Evelyn to feel left out, so she got a Frozen cupcake and everyone sang happy birthday to her too.

Grandpa and Jameson in their matching John Deere shirts.

Birthday boy enjoying some tractor wheels and cheese.

Smash cake!  Jameson got his own little cake from the leftover cupcake batter.

First taste of ice cream; of course Grandpa gave him chocolate.

Evelyn's friends enjoying some cupcakes and ice cream too.

Our party game was pin the wheel on the tractor.  The younger kids got the hang of it right away even if they didn't know where the wheel was supposed to go.

The big kids liked the game too.  Only Evelyn wanted to wear the bandanna and try to place the wheel blindfolded. 

Jameson got lots of new toys, books, and clothes at his party.  It was a fun party, but parties are a lot of work.  I've already made the decision to just have something simple next year for birthdays 2 and 4.

ps> if you want a neat comparison of Evelyn and Jameson across their first 12 months check out my dad's website : )

Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy Birthday

Jameson turned 1 year old today!  Evelyn picked out cinnamon rolls for Jameson's special breakfast and she of course helped blow out his candle.

Jameson also had his 12 month check up this morning.  He weighed 22 lbs 13 oz (74th percentile) and was 31 inches long (89th percentile).  Jameson is always so well behaved during the appointments that the doctor can let his med students exam him too.  And today Jameson didn't flinch or cry for either of his vaccines.  

After the doctor's office we went straight to church for Bible study.  Once we finally got home, Jameson was so tired, I just put him right down for nap.

Jameson has definitely started walking; he can take about 5-10 steps before he looses his balance.  He has yet to stand up on his own.

He has about 4 words - mama, dada, no, uh oh, and night night.  He can sign more, please, no, and bath.  He is still a good eater.  Favorite foods probably are yogurt, cheese, cheerios, and avocado.  Sleeping is just ok.  He usually wakes up once but sometimes it's hard to get him back to sleep.  We just bought a radio for his room hoping that some noise will help.

Jameson is always on the move.  The walker is still his favorite toy, but I think I've caught him watching Evelyn and then trying to imitate what she does.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


Evelyn started her pre-ballet lessons today.  She was very excited.

Evelyn and Bella are in dance together.  Bella has done dance before, but both girls seemed to have lots of fun and listened well to their teacher.  Watching 2 and 3 year olds learn ballet is serious cuteness overload.