Welcome, Spring!

Spring is here! Yeah! I know I am late in saying this, but today it actually feels like it. Now hopefully it will stay like this and get warmer instead of colder.


While both Isabelle and Grahm got haircuts from Mimi last week, Belle's is by far the most noticeable. While Chris was out of the room, I asked his mom to cut Isabelle's hair up to her shoulders. Thankfully, he liked it when he saw it. And I am absolutely loving her new haircut. I think she looks so cute with it this length.


I can only wish I was this flexible again. With my back the way it is, I'm lucky if I can bend over and touch my shins! All the way down to my toes? Ha! Yeah, right!


Grahm does not take naps now that he's in his toddler bed. Per a friend's suggestion, we tried a baby gate to keep him confined to his room. That didn't work because he climbed right over it. So, we still read a book to him and rock him and lay him down in his bed, but he just comes right back out of his room. But I guess if he's tired enough, he'll lay anywhere.


We bought a new Kia van a couple weeks ago. We traded in our Honda Pilot for it. It was kind of neat being given a check from the dealership since our Pilot was worth more than the van. I bet that doesn't happen too often! We both weren't too excited to be trading in our SUV for a minivan, we have both come to accept it and actually enjoy it. We bought the model that has the DVD entertainment system in it, which is great! No more fussy car rides that are too long for the kids. Just pop in Frosty the Snowman (yes, we are still watching that) and they are all happy as can be. And Chris and I are happy because the van is nice and quiet. While we loved the Honda, it just wasn't cutting it for space like we thought it would. It was getting way too cramped. Their little legs have space in front of them now, instead of always touching the seat in front of them. And as the grocery shopper in the family, I love how the trunk dips down in the back so the groceries fit in quite nicely down in it. Unlike whenever I opened the trunk of the SUV and the items would all come falling out of the bags, everything stays in place in the van. One of the little perks that I enjoy.


See Jane Run Casey Roll

While Casey has been rolling over for a while now, he is getting quite speedy at it lately. Well, when he wants to be, that is.

Down he goes...

And then back up again!

All that rolling can be tiring on a little guy! His arm starts to slide down...

and there goes his head.


Way back in the day before I had kids of my own, I used to get so grossed out by their baby food and drool. Even if it barely touched me, I had to go wipe it off immediately. When Isabelle was born, I was still a little stand-offish with these things, but definitely not quite so bad where I would go running for a towel to wipe off with. Now, it doesn't bother me a bit. My clothes stay dirty with baby food until I wash them. I don't have time to clean my shirts in-between washes anymore. And a burp rag for spit-up or drool? I just use my shirt sleeve since it's more convenient (and most likely dirty already with baby food). Of course, when it warms up and I start wearing short sleeves, this may pose a problem. When that happens, maybe I'll just take pictures of the drool instead.


MISH MASH (rhymes with splish splash)

How do you teach a toddler about rhyming? We have two books, but they don't explain anything about it. They say 'let's rhyme' and then proceed with 'cat. bat', etc. I try to explain how rhyming works, but it's hard! I mean, the words sound the same, but they're different. It's very confusing!


After many agonizing months, Chris and I finally came to a decision on where to send Isabelle to preschool. It's a harder decision than you would think! We're going to send her to the local Catholic school. I was just really impressed and felt comfortable after the meeting for parents a couple weeks ago. Also, the teacher incorporates some Montessori type things in the classroom, which is what I really like since the local Montessori school was the other option. The one thing that will be hard for me is letting her go all day. Unlike most preschools that only last half a day, this one goes all day from 8-3. I'm excited to hear about all the new things she learns.


Chris got Grahm these GI Joe Mighty Muggs for his birthday. Actually, Chris originally got him the 3-inch tall GI Joe action figures and took them back after he got to open them on his birthday. Good thing Grahm only saw them for a brief moment and didn't grow attached to them! After seeing how small the pieces were, Chris decided against them. He saw these at Target and I think they are the coolest thing! I just love how bubbly they look. Grahm really loves them and calls them Pan-Pan (for Panda...short for Kung-fu Panda, one of his favorite movies). The white one kind of looks like a panda, so I can see why he says that. He sure enjoys having them fight each other. Sometimes Chris even gets in on the action and they play together. He was so escited to show them to Grahm after he bought them.