I can't believe our little Natalie is three. I was trying to tell her all the details of the day she was born this morning. I can still remember it like yesterday! We had a successful party for brunch today -- which was threatened by the 19+ inches of snow that came in yesterday. Almost everyone still made it, and she loved every minute of the attention.
Thanks to advice once again from Melissa Kocina, Natalie's cake turned out great. Next year, she told me she wants a zebra, so I'll have to start brainstorming that one now! =)
Thanks to everyone who came. Thanks for making the trip on the yucky roads. Natalie was thrilled to see everyone. It was fun to hang out for a while, and even Henry was tuckered out by the end.
I have not been a fan of snow since I was little. Being a grown up who doesn't like skiing or snowboarding, snow is just a hassle. But now that Natalie's old enough to think playing in the snow is fun, I am loving the mid-November dumping we're getting. She made a snowman with daddy this morning and after nap time, we plan on heading back out to litter our backyard with snow angels. Stay safe people!
Technically it was a violet crayon. But I don't really care what Crayola thinks because "purple crayon" sounds much better. Regardless of its official title, the costume was a big hit and Natalie had a blast. After getting a bunch of visits from grandparents throughout the weekend (Jean, Linda, Kent & Lee), Natalie became a pro at getting her costume on and off. I though she might hit the wall once Sunday evening rolled around but the adrenaline must have kicked in. Natalie went out trick-or-treating on multiple trips with each of her parents and seems to have everything down pat when it comes to this holiday's protocol. She's already making plans for next year when Henry can partake in more of the festivities. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
As a student, I really didn't know that teachers love MEA even more than kids do. But it's true. This year, with the stress my job puts me under, MEA was one of the best weekends I've had in quite some time. Joey, Natalie, Henry and I headed to the cabin after a lazy Thursday morning. Joey raked all the leaves into a leaf pile big enough to bury anyone at the cabin, and we enjoyed 65-degree weather on Friday. We came home Saturday afternoon and spent Sunday at the Shaw's Pumpkin Carving party. So much relaxing, so much progress on my crossword puzzle skills, and much needed time spent with my little family. My heart is awaiting Thanksgiving break!
We made it up to the cabin with both sets of grandparents this weekend, which was nice for Natalie because she had plenty of playmates! Natalie also showed all the guys up, as Grandpa Kent, Grandpa Craig and Joey spent hours on the lake Saturday afternoon, while she caught 5 fish off the dock, including her first BASS! Joey did manage a 17 1/2 inch bass Sunday morning though, which we put back for next summer when it will be much larger! The leaves were beautiful, and the company was perfect. Back to reality now ...
Natalie has enjoyed catching up with Annika and Baby Brooke, who isn't much of a baby anymore with her standing, stepping and all! The girls visited us on Saturday with Grandma Lee & Grandpa Kent, then we went over to Bloomington on Sunday to see everyone (including Matt, Amber and the Greats). Double the kids = Double the fun!
Our little boy has doubled in size since we brought him home. Joey took him in for his 2-month check yesterday and he weighed in at 11 pounds 2 ounces -- and 24 inches long! In fact, it was so cool last night I tried to find feety pajamas for Henry to wear and had to put him in this 6-month outfit. The 3-month ones we never even used and he's too long for them now! WOW!
I had Giada on the Food Network when I propped Henry up, and like all men, he was mesmerized by her. =)
A Natalie update -- she LOVES riding her bikes! She has two.
Henry's becoming quite the traveler! Joey and I packed up the kids and headed to Judy's Cabin on Sunday for four days of sun, food, screaching children, and the best beach in MN. Henry did great, sleeping both on the trip up and the trip home. Natalie was entertained by grandpa Kent's portable DVD player that we tied to the back of Joey's seat. While there, Natalie, Emilia and Evelyn barely stopped to breathe, running from one activity to the next. Henry slept most of the time, allowing me to have some great beach time, and baby Charlie is itching to start crawling. Linda, Karin and I went into Pequot Lakes on Monday night for bingo, and we all left winners. I won $45, Karin and Linda also won some cash -- in fact all the ladies at our table won a game. It was pretty fun! We don't know how many more years we have to spend a week at Judy's, but we're thankful for the time we have! It's beautiful! These pics are from our little point and shoot -- as soon as I get copies of Alana's fancy camera work, I'll post more pics!