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Chuck E. Cheese and more [Mar. 7th, 2006|12:16 am]
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[music |Johnny Cash & June Carter - Jackson]

Before I talk about Chuck E. Cheese, First let me just mention that Kirsten is now 14 MONTHS OLD!!!


I take these pictures every month and it's so awesome to put them all side by side and watch the changes in them! Ever since Brendan turned 2 1/2, I only take his pictures every few months, however, since he doesn't change as drastically each month now that he's older. My dad used to take our pictures like this when we were kids but only randomly I think.. not nearly as religiously as I do.



Take a look at my little aspiring artist in action! He loves drawing and I'm so proud of how well he can draw!







I think the kids had the most fun of their lives on Saturday.. I haven't gotten around to uploading all of the pictures to photobucket until right now- so be sure to look at all of the adorable pictures!!! Anyways, we took them for the first time ever to:


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So, as you can tell we all loved it. I just realized I'm not in any pictures! lol There was a photo booth that scetched a picture of all of us so i'll have to scan it in. Anyways, the laundry room is coming along nicely. The guys have been here nearly every day, all day, fixing it up and it's looking really good! Well, that's all for now! Bye!

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Long overdue update! - BRENDAN'S 3RD BIRTHDAY, Thanksgiving, Christmas & KIRSTEN'S 1ST BIRTHDAY [Jan. 3rd, 2006|05:53 am]
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I have since edited this entry and added pictures in case you have already read it without them! :)!!!


(Any pictures that aren't here will be added very soon! It takes forever to upload them to photobucket and add them to livejournal when one has this many pictures that need put up! It's hard to find time to do them all at once. A couple of the events only have one picture at the beginning.. there will be more added later on those. I atleast wanted to get one visual aide for them.)



Wow- this update is long overdue! I didn't realize how long it had been until I noticed that the last post had Halloween pictures in it! Sorry! So many things have happened since my last update all at once that I haven't had a chance to update at all!! Here are some MAJOR EVENTS THAT HAPPENED:
Brendan turned THREE!, I made another fabulous Thanksgiving dinner with all of the trimmings for the second year in a row, Kirsten walks and even talks now!!!, Christmas was great(!), Kirsten had her FIRST BIRTHDAY, and we had an awesome New Years!
Man! Lots of stuff! Now let me elaborate.

I'm still working at Holiday Inn and I really like it now. It was overwhelming to learn all of the night audit stuff at first but now that I've learned and mastered it, it's fairly easy.


Anyways,






Brendans 3rd Birthday party - November 6th


His birthday party theme was Buzz Lightyear/ Toy Story and, as usual, I went all out on the decorations, balloons, and cake and whatnot. He got so many awesome gifts (his favorite probably his "Talkin' Toolbench") that when we considered the fact that Christmas would be coming up in a little over a month it seemed ridiculous! It's hard to distinguish which toys he got for his birthday since Christmas has since happened. He's such a big boy! He's pretty much completely potty-trained but still wearing pull-ups at night for the inevitable occasional accident. He's still such a big ham and has recently become obsessed with Chicken Little. We all went to see for his FIRST MOVIE EVER two days after his birthday and he could not believe how cool the theatre was. He was so well behaved and sat there and watched it the entire time. He also has a newfound love for Batman, Spiderman, and The Incredibles. He's such a joy to be around.. so intelligent and charming.. I love being his mother. He's always so eager to impress us and it's amazing how smart he is. He was so adorable during his party... the literal life of the party.





Thanksgiving

was awesome again. :) Seems so long ago now lol! I made a turkey, mashed potatos, gravy, grean beans, cranberry sauce, yams, corn on the cob, rolls, deviled eggs, salad, peas, 4 different kinds of pies, stuffing.. and so much more! All home made! Rob loves my cooking:) Starting last year we decided that we should start making our own Thanksgiving dinner instead of continuing to go to my Grandparents every year and I'm so glad we did! I really enjoy making Thanksgiving dinner!






Christmas

This had to have been the best Christmas by far- bar none. The thing that really made this Christmas awesome was the fact that for the first time in a really long time I got the "Christmas is coming!" tingles. You remember the ones. The awesome feeling you used to get as Christmas was approaching as a kid....before you grow up and life takes it's toll on you and you become a grown up. Well, I think that this year really was special since this is the first year that Brendan really comprehended what Christmas is all about.. and also about Santa Claus and all of the fun projects we got to make really put it over the top. He "wrote" a Christmas list, pulled a day off of our home made "Christmas Countdown" every day, and even left milk and cookies out for santa on Christmas Eve amongst many other things. This was truely the first of probably very few Christmas' like this so I was really trying to treasure it. Kirsten LOVED Christmas and all of her gifts, but is of course too young to understand the anticipation and everything that goes along with the holidays. Brendan and Kirsten both really got SO MANY THINGS for Christmas this year. This was Kirsten's first Christmas and - since her birthday was five days away- she had never opened a present before! She was slow to get going but once she realized there were THINGS inside the strangely colored paper.. neat, FUN THINGS.. she really got going! Lets see, to name a few of their gifts, Brendan got a large talking Mr. Incredible doll, a giant, stuffed, talking spiderman doll, OH AWESOME- the Vtech Vsmile video game system made specifically for his age and we also got him an additional Elmo game to go with it! (Sidenote: he is SUCH a mini-gamer! He will sit right there on the couch along side Rob and coach him through playing his games! He's been playing computer games and even children's ps2 games for a while now but they were still a tad advanced for him. This was such a perfect gift!) He loves it so much and has really put it to good use. There is all kinds of shape and color recognition games within each game and its amazing how fast he picked it up! Luckily he knows his colors and shapes! He also got a big soft spiderman chair, new tools, a Talking Elmo doll that interacts with him and even says "Brendan"! (You hook it up to the computer and program it.. it is so neat!) an awesome Step 2 stove with oven and sink with dishwasher and a ton of dishes and play food!, an awesome Hot Wheels race track, a giant remote controlled truck, and so many other great things! It feels like I'm forgetting so much of it! They have so many toys--I am going to have to go through all of them and pack up boxes for the GoodWill! Kirsten got a ton of awesome gifts as well... let's see.. a beautiful princess ride-on toy, a soft fluffy Dora the Explorer chair, a Vtech learning birdhouse ball, an awesome Fisher Price laugh and learn phone (that is an accessory to an AMAZING present we got her for her birthday which I will mention in a moment), (Geeze! Since her birthday JUST happened it's hard for me to distinguish which toys she got for Christmas and which she got for her birthday! lol I'm sure you don't care. You're probably not even still reading lol. Oh well this is for my own use, anyways.) She got her first pair of awesome baby dolls that have a lifetime replacement guarantee, isn't that strange? Anyways they're really cute and she has since starting saying "BAY-BEE!" She is starting to really talk well and pick up words! So far she can say "Da-da, Ma-ma, Baby, Hi, What dat?, and Benan!" She's growing up too fast and walks everywhere now! She started taking steps when she was 10 1/2 months old, but within the last month has really started walking EVERYWHERE! And! Just in the past week she has starting going from a crawl to a stand without even pulling up on anything! It's so amazing to see her get so big!
Anyways back to the gifts! Fine, instead of racking my brain to divide which toys were given for what some of the GREAT THINGS she has gotten for both Christmas and her First Birthday( in addition to what was listed above) are:
a ton of Baby Einstein toys- toy bar, hard flash cards, pop up toy, singing lizard doll from the shows, a new dvd, and more and they're all awesome! I love Baby Einstein! What else? Oh, set of adorable Little Mommy dolls (yes more dolls!), another doll that laughs, an adorable super cuddly stuffed piggy, pink toy boxes, an elmo play bar/piano thing, an instrument station, FISHER PRICE LAUGH AND LEARNING HOME! (SHE LOVES THIS! AND SO DO I! AND SO DOES BRENDAN, ACTUALLY! lol.. it's SO neat! I think I'm living vicariously through my babies! Who cares! That was her big awesome present! The one I mentioned that the phone went to! It is so neat! It has a working "porch light" all kind of activities, a door bell and so much more!) She also got leapstart learning gym, fisher price's laugh and learn table, a leapfrog piano, Oh! We also got her the ocean wonders crib aquarium... she loves it so much! She outgrew her ocean wonders baby bouncer a long time ago but still loves to play with the swimming fishies and bubbles so this was perfect for her! She got a rocking horse from my dad and his wife that makes galloping noises and sings while its mouth moves... she is deathly afraid of it! Anyways, they got so much more stuff... i mean we went ALL OUT.. but I just can't think of everything right now! Oh! I got rob an awesome super expensive homemedics back massager chair! He is in love with this thing. This isn't just your run of the mill massage chair.. this doesn't vibrate-- there are several big steel balls that rotate all up and down your back and it seriously feels like you're getting a massage! I also got him Resident Evil 4, a woodburner kit and accesories, a new sweater and dress slacks, a really sharp Pulsar watch, a new dvd player and other things but this post is getting crazy long! I got an awesome leather pinked strapped Kenneth Cole Reaction watch, and oh! an amazing all in one printer/scanner/copier/digital camera port printer! It is awesome!! Our old printer was a peice of junk! I also got a countertop skillet, a new hairdryer, picture paper for the printer and much more! Christmas was phenominal!






Kirsten's 1st Birthday- December 30th!


She has grown up to be such a big girl and we are so proud of her.. it feels as though this year has passed in the blink of an eye. I, of course, went all out with her decorations and everything and she was given the first birthday small-cake-right-of-passage(and got so messy.. which is a given, obviously!) Not a lot of people showed up and I anticipated that happening due to the holidays. I was really dissapointed at that fact because I have a feeling that as she gets older she is going to really feel hurt that people can take time out to go to Brendan's party, but not hers since it happens to be right after Christmas and a day before New Years Eve. We went out of our way to seperate her birthday from the holidays and I even took down all of the Christmas decorations. I think it's only fair that she get her very own special day. Her birthday was done in the very girly pink Hugs and Stitches 1st birthday pattern.
We appreciated that atleast SOME people showed up but it still hurt that others still haven't given me a reason to why they didn't. I'm not talking friend guests, I'm talking immediate family member guests who should have been there. If you go to one go to the other. If it's about a gift because of the holidays, FORGET the gift.. i'd rather YOU be there. It was a blast, nonetheless and my precious daughter is now a year old.


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New Years Eve was awesome. It was the first time I have drank in exactly two years. Gotta Go!


Real life quote of the day:


"Will Vitamins make me big and strong?" -Asked Brendan
"They sure will." "That's right, honey." -Simultaniously Replied both Rob and I.
*Brendans eyes light up*
"Will I have HAIRS ON MY BELLY LIKE DADDY?!"
-Asks Brendan adorably
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Halloween and pumpkin pictures! [Nov. 4th, 2005|05:22 pm]
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Well! Lots of Halloweeny pictures for you:) Brendan's birthday party is this sunday so I figured I would get these Halloween pictures on here before the inevitable update chocked full of party pictures.. in which case it wouldn't make sense to later post the pumpkin carving and Halloween pics... and then you'd miss out on them! The kids went trick or treating TWICE this year. We went on the 29th to Clyde and the 30th here in Fremont. They loved it. Especially Brendan. This year was his first year where he was super excited and anticipating every facet of what would go down. Costumes. Other kids in costumes. Free candy. Pumpkins. Saying "Trick or Treat".. everything! There are some pictures of us carving our pumpkins the week before Halloween as well.. We had one for each of us and then also an extra one that my sister brought up for Brendan the last time she visited. Rob used this awesome technique on his mummy/skull pumpkin.. it's like carving.. but rather than cutting all the way through you use a scraper tool so it ends up so that it glows. Check it out.. it looks awesome. Mine was the first time I've done an elaborate one and it turned out awesome. It's a castle with tons of details. Anyways, enjoy the pictures! Also! I was an awesome witch this year:) I still had the awesome makeup and latex nose and warts and latex glue from a couple of years ago so it was a no brainer to use it all this year:). My costume last year was a cow! Not only was it a play on the fact that I was 7 months pregnant, but also I simply couldn't find another costume that fit lol. Anyways, the pictures of my makeup don't do it justice. It takes me atleast an hour to do the makeup like that... it's not just one solid shade of green. I used two colors of green, yellow, gray, black... etc. all in different areas to highlight different parts and make bags under my eyes and wrinkles on my face and neck. Expensive costume paint comes with awesome detailed pictures and instructions:) It turned out awesome. lmao Brendan kept saying. "Ewww you nasty!" Also, Rob was a grim reaper of sorts. The kids were so adorable in their costumes.

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I still can't get over Brendan's deluxe talking costume though... with the wings and everything!
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It's so cute! And Kirsten! I couldn't get over her! They were too adorable!


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Did you see the other pics behind the cut!?


Well I have some house work to do before I get ready for work... and this post has taken a while. These midnights are killing me. I literally only see Rob in passing for like a week straight at a time. I get off at 7am, come home and go right to bed, Rob is with the kids all morning and he wakes me up around 1pm right before I take him to work (long enough for me to get dressed!), and then I take him to work and drop him off. I have the kids the rest of the day and then I get ready for work, we go pick him up, and then I drop him and the kids off at home and head to work myself. And then the same thing happens for a week. I'm getting more used to it though since for some reason I have always been an insomniac and inclined to stay up later and later every night. The worst part is just getting used to 4 1/2 - 5 hours of sleep a night. I just feel so worn out. Luckily we both have this weekend off so that's awesome. :) I'm so excited about Brendan's party! Wish him a happy birthday!


Real life quote of the day: "My birthday's comin' really soon! Gonna be THREE! REALLY SOON!" - Brendan

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Cute Fall pic! [Oct. 22nd, 2005|05:33 pm]
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[mood |creative]

Wow! Me making two posts in one day is unheard of! lol. But I couldn't resist after taking this picture! Check out this picture I just took of the kids!!! It took a few tries to get a great shot like this.. but I got it! I wanted a fall picture of them for the desktop! :)





Also, I forgot to mention in the last post! The other day when I was at work .. Rob shaved his head BALD!!! I thought it would look stupid when he told me on the phone while I was at work, but it actually looks really good! I never thought he would be one to shave his head. Geeze you think after 5 years of being with someone you know them! lol. Now him and Kirsten are REALLY twins! I miss his cute messy haired look but this is really growing on me.




Also! Here are some other cute pictures that I just took of off the camera that I couldn't resist sharing!


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Okay, seriously! You won't hear from me again today!

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Went to the Zoo! New Job! Update on Brendans doctor appt. and more! [Oct. 22nd, 2005|03:11 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Mozart]

Haven't had a chance to update lately so I thought I would since we went to the Toledo Zoo last Sunday and I have pictures of us for your viewing pleasure. The kids had a great time.. we had hyped Brendan up about it for about 2 weeks so he was so excited when the day finally came. When we were leaving he even asked "Go to Zoo tomorrow, too?" :)


Anyways, if you're wondering what is going on with Brendan, the earliest I could get him in at the Pediatric Cardiologist is November 8th, so lets hope for the best. Please keep him in your prayers.


Also! I'm now the "Night Audit Manager" for Holiday Inn here in Fremont.:) Training is full-time but then it is a part time position, which is what I need right now. I figure even if I'm not making a ton of money anything will help out... and since it's at night I will sleep for about 5 hours in the day while Rob is with the kids and wake up and spend time with him before he goes to work and then I have them the rest of the day. Hopefully it works out as well as we hope it will.. but there are already massive scheduling conflicts. They need me to do my training during the day for a week (I did that last week) and then next week they need me to train on second shift.... which is when Rob works. So, in essence, I need a babysitter for about 9 hours a day for 5 days straight. Which will be just as hard on me as it will be on them:( Oh well, I'll be on midnights soon. :) Anyways, Kirsten got her SECOND TOOTH yesterday! I had noticed it under the surface since the day before and it just poked through yesterday!


So, I'm enjoying my days off right now with my babies. Of course Rob had to go in for overtime today! Bleh! Anyways, check out the pictures! I'll put a few here and the rest will be behind a cut.


<3 Tab


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Lots of pictures to look at but worth the look! Be sure to click "Read more" !!! The text cut wouldnt work for some reason!


Real Life Quote of the Day: "Mommy! What's comin up? HALLOWEEN! Hafta cut pumpkins... light them up... HOLD ON! LET ME GET MY LITTLE SCISSORS, OKAY?!" -Brendan being adorable. "You don't cut them with scissors. *laughing*"-replied me "What do you cut them on?" -asks Brendan "You use a knife, silly." -I replied "BRENDAN USES A KNIFE? I WON'T GET CUT, OKAY! I'll be WEALLY CAREFUL! Let's do it! I'll use one little knife okay!" -Brendan excitedly misinterprets.

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Brendans heart [Oct. 14th, 2005|01:21 am]
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I don't feel like typing.
But I know a lot of you will care and want to know about this.
Brendan and Kirsten had check-ups today with their new doctor (we switched because of Rob's new insurance.)
Well, the doctor found that Brendan has a heart murmur.
I have to immediately contact the pediatric cardiologist that he referred me to in the morning.
We don't know what to do.
We're hoping it's benign.
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Go vote for Brendan! [Oct. 11th, 2005|09:52 pm]
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Hey just a quick post to let you all know that Brendans picture was accepted for AMERCIANBABY.com's costume contest!!! I submitted Kirstens for next weeks so hopefully they accept hers, too! Anyways, there's a $1,000 prize for the winner! Please go vote! You can vote FIVE times a day! This would be wonderful! Thanks so much in advance and let me know if you go vote:)


http://www.americanbaby.com/photocontest/vote.jhtml?entryId=1043800001

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Kirsten turned 9 months old! [Oct. 1st, 2005|05:55 pm]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[music |Baby Einstein background noise]

Hi!!

Happy October!

:)


Kirsten turned 9 months old yesterday! So, naturally, I have her monthly couch picture and some others of my big girl for you! I can't believe she's nine months old already!! Also, she's been trying to clap for a couple of weeks and yesterday she finally mastered it! So if we say either "YAY!" or if we clap, she claps back! It's so cute:)

Brendan is so excited that Halloween is "coming soon!" (as he says) Man, this year has flown by.. I can't believe that it's October already! OMG Brendan will be THREE in a little over a month!!! We already have pretty much all of his gifts hidden away and all of his decorations and whatnot for his party. The theme this year is Buzz Lightyear:)

Anyways, here are the pictures! Enjoy! Also!!! Take a close look at this months couch picture!! YOU CAN SEE HER HALF A POKIE TOOTH!!! I love taking these couch pictures:) It's so neat to lay them all out and compare them.. I've always taken them every month with Brendan and now Kirsten. My dad did it with all of us but not very consistantly.


NINE MONTHS OLD!!!


She got Rob's gorgeous eyelashes, too!



My babies!!!


Mid-squeal and standing! She squeals all the time!


My pretty baby!


My big nine month old!!






Real life quote of the day: "What is that? SUCKER pop?? -Said Brendan after he curiously got a whiff of my root beer. (We almost NEVER buy root beer and since we don't allow him to drink pop or the like, he amounted the smell of my root beer to -you guessed it!- Root beer suckers! He never fails to amaze me. LOL

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SpoOoOoky yard! [Sep. 28th, 2005|03:03 pm]
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Yay! So I love decorating for Halloween.. and the time has come! Every year I acquire more and more things to decorate with and this is the first Halloween in our new house so I knew I wanted it to be niiice. So we went shopping yesterday:) We got our pumpkins already, too. Here are some pictures of the yard. Let me know what you think! I had left over mulch from gardening and it was perfect for the freshly dug grave look, -and- it won't kill the grass:)



Real life quote of the day: "DON'T YOU HEAR ME?! I'M SAD AT YOU!" -Brendan yelling at me and telling me that I apparently made him sad!

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Kirsten's first tooth! [Sep. 17th, 2005|07:37 pm]
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Kirsten got her first tooth!!!
It's three tiny little pokes!
We call it her half a pokey tooth!
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