Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A New Year A New Start

Aly bringing in the New Year enjoying some chocolate fondue

I haven't been great at posting past blogs. I have decided that as of the New Year I will just start fresh and slowly add in past blogs to catch up for the last six months.

This will definitely be a January to remember, although to be truthful there are a lot of things about it that I would like to forget.

We brought in the New Year celebrating with cousins, eating great food, and visiting with family. The girls highlight was having a dance party with glow sticks in the dark, setting off poppers, and toasting in the New Year at 9:00pm (we didn't think they would make it to midnight and wanted to give them a chance to enjoy the festivities). The kids were all set up with a movie and once they were all snuggled down and ready to crash. We decided the adults could play some games. We were in the process of getting set up for a game when Dwyn took a fall against the fireplace, and split her eyebrow. We loaded the kids up and headed home. I stayed home with the girls and Foote headed off to the ER with Dwyn. Because she was so young the hospital decided to glue her cut together instead of stitches. So Foote welcomed in the new year in the ER.

Cousin Talia ready to Celebrate the New Year

Preston and his family posing for a quick New Years photo

Aunt Shanda leading the glow in the dark dance party. (I am not an expert enough on my camera to make the shot dark and still catch the action.)

Hopefully this start to the New Year is not a sign of things to come. The next few weeks have just become a blur of projects and craziness. We moved from our town home into a house not to far away with a little more room. While it is nice to have more room the house is an older home and moving from a new build home has made us realize that wee were spoiled in many ways. We spent about a week with the help of family painting and cleaning the house to move into. And the next week moving and cleaning the house we moved from. I have decided that I am not a mover I am going to need at least five years to recover before we can even consider moving again.(I don't know if I will be so lucky, but one can wish right?) I am grateful we made the move now. If I was any more pregnant I think that would have just added to the stress of it all. We are now moved and everyday we try to live our normal routine and wade through the mess of boxes that still need to be unpacked.

Meanwhile life goes on and about a year ago I purchased a month of unlimited dance classes for the girls it was a really good deal a whole month of classes for $20.00. I had planned to use them up in the summer, but never did. The offer was only good for a year so this month I have also had to cram in dance classes with everything else, but it has probably been a nice break for the girls to get away from the chaos of moving. The only problem has been that I really did not have any extra time to take them. Despite all the craziness we have survived January and hope that the rest of the year is not as crazy as the start.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Dwyn turns One

It does not seem to be possible that a year could already have passed. Our little Dwyn turned one on December 23rd. We celebrated with family on Christmas Day. I figured she is still young enough that we can get away with that for now. Although, I have been warned by multiple people with Christmas birthdays that I better be sure to keep Christmas and her birthday seperate in the future.

Dwyn at age one is just so cute. I love this age when your baby is still baby enough that you can just hold them and squeeze them, and big enough to squeeze back. Dwyn is such a good baby and has such "a go with the flow attitude," I think it might be a requirement for a third child. Dwyn loves to play peek-a-boo. I think my favorite place to see her play peek-a-boo is at church, she ducks down behind the bench and jumps up trying to get anyone that is sitting behind us to smile or play with her. While I have to admit it is not reverent, and I have to stop her from doing it so she does not make it impossible for anyone behind us to pay attention, it is so cute. Dwyn also is facinated by all the sounds that she can make with her mouth or with anyone elses. Often I will be holding her and talking and she will start bouncing her finger between my lips trying to get different sounds. She is just beginning to talk and sign. She says Dad and Mom the most, but she can also sign some beginning words like; eat, no, thank you, bath, all done, more, mom, dad, and a few others. Dwyn is crawling everywhere, but not quite ready to walk although she moves around furniture pretty well. Dwyn does drive me crazy with her sleep schedule at 12mos she still is not consistently sleeping through the night. One night she can sleep all through the night and the next night she can wake up every two hours crying, and it is quite the process to soothe her and get her back to bed.

Our poor Dwyn being a third child has had to deal with the dangers of older siblings. Aly and Brookie are always trying to be helpful, often in their attempts to help end up hurting instead of helping. Alyson's famous words while around Dwyn are: "It was an accident." This phrase is the opening statement Aly uses when talking about why Dwyn is crying. Brooklyn loves to carry Dwyn around and hold her which considering that she is probably about half the size of Brooklyn can be a little scary. The other day I put Dwyn in the sink to bath and left the water running. I was not worried about the sink over flowing because it had an overflow drain and the water was not on very high. I went about five feet down the hall to get a washcloth. Meanwhile Brooklyn walked into the bathroom and saw the water in the sink and immedately thought she should shut it off so it would not overflow. The only problem, is that she shut off the cold before she shut off the hot. Despite my run back to the bathroom at Dwyn's screams she still had a secound degree burn on her leg. Too much help. The girls, despite their frequent accidents really do adore her and she loves being the center of attention.

Dwyn on Christmas with her new scar from her second degree burn