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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Happy Birthday Party, Jeff!

  • Mood:  Party!
  • Weather:   Cold & Sunny
Well, we had a great little party for Jeff tonight. The first birthday of his that I actually got to celebrate! woohooo!! The kids entertained everyone pretty well, especially when David was chasing Sammi around the house playing hide and seek. Now when you ask him a question, he says "I don't know" and raises his hands in the air -- except he doesn't actually say "I don't know", he just hums the inflection of it... you know what I mean? Never mind. It's adorable though. Anyway it was a lot of fun. The only thing missing tonight was Olivia! But we will get to see her on Monday  A few things that happened recently that I haven't written about yet...Samantha knows our phone number by heart now! Woohoo, go Miss Erica! (& Miss Jane & Miss Jen) She can even dial it, which is so awesome!
David shakes his head & says "no" now. And he uses a spoon, which was taught to him by Grandma  He doesn't pick up the food with it himself, but you can hand it to him with the food already on it, and he shoves it in his mouth perfectly - most of the time. He seems like he picks up really well on motor skills and other key developmental areas - but his speech seems to be developing a little slower that I thought it would. I think Samantha was the same way, though. I think she only had maybe 4 or 5 words that she said regularly until she was 18 months, and then she started talking like crazy. So I'm sure David's going along the same kind of path, that's all. He definitely understands a LOT of what we say to him, he just doesn't seem to care to try to talk back to us just yet. He just smiles at us like he just loves to stress us out by refusing to talk  Hmmm... that's all I can think of for now...See? I told you this was going to mostly be a spot for bragging about our kids.
~Tara~

Friday, February 25, 2005

A Sammi Day

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  • Weather:  Snowy 

After David was born, Jeff and I wanted to make sure Samantha still always knew that she is our special girl. We were really worried about her feeling bad or left out of anything, or like the baby was taking her place. So we decided to have a "Sammi Day" every now and then. David would go to Nana's or grandma's and we would spend the whole day with Samantha, doing whatever she wanted.
So yesterday, we kind of had a Sammi day   Jeff brought it up because she has been such a good girl lately, and she deserved a "night out" - haha. So David went to Grandma & Grandpa's to play, and we took Sammi to Chuck E. Cheese's for dinner and games. She had so much fun! She loved the pizza, she loved the squish the spider game, and she especially loved the prizes she got to pick out at the end of the night. Jeff played a lot of games and got TONS of tickets for her, and she got a lot herself. By the end of the night she had a total of 516 tickets. She could've gotten a bigger toy, but she wanted a million little ones instead. And, of course, because of her obsession with "color animal friends", she picked out 7 little tiny plastic fish. She had a lot of fun, and it's the best thing in the world to watch how her face lights up when she's doing something she loves. She's super excited about Daddy's birthday party, which we're having tomorrow night. Daddy seems like he's really looking forward to it too, which is unusual, but awesome! For as long as I've known him, Jeff has never wanted celebrate his birthday, so this is great!
Well, I have to go get the house cleaned up...
~Tara~

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Giving it another try!

  • Mood:  Lazy
  • Weather:  Sunny & Freezing 
Alright, I'm making another attempt at keeping this journal! Been a little distracted and busy lately. The kids had a blast playing with Olivia today while I was at work (they stayed home with Jeff). He took a lot of pictures of the 3 of them, and a lot of "silly videos" - as Samantha calls them. They're so adorable. I told Jeff I was amazed at how well he did with a four year old and two one year olds all morning! lol, just kidding. He's always been great with kids. Other than that, the day was the same old same old. David was having fun tonight laying on the living room floor with his cup of water, sprinkling it on his face & laughing his butt off. He thinks it's the funniest thing. And his laugh is so contagious, it gets me going every time.
Samantha has turned into a cleaning lady. She is obsessed with cleaning the house lately! Not that I'm complaining, but Jeff and I actually have to tell her to play! She gets so happy that she cleaned up... she puts all of David's toys away, sets up his stuffed animals in his crib for him, puts the throw pillows on the couch just right, and then she freaks out when David, Mr. Destructo, starts pulling toys out and playing, and "messing the house up"! But, I'm sure the joy of cleaning will wear off before she's a teenager, and we will miss the days she was a 4 year old cleaning machine.