30 January 2009

things we learned from mo...

mo says that sink baths are the best...
and she was right! Hazel LOVES to bathe in the sink! we've tested the tub a time or two when the sink was full of dishes, but the bathroom is cold and not as cozy as the sink! she could hang out in the sink all day!

i was finally able to get pictures of our sink baths yesterday when orum ran home for lunch. the pictures look deceiving, but she loves the water so much that she tries to go under...notice the tongue searching for water!

after her bath i was going to take some pictures of hazel with her clear face...no thanks to the doctor, but to the acne cream i bought at Walgreen's! I'll have to gather some before and after pictures! the doctor did not understand the severity of "no clear patch of skin" on the poor girl's face! Elijah decided that he would instead introduce her to some sensory therapy...i used the brush for her hair. Elijah used it for her body...she amused him and let him do his thing!

Last year Elijah went to physical therapy for in-toeing and mo did some other stuff with him--including "brushing" He now brushes himself and hazel. I was amazed that he still remembered what the brush was for! I haven't brushed him in almost a year! He even sang the song mo would sing! "here we go loop de lou..." although he just sings, "lou de lou" over and over. pretty cute and sweet!
should we say jealous? for a little boy who didn't want his picture taken a few months ago, he all too eager to jump in the frame these days!

(maybe i should pout...that could get me some pictures alone!) it may be cute, but so unnecessary! don't be fooled...he is not neglected!

and just for the record...I HATE these pajamas! Not only are they superman, (elijah could care less and knows nothing about superman), but they are also polyester and have those fuzzy little balls all over them! Orum bought them...he was so mistreated as a child and never had a pair of his own...he's now living his childhood dream though elijah! he's recently gotten elijah excited about them and he now thinks he must "dress up" in them most afternoons! they do not make for cute pictures!

26 January 2009

they love their baby sister and taking pictures!

and they especially love taking pictures WITH their baby sister!
They also love to wear matching clothes/pajamas...which i also love! i know those days are numbered! It's getting increasingly difficult to find matching things for 3! i had to do a little convincing that hazel's gown did in fact "match." they took the bait, and happily posed...now the only problem we have is--who is going to hold the baby!

19 January 2009

a sweet baby and a naked boy...

hazel could finally have a real bath, so we took a few pictures afterwards. when her cord fell off it hadn't healed all the way so the doctor put some silver nitrate stuff on it, which also meant that we had to wait longer for a scrub in the tub. no bath pictures, but she did like it!now I'm really glad i took these pictures of her perfect flawless skin, because she now has some MAJOR baby acne on her sweet little face!

naked boy decided that he needed to join in too...testing my reaction with only a hand, but then he quickly jumped in and then decided that he needed some pictures alone...such a silly boy!

17 January 2009

hey sister...wanna play?

Since it's just these 2 at home all day...elijah decided he was excited about having a playmate at home! he got a little carried away with the toys! (he also dresses himself--his pants are inside out, and his shirt is inside out and upside down!)

13 January 2009

disney highlights...part1

crazy i know...but even a new baby couldn't keep us away from disney this year! like i said, I thought hazel would have come much earlier than she did, but she didn't...she was born on monday...we came home christmas eve. i spent christmas day packing, and we were off to "the happiest place on earth" on friday! she enjoyed the trip very much! she spent most of her time there in the sling, but took a couple of naps in the stroller. she was by far the easiest child to handle on the trip, and i'm sure won't be the case if we go again next year!
We started the first day off with a princess lunch! Renee was so excited when she spotted a princess across the room! Snow White was the only princess that did not make an appearance at the lunch, so we headed straight to germany to find her!
Renée also got really into the "kidcot stops" at epcot. Basically, it's just a table at each country with some sharpies and a couple of cast members that give you a stamp and a charm for your mask. She's way into art and projects at the moment and LOVED it! Since it was Christmas time the mask was wearing a Santa hat which she also loved.
Orum and his dad and brother really love this band we found at epcot a couple of years ago...off kilter (i think) it's a rock-irish band or something. Renée likes them too...although she said she was sad because they weren't playing the bagpipes that night, but she did have fun dancing with orum! Orum has one of their cds--when they ride in his truck together she always asks to listen to the bagpipes!

Elijah had waited all day to ride the buzz lightyear ride. He had fallen asleep,but was woken up by one of the marching bands right before it was time to ride with our fast passes. He liked the ride, but loved the store that you have to walk through to get out even more! he even scored an "original" buzz lightyear! we bought him one last year, but the only one we found was one that turned into a spaceship or something, and it just never satisfied the need. He held that box VERY tightly the rest of the night!
new day...new princess dress! she rotated daily between snow white and Cinderella. she also brought her belle and aurora dresses, but decided that they were too itchy to wear all day. while at a playground in toon town she met a new friend! which is actually a big deal, since she's not one to go out of her way to meet/talk to new people! i think her name was Campbell and she was from Alabama. I'm sure the fact that she was wearing a princess dress helped!
happy little boy waiting to ride the carousel with his daddy (one of the only rides orum can ride without getting sick :)

meeting belle in the princess room...

hey Melanie...did you get to do this!? it was definitely a line worth waiting in! the year before last we got to see Minnie and mickey together in front of the carousel, but we didn't find them last year. I was so happy they were back! it's definitely what i always picture when i think about Disney World. i think it may be because my grandparents sent me a postcard when i was little that had them pictured together in front of the castle. Hazel and I even made this picture!

he really does love mickey...he just wanted to see donald!
waiting so paitently to see donald! the line was only like 5 minutes, but renee fell asleep during the 5 minutes between mickey and donald--not that you could blame her...it was almost 2am! (magic kingdom stayed open until 3am that day)

SO happy to see donald! i'm not sure why, but he was all about donald and pluto this trip! he'd never even mentioned them before...just mickey!
breakfast with mickey and his friends. there was some napkin dance going on...i'm not sure what it was about, but elijah did not miss out on it! buzz (on table) joined us for breakfast that day too! elijah didn't put him down for most of the trip, well until he got a gun and hook at the pirate ride later in the week!

Renée noticed a few sprinkles on the floor and started playing with them. our waitress (who was the sweetest one we'd ever had!) brought Renée a cupful a few minutes later. she spent the rest of the time throwing them up and picking them up...
Elijah decided to drink orange juice like pluto...anything to keep them entertained! we had already finished eating, but were waiting for the rest of the characters to come to our table.

pluto was really fun! he stayed for a while and even crawled around on the floor with the kids!
Renée was already down there playing with her sprinkles...
elijah is now all about noses, since that's how minnie and mickey kissed!
more pictures to come!