Thursday, September 30, 2010

8 years of marriage, 3 months of life

Two days ago, we celebrated our eighth anniversary.  (A sneaky little lady made her way into our photo). Some friends from church came to watch all three kids which allowed us to go out for a nice dinner. We talked, over coffee, about our eight years and all that we've been through together. It's been a great ride and we're looking forward to more of it!

On the same day as our anniversary, this young boy turned three months old!  He giggled at me for the first time today.  I just love being his mommy.  
(Please try to ignore the fact that he just spit up all over himself.)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Flower Girl

Miss Bella played the role of Flower Girl today.

This attempt went much better than almost two years ago at Auntie Jodi's wedding.

She nailed it!!!

I have decided that Graydon can't get mad at me when he's older and doesn't have a ton of pictures from this stage in his life.  I kept trying to take his photo and the only time he even looked at me was when his big cup was in front of his face. 

Andy and Bella had a little date night tonight.  They both went to the reception. . .

. . . and I stayed home with the boys.

(I know, I know.  Again, no pants on this kid.  For what it's worth, I just changed his diaper and soon after was going to get his pajamas on.  Pants seemed kind of pointless at that point).
Out of all my kids right now, I would say that Bella is my lowest maintenance.  She can do more things for herself and I can reason with her.  But tonight, with just Graydon and Curtis, was so easy.  Graydon played nicely - no screaming, fit throwing, crying, etc.  Bella is an awesome big sister who loves her little brothers - and I know that they love her.  But I could tell that Graydon was enjoying the freedom of kind of "ruling" the house tonight.  It very rarely occurs when Graydon is around and Bella isn't (he naps while she is at preschool in the afternoon).  He could play with whatever he wanted and no one was going to take anything away or tell him what to do.  I also got some one-on-one time with him (also very rare) while Curtis slept.  It was a pleasant evening for all.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

This blog has been hijacked!

It's Graydon here.
Figured I'd take over the blog for a bit. Bella had a whole post devoted to her going to school. Curtis had a post about his doctor appointment. What about me? As the middle kid in this family, I have to do what I can to make sure I get noticed around here. If that includes posting a picture of myself in nothing but a diaper, then so be it.
If you like photos of me then you're in for a treat.

Here's another of me in a diaper. My mom is a real slacker when it comes to keeping me dressed.
If there was sound to this picture, you'd be hearing "hoe-ee". (Translation: "Hold me")

I think it's pretty cool having a little brother. I did go through a phase when I liked to hit him a lot, but I don't do that as much anymore.
I know my mom loves it when she catches me doing this.This is what I do when Mom tells me to smile for a picture.Can't make it too easy for her.

Of course, here and there she does catch me in my happy moments.
I'm out of photos now, but I'll be back with more if I think this blog needs another dose of Graydon.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Check-up Time!

2 months old!!!
There was a newborn baby in the office at the same time as us today. I couldn't help but take a peek at the tiny thing. It really put into perspective how much Curtis has grown already. He now weighs 13 lbs. 2 oz. (75th percentile) and is 25 in. (95th percentile). Not a newborn anymore.

He did great when I woke him up from a nap by stripping him down to the diaper to get weighed. He was fine with the doctor poking and prodding him all over and even showed us a few grins. But when that nurse came with the shots - he screamed his little head off and turned shades of red that I'd never seen him in before. Poor baby. It broke my heart.

Shots aside, the check-up went great and we have a healthy little guy on our hands.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bella's First Day of Preschool. . .

We enrolled Bella in preschool last fall. Initially, preschool wasn't something that was even on my radar. I never went. Plus, I'm a stay-at-home-mom. In my mind, preschool was for kids whose parents both worked.

But we had a pretty shy little girl on our hands who very rarely wanted to be separated from us. I had visions of dropping Bella off on her first day of kindergarten and her clinging to us in fear of this new and potentially scary experience. That's when we started to consider preschool. It would give her an opportunity to do something apart from us and to meet some friends that may carry over into her kindergarten class (I specifically looked for a preschool that would feed into our elementary school).On that October day last fall when we went to look at the preschool and meet the teacher, Bella was very quiet and had tears in her eyes. Later I learned that she thought I'd be leaving her there that day. In the months that followed, we talked up preschool as much as possible. Some days she felt brave and excited. Other days she cried and told me that she didn't want to go.During these past few months, however, I've noticed a big change in Bella. She's really started to come out of her shell. She's more talkative with others and more willing (and even wanting) to have a babysitter. Ever since July, she's been ready for school to start. It helped that we found out a church friend would be in her class.

Here she is in her classroom today - her very first day. This was the only photo that she'd allow me to take there. I left a happy little girl at preschool. One who was ready to venture out into this world (or at least a small part of it) on her own.

The only tears were mine.

It's the beginning of letting go.

Here are Bella's thoughts on her first day of preschool:

First Day of Preschool from Karen Kilps on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Soaking in the last few days of summer. . .

. . . at the shore!
The waves were loud, and a bit frightening at first for Graydon.

We relaxed on the blanket.
Made tea in the sand.
Got a little dirty.
And wet.
Searched for sea glass and shells.
And made the most of the last days of summer.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Wisconsin Recap

I've got lots of pictures for ya. Too tired to write out all of the details, so I'll just let the photos tell the story.

Day 1

Sunday morning. On the road. Wisconsin bound.

I experimented with my new birthday present on Bella. (We're in a moving van, so it is kind of bumpy.)

Silly Bella from Karen Kilps on Vimeo.

Day 2

Auntie Jodi and Ava come over.

Bella and Ava are silly girls.

Auntie Lori came into town.
Popsicles are yummy.Day 3

We escape to Aaron and Jodi's place.

Bella shows off her writing skills. Curtis sleeps the day away. Ava's post-bath jam session. Day 4

Picnic at the park.

Lori on auntie duty
Ava's eyeing up something.Grandma & Grandpa Kilps stop by for a visit.

Grandpa Dave meets Curtis for the first time.Scott's turn for uncle duty.
Day 5

Visit Auntie Kristen at her work. (She manages a pool).
Bella plays dress-up in Great-Grandma's wedding dress. Day 6

Feeding the ducks (and seagulls and geese) This was Bella's first time.
Graydon thought the food was for him.Jeff and Sydney arrived in town that evening.

The kids hit it off right away.
Sweet AvaDay 7: Benetti Day!

Lori goes sky diving

She jumped from 14,000 ft.
Afternoon at Apple Holler

Feeding the animalsTaking some photosPony rides!Train rides!Moon bouncing!It was a hot day. Had to keep hydrated.
Back at home, post bath time. Graydon took a doll bike for a spin.Day 8

Grandpa's 80th birthday celebration

GG & GPa with the great grandkids.
Grandma & Grandpa with the grandkids. The whole Benetti crew (minus Andy & Steph) Aunt Cindy got out the lawn mower and pulled the little ones around the yard.Good times! Curtis got passed around:We spent the entire day at my grandparents' house and when we got back, it was time for me to pack up all of our stuff.

That meant more uncle duty for Scott.
The next morning we were out the door around 7:30 am.

Andy met up with us in Cleveland. He opened the van door to greet Graydon and immediately commented on the peanut butter snack all over Graydon's hands and legs. Peanut butter? Not quite. Try a blow out all over Graydon.

Welcome back to life with three kids!