Thursday, October 30, 2008

Pumpkins n' Stuff

Does anyone else have kids that take their sweet time getting out of the car?? Mine love to get unbuckeled and climb up to the front to pretend they are driving. Presley will have to get less time behind the wheel as this momasita is starting to get cold waiting outside!

We did a little pumpkin carving last night with the youth from church. That was a trip to the ER waiting to happen! Note kid with LARGE kitchen knife working on mini pumpkin...

I had to bribe the kids with M&M's to get them to pose for these. I can't believe they are getting sick of holding still for the camera, ha ha.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We Bid Farewell

pink sparkle shoes

I did it. I just threw away the sparkle shoes. I held onto them for as long as I could for little PK. She loved these sooo much. Too much.:) She was wearing them to school, to the park, and to church! She got replacement shoes over a month ago, but she still wore these. Yesterday we told her the sparkle shoes were gone and she was so sad. Broke my heart. Now she has decided to wear an old pair that are too small! Oh man.
It is a cold, rainy day here in Cambridge. I think the dark grey skies make the colors on the trees look so pretty. I dug out a hat to protect little baldy from the icy rain drops.

Over the weekend we did our family pictures for our Christmas card. We used a tripod. What a nightmare! Josh and I were ready to sell our kids on ebay after that fiasco! I'm so glad they are done though. We had a few keepers so I'm sticking with it. Next time, I'm having a friend help us. Noah and Presley have school pics this week. What a rip off! They really get you because you can't just get one solo picture and one class picture. You have to buy a whole package. I just want one of each to see how they look and keep for baby books. I will do my own photograpy for grandparents for sure. I will post whatever I get back in a few weeks. Okay, I'm off to read my new book, Breaking Dawn! (finally got it)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

testing 1,2,3...

What is up with blogger!!?? I have been trying to upload photos and it does something totally funky to them. I just did a wonderful photo session on Friday and had my friend watch all three of my kids while watching her own three as well. She deserves way more than the Halloween cupcakes I brought over. The lighting was really great and the day started off pretty chilly but warmed up so much by the time of my session. It couldn't have worked out better. I left feeling so content that I was able to just use some of my creativity, it totally kicks away that mommy burn out feeling. Then I really enjoyed some of the Cambridge scenery on my way home. Sometimes I just can't believe I actually live here. Such a beautiful place (except in Feb-March).

Presley and I have been shopping around for a new coat for her that is really warm, but not too puffy and constricting. We could not find anything to fit that description, but we did find a nice little sale at Target. I got her a new tutu and a pretty silky top and told her I would return them if she didn't wear her coat to school. It is such a battle with clothing and this girl!! Grrr.

pushing Charlie in his swing.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


I still can't get enough of these tiny toes. It's getting chilly so they are usually covered:).
PK listens to itunes as Josh writes his paper. She loves singing " the jungle the mighty jungle..."
She is so tuckered out after Monday's preschool she fell asleep in such an uncomfortable position! Mondays are rough.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Dad in Mass

My dad and his sweet wife, Ruth came to visit for the Columbus Day holiday. It was so nice to spend time with them and to introduce them to little Charlie.We showed them around a bit and ate lots of yummy food. It was hard to let go of each hug! The worst thing about these visits are the goodbyes. It was such a wonderful time and we really appreciated the the hours of driving they endured to come see us. You guys are awesome. Love you!

P.S. Thanks for the web cam and teaching us about skype! It will be fun to stay in touch this way. Noah and PK have already discovered how to take pics of themselves and took a handful when we weren't looking!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Too Cute

It seems like it must be quite the spectacle when I go to the elementary school to pick up Noah in the afternoons. I am carrying Charlie in his carseat and Presley tugging at my coat tails. It's like the Plant family parade. Today when we got Noah, a group of teachers trickled into Noah's classroom to see Charlie. They were ohhing and ahhing at all his coos and lip curling smiles. They would gasp in unison at Charlie's little yawns. I think the big guy was thoroughly enjoying all the attention. He had a crowd of four teachers and two others coming in and out to hear what all the fuss was about!
It's so funny how among the three of my children, Noah seems like such a big kid. Then today when I took Noah to his school which goes all the way to 8th grade and we sat in the cafeteria before the morning bell, Noah seemed like the teeniest little thing. So sweet and innocent around all those big kids. He wanted me to sit with him while he ate some breakfast. I felt a little silly being the only parent there, but I couldn't resist my little guy wanting me to sit with him. It won't be long before he realizes it's not cool to be a momma's boy. I better enjoy it while it lasts.

UGH, those freckles are to die for!
Presley has been doing/saying the cutest things. She has been introduced to four teachers this fall with her teacher and teaching assistant and Noah's teacher and teaching assistant. She talks to all of these people like they are her peers and just another fun kid at the sandbox. I asked her what the names of her teachers were and she said "Ms. Bouncy" = Ms. Betsy and "Ms. Rabbit"= Ms. Abbott. Lately she has been wearing 2-3 hair ties on her wrists as "bracelets." The other day I had my hair up in a pony, then went to fix it when my hair tie broke. We were running errands so I had to just leave my hair down. PK asked "where's your pony?" and I told her my hair tie had broken. She said "here mom, you can have one of my ties." It was like her big break to finally have a use for these uncomfortable shackles she proudly wears on her wrists. Anything for fashion with this girl!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


October is the BEST time of year to come to Boston! The weather is pleasant, the colors are gorgeous, the Red Sox are thriving, and there is lots to do. I think this is part of the reason we are getting so many fun visitors. We have friends coming up for the day on Saturday and my dad coming to town for the Columbus Day holiday. No school, yeah! We just had some old friends in town on business and it was really nice to see them. Nate and Catharine came with Claire and Elizabeth. We tried to ride the swan boats in the Boston Public Gardens, but they were closed for the season!

Catharine and I took the kids to the Museum of Science where this incredibly patient worker helped Claire and Presley unearth "fossils" and tape them together. Seriously, letting 3 year old help you tape things is one of the most excrusiating experiences! We also tried to take the girl to a noisy electric demo and they freaked out and all three screamed their way out of the theater!!

Presely and I headed through Harvard yard today where I took a bunch of fall pics of her. Then we went to the farmers market and picked out some pumpkins to decorate our house with. I love October.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Charlie is three months old now and is wearing mostly 6-9 month old clothes. He is gigglng a lot now with peek-a-boo, and knee bounces. He loves being bouncesd around. It's cute to watch him examine your face and see his little smile appear as you come into focus. I have to be real careful because he is almost rolling. He's 75% of the way there. The best word to describe his pudgy little frame is squishy. Charlie is so fun to hold because he is a cuddler and just so sturdy and happy. He still loves baths and all the attention he gets when we change his diaper. Especially if he already has a fun belly. When he is hungry he gives us the two minute warning of cries and then he really lets out the screams. He knows how to get mom and dad scrambling!:)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Patriotism isn't lost

I heard Presley singing "America the Beautiful" to herself this afternoon. She must have learned that at school because we didn't teach it to her. It made me smile.

In other news... Charlie discovered his toes on Sunday. It was so cute how he kept reaching for them. He is halfway to rolling onto his belly from his back and I think the toe reaches will help him get there!

He loves sleeping in the Papsan swing. PK was so nice to share her baby with Charlie. I am realizing more and more that Bostonians LOVE the name Charlie. They always repeat it after me, "CHAWW-LIE". Love them accents!