Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Eight Months Old

This little gal is 8 months old today!  She is still wonderful- even when she is sick, she is sweet and barely even makes a complaint.

Natalie almost has a total of 6 teeth- I'm sure the top middle teeth will be poking all the way through by the end of this week.  She loves it when people make her laugh, and she always responds to a good tickle.  She loves playing with balloons (with supervision), and she still LOVES her food.  Peek-a-boo is her favorite game still, and she is usually the one to initiate it.  Her specialty this month is ROLLING!!!!  And boy, she can roll far and fast.  Kelly said, "It's almost like she counts out how many revolutions it will take for her to reach her destination, and then she goes for it.
I thought she would be crawling by now, and she's close, but she mostly just likes to get on all fours and just rock back and forth.

A Visit To Santa and Gingerbread Houses

We got to go visit Santa this year in November.  We knew there wouldn't be too many kids waiting in line, so we took the opportunity to take Geek with us and go make our gift requests a little earlier this year.
Hunter asked for a Calvin and Hobbes Book
 Chance gave Santa 5 letters in envelopes with pictures of elves and presents and reindeer, etc..
Santa LOVED the drawings!!!
 Chance asked for a Trash Pack and a Navy Seals boat and a pirate ship
 Natalie didn't ask for anything- and she's the first of our children to not cry on Santa's lap.
 The Three McGee's
 I think Santa had a secret crush on Geek- and he wanted her to be in the picture-
she kindly obliged.
 For Family Home Evening we made our gingerbread houses.  Hunter and Mom worked together and came up with a "cool" house.
 It was complete with a sniper, a cannon, a firepit, and several "mines" for trespassers to step on

 Aren't we lovely?
(Boys were in jammies, and I don't have an excuse)
 Chance and Dad also made a very manly type gingerbread house
 They had ladders, and a skull snowman, and headstones
 They also had a snake, and some shelters.
We had a great time- getting ready for Christmas is so much fun!

Thanksgiving and Time With "Geek"

Marianne braved a cold Thanksgiving visit to our home, which we were thankful for.  We had lots of fun and time to spend with her.  The boys took several opportunities to dress up in costume.
 Hunter was impressed by Jimmy Fallons float in the Macy's Day Parade.  From that point on in the day, he wore sunglasses and was singing.."We Will Rock You!"
 Natalie was our "Turkey Girl" and isn't she cute?
 I am so Thankful for these three!
 Before Marianne arrived I was concerned that Natalie might have some stranger anxiety- but they both just picked up where they left off- and they LOVED eachother!
Marianne even took a shift one night- snuggling this sweet little baby.  She even got her to sleep on her chest for several hours.
 Momma and her girl
 Everyone felt the need to do a silly Thanksgiving dinner picture.
Hunter with a silly tongue and his drink
 Chance and a spoon on his tongue
 Geek showing how she really felt about her stay at our house
 We also took the opportunity to have a marshmallow catapulting day...It was fun!
 The boys were very competitive
 Pretty and Pink
 This was Natalie's silly Thanksgiving face

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

7 Months and Full of Smiles

I can tell Natalie is figuring this whole "Mom is taking my picture" thing out.  I whipped out the camera and immediately she knew what she was supposed to be doing.
So she SMILED!!  LOTS!!!
I can't believe she is 7 months already.
Natalie is still just as sweet and mellow as can be- well sometimes she gets cranky if you aren't spooning her food into her mouth fast enough.
She is getting MORE teeth- not just the usual top middle ones. NO!!  She is getting the ones on the side, you know so she will look like a vampire. (Hunter did the same thing).
She is doing this waving thing lately, where she moves her hand from side to side.  She loves it if we do it back, so we think she understands.

Bedtime Picture
This picture of Hunter might give you an idea of the "vampire teeth" I am talking about!!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holes in the Mouth

This is Hunter's face these days- it is darling!
On that note- he went to the orthodontist who said that we have a mouth of teeth that will need to be fixed.

Mom's Man Spa

The boys both had two days off of school for parent teacher conferences.  I was trying to figure out something fun and different to do with them- just for a change of pace, so I decided to open
Mom's Man Spa
 Chance is enjoying a nice massage in front of the warm pellet stove.
 Hunter loved soaking his feet in the foot spa while reading some new books.
 Chance spent some of his foot spa time checking out the Toys 'R' US catalog that arrived in our mailbox
I had to make Hunter stop reading so I could give him his massage.
The boys both enjoyed their "relaxation time" and they both said it was
the "Royal Treatment"
It was fun for Mom too!

Snapshots of Our Halloween Fun

Here are a few pictures of crafts/projects that we did this month- and the decorations we were able to enjoy.

 Chance had a little Halloween party at our house and we played "pin the eyeballs on the monster"  it was cute!
 One afternoon Chance and I decided that we would make a scarecrow HEAD.....well, he thought it needed a body AND arms AND legs- so now we have a full sized paper bag scarecrow in our house.

 Kelly, Natalie, and I went with a chicken theme for our costumes.
(I look kind  of creepy in these pictures.  I think I was smiling extra big because Natalie wouldn't because she is sick)

 Chance was an AWESOME Frankenstein
 Hunter was a FANTASTIC Gilly Sniper
 Halloween Night- what a pair!