Tuesday, March 17, 2009

First trip to the zoo...more pics for Daddy

OK, so first of all, I have to say "Happy Special Day" to Troy. He's been such a good guy today - sending me a message on Facebook, texting me and having his dad deliver a beautiful hydrangea to me. Very sweet. Thanks and I love you lots!

On to the update and the pictures. I should make sure to explain that the stuff in Clark's nose in the mealtime pictures is food and not boogers. I don't want anyone to freak out.

We have a picture of everyone with Erica who went along with us to the zoo today. Emma and Kendall were pointing at the zebras (our friend's son, B, called them "horses in striped pajamas"). Then we have Clark at dinner being funny and getting food up his nose, stealing food from sissy's tray (his new favorite pasttime seems to be stealing and annoying his sisters - good times). Ems at dinner giving me her cheesiest smile and Clark giving more smiles before the end of dinner. Ems (and Clark) outside enjoying the weather after dinner and she gave me a little smile behind the paci. Then it's on to bathtime and more of Emma's goofy grins and also showing off the three bath rings (just found two at a consignment sale over the weekend and they are WONDERFUL and make bathtime much safer with three little ones!). Kendall was being funny and starting to play peek-a-boo in the tub and then gave us the funny "oops" look with her hand over her face. A flirty Clark (at dinner - sorry out of order). Kendall's cheesiest grin at dinner (again out of order, oops). Kendall and our buddy, Mr. Mike. Ems reading after bathtime. Kendall being silly with our friend, Miss Lisa. Clark trying to escape the "fun" crib (we put them there as a holding pen before and after baths until we can get them all (un)dressed, etc.).

Who's doing what, you ask????
Well, Kendall learned to climb up on the changing table that is in the play zone. Daddy was very efficient and has it braced to the wall, but now she has learned to climb. I'd say it will be coming out of there tomorrow or Thursday. :) We had to remove their cool kiddie slide on Sunday because she learned to climb up the slide onto the platform and fell through the (stupid) hole in the back (why in the heck there is a big hole at the back of the platform???). Mommy saw it happen and it wasn't pretty. So, the slide is now in the garage and will be a supervised outdoor toy. Kendall is still doing her "oooooo" when she sees something that catches her "fancy". It is TOO funny to hear her do that!
Ems...she is still in the process of trying to walk. I think Mike and Lisa would agree that she did take 2 steps tonight to get to Mommy, but I don't have video to prove it. We won't count it as "walking" yet until Daddy gets home. :) She is pointing at everything - books, animals, people, etc. She waves bye-bye to the walkers, bike-riders and cars going past the front window. She's learned a new "cheesy grin" that we all love. And she also does peek-a-boo with her hands over her face (before it was just with a cloth over her face). She is also very good at "reading" books to anyone who will listen.
Clark has learned a few new tricks lately. He loves to pull Emma's hair when he is next to her at mealtime. He also steals food from anyone's tray who might be close enough to reach. Yesterday, Kendall started screaming and I found him hitting her in the head with the plastic cutting board that goes with their kiddie kitchen. She pushed him until he quit, so I was happy to let her work it out. He also has this devilish little grin when I catch him doing these things and tell him "no". Ugh. What a BOY!!!! It's funny, but I can see this becoming a really bad habit - torturing his sisters. He was VERY chatty this evening (no specific words) and was encouraged to squeal like his sisters when they were outside and his voice would echo. This continued into bathtime. Funny stuff.
Gotta get to bed as tomorrow is another day.

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