Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This is for you Mal...

Here you go Mallory. A blog entry with your picture. This afternoon Mallory said, "Momma please take my picture with my drawing and put it on the blog." It took her several minutes to decide on a pose and finally ended up with these.???The flamingo pose

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Play dough and behavior jars

The girls played really well this afternoon (after a not so great morning). They did play dough for a really long time at the kitchen table!!!! I HATE messes and tried not to freak out considering they had gotten it everywhere. I was recently listening to a family series by Chuck Swindol and he talked about having a creative child (Maddy), but not allowing messes. Creativity and messes go hand in hand so with that in mind I watched as my kitchen and floor turned into a play dough wonderland.
Now I know this isn't a new concept, but I've noticed that I sometimes focus on the girls' bad behavior and not enough on the the good. So I bought these jars and some marbles and whenever I catch them "doing something good" or following directions without a fight, etc. they get marbles put into their jars. When the jar is filled to a certain point they get a prize. It seems to be working really well so far. In fact, that play dough mess you saw...Maddy cleaned up all by herself. I think she knew it would earn her some marbles. ( it worked)
Daddy and Mal clowning around this afternoon. :-)

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lookin' good

I took these of Mallory right after she woke up this morning. I thought she looked so cute! Wish I looked that good and well rested when I wake up... bet Dan does too! :-)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

chewing gum, fingernail and a window

I've had several "incidents" recently involving gum and the car window. The first was when all of us were driving around together in the car. Mallory tells me she's done chewing her gum. I take it from her and throw it hard out the window so it lands in the grass....only problem, I forgot to put the window down!!!! No one even laughed. The girls and Dan just stared at me with with these shocked looks on their faces. Like I'd gone crazy or something. (Jury's still out on that one) The middle fingernail on my right had hasn't been the same since.

The next incident happened 2 days later. Mallory and I were in the car together. Again Mal needs me to get rid of her gum. I'm driving so my left hand is on the wheel, my right hand grabs the sticky, gooey gum. I roll the window down and try to toss it out. For some reason with my left hand I hit the button to roll up the window (while my fingers are out) and completely smash again (same hand, same finger) my middle finger. So I'm now driving with my left hand while my right middle finger is smashed in the window. Panicky and in pain I keep hitting the wrong button and roll down every window BUT the one that's crushing my poor finger!!!! Obviously, I finally get it out, but I'm not sure my poor cuticle will ever be the same. For now though, I'm keeping Mallory away from gum. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Birthday recap

Maddy's Birthday was Thursday and since it was a school night and Mike and Kasey were coming up for the weekend we decided to do something very small for her Thursday evening and have an actual party for her on Saturday. So on Thurs. we took Maddy to Charbonos (her choice) to eat with Grandma and Grandpa Thomas and then back to our house to open presents.Maddy and Grandma
Thursday night at Charbonos
Her soccer cake

Uncle Mike, Maddy and Aunt Kasey
We've had a tradition since Maddy was very little of taking her picture holding up how old she is. Uh....Maddy????...
Ahhhh there we go. You're getting older not younger!

Mom, Dad, Maddy and Mal
She's 7!!!!
Kung Fu Panda and lip gloss :)
Madyson, Hunter, Madison and Austin
Hunter and Austin are Maddy's favorite cousins! Thanks to everyone who came to Maddy's party on Saturday and to Mike and Kasey for driving from Missouri to visit!!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Happy Birthday to Maddy who turns 7 today!! It seems impossible that she's that old. Where did that colicky 7lb 2 oz baby girl go? :) I'll have more pics and more time to post tonight. We love you Madison and are so PROUD of you!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The girls (and Daddy)

Dan's knee is getting better. He started physical therapy yesterday. He's happy to be doing a little bit of activity on it. His surgeon told us normally he wouldn't allow physical therapy for another 4 weeks, but b/c Dan's such a stud muffin (my own terminology) he gave him the go ahead to begin.
Maddy and Mal before church Sunday. I try to grab the camera and take a pic whenever they're getting along!!!!
Maddy worked very hard with Mallory to come up with the "perfect pose" for this shot.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Maddy's Birthday wish list


1. Fur Real Biscuit dog (checked it out and it's $150...)
2. Pet Shop game
3. owfit (outfit)
4. Wii game
5. mermade (mermaid)
6. Barby doll
7. $20.00 (huh?)
8. wig (? maybe Grandma has an extra one we can have)
9. fack nails (fake????)
10. A toy for Mallory (Awwwwww!)
11. A TV (nope)
12. I Fone (definately not)
13. I Pod (maybe in about 6 years!)

This child just cracks me up!!!! Her 7th Birthday is Thursday. I think we are going to take her out to eat (her choice) and then let her open up a few gifts. We are having her actual party on Saturday while Mike and Kasey are here.

Friday, November 7, 2008

A very random skin condition

So Mallory has this weird skin thing going on. She gets these patches of dry skin with small bumps all over it (which she calls nipples ????). Yeah, you can imagine how embarrassed I was when in Target she yelled, "Mom the nipples on my bottom itch really bad!!!!!" Anyway, her skin is very itchy and once she starts scratching it she gets these huge welts .... I'm thinking about calling the Dr. this morning because the poor thing is really miserable. Any ideas as to what this could be? The huge welts are what freak me out!!! They almost look like huge hives.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Gross pics of Dan's knee

I took Dan to the Dr this morning to have his knee checked out. He took the bandages off and so now we all have to look at how disgusting and swollen his poor knee is. Poor Mallory can't even look at it. When she get's near him she closes her eyes! It's very funny.
Thankfully, his knee is "looking good" according to the surgeon. Unfortunately, I think it's been a more painful recovery thus far than Dan was anticipating and for anyone who knows him, knows how hard it is for him to just sit around all day!!! Next Monday we go back in to have the stitches taken out and then just see what the Dr says from there.

It looks even more disgusting in person!