Friday, December 26, 2008

A few Christmas Pictures

I haven't uploaded any of my pictures yet, so I'm "borrowing" Nana's pictures to share with everyone. Thank you, Nana!!
Jack hanging out with Grandpa and holding his Santa hat. His Santa hat doesn't really fit on his head, it's too small.
Jack was experimenting with his new wagon from Nana and Grandpa. He was supposed to be standing facing the other direction and pushing the metal bar instead of standing in the wagon. He was rather impressed with himself that he got into it all on his own.
He's looking at Nana saying, "Did you see what I just did?"
Jack and Avery playing in the bottom drawer in Nana's kitchen. Every child I know (including myself) has played in that drawer at least once. All the safe kitchen utensils are in that drawer and all kids love to play in it.
Jack and Avery love their teethers. I think they had bites of apple in it here. They are a sticky mess, but they just love them.
Avery in her Santa hat. It says, "Kiss me Grandma".
Avery hanging out with Auntie Stef
Auntie Stef reading one of Avery's new books to her. The book is from Auntie Maren, I believe. She always gets the best books.
Christmas dinner at Nana and Grandpa's
Another view of Christmas dinner at Nana and Grandpa's house. I can't believe we all still fit at one table.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Snowed in and going stir crazy

This is a glimpse into what we've been doing while stuck in the house.

A picture looking out our back door. The drifts are mighty high. The pictures don't do it justice. Katie can't even get to the yard to go potty so she's resorted to using the back porch. Luckily it is well below freezing out here which makes it easy to clean up after her.

Another picture from the back porch of all the snow yesterday. We got another 4-6 inches in the night.
This was the lovely path I shoveled yesterday. I had to photograph its beauty. I woke up this morning and looked out the front door and it was GONE. The wind and snow had erased it...all that hard work down the drain.

And while I was hard at work shoveling snow, Court and Auntie Stef were tormenting the children with bows in their hair. I guess it was only torment to Jack.
Little Miss Avery with a cute bow in her hair and a spatula in her hand. Kitchen utensils are their favorite toys.

Jack is clearly not happy (and looking very sick) about the bow in his hair. I mean, come on, a football onesie and a bow? It matches, but still....that's just mean!!

And now for the videos. The first video is of Katie. Brian and Glenn brought her a Christmas gift that she almost immediately sniffed out. She's been tormenting us ever since to let her have it. This is one of the times that she was able to play with the wrapped present.

This video was taken this morning before 8:30am, that should tell you how delirious we are with cabin fever. It was a blast and the babies loved loved loved it. You can hear me at the beginning promise that I wouldn't post it, but we all agreed that it was way too fun not to share.

And last but not least, a short video from the sick bay. We're all in various stages of colds out here: coughing, sneezing, hacking, and generally miserable. Jack sums it up here in the video below. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


I never get tired of looking at her big beautiful blue eyes.
Such a face of peace...
He fell asleep on Grandpa's lap which rarely happens.
Avery wearing a Christmas outfit that used to be Lillie's. She looks adorable, especially with the hat. She kept it on most of the day, too.
Avery and Jack's first Christmas present. Auntie Suzie and Regina and Katie got this one for them. We can't wait to see what's inside!

Monday, December 15, 2008

First Snow

A short video of their first snow venture. I'm sure Court will watch her singing in the future now that she knows it may end up on the blog! She always makes little Miss Avery smile with her songs.

The anti-sleep child

He fights it to the bitter end!

This is a photo from our video camera of their first snow. They liked it. Jack put a huge piece of snow in his mouth and it was too cold. He didn't think to spit it out though.

Friday, December 12, 2008

9 Month Stats and Sweaters from Auntie Julie

Avery and Jack had their 9 Month appt yesterday. They got 3 pokes. One for their last Hep B, One for their second flu shot and the last poke was in their big toe to check their iron levels. Their iron was normal. They are growing like weeds. Their stats are:

Jack - 19 lbs 4 oz (50th Percentile)
Avery - 18 lbs 7.5 oz (50th Percentile)

Jack - 30 Inches (95th Percentile)
Avery - 28.5 Inches (75th Percentile)

Head Circumference:
Jack - 46.75 cm (90th Percentile)
Avery - 46.25 cm (97th Percentile)

It's no wonder the Santa hat didn't fit them for the photo shoot. They have huge heads!! They did very well at the appointment. Jack hadn't napped well all day so he was fussy and clingy but he slept all the way home and was ready to go when he saw his nana.

At 9 Months, babies should be able to do the following:

  • Sit well, stand holding on, may be pulling to stand or "cruising"
  • Start using "pincer grasp" for small objects
  • Hold a cup or bottle - feed self with fingers
  • Hunts for hidden toys
  • Imitates speech sounds
  • Stranger anxiety may increase - allow baby to warm up to individuals
  • Night awakening is common

The activities to do with 9 month olds are:

  • Hide toys so baby can look for them
  • Waving bye bye and saying "hi"
  • Banging blocks together
  • Sing songs - nursery rhymes - finger games
  • Peak-a-boo with a blanket or towel
  • Play in bathtub with water and soft toys
  • Encourage vocalizations and imitation
  • READ TO YOUR CHILD (in all caps from the Pediatrician's paperwork)
  • If you have a second language, use it now
  • Start brushing teeth with water

When the babies were first born, my Aunt Julie and Uncle Terry stopped by for a visit and brought the sweetest gifts for Jack and Avery. She knitted these sweaters that are precious. We tell Jack and Avery they are from Who-ville when they wear them, they look like little Who-people. See for yourself.

Thank you Auntie Julie for the beautiful sweaters. They are perfect for this time of year. The other cool thing about these sweaters is that they zip up in the back. The zipper goes from the bottom of the sweater to the top of the hood. You just slip their arms in and whip the hood over their head then zip 'em up. It's great. I hope they are able to wear these all winter, they are the perfect weight for this weather.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A look back at the Cunniff Family

When Court and I were back in Montana after her mom died, we spent a few days going through the house and organizing things. Court came across an envelope with a few photos inside. It appears to have come from her Aunt Gin. We figured out some of the pictures, but others are a mystery. I'm hoping one of the Cunniffs is reading this and can help identify people (Lloyd?).

A beautiful photo of Monte Rae, Court's mom
We think this might be Court's grandfather and his sister on the Cunniff side, but we're not sure.
This the Cunniff Homestead. We visited this past July and the only thing left standing is the brick perimeter of the house and maybe a few rocks from the rock wall. I'm so glad we found this photo, it's priceless.

I believe this is Court's dad, Dale, and his mom and one of his sisters. It could be Gin or Tilly.

I have no idea who these people are, but it is a neat picture. It might be Court's great grandfather and his family.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

First Visit to Santa

Avery and Jack's first visit to Santa went well. There were no tears and we were 1 for 2 in the smile department which is better than I expected. The quality of the photo isn't that great, I think the color is off a little bit. You can see the babies and they look cute so that's all that matters. Enjoy!!

I love Jack's expression and I love Avery's little red shoes and her cute little thighs :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Tree

I think we picked the wettest possible day to go get a Christmas tree. Holy cow, we got soaked. We used our nifty backpacks for Jack and Avery and they worked perfectly. Jack wouldn't keep his head under the cover though, so his face kept getting wet.

A view of Mt. Si. It was so socked in that you can't even see it.
We went to Keith and Scott's Tree Farm in North Bend. They had a fire going so we stopped there and warmed up and had some cider before getting in the car.

Loading the tree in Court's truck

The nice gentleman who cut our tree down for us.

A nice lady with a boy named Jack took our photo.

Avery was totally relaxed and loving her ride from Auntie Stef
Our perfect little tree before it got cut down.

Getting ready to go find our perfect tree. Jack was beside himself with excitement. He was squealing while getting put into his backpack.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekend Activities!!

We have had a fun-filled weekend already and it's only Saturday night. Jack, Avery and I spent Friday afternoon with our multiples group at the Ballard Community Center. They have an amazing toddler play room. There were 5 moms and 10 kids and we were the only people in there so we had it to ourselves. We tried to get a group shot of the kids and it was just about impossible. The walkers/cruisers won't stay in one place and the crawlers are off to find something new.
L to R bottom row: Henry, Oliver, Carlena, Fiona, Stella, Adriaan, Avery
L to R top row: Ian, Jack, Miles (behind Jack)
This photo shows all 3 boys standing in the back but the first row is in chaos. Oliver is on his tummy, Carlena is trying to join the boys in the back, Fiona is distracted with a toy and Avery just looks mad.
Avery gossiping with her girlfriends, Stella and Fiona
Avery looking guilty for gossiping...
Jack getting a guitar lesson from Helena

Chewing is good

That looks like the face of someone up to no good :)

We had our annual Girls' Day at my mom's today. My mom and my Auntie Sue and the girl cousins get together each year to shop before Christmas. This year we had an Arbonne party at my mom's house. I've never used their products before. We tested them out by doing ourselves up with "smokey" eyes. Boy did we look good!! It's going to take me about 30 minutes of scrubbing to get all of it off before I go to bed, though.
I think Avery is looking for an adult to stop Jack before he pulls the tree down

Stef, Mom and Annie

Court, Annie, Me (holding a hungry and crabby Jack), Stef and Mom

Court, Susan, Me, Jack, Stef and Mom

Suzie and Katie came by this evening since they were in town this weekend. It's always nice to visit with them. Avery went to bed at her normal time but Jack was feeling like a night owl so he stayed up and played with Suzie and Katie.


Jack playing with Suzie. We converted their Exersaucer to a table and removed their Jumperoo. Times are definitely changing...

Katie was finding new and interesting ways to play with some of the toys. Jack and Avery were mesmerized by Katie. She played peak a boo with them and had them giggling at the same time.

Jack loves his Auntie Suzie

I've been fretting over what to do about clothes while we're in Mexico. They only have winter clothes right now and nobody is selling summer clothes. Leave it to Suzie to save the day. Look at all the goodies she found for Avery and Jack. Thank you Suzie!!