This post is a whopper. I should probably try to do more than one post to cover an entire month to avoid this problem in the future...but I make no promises. :)
January was, as usual, pretty low key. With the excitement of the holidays behind us and nothing but bleak winter stretched in front of us, we just kind of hung out.
Emry started sitting in the bumbo. I seriously love this invention. It makes 3 months to 6 months so much more pleasant.
It's fun for Tatum to be able to be included on some games that all the adults are playing. This was one of them. She loved it.
The kids love the PlayStation and they have been doing dollar days once or twice a month lately. It's the perfect winter activity for us.
The best part of Play Station day is going back with dad after he gets off work. They love it.
I was working on a few more cross stitch patterns in January and Tatum always wants to do it too. It certainly makes my work less peaceful and a little more difficult but she loves it so much I can't bear to say no. Here is her finished product of my brother's family.
She loves holding Emry while standing, although these days she is starting to get a little too heavy for her.
I took Declan to a tennis class/storytime at the library. I was so excited because he is so into sports right now, I just knew he would love it. The stars aligned and Emry stayed asleep in her car seat for the entire time so I could give him undivided attention. Annnnnddd.......he was a total punk. He would get so mad if he couldn't hit it right or things didn't go just the way he wanted. And he would pout and sulk and make atrocious noises and wouldn't let me even think of helping him. Ugh. So frustrating and so humiliating. I know he's just a kid and kids are just like that. But man, in those moments it sure feels like every other kid is being angelic and you're the only one dealing with a total pill.
Just to keep things balanced, here are some handsome pictures of Declan before church one week. Brennan and I found this suit coat for him at Target and just couldn't pass it up.
When we get home from dropping Tatum off at preschool Declan will go and pull a game off the shelf and say "we always play a game together." Can't say no to that.
Lost in another world.
Tatum got quite a belated birthday surprise in the mail from her grandparents- a Wellie Wisher. She was so excited and has been so careful with her "special doll".
January was still a fussy month for Emry. She wasn't a particularly difficult baby but she wasn't particularly easy either. Several times Brennan would come home to find me making dinner with her in the Solly. I guess one day he decided he'd better see what it was all about and asked me to help him tie it on. :)
Not sure what the line up was for...or why a hot pad was involved. But I have a feeling this is a sighting I will one day miss around here.
Cuddled up for some Paw Patrol.
A project from preschool. If Tatum migrated like geese, she would want to migrate to Grandma's house. :) No surprise there.
So much love for their little sister. So much it hurts...literally.
We hosted a fun dinner with the Lights and the Rices. It's always fun to catch up and watch the kids play.
Brennan had to run to the office on the weekend once. The work he had to do wasn't too intense so he offered to take the older kids with him. They thought it was pretty neat to wear the visitor badges and see Brennan's office.
That lip!! Most pathetic, adorable little face ever.
Declan was much happier eating snacks and watching.
Tatum got to take a little break too because we forced Declan to go back out for one more lap.
I got these adorable matching dresses for the girls at my baby shower. Tatum was so excited for them to match.
Brennan captured this lovely photo of me on a Sunday afternoon. Apparently I was tired.
For Family Home Evening one week we talked about The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The kids got to draw/color posters and give their own "proclamations".
One last video for a laugh. We made skillet s'mores one night and Declan couldn't get enough. He literally trembled with every bite.