Saturday, April 25, 2009

The Monsters Have Arrived

Yes, we now have monsters in the Smith home. We do try to be hospitable as a rule here in our home, but I must say the monsters were completely uninvited and most definitely have worn out their welcome.

I have not seen one myself and as a matter of fact, I don't think anyone has really spotted one, so a visual description is not available at this time. However, someone in our family deeply feels their presence, thus making nearly all of us well aware that monsters are in deed here.

Like most monsters, ours are nocturnal. They reside exclusively in Matthew's room. I really wish they would have chosen mine and Erik's room because I feel we are better equipped to coexist with them.

Our monsters may seem like other monsters, they are nocturnal, choose to live in a young child's room and have never actually been spotted, but our monsters are unique in this; they love to be read to. Their love of books, keep Matthew up nearly all night reading with his room light, closet light and 2 night lights on. Even though Erik and I have made it very clear that those big lights should not be on, Matthew feels the need to be obedient to the monsters and the obvious monster wrath that would ensue if he chose to turn out the lights and stop reading.

While having uninvited monsters live in your son's room is not at all ideal, I am happy that our monsters are book loving monsters. I just wish they would learn to read for themselves so that they wouldn't keep the boy up (also, if they are going to require so much electricity, it wouldn't hurt if they contributed some cash for the electric bill as well).

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Easter pics and other stuff

We had a wonderful Easter and I hope everybody else did too!

On Friday morning my Mom brought over eggs for Matthew to color. He had a great time dropping every egg in every color so that by the time he was through no one was able to identify the color of any of them. My personal favorite is one he named "the eye of danger". On Friday afternoon, there were some really severe storms throughout the whole state. I decided it might be a good time to clean out our severe storm safety bunker (a.k.a. our teeny tiny coat closet). We had a tornado warning and very strong winds and rain. We lost power for only about 20 minutes. Matthew thought it would be fun to hang out in the closet, so we did for awhile. He was making shadow creatures with the light from my cell phone and taking pics in the dark. Alexis was not nearly as fond of closet time.
Easter Sunday we went to church and then over to my parents to eat and have an egg hunt. Erik was asked to play the drums for a song on Sunday and it was awesome. Alexis was crowned best behaved baby in the nursery on Easter! I did not expect a nomination in that category let alone a win. She often snags the cranky pants of the day award here at home. The last few days have been good though so maybe she is growing out of the crankies.
You can tell by this picture that Alexis is obviously a huge fan of dressing up. This was her first time wearing a dress.

Matthew got the Bolt movie (a new Disney movie starring a dog) in his Easter basket so he was, of course, Bolt most of the day. Erik said to him at one point "I love you, buddy." Matthew says "Ok, I am still Bolt, but I appreciate your love for dogs."

Yesterday was Erik's birthday. We got to go to a grown up dinner all on our own where people serve you. It was awesome. On a side note, I ate ALL of my dinner and Erik had to box his up and bring it home (due to some bread and appetizer eating and yes Josh if you are reading this that totally makes me the papa bear). Also, Alexis was actually a good girl while we were gone, despite the fact that her favorite evening pastime is screaming. She did start crying though as soon as she heard my voice just to make me feel missed..what a sweetie! And Matthew was all weepy saying "I weally missed you" and kissed me on the head. I adore my job of caring for these precious little people and my Erik!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

2 Month Stats

At the doctor's yesterday Alexis weighed in at 13lbs 7oz and she is a little over 24in long putting her in the 97th percentile in weight and height. We left the big brother at home with my mom because he is a little under the weather and desperately needed a rest time, so there are no funny Matthew sayings to add. Alexis screamed during her shots and continued for many minutes after so I would not forget how unhappy she was about that experience. Poor girl doesn't even know this is only the begining of the shots. Please nobody tell her or she will refuse to go to her 4 month appointment.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Check Out These Cheeks

Alexis has been very busy chubbing up. Her cheeks are just the chubbiest things ever. Sometimes I am just not sure she could get those things any chubbier. Of course, I can't say too much because I am well aware where she got them, haha. I must say that it is true the camera does add at least 10 pounds too, so keep that in mind. She is 2 months old (and 2 days, in case you like to be very specific) now. Time is flying, which makes me just a tad bit sad.Sometimes she likes to wear her brother's old sleepers (Shhh..don't tell my mom).

Alexis was wearing these super cute overalls on Friday and I really wanted to get a good picture of her. I took about 20. I moved her all over trying to find a less chubby angle, it seems as though that angle does not exist at this time. But there is no shame in baby chunk.
This is my favorite pic right now. It is really hard to capture a smile.

Oh and here is a picture of Alexis and I, taken by Matthew of course. He laughed afterwards and said "I think I forgot to get Alexis in the picture". Alexis has her 2 month appointment tomorrow. Matthew likes to go to provide entertainment for the nurses. Last time as we were walking to the exam room and there were nurses and doctors rapidly walking from room to room Matthew throws his arms up and says in a booming voice "Listen, this is not MY appointment." During our visit nearly every nurse came by to talk to him about how the appointment that wasn't his was going. He does however gladly choose something from the treasure box when given the option, regardless of whose appointment it is.

And in other news...

Matthew has been creating his own unique ensembles alot lately. Erik was cracking up when he got home last week and found Matthew dressed in his sweater vest and "sweating" pants, I forgot to warn him of the interesting selection before he arrived.