Friday, February 29, 2008

Talking Two Year Olds

I know it's not like me to post without a picture (or to have a post with many words at all for that matter) but my kids have been saying some funny things lately that I wanted to share. I am really loving this two year old stage. They are fully communicating, and I love to hear what is going on in their little heads.

Me (while changing Andrew's diaper): "Wow, this is a monster poop!"
Andrew: "No, it's a Sulley* poop!" (*can be replaced at any time with Mike, Randall, or Roz)

Brooke: "I want water please"
I hand her the water bottle
Brooke: "No, I want apple juice"
I go get her apple juice
Brooke: "No, I want a water bottle"
Me (while I hand her the water bottle): "Brooke, you're driving me crazy"
Brooke: "No, I not crazy, I drinking water"

Andrew: "sghioxjcvlknew" (speak your own gibber gabber here) "I talking German"

Brooke (while stacking her dollies up tall): "Look, Mommy, an obelisk!" (I have Little Einsteins to thank for that one)

And probably my most favorite:
Andrew (while giving me a big squeeze): "It's mine Mommy. I love mine Mommy"

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Our Everyday Life....

Inspired by my sister's "Photo A Day", I decided to show a little more of our everyday life. Hopefully this will shed a little light into our crazy fun life (some days crazy, most days fun, every day an adventure).

Hanging Around the House
We spend most of our time hanging around the house. Especially since it's still winter here. We color a lot, eat a lot, sleep a lot (at least it seems that way with the overlapping nap schedules) and play with a lot of toys.

1) I fear we have passed on our lip chap addiction 2) "Sgetti" for dinner is a huge hit with Brooke 3) "I don't like it" I think he was referring to the camera in his crying face 4) Matthew having fun with toys 5) Chicken McNuggets can have crazy affects 6) "I color Spiderman" 7) Matthew discovering that Andrew and Brooke's toys are more fun than his baby toys 8) Have you ever seen a happier baby? 9) Taking advantage of Daddy being home

Swimming Bath L├Ąttich
At least once a week I take the kids to this indoor swimming pool. It has the most amazing kiddie pool with fountains and a slide that keeps these guys entertained for hours. Anthony has been able to join us a few times and we always have a ball.

A lot of times I surprise myself with how much I can do alone with three babies. The first attempt in any activity is usually the most challenging, but once I figure out the small details and remind myself to ignore all the gawking people, we four have quite a fun time together. Which leads me to my next post....

How to Grocery Shop with Three Babies
I do almost all my grocery shopping online. But we do make a trip every couple weeks for a few random things.

The before and after
I'm not opposed to bribes or rewards
(And for those wondering, Matthew's place in the cart has been taken up by the bags and he is now in my arms as we walk back to the car)

Bathtime Fun
Always a fun time in our house. Smiles and water absolutely everywhere.

And I wouldn't be completely honest if I didn't admit that we have our fare share of this as well!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Wildlife Park

We went to a wildlife park just outside Zurich, with goats, deer, wolves, etc. Not sure what kind of animal this is, or how he got over the fence.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A beautiful day in the neighborhood

It felt like spring here today so we ditched the coats, sweaters and even shoes and spent as much time outside as possible. Here are a few pics from our little park.

Feeding the Bunnies

Brooke and Andrew doing their part to fatten up the Easter Bunny

Engleberg (23.02.08)

European skiing at its finest: 10:30 start, 2-hour lunch to soak up some sun, lots of breaks to watch the ski races. We even got a few runs in.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Is there a resemblance??

8 months old (all three)

Some of the Everyday...

1) Bedhead 2) Drinking yogurt 3) Spiderman:
These may look like ordinary sunglasses, but if you just turn them upside down they are a perfect Spiderman costume--that and the enormous spider hand drawn in pen on his bare belly (not shown in picture). 4) The cucumber-lover:
(also worthy to note: Brooke absolutely loves to color. Lately she's been really into tracing her hands, however in the process enjoys a little tracing ON her hands as well).

Friday, February 15, 2008

Bern (the temple, the hosile and the hospital)

This is about all we saw of Bern during our trip a few weeks ago. On the way up Friday night, our car started shaking. We barely made it, and Anthony went to a temple session, leaving me to entertain 3 cranky kids in the temple hostel (think concrete military barracks with bunk beds and disposable hospital sheets). We soon realized that Brooke was not just cranky, but had an ear infection. The girls stayed up all night while the boys slept through most of the trauma (something in the Y chromosome?). In the morning we drove home with our shaking car and stopped at the hospital where we learned Brooke had a ruptured eardrum. Brooke was fine after 24 hours, and the car was only CHF 300 to fix (about as much as an oil change here). Apparently a cylinder fell out, or at least that's what the mechanic told us, but we think something was lost in translation. Hopefully we'll have better luck on our next trip to Bern.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines!

The silly faces of Brooke

Andrew the Adventurer

Friday, February 8, 2008

8 Months Old

This boy is in full force teething mode. Notice the line of drool in every picture here, and the bottom two pearlies in the last picture. Despite it all, he is still the happiest baby ever. Happy 8 months Matthew!