Friday, May 24, 2013

The Tooth Fairy is Coming Tonight!

Tonight Julie lost her first tooth!!  Both her bottom teeth have been wiggling for some time now, but her adult teeth are already through, so one is out and I know the other won't be far behind!

I am shocked that she has already lost a tooth. I was 7 years old, the very end of 1st grade, when I lost my first tooth.  I also had baby teeth well into high school, so I admit I am a little relieved that she is loosing them earlier than I did.
She was so excited, we called John at work to tell him, then Memere and Grammy. The tooth fairy is coming to the Hunter's tonight for the first time ever! 

Totally unrelated, I got off work at noon today (after working 12 days straight) and went to pick up the kids from my moms. We sat outside for a few minutes and Julie came up to snuggle next to me and I started rubbing her back. Before I knew it, she was soaking up the sun like a little lizard and fast asleep.
Mom and I laughed so hard. And yes, I picked her up and brought her inside so she wouldn't get sun burnt. She woke up at that point, totally confused.  I love that she is a big girl who looses teeth one minute, while falling asleep standing up the next. Always keeping us on our toes Julie Bess!

Friday, May 17, 2013

18 Months!

I can't believe our little munchkin is 18 months old today!  She is such a spunky little babe.  Well, she really isn't little, and she is showing us daily how she is not much of a baby either.

This morning I took these "before and after" pictures. When she wakes up her hair is all wild and she loves it, but gets frusterated quickly by it being in her face. She looks like a completely different kid with her hair back and tidy.

She is talking like crazy these days. She can say so many words and is even starting to put some words together.  Her vocabulary so far, that I can think of: Momma, Dadda (which she also uses for dog), Anda (both Julie and Andy), Grandma, Memere, Pop-pop, Feather, owl, more, step, up, down, milk, water (wawa), truck, bird (chickens she calls boch bochs and horses she calls neighs), sock, shoe, bath, this, that, yes, no no, thank you, love you, off, on, ball, baby, choo choo (train), hot, hat, ouch, owie, door, all done (complete with hand motions), spider (from Itsy Bitsy Spider).... ok, I can't think of any more. She says things like "sock off" and "bath up". She communicates so well.  The other night she heard John pull in the drive way and she said, "Dadda truck!" when she heard it!

Tonight we went up to the elementary school to go to the Spring Carnival with Memere and Grammy. The big kids played games and Sadie ran after them. When it was time to go, I tried to bribe Sadie with a cookie, but she was not leaving with out a cupcake. She enjoyed it, obviously.
Sadie loves her brother and sister so much. She is constantly trying to keep up with them, talk to them, hug them and love on them.  She was sitting next to Andy the other morning and was petting his head. Just rubbing his head. They love each other so much.  When she needs help with a toy or anything, she goes to Julie. She knows Julie will always help her.

Of course she is also a total silly goober, just like Julie and Andy. She makes funny faces, bear crawls and tickles us all the time.
As I type, she is attempting somersaults in her bed. I love this little munchkin and everything she brings to our sweet family

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


We just got back a 2 night camping trip in San Simeon.  It was just the 5 of us, in a tent, for 2 nights. And let me tell you, it was absolutely fantastic.  It was so much fun.

As soon as we started setting up, we pulled out the kids little chairs. Sadie plonked down and was a happy camper, literally!
John and I got the tent set up. The one we borrowed had a fun little "pet tent" attached, and the kids loved it, it was their own tiny cave. Andy wanted to sleep in it, but he ended up on an air mattress just like Julie.  Sadie slept in a pack n play, while John and I were on another air mattress. Everyone slept great! Kids were all asleep by 8 both nights and we didn't get out of the tent until 7-7:30 AM! They don't sleep that late at home!
San Simeon has a nice trail that leads to the beach. There was a cool little hut made out of driftwood.
Sadie hung out in the backpack for a long while. She loves the backpack because she can see everything. And grab onto John's ears.
King of the mountain!! This kid was so excited to be camping. He took it very seriously.
It got a little windy at the beach. And it rained a lot both nights we were there. But it only rained for about 20 minutes during waking hours, so we can't complain.  And the clouds kept the temperature way warmer than it would have been otherwise.
We found an Uno set in our camping gear. I had no idea Julie and Andy were old enough to play. So play we did. It was a blast. The kids won most of the time. We always played Uno while camping growing up, so it was great carrying on that tradition.
As soon as Sadie went to sleep, we made smores.  The big kids were so good about roasting their marshmallows and respecting the fire. We didn't have to tell them once to backup or stop playing around the fire pit. They were awesome.  (We brought their bikes, hence the helmet)
We kept all the clothes in the back of my car. And the food. It kept the tent very tidy (as tidy as it can be with 5 people in it!) and made it easy to keep things away from the raccoons at night!  But, because of where my car was parked, it smells A LOT like campfire.
Andy was convinced that if he wore his glasses, the smoke wouldn't go in his eyes. And he looks pretty cool too.
Double fisting the smores. Actually, she made one for me too, since she is sweet like that.
Oooey goooey smores are the best part of camping. Besides hanging out with the best kids and husband in the world...
There were very few other campers while we were there.  The kids were able to ride their bikes all over the place.  They could ride through the grass and up and down the streets. Andy they loved taking turns on Daddy's skateboard too. Since the campground is a circle, we could see them the whole way from our site. But John also would skateboard with them and I would run. I also got in a good run up a trail that overlooked the whole valley. It was breath taking!
Our little campground. Notice Andy with his head down on the bench...silly. Thanks for letting us borrow the tent Uncle Monster!
And my favorite picture of the trip. This was as we were starting to pack up. Julie and Andy were being silly and Sadie was totally confused as to why. Love these kiddos.
I can not wait to camp again. I have to admit, I was scared, or thought we were crazy, to tent camp with these 3. But I really think it was easier than RV camping. And they were a great help with keeping the site picked up, they helped with meals and kept themselves busy with their bikes, climbing trees and having imaginary adventures. I am such a lucky Momma.