Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easter '15

For some reason it is inevitable that one or more of our kids are sick on Easter.  A stomach bug was cycling through our house this week and Delia was pretty sick this day.  She almost made it to church and was able to make it to our neighborhood egg hunt and our family backyard egg hunt.  We kind of dyed eggs and had dinner with my parents.  Whew!  I'm praying for a healthy family next spring.  We are ready for it!

Cutest little bunny!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Avika at Seven Months

We hit seven months home a couple of months ago (yes, I have been very slow in getting these posted!)  At seven months the biggest change in Avika is her attachment to her grandparents.  She loves her Oma and Grandpa G!  So much that she usually prefers them over us.  We welcome the break it gives us and love to see her connecting with her grandparents.

Pure adoration!  She would go live at Oma's house if I let her.

Delia was playing dress up with Avika with her scarf.  They are practicing saying "Namaste!"

Avika loves the new couch almost as much as Mommy does.  Now there is room for everyone to sit all at once!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Family Picts

A couple month ago a friend did some family portraits for us- they turned out amazing!  I guess that's what happens when you combine super cute kids and a really talented photographer.  I especially loved the black and white shots, can you tell?  Check more of Niki's work at and like her on Facebook here.

Winter Basketball

This year both Delia and Isaac played rec basketball.  The girls' team already had a coach so Matt was a spectator for the first time in our kids' sports careers (he still coached Isaac's team, though.)  Both kids did great- Isaac is a pretty good defensive player, he scored a couple of baskets this season (!), and enjoys being a team player.  We were hoping that Delia would take to basketball because she's so tall, and she did!  Once she scored her first basket she turned into a pretty aggressive player.  It's hard to tell if she'll love soccer or basketball more!


Winter Fun

While the rest of the country had a heinous winter this year we had a very mild winter (yay for Mommy!)  Fortunately for the kids we did have a couple big snows, and they were able to get outside and play.  They were making snow forts and having a snowball fight with Pop this day (I think these are from February.)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Avika at Six Months

Avika was home six months on Valentine's Day!
Lots of firsts this past month-  there have been some hits (Valentine's chocolates, getting flowers from Pop) and misses (going down the water slide and temporary tattoos.) 
I think she is blowing a kiss here?
Looking so grown up (I guess a blazer will do that for you)...
I was trying to get a picture of Avika jumping here.  Once she figured out how jump she started hopping around everywhere.  Up the stairs, down the stairs, to the car, to the mailbox... She's my little jumping bean!
Playing cars with Isaac.
Having fun with Pop.

Overall she is still doing great!  She finally finished her four months of treatment for latent TB and slept through the night for almost a week.  She is very slowly adding some "words" to her vocabulary, and Matt and I are trying to figure out if we should be concerned with speech.  For now we are celebrating all the new sounds she makes.  She's started walking down stairs (instead of launching herself off the top step!)  She loves to cheer on Isaac and Delia at their basketball games as long as she can sit with Oma or Grandpa G.  She seems to have a good understanding of just how to be a two year old- she is charming and fun and frustrating and exhausting all at the same time.  She's our sweet girl!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Avika at Five Months

Here is Avika home five months.
 If left unattended for two seconds Avika will immediately put on someone's shoes.  She loves dress up.  Here she is in my hat and shoes and then in Pop's hat. 
So Avika has not added any words to her vocabulary, but she has started telling stories with her hands.  She will run up and tap my leg to get my attention then show me a complicated series of made up sign language.  She will repeat it over and over while we try to guess what she is "saying."  I can't wait to find out what these stories mean!

Avika's new trick- forward rolls!  She does them over and over again.  I need to get her into a gymnastics class.

 Miles and Avika can fight each other for my attention sometimes, so I love seeing them play well together.  Miles is turning into a great big brother and is usually trying to make Avika laugh.

 Playing with her new Legos on Christmas.  I can usually talk her into playing by herself for a little bit every day, but she'd much rather be right by my side with whatever I am doing (vacuuming, cleaning the litter box, taking a shower, cooking... everything!)  She's a social girl and loves to spend time with her family.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Snow Day

A couple of weeks ago we got a bunch of snow, and our school district called a snow day!  We trekked up to the park to sled with a bunch of the neighbors.  It's so fun to have lots of kids on our street now.

Snowman fun with cousins!

Isaac and E worked for awhile on this tunnel.  It was fun to see these two working together...

Delia did a lot of the work on the snowman w/ Aunt Nessa to help.  She didn't want to take a picture until it had arms.