Monday, December 29, 2014

And then there were three...

We're happy to announce we'll be adding our third little munchkin in August! We're soon to out numbered!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

18 Months!

I would say that these past few months flew by, but I'll be honest; a lot of the time it felt like they were going slowly! Hunter is such a joy, but he is so different from Claire and what we've been used to! It's keeping us on our toes and we are constantly learning new ways to parent, which can make us feel exhausted some days. No matter how long the day, all I want to do at the end of it is curl up with my little guy and kiss those chubby cheeks!

Height: 35.75" (above the 99th percentile)
Weight: 30 lb 6.4oz (99th percentile)

-Our little man is a climber! If I turn around for a second, he is on the table, or the back of the couch, or half way up the stairs. If he is determined, he will make it happen, and with surprising speed :)

-Hunter loves to play chase with Daddy and Claire! He runs around laughing hysterically and colliding into things.

-Speaking of colliding into things; Hunter is crazy clumsy. It never seems to bother him too much, as he is usually back up and running right away, but it's not uncommon to see him trip over air, or run into a wall because he wasn't looking :)

-Hunter's list of words: mama, dada, sissy, papa, night night, book, ball, vroom (Car noises), please, thank you, done,  knock knock, woof, juice, and milk.

-I have never seen a kid love books the way that Hunter loves books. For the kid who never sits still for more than 2 seconds, he can sit quietly and "read" books to himself, or have someone read books to him forever.

-He loves to help! He is always trying to help unload the dishwasher, and will gladly throw anything away in the trash (sometimes even things he's not supposed to!). His newest favorite chore is feeding the dog, which is highly entertaining to watch!

-He is quite the charmer, and he knows it! He loves to test his abilities at practices with all the cheerleaders. I often look over to find him sitting in someones lap, stealing their snacks or water bottles.

-He can change his mood in a split second. One second he's happy as can be and the next he is fighting mad; I mean throwing himself of the floor, screaming like he's dying mad. Exhibit A:
Someone really loves mommy's coffee, and really hates when it's taken away.
Exhibit B and C:

Hunter you light us our lives and always keep us laughing with your silly expressions and crazy antics. We love you!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Claire has been talking about going to preschool since February, so there was a lot of excitement when the time finally came for her first day of school.

I have to admit, that last year when we started thinking about preschool I was pretty ready for her to go. Hunter was an infant and colic-y and reflux-y and I was so ready for a little break of just one kid for a few hours. It was also exciting to think of her getting to meet new friends and do fun activities.

Then it hit about 3 weeks before school was going to start and I started getting totally emotional about it! Who was going to help her open her lunch, tie her shoes, button her pants and be there to cheer her on? Well obviously her teachers would be, but the emotional mother in me did not take that as a good enough answer. Claire also tends to talk about things with such excitement, and then have a minor freak out when it actually happens, so I was a little nervous about how the first day would go.

Thankfully it went great! There were no tears shed be any of us, and she told me she had a great time, and even asked to stay longer. When I told her we could come back again on Thursday, she pouted and told me "But mom, it's just so hard to wait!". We only have three days under our belts, but so far she is loving it!

I think Hunter is also enjoying Claire going to preschool; he is really relishing in getting all the attention for a couple of hours :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Claire's Under the Sea Party

I cannot believe that Claire's party was almost 2.5 months ago, and I am just now getting to blog about it. 
Claire was going through a mermaid/nemo/ocean animals phase, so I thought I'd combine them all into one and do an under the sea party for her. This year was the first year she had a specific list of friends she wanted to invite to her party; it's so fun seeing her make friendships on her own.

 We had been talking about getting a play structure for the backyard for a while, so we combined Hunter and Claire's presents and my parents went in on it with us too, and we took the plunge. It has been awesome! I love being able to let the kids play in the backyard even if we don't have time to actually go to the park.

We worked on it in the garage in evenings after the kids went to bed for a week leading up to the party. Thankfully Mom and Dad Arnold came to stay with us the night before the party, because Dad and Drew got it all put together in the backyard that night! We got to surprise Claire with it the next morning before her party, which was so fun! 

Another great reason that Mom and Dad came to stay with us? I could give my mother in law my pinterest ideas and she brought them to life! I was nervous about carving the shark watermelon, so I was happy to pass it off to my talented mother in law :)

 Sand toy party favors for Claire's party guests 
 Hunter and Grandma Arnold.
 These three girls are so sweet together! Claire was in heaven having her friends over to play tea party and dress up for hours :)

Can't believe we have a 3 year old! Where has the time gone??


What a whirlwind of a summer! One day I was thinking "I need to sit down and blog Claire's birthday" and then I turn around and we're at the end of summer and I have a whole lot more to catch up on!

So here is a very brief recap of what we've been up to this summer

We knew we were going to go camping at the beach this summer with my family, so since Hunter has never been camping before we thought we'd do a short test run close to home. We went to Indian Henry outside of Estacada for just one night. The kids did great during the day and had a great time splashing around in the creek and Hunter really loved eating the dirt.

And then came night time. Claire passed out as soon as we put her in her sleeping bag, Hunter on the other hand cried on and off for almost an hour and half. The people next to us were slamming their car doors and screaming at their kids, so every time we finally got Hunter to sleep, he would hear them and wake back up; it sure made for a long night!

The kids then woke up at 5:40am and in an effort to keep them quiet and not wake up the entire campground, we stuck them in the car with dry cereal while we packed up. We were packed up and back home by 7:15am. We all took naps that day ;)

At the beginning on the summer I took the head coaching position at Sandy High School for their cheerleading team. I am so excited for this crazy adventure, but holy cow, it is a ton of work! I have only ever assistant coached, so I never had to deal with the parents, the fundraising, the paper work, etc... which can make me feel like a crazy person sometimes. As of right now, I am coaching both JV and Varsity, which is 41 girls. Yes, 41 girls! I was hired after tryouts and the old coach had a thing for LARGE teams, but it's been good so far. I have some really awesome girls, and I'm hoping for a great first year!

We bravely went to the beach to try our second shot of camping with Hunter. I am so happy to report that this time went much better! It helped to have lots of people around willing to help with the kids, and they had so much fun playing with their second cousins.
It was pretty windy at the beach, so we didn't last a really long time, but both kids had so much fun splashing in the ocean and playing in the sand.

Hunter and Claire both really loved the ocean, even in the crazy wind!

Drew also switched jobs at the beginning of summer, so he's been settling into a new routine too. He's actually closer to home now too which is great! It's so nice that his commute is shorter and he can be home earlier with the kids, since there is such limited time between dinner and the kids' bedtime.

And now summer is over. Claire has started preschool, and football season is full swing as of yesterday. I'm hoping to get into a good routine now that our schedule is more consistent, and hopefully blog more than once every couple months :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Claire is 3!

Claire is 3! It's crazy how fast time goes by. Just yesterday I had a sweet little baby girl and now she is gearing up for preschool in the fall. I'm so excited for her to start school because she has been talking about it for months, but I already know I am going to miss her so much!

She is still a spunky little girl, but her cautiousness has grown a lot this year. In some ways I can appreciate that, but we've also seen the struggle of trying to get her to branch out and try new things, and not be scared.

Claire's best friend is Hannah. These two are joined at the hip when you get them together. It was so fun watching them get to play together for a whole weekend on our church retreat. I hope their sweet friendship lasts a long time!

We may have a future ballerina on our hands. Claire recently watched an 'Angelina Ballerina' movie an now she will not stop dancing! She walks around talking about 'going on point' and I will often find her prancing around saying 'jete' 'releve'. We may have to sign her up for ballet lessons in the fall!

Claire is a girly, girl and I love it! Her current obsession is "twirly dresses"or basically anything with a tutu attached. She currently has two dresses and a couple tutu skirts that we rotate through. Heaven forbid I suggest something not twirly. On the days I do get her into something other than a twirly dress you can be she has accessorized it with jewelry or her new plastic heels. She loves to get into mommy's 'chapsticks' (aka lipstick) drawer and pick out which color she wants to wear. 

And just for fun, here is a little survey of questions I asked Claire. It's so sweet to see her think hard about her answers, even when she is a little unsure of the actual question ;)

Claire's 3 Year Survey 

Favorite Food: pancakes with chocolate chips
Favorite Sport: "I like to take pictures"
Favorite Tv Show: Jake (and the neverland pirates)
Favorite Snack: Dora fruit snacks
What do you want to be when you grow up: A mommy
How many kids do you want: 2
Who are your friends: Hannah!
Whats your favorite thing to do: Play with toys with mommy.
Favorite Song: Frozen (let it go)
Favorite Book: Monkey book
Favorite Color: Pink

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Let it go'

Just in case you haven't heard enough of the Frozen song, here's Claire's rendition just for you :)

We've only watched the movie a few hundred times if you couldn't tell!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Nautical 1st Birthday

 A few weekends ago we had Hunter's first birthday party at our house. It was so great to see friends and family come out to celebrate our sweet little man!

 Can you tell that eating cake was Hunter's favorite part? I think this was the perfect 1st birthday cake smash!
My sweet little man, I cannot believe you are already one! I had no idea what it would be like to have a son, but it has far exceed any of my expectations. You keep me on my toes, and are the biggest trouble maker I know, but also the sweetest, most loving little boy. I am so blessed to call you mine!
We love you so much, you are the perfect addition to our family!

Also, a big thanks to everyone who helped me get ready for the party! My mom for watching the kids while I cooked, and my mother in law for helping me prep the day of. You guys rock!