Friday, January 22, 2010

Girls Lunch

Kristen and I took the girls out for a special "girls only" lunch. I picked up Emmy early from school and we dropped the boys off at Kristen's house with a babysitter. The boys thought it was just as great to get to play with each other and have a babysitter. The girls both got American Girl bitty baby twins for Christmas. So we took the twins, Molly & Matthew, and Cody & Lindsey out to lunch at Rose's. Lindsey and Emerson had a great time and so did Kristen and I. I would love to have a weekly girls lunch out!

The girls stole our diet coke and were really enjoying it:)

What cuties!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

A visit from Grandma & Grandpa Douma

Chris' parents came out this weekend from Sioux Falls. We waited to celebrate Christmas until this weekend, so that they could see the kids open up their presents.

We had a good time hanging out together and the kids loved swimming at their hotel pool. The kids are already asking when we are going to Lake Okoboji, so that they can see them again!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What happen to my sweet little boy???

Lately Kaden has not been the sweet boy that he has always been. He doesn't want to pick up his toys, get dressed, say his prayers, etc. Not that he always came running when I asked him to do something, but he did what you asked and generally wanted to please you. All of the sudden EVERYTHING is a battle @ home (thankfully he is still VERY good @ school). We are just really struggling with what to do with him. I want him to be a good listener and be respectful of us and his things. A perfect example of this was that we were at Barnes and Noble Book Store the other day and they had lots of toys clearenced out. I was digging through them and I found some playmobil construction sets (which was a super find b/c playmobil is super expensive and rarely goes on sale). These were perfect for him b/c he received the playmobil construction crane from my parents for his birthday and the construction garage that goes with it for Christmas. I was not about to just buy it for him since he had just gotten a bunch of toys for Christmas. So, I asked him if he would like me to buy it and he can do special chores and projects around the house to earn the set. What was his response?? "No thanks, I don't want to earn it" Are you kidding me??? My son, who LOVES anything playmobil just turned down getting a new set b/c he "doesn't want to earn it"!!! Then the other night Kaden didn't want to get his pajama's on b/4 he went to bed. So we said okay you will just sleep in your clothes then. This battle went on and on and on and on! That is how the below "toy jail" got started. The cabinet is so full now that the doors won't even close on it. Hopefully this is just a phase and he won't continue to act like this but if he does I will be ready b/c I am starting a parenting class (love and logic) @ the end of the month.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! We brought in the New Year with my grandparents and Char and Marc and their kids @ Cascade. They had a kids party that was so much fun! We danced, made silly videos, watched a magic show, got balloon animals, and had a balloon drop at Midnight (it was actually only 9:30). We hardly had time to eat b/c we were having so much fun! What a great way to ring in the new year with everyone that I love!