Sunday, February 28, 2010


We've been busy and as I was reminded today, in just about 6 weeks Carter will be 4 and all too soon Kennedy will be turning 2. Where does the time go? The kids are growing quickly, changing everyday and doing and saying funny things. I figured it was time to post some of those funnies before they are lost for good. My memory is not what it used to be!

Here they are in all their glory. They really do love one another but just like most siblings they can fight like crazy. Carter is a good big brother who generally likes to look out for his baby sis. He doesn't like it when she cries or fusses, mostly because it hurts his ears. Kennedy adores her big brother and wants to do everything that he does. She isn't afraid to fight for what she wants, either. A few weeks ago she and Carter were fighting over a toy and he used his strength to get it out of her grasp. In retaliation, Kennedy sunk her teeth into his back. Hard. Hard enough to leave a very big mark and bruise. I felt so sorry for him, but in the back of my mind I couldn't help but think of a little word named karma. Carter was a huge biter when he was little and this was just a bit of payback, I'd say.

Miss K attended her first princess party in January. Surprizingly, she didn't really love her costume but warmed up to the idea as the party went on. She is all girl in most respects. She loves to try on my shoes, carry purses over her arm and talk on the phone. She is also very dramatic. Cries for affect and will act coy when someone compliments her cuteness. It's as if she's thinking, "yes, I am cute, thank you." I am so thankful that God gave me both a son and a daughter. It's so fun to experience their differences.

As I have said numerous times, this little one is fearless. She loves to climb, jump, slide and run. Here she is perched in her little shopping cart...I was just waiting for it to tip over, but she managed a safe exit.

Oh Carter...what a difference a year makes. He has undergone a nearly complete personality shift during the past 12 months or so. Where he used to be timid, quiet and shy. He's now confident, LOUD, and all boy. Constantly running, jumping, shooting (he'll turn anything into a gun - from grilled cheese sandwiches to golf clubs) or yelling. He's always on the go and his energy never seems to wane. He continues to love school and has made lots of good friends. I often think that he's an old man trapped in a little person's body. He definitely has an older soul and some of the things that come out of his mouth are so mature. He's quick witted and can negotiate with the best of them. He certainly keeps us on our toes.

Here are some of the funnier things that he's said in recent weeks. If I don't write them down, I'm sure to forget them. I know that retelling these little tidbits won't be nearly as funny as hearing them first hand, but I'll record them for my sake, if nothing else.
*During preparation for his Christmas singing program, his teacher asked if he'd ever been in the big sanctuary at church. To this he replied, "Yep, when my sister got babytized"
*As we were driving to the store one afternoon, we had the best conversation. I'll paraphrase for journaling purposes. Basically Carter informed me that when he grew up he'd like to marry Kennedy. When I asked him why he would want to do that, he said "because she's the girl I love the most." How sweet is that?
*Again while driving, we were listening to the Christian radio station that is often on in the car. He asked about the music, the lyrics, wondered why we would sing about Jesus, etc. I tried to take advantage of the opportunity to teach him a little more about God and our faith. After a few seconds he pipes up, "I kind of love this Jesus music."
*The icing on the cake came last night as Kyle and I were both being super indecisive about where we wanted to eat. At first Carter said he wanted tacos but then changed his mind and said Red Robin. I asked him once, then twice, and probably a third time if he was absolutely positive that Red Robin is what he wanted. To which he replied, "I SAID (insert eye roll and exasperation) yes. Didn't you hear me the first time? Why don't you listen when I say yes. I want Red Robin." Wow, God help us when he hits the teen years!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Down by the Bay

We headed down to the Bay Area over Presidents Day weekend and had a wonderful four day vacation with Stacy, Justin and Bennett. Not only was there great company and a lot of fun things to do but it was sunny. And warm. In FEBRUARY! It was glorious. We enjoyed every possible minute outside, from playing at the park, strolling around Palo Alto, taking walks in the neighborhood, hitting the beach at Half Moon Bay or just sitting on the deck as the kids played. It was a much needed break from the cold, grey skies of the Pacific Northwest. And it was the proverbial icing on our vacation cake.
On our first day we headed to the East Bay and visited my Aunt Phyllis in Moraga. It was a beautiful town and we enjoyed a quick trip to the park before a nice lunch.

Kennedy was sick with a bad cold and fever, but we managed to get a smile or two out of her. More than anything she was very sleepy and much more lethargic than normal.

Carter found a fun train to drive and was just thrilled to be outside playing.

I love this picture of the kids. Honestly, Carter was having a lot of fun, he's just at the point where he cannot be bothered by my incessant picture taking.

Back home to Casa de Simon and a little quality time with Mr. B. He, too, was fighting a nasty cold, but he still managed to have fun with his cousins. He's such a sweet little guy.

The three munchkins going for a ride around the streets of Belmont.

Carter and Bennett


Friday night, Justin's family came over for dinner. We hadn't seen them in about two years, so it was a great visit. Here is Michelle playing with Miss K and her favorite toy of Bennett's, the ball popper.

Saturday morning cooking with Uncle Justin. The kids helped him cook up some mean waffles.

We headed out to the beach for a picnic lunch. This was our life in the car for the majority of the trip. Kennedy was so tired and was screaming, which got Bennett screaming too. It was too much.

Group shot at Half Moon Bay

So sweet
Love my kids

Carter hitching a ride as we walked down the palm tree lined streets of Stanford.

Valentine's Day photos

Bennett pulling a nice WWF move on Kennedy. Some day, I'm afraid, she'll pay him back for this one.

Bennett and Carter and their matching vday shirts. Thank you Auntie Stacy!

On Monday we headed to the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. It was such a cool place and is definitely a place we'll head back to once the kids are a little older. Here Kennedy and Kyle are in the rain forest - beautiful butterflies were flying all around.

Carter in the aquarium part of the museum. Getting a little hands on time with some sea life.

Kennedy and Bennett's favorite part of the museum - the toddler area - it was small but very well done and allowed for some play time for the kids without the large crowds. B found the stairs and was in heaven going up and down, up and down.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Kyle!

Yes, Kyle's birthday was two weeks ago and yes, I'm just now getting around to posting some pictures. Life has been busy. We celebrated Kyle's 31st birthday with a fun cake made by the kids, a night out with friends and then a family party during the Superbowl. We had a good time and I know that Kyle appreciated the love. Happy birthday to the best husband and father in the world!

Carter's mad cake decorating skills
Happy Birthday, Dad!

Kennedy enjoying some cake

Celebration #3, cake #2