Three Kids and a Dog

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Girls Trip

So last weekend, Peyton and I headed to Boston for a little girl time. Some thought we were crazy venturing there in February when they already had seven feet of snow and more coming but it seemed like a good time for a change of scenery and a visit with my aunts, uncle and cousins. I took Austen to Boston on a trip with me when he was five so I thought it was only right that Peyton have her turn too. I wasn't sure how this trip was going to go. Peyton seems a whole lot needier and less mature than Austen was at age five. She was either going to be great for me or a royal pain in the behind. It was a toss up. So off we went.

We had an early morning flight and took a car service to the airport. Peyton was so excited she talked my ear off the entire car ride and then on the plane. I asked her later if she was tired and she said, no, and that I shouldn't be either since I slept in the car and on the plane! Ha! I was trying to sleep in the car and on the plane but Peyton kept talking.  It wasn't until I put a video into her mini DVD player that she finally stopped. She was a great little traveler though and she didn't even have to go to the bathroom. As soon as we got into Boston that was the first thing that Austen had to do!

I always like going to Boston. There's a lot of history there for not only the U.S., but for me too. I was born there and although I lived there only for a short time, it connects me to my childhood. Because I spent many holidays and summer vacations visiting my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we spent a lot of time there. I have great memories of those times and I feel close to my family there so much so that I have enjoyed taking trips back first with my friends and now with my own family.

When I go, I usually like to frequent the places of my childhood like Canobie Lake amusement park; the many beaches where I spent long days in the summer; my old houses and of course Friendly's ice cream for one of their sundaes with lots of jimmies. Peyton and I didn't get to do those things this trip as we are saving all of those things for our visit there this summer with the rest of our family, but we did get to spend lots of time with my aunts, uncle and cousins - most of whom I hadn't seen in three years. But, I did get to talk a lot with my aunts who took me down their memory lane as they recalled living in Italy during World War II when their father (my grandfather) was fighting with the U.S. I remember my grandmother telling me the stories of how the German soldiers knocked on her door in the middle of the night and how when she tried to buy some time for her and my aunts to get away, they shot at her on her balcony. I never captured these stories she used to tell us and I wanted to for our family history.
So now I have a good start on it thanks to our trip.

It was a quick 48 hour trip, but we did manage to eat some lasagna; (thanks to my cousin who makes it as good as my grandma used to and that's saying a whole lot since I don't even order lasagna in a restaurant anymore); get our nails done and visit a toy store for Peyton. It was a nice taste of a longer visit this summer and the best part was that Peyton proved to be a good traveling companion too!

Peyton on the airplane - of course she had to bring her bunny.

We've arrived and we landed early! Yay!

 Helping to set the table for a good old Italian meal.

Look, I got my nails done!

Killing time in the airport since our flight home was delayed 45 minutes.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I Have a New Friend...

Each night we gather around the dinner table to eat and share what happened during our day. We usually ask Austen and Peyton who they sat next to at lunch or what was the best part of their day. Tonight, Peyton was very eager to share what happened at school today. She said:

  • a new friend started today at her school
  • he was from China
  • he wore golden shoes
I then asked how old he was. She said five and she told me his name. She then proceeded to ever so innocently tell me that he makes these cups. And with that, she picked up her plastic cup full of milk and looked at the bottom.  You see, Austen has been on a mission lately to find out where everything is made  and he has mentioned that these cups are made in China. I could barely contain my laughter as I explained to Peyton that her new friend likely didn't make the cups just because the cups were made in China. In fact, I went on to explain that there are many things made in the U.S. (okay maybe not as many as are made in China!) and that doesn't mean that we made them. She looked a bit confused but I really hope she doesn't ask her new friend tomorrow if he makes cups!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

16 Months

She did it. She finally started walking at 16 months. The latest of the three to start walking but I wasn't surprised. She did everything later - sitting up, crawling and now walking. I predicted 16 months once I
saw her pattern of doing things a bit later but I never really thought it would take her until 16  months. We had her doctor's appointment this week and they said she now is 75th percentile for weight (although she still seems small to me) and 25th percentile for height. Although I think those are a bit off based on her age and the fact that she wouldn't let them properly weigh her. Still she's doing great. The doctor asked if she had at least 5 or 6 words and I said she had more like 10 but thinking about it later her vocabulary is more like 15-20. She is a very verbal kid.

Her eye-hand coordination is also spectacular and she can throw a ball like a pro. This weekend she even started dribbling a soccer ball! I was floored! She just started walking now she's dribbling a little ball in our basement. I think she's showing her desire to play sports even earlier than Austen. But she has a little Peyton in her too. She's feisty that's for sure and she loves to read. Just wait until my next post on this topic. Hilarious!

Anyway, as soon as she started walking it's a whole new world for her and more work for us! She constantly wants to climb stairs and stools and her brother's bunk bed ladder. She keeps me on my toes all day that's for sure since you need to keep an eye on this one!  But at the same time it's so great to see her grow into a toddler and interact even more with her siblings. Watching her and her brother and sister growing up just keeps getting better even if it means I'm getting older too. 

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Is She Walking Yet?

She is. Sort of. She keeps taking lots of steps and then dropping to her knees.  Although she is not walking consistently, each day she walks a little more. At almost 16 months, Hailey definitely took the most time out of my three to learn how to walk. 

But, I also think she is a smart little cookie. She understands far more than even I actually realize. I tell her things like give me your pacifier or out your blanket in the crib and she does. Today, we caught her in the pantry with a lint roller pretending to take the dog hair off her pants! She knows where her nose, head and mouth are located and is learning animal sounds. Her favorite - meow! I think Peyton has brainwashed her already!

She has more words like baby, snack (pronounced 'nack'), bow (and her hand flies up to her head to show me she understands her bow goes in her hair), more and milk. 

She loves looking at pictures and often lays on her back on the floor looking at them or a book. She definitely has her own voice and makes sure that her brother or sister don't exclude her. She may be our youngest but she may be by far our toughest.

Sunday, February 01, 2015


Literally. It hasn't stopped snowing in 24 hours. Almost at 18 inches now and our cable just went out. Good thing it waited until after the Super Bowl. 

Of course today was the day we also had Frozen on Ice tickets and had to drive to the city. Stinks that we used to live only a few blocks from the venue where it is being held until our move to the burbs. That would have been a short commute! But we made it in 40 minutes and the kids enjoyed the show. Hailey especially liked the popcorn. Austen and Peyton liked seeing Sven the reindeer on ice skates. 

Made it home in time to snuggle up to the fire for the Super Bowl and for the kids to watch and then play. Hailey has been practicing her 3-4 steps of walking and growing more comfortable. She has also acquired some new words- no and baby. She likes to say both of them often along with hi and bye and blowing kisses. In fact, she melted some lady's heart today in the grocery store waving bye to her and blowing kisses. Leave it to her to make people smile on this frozen day.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stunks and Glitter Boxes

Peyton loves animals. Ask her what she wants to be when she grows up and she confidently and quickly replies "a pet walker. "

Ah, dear girl, you don't have to go to college to be a pet walker. "How about just walking your own pets?" I replied. She thought about this for a moment and then said but mom, I want a cat and you don't walk cats! She then went on to tell me that cats just need a "glitter box" to go to the bathroom in. A glitter box! She obviously meant a litter box but I like glitter box so much better!

Her love for animals doesn't discriminate either. She has 31 stuffed animals on her bed (Austen said he counted) and she dresses them all up in her doll clothes. So her dolls are all naked but her furry stuffed animals are dressed in tutus, ball gowns and sports uniforms. She loves them all even the stunk. Yes, the stunk. This is what Peyton thinks a black and white animal who sprays people is called.  Actually, I like stunk even better than skunk!

I am glad Peyton loves animals. As long as she doesn't become some crazy cat lady! 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

It's Snow Joke

Snow. Adler loves it. Almost as much as sand. Now that I'm home during the day, Adler gets let out a lot more than she used too. I can't believe she used to hold it for as long 9.5 hours. But, she's old now and she deserves to go out a lot more often. So it's lucky that ever since I had Hailey that someone has been around during the day to let her out. Besides she has a decent size backyard so no one has to physically take her out. But, I guess she must be missing her winter walks because now she stands at the door multiple times a day begging with her eyes to go out. It's gotten a little ridiculous! Mostly because I'm tired of wiping her down every time she has to come back in. There's a lot of dog there!

She can spend up to 20 minutes in the yard and I'm always curious about what she's doing out there so I venture upstairs to Austen's room where I can better see the entire backyard. Sometimes she's frolicking in the snow digging it up with her nose and eating it while other times she's laying smack dab in the middle of the backyard looking around at all the creatures that dare brave these cold winter days. I let her stay out for as long as I think is good for her in freezing temps or until I have to pick someone up from someplace or drop someone somewhere. I worry sometimes that I will forget her out back but usually when she's had enough before I've thought to go get her, I'll see her waiting patiently by the back door. And, if I have taken longer than I should to notice she's there, she'll lay down by the back door.

I am glad she's enjoying her golden years. I'm glad I'm home for these golden years. So I'll stop complaining about wiping her paws if I can keep her here on Earth with us for another six years. Yes, please.