Steve was cuddling the big kids on the couch one night and it was so cute I had to take a picture. But I had to add Kayla in the mix too. Awww, my family is so adorable.
Kayla has been getting so strong and wanting to play and jump lately, that I pulled out the ExerSaucer to give her a test run. She's still a little too small and wobbly, but she gets the idea of it. We all look forward to when she gets big enough to play in here more.
I made homemade, totally from scratch Chicken Soup a couple weeks ago. I made the broth then the soup. It was a ton of work, I had never cut up a whole chicken before and it was really hard! But it was soooooo tasty. I'll probably do it again, just with better planning. :-)
As I've said before, Jason just adores his little sister. One morning, the big kids were up with me while Kayla was still asleep in my bed. After a bit, she woke up and started fussing. Jason heard her, jumped up and said "I go see Kayla!" and ran off to my room. I followed him a minute later and found him, having climbed up, entertaining his baby sister with his "babies".
She loves him just as much and was happy and smiling at him. When I came in, he laid down with her and told me "I take a nap with Kayla." So I got a picture of that too. :-)
My three cuties, all playing together on the floor.
In the middle of the month, my college best friend, Racine came up from Utah. We hadn't seen each other in 5 1/2 years! Since before I got pregnant with Jilly! She flew in Friday morning, the kids and I picked her up, then we spent the day with our friend Val and her son Harry. That night Racine went back down to Seattle to meet up with her husband, who had taken the train up from Portland where he'd been all week. I had to work Saturday, so we couldn't see them then, but I was determined to get more time with Racine and get to meet her husband. So Sunday morning, we were heathens and went down to Pike Place Market with them. My kids loved walking with Racine & Tony. Jilly went back and forth between them, and Jason wanted to hold Racine's hand. If she wasn't available, then he'd hold Daddy's hand, but no one else, and Racine was by far his favorite. I can't blame them for wanting to be seen with our own "Turkish Delight". ;-)
Racine pointed out this pig, which I don't remember seeing before, so I had to get a picture of it. Even though our time was short with Racine & Tony, it was super awesome seeing them! We determined not to let another 5 1/2 years go by before we see each other again.
It's been getting colder and wetter lately and the other day, it was really gross when it was time to take Jilly to the bus. I needed to keep Kayla warm and dry, but my coats aren't big enough to fit around both of us (when she's in the wrap). So I pulled out Jilly's "bunny suit" and put it on Kayla. Kayla was much happier than Jilly ever was in it. It's super soft and fuzzy and keeps my little one safe from the elements. She's about to get too tall for it (it's a 0-3 mos, so no wonder), so I bought a new pram for her to wear. Gotta keep my Ducky warm this winter!
Jilly and I went to get her Halloween costume. She has been asking to be a ballerina, so we got her a leotard and tights. It was more than I would typically spend on a costume, but I know she'll get lots of use out of it. I bought a slightly bigger size than she likely needs so that it would last a long time. Hopefully we'll be able to get her into a dance class in the next while. When we got home, she wanted to try it on, so I let her and put her hair up in a bun. She danced for us as soon as she got it put on.
Jason was playing in his room and pulled on his Cookie Monster hat. It was hilarious because he had it pulled down over his face entirely. Hehehehe.
We went to a party at Juliet's house the other night. Her husband Kelly just built a new music studio in their basement. At the party, a bunch of his musician friends were down there with him, jamming. Jilly was draw like a magnet to them. She found the ukulele and loved it. When it was time to go, she freaked out and sobbed for like 20+ minutes (even after we got home) because she refused to believe that she had her own ukulele at home. Nothing would soothe her until I finally dug it out of the closet and showed it to her. At the party, she danced and sang and played every instrument she could get her hands on. That's my musical girl. :-)
One day the kids and I had the car and while we were waiting for Steve to come out of work, I nursed Kayla. Once she finished, she played on my lap for a bit. Looks like she's ready to drive! ;-)
Jilly had a great time showing off her mad dance skills. Jason wanted in on the action too.
Jilly jamming out at the party.