Friday, April 26, 2013

Spring Fun and Personality

We have had a fun spring and chasing these little ones around has taken a toll on my picture taking.  But here are few fun ones from the past few months.  Unfortunately I have not taken any really good pictures of our many visitors these past months, but we have been blessed with quite a few.   Pete, Jude and Lily are growing quickly, learning so much and blossoming such different and fun personalities.  

Easter was a beautiful day and all the kids used their new, hand-painted Easter baskets from my Mom.  They loved the day!

Pete got some play-doh like goo and he thinks it makes the best mustaches.  He is always coming up with some new one, walks in giggling and pretends to be someone different.

Lily still loves lipstick and found a visitor's stash.  She figured Donna wouldn't mind if she dug into her tubes of lipstick! 

Lily always has lots to say and silly faces for the camera.

Jude finally got his first hair cut, just 2 months before he turns two years old!  He looks so old and grown up.

Pete helped Mama make homemade donuts.  The sprinkles were his favorite part, I think. :)

Lily is a little cleaner and helper.  She loves to help out whenever she can and even when it is not needed.  I love having a little shadow with me all the time.  And not to mention, I have much cleaner cabinets.

All the kids LOVE to eat Rwandan food with Claire and Gilbert every day.  It is their 2nd lunch most days and everyone loves the tradition.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

October to December -- What Happened?!

It has been a fun last 5 months, that we have not posted on this blog.  The kids have obviously grown so much and are doing a ton more.  We enjoyed a wonderfully warm holiday season in the 70's and we are thankful for a new year.  Here is a splattering of our kids the past few months and what we have been up to -- around the home!

Pete has recently gotten even sillier.  He is coming up with goofy faces and wanting everyone to look at him.  This was his latest attempt to make Mommy laugh....and it worked.  :)
Lily got some of the cutest little Santa bloomers and she sported them on Christmas Day.  I just loved this front picture more than from behind.
Here is her new hairbrush and I don't think Lily could have been any more pleased with her surprise!

Pete got a new homemade bow and arrows for Christmas - and a quiver to hold them all.  He was excited.
Pete wrote to Santa and asked for a measuring tape this year.  Needless to say, he was pleased with it and it even was a perfect match with Daddy's measuring tape.
Santa also brought Pete a shaving kit just for kids.  He asks to shave at least 4 times a day - it is too cute.
Quite a crew on Christmas much fun.
Guess who found Mommy's lipgloss basket and went to town.  She obviously had the time of her life!
Jude looks about as angelic as they come in this picture -- especially in contrast to the picture above of his silly sister.
Just a day of exploring outside.  I think she looks so big in this picture.
It is hard to tell if this picture is Pete or Jude!  They look so much alike.
More silly faces from Pete.
Pete was pretty thrilled with his first ice cream cone last month.  A visitor brought us some ice cream cones and I made his favorite chocolate ice cream!
Cannot say enough about how much Pete loves hanging out and working with his Daddy. 
We only got a few little "matching" twins outfits, so we just had to pose in these.
Bath time is tight and so, so much fun when we are water rationing.  I am never sure whose feet or bum I am washing when they are all stuffed in this little tub, but they usually come out cleaner than when they started!

Our traditional, from-scratch, gingerbread house making.  Pete wanted to leave the back roof off, so that he could play with his people inside.
Making cookies at Christmas is more fun every year!
Pete is really enjoying painting these days and our friend brought us this great new paint pan.  Love it!