Getting ready for Halloween 2008!

Monday October 20 2008

Trying on alternative costumes and making them yourselves is a blast!

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Everett's 3rd Birthday Party

Tuesday May 20 2008

A family gathering on a nice warm day in the shade was just what the doctor ordered for a perfect 3rd birthday. The kids played in the sprinkler and pools while Everett ran around in rain galoshes and pushed a wheelbarrow. Too fun!

Happy 3rd Birthday Everett!!

Tuesday May 13 2008

Everett Enjoys a nice quiet birthday at home. He has really grown and shows it. Cupcakes and arty hats were the order of the day. Not shown are his new Thomas trains, which he loves. We will have a camera soon so we can capture these moments for the gallery. Happy birthday Everett! We love you.

McKenna's Big Day

Monday February 11 2008

January 2008 - McKenna's 7th Birthday. This long video has footage from the cake to the final bike ride. A great day of celebration.
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Happy Holidays!

Monday January 7 2008

From all of us here at the Carpenter-Klanicas, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

We had a great time this year. I was able to take almost two weeks off, something I have not done at holiday time before. It was great. A lot of projects got wrapped up and/or started, and I enjoyed the time with the kids and Erin immensely. We had family photos done again this year and I will post them soon. I am still sad that we do not have a real camera at this point, but we are making do. I have some great videos to post from Christmas, the Children's Museum, and other events. Hopefully I can get them up soon.

I hope your holidays were full of fun, family, love and peace.

Hot Dog Excited

Thursday December 20 2007

I have never really seen anything like it. A little early for his age, we bought Everett a new bed. I have not heard of too many two year olds in a full size bed, but this was a deal we could not pass up. The moment he saw this he started jumping up and down like a rabbit...literally. He was so excited to get a "big boy" bed. It was fun to watch. Once the mattress was in I realized just how BIG it was compared to his tiny body. He was starting to look concerned and seemed a tad scared the first night. I laid with him for a while and he went right to sleep. One more step in kids growing too fast, I am a bit sad to put away a major part of his childhood, the toddler bed/crib. Both our children used the same one, and now it may be taken down forever. Like I said, one more step...

Poop Oop E Doop

Monday September 17 2007

I went looking for Everett yesterday and found him in my bathroom. Poop was on the lid of the toilet as he sat on it, and his diaper was on the floor. He has been working on potty training for weeks now. We are a low pressure sort of household, especially since he has shown great interest in going on his own. I am not a fan of these "potty train in 24 hours or die" concepts. Unless there is a real problem, I would rather let them get interested and go on their own. Everett has been ideal with this.

He sat there grinning at me saying "poo poo in the potty." I smiled back and asked him to clarify. There was no poop in the potty, but clearly there had been. "Flushed poo poo down the potty." He had used the potty, flushed it, and was now basking in the glory of a job well done. Oh the things we get excited about! We were thrilled and cheered him on. It was a big day, and he knew it.

He sat on the potty for another ten minutes, we cleaned up, and slipped on some slick Elmo basketball underoos. Ah the glory of success!

In gratitude for this moment, we would like to give thanks to Elmo and Sesame Street, without whom this would not be possible. 837 viewings of "Elmo Potty Time" really do pay off.

Family Trip!

Sunday September 9 2007

We visited Utopia TX and stayed in a bed and breakfast just to get away for a few days. The kids enjoyed their swimming pool, river tubing and more. The town had two restaurants and a general store, all of which closed by about 7 PM. It was a nice get away to relieve the stress from a tough summer and get everyone recharged for school.

A field with horses was right next door. They were very friendly and repeatedly came right to the fence, much to McKenna's joy. We took pictures with a disposable camera (see the gallery), which took better shots than our Cybershot DSC-T1 is any more! We all had a good time!

Camera on the Fritz!

Sunday September 9 2007

Our camera is on the fritz so our picture updates are few and far between. You can even see the poor color quality in some recent posts. I am not sure what 'on the fritz' even means, but I do know that it isn't working!

Becoming His Own Person

Thursday August 9 2007

Everett is really at a fun and exciting stage. Although later than his sister, he has exploded recently with new vocabulary, expressions, and personality. He tries to repeat everything he hears to listen to himself say it and learn new things, whether it is "email" or "library." Whole sentences are forming, making him excited to see clarity of communication with others. We make it a staunch practice in our home to never talk baby talk to our kids at any stage, and it has paid off. McKenna has uncanny clarity of message when she communicates, and Everett is showing signs of the same. Why go through another stage of explaining why "shmoopsy beddy weddy" is actually your "bed?"

Not only has his communication improved, but his overall personality is starting to show. He likes to dance...a lot. It does not matter what kind of music it is as long as there is a beat. He will parade around and jump like a back up dancer to Fergie. He also has new facial expressions and grins with full teeth showing along with squinted eyes. Being a complete daredevil, he acts with no regard for safety, jumping off of things (now that he went through a self induced two week course in learning how exactly that works, which was also entertaining). His love of the water (i.e. swimming) may be even greater than McKenna's was. He loves it, whether above or below the surface. Jumping, paddling, dunking, he loves it all. It is hard to keep him out sometimes.

In all of these changes he has kept his initial attitude of a sweet spirit. He still hugs and kisses everyone in sight and shows genuine warmth to people, which is nice to see.