Verity and Maddox

Silly brother and sister

Conversations with Maddox and Verity

These kids crack me up. The silly conversations we have had, oh I wish I could remember them all! Here are a few that stick out.

In the back seat of the car, they had this one. Rudy and I were dying laughing in the front seat.
V: Maddie you have a penis. I don’t have a penis, I have a butt.
M: No, Verity, you have TWO BUTTS!
BAAHAHAHAHAHAH! Think about it!

We were snuggling in bed yesterday morning when we had this one:
Mama: Who are my favorites kids in the whole world?

Maddox: I am, I am the special-ist! My name has an x and an o in it, and that means kisses and hugs. So, I am the specialist!
Verity: I’m special too!
Mama: You are both my little “specialists”.

One morning at breakfast:
M: I had a dream last night that I was nothing for Halloween!
Mama: Oh really, how do you be nothing for Halloween?
M: I just wear my underwear and nothing else, and I am nothing! Big grin on his face. 😀

Maddox is quite funny, the little genius specialist.

In the bath the other night:
M: Do we have any salty balls?
Mama: um, what? HAHAHHA!!! (He means bath bombs). Did you buy some at the grocery store with Dada yesterday?
M: Did you put it on his list?
Mama: (Thinking, um excuse me? oh boy). No, I forgot to tell Dada.
M: Well, I saw a basket of balls and he said No.
(Oh well, no salty balls in the bath this week!!! HAHAHAH!)

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Verity: I want to grow into you, Mama.
Maddox: I want to be a doctor that takes babies out of Mama’s bellies!
WOW, Cool!

Verity still has some words that she doesn’t pronounce quite right, or she makes up words when she’s not sure of the name.
Babwana – Banana
Yogrit – Yogurt
Checker – Stethoscope – she checks you out with it, therefore it’s a checker.

Both kids use words in their vocabulary that I am surprised by sometimes. They both say.
“Actually…”, “I’m pretending!”
“Once upon a time…” Verity says: “Upon a time…”.

We’ve gotten into telling stories at night, thanks to Dada. They are both pretty good at it! I will have to save that for another post.

Hoppy Easter!!!

Here are some snaps I took of my honey bunnies on Easter! Hoppy Easter Everyone!



Maddox, my sweet boy

I’m a bit behind on updates, but here goes an update about my main little man, Maddox. He is almost 4 years old! He is such a bruiser, but is really my chill baby who is so sweet. He is a total sweetheart, very funny, smart, athletic and just plain awesome. I can’t say how much I love him, except to say – to infinity and beyond! He loves his Mama too, we are pretty close. He loves to snuggle, hold hands, hug and kiss. I have no shortage of cuddle time with him around.

He loves to ride his plasma car around the house, play with cars, build things out of blocks and legos and play with his train set. He is very good at puzzles, loves books and likes to hit his plastic golf balls in the backyard. Rudy loves to play golf with him and showed him how to hold his club with “buddy fingers” – where the hands are linked together at the pinky and thumb. He is also really good at throwing and kicking balls, and can even catch them too! He took a basketball class at school, but wasn’t too keen on it. They did more standing around and dancing than actually playing basketball – not sure why he didn’t like it so much, but it just wasn’t for him. We will try something else soon – I am thinking kung fu and some swimming lessons are in his future.

This has been a great winter – we can spend a lot more time outside than we could back in Illinois, so playing in the backyard or the park happens more often. Maddox loves to help his dad out in the yard or in the garage, and is a very good little helper. He helps Mama around the house too, he sets a good little example for Verity… sometimes.

As for his relationship with his sister, they get along SOME of the time. They fight, as siblings do. He likes to teach her things though, but still has a hard time sharing. Verity is still in the terrible twos where she gets VERY upset when Maddox touches, takes something away or even comes near her. So, we are working on that, hopefully she will grow out of her crabby twos very soon. When they play together though, it is ADORABLE. Maddox wills say “Verity”, “lets go grocery shopping!”. “Come on!!!” I will find them playing nicely in one of their rooms for a short bit, but it usually ends in tears. We are working on it. 😀 Verity copies a lot of what he does, so sometimes that is good, sometimes bad. If Maddox doesn’t want to eat something, then V will refuse it too.

Maddox weighs about 39 pounds right now, he is SOLID. He has grown taller though, he is just perfect, but very heavy to pick up and carry around. My biceps are getting very shapely with two big babies to tote around! I will get a better idea of his size when his birthday rolls around in July – we have lots of birthday party planning to do! Maddox is already talking about his birthday! We hope to invite all his buddies at school this year, should be a blast!

Here are some recent pics of my handsome dude…


Verity, my little girl

Verity has grown up a lot since we moved. She went from being a baby to being a little girl, complete with pigtails and a very sassy attitude. She walks, runs, jumps and can beat up on her brother pretty good. She is also very loud. I mean LOUD. She can scream, screech and yell louder than most people I’ve seen. She has been in the terrible two phase for a while now, she screams and stomps her feet and makes a big ole ruckus when she is not getting her way. We have tried ignoring the screaming – it kind of works. I need to get better at disciplining her and getting her to listen. She just doesn’t seem to get the time out thing, she won’t sit still, just laughs at me. I know I have trained her this way and will have to fix it, but she just doesn’t seem capable of these things. She is very smart in some ways, but in other ways I still think of her as a baby. She is milking it, I know.

She has a huge vocabulary now. She can talk in sentences and repeats many things. Most people probably can’t understand everything she says, but she is a very good talker for 22 months. Here is a sampling of some of the funny and cute things she says. She can say a lot of other things very clearly, these are the things that crack me up and are so cute.

Mamuk (makeup)- Loves Mama’s makeup and brushes
Tay tay – hair things like rubber bands and barrettes are called tay tays –  not sure where that came from, but it’s cute!
Izzo – Lizard!
Boobie (boo boo – an ouchie). She also calls boobies “boobies”, and seems pretty interested in them, I’ll leave it at that, ha.
Bok bok (lunchbox)
See? While pointing at something.
Watey (water)
I want my buddie! (bunny)
I want my (shoes, milkie, fill in the blank here)…
I do it!
Why Mama? Why Why Why? She says that a lot. I am in for it with this little girl, I think.
What happened?
And of course, NO!

She loves shoes – we got her some new sparkly mary janes before she started school. She loves her shoes, but as soon as she gets in the car, she takes them off. She either likes her feet to be free, or just loves the process of taking them off, not sure. She can put them on herself now – almost always on the wrong feet. I don’t have the heart to tell her, she is so good at putting them on! She loves to wear mommy’s shoes too and goes click clacking around the house in my high heels. She has the cutest little calves in my high heels.

She is such a teeny little thing, but has a big presence. She is actually quite tall and thin for her age. She takes after her Dada. She loves her babies and her “sweepy” (broom). She loves wipeys (baby wipes) and runs around the house cleaning things. But, she can usually be found following Maddox around, doing whatever he is doing. He gets annoyed with her though, doesn’t want to share. She loves the play kitchen too – likes to cook, especially in the microwave. She likes to climb and jump too – she is quite fearless, which is the opposite of Maddox. He is cautious and she will do anything! She also loves to play outside, both Mad and her love to dig in the dirt and play ball and run around the yard barefoot, which I hate because there are lots of yucky critters in Texas.

Her personality is quite sassy – I am a little worried she is going to be a horrible teenager. But, I need to not set her up for that, she may calm down and be a chill girl, you never know, right? She is just very independent, loud, and just cute as a button. So, yea, she basically gets away with murder. Ha ha! I love her to pieces though, I can’t believe what a lucky mama I am to have her in my life. I love you my little precious Verity Claire!

Here are some pics of the pretty princess!!

V’s first haircut

I have a hard time getting any good close up photos of this one, she won’t sit still!!

A rare loving moment between siblings…

The girl who never smiles (in pictures anyway)

My baby is growing up – here she is with her very own backpack on her first day of preschool.

In case you didn’t know, it’s hot here in TX. They loved the makeshift swimmin’ hole Jackson made!

She’s just so sweet – when she’s sleeping!

A rare smile for the camera!!

I guess I have to take back the no smile comment – here she is grinning! What a ham!

Wild child on the swing – look at those cute pigtails!

We moved to Austin!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, so this post is an update on the last 6 months. We finally made our dreams come true and we now live in Austin, TX! It was a long haul, but we are settled in our new home happily enjoying the sunshine and southern friendliness. We are also enjoying living near my family. It has been a very long time since I lived in the same town as my parents and brother and I am LOVING it.

Long Story Short
We rented out our home in Naperville at the end of February since selling wasn’t an option and packed our bags for warmer weather. I moved in with my parents and the kids and spent the next several months looking for a home to rent or buy. We found a beautiful new home in a master planned community that we fell in love with in southwest Austin. I will be posting on our house later, so look for that because I have been having a blast decorating. We moved in at the end of May and have been unpacking and getting used to our new digs since. We had one major setback during the move – Jackson was in a serious motorcycle accident a couple weeks before he was scheduled to come to Texas. He spent 3 weeks in the hospital with several broken bones. He is still having physical therapy now, but is almost good as new. He has made an almost complete recovery and we are so glad to have him here with us and are very thankful.

Jackson has started college at Austin Community College and Maddox and Verity started preschool last week. Yes, PRESCHOOL! Time flies – my babies are growing up so fast. We are very happy to have found this program at a nearby Lutheran Church that takes younger kids Verity’s age – she is in the Toddler class with kids 18 months – 2 years old. Maddox is in the Three’s class. They both love it so far – they go from 8am – 3:30pm. Rudy works an earlier day and picks them up. It is working out good for us and we are very happy!

Here’s some pics from the last few months. I will catch up on the babies in some upcoming posts.



In the car, on our way to Austin!



V wanted to drive to Austin…Mmmmm, No.


We made a pit stop at Graceland in Memphis. It was so awesome!

With Mamie and Papa on Easter…


It was just me and my babies for 3 months… Yes, we lived with Mamie and Papa and they helped me out, but it was still hard! And we missed our Dada so much!

Silly Maddie…

Sunday dinner at Aaron and Shannon’s home. Cousin Eva is our new best friend!

The joy of the season

Some photos of our Christmas celebrations

The magic of Christmas morning…

It was the best Christmas yet!

Big brother Jackson idolized by his baby brother and sister…!

Maddox and Santa

Verity and her owl ornament

Beautiful Baby Verity Claire

After Berlin Christmas we stayed at a Holiday Inn Express and had some fun at the indoor waterpark!!

Christmas was so much fun this year! Maddox is finally old enough to sort of get it – I started to talk about Santa and Christmas and presents a couple weeks before Christmas. He seemed very excited about Christmas morning. But, when we went downstairs that morning…. He was very excited about his “kitchen set” and immediately dragged it out away from the tree so he could play with it. Then, he didn’t really want to open any more presents! I think he thought presents were something you get and play with, but not open and see what’s inside. But, we got him to open some gifts and Mama opened the rest. We saved some for later in the day to open with Rudy’s mom so we could spread out the fun. The kids love their new toys. Maddox especially loves his Handy Manny tool box and tools and his “kitchen set” as he calls it. Verity got two purses and loves them both! But, she really loves the kitchen too – she got more food and pots and pans and Maddox and her love to play cook together! Well, actually they don’t play that well together, Maddox thinks all the toys are his and he isn’t a fan of sharing with his sister. They both got a 7 dollar cell phone from Santa that they play with all the time – it is usually the cheap gifts they love the most. We tried not to go overboard, but bought more gifts than we have in the past 2 years. There seemed to be a lot of presents under the tree, but they are from other family as well. Thanks to everyone who got the kids such awesome gifts! The gifts I love are all the books they received. I counted them and they got a combined 34 books! Sheesh! That is so great! Maddox really loves books and Verity will too I am sure. Merry Christmas to you and your family and Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!!!

Halloween catchup!

I am catching up on my blogging! Here is our halloween (continued). The day was spent for V’s birthday, then we went trick-or-treating! Maddox was Mickey Mouse and Verity was Minnie Mouse. We went door to door in our hood, Maddox had a great time!! He had no problem going up to people’s doors and saying “Twick or Tweat!” (with a little prompting of course). He also was not shy about grabbing handfuls of candy to put in his bag, hee hee. He even waltzed into a few people’s homes to do so, so cute.

We stopped by a neighbor’s and got a tour of their very modern home which we hadn’t seen, then went home. The kids each ate a piece of candy and then fell into bed exhausted. It was a great day all in all and now one of my favorite holidays!!!

Happy 1st Birthday Baby V!

My beautiful baby girl turned 1 years old! I know it was over a month ago, but I am just a little behind on my blogging. I am a little surprised at how fast the last year went by. It seems like just yesterday I was holding this tiny peanut in my arms and now she is busting her way into toddlerhood. She is zooming around the house like she has always been able to walk, it is amazing! She is even talking, the little whiz bang smarty pants! She is probably just repeating things that Maddox says, but she certainly knows how to say “no!”, “mama” and “dada”. She also says “HI!! It also sounds like she can say “Sit down” and “Stop it!”, which are two things Maddox says to her. Other words in the last week are “Good Bye!” and “Night Night!”.  She is moving a little faster in that department than Maddox did, which is just fine, girls are a little smarter than boys (hehehe) and she does have a big brother to emulate.

So, I had a little get together on Halloween and had just a few people over with their kids. The kids wore costumes, we ate some brunch and pizza, gave the kids prizes for their costumes, opened gifts, ate cake and bam, we were done. It was about 2 hours of mayhem that left my house covered in frosting, but was a fun time! I had a little fun making decorations and trying to merge a little girls party with halloween without being too halloweeny. I think it turned out just perfect! Verity chowed down a vanilla cupcake with about a half pound of frosting on it, then took a nice nap. Later that day, we went trick or treating! It was a blast, Maddox especially loved it. More on that in another post though. Here are some pics of V’s birthday! I also took her to the doc right on her birthday – she is a little supermodel that one, tall and thin. She is doing great all around though, she gained a pound and grew less than an inch. I will have to get the stats and add them in later. Happy Birthday my sweet baby V, Mama and Dada love you so much!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Gearing up for a 1st Birthday costume fashion gala!

I’m having a little birthday gala on Halloween to celebrate our little pixie’s first birthday! More pics to come, but Mama is having so much fun planning this little party! I didn’t want it to be too Halloweeny, but wanted to incorporate costumes. So, it’s a fashion show gala! Verity will be Minnie Mouse and Maddox will be Mickey Mouse! Mama will be “Mama Mouse” and Dada will be scary Pete! It will be a fun, exciting day for everyone!