Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Advent: Christmas Craft with Grandmacita

Grandmacita never fails to supply our house with stickers. She arrived with nativity sticker sets, and the girls quickly got to work on an advent Christmas craft.

Friday, February 24, 2012

December: Boys!

2011 was a pivotal year for the Kern family. After four granddaughters, finally a boy was born--two of them, in fact! And as these two boys both have two older sisters, they are practically guaranteed to be best friends.
Andrew and Benjamin

Thursday, February 23, 2012

December: Bowling

On Friday, December 23rd, Emma finally began to eat again. Bowling was the perfect low-key, indoor, yet fun, activity.
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How many pins did you knock down, Emma?


They liked to cuddle while they watched the other bowlers.


Maddie got bored and started dancing.

Of course the other girls had to join in.

See the M in the first position? Yeah, that is Maddie. She is winning out of 4 kids and 3 adults.

Rachel was there too, if a little tired. 

Maddie got tired too. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The cousins come! And we go to the zoo.

So you may have noticed that I stopped putting dates on my advent activities. That is in part to conceal the fact that I got sick and it stopped being a daily thing. It didn't matter too much to the kids, though, because they were anticipating the arrival of their cousins from Wisconsin, along with Grandmacita and Grandpoppy and Uncle Matt.

The week before Christmas, we had big plans to clean the house before the cousins came on Wednesday. Until Emma started throwing up. And kept throwing up. By Tuesday afternoon, it had been over 24 hours since she had been able to keep anything down. I took her to the doctor, who told us it was just a virus and we had to ride it out. I kept the Lysol handy and kept trying ginger ale and Gatorade to no avail. The cousins arrived, and Emma was still sick, but I was sure just one more night and she would be okay. After all, we were on the third full day of being sick--stomach things don't usually last that long.

On Thursday morning, Emma kept Gatorade down for a grand total of 10 minutes or so. Then we realized that she hadn't used the bathroom in over 12 hours--a sure sign that we needed to take her to the ER. Dave was elected to the job, so we packed them up and sent them downtown to Children's.

Meanwhile, I had a houseful of kids (my own and the Wisconsin cousins) who had their heart set on the zoo. (They had been with us to the zoo the previous Thanksgiving, and according to my sister-in-law, all they wanted to do in Dallas was go back to the zoo and feed the giraffes). We had a pretty tight schedule with the rest of the family arriving, so Thursday had to be the day. Off we went. Prepare yourselves for a picture dump. :)

Kate, Rachel, and Madeline

Checking out the elephants

Feeding the giraffes 

Checking out the lions. (If you look really close you can see one above Kate's head, lying on the rocks).

Benjamin got a little hungry. 

Our Wisconsin cousins.

They had to say hello to every bronze statue they saw.

Meanwhile, Dave and Emma were at the hospital, getting two IV bags full of fluids and powerful anti-nausea medication. We finished up at the zoo, and I sent the cousins back to the house while I went to the airport to pick up Grandmacita and Matt. Shortly after we arrived home from the airport, Dave and Emma came home with instructions to give Emma 5 mL of Pedialyte every 10-15 minutes. She was a trooper. I knew she was feeling better when, later that evening, she asked when we were going to the zoo. :(

Friday, February 17, 2012

Advent: Wrapping Presents

Emma did a great job wrapping her present for Dad.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Advent: The Polar Express

Dave came home early and watched the sleeping Andrew while I took the girls out on the neighborhood Polar Express. The neighborhood association rents a little train, and we ride around looking at Christmas lights.
On the train

Checking out the lights

Saying hi to Santa and Mrs. Claus in the clubhouse

Maddie enjoys a cookie while watching the movie version.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Nom nom nom...

We interrupt the Christmas posts to announce that Andrew found his feet in December. I haven't been able to keep socks on him since.

Pictures are from December 16, 2011.