Dennie Kids: January 31, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)
  • A lazy Sunday morning since we didn't have to be at church until 11-we had played so hard that when we left the house was a wreck
  • Anderson going into Mr. Milan's class and he was irritated at Mom for picking him up, Reagan's Sunday night teachers were her teachers this morning which delighted her, Campbell was held the whole time during church and Graham seemed to have a good time as well-an overall good day at church
  • Lunch at Grannymom and Grandpa's house-soup and pie.  Playing there until naptime
  • Supper and then watching many, many more movies on the big screen-Dad said he was going to take it down tonight but everyone is enjoying it so much it may stay up
  • Graham asking to go to bed tonight and Campbell sleeping in Mom's lap until everyone else went to bed

Dennie Kids: January 30, 2010

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  • Another snow day-Reagan and Anderson woke up at 7 and Mom woke Graham up at 7:45 when she checked on him (she was getting worried about him since he was sickly last night) and Campbell waking up at 8
  • Graham was feeling much better today-maybe a tiny bit of fever this morning but he was ready to play as soon as he woke up
  • Saturday morning waffles and then watching many, many more movies on the big screen
  • Today was Mom's turn to go outside with us but Dad even came out too for a little bit-we went sledding down the front hill!  What fun! Graham wasn't too sure about it but would let Mom put him on the cafeteria tray, Reagan did it but was so scared and Anderson would have slid down the street if we would have let him-no fear
  • Hot chocolate when we came in and then Dad headed out again to pick up lunch
  • More playing and movies until naptime
  • Supper and then decorating our snowmen and making "snow ice cream"-we didn't have enough real snow so we had to make our own.  We had to shake our bags for a very long time!
  • Playing a game (we didn't have enough time last night) with our hats and mittens
  • Giving the boys a little hair cut and then baths for everyone-Campbell woke up just in time for a bath and she surprisingly loves them

Video: Making Snow Ice Cream! (January 30, 2010)

Video: Playing in the Snow! (January 30, 2010)

Dennie Kids: January 29, 2010

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  • A winter weathery morning-not much going on.  Everyone laying in Mom's bed and then most of the crew moving to Anderson's bed while the rest played in his room
  • Breakfast-toaster strudels, cereal, a banana and breakfast burrito-seems like just about everyone had something different
  • Baths for everyone-Dad decided that the tub has become too small for three so two tubs were used today-until Graham used the restroom in the bath that him and Reagan were in.  Mom has never seen Reagan get out of the bath so quick.  So three Dennies still ended up in one tub while Campbell bathed in the sink
  • Taking Graham's 18 month pictures-can't believe he is 18 months old.  He is so smart and will do almost anything we ask.  If he can only stop that screaming!
  • Helping Mom make cupcakes before lunch-we did all settle on sandwiches for lunch
  • Lots of playing this afternoon while Dad escaped the house for a little bit-he had to go and buy the necessities (lots of diet coke, chips, salsa and a toy that Mom saw on sale yesterday-it will be for next Christmas)
  • Naps for everyone-even Mom and Dad took one!  Mom and Campbell had to start waking everyone up at 5
  • Graham, Reagan, Anderson and Dad playing outside in the sleet for a bit-Dad and Graham called it quits early since they were cold.  Campbell was eating so her and Mom watched from the window
  • Dad's spaghetti for supper and then starting our "Snow Family Night"-earlier in the day we had hung our snowflakes around the house go get us in the mood
  • Playing a few snow games-pin the nose on the snowman and a snowball race.  Then we decorated snowman cupcakes
  • The most memorable family night that we have had was movie night so once Mom said tonight was family night-they started talking about the movie we would watch.  Since a snuggling up watching a movie seems like a "snowy" thing to do, Dad set up the projector and we all watched a movie to end the evening (we even had more "snow" activities to do but may just finish them tomorrow)
  • Anderson's cough is almost gone but now Graham is feeling a little under the weather tonight-a little bit of fever with an upset stomach but he is sleeping fine now

Video: Graham - 1 Year and 6 Months (18 months) (January 29, 2010)

Dennie Kids: January 28, 2010

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  • A much better night than the night before-Anderson slept fine and coughed little.  He did wake up around 6 screaming that his tummy hurt and when Dad came in his room he said "lay down by me."  He was fine after that-still coughing but much less
  • Reagan taking her homework back to school and Anderson having to take mittens to school-Mom thinks this school stuff is getting complicated
  • Campbell shopping with Mom all morning long-she sleeps so well in her car seat and didn't wake up until we made it home (Mom was doing a little couponing-look at what all she got!)
  • Picking everyone up.  Mom was just a few minutes early and she even got to participate in the monthly tornado drill.  Thankfully, Graham was still in class so Mom grabbed Campbell's carrier and followed Reagan's class along with Anderson-quite entertaining and chaotic
  • Graham asking to hold Campbell and while he was holding her he handed Mom her camera to take a picture of them
  • Anderson and Mom reading hundreds of books while Campbell ate, Reagan played upstairs and Graham screamed (he was mad at Mom for putting the gate in front of the stairs up)
  • Reagan singing/screaming "let it snow, let it snow" for what seemed like hours this afternoon-Mom is crossing her fingers for snow
  • Dad coming home and taking everyone to Chick-fil-a all by himself-he is very brave.  The kids were great and played until they were exhausted
  • Everyone coming home and following asleep quickly

Dennie Kids: January 27, 2010

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  • A crazy night-Campbell eating at midnight, Graham screaming at 1 and ending up in bed with Mom (Dad strangely disappeared), Reagan having a bad dream at 3, (Dad reappearing after Graham to his bed), Campbell eating at 4, Graham waking up again at 6, Anderson trying to wake up at 6:15, Campbell eating again at 6:30 and the fire truck driving by at 6:45 that woke up Anderson and Reagan again
  • Nonna coming over while Mom and Graham went to the Nutrition Center
  • Graham holding on to his matchbox car the entire time we were at the Nutrition Center-it was a short visit so no brain lab and we were there less than an hour.  But he still fell asleep on the way home
  • A movie before lunch time and then the rest of the afternoon was spent playing hide n seek with Mom's sheets and comforter from her bed
  • Afternoon naps....well, Graham screamed for nearly an hour until he fell asleep, meanwhile Anderson had coughed until he had thrown up (on Reagan's bed, again on the carpet and again in the bathroom) and Reagan and Campbell slept through all of this!
  • Mom, Reagan and Graham going to church while Dad, Anderson and Campbell hung out at home.  Reagan loved Cubbies and especially the games and Graham almost didn't fuss at church but his teacher said he still had a good day.  Anderson asked to go to bed once for his nap (which he missed) and then went back to sleep before Mom came home
  • Mom waking Anderson up to join Reagan in eating some ice cream while Dad put Graham to bed

Dennie Kids: January 26, 2010

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  • Campbell has just been waking up one time each night lately but Graham still woke up very early this morning-he wakes up mad as he can be but calms down when he gets in bed with Mom and Dad and drinks his milk
  • Baths before school for everyone (except Campbell) and then bananas and grapes for breakfast
  • Dad and Reagan talking about vowels on the way to school.  She is really been into spelling lately and has taught Anderson to spell his name (she works with him at night while they are in bed)
  • A big day at school-Anderson making marshmallow snowmen for snack, Reagan getting to pull things out of the letter bag and Graham seeing Anderson during the fire drill (Anderson said that he said "hey Graham" when he saw him
  • Driving around the new Target on the way home (we do every school day) but this time there were lots of workers and construction vehicles to watch
  • Reagan doing her homework as soon as we came home, then everyone reading magazines, playing a game, working in our workbooks, watching a movie and coloring pictures
  • Anderson writing his name for the first time (Mom helped with the E and Reagan helped with the R)-Mom didn't even know he could write any letters except A and O
  • Nonna and Pops coming over to play while Mom and Dad went out to eat.  Pops brought our supper and Nonna came over right after work.  We played and played.  We even played so much that Graham didn't want to go to bed and decided that he should get up and play with everyone else
  • Everyone going straight to bed after Nonna and Pops left-Mom and Dad never heard anyone make a peep-they were tired!

Dennie Kids: January 25, 2010

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  • Dad helping Mom get everyone ready this morning-we had to pick up Grannymom and head to the Wonderplace
  • Campbell sleeping the entire time at the Wonderplace, Graham loving playing in the water, Anderson's favorite was "everything" and Reagan loved the grocery store.  Note the pictures of Anderson's head: that is what happens when you accidentally por blue sand on your head
  • Lunch and lots more playing at home while Mom worked on the laundry
  • A nap for everyone-Campbell did busy herself this afternoon by drinking lots of bottles
  • Reagan and Mom playing a game of scrab
  • ble before Dad came home
  • Supper at Sams-hot dogs and pizza-and looking at cakes
  • Coming home and eating ice cream before going to bed

Dennie Kids: January 24, 2010

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  • Everyone getting ready quickly-Anderson asked for us to stop at Burger King on Wednesday so he was very ready to stop this morning
  • A good day at Sunday school except for Graham who fusses like a mad man when we drop him off but he always calms down quickly (or at least by the time we pick him up)
  • Lunch at Nonna's house.  Pops wasn't there so we were sad.  Reagan had a meltdown before we left Nonna’'s
  • Afternoon naps for everyone.  Campbell even cooperated and let Mom have a nap too
  • Supper and then back to church.  Anderson has been going to Reagan's Sunday night class and she was so excited that she asked that they could go to class first
  • Back home for ice cream, football and bed
  • Click here to see Campbell's baby dedication pictures

Tara's Birthday and Dennie Kids: January 23, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell waking up at 4:30 again this morning to eat-but then she doesn't want to go back to sleep.  So she laid in bed with Mom until Graham woke up and they switched places
  • Dad getting the oil changed while everyone else watched movies in bed with Mom
  • Anderson wondering if it was Santa on the roof when he heard Dad's footsteps while taking down the Christmas lights
  • Dad taking everyone to Grannymom's to play for a little bit while Mom was at a baby shower
  • Sandwiches for lunch and then playing until nap time
  • Waking up and everyone was ready to go and play at Jacob's house
  • Arriving at Jacob's house and playing until supper time.  Turkey for supper and then helping Mom blow out her birthday candles and open her presents
  • Anderson screaming "Reagan's not talking softly" while they were in bed

Dennie Kids: January 22, 2010

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  • Campbell eating at 4 and then she wasn't tired and would fuss every 5-10 minutes until Mom or Dad put the paci in her mouth.  She ended up in Mom's bed until she went to sleep at 6:30.  Then, at 6:30 Graham woke up and took Campbell's place in Mom's bed
  • Campbell going to her 1 month doctor's appointment-she weighs 8lbs and 11 ounces.  Dr. Martin said she was doing great (Mom and Dad think so too)
  • Reagan, Anderson and Graham hanging out at Grannymom's house while Campbell was at the doctor.  They played, watched tv and even had a snack
  • A morning nap for Graham and Campbell while Reagan and Anderson played and Mom sat down for a minute
  • Everyone was awake for lunch and ate before playing in the den together-Campbell was awake from lunch until very late in the afternoon
  • Reagan and Anderson laying down for a nap but getting up quickly when they heard Dad come home-they went back to bed but Graham heard all of the commotion and decided he didn't need a nap
  • Mom, Reagan and Campbell going to get Campbell's pictures made for baby dedication made-she doesn't smile yet so there was no smile.  She was wide eyed for a few minutes but then fell sound asleep (it was tough staying up all afternoon)
  • Jumping at the bouncy place-climbing, jumping, bouncing, eating pizza, playing-it was a big night.  The kids (and Dad) were all sweaty (Mom even put Anderson in a short sleeve shirt). 
  • Graham crashed when we came home, Reagan is quiet but Anderson can still be heard talking to her.  Campbell has eating and is now kicking on the couch

Dennie Kids: January 21, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Reagan waking up happily when Mom told her that Nonna had found her missing barrettes and Mom reminded her that it was a school day and she could turn in her homework
  • Graham not coming downstairs with everyone else.  He went to the hall, looked at Mom and then went into Reagan's room.  He was picking up the toys and didn't come downstairs until he had picked up all of the toys
  • Reagan looking at Mom's shirt this morning and saying "your shirt has a question"-(it had a question mark-smart girl)
  • Running late today to school-Reagan's teacher said she saw everyone walking in with Dad and he wasn't carrying anything.  Everyone was carrying their own bags
  • Campbell and Mom hanging out this morning-she is one month old today and is really staying awake now, drinking many 4 ounce bottles (sometimes 2 in a row) and usually just waking up once a night
  • Anderson was excited to tell Mom about what happened in his class today "T. hit K.G. and had to go to a new class"-then Mom and Reagan asked him a hundred questions about what happened.  He finally became tired of answering our questions and started just saying "I don't remember" and every once in a while he would add "but I didn't hit nobody"
  • Since Reagan was anxious to pick up her two hair barrettes from Nonna we went to Nonna's house and played for a long time with Pops
  • Coming home and watching a movie while Mom worked on supper
  • Eating supper with Mr. Greg and Ms. Debby-they came over so Mr. Greg could play and Ms. Debby and Dad could work on their trip.
  • Mom had told Anderson that Mr. Greg helps makes planes at work so when he showed up-Anderson was ready to show him his airport and airplane
  • Graham coming to get Mom, taking her to the stairs and saying "baby"-yep, Campbell was upstairs crying (smart little boy)
  • Reagan and Anderson watching a movie before bedtime and then falling sound asleep-Mr. Greg and them played very hard
  • Taking Campbell’s one month old pictures – wow her the month has flown!

Video: Campbell - 1 Month Old (January 21, 2010)

Dennie Kids: January 20, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell eating at midnight, 2 and 5:45 last night
  • A lazy morning around here-everyone but Mom spent the day in their pajamas
  • Mom putting the tent up first thing this morning (so she could get a shower)-Graham loved the tent and would crash into it causing Reagan and Anderson to squeal and scream
  • Nonna coming over to play with everyone.  Pops even came over too to bring us lunch
  • We heard thunder a few times and poor Anderson was scared to death-he would just whine when he heard the thunder
  • Afternoon naps for everyone and then watching a movie before putting on our clothes for church
  • Supper at church-Graham eyed Ms. Doris at supper and it must have sunk in where he was going and he didn't even cry going to class (amazing)
  • Reagan saying her Awana verse over and over while getting in the car to go home
  • Campbell hanging out in Mom's lap after everyone else had gone to bed-and she had 2 bottles one right after the other and is still acting hungry (but Mom is cutting her off)

Dennie Kids: January 19, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • A school morning this morning.  Campbell and Mom took everyone and then had a few errands to run this morning
  • Campbell sleeping most of the morning long but being awake most of the afternoon and evening
  • Dad picking everyone up while Mom was in the parking lot.  Then eating ice cream and slushes at Sonic-we were celebrating that everyone went to bed well last night
  • Reagan heading right in the house and starting on her homework.  She was so proud to show Mom where Ms. Amy hangs all of her homework (Reagan has 4 of the 7 papers on the board)
  • Anderson telling Mom that he had an idea of what to do this afternoon-watch a movie
  • Afternoon nap for Graham while Mom, Reagan and Anderson counted the windows (9), pictures (40+) and steps (14) in the house and played 2 games.  Campbell snoozed off and on but enjoyed things more when Mom was holding her
  • Graham waking up and demanding to watch a movie, eat a snack and sit by his brother
  • Waiting on Dad to bring home pizza.  Grannymom and Grandpa even came over to eat with us
  • A few games of duck, duck goose and baseball before bedtime

Dennie Kids: January 18, 2010

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  • A lazy morning with everyone waking up near the same time and then playing upstairs happily together (so well that Mom was able to get a long shower-except she was concerned that Graham was throwing things in Campbell's bed but it was a good thing she could look right out of the shower and see her)
  • Reagan, Anderson and Graham playing at Grannymom's house with Lilly and then going out to eat
  • Lunch for the big kids at Chuck E Cheese with Grannymom, Grandpa and Lilly-they had a blast, rode lots of rides, played lots of games and even had some pizza
  • Mom and Campbell picking everyone up and taking them straight to bed-and everyone had a long nap-even Mom and Campbell who snoozed together on the couch
  • A few snacks and some milk while watching a movie and waiting on Dad to come home
  • A quick trip to Walmart and then supper at Coltons-Reagan loved peanuts, Anderson loved the rolls, Graham loved Mom's potato soup and Campbell just loved snoozing in her seat
  • Coming home going straight to bed-except Campbell who gets her second wind at bedtime.  Hopefully, she will only wake up 1 time tonight like she did last night

Dennie Kids: January 17, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Breakfast in the car from Burger King-this way we are able to arrive a church a few minutes early.  We even had time to sit in the car for a few minutes before heading in (gotta love that new mom parking!)
  • Reagan was thrilled to wear her fancy dress to church this morning-she thought she looked like a princess and she even noticed that everyone at church said that she looked like a princess
  • Playing at Grandpa's house a little bit before lunch-Graham is feeling even better today so he enjoyed playing
  • Heading downtown for the March for Life-Graham woke up just as we boarded the bus to the start of the march.  He looked around and just smiled-these Dennie kids love a bus ride!
  • Walking with all of the other people to the "water tower" (Reagan confuses the capitol building with a water tower).  Anderson was delighted to see the police cars and motorcycles-probably because he was a little concerned that we were walking in the middle of the street
  • Playing in the grass of the capitol-the big kids played chase and were devastated when it was time to leave.   Dad promised that we would come back again to play
  • Naps for Campbell and Graham while Reagan and Anderson watched a few movies on the couch
  • Dropping Dad off at church for a meeting and picking up McDonalds to eat in Pop's office. 
  • Anderson going to Reagan's class tonight-he was so excited to go with her (now, what are we going to do next week?)
  • Going to "Ridge's party" and eating a few snacks with Grannymom, Grandpa, Nonna, Pops and Jason before heading home to bed

Dennie Kids: January 16, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell waking up twice last night-Dad fed her the first time and Mom fed her next-this was Campbell's first night to sleep in a house without a Christmas tree
  • Waffles for breakfast-our Saturday morning tradition
  • Graham is feeling much better today-or at least he didn't scream all morning.  His nose is still runny but he enjoyed the day
  • Reagan, Campbell and Mom going to Nathan's birthday party at Nathan's house.  Campbell slept the entire time while Reagan enjoyed the party.  Cupcakes, necklaces, a piñata and even playing a Handy Manny game (which Reagan didn't play since she was acting shy).  Reagan turned her shyness off when it came to grabbing the piñata candy-Mom even had to make her share some with her friends
  • Anderson, Graham and Dad going to Ian's birthday party at Gymboree.  Everyone was enjoying the party until the birthday boy fell.  He even got to ride in an ambulance to the ER (His Mom left a message tonight and he was just fine).  The party kind of slowed down afterwards but they did still have some cake
  • Everyone meeting together at On the Border for some lunch.  Anderson and Graham at their weight in rice.  By the time lunch was over, Campbell was getting very hungry and ready to get out of her car seat.
  • Naps for everyone but Campbell needed 2 bottles before she decided to take her nap again
  • Anderson and Graham playing cars after nap-Anderson can remember crazy details about when he got his cars and where we have taken them.  But he still forgets to go potty!
  • Everyone playing at Grannymom and Grandpa's house tonight while Mom and Dad went out to eat at Benihana’s -- Campbell slept while everyone else had baths (first the boys and then Reagan).  They also played with every one of Grannymom's toys
  • Coming home and going to bed-Reagan and Anderson call Mom and Dad upstairs 2-100 times each night.  Tonight one of their so important questions was "is our house made of wood?"

Dennie Kids: January 15, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • A very rough morning for Graham-Mom held him while he just screamed
  • A rough morning for Anderson-he must not feel too well since he had a very hard time listening to Mom-which led to a few spankings
  • A good morning for Campbell-she was up 2 times last night-so she made up a little sleep
  • A good morning for Reagan who worked on drawing all of the Disney Princess' and working in her workbook
  • Cinnamon rolls for breakfast around 10-Anderson was very excited to help make them
  • Graham taking a very early and long morning nap after which he felt much better as well
  • Sandwiches for lunch and then everyone heading to Sams
  • Walking around Sams, looking at the cakes, playing in the water fountains, sitting on the couch watching a movie and picking up medicine for Graham.  Yesterday, the doctor said that he didn't yet have an ear infection but prescribed us medicine to fill later if he was still sickly.  After Graham fussing in the middle of the night and after the morning him and Mom had, she was willing to see if the meds would help
  • Afternoon naps for everyone-Reagan woke up first and laid with Mom to watch a few movies.  The boys were much, much happier after their naps
  • Everyone helping Mom make Mac and Cheese Muffins (a recipe from Reagan's magazine)-Anderson was so excited when we found the recipe-they turned out ok but no one really ate any...probably because they heard we were going out to eat
  • Dad telling Anderson that we were going to eat at Chick-fil-a and he asked if Mr. Greg was going to be there.  He wasn't, but everyone still had a good time.  Graham can climb up by himself and was very proud of himself.  A little girl kept trying to "help" Graham-so Reagan came up and pushed Graham away from her and soon Anderson was right there helping his little brother get away as well. 
  • Reagan and Anderson getting to stay up a little late before going to bed

Dennie Kids: January 14, 2010

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  • Campbell waking up only at 4 and Graham woke up very fussy around 7
  • Everyone getting ready for school except Graham.  He stood at the front door holding his backpack and cried when Reagan, Anderson and Dad left for school-he still had fever
  • Campbell waking up to play with Graham a little before his doctor's appointment.  The doctor said that he just has a cold and no ear infections yet...
  • A trip to Walmart to pick up more tylenol before naps for Graham and Campbell
  • Campbell and Graham hanging out at Grannymom's house while Mom picked up Anderson and Reagan
  • Reagan said that she had turned in more homework than anyone else in her class-she is going to love school
  • Playing outside this afternoon for a little bit and then wrapping a few presents for our birthday parties on Saturday
  • Supper at American Pie Pizza-and they had games there! Graham was so excited to see the games that he wanted down to play too
  • Graham going to bed first tonight-his fever is a little better and Reagan and Anderson played until bedtime (they seem to play so well at night right before bedtime-maybe they are trying to stay up late)

Dennie Kids: January 13, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Mom and Dad going to bed early last night and it was a good thing since they were up at 12 (Graham), 1 (Campbell and Graham) and 5 (Campbell)
  • Graham still feverish today-Mom never checked it but it was probably around 101+  He just wanted Mom to hold him most of the morning long so it was around 10:30 before Mom could get showered, get everyone dressed and get downstairs for breakfast
  • Nonna coming over to play while Mom and Reagan got their hair cut-Nonna even made spam and potatoes for lunch
  • Graham asking Nonna to take him to bed and Anderson even getting so tired that he had Nonna tuck him for a nap (but then he heard Mom come in and yelled for Nonna to get him out)
  • Reagan, Anderson and Campbell napping while Graham woke up-he laid on the couch with Mom for awhile (Mom even went to sleep but woke quickly when Graham wasn't there-he was helping cover up Campbell-mostly her head-Mom will never sleep again!)
  • Reagan and Dad going to church tonight-Mom asked how Cubbie was tonight.  Reagan replied "I think Dad did him since I saw him go in the room and then he wasn't there"-hmmm, Mom and Dad didn't think she knew the puppets weren't real.
  • Mom giving the boys a bath while feeding Campbell-the water was pretty cold which could be a bad thing but after that bath, Graham didn't have much a fever anymore
  • Medicine and bed for Graham while Campbell and Anderson waiting on Dad and Reagan to come home

Dennie Kids: January 12, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell only waking up one time last night-woohoo!  (Mom was very glad too since she seems to have the boys cold)
  • Dad taking everyone to school today-Graham fussed as usual but quieted down fairly soon
  • Campbell and Mom taking it easy this morning.  Campbell played in her elephant gym-Mom thinks that she even hit the toys a few times
  • A few errands for Mom and Campbell and then picking everyone up from school
  • On the way home, Reagan told Mom that she couldn't play when we came home, she had to do her homework first (Mom is not even sure if it is really homework, but we do turn it in the next time we go to school)
  • Anderson's school note said that he taught the class how to play "duck, duck, goose" today-he was very proud of himself
  • Graham taking a nap this afternoon-his cold must be a little worse since he has a little bit of fever now
  • Reagan and Anderson decided that they needed to wear their bathing suits this afternoon-who knows why
  • Supper with Dad and then playing with all of our toys and taking a few pictures before playing a few rounds of duck, duck, goose before bed

Video: Campbell - 3 Weeks Old (December 28, 2010)

Video: Reagan - 4 Years Old and 4 months (52 months)

Video: Anderson - 3 years and 1 month old (37 months)

Dennie Kids; January 11, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Dad going back to work this morning-this made everyone quite sad but we all survived
  • Campbell eating twice last night and Graham waking up first to see Dad off to work
  • Graham playing while Mom took a shower and then he stood by the door until Mom heard Reagan and Anderson waiting to get up
  • Reagan asking about making a bird's nest first thing this morning (before she even climbed down off of the bunk)
  • Getting dressed and heading downstairs-everyone was awake and hungry
  • After breakfast, Reagan started work on her bird's nest (painting paper brown which she later glued on a sour cream container-her bird fits perfectly) Anderson even painted a little bit and gave his to Grannymom once it was dry
  • Reagan, Anderson and Graham going with Grannymom to Rock Creek-but it was closed and since Grannymom had 3 distraught kids with her they ended up at McDonalds-where everyone was made happy with a hamburger (Graham) and ice cream
  • Coming back to Grannymom's house to play while Mom and Campbell were at home cleaning (Mom) and sleeping (Campbell)
  • Afternoon naps for all of the Dennies-didn't go so well though.  Reagan couldn't sleep since she was obsessed with when she would wake up, Campbell was gassy and Anderson coughed until...well, coughed until he got his sheets messed up
  • Everyone playing and hanging out until Dad came home-Graham did scream most of the afternoon but was completely happy when Dad came in and spent 10 minutes running from room to room squealing with excitement
  • Supper from our Sunday school class and then the kids played until Reagan and Anderson tried to beat each other up-they were sent to upstairs to play separately which they did forever and then they played together upstairs nicely for a long time
  • Graham standing at the stairs until Mom took him to bed, Campbell snoozing on the couch and Reagan and Anderson watching one last movie until bedtime

Tara's Birthday and Dennie Kids: January 10, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Two wake ups for Campbell last night
  • Anderson woke up first and laid with Mom and Dad until it was bath time for everyone (Campbell had her bath late last night since she was wide awake)
  • Breakfast on the way to church
  • Campbell seems to have woken up today-she was awake all during Sunday school, at Nonna's house and awake quite awhile after nap and at church tonight
  • Lunch at Nonna's house where we celebrated Mom's birthday once again-she had a cake and even a few more presents to open
  • Afternoon naps for everyone-long naps!  Dad was running errands so he didn't get to enjoy the naps like Mom did
  • Back to church tonight-everyone seemed to enjoy their classes-especially Reagan who loves to color in her Sunday night class
  • Coming home and going to bed (Reagan and Anderson are still talking and wearing their fireman hats though)

Dennie Kids: January 9, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)
  • Mom feeding Campbell once last night and Dad feeding her the next time-it hasn't been that long but they seem to have forgotten how hard it is to wake up in the middle of the night
  • Graham waking up first and laying in bed with Mom and Dad until the rest of the crew woke up
  • Mom, Reagan and Graham heading downstairs while Dad and Anderson laid in bed watching a movie and Campbell was nearby sleeping away too
  • Waffles for breakfast with lots of fruit-Reagan said she didn't want waffles but then ate all of hers
  • Anderson and Mom going to Owen's birthday party at the fire station.  We ate cake in the kitchen, then sprayed the fire hose, climbed all over the fire trucks, saw the firemen slide down the pole and even took a tour of the fire house.  It was quite the party and Anderson had the best time
  • Reagan, Graham and Campbell hanging out with Dad-Graham and Campbell had long naps and Reagan ate lots of candy, colored and watched a movie
  • Paninis for lunch and then naps but Reagan never went to sleep, Graham woke up after a few minutes, Campbell needed her milk and spit up down Mom's sleeve and Anderson had a great long rest
  • Eating supper at Chick-fil-a.  Anderson was delighted to see his friend Mr. Greg there.  Mom and Dad ate with Greg and Debby and then Mr. Greg played with the kids and they all had a blast!  Anderson asked if we could come back here and have Mr. Greg come too
  • Coming home and changing into our pajamas.  Anderson's shirt is not too small but the neck is a little snug.  Dad was trying to take it off and it was clearly stuck.  Anderson came to Mom and Mom and Dad worked on it.  By this time Anderson was in tears and Mom and Dad were still pulling at his shirt.  He shouted "if it doesn't come off, what am I going to do? what am I going to do?"  Mom and Dad had to stop pulling since they were laughing so hard.  After it came off, Anderson suggested that Mom sell the shirt.

Dennie Kids and Tara's Birthday: January 8, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell waking up at 3:30 and it was cold in the house that early this morning-no one else was cold except for Mom
  • Everyone laying around upstairs-we laid around too long-if we stay upstairs too long Graham gets very fussy and if we go downstairs too soon Anderson isn't happy
  • Grannymom and Grandpa coming over to bring by our diapers (they were shipped to their house) and play with us for a little bit
  • Naps for the babies and coloring for Reagan and Anderson
  • Playing at a "new" McDonalds (new to us)-Dad even got to slide down the slide since he had to go up and help Graham down.  Graham was in no hurry and having a good time but Dad was worried he was going to fall down the steps (yes, this one had steps) and Reagan was freaking out that he was going to get hurt and Anderson was following her lead and becoming upset too
  • Graham diving back into the highchair when he saw Dad with ice cream
  • Afternoon naps for everyone and then waking up one by on and wanting to watch a movie and eat candy
  • Supper to celebrate Mom's birthday at Macaroni Grill with Nonna, Pops and Jason.  The waitress lady sang to her and gave her a flower.  And she even opened another present from Dad-a game! (She loves games)
  • Everyone coming back to our house and Mom making apple cider while we all played until bedtime

Dennie Kids: January 7, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell slept from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. - nice amount of sleep for Mom & Dad
  • Rest of the cavalry waking up around 7:00 - surprisingly Graham &Anderson were quick to get those clothes on and get ready for school. Reagan wasn't quite ready to get ready but she finally did.
  • Mom taking everyone to school while Dad stayed back to take care of Campbell until her return
  • A good day at school for everyone - Reagan worked on the letter "D" - when Ms. Amy asked a word that started with "d" her word was dog food.  Anderson colored a picture and Graham played.
  • Going straight from school to Nonna & Pops and we visited Beebee and Pawpaw too - Beebee had snacks ready for us!
  • Since Mom was going to class meeting tonight, we went thru the Wendy's drive-thru to make it easier on dad
  • Eating supper and then telling Mom bye.
  • Reagan colored and cut out an elephant, Anderson played train, Graham watched Dad feed Campbell and then he was ready for his milk and bed
  • Reagan and Anderson getting to stay up a little extra late watching movies upstairs while Dad watched the college football championship game

Tara's Birthday and Dennie Kids: January 6, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

(Click here for a quick video of Campbell at 2 weeks)
  • A restful night in the Dennie house-Campbell did wake up only once to wish Mom a happy birthday
  • Everyone else waking up at 7 since the days of being lazy are over around here
  • Hanging out around the house this morning-Reagan and Anderson colored, played in the box with Graham (Mom is ready to throw that box out but we are having to much fun with it)
  • A morning nap for Graham and Campbell while Reagan and Anderson worked on Mom's birthday surprises-hanging signs, making cards and getting the surprise cupcakes ready to take to our party
  • Having a birthday party for Mom at Jason's Deli-not only do we cause a lot of looks with all of the kids but we caused even more celebrating Mom's birthday with candles on our cupcakes and singing Happy Birthday
  • Coming home for afternoon naps while Dad got ready for a 4.5 hour conference call-Nonna even stopped by to drop off some cookies and flowers for Mom
  • Mom taking Graham and Campbell to the doctor for her weight check-she weighs 7 pounds and 15 ounces now (up 7 ounces from last Wednesday)-Mom and Dad are wondering if her birth weight was right since there was scale problems that night but she is drinking lots and lots of milk now.  Dr. Martin was pleased with out little chunk!
  • Anderson and Reagan watching movies while Mom was gone.  Dad was on his phone call upstairs so they had little supervision and Mom had left her cookies from Nonna down low-needless to say there is only 1 cookie left!  They enjoyed Mom being gone for a little while-the cookie crumbs, empty milk cups and candy wrappers on the floor showed it
  • Going to church for supper and then cubbies and puppets.  The boys did pretty good going to class and Reagan was so excited all day long about cubbies.  Campbell hung out with Mom and Dad and skipped the nursery tonight
  • Another bottle for Campbell (2 in a row), Graham going to bed and Reagan and Anderson eating some ice cream right before bedtime
  • Reagan saw a picture of her "favorite ride" at Sesame Place, PA-she tried to convince Dad that we could go back.  He said it was a long way away and she said that we could drive and then said "I have a great idea, we could fly there, that would be faster"-our little traveler!

Dennie Kids: January 5, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)
  • Campbell waking up at 1, 2:30 and 5 last night-she was so tired she could hardly finish her bottle and then she was hungry sooner than normal

  • A school morning-it hardly seemed like we had a break at all
  • Graham waking up first around 7-which is good otherwise we would have probably been late for school
  • Baths for the school kids and then a quick breakfast
  • Mom taking everyone to school-Reagan was very excited to show off her picture of her new baby sister
  • Graham cried only a little bit when Mom dropped him off
  • Campbell stayed home with Dad-she didn't even notice that Mom had left (the first time for Mom to leave her)
  • Mom, Dad and Campbell picking everyone up-and Reagan delighted in showing off Campbell
  • Making lemonade and working in our workbooks for a little bit this afternoon
  • Reagan and Anderson going shopping with Dad-they came home with candy and toys (along with a little bit of milk and bread)
  • Graham and Campbell waking up at the same time as soon as the others had left-but Campbell ate and Graham sat in the floor and played (reminded Mom of when Reagan and Anderson were babies)
  • Supper at Grannymom and Grandpa's house and playing with lots of toys before putting on our pajamas and heading home to bed

Video: Campbell - 2 Weeks Old (January 4, 2010)

Dennie Kids: January 4, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)
  • A snow day-the kids were so excited to look out the window and Graham stood by the window staring out the whole time Mom was in the shower
  • Breakfast and working in our new workbooks-Reagan could have finished page after page while Anderson did one page and was done
  • Playing in the snow outside while Campbell was having another morning nap-everyone wanted to swing and they really enjoyed Mom throwing "snowballs" at them-Mom had to bribe us with juice and brownies to get us to come inside (she was cold too!)
  • A morning nap for Graham while Reagan, Anderson and Mom played Candyland
  • Dad, who is working from home this week, making lunch for us-"smooshed sandwiches" (paninis)
  • Afternoon naps for everyone except Campbell who woke up when the others went to sleep
  • Graham re-injuring his busted lip while wrestling with brother, running into the gate (which doesn't shut) and rolling down the garage stairs and then walking right into the wall and getting a huge goose egg on his head-all this happened within about 30 minutes!
  • Running to the store and then stopping by Nonna and Pops for supper tonight-pizza and then lots of playing before bed-hopefully, we will sleep well since school is in the morning

Dennie Kids and Tara's Birthday: January 3, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)
  • Campbell only waking up at 4:30 last night and then her soun
    ding our alarm to wake up for church around 7:30
  • 4 little Dennie's getting their baths this morning-here is our system (I know you were wondering):
    • Dad giving Graham a bath, Mom taking a shower
    • Graham out and Reagan and Anderson in
    • Mom putting on Graham's clothes and Dad washing Campbell
    • Mom putting on Campbell's clothes and Dad washing Reagan and Anderson
    • Mom putting on their clothes and Dad taking a shower
  • Stopping for breakfast on the way to church-Graham is going to have to start getting his own cinnamon rolls since he is eating more and more of Anderson’s
  • Campbell going to the nursery for the first time this morning-she liked it so much she never even woke up but poor Graham, Mom had to drag him down the hallway but he soon calmed down
  • Lunch at Grannymom and Grandpa's house-celebrating Mom's birthday! (She is 29-or 32)  Grannymom fixed Mexican and Mom opened up her birthday gifts with lots of help
  • Afternoon naps for everyone-and then everyone seems to always wake up at the same time and then we all watched a movie or two and had one or two pieces of candy
  • Back to church tonight-usually Anderson just stands by the door on Sunday nights and scowls at his teachers but not tonight-he walked right in.  Reagan loves going on Sunday nights because she can color and said she colored the whole time.  Ms. Olevia said that Graham calmed down and played after we turned the corner and Campbell again enjoyed the nursery
  • The babies went to bed and the big kids stayed up for a little snack and a few puppet shows before bedtime

Dennie Kids: January 2, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures)

  • Campbell stirring quite a few times last night-1, 4 and 6  but everyone else sleeping late again
  • Graham and Dad doing a little Krogering while Reagan and Anderson watched a few movies and Mom did the dishes (we have to run the dishwasher everyday now - it was every other but Campbell has made it everyday!)
  • Grannymom and Grandpa coming over for a few minutes-Dad is working on their video tapes of us
  • Everyone spending most of the morning getting in and out of the giant diaper box we got the other day in the mail
  • Graham taking a short morning nap and then everyone eating a snack lunch (candy, cheese and crackers)
  • Campbell's first trip to the mall (and yes, Reagan has been to the mall 3 times in 3 days-she is quite the shopper)  We ran and picked up a pretzel and rode the escalator-we hit all of the highlights of the mall
  • Afternoon naps before our "football party"-we seem to have a lot of parties around here!
  • BBQ and brownies for supper while watching the football game-along with Mom demanding that Reagan eat one bite of potato salad-she finally did but sputtered, spewed and even gagged.  Next was Anderson's turn and he followed his sister's lead and did the same
  • Playing until bedtime-the boys spent their time in the box, Reagan sat beside Mom doing just what Mom did and Campbell took a short nap
  • Right before bed, Dad popped some confetti from some thing he had gotten from work-Reagan picked most of it off of the floor for her "sparkle collection" 
  • Accident report-update: Anderson's finger is looking better and Graham's lip looks worse but everyone is fine

Dennie Kids: January 1, 2010

Highlights from today: (click here for pictures) & (click here for Campbell's New Year's Day pictures)
  • Campbell just waking up one time last night-around 4:30ish

  • Everyone sleeping until after 8.  The Benadryl Mom gives us must really work (kidding!) We have just gotten used to a lazy lifestyle
  • Reagan saying today that she is glad she is out of school-but she didn't seem to disappointed when Mom said she would get to go back on Tuesday
  • Mom, Reagan and Graham meeting Nonna and Pops at the mall to do a little shopping for next Christmas while Campbell slept, Dad did some work and Anderson played happily-until he couldn't find Reagan (who had told him bye) and was distraught until Dad gave him some candy
  • Eating black eye peas and hog jowl for good luck at Grannymom and Grandpa's house with Lilly and Cash
  • Playing pretty hard with Lilly and Cash until we became a little fussy and headed home for a nap-Graham waking up first and was delighted to find a huge box in the living room to play with
  • Everyone else waking up to play in the box until it was time to leave for supper
  • Eating supper out at McDonalds-the slides were outside at this one and Reagan, Anderson and Dad froze their tails off while Campbell slept and Mom and Graham ate candy
  • Coming home to play in the box some more before going to bed
  • This was overheard from Anderson tonight while in bed "I am going to take you outside, put you in the trash can and the garbage man will come and throw you away."  To which Reagan replied "MOMMY!"  And then everyone got into trouble!
  • Taking a few pictures of Campbell in her New Year's Day outfit! (click here for pictures)
  • Accident report: Anderson smashed his finger pretty good while at Grannymom's house and Graham fell on his face at home and busted his lip and had a bloody nose.