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A would-be stay at home mom working full-time as a teacher. I teach at my old Highschool, working side-by-side with my own teachers. I blog to keep the Texan grandparents updated and chronicle our life for future reference. (In other words, I don't have a real baby-book or diary.) Comments make my day. Thanks for stopping by! kimlepper at gmail.com

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Kids say and Tintis (things I never thought I'd say)

At church...*digging through my purse*
"Charlotte, what are you looking for?"
"Um... I don't know, but I need to keep looking to see if I can find it."

So jer threw up. I gave the girls washcloths to wipe down door handles, light switches and anything else daddy may have touched recently...I turn around to Sam wiping down the lamp shade on her tippy toes saying to herself, "he probably touched this..."πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

"mom! Guess what I can say now! hOSPital. Not hostipal." -charlotte
"Aw, I liked how you said it before."
"Well, I can say it right now. Sam learned it to me."πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

A picture is worth a thousand words!

Charlotte became very indignant when I offered this for a church dress. "I'm not wearing that! That's a peasant girl dress!!!"

"so 6 equals 3, cause 3 goes with 6."


 Charlotte threw a fit at dinner because the gravy that she did NOT want wasn't covering all of her chicken.

2 days ago Charlotte wore her sandals for the first time this year.
She then peed her pants twice while playing as she waited too long. She now refuses to wear the sandals. she says they make her pee her pants.

Charlotte just informed me that she just met 2 humans outside. One girl kind and one boy kind.


Things I never thought I'd say as a mom, "you are NOT a mermaid. STOP trying to breathe under water!"
"Yes, Mommy..."

I cleaned out Charlotte's cubbie at dimensions and she was appalled that I suggested we throw away anything...

-something I may have said this morning

Me to the girls in the back seat as I'm driving, "I love you girls!"
Samantha immediately responds, "I love you too!"
Charlotte (grumpy from long day at school), "......I don't like you."

I walked into the bathroom and Sam says, "sorry...I farted... It kinda stinks."
"That's ok," I replied. "I'm used to stinky farts, remember?"
"Yeah. I'm guess I get that from you. You know, when I came out of your tummy and kids get stuff from their parents? That's ok. I forgive you."

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Blog update

For anyone who still reads this, all posts in April and May are new!


When we first moved in Audra gifted us her playset.  It got moved every year as the grass died around it and it got used a LOT.
So many memories!
Very typical scene
The neighborhood played on it HARD. Little by little things broke.  A swing rubbed through the metal ihooks.  The bench swing could no longer be repaired.  And then one day three big kids decided to all swing together.  Since we never anchored it- the swing set lifted, swayed and permanently angled to where it could no longer be used. 
Luckily,  your daddy and I had been plotting for months on a replacement.  We talked about what we wanted (staked, closer to the house) and what was used the most (cross bar as a pull-up bar, swings and the bench swing). 
Your daddy spent mother's day giving me an awesome gift building your new set from scratch while I kept everyone else alive and fed. 
We added little by little after the frame was done but we desperately needed those swings back up.  You and Charlotte both spend HOURS swinging every day when it's nice.
Slide and swing used from original set!
Also- SHADE!!!  It's shaded for most of the day now!

Not a bench swing, but the best we could come up with!

Two pieces still missing (balance beam and monkey bars) but we're calling it good for this year!  We're pooped!
The neighborhood is very happy once again.  And sweaty!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Morning Routine

Let's see, where has Genevieve been this morning?

Shredded Tissues...

Cleared coffee table....

Dismantled Diaper Bag (luckily my wallet was zipped shut this time) 

De-stacked books from shelf.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Double Birthday

Samantha thoroughly enjoys having a birthday so close to Genevieve's.  This year her birthday fell on Memorial Day, so the family, and the whole country, celebrated with us!

Genevieve's gifts from the girls...

A box of tissues (behind her head) for her to shred at her will and a toy that she ACTUALLY plays with.  Watching her little arms shake while she holds the vibrating ball had everyone in stitches!

Practicing her new skills

I can tell from her head tilt that she's giving Kahlan the frown!

Sorry for the dark picture, it's all I got!

Chocolate cake!!!

She approved after a few suspicious bites...

BABY MILO EMERGES!!  And he's crawling and pulling up on things.  WHA???

New Snazzy Dress

Her favorite spot.  Stands and yells at her sisters.

Gift from mimi- color by sticker!
This picture just show how CLASSIC adhd she is.  She pulled out a fourth page to start and I asked her to finish one that she'd already started first.
"Oh, right".

Monday, May 29, 2017


Holy cow this year went by fast.  You are definitely the third child.  The day before your birthday we were working on the front-yard play area and I heard you screeching for my attention.  We stopped and said, "Whaaaaat?"
And then you did this:
Are you watching?

Ok here I go...

Tada!  No hands!
We were all so impressed and you happily repeated the trick over and over.
Walking is only weeks away!
A friend recently heard you over the phone and used a word that I think describes your demanding personality quite well- "Tyrant"
You are a hilarious and cute tyrant, but very demanding and LOUD nonetheless.  You have thismuch patience when it comes to food being served and you eat 70% of the day.  Oh your screech.  We thought we'd gotten you to stop, but you've started up again.  My ears literally ring.  I'm not looking forward to the car trip to Arkansas this year!  I've literally bought ear-plugs for everyone.

I was taking note recently and realized you have three locations most of the day.


And your pack-n-play (sorry, no pictures)

You are quite demanding with regards to sleeping as well.  You hate it when I walk into your room and start the routine, but as soon as I throw your "B" at you (blankie) you start rubbing your eyes and yawning.  I chuckle and call you "pavlov's dog". 
You're an ok napper but a great night sleeper.  Two 1-2 hr naps a day, bed by 7 and up at 6.  Oh how I'd love to push the bed-time and wake up time one hour. (Where is day light savings when I need it?!?)
You are wearing 18 month clothes.
You weigh 22 lbs.
You LOVE to swing.
You can sign more, milk, down and all-done, but prefer to SCREAM at us, much to our dismay.

With your FPIES we are still staying waaaaay clear of rice, oats, bananas and avocado.  But we've got a routine, including pumpkin, carrot, squash, applesauce and cinnamon packets:
And don't I DARE put anything else in them!
Also- CHEESE!  Like real dairy cheese!  Oh how I rejoiced at an easy, protein-packed, fatty food for you!
Your frown still cracks everyone up.  You're so skeptical of anyone new...and grass...

Your foot :)
So much love for your sisters!  Or possibly the mowers...I don't remember.  I think you frowned at them.

Then back to complaining...with the foot still up.
The first thing Charlotte STILL asks when she wakes up is, "Where's Genevieve?"  I am so looking forward to watching you two when you can master the stairs! 

You looooooove your sisters.
Want to have milk available and at your disposal 12/7. 
Are the dismantler
Our shredder
Every. Single. Morning.

To which I say, "Whatever, you aren't screaming."
Our kicker
Why do you kick?  This baffles me so.  It's the oddest thing.  Kickkickkickkickkick. Whenever we pick you up, if you are happy, mad, tired, just waking up.  Kickkickkickkickkick.

I'm not kidding you when I say this was the first time you did this! 

And recently have discovered the joy of cuddling.  Since birth you refused to cuddle.  Oh, you want us to hold you, but facing OUT.  You have realized the joy that is laying your head down on our chest/shoulder and are quite the cuddler now, much to your father's enjoyment.

Oh how we love you Genevieve! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

"Mom, a little help here?"

Me: "Push harder."

Yes, we are alive!  Blog Update coming down the pipe!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Spinal Check

She came back in and said, "He said I glowed in the dark."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Ram Sam Sam

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Lil Sister

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