Saturday, April 19, 2014

dining at chez eli

the resident french chef has not given up on his love of pretend cooking: much so that i am looking to buy 2 baby gates to block him from the kitchen. it might be easier than checking that the fridge is locked, fridge water is locked, dishwasher is locked, pantry is locked, oven is locked, cabinets are locked, and chairs are either tied to the table or taken out. hopefully this will lead to fewer incidents of finding him in the sink with a knife, eating whatever he feels like out of the fridge, and spitting whatever he dislikes on the floor, soaking from the fridge water, dropping pots and pans on my feet, opening the oven while it's on, etc. we have to step up our baby-proofing to absurd levels because of this guy. luckily, soren is less of an instigator in these mischievous adventures, but he is often right with brother as soon as eli has started it. any tips welcome, and desperately needed. (i is insane.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

lessons learned from a loose tooth

saturday morning while she brushed her teeth, a loose tooth was discovered. sophie burst out of the bathroom to tell her sisters. there were gasps and shrieks of joy. but for one identical twin, they quickly turned to dismay as she soon thought about her own lack of loose teeth. this was such an anticipated event that sophie and her 2 sisters quickly left the house to knock on every neighbor's door to share the news. I'm wondering what the exchange with the elderly chinese couple who doesn't speak english was like. at some point, breanne returned in tears, unable to handle the attention sophie was getting. 2 days later when the tooth came out, there were several more outbursts of jealous tears. 

sigh. twin problems. every situation seems to have an extra facet that needs to be taken into consideration.

sophie's first step into the awkward hobo smile stage:

at bedtime there were more tears as sophie was still going on and on about her tooth. she had mentioned several times to me how excited she was that she was first. we talked a bit about how it doesn't matter who's first - something jeff and i find ourselves telling the 3 girls very often. it always seems to be race with them. nearly every time we get in the car to go somewhere, there is a fight over who goes first. it's gotten so bad that this week, during a fun outing to thanksgiving point, maya snuck out of the ice cream shop, out across a road and into the car in the parking lot, just so that she could be first. i had no idea where she was. 

we talked a bit about boasting that night, and how that can make other people feel. we also talked about being happy for others' successes, wins, excitements, hobo smiles, and how we can be just as happy as the that person because we are happy that they are happy. i'm not sure how much of this makes sense to the 5 and a half year old brain, but hopefully it will sink in a bit. it's not a competition, sillies.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

eli's pots and pans

eli is the budding chef in the house. i have had to baby proof and lock more than ever due to his kitchen adventures. he figured out pretty quickly how to open the heavy dish drawers, dishwasher, oven, and fridge (where he casually saunters in and liberally helps himself to grapes and tomatoes.)  he does a lot of fake cooking, eating and feeding others that makes me laugh.

he broke a crock pot at nonna's house at christmas, and one of my sauté pans, so i locked everything up, and left one drawer open where he can keep his little ikea pots and pans.

eli's soup cooking away on the stove next to our dinner soup. eli's soup is on the left:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

friday mornings

i am lucky to live near enough to my parents that my mom comes over once a week to watch these guys for half a day. that is a brave grandma to take on this crowd.  

Sunday, February 23, 2014

princess ball

our local elementary school held a royal ball. the girls went with their dad, uncle wes, and uncle eric.

snophie white came down with a rogue fever right before. she fought through how terrible she felt to go, but after a bit, jeff brought her home:

maya obviously felt fine as she apparently break-danced the night away:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ice castles

the boys got dropped off at gwamma's house, and off we went to midway to see the ice castles on their last day open. they seemed pretty structurally sound, but so did those ice caves we built as kids that always collapsed. 

claustrophobia...ugh...jeff is trying to take a photo of us all, and i am pushing on people saying, "get me outta here." uncle eric is in utah for now, so he came with us. 

looks like a scene from some epic journey movie:

cue dramatic triumphant music as they at last reach the great valley:

we made it out of the ice castles milliseconds before the last snowflake holding the entire structure together melted, and the whole thing collapsed and exploded. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

the sound of music

girls watching "the sound of music":

at the end of the "sixteen going on seventeen" song, liesl says, "weeeeeeeeeeee!" 


Thursday, January 9, 2014

3 kings day

this year the winner of the crown was....sophie jensen! the power went to her head pretty quickly, and i heard several comments from her about policies she was going to change. something about bedtimes being moved to a later time and she having jurisdiction over her sisters in all matters. look at her smug little scheming face! UNLIMITED POWER!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

random december

snuggly boys:

snuggly boys with dad:

the girls were all cleaned up and ready for 9 a.m. church, but mom was busy cleaning barf in a crib, and dad was out shoveling snow for half an hour. the joys of december:

maya's favorite shirt this winter. she wore it every day it was her turn to pick:

sledding breanne:

jensens together for christmas

you know the situation that always plays out where parents are going to be gone, and their teenage kids plan a big party at home, unbeknownst to the parents? that's what christmas with the jensens was like this year. nonna and papa were in russia, but that didn't stop any of the jensen siblings from coming to their house to party in their absence. 

i must say, the tree looked slightly less designer this year with nonna gone. there was also the incident where it almost fell on baby soren.

we had some nice snow at christmas. perfect for kids to build a snowman:

these 2 were jealous and watched from the window. sorry, boys. too much work to chase two 1-year olds around outside. no matter what you guys promise me, you always end up running into the street in opposite directions. i'm not going to fall for it.

the usual playing, cookie-making, snuggling, laughing, trouble-making went down:

Saturday, December 28, 2013

christmas morning

bikes, sleds, and one item for each girl chosen from santa's workshop (walmart's toy section.) I took the girls one at a time to peruse through the toys at their leisure. each chose the same thing for the gift they wanted from santa -- a frozen dress. 

the boys got a bathtub toy to share:

girls modeling sweaters they got from france:

and learning to play twister. looks like we have some twister PRODIGIES in the house!:

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Lisa's preschool Christmas sing

kids photos dec 2013

5 little loves






mom and dad jumping in