Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Baby Mania!

Here is my attempt to give an update on all of the kids and our recent trip to Nebraska in a short time before everyone wakes up from naps!
We survived the 12 1/2 hour (each way) trip to Nebraska for my grandfather's funeral over Easter weekend.  I won't talk much about the drive because we are finally recovering and I don't want to scare Jared away from driving up there again this summer!
We had a nice time with family including all of my siblings and their kids, grandparents, great grandma, aunts, uncles and cousins from the Jones side of the family and a visit from the great grandparents on my mom's side.  With the recent baby boom in my family, we had one two year old, two one year olds, three four months olds and a one month old!  It was a busy household!  Julia and Kai loved hanging out with their big cousin, Izzy.  We look forward to having them all grow up together being so close in ages!  Here are some pictures!
Kai loves his babies!

Grandpa Jones giving Smarties to Julia & Kai

Younger sister, Erin, with twin girls

Grandma (great) Jones w/ Isaac

Bath time giggles!

Four baby cousins!

Cute babies!
Easter pic

Gilbertson family

Mankin family

Kai w/ Uncle Zach

Busy grandparents!

Easter Egg Hunt

Julia is getting the hang of it!
The funeral service for Grandpa (Lloyd) Jones was very nice.  Some of the family members got up and told stories about grandpa.  We also watched a video that my aunt Starla made a few years ago.  It was heart warming to see and hear my grandfather talk.  It brought back many memories of him when he was still feeling well and was sharp mentally.  I am so blessed to have known and love/be loved by him.  My grandma is doing well and enjoyed seeing all of the family.  We look forward to seeing her (along with the rest of the Jones family) again in July.
As for updates on the kids, Isaac is doing really good and is growing so fast!  We had him weighed in Nebraska and he was 11 lb 6 oz, which means that he's gaining close to a pound a week!!  Yikes...he may become quite the chunk!  He has lost some of his hair in the front...our babies love the old man, receeding hair line look!  He is nursing well and only gets up once in the middle of the night and then goes straight back to bed.  He is really strong and holds his head up while on tummy time and when held by mommy and daddy.  He is becoming really tough as he's survived balls being thrown to him, toddlers accidently falling on him, and being poked in the face.  Poor guy!
Julia is such a big girl!  I have started a list of all of the words that she says.  I am adding new ones daily and she is well above 50 words.  She babbles a lot and loves to sing.  Her favorite song is "Jelly Man Kelly" by James Taylor.  I plan on posting a video soon of the kids singing to it :)  She is also our "condiment girl" and will eat ketchup, ranch dressing, honey, caramel by the spoonful.  She is very expressive and she keeps us laughing all the time!
Kai has become a very independent little boy.  He wants to do everything by himself and won't even take my hand when walking outside.  He is loud and still wakes up squealing with delight (most of the time).  He's very active and is now walking, running and trying to walk up and down the stairs, which makes me kind of scared.  He has had some problems the past few months with bladder infections and constipation.  We will be seeing a new urologist this week and hope to get some help in that area.  Kai and Julia are both very rough and love wresting with daddy or anyone else who dares lay down in the middle of the room!
Kids are up and dinner needs to be made. More later.......!

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