Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas and Updates

We decorated for Christmas. I turned on the tunes and the kids were so excited to decorate the tree. Blake wasn't too interested this year, but Reese and Chase kept asking for more ornaments. They are pumped. Ovo, our elf on the shelf decided to come today. I had heard he was coming on December 1st, but he made  it a day early and Chase spotted him. This is super exciting news at the Staniak house. We will see how creative little Ovo gets this year.

He went in for his 16 month appointment (though it was supposed to be 15 months), but we were a little off. He measured about 28 lbs (90%ile) and 36" (97%ile).  The doctor confirmed that he doesn't need whole milk and also said we can cut him off when eating. He will honestly eat non-stop if we let him. He likes his food... just like the rest of us. Anyway, he's right on track. He got 3 shots and was a champ... just a few tears. (All 3 kids got flu shots. I had to pin them down one at a time. So that was awesome.)
Blake has also picked up some talking. He's much more interested in talking now so that is fun. He has a long way to go, but he's actually trying now. He loves Hi and Bye, No, Please (well, he tries), and lion sound, dog sound, monkey sound, mama, dada, eese (reese).

 Here is Chase's school picture from his first year of preschool. Not too bad. He's been really enjoying school and seems to be absorbing a lot of information. His teacher liked that he said "sunshine" when asked what color something yellow is. That's totally my fault, but I think it's cute (for now). He got mostly 3's on his report card which is pretty standard on his 1-5 scale. He is pretty much the baby in his class being a very young 3. There are kids in his class that are 5, so he is working on meshing with the older kids too. He is very social with the teachers.

I straightened her hair and I think she looks tired, but she looks so old. What happened to our baby. Reese likes to say she doesn't want to go to school but seems to really enjoy it when she is there. She loves to color pictures. Her report card had 3s, 4s, and a couple 5s. She did have one 2 (playing with more than one child). I think she is often wanting to play with the teacher. We told her to work on it, so I think she is. Other than that, the teacher said she is doing great. She is one of the oldest in the class and is always learning!

Reese went for her 5 year old check up. After a finger prick and 4 shots, she wasn't thrilled. She is also still a growing machine. She is 45.5 inches tall (95% ile) and 46lbs 4ozs (80% ile). 

Monday, November 28, 2011


Oh, Thanksgiving. I really didn’t document you well this year. Not sure what the reason was, but I pretty much decided that the camera was taking a break and I just sat back and enjoyed. Our Thanksgivings were plentiful. We had Thanksgiving the Sunday before with my Mom’s family- your traditional meal, Thanksgiving at Ryan’s Mom’s on Thanksgiving – lasagna, and Thanksgiving yesterday  at my Dad and Janet’s – brunch and subs. All of the food was delicious and it was great to have the variety. We are beyond blessed to have generous families that we enjoy spending time with and are flexible enough to fit it all in.

The past week has been non-stop. We did a little shopping on Black Friday and did some online shopping. I just get very excited to buy gifts for family and friends. We put up the tree on Saturday and the kids really enjoyed doing it this year. The loved to look at the ornaments and were pumped to see those that they made last year. Blake wasn’t too into it this year, but I am sure next year he will get more involved.

So, now that Thanksgiving is over, I think I will put out there the 10 things that we are most Thankful for…

1) My husband and kids. They love me no matter what. Even if I am not perfect and am a little nutty sometimes.
2)      Ice cream, Coffee, Kettle Corn, Portillo’s, Starbucks, and Lou’s Pizza. They are enjoyable to the whole family. J
3)      Our parents. They show us unconditional love and have taught us so much.
4)      Our kid’s grandparent’s. All of them love our kids so much and make them feel so special.
5)      Exercise. It relieves stress.
6)      The health of our entire family. It may not be perfect, but as we get older we appreciate that we have decent health all around. It’s so very easy to take for granted.
7)      Our jobs. Jobs that we both enjoy and make our life a bit easier. Plus we both work some pretty awesome people.
8)      Our child care situation. It’s not easy, but we have a system that works and family that are always willing to help out.
9)      Siblings and Siblings-in-law. Friends. Cousins. Family. An amazing support system.
10)   Electronic devices. (Yes, I have a problem)

Of course the list can go on and on, but these are many of the things that keep us happy day to day and we are so blessed to have the life we are living.

Happy Thanksgiving… now, on to Christmas!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Reese's Carnival/Festival/Circus 5th Birthday Party

Reese's 5th Birthday was a mash of themes. It was a little carnival, a little circus, and it was a festival (as Reese likes to call it). Somehow we pulled it off (Thanks everyone for your help with the food and decorations). There were about 30 adults and 20 kids. We had a full house. Reese was a lucky girl and got a lot of clothes, squinkies, shoes, slippers, a blanket, disney gift cards, pretend make-up/jewelry, a locket, a caboodle... and tons more. She was spoiled rotten, but was genuinely thankful and so excited for everything. On her actual birthday, we only had an hour before Ryan had to head to Kentucky, so my mom joined us and we went for a quick trip to Build a Bear (her gift from us) and Red Robin. She was so happy that she was "really five"! She asked all day "Am I really five now." This was for sure the most excited she has been on a Birthday. It was so much fun!

This was when Reese came down after her nap and saw all the decorations. She was so pumped!
 The prize table!
 Blake taking it all in.
 We had a "Fun Lady" come and she made some cool balloon creations!
 Reese got a lady bug, a heart wand and something else, but I can't remember it!
 Wouldn't be a carnival without bozo buckets!
 A little Pin the Bow on Reese.
 Noah's we voted the closest, while Aubry's was the farthest. In fact, it didn't make the picture.
 Grabbing some prizes after completing the activities.
 A little face painting.
 Reese went with butterflies and shimmer.
 Reese and her friend Isabella.
 Avery the cuddly teddy bear.
 Aubry went with a butterfly and elmo.
 Chase went as a puppy.
 Daddy got in on the action with some Mike Tyson art.
 Cute Jackson before getting his dragon.
 Noah went as a dog.
 Nate and Jackson had matching dragons.
 Madisyn went with Hello Kitty and a bee.
 The dragon!
 The birthday girl wit her cake.
 "Happy Birthday to you!"
 Blowing out the magic candles.
 The family shot!
 Reese showing off her AWESOME caboodle from Auntie Jen!
 I thought this was cute so had to share. Reese couldn't bring anything in for school that was edible, which makes bringing a birthday "treat" in kind of hard. We were going to go do goodie bags, but wasn't sure how many more little things people wanted-- we sure have enough here. Ryan came up with this fun idea and make a little card to go with it. I thought he did a great job.
Happy Birthday to Reese!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Reese is Five!

Reese is Five. FIVE. Half way to ten. This is just crazy. I am so pumped for all the new things to come at this age, and am so proud of her already for everything she has done in her 5 years so far. She is a joy to be around, she is caring, she is loving, she is funny, she is friendly, she is just all around a fantastic kid. I don't get sad that she is growing, but I do almost tear up when I think about what a fun and special girl she is and how much better our life is because she is in it. Oh, Reese... We Love you so much!!

Interview with Reese...
Q: What is your favorite food?
Mac and Cheese or Pop Tarts
Q: What is your favorite movie?
Judy Moody and the Not So Great Summer (She has not even seen this yet, but it is her favorite she says)
Q: What is your favorite TV show?
Powderpuff Girls (I think we saw this ondemand once- but it's a "girlie show")
Q: Who is your favorite team?
Um, Packers (yay yeah!)
Q: What words should you never say (except for purpose of this interview):
Shut up, stupid, or hate or like...moron. Poopy. And, Duh.
Q: What's your favorite song?
The color song.
Q: What's your favorite saying?
Sorry Charlie. [With an inside out "OK" hand gesture]. And " Mom. Mom. Mom I love you in the whole wide world. Mom. Mom. Can you check on me?"
Q: What is the coolest place in the world?
Disney World or Jordan's and Lee's house in Florida
Q: What stinks?
Stinky Stocks or Toots
Q: What is your favorite sport/activity?
Q: Favorite Place to eat?
Old McDonald's Playland, Portillo's and Lou Malnati's
Q: Who is your favorite friend?
Q: Why do you get in trouble?
For pushing or kicking. Not listening.
Q: What is your favorite candy?
All candy in the world.
Q: What happens when you are 5?
I have to be good, no crying and listening better and not being pouty. And I have to listen the first time.
Q: What if your favorite thing to do with daddy?
Q: What is your favorite thing to do with Mommy?
Run, Play make over, Going to the store.
Q: What do you want to learn when you are 5?
My words so that I can read.
Q: What is your favorite app on the iPad?
That's a tricky one... The Number Learning Game with the Mouse.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Chase?
Playing squinkies with him and giving hugs.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Blake?
Hugging and kissing him. And singing to him.
Q: What are your favorite shoes?
The Monkey Shoes (Paul Frank from Leenie!)
Q: What is your favorite outfit?
Dresses - The pink and white one.
Q: What is your favorite place to go to?
Old McDonald's Playland
Q: What is your favorite animal?
Flamingos and Zebras
Q: Where do you want to go on vacation?
Disney World. Um, Florida like.... Jordan and Lee's house.
Q: What's your favorite thing in the whole world?
Disney World. / When I go out with Daddy  and Mommy sometimes.
Q: Favorite fruit
Q: Favorite Veggie
Q: What do you love most about mommy?
When I hug her and kiss her goodnight.
Q: When does mommy get upset at you?
When I take my brother's toy away. Pushing and kicking Chase.  I took some Crystal Light and she didn't know. And when I got out of bed so many...hundred times....when Dad was in Kentucky sleeping.
Q: What you love most about daddy?
He's silly and sometimes he's mad at me. Like when he puts pretzels in his mouth like an animal at the dinner table.
Q: When does daddy get upset with you?
When I put my fingers in my nose. Sometimes he gets mad at me when I like... [act like a turd] because I don't like my clothes. He'll shut the door and then I'll cry.

  • Sleeps from 8:45pm-6:30am (ish) and still takes a nap from 1:30-3:30/4:00 every day. She could probably go without her nap but is much more pleasant with it.
  • She LOVES her brothers and her cousins. She is always genuinely excited to see them all.
  • She isn't a big milk drinker and her appetite isn't as big as it has been in the past. But she will eat and eat if it's one of her favorites. Oh, and offer her a treat and she will not decline.
  • She is a bundle of personality. She can put on a show.
  • She has MAD dance skills. These for sure come from her dad. Change the song and her style changes. It's quite impressive.
  • We are going through interesting clothing issues. Shoes don't "feel good" and socks "don't feel right" and forget about tights! What a mess, but she will adjust. She loves wearing dresses this week, but is usually ok with her jeans.
  • Her Bear Blankie is still her favorite thing in the world. She is much happier sleeping with it.
  • She is working on her sight words and is so proud when she learns a new word.
  • She loves to draw and color.
  • She is learning what it means to be embarrassed.
  • She gets so hot at night. Even in the cold, she prefers to sleep in a tank and shorts.
  • She loves to help Mom and Dad when she wants to and loves sticker charts or rewards.
  • Reese is a couch potato, and if allowed, she will watch tv all day and night.
  • She loves to snuggles and give hugs and kisses.
Oh, we love our Super Duper 5 year old! Happy Birthday, Reese!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Picture Picture

With just 2 small days left before Reese is 5 and takes over my blog for a week, I thought I would throw in some pictures I have missed. The days are filled with so much crazy and joy and I have to try and collect as many memories here and not let them slip by. These cute and cuddly babies will be big and grown before we know it.

Reese loves to take pictures. This day, Chase's new little figures were spotlighted... along with her toes.
 The Boys. Brother in-laws. Amigos. Buddies. Friends.
 The cousins... well not all of them, but all of them in the State of Illinois. And just the blood cousins... not the in-law cousins... but they were there too.
 Sabby, Jen, and Leenie.
 Thought this was a keeper... Jonathan and Jen.
 Mark, Eileen, and Carissa.
In Green Bay a few weeks back, Ryan got sick and I went with the Berggren's, and Mellenthin's on a Pumpkin train ride. It was pretty cool, but a handful with 3 kids and 3 pumpkins, but we made it and had a blast.]
 Blake checking the place out.
 Reese loved that they had projects.
 Madisyn (that the kids now like to call Maddy), Brian, and Amie.
 The Chase Man.

In other news, today is Ryan and my 11 year dating anniversary. He's the best!