Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Children behaving badly

I know you can't tell from the angle on this pic, but she is sitting ON my mom's coffee table. Folks, we have a climber. It's really frustrating, but isn't she cute???

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

When Irish twins are smiling...

They have really taken to each other. They love each other. And it makes me so happy!

Pretty Izzie!

It's taken some time, but Isabel is mostly sleeping in her crib at night. Well, when she is sleeping that is. But, after many months of sleeping in a car seat, swing or bouncy seat...I'd say this is a step in the right direction.
This new stage came about quite by accident. One night I put her in her crib asleep, and she woke up about 30 minutes later screaming. I knew she wasn't hungry so I tried to soothe her without picking her up. It didn't work. After 20 minutes she was still crying and in a moment of helplessness I rolled her over on her tummy. Up until that very moment, being on her tummy had been the worst possible thing you could do to her. She hated it. But this particular night, she put a finer in her mouth and quickly nodded off...for 5 hours. We're on to something I thought to myself.

Since then, I routinely put her down on her tummy. Now we actually have some resemblance of a nap and bed time schedule. I like schedules. I am not a fan of the unknown. She does still wake up every 3 hours or so to nurse, but goes right back to sleep. This is good, very very good. She also has started liking tummy time and spends much more time on her belly. I think it has really helped her head shape, but what do I know?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Jacob's last soccer game

It's hard to believe, but the fall soccer season has officially ended. Well, not really officially...we still have to have a party and get trophies. Ya know, the important stuff!

It was an unseasonably warm day in November, and the fam was out and about for the big event. J has really become involved with the game for the most part this year. I think he has had a hard time overcoming the significant growth spurt he had this year. Sometimes his tall lanky body seemed awkward when compared to the other 8-year-olds out there. He generally played forward which gave him an opportunity to run a lot and score. In several games he had multiple scores. One game he even scored 3 times in one quarter!

At this time he is not sure if he will continue with soccer in the spring, or pursue a new activity. He received a guitar for his birthday and would like to start lessons. Honestly with the lack of PE in the schools these days, Brad and I are huge proponents of at least one sport or active hobby. Kids need to be moving, and exercising more than ever.

Here are some pics from the day:

I love soccer!

I'm open! Pass!
Lining up for the corner kick
E gets some play time in at the half
Just happy to be here
I can't believe my mom is making me take a picture with all my friends watching

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

There once was a girl...

with tons of curls! E's hair has really gotten long. You'd never know it since it always curls up in the back. It has been super curly straight out of the bath lately. Most of you don't get to see it that way since she bathes at night, then sleeps on it pulling most of the curl out. Here is the best I could do as far as pics go. She wanted nothing to do with a photo shoot.

Casa de chaos

A typical evening at the Bennight home...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Halloween that was not.

I have been asked a couple of times "why no pics of the kids in their costumes?". Well, the truth is that this year, just like last year, Halloween was a bust. We had plans to go to one of Brad's students house who was having a party. J didn't want to go so I made plans for him to Trick or Treat with his best friend, Brendan.

After I dropped J off at his friends it became apparent, VERY quickly, that E and Iz were in no mood to go anywhere, let alone put on costumes. When I pulled up they were screaming at the top of their lungs. We turned our porch lights out so no one would come to the door and hear our girls wailing. E went to sleep around 7:15. She hadn't been feeling well all week. Iz just wanted to be held and rocked. It was what they needed, so we didn't push them. After all, will they really remember this down the road? It really wasn't worth the tears.

J had a great time and got about 2 pounds of candy! I picked him up, tucked him in and went to choir to practice a duet I sang at church this past Sunday. It was a pretty uneventful night. Oh well. You can't win them all.

I did manage to snap a few photos of the girls at our church's annual Trunk or Treat. They were both missing their head pieces since it was an unseasonable 80 degrees outside. E is supposed to be a butterfly and Iz a skunk. It was cute while it lasted...about 10 minutes! :)

E was running so much, most of my pics are blurry!
Taking a ride in the stroller
E's wings

I'm cute!
Ok dad, now put me down so I can run.
Cutest skunk ever (and best smelling)
Isabel with friend Matthew
Girls with dad and friend, Ted

Monday, November 5, 2007

My biggest baby EVER!

Isabel had her 4 month well visit this past Friday. Can you believe it? She'll be crawling before we know it....YIKES!
I always knew she was a bigger baby than E, but this visit shows it in black and white. Really, the only thing that is bigger is her weight. Such a chub!

Here is how the girls compare at 4 months:
Emma Elizabeth
weight: 11 lbs 11oz (10%)
height: 24 1/2 in (50%)
head circ: 16 in (45%)

Isabel Claire
W: 14 lbs 5oz (75%)
H: 25 in (75%)
HC: 16 in (45%)

So basically Iz is the same size with an added 2 1/2 pounds!

She had a great visit and checked out with a perfect bill of health. The Dr told us to go ahead and start her on cereal. Here are some photos of the first try.

Did you hear? I get to eat "real" food now!!! YAY!

Wait, this is gross!
Ha ha, better you than me. I get to eat the REAL food.
You want a piece of me big sis? I practically outweigh you.

Hmmmmm. You have a point there.

Seriously mom, this stuff is bad.

But it's fun to make a mess!

Just hang with me sis and I will show you how to make the best messes.

Shhhhh, don't tell Mom.

Smile for the camera!


I know it has been FOREVER since I posted. Please don't give up on me my faithful has been a rough few weeks.

As many of you know, B directs an period-instrument ensemble called La Novella. They had a concert this past Saturday and I took it upon myself to take over the marketing and publicity of the group. Not that I can do that great of a job, but it's better than what was being done....NOTHING. So, needless-to-say, all of my computer time has been spent making contacts at local papers, and media outlets for future press coverage. I did so well that one paper even wants to do a story on B and his business (of building harpsichords) and the group.

Speaking of building, B played his newest (and first), hand built by B, beautiful harpsichord at the concert. It is really a stunning instrument. The sound is quite lovely, although adjustments he made to the action before the concert made it a little more quiet than he was perfect for the chamber ensemble and the acoustically resonant space in which they played. They also did something they had never done before and did a type of "meet the musicians" during the show. Each of them took time to talk about their particular instrument and how it is different from it's modern counterparts and why it's dsign was important to the music of the time. Dan, the violinist, held up three different bows to show how it changed from Baroque to Classical and finally to the modern bow that we hear everyday now. I think it was a hit with the audience.

Wait....what audience????

Yes, despite my last minute media rampage, I am sad to say there were about 10 people there. That was including me and my parents. Sad, but true. I know people are busy at this time of the year, and taking a couple of hours on a Saturday to sit and be entertained seems overwhelming to most, but if I can do it....anyone can. I even had little Iz with me since childcare was not available. I think B and I were a little disappointed in the apparent lack of interest. By friends, fellow musicians, church family and the public in general. Denton County does not have a professional group like this. The nearest similar ensemble is in Ft Worth..quite a drive for a 1 hour show. I am hoping to change this by doing more media coverage. Culture is a good thing for a communty to have! You don't hear this music everyday, probably not even on classical radio. This is good stuff!!! And I'm not just saying this because he is my husband. I can honestly say I never thought I would change from my college days of frequenting rock bands in Deep Ellum to preferring the sweet melodious sounds of the past. I used to even (dare I say????) think Classical music was boring. EEK!'s out there now. I feel better.

Seriously though, since I met Brad, and he tuned my ears to "historically informed" Early Music performance, played the way it is supposed to be, the way the people of the 17th and 18th centuries would have heard it...I am an addict. It is so passionate, so lively, so haunting and so incredibly beautiful. If you ever have a it for yourself, for your soul. Even if you don't like classical music. Even if you don't hear Brad's group, but another period ensemble. Just do it at least will thank me. I promise.

Ok....stepping off the box...for now.