Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Guess what!

It is craft time in the Dapelo house!

I have all of these


and am beyond excited about using them!

Finished products will follow!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Common things you hear...

...at the Dapelo house.

"Shake your booty, shake your booty." (Followed by Hannah doing so.)
"Mom, I want to make a list."
"Can you help me find the tape, stapler, envelopes, stickers, paper." (Insert any office supply here.)
Any song from school, movie, tv show, anything. Music is a huge deal to Bug.
"Is it craft time?"
"Mom, Hannah is bothering me."

"I want to play computer games."
"I don't want to go ________." If we are out it's home, if it's home he doesn't want to go wherever we are going.
"Hannah is bothering me."
"Can we go to the bookstore?"
"Can I do a project?"
"I want to watch a movie."

When you ask her if she wants something that you know she will want she shouts "Yeah, yeah, yeah! Happy!"
"Read books?"
"Yay, Pablo."
"Don't want"
"No buckle"
"Mommy? Poopy!"
"Dee sleeping." (Dee = Jake)
"Where Lily?"
"Yay! Pictures."
"Want tandy."

So, there they are. The most commonly heard things in our house. They are so funny.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Finale!

Today marks the end of the birthday festivities for a certain Miss Lily Dapelo. She had her friends over from school and had a really great time running around with them. I am tired. The house is mostly put back together again and we are in the process of recovering from the sugar overload.


First we painted suncatchers. There were lots to be painted and many willing hands.


The food situation. Some healthy, some not so healthy. The kids were able to decorate their own cupcakes with sprinkles and other such delights. That has been on “the LIST” that Lily keeps running of things that she perpetually wants at her birthday party. (In case you were wondering, they drank pink lemonade because Lily desperately wanted a Pinkalicious party.) After the decorating was over and the eating commenced we read the Pinkalicious book! All the girls were practically reciting it!





The decor, the close up, and the favors.


The girls all together. She got a LOT of Barbie stuff, she was not sad about that AT ALL!! She is one very happy 5 year old!


The face of the little sister at 4:45 after too much sugar and NO NAP!! She was just a little tired! 

Jake has been sneaking the pink peeps ever since everyone left. I am a little concerned about the sleeping situation tonight. Hopefully he will go into sugar shock and pass out!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Just a day in the life…

Two things…

One- found this on the floor this morning.


Found out from Lily that she put it there so Jake would slip on it. Where that came from, I don’t know. They both found it hysterical to say the least. We all got a good laugh out of that one.

Two- Jake pulled the drawers out of Lily’s dresser in order to climb up it. Unfortunately today was laundry day and the dresser was pretty much empty. It just couldn’t hold the weight of a 3 1/2 year old boy and tipped.

Good News: He jumped off so it rocked back to the wall instead of landing on his noggin.

Bad news: All of Lily’s breakable treasures were on top of it and we had a few casualties. The saddest of all being this.


The angel that Lily got from her godparents for her baptism. Needless to say after making sure that there was no permanent damage to the children I was VERY upset with them for messing with the furniture. I have successfully glued her back together and am only missing one little piece now. I am planning to thoroughly sweep in the morning (read: pull out all the furniture and send the kids under the bed) so that we can bring her back to her original glory.  The other breakages were things that I do not necessarily consider treasures, although my daughter does.

Note: Joe is currently trying to figure out how to anchor the dresser somehow so that this doesn’t happen again for all of you wondering why we are such careless parents. Truly, I had no idea that he was heavy enough to topple it over. It is a wood dresser for crying out loud!

Off to bed!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Lily!

I have to preface this post by saying that the kids don’t usually have a week long birthday. Somehow, this year we have had (so far) 5 days of birthday for Lily. She has gotten a gift, package, card with something in it, every day since Saturday. Unfortunately it is not ending soon because she still has a party/get together with friends on Saturday. Jacob is kind of fed up with the whole experience and has been asking daily if it is his turn yet.


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First is the card from the Grandparents Lee. She got a stack of cash that she is just itching to spend. My mom thought that she might enjoy a little shopping spree with her very own money so we are going to do that possibly Sunday. She wants to do it after the party so that she doesn’t get 2 of the same thing. Clearly, common sense is present! :)










She got a Fancy Nancy dress from Auntie Esther for her and for her monkey. Unfortunately, Hannah is about the same size as Monkey is and thinks that the dress is for her. Lily agreed to let Hannah borrow it when Monkey isn’t wearing it. :) So cute!


IMG_8354 This morning eating her birthday donut. She is so excited to be 5!


IMG_8360 Getting picked up from school with her flowers and balloon.

IMG_8363Then, lunch at Burger King so that she and her rambunctious siblings could play in the playplace. They had a wonderful time.

The rest of the day was spent watching movies, playing and then doing the lenten dinner and service.

I can’t believe that my baby is 5 now. She seems to be getting very big, very quickly and I am so confused as to how I should feel about the whole thing. I love to see her mature and get older but I miss all of the cute baby things about her.

The eternal crisis of the parent!

So, Happy Birthday Bug! I love you so much!

Happy Birthday to me

I know. It’s weird to be blogging about my own birthday. I just have a few pics! :)


The chocolate cake from Lily’s birthday with the cousins. Love it!

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We went to Applebees for dinner. Clearly Jake was not in a picture taking mood but I wasn’t interested in taking one alone so here we are. Crabby son and all.

Joe asked me what I wanted to do on my special day and I chose Target. Some may think that strange but quite honestly, I love it. It is a therapy for me. Even just walking around Target makes me happy.

I had a GREAT day, from breakfast in bed (thanks family!!) to hanging with the kids, to tasty dinner followed by tasty dessert, to retail therapy! I am excited that my year of being 29 has started out this fun!

Visit with Wisdaps

We met them at Red Robin first for some lunch. The kids enjoyed seeing the “red chicken”.


Then we took a little trip over to Build-a-Bear where Lily got to make her first bear ever! She was obviously excited!


The girls with their stash! Thank you so much to Auntie Christie, Uncle Matt, and all the cousins for such a great gift. I hear “Single Ladies” all day and then even at night because she sleeps with it and occasionally will roll on top of Tiana’s hand. :) She LOVES it!


Then, home for cupcakes. The girls enjoyed Tiana cupcakes and I enjoyed a chocolate, chocolate, chocolate cake. :) Happy Birthday to ME!


Saying goodbye after church… Madeline and Lily.


Jake and “his” Lauren Jo.

IMG_8333Thanks for the visit guys! Can’t wait to see you in just a few weeks, again. :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

All about the picnics!

We finally have some nice weather so the kids and I went into the backyard on Wednesday and had a picnic on the grass. Hannah was in her element! I don’t think the poor girl knows what it is like to be outside without a coat because she was kind of panicking a little as we walked out without it. :)

They had fun playing on part of the swingset (the slide DESPERATELY needs to be hosed down) and running around. Jake and Lily were just taking turns going up and down the ladders and playing in the rubber pit with their shovels and a wheelbarrow. Hannah was being the swing Nazi. She had a mini panic attack anytime she had to get off so that one of the others could use it.

A picture is worth a thousand words so here are some pics…





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Monday, March 15, 2010

Project Life Installment #2

Well, I thought I would get all caught up on the pictures this week. That way it won’t be so incredibly long next week. I also took a picture of each side this time.

Week 8 (I put in a paper that Lily brought home from school after putting it into an 8 1/2x11 page protector. I want it to have things from our lives and the MANY things she brings home are a big part of that.)

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Week 9



Week 10 (This week I had a lot of pictures that I really liked from Josh and Ruthie’s visit and was having a hard time choosing what to put in so I threw in a 12x12 page protector with 4x6 slots and created an extra page for all those photos that I loved.)


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Week 11 (Don’t mind the blank card on the first page. I just need to fill it in with the number of weeks that I am. Forgot to do that before taking the picture! Oooops.)



That is it… All caught up and current through this week. That is a relief.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Update on the kids

About that time again…
Lily is in full birthday mode! She is all about lists, colors, cakes, gifts, treats, party planning, invitations, etc.  I really do think that she may have a career in party planning when she gets older. She is VERY eager to be 5 and the anticipation of what a wonderful age it is may be too much for her to handle. :) Visions of Barbies, princesses, cupcakes and dress up are definitely filling her dreams right now! She is also thrilled to have a new bed. We got the girls bunk beds and she is enjoying the top bunk very much! She picked out the bedding and has been attempting to make her bed now! :)
Jacob is coping. He is having a little bit of an emotional time right now and has been really trying to be a big boy. He is so happy to be able to go outside. He loves his new bed and is really enjoying the crib set up in his room. I think it is just solidifying what he knew all along. He is having a brother.  He asks at least one time a day when his “jakey baby” is coming out. I remind him that he has to be patient, to which his response is always, “I’m not good at being patient.” I love it! On the exciting front…Jake is almost totally potty trained. FINALLY! I don’t know how long we have been working on this but he is finally to the point where I am not fearful of taking him places around town in underwear.
Hannah is crazy. She is in an aggressive stage right now and I spend about 80% of my day putting out fires and running to cries of “Hannah hit me. Hannah pinched me. Hannah stole my… (fill in the blank).” I think that our ENTIRE family will breathe a sigh of relief when this phase is over. She is probably the most excited about the new beds. Joe and I walked into the girls room to find her, in the dark, lying on her bed, all covered up with her sheets. She LOVES it. Now if we could just get her to stay in it all night we will have accomplished something. :) She is also abnormally obsessed with water. She will play in it any way she can. As you know the toilet is a HUGE draw. Today, before the bathtub was drained she got back into it fully clothed, by herself. I am not exactly sure how she will be this summer, in a pool. I am a little scared.
I think that all of the kids have been growing like weeds. They seem to be growing out of everything that they own on a daily basis. The box of clothes that needs to get packed away seems to be filling faster than usual.


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