Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Back to School

Maddie started back to school yesterday! She is very excited as she has some familiar faces in her class, including one of her teachers! Her best friend Paige is in her class and she couldn't be more excited!

We celebrated Back to School with a Back to school lunch- Daddy even came home to join us and brought Happy Meals!

Maddie's First Month as a Big Sister

Baby Dexter is already one month old and we couldn't be more in love! Perhaps- his big sister Maddie is the one whom we are most surprised by. She is an incredible big sister! In one short month her life has changed completely. Dexter is one month old, and so I wanted to recap a few of the cute things that have happened in this month with Maddie and Dex...

-One night Dustin & I were getting ready for bed, we tore the house apart looking for the baby monitor. Finally, we found it on Maddie's table by her bed. She woke up the next morning and asked where it went. She was upset we took it, because she was going to get up in the night with Dex. (if only she could ;-)!)

-Maddie loves to feed & burp Dexter. In fact, she is really good at it. I walked into the living room the other day, and she had managed to hold and feed him a bottle with one hand, eat a lunchable with the other while watching one of her shows on TV.

-Maddie loves to help give Dexter a bath!
-When Dexter is crying and really upset, Maddie laughs uncontrollably hoping it might make him stop crying.
-Maddie never gets tired of holding Baby Dex!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Maddie's a Big Sister

9+ months ago when we found out we were going to have another baby, we knew Maddie would be a great big sister. However, like many siblings sometimes it takes them awhile, or most of their life to decide for themselves that they actually like their sibling. This has not been the case with our Maddie. From the day we told her she was going to be a big sister- she has been more than excited. During the 9months that I was pregnant, Maddie and I would have conversations here and there about what it would be like to have a baby living with us, how things would change, and how much we would love our brother or sister. Unlike many little girls who want a sister, Maddie said from the beginning that we were going to have a boy or brother. We just decided to let her think that as opposed to letting her think it might be a girl as we figured it would be easier to change her mindset about having a sister, rather than convince her that a brother would be cool too. So-when we had our ultrasound and found out it was boy- Maddie said "see I told ya :)". Along the way- we would buy new things for Dexter, and I worried Maddie would start to get jealous and resent her brother before he even arrived. However, my sweet girl did the opposite- she went through her books and found the ones that were baby books and brought them to Dexter's room saying she wanted to share her baby books with her brother. She and Mimi picked out a gift and birthday card to bring him on the day he was born- she wanted to bring him a cake too! She has continued to blow me away with her huge heart and love that she has for our baby! I couldn't be more proud!

So almost a week and a half ago- we welcomed our new baby. And again, unlike other sibling stories I have heard about- we did not have the usual jealousy problems with her fighting for attention. Instead the problem we had was her not wanting to share her baby brother and let anyone else hold or feed him. She has become quite the mama bear from day one. She refers to Dexter as her "little buddy" and is a huge to help to me!

Today, Maddie left for 6 days to be with her cousins and visit all of our Phillipsburg relatives leaving me alone with Dexter for the week. This morning as I was giving her a hug and telling her goodbye- she had tears coming out of her eyes, when one of her cousins asked her why she was crying, she replied "because I am going to miss Dexter." In 11 short days, they have already formed an undeniable sibling bond! And I wouldn't have it any other way. Don't worry- I asked her if she was going to miss me too, and she said "yea, a little bit"

Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Bunch Of Gifts From God Above!

Maddie had a Christmas program again at her preschool this year- "A Bunch of Gifts." She had been practicing her songs at home for weeks, so she was more than prepared for the big show! She did great!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Christmas Recap #1

So, as my last blog states...I am behind. I have been behind since before Thanksgiving in all aspects of my life! But, for good reason! I am pregnant! We found out before Thanksgiving that we are expecting baby Dibble #2 in July. So, I have been super sick this round, thus many things have taken a backseat everything else that has to happen as I didn't have much energy! I am finally (fingers crossed) feeling better. So, here I am back to recap our wonderful Christmas!

This year was our first Christmas in our new home! So, I loved decorating every room for the holidays! I ended up putting up 5 trees! I grew up having themed christmas trees, and a tree in almost every room. So, now that I have the extra space I took full advantage! I remember when we were moving, my brother in law commented on how many trees he was hauling to our basement storage room. And, I added one more this year, a 12 ft tree for our entry! Here are a few pics of our decor this year....

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Elf on the Shelf


Thanksgiving night, a special delivery was made to our doorstep....

The Elf on the Shelf. This is a darling book that explains how Santa knows if boys and girls are naughty or nice leading up to Christmas. He delivers a special elf. There are a few rules, you have to name your elf, Maddie named ours "Elfy." You are not allowed to touch him, but you can talk to him and tell him your wishes for Santa.

Every night after bedtime, Elfy flies home to the North Pole to report that days activities to Santa. Then, he returns before morning and "hides" in a new spot. We have a hunt for Elfy every morning. Elfy has been very helpful at encouraging good behavior, now if only we had some extra help like this every month of the year :)

Thanksgiving Recap

I'm feelin pretty behind in everything right now, including my blogs. So, this will be one big blog to catch us up to December.

November was such a quick month. However, we did enjoy hosting our first holiday in our new house! We had Thanksgiving dinner at our house and enjoyed the McVicker family, Grandpa Max & Pam Dibble, and Great Great Grandma Marian. We actually did two turkey's this year, a traditional roasted turkey & Dustin did a Fried one. Both were delicious, but to say we had leftovers is an understatement!

Maddie this year at school has moved on from being Thankful for pigs, to being thankful for her mommy, daddy and dogs! Whew! Glad we moved up the scale in her world :)

Here are a few pics...


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