Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kira & John Meet The New Boy

Simon Michael Wamsted was born today at 5:33 in the morning: 9 pounds, 2 ounces; 21.5 inches. Our new son is wonderful & amazing, and we are thrilled to finally welcome him to the family. Hopefully we will have some better pictures of him to follow, but here at least are a couple of this first meeting between siblings. I just want to note that those are stick-on thermometers the big kids are wearing, courtesy of the nurses' station here at the hospital. Also, John brought his best doll friend Sam with him I think as some sort of effort at bonding with "Baby Simon." We are more than a little worried that John has no real idea what is about to hit him at home. I think you can see that confusion in the third picture.

Friday, November 23, 2012

If Kira Bought the Christmas Presents...

Millie: Kira, what should I get Daddy for Christmas?
Kira: A Christmas book... and a cape.

As I've been looking online at various options, she keeps asking, "Have you found the capes?"

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Story Time

I rounded the corner this morning to discover John sitting in Kira's lap listening to an impressively accurate reading of Where the Wild Things Are.  Adorable.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


We made cookies as a family tonight after dinner.  Kira, a veteran cookie baker, took it very seriously.
John, a novice, was a little more light-hearted.
 But we all enjoyed them with equal gusto (although unequal amounts of mess).

Friday, November 2, 2012


Halloween here at the homestead was not all that we had hoped.  Kira came down with a stomach bug Wednesday afternoon, which put an end to her evening of trick-or-treating as well as any chance of an adorable brother/sister photo session.  Fortunately, Kira still got to experience "Trunk-or-Treat" at preschool on Wednesday morning.  Parents decorated tables (in lieu of car trunks due to chilly weather) and handed out treats.  The kids all got to wear their costumes to school.  Kira dressed as a flower fairy (last minute change from a ladybug).  She completed the costume with flowers in her hair and a freshly-picked bouquet for her teacher.  She was not keen on my taking a picture as she wanted to get to school as soon as humanly possible, but I did convince her to hold her flowers for me.  She winked in all the pictures... go figure.
My mom came to help me with "Trunk-or-Treat."  She was the brains and creative talent behind our Cookie Monster pumpkin.  My dad helped with the pumpkin, too.  If I can get my act together, I'll post pictures of my father painting this pumpkin blue with Kira to prove what a sucker he is for his grandkids!  Anyway, Cookie Monster turned out wonderfully.  Quite a hit at the preschool!
John refused to wear his costume at Kira's school.  Pick your battles, right?  But he sure got into the whole COOKIE aspect of the event!
Although Kira had to stay home at night, Jay still dressed John up in his monkey costume and took him to our immediate neighbors' houses.  All of the pictures of John are in the house because we missed the sunlight, and the house is a wreck due to the aforementioned stomach bug.  I'll refrain from mentioning any more details.  Anyway, John had a great time and was very excited about both his costume and all those shiny things he brought home in his pumpkin!
Please join me in wishing for a calmer, easier Halloween for the Wamsteds next year!