6 years of Lexi

January 31st, 2012

Lexi turned 6 today.

(funny side note – it’s freakishly warm this January and when we left the hospital with Lexi 6 years ago, we were wearing sweatshirts it was so warm.)

January 31, 2006 – Madeleine Alexis Hendricks showed up at 11:57 am
Jan 31

Year 1 – Barely mobile – but very proud she had just moved from the coffee table to the chair and back.

Year 2 – She wanted her hair long. All of it. And ponytail holders and barrettes never stayed in place.

Year 3 – She let us cut her hair.

Year 4 – Yep, she really is that cute.

Year 5 – Her wild side – bounce house mania.

Year 6 – School. Reading. Officially a big kid.

2011 – A Year in Pictures (and a few captions)

December 31st, 2011

Lexi’s 5th Birthday. She picked “hearts” as her theme.
Lexi's 5th Birthday
Lexi's 5th Birthday

Lexi and Milo hung out at Claire and Ian’s house….their mom did a lot of babysitting for us that month.
Victoria let them do cool things like finger paint
Lexi Finger Painting
Paint with cars
Milo Finger Painting
And had cool toys.
Lexi Lacing

Kevin and I went to a Red Wings game.
Merry Christmas: Red Wings vs. Wild

Lexi and Milo discovered their love of pinatas at Ian’s birthday party.
Pinata at Ian Melkamu's Party
Pinata at Ian Melkamu's Party

Our friend, Brad, came to visit.
Brad Visits

We decorated Easter eggs and attempted a family picture for Easter morning.
Decorating Easter Eggs
Family Easter Photo

Cinco de Mayo and more pinatas
Cinco De Mayo Pinata

Lexi started soccer.
Soccer Practice

We did our first family camping trip and the kids fell in love with all things camping.
Memorial Day Camping
Memorial Day Camping
Memorial Day Camping

Best friends came to visit for Kevin’s birthday.

Cousins came to visit.




Best. Date. Ever.


At the State Fair…
2011 Minnesota State Fair
…eating their weight in food.
2011 Minnesota State Fair

Lexi started kindergarten.
Lexi's First Day of School
I started kindergarten.

Kevin redecorated our room.
I Love You in Sticky Notes

Lexi and Henry at a Twins game.
Twins Game

Bowling for my birthday.
Birthday Bowling

Kevin and I went to Mankato, MN for the weekend and the kids stayed with the grandparents.
We biked in the Minnesota River Ramble.
Minnemishinona Falls

Milo’s 3rd Birthday.
His presents were all thing “Go Car”
Go Car Boy
And his birthday…all invited guests were over 30.
Milo's Birthday Party

Ran in the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.
Green Bay Turkey Trot

The annual cousins picture in matching pj’s.

This year’s theme: Uncooperative Children.
2011 Cousins Picture


Milo got a guitar.
Playing Guitar
Lexi got a ream of paper.
Opening Christmas Presents
She also got tickets to see Cinderella at the Ordway.
Ladies off to Cinderella

(If you want, check out 2009 and 2010)

Gingerbread Train

December 2nd, 2010

Lexi and Milo built a gingerbread train tonight.

Look, isn’t it cute?
Building a Gingerbread Train

And here’s their version:
Building a Gingerbread Train

Sort of a Christmas Train Wreck.

A few more pictures:
Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

Building a Gingerbread Train

#28 Back Home

November 28th, 2010

Got home in 12 hours.

Pretty impressive actually. With 3 kids in the car, we stopped twice. Once for breakfast and once for lunch.

No “I need to go to the bathroom.” or “I’m gonna throw up.”

Actually, it’s impressive that we made it back without Lexi throwing up. It’s, unfortunately, become a holiday tradition that she throws up the whole way home.

So, Christmas has officially begun. We got round 1 of presents at Kevin’s parents’ house and round 2 will happen at our house. Round 3 is at my parents’ house.

I listened to Christmas music most of the way home and hopefully Tuesday evening I’ll talk Kevin into getting out the Christmas tree and we can start decorating the house.

#25 Turkey, Knittting and Cats

November 25th, 2010

Finished Thanksgiving dinner a few hours ago. Ate my weight in stuffing and mashed potatoes and apple pie. I’m now working on “dinner” which is a glass of pop and pretzel m&m’s.

Plans for the rest of the weekend include opening Christmas presents tomorrow (yep, two holidays, one weekend. That’s just the way we roll around here.) taking the girls to see Tangled. Leaving all three kids with the grandparents and running away on Saturday with Kevin and going out to dinner with the great-grandparents. Great-papa prefers places that serve steak and potatoes….mmmmm…..steak……

I’ve been working on a sweater for my niece. I started it on our drive and knit for about 7 hours in the car. I thought it was going to take me a few weeks to finish but I should have it done by the end of the weekend. I’ve got the sleeves and the edging left to do. I used the homespun yarn from Lion Brand and I’m pretty impressed with how the self-stripping has worked out. I’m using the pattern from the book Knit for Good. (Buy the book only if you are looking for ways to do knitting projects for charity. The book is mostly inspiration on knitting for others – only a few patterns. But the patterns in it are quick, easy and look impressive when finished.)

Stupid cats. Stupid cat allergies. Cat’s not even in the house and I can’t stop sneezing. This is reason #873 that I am a dog person.

Best Christmas Present

January 1st, 2010

Remember way back when, when I said I wanted a piano? Well, guess what my Christmas present is? Yep. A piano. We started shopping around (we’re looking at used ones), looking for one that will fit nicely in our living room. I’m pretty excited. I think Lexi will enjoy playing piano – or at least enjoy trying – and I’m planning on taking lessons as well.

Anyway, pretty excited about my present.

I think Kevin likes his present as well. This summer I’ll be painting his office.

St. Nicholas

December 5th, 2009

Stockings are hung.

Small gifts purchased and wrapped.

Fun treats ready to go.

Kids sleeping, excited for St. Nick’s Day tomorrow.

My family grew up celebrating this holiday. When we lived in Milwaukee not many people had heard of it…in fact kids at school didn’t believe me when on December 6 I would tell them that St. Nick came to my house the night before. My mom had quite a few phone calls from parents asking what this crazy holiday was. When we moved to Green Bay (a very Catholic city), everyone knew about St. Nick’s Day.

For me, it was always sort of the kick-off to Christmas.

NaBloPoMo Post #8: Handmade for the Holidays

November 7th, 2009

When you are doing all your gift buying this year, consider buying handmade.

Here are some of my favorite shops (most are etsy shops):

Future Leaders of Ghana
Gub Factory
Junk Posse
Bean Forest

But don’t forget, the first gift you buy this year, buy it November 13.
$10 for water.


The holidays are coming.

October 5th, 2009

It just dawned on me that the holidays are quickly approaching. I sort of put it out of my mind that the holidays means about 3 months of presents. And now with Milo here we are stretching that out to four months.

October is Milo’s birthday. It’s the kick off to present mania.
November is Thanksgiving but we celebrate Christmas with one side of the family on Thanksgiving weekend. Present exchange #2.
December is Christmas at our house and then Christmas with the other side of the family.
January is Lexi’s birthday.

It takes us until about April to convince Lexi that there is an end to the present opening.

I also just realized that with the holidays approaching I need to get started on Christmas gifts. Not sure what people are getting this year. Might be buying more handmade than making it myself. We’ll see.


December 25th, 2008

Merry Christmas everybody.

We are hanging out in Kansas with Kevin’s family for Christmas. (For those of you keeping track, yes, that’s a 12 hour drive from our house – with a 3 year-old.)

We brought the dogs who are loving the fact that they can be outside and run and bark and nobody cares.

We opened presents this morning, we’re so proud, Lexi got her first Red Wings Jersey. There was also a jersey for her baby brother as well. And yes, there will be a photo shoot with all four of us in our matching jerseys. (Well, five if Lexi is allowed to bring Pinky who also got a Red Wings jersey.)

Tonight is Christmas with the extended family and tomorrow and Saturday involve much sitting.

Gotta love Christmas break.