Monday, January 23, 2017

frances elizabeth

Frances Elizabeth Weisse was born at 8:24 on Sept. 25, 2016.  "Francie" was both our fastest and smallest yet, weighing in at only 6 lbs. 8 oz and only about 4 hours of labor.   Mom realized she was in real labor around 4:30 on Sunday afternoon and Baabee came over around 7:00.  After checking into the hospital at 8:06 our little girl decided to come about 18 minutes later (Gus was about an hour after and Nora about 45 minutes and we thought those were fast).   There was actually a midwife present this time for the first time, but she only was with us for about 15 minutes total because everything went so smoothly (except for our first room not having computers working and having to walk to a new one when the baby was about to come out).  After a few pushes baby came out and was put right on top of mom.  We were so excited to see those big eyes and all that hair on a sweet little girl!
We promptly called home to tell the news.  The kids were all in bed but still awake so Baabee loaded them into the car and brought them to the hospital.   They thought they were going to have to wait until morning to meet their new sibling so not have to go to bed.   As soon as they got the hospital they found out they had a new sister!  They were all immediately in love.  Nora said, "I can't believe it is a sister!"
It sure is exciting to be a family of 6 now!
Baabee patiently waited at the end of the line to hold her.  
He also said that she is our first little Italian baby.  The Brucato side of the family should be proud.
 Then Nora cried because they had to leave.  She didn't understand why Zach and I had to stay at the hospital, but mostly she just didn't want to leave, "her baby."  Then we did all the room changing and other things they make you do and Zach and I spent lots of time just staring at this cute and (sometimes goofy) face...
Eventually the nurses convinced us to let her get cleaned...
We managed to get a little bit of sleep, but not much before it was suddenly morning again.
 The kids were anxious to get back in the morning to kiss their baby again...
Jimmy just loved staring at her and noticing every little thing she did...
Gus said, "I could hold her for a million years."  And Nora was the happiest girl you ever saw.
Then we all took lots of turns passing her around and posing for pictures...
The Burches decided a new cousin was reason enough to play hookie so we got to see all of them...
Martha's reactions were priceless...
 But apparently Nora thinks Martha is still a baby she can hold too...
We had a lot of other fun visitors, too.  
The Froelich's...
 My godfather, Uncle Dick...
 And Johnny and Mimi...
Everyone was very much smitten with her.  How could they not be?
Mom is pretty in love, too...
We finally made it home late Monday night with our cute, funny little baby who was so tiny that she looked hilarious in her carseat and clothes that didn't fit.
We were so happy to bring her home.  Welcome to the family Francie!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

kindergarten and third grade

Gus was so excited to finally be at Sts. Simon and Jude with Jimmy.  Nora and I are going to miss him a lot, but I am also happy for him.  I wish he would stop getting bigger though.  On the first day of school Zach made them pancakes as a special first day of school breakfast...
They got dressed and ready super early and were ready to go...
We took Jimmy to his third grade room and then Gus to his Kindergarten room...
Nora wasn't so sure all this was exciting and happy news...
We were happy that our friend Madeline is in Gus' class and was sitting right across from him at their table of desks...
Jimmy's Kindergarten teacher's aide is now the Kindergarten teacher and we are so excited to be in her class...
So far so good at school.  Gus has been loving it and Jimmy continues to do awesome at school. 
We feel blessed to be in such a wonderful Catholic school.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

a fast end to our summer

After our vacation, Dad was already back to work and his actual classes started at the beginning of August.  Then to top that off, the boy's school started a week earlier than usual.  It all seems ridiculous to me and I wish we could get back to a summer vacation that starts at Memorial Day and ends at Labor Day.   The last few days slipped away pretty fast.  We all felt like we didn't get nearly enough done, but we did have fun.  I made these jars of fun activity ideas for when the kids were bored but I guess we didn't have too much time being bored because we barely made a dent in the jar....
Here is one example of something from the jar: 
Freeze toys in ice block and break them out with hammers..
We made an ambitious Summer To-Do List and even though I warned the kids we wouldn't do everything on it, the kids still felt like we needed to hurry up and get as much done as we could.
We had a giant Playmobil castle set-up day with Baabee that took over our living room.  
The boys set up quite a battle and made up a game with rubber bands to take turns shooting each other's guys down.  
Jimmy won tickets to a Diamondback's game, but we ended up giving them to cousins since it was over our vacation.
One of my uncles helped to remedy that situation by giving us some of his tickets.
It was the mascot Baxter's birthday so all the Arizona mascots were there and the kids all got free backpacks.  Those things alone would have been enough to make the kids happy, but it also helped that is was a good game and the D-Backs won!!!
Summer treat spots usually include Culvers, Zoyo, and Chik-fil-A, but I also can't resist the price of the cones at McDonalds.
I took Nora one day when the boys got to go to a movie without her.  She is pretty cute...
 
Swim lessons with friends are always on our summer list...
One of the highlights is getting to go down the water slide on the last day...
Nora was even brave enough to go down with her teacher...
Nora loved her teacher Erin...
And the popsicles are always a highlights as well...
We celebrated Mom's birthday at Mimi's house...
Summer days at Mimi's house are always the best...
We also had a great surprise party for Mimi's 65th birthday...
Johnny planned the whole thing and bought presents "from" each kid.  The presents were, of course, really for each kid to keep.  Mimi might have been tempted to keep the Legos though...
This picture is evidence that Nora is just like me as a child...
The kids all had fun swimming in Mimi's pool...
And then enjoying their presents...
We had lots of fun having Erin and Helen in town for a visit.  Nora is a big fan...
Nora just loves her girl cousins...
We used our last days of summer to spend time with cousins and stay wet...

I am always ready for the heat to end, but not to go back to school.
Even a hot Arizona summer is a fun summer to me!