Spooning!

No, it’s not what you think! =) Kevin wouldn’t eat his food the other day. Nothing I could do would make him eat. He threw the hugest fit, finally throwing himself at my feet and crying. I couldn’t figure it out! (this was before his teething started. He now has four eye teeth coming in!) Well, later I decided to try it again and this time I gave HIM the spoon. He was as happy as a clam! Now, most of the time he won’t let us feed him at all. He has to be using a fork or a spoon just like his big sister!

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Kevin eating with his spoon

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Cheesin it up for the camera

Finally! Christmas Photos

Here are a ton of Christmas pictures we took. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Lee and Ellen’s (Ammon’s parents). Ammon’s oldest sister, Christina, was there with her family (the two boys are hers) and Julina, his youngest sister was there as well and then we had the pleasure of having Grampa Manning there too. The kids had a great time playing together, despite their fatigue from staying up late and wearing themselves out! We played in the snow after opening a million presents on Christmas Day. Lots of fun memories!

Jaron and Ethan; brothers and friends
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Pretty Christmas Angel

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Tasha and her favorite cousin, Jaron

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The Three Munch-kateers

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Auntie Christina and Kevin snuggling

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The Whole Manning Gang (Top: left to right, Grampa Manning, Julina Manning, Arvin Narayan, Christina Narayan, Ellen Manning, Lee Manning; Middle: left to right, Jaron Narayan, Ethan Narayan, Kevin Manning, Natasha Manning, Bottom: left to right, Ammon Manning and Lauren Manning)

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Tasha-girl feeding “PJ” one kibble at a time

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The guys attempting to watch the end of a football game on Christmas Eve-day…the kids were having a blast!

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Julina and Ethan clowning around

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Ammon and Ethan, Kevin and Tasha

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Kevin enjoying his new truck from Grandma and Papa Manning

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Santa and the girls

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Tasha riding Kevin’s horse-yeeeee haw!

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Push us, Daddy!

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Snowbunnies to boot!

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Kevin in his new snowsuit, wayyyyyy past naptime!
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Tasha and Kevin getting a sledride from Uncle Arvin…this was way-way-wayyyyyyy past naptime for Kevin!

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Quiet time

Tasha got these wooden beads and strings from Grandma and Papa Manning for Christmas a year ago, but didn’t quite get the concept of them until recently. I showed her how to string them and make a necklace and it’s her favorite new thing to do! The best part is, she concentrates so hard while doing it and is as quiet as a mouse.

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Sickies

I’m sad to report that the Manning household is full of a bunch of sickos! hee hee Tasha and Kevin have a nasty cold, though Kevin is much worse than her. I’m starting to feel it coming on as well, but I’m determined not to get it! Tasha has been really sweet to her brother when he’s sad, bringing him a toy or a book, and patting his back when he coughs, saying, “Kevin, ok?” and giving him kisses on his head. It’s pretty cute to see.

Its bright outside!

Natasha found an extra pair of sunglasses and decided it was too bright inside.  I don’t think there was that much sunlight, but with all the camera flashes going off, I’m sure she was glad to have them on!
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After the first December storm

This is our house about mid-Dec. You can see how much snow we had by the size of the pile of snow beside the driveway.

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Here’s our little snowbunny all ready to play outside in the winter wonderland
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Ammon made a path through the 2 1/2 foot piles of snow for Tasha to walk through
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Sure, she was freezing, but she had a great time!
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Mommy’s Little Helper

Tasha really has grown up to be Mommy’s little helper. It’s usually of her own doing, since at this age, if you ask her to do something, she doesn’t want to! She still helps me empty the dishwasher, but also likes to put away clean clothes, help Kevin walk down the stairs, make dinner, grocery shop….the list goes on. One of her favorites is to help feed Kevin, as you see above! This was her feeding Kevin three bowls (count em, three! ok, they were small bowls) of cereal yesterday morning.

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Tasha’s New Skill

The other day, I was trying to teach Tasha how to catch a ball. I was giving her the usual instructions; hold out your arms like this, etc, etc, not expecting her to do it because most kids her age can’t catch. She did it!!! She caught the ball three or four times in a row. Granted, it was a soccer ball size, not a baseball or anything, but we were still proud of her! (now we need to teach her to keep her eyes open!)
Great balls o' fire!