Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
2008 NFL Kick-off, 13 months old
2009 NFL Kick-off, 2 Years old!
Monday, September 21, 2009
I turned 30 on Saturday and welcomed the birthday as I typically do, because I LOVE birthdays (especially my own). Any reason to celebrate, be selfish, spend time with friend, be selfish, etc.
So, in true selfish fashion, I passed on my hubby's company summer picnic and opted for a massage and a bit of shopping instead. He called in some reinforcements to entertain the girls and they had a blast!
What's a picnic without some balloon art?
(taken with daddy's blackberry, so a bit blurry :-)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Here we are, at the end of my journey, my memory card has been cleaned off my camera and favorite pictures, stories are now on the blog! At least until the girls get up from their non-nap (the hour they spend jumping in their cribs, not napping).
A few inventions I've been thinking about lately and would like to put them out in the blogosphere and if they come to exist, if Honda or Steve Jobs could throw me a bit of cash, that would be awesome.
1. Why is it that limos have sound proof barriers, but no car dealership has thought this might be a great invention for a mom? Yes, I know car time is valuable family time and I do my fair share of EIEIO and "I spy with my little eye, something that is yellow and takes the big kids to school, what does mommy see?". I engage them A LOT. But every once in a while, we have a full-on tantrum in the car and this mama just needs to drive the car home....a little sound-proof window between me and the kiddos would work out great. Thanks Honda.
2. I've mentioned before that I LOVE my Iphone, everything about it (almost), so I think they should invent a nanny-cam app. Seriously, I invest in a camera for my home (or Steve could send me one for free since it was my idea), install, download the app and I can take a peek into my house (sleeping kids, slacker babysitter, etc) on my iphone. Genius, right?
I'll leave you with a few pics of things Addy & Lilly LOVE right now!
They are obsessed with our neighbors. These poor kids. Addy & Lilly wake up and say "Outside, Jake? Scotland?" Then follow them around EVERYWHERE. We end up having to go to the park so I can give the kids a break to play with kids their own age without the shadows that are my kids! (Notice Jake is hold a worm, so don't be surprised when my girls become tree-climbing, dirt digging, tomboys.
School! They love it this year, they love going and know their teachers names and can tell me about their morning on the way home. It's just 2-4 hour days each week, but such good structure for them and me. AND hugs! They give hugs now to each other without coaching, it's delicious.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Today will be my rambling post as there are a few things I have in my mind. I'm going to put them out there in the form of SNL's "Really?" with Seth and Amy as it's probably some of my favorite TV moments.
- I defriended someone for the first time on Facebook this week. He rambled about how Planned Parenthood's staff were the devil. Really? It's just facebook....really.
- About half the country seemed in an uproar because the President of the United States wanted to tell kids to stay in school. Really? I'm confused why this was a problem....really.
- My husband has overlapped sports seasons again. We've moved swiftly from golf to football and I know we'll merge right from Super Bowl into March Madness back to baseball. The 'big' events like Indy 500, US Open, Masters are all thrown in there just to fill in the gaps. Really, can a girl get a break? I have a honey-do list that spans 2 pages and can't seem to get a free day. Really?
- "Role Model" Serena Williams threw herself a little tantrum on the court, cause last year she made something like 150 million, so she has a lot to complain about. Really?
In other news, illustrating my comment above, my girls are ready for football season!
I also got some new appliances, check out my before & after pics--it looks like a totally different kitchen!
Enough rambling for one post---day 7 is tomorrow! Then back to our regularly scheduled program :-)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Happy Birthday Chase & Cooper! The girls LOVE going to birthday parties right now! We've had Great-grandpa Bill's, Daddy's, Grandma Jody's and more to come! We practiced the song all the way there and then ended up leaving before cake, but still had a blast. Unfortunately, getting a picture of one set of twins is hard, but getting 2 sets together--impossible! So, here are some cute ones of our little ladies, courtesy of our friend Kristin (Thanks!).
Gummy fishies on the tables--Addy was in HEAVEN--this is her "more peeeeaaassss" look...
Mom, there are these radio flyer trikes out there that I don't think the boys will miss if we take home, k? They are looking like quite the mischievous pair!
Mommy and her mini-me
Lilly, off in Lilly land....
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Friday, September 11, 2009
I would have titled this post Perception vs. Reality if I wasn't using the title above. I have fears that this blog (in its entirety, not this post) doesn't quite do my life, the girls lives, our lives together total justice. I use the blog to keep friends updated and share pictures that I obsessively take, but most months come and go, sharing the highlights and neglecting to tell the full story.
I think of it like a sports highlight reel, without showing the losers in the locker room after the game. The real truth is that this is hard work. Yes, the newborn stage was hard and is all a bit blurry in my mind, but this new age has presented new challenges. They are absorbing EVERYTHING. I try and watch every word I say, I try to discipline with patience, I try to teach sharing instead of shoving, I try and teach numbers and colors and the letters, I try to explore new places, I try to teach manners, I try to teach them to eat with silverware, I try to teach them to tell me when they are wet or poopy, I try not to laugh when one falls and the other one laughs, I try to run/play/explore/get dirty with them. I am trying to raise GOOD people, contributing members of society, that's what all parents want, right?
It's the toughest job ever, don't ever doubt that.
Some days I want to call in sick. Some days I want to give myself a time-out. Some days, they show me signs that I'm not doing such a great job....Lilly still SCREAMS every night when she goes to bed (and believe me we've tried everything short of sticking a muzzle on her) and Addy throws total tantrums when she doesn't get her way. Some afternoons look more like this than that highlight reel.....
and sometimes we become snotty, booger covered messes like this....
I'll spare you the videos I have labeled as "meltdown" just in case my girls want to run for political office or something one day. But honestly, sometimes the end of the day comes and I'm left speechless, exhausted from the day and "spent" in every sense of the word. But then the funniest thing happens, the next morning I get the first hug, the first kiss, the first "I love you mama" and there is no where else I'd rather be.
(This post seems trivial to be posting on 9/11, knowing our world has much bigger issues than my toddler tantrums, I pray my daughters will never have a day in their lives like we, as a country, had 8 years ago. I support our troops, not the war, and specifically EVERY military family, mother, father, grandparent that is acting as a sole caregiver while a family member is deployed....may YOUR day be tantrum free and your family reunited soon.)
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Lilly, very curious in the 'do-it-yourself' exhibit, but always wanted "Daddy do it" before she gained the confidence to do it alone---here, she is milking bessy the cow
Addy driving the pink tractor, not quite big enough to reach the pedals, but not for long!
"Mom, they told me I could organize the grain bin--got any of your color coding stickers?"--Addy, adopting some of mom's annoying habits!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I wrote about Addy & Lilly's flower girl debut here, so I'll hold back on writing again how cute the girls were, how well the gummi bears worked for bribery, and how lucky we were to be a part of this special day (shoot....I did it again!) But I had to share some of the pictures that have been shared since my first post. Enjoy the pictures....
Daddy and his princess Addy
Lilly, showing our gummi bear trick to all who could see...
The girls and some of the men who love them!
(R-L: Daddy Jeremy, Groom Mike, Uncle Chris & Uncle Joe)
Lilly dancing with Grandma Linda
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I'm behind with some fun stories and pictures of family fun the last couple weeks and feel I need to document them, because selfishly, this blog is the story of Addy & Lilly and I'd hate to miss some pivotal moments (not that I think this is a pivotal moment, but go with me). So, here is the kick-off to 7 blogs in 7 days, we'll see if I can keep up (a couple comments might make for some good motivation, hint, hint....).
For the girls birthday, we decided we'd hit the Fort Wayne Zoo since we were up north, hanging out at the lake. So, their entourage and I packed them up and headed out for a fun day. I've mentioned before that Addy is fearless, but I wasn't quite prepared as we walked by the pony rides, for her to look at me and say "Addy do it, peas?" Speaking in near sentences now, it is hard not to give them what they ask for and I knew if I didn't let her, I might have some birthday guilt. So, off we went and this......
quickly turned into this.....
Lilly, of course, wanted NOTHING to do with the pony and was perfectly content hanging with the grandmas waving to the horses as they went by.
So, no, we are not saving for a pony for Christmas.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Lilly's post from last year can be read here and to be honest, a lot of her personality characteristics have remained the same. She is most certainly my talker and only occasionally lets her sister get a word in between her outbursts. Riding in the car, she'll sing songs to herself or point and narrate out the window to me. She keeps us honest, like yesterday, I went upstairs and told her mommy was taking a shower, stay and play with daddy. I came down a little later, not still in my pajamas..."Mommy, shower?" was her response. As in, "Get upstairs and do what you said you were going to do Mommy." She's a sponge, wanting to know what to call everything and everyone. A few times each day, we talk about where everyone in the family is...
Here's a video of them when they tried on their new pair of "wee-squeak" shoes. They are fun and they love them! When one runs one way and the other another, then I can hear them both! Don't worry, the squeakers can be removed for 'quiet' wear.
Finally, I'll end the post, with her favorite tagline..."Bye-bye, love eww, miss ewww, peace-out"