Friday, October 19, 2012

So once again I've been busy at work...which means blog updates are few and far between.  I love being busy at work, but I do regret not posting more.  So once again, sorry for the lack of updates.

So what's happened since I last updated?  

Well, my baby turned 2!  How did that happen?  Genevieve is embracing her 2 year old self.  She says she is a big girl, but she still likes to be my baby.  She wants to do everything, and I do mean everything, herself.  She is stubborn and determined and funny and smart and beautiful and I love her to pieces, even when she makes me want to pull my hair out. 

What about my other baby?  Well, she turned 4.  And there is nothing baby-like about her anymore.  Annabella is all long legs and sharp angles.  She remembers everything and loves to play games.  She's still my sweet snuggle bunny.  She has a best friend at school that she loves to see and loves to talk about and misses when she's away.  She's really growing up.

I think Jason posted about their annual check ups.  The craziness was that my tiny little Bella is no longer so tiny.  She's jumped from hovering around the 10th percentile for height up to between the 40th and 50th.  Besides the crazy growth spurt, both girls are healthy and doing great.

There's a ton more, but it's time for me to go be Mommy again. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Cake Pictures

Jason promised cake pictures.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quick Update from Annual Checkup

We had our annual checkups for the girls yesterday.  Annabella had 4 shots and handled them very well.  She's been growing like a weed too.  They measured her at the 40th percentile for height and 20th for weight.  Genevieve only had to get one shot, and she's at the 50th percentile for weight and 20th for height. 

The nurse was questioning Bella about the color of things.  Bella, who is still pretty shy around people she doesn't know, wasn't answering at all, or even really acknowledging the questions.  Genevieve on the other hand was yelling out "blue", "yellow", "purple", etc.  I think the nurse probably assumed that if our 2 yr old knew the answers, the 4 yr old probably did too.

Expect a post in the coming days with pictures from their birthday parties.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A few pictures, as promised

Belly Button
Gotta love that crooked smile.

No, I won't look at you Mom.  Quit trying to take my picture already.
About to laugh.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Quick Updates

Jason and I are toying with the idea of moving closer to work.  The commute for each of us is somewhere around 25 or 30 minutes when there's no traffic, but in traffic, it can take a long time.  Throw in a couple screaming kids and the commute can feel like a lifetime.  But we like our house, and we have a lot of good memories there.  So to move, we either need to find something that's just about perfect or is a super good deal.  To that end, we put a super low-ball offer in on a house.  (We offered 83% of the asking price...)  We haven't been outright rejected yet; so who knows, it might come through.

We took Annabella and Genevieve to see the movie Brave in the theater.  It's the first in-theater experience for either of them, and they did really well.  There were a few minutes here and there with talking, but no screaming (besides a couple minutes during the previews where Genevieve wasn't so sure about going into a dark, scary room).  They both ate a ton of popcorn, and seemed to have a really good time.  I think Bella was a little scared at the end though, because she faked having to go potty.  We struggle to get her to sit on the potty normally; so saying she had to go when she didn't is quite out of the ordinary.  I asked her if the movie was scary, and she said yes.  But she wanted to go back and see the rest.  I think she needed a little break is all.

I think I hurt Annabella's feelings this week.  It might be the first time that happened, and I felt absolutely terrible.  Jason was running out to get bagels for work for his birthday.  He woke me up before he left to see if I wanted something.  I assumed that he would know and remember that Annabella loved having a bagel the time I took her after her dentist appointment (notice that Jason wasn't there; so why would he really remember this?), and that he would think to get the girls some too (plus I was half asleep during our conversation, so it was all a  little foggy).  So while he was out, I told them that Daddy was out bringing bagels back for us.  So when he got home, Bella was super excited.  Jason had a panicked look on his face and said that I hadn't told him to get them anything; so he hadn't.  I told him to give the girls mine, but it was too late.  I could see her slump and she looked absolutely miserable.  She was over it after we picked her up from preschool that day; so I really hope we didn't scar her for life.

I think we have new pictures, but they're still on the camera.  I will try to get some up soon.  It's work time for me now though.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Did you know that it is nearly the end of June?  That can't be right.  When I look back at my blog, I see the last post was in February.  So it cannot possibly be June already.  I could make all sorts of lame excuses about time flying by and such, but really, I think I just got bored of blogging.  Sorry folks.

So what has happened in the last 4 months?  Hmm.  Well, Annabella started speech therapy to help with some of her word pronunciation.  She's been going for a couple months now, and I'm definitely noticing improvement.  Not only that, but I think she likes talking more now.  She initiates more conversations and will talk about her friends at school.  She's also virtually stopped the wordless wailing she used to do, and will now usually tell us what's wrong.  Now that she's speaking more, we're getting more and more of the funny child logic.  A couple nights ago she was playing with the syringe we use to give her ibuprofen, and she called it boo boo sauce.

Genevieve has started morphing from my sweet little baby into an independent toddler.  She wants to do everything herself, and will throw pretty epic tantrums when she doesn't get her way.  Sadly for her, she is our second child, and her tantrums don't really phase us.  She loves loves loves to tattle on Bella.  Last night Bella drew on the television with a crayon.  We asked them who did it, and Genevieve said "Bella draw, Bella draw" over and over again.  She also loves to tickle us.  It's hilarious; so we laugh, which makes her think it's working so she does it more, and then we have to fake laughing.  It really is cute though.

My house is almost never clean now.  Every time we put in the effort to clean it (which really is pretty frequent), hurricanes Annabella and Genevieve come along and I wonder why we bother.  They love to dump the toys out of their cubby boxes and then sit in them to make trains.  It's a good thing they're so adorable.  (Refer to exhibit 1, below.) 

Jason and I are doing well.  We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary by staying at a fancy hotel and getting a fancy meal.  It was my first night away from Genevieve, which was hard, but definitely nice.  The girls made welcome home signs for us and hung them on the door (with help of course) for when we got home.  So sweet.  Jason and I will also celebrate our 10 year dating anniversary this Friday.  I can't believe it's been that long.  

I'm sure there's more, but I gotta gets back to work.  Here's hoping I manage to update again before 4 more months pass.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Genevieve is cranky after her surgery, but fine.  We almost never give her juice, but they recommended giving it to her after her surgery to keep her hydrated, and she's drinking it like it's her job. 

The doctor said her adenoids were enlarged and appeared to be infected; so I feel like we made the right choice.  Hopefully she'll stop getting so many sinus and ear infections now.

The doctor also replaced both of her ear tubes.  He said that the hole was slightly larger after taking them out; so he had to use a different shape tube.  He said that a lot of doctors actually use that shape tube to start with though; so it wasn't really a bad thing.

I hope this all was worth it and that she enjoys a long period of good health.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Adenoids and Tubes

My Vieves has to get one of her ear tubes replaced and her adenoids taken out.  Her surgery is tomorrow morning, 8:30am.  My poor little baby :(

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

All dressed up for Christmas

Three of my favorite four girls, all dressed up for Christmas.

My big girl loves dresses and skirts, but she HATES getting her hair done
and will rip it out almost immediately.  SIGH.
Mom, I am so over getting my picture taken.

Pia, my niece.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


I can't believe 2012 is here already.  And not only that, but today is my, ahem, 29th birthday.  

I'm hoping it's a lasting phase, but I'm camera happy again.  I think I've gotten better, and I'm at least somewhat happy with a bunch of the shots I've gotten of the girls recently.  

This first one has G's face slightly out of focus if you zoom in, but I think she looks adorable anyway.

I think this one captures A's sweetness.

Neither of these pictures have been edited at all.  These are the original JPEGs that came out of the camera. My recent frustration with my pictures is really that I'm not good at post-processing them.  I see the shots that our professional photographer friend has taken, and they are awesome.  And I know that some of that is  due to his mad photoshop skills.  He manages to make the skin tones look right while making the other colors pop and everything look crisp in a way I love.  I honestly think that some of my recent pictures have a lot of potential.  So I've signed up for a photoshop class.  I'm excited for it.

Hopefully this will mean I do a better job posting pictures to the blog as well :)