Sunday, July 27, 2008


Such a loving girl.

When she sees Mike and I hug, she'll say "awwwwwwwwwwwwwww" and "up, up!" She will not miss out on the opportunity to hug. I adore that.

When she gets tired of walking, she'll say "Mommy, kissies!" I'll pick her up to carry her and get a big, sweet kiss as a bonus. Mike and I can't get enough of that one. Ridiculously cute.

Mimi is getting her fair share of Lily love these days and she seems hooked too. From the moment that girl wakes up, Mimi's at her side. Exactly what I pictured when we first decided to adopt a kitten. So, so sweet.

These moments overshadow the tough ones that come along with her being almost 2. So thankful for them. So hopeful that this part of her doesn't fade. That she'll always be affectionate. Always be everybody's best buddy. Never stop living life with so much enthusiasm and spunk.

So incredibly thankful for her and how much joy she brings to our lives.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Pretties gone wrong.

Yesterday when I was on the phone, I got a distracted for a bit. We're talking seconds. Big mistake. When I snapped out of it and looked down, I noticed Lily's back turned to me and a mystery object in each hand. Then--- I realized what was going on. Mascara. All over her face, shirt and hands. AHHHHHH! I hung up quickly and ran to her before my couch was painted black.

This shouldn't have happened. Lesson should have been learned earlier this week when I ran to pull the laundry from the dryer and found this 2 minutes later.

Now, I will never claim to be a perfect mother but I so know better than this. Big note to self: quiet=trouble.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Singin in the Rain

Lily busted out her rainboots yesterday (thanks, Grandma!) after a big storm had passed. Being an Arizona baby, she's still trying to decide how she feels about all of that wet stuff.

I should mention that there was some major feet squeezing to make these boots happen. The girl has gone up 2 sizes since last month. TWO.

Thanks to Auntie Kristin for the awesome pics and a BIG thank you for helping me with my crazy painting project. I'm nuts. Love you. So, so, so nice to have you this close.

Monday, July 21, 2008

And so it begins.

Ahhh..... down for the night. It's been exhausting since we've seen the beginning of what looks to be the terrible twos. Lots of grouchy, pouty moments around here lately. It seems to come at the most random times, too. We're working through it and slowly our normal kid is coming back but still... I'm scared.

Thankfully, we do still see our normally cute and spunky girl here and there. She is talking like crazy, gets crazy frustrated when we don't understand her and somehow manages to balance just the right combo of girly-girl and toughness. Some of the things she's up to at 20 months:

1. "Pretties" time. She loves to sit on the bathroom counter (usually mine) and admire herself in the mirror right now. She'll brush her hair and take my makeup out, pretending to put it on her face. Over and over I'll hear "Ooooh! Pretties!" :)

2. Singing. About everything. And dancing. Mike and I were at a shoe store a couple of weekends ago and she had half of the store cracking up at her showstopping rendition of "Shoes, shoes, shoooooooes." It came along with a booty shake and a couple of big spins.... there might have even been a couple of jazz hands in there too. Seriously.

3. Being obsessed with anything even remotely Disney related. We just returned from a fun (?!) weekend at Sea World with our good friends and Lily flat out refused to acknowledge Shamu as Shamu. No... in her world, he's "Mickamu." LOL! We have plans to take her to Disney World in September for the first time and I'm actually worried that she might just burst with Minnie and Mickey loving happiness. It's all about them and "Rella" in our house right now. I have to admit, I love it though. We're going to make our official Disney countdown calendar tomorrow.

4. Anything that has to do with art, stickers or bubbles. The art box that lies in the bottom of our pantry is taken out at least 10 times a day. Stickers are EVERYwhere. I spend a lot of time peeling them off of our tile and it annoys me to no end but in the end, I'm okay with it because man, does the girl love her some stickers! She usually ends her art sessions fully decorated and ready for a bath. :)

5. She LOVES her kitten. We finally gave in and adopted our Mimi a few weeks ago and for Lily, it was love at first sight. She wakes up calling for her and has to give her kisses before she goes to bed at night. Mimi has been such a little trooper.... I have a feeling that she has many years of being dressed up and carted around in a doll stroller to endure but she seems to like it. She follows Lily around constantly. Just doesn't get much cuter than that.

I have NO recent pictures to share since I ended up losing my camera at Sea World. Ugh. Mike and I were watching Lily play in the toddler area and she suddenly took off out the door... we both ran after her and I didn't grab my camera case on the way out. We went to the Lost and Found as soon as we realized what had happened, but nothing had been turned in. Such a bummer.

Luckily, I have a DSLR that I really need to learn how to use and I figure this is my opportunity to make that happen. I got a pep talk from Lyndsay this afternoon (thank you, friend) and I'm ready to go for it. Finally. :)

Apologizing in advance.

I admit to not being the best blogger. I need some accountability to keep me going. Well--- Lyndsay got me! Guess it's time to start updating my blog more than once every couple of months. Update to come.... today.... probably during nap time.... if I can muster up some energy since I seem to be suffering from post Sea World trauma. :) Yikes! What a weekend.