Sunday, January 31, 2010


A big week for our little squish man. He's got a hat full of new tricks.

His first full week of crawling... and getting into EVERYTHING.

He's really started babbling and decided to say "MAMA" first. With all of our nursing issues, I feel like I've earned that.

And when he sees his sister or gets upset when she leaves the room, he squeals "BABA!" This cracks her up every time.

He's gone from propping himself into almost sitting to completely sitting up himself.

And... if the chins didn't clue you in, little man loves to eat. Avocados, sweet potatoes, pears, apples, peaches and carrots... he is a fan of em all.

Love, love, love this age.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

look out, world....

the Jack Man is officially on the move.

soccer girl

The Dinos got stomped by another team that we SWEAR was made up of a bunch of mini pro athletes. It was pretty brutal and Lil cried a few times out of pure frustration.

I did my best not to be frantic mom and run out to the floor to rescue her, but we did encourage her come to out for a quick drink, hugs all around and a peptalk. Mike, Auntie Kris and I cheered her on from the stands and reminded her "the goal is THAT way" and "you're chasing after the ball!" HA.

In the end, she decided that she has mad soccer skills and the frustration was totally worth the celebratory snack. :) I'm just happy that she's already announced that she'll be ready to try again next week.

That's our girl.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Good day sunshine

FINALLY outside again.

My California blooded babies and I celebrating the return of warm, sunny days.

Choosing just the right shady spot, spreading out our blanket and opening up a princess lunchbox.

Kicking back and watching birds fly by while sipping drinks from Sonic and eating jelly sandwiches and mashed bananas.

Doing things all by herself.... except when she somehow manages to boss kids twice her age into doing it for her.

Thinking that she's swinging high enough to touch the moon and squealing as she goes.

And a little guy cuddled up close to me, soaking it all in with a serious expression. Every once in a while, grinning at the children running past him or tilting his head backwards to glance up at me and giggle.

Happy. Really, really enjoying time spent together with my kids. Exactly the kind of day I imagined when I used to wonder what it would be like to have children of my own. Didn't lead to a nap for either one of them... but still... a very, very good day.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Mighty Green Dinosaurs

Lil is the lone chick on her soccer team of 10 very energetic and LOUD 3-year-olds.

She insists on wearing pants over her shin guards since "they look weirdish." You know.... because THAT doesn't look weird at all. HA.

She'll forget about the whole no hands thing until her coach yells "HOT POTATO!"

After she makes a goal, she does a little dance and waves her hands in the air. Sometimes she'll look over at us to make sure that we're watching or she'll run over to Jack and say "Did you see me do that, buddy?!!!"

When she misses.... it's a drama puddle on the floor. Tonight at practice, one of the boys ran over her puddle and she now has a black and blue cheek. Apparently we have some work to do in learning about good sportsmanship.

She's less than thrilled with the team colors. I've promised to meet her in the middle and make her a hair bow with green, black and pink.

That girl.

This weekend begins almost 2 months of soccer game Saturday mornings for us.

Go Green Dinos!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Full of excuse"ish"

::Insert any request here::

Lily: I need to wait until I'm more three-ish.

Me: Lil, let's eat!

Lily: No thanks mommy, I'm just kind of not too hungr-ish.

Mike: Why don't you just put this dress on?

Lily (shaking her head, face scrunched up): Daddy, it's just a little bit too brown-ish.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Santa came through.

Remember how Lily asked Santa for snow?

When we mentioned that he just might not be able to make it happen, she'd shrug her shoulders, look at Jingles, our Elf on a Shelf (thank you, Aunt Melissa and Uncle Kevin!!) and say "He will... with Christmas magic."

And then, on Christmas Eve, following a horrible day spent at Children's Hospital ER, our very sad, very sick girl looked out the window and saw snowflakes. Snowflakes that had not been predicted in our local weather forecast.

Since we had come thisclose to Lily being admitted to the hospital, we let her outside for about 2 minutes before rushing her back in.

In those 2 minutes, she tasted a snowflake on her tongue and did a quick twirl in the falling flurries. Her Christmas wish had come true.

Even Jack got a chance to snuggle up and take in his very first snow (please ignore the gigantor scratch across his nose. He is quickly proving to be quite the bruiser. I'm scared!).

Our very own Texas version of a white Christmas-- this was a gift from Santa that has us all believing.

Wishing you the happiest and healthiest 2010, friends!