Thursday, February 23, 2012

Courtney Ann

Someone was in a fantastic mood this afternoon. 
I soaked up every single second of it. ♥
 I just made goo-goo, kissy faces at her the whole time and clicked away.


My new lens is backordered.  Can't wait for it to come! 
These turned out pretty good given this circumstances. 
And this house has the worst lighting EVER.  
But can you go wrong with that sweet thing on the other side of the camera?!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Where We Are Right Now...

Noelle:  My first baby.  The one who made me a Mommy.  Oh, how I love her.  She is such a good, sweet girl.  Once in a blue moon she will throw me a curve ball, tell me "No!" and it is such a shock,  I hardly know how to handle myself.  Luckily, she is almost always obedient and I love being the one who gets to watch her grow.  Oh, and let us not forget what an amazing big sister she is.  Just this morning she was begging me not only to let her watch cartoons but to take her baby brother with her.  Warms my heart!  She and Madeleine are the best of friends, too.  Oh, they have their moments and know exactly how to drive each other crazy but even that can be pretty funny (and incredibly annoying!).

Disclaimer:  I am about to gloat. 

I do realize she is only in Kindergarten, but hey, the Kindergarten I went to and the one she goes to are two very different worlds.  We were able to attend her parent teacher conference this week.  When the teacher starts off, "I love Noelle!"  You know things are going well.  And then proceeds to tell you she is, "Leaps and bounds above where she needs to be."  Ya, there was no wiping that smile off my face.  Of course, I knew all of these things already but hearing it from someone who is actually qualified makes it that much better. 

She is still in ballet, she willingly goes and seems to have a good time but does not seem all that enthusiastic about it like she used to be.  A few new girls who are younger and never in ballet before were added to the class and I am wondering if that is holding her back a bit.  Maybe bored?  She wants to try soccer too, so we're looking into that.

Her two top teeth are loose, the right one is ready to pop right off, but she is not ready to have it yanked.  A few more days I think...

Lastly, she is just so pretty.  And her legs seemed to have grown at least 6 inches over the last few months.  We love you, Noellie Bellie Boo!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so awesome.  :)

Madeleine:  My second baby.  The one who turned us into a 'real' family.  The one who made my heart grow by such a proportion, I didn't know it was humanly possible. 

Such a stinker.  Such a trouble maker.  So dang funny.  And I mean funny.  And I am not the only one who thinks so, everyone tells me, "That kid is so funny!"  And you know one of the reasons why she's so funny?  She's always stating the obvious.  In her little smug way, of course, strutting around.  "Ya, that's an oven.  A black oven.  My Mommy has one, too.  She makes rolls.  And she makes cookies."  Toys and playing by herself are not for her.  So, she's stuck by my side allllllll day (unless she snuck off to make some mischief). If she's not busy stating the obvious or emptying a tube of something or other, she's begging for food.  She loves fruit.  Mandarin oranges.  Bananas.  Apples.  Pears.  Pineapple.  She'll take anything.  But forget tomatoes and broccoli.  "Those are deeeeeeeeegusting!" 

Our little Boppie is incredibly affectionate.  Several times a day she begs me to stop what I am doing just for a hug and kiss.  She will gladly hop in your lap any time of day or night for some sweet snuggles.  I love it!

Although playing by herself is a rarity, the minute we are through the door after picking up her sister, they are off.  Playing...playing...playing.  Unless, of course, I give the go ahead for some TV...

Never to be out done whenever her big sister refers to school Madeleine talks about her preschool.  The slight problem with all these 'preschool statements' is that she does not go to preschool just yet.  I may have something in the works and she will be the happiest kid.

Most days you have me at what I think is my limit, but I am so glad you're mine.  You teach me to be a better person and for that I am forever thankful.  Oh, and thanks for all the laughs.

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Dilemma

Just put both babies down to sleep which unfortunately is not all that common.  And let me tell you, when they're both awake, I am otherwise useless. This is my constant dilemma:  what do I try and tackle first from my seemingly endless list of things I HAVE to do?  Work on laundry?  Vacuum?  Pick up messes?  Mop the floors?  Spend some one-on-one time with Madeleine?  Get dinner started?  Make phone calls?  Change the sheets? Ugh.  I could go on for days.....


Do I lay down and take a well deserved break because I am ALWAYS exhausted?  If I do that then the rest of the day I feel so overwhelmed and just plain grumpy because my house is trashed.  And I have a million things I feel I need to do but can't get done because there are 5 other people that always need something from me. 

"Hey, sweetie?"

Can you tell I am having one of those days?  Or, um, weeks? 

Anyone have a personal assistant they want to lend me?  Hello?  Hell-ooooooo?!

And Aaron has agreed that keeping the office for his use only is a complete waste of space.  It's been two months since we came to this decision, but have we had the time to clear it out and sell the furniture?  Nope.  Having that play room will change me life!  Just have to get around to it...

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

While You Wait

I am working on some longer posts.  While you wait, check these out!

On Sunday someone had fun with their little doll stroller. 
I have a sneaking suspicion Daddy may have been an accomplice.

Hello to the most handsome boy in the whole wide world! ♥ 

I laid them down with some only lasted about 90 seconds.
And then they were...pissed.

Have you ever seen such a sad face?
This baby boy cries the biggest tears you have ever seen.

After some sweet talk from Mama...they were feeling a better. 

 But not too much...