Tuesday, December 13, 2011

stayin' in

We've been staying in a lot lately and I'm getting cabin fever.  The girls have both been sick and I just can't take them anywhere right now.  I ran to Target for diapers and formula and that was a nightmare.  Harper gets pretty cranky when she's not feeling well.  I think they're both finally getting well, so we may venture out tomorrow.

So here are some weekly random iPhone pictures!

I opened the door the other day to a huge box on our front porch.  I called to Harper to hurry and come see the package.  Then I saw the little door cut out at the bottom of the box and I realized, this will be the greatest package Harper will receive this season.  Our wonderful neighbors Beth and Rick had a big box and thought of Harper.  Rick cut the door out and put the box on our front porch.  They're hilarious-and BRILLIANT!  

Harper and Kate have been playing in it non-stop for days.  Brian embellished it with some Sharpies.  

This little monkey has given me quite a 3 weeks.  She's had 2 pretty bad viruses and a double ear infection.  She's been a little clingy, but still smiling! And cruising and standing!  She can cruise a few steps and can stand on her own with no hands.  She's...determined.

Harper's school photos came in and they're adorable.  Here's her little class.  There's no doubt in my mind that she was the last to sit down and that's why she's sitting right next to her teacher.  Her teacher probably has a tight grip on the back of Harper's shirt.

She's such a ham!

Harper never cuddles or sleeps like this so we know she didn't feel well.  Poor baby.  Brian, however, was in heaven.  He loves his Harper.

Let's read, mommy!

Christmas is right around the corner and I can't wait!  We went holiday shopping and have everything ready.  I just need to get stocking stuffers and start wrapping!  Hopefully the girls will be well and they're just getting this out of their systems.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Matt and Kathryn visit

Matt and Kathryn came from North Carolina to visit the weekend before Thanksgiving.  We LOVE it when they visit!  They're such good friends and our girls love playing together.  

Harper and Avery wore their usual.  Who knew there were TWO Rapunzels?  

They had tickle-tantrums with Brian.  

Kathryn and I went to the club in our neighborhood for a wine tasting night.  The next night, a brave babysitter came for a couple of hours while we went out to dinner.  Then the guys stayed out late and Kathryn and I came home.  

Matt and Brian took Harper and Avery to the zoo one day and Kathryn and I went where else-shopping! with Kate and Olivia.  

We made s'mores on the last night-that was so fun!

Harper and Avery shared their favorite iPad games...so serious!

And we all got to meet the adorable Olivia!  

We had such a great time.  We've going to start planning Beach Trip 2012!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Kate is 8 months old!

Kathryn Ann, you are the sweetest, HAPPIEST baby I have ever met.  You're usually either raising your eyebrows in question at what we're all doing or smiling the biggest, most delightful smile.  

At 8 months you

Weigh 17 lbs., 6 oz.
Wear size 3 diapers and 9-12 month clothes
Have 2 little bottom teeth

Babble "ba-ba," "da-da," and "ma-ma" and click your tongue
Sit, crawl, stand, and sort-of cruise!  You're always on the move!
Eat 3 meals a day plus bottles; you still hate peas or anything green

Nap 2 times a day and sleep from 7 to 7
Love bath time
Put everything in your mouth! ev-er-y-thing
Love Georgia and Harper

Are a little particular about who gives you a bottle-you want your mommy!
Laugh and laugh when we tickle you or throw you in the air
Like to bounce and play in your excersaucer


Kate, you're a wonderful baby!  You're definitely a handful with your curiosity and determination and we wouldn't have it any other way!

the storm

It is so funny to me-my last post was "calm before the storm" and guess what-the storm hi!  We've had lots of visitors, 2 rounds of viruses hit Kate, potty training success (a little too successful-I'll explain later), Thanksgiving, an 80-child holiday party, and now it is already Christmas!  I'll post updates from the last few weeks soon.  First I have to get Kate's 8 month post up!

Friday, November 18, 2011

calm before the storm

Well, its the calm before the holiday storm around here!  We've been relaxing and I'm trying to keep the girls healthy before the holidays.  Harper likes to sit and feed her sister puffs (because then Harper gets a little snack too, apparently).  Kate is doing great at feeding herself finger foods.  It is actually hilarious to watch her dive for them when I put them on her tray.

Brian has been working a ton and trying to sneak in quality time with the girls early in the morning or as soon as he gets home before they go to bed.  The girls love their daddy!  Kate crawls right for him as soon as he comes into the room.

And here's the munchkin standing and grabbling toys from her basket.  She is so determined.  That's my new word for her.  Harper is energetic and Kate is determined.  

Well, and happy.  She's getting her two front teeth right now and that's not fun, but other than that she is the happiest little baby I've ever seen.

Harper has gone two days with no accidents in her underwear and even went by herself at the gym while I was working out.  She's doing great!!!

I need to go get more chairs for our dining room and I'm thinking of getting some that aren't so match-matchy.  Maybe some upholstered ones for the ends?  Or put a bench on one side and two chairs on the other?  I'd like to do it before the holidays hit.  Thoughts?


Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday randoms

So what's going on around here?  Well, Kate is STANDING!  I can't even believe it.  She's still very wobbly and obviously holds on to something to stand up, but my goodness she's so little to be standing up.  She is definitely Brian's daughter.  Ha!  I'll get a picture of it as soon as I come out of my shock.

And who is definitely my daughter?  Well, little Miss Harper Rose.  She has been the most stubborn kid in the world about this potty training.  But, I think we're finally making progress.  She had only one accident today and even sat on the toilet for me at the store.  I've just said, "we're doing this" and pushed through all of the accidents and tantrums.  I feel like I've had to do that with everything with her.  I'm not complaining by any means.  I love my sweet girl-no matter how head-strong she is.  I'm so proud of her (even though I know literally everyone accomplishes this).  

I finally put the girls' handprint pictures up in the upstairs landing.  The Wallace's gave us the cute canvas and my dad made the handprint frames.  I grew up with those in my house and it is so fun to pass that tradition down to my girls.  

This is what it says.  Sorry-had to use a flash because the light is out in the hallway.

We're having a beautiful fall here-as usual.  The weather was beautiful all week and we finally hit a cold snap today.  It was raining leaves everywhere.

So that's our exciting life for now.  I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend.  We may build a fire in the fireplace.  I plan on planting some pansies and kale in the yard.  And I'm going to snuggle with all my cuties.  

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Kate is 7 months old

Kate, you are such a wonderful baby and I love who you are becoming.  You're always smiling and bring us so much joy with your big hugs and cuddles.  Everywhere we go, people talk about how happy you are.  You're also very observant- you're just taking it all in.

At 7 months you
-Wear 6-12 month clothes and size 2 diapers (you could maybe wear 3 but I have about 300 free 2's left so...)
-Weigh 15 pounds
-CRAWL everywhere.  You do not sit still.  You've been crawling for exactly one month and you haven't stopped except to eat and sleep.  You're a mover like the rest of your family-ha!
-Sit on your own and go from sitting to crawling and back again-seems so simple but it is so cool to me

drool anyone? ha!
-Pull up to your knees and a few times to your toes.
-Give the biggest smile when I come in to get you in the morning.  You have very deep eyes and they just light up.
-Sit in your highchair to eat
-SLEEP THROUGH THE NIGHT! You sleep from 7 to 7 and take a nap at 9 and 1

-Nurse 2 times a day and take formula bottles for about 4 other times
-Eat 3 baby food meals a day.
-Eat sweet potatoes (your favorite), peas, squash, rice cereal, prunes, apples, and pears.  You hate bananas (so did Harper).  We'll try some new foods next week.  You also love to eat MumMum rice teething biscuits.

-Sleep on your belly.
-Put everything in your mouth
-Are finally doing better on car rides.  You've actually "found" me in the baby view mirror that I use to see you.  My reflection bounces back to you and you smile (surprise) at me.
-Babble all of the time.  I'm starting to point out words to you like "cat," "dog," "bottle," "eat," "sister," "mommy," and "daddy."
-LOVE to read books.  Your arms and legs get to flapping around with excitement whenever I get one out!  Ha!  Your favorite is In My Nest.  You love books so much that when I put them away, you crawl over to the book basket and pull them out.

-Love to play with Georgia
-Will sit in your excersaucer or bouncer for a little while but would rather move around on the floor.

 3 months
 7 months
We love you Kate!  You've finally really connected with your father and I see you connecting with your sister too.  It makes me so happy to see you happy-and to see your world filled with love.  

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Disney Princesses on Ice

I can't believe I typed that title for today's post.  Brian and I took the girls to see Disney's Princesses on Ice in Baltimore.  We went on Sunday afternoon and it was so wonderful.  I was nervous that it would be obnoxious-I pictured thousands of screaming little girls and cheesy music.  But, I was pleasantly surprised. The kids were all in such awe and they were all so cute in their princess outfits.  Harper had a blast!  Look at our crazy seats!  That would be Brian's doing...


and speaking of Brian-he is in trouble with these two girls.  He S-P-O-I-L-S his Harper Rose.  She got a crown, a magic wand, cotton candy, AND a snow cone.  Good grief, Brian!  

Kate was a little trooper too.  She loved watching the lights and pretty colors.

As soon as we walked in to the arena, Brian and I said it brought back memories of when we were kids and we'd go to things like this with our parents.  With this and Halloween, I'm really starting to "get it" lately.  Making memories and seeing the joy on the kids' faces are so worth each and every late night feeding, pocket full of dirty kleenexes, and missed date night.  The joy is truly priceless.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

My little Harper went trick-or-treating for the first time tonight.  For months she talked about being Nemo and she was so cute tonight in her little costume.  

We made a little craft at home this afternoon and then got the girls dressed up and loaded into the wagon. 

First we stopped at a party on our street to let the kids run around a play and have a little bit to eat.  Look-a successful group photo!

Then we headed out for the good stuff-CANDY!  

Harper did great-it helped to be with a group.  I went to the first couple with Brian and Harper and then Kate and I went home to pass out candy and so I could put her to bed.  Brian said Harper was a little shy at first, but soon warmed up and was doing it all by herself (including "thank you's"-go Harper!!).  She was walking around going "Happy Halloween."  

Now we're watching Charlie Brown-our family tradition.  
Happy Halloween to my sweet girls!