- The kids had bike day at school. Little Bitty's favorite part was wearing her borrowed helmet. It was a Dora one and a huge hit. She wore it to school in the car. Brother took his big wheel - but then came home determined to get more confident on his big boy bike with training wheels. He did just that and now he's been riding all the way around the block (with Daddy jogging behind).
- We traded in my family truckster for a more fuel efficient vehicle. This was the kids' "Fun Friday" last week. Carmax. Are they lucky or what? But they do like the new ride. And I like that I won't spend $83 a week on gas.
- We had a visit from my mom and grandma. My grandma is almost 92 (or 93?) and broke her hip in March. But, she made the drive up from Alabama with my mom and hung out for the night. She's even out of her wheelchair and can get around independently with her walker. Go, grandma!
- Daddy had a softball tournament. Their team came in third out of...um, way more than three teams. He has a huge boo-boo on his leg from sliding. Little Bitty alternates between being worried about it and thinking it's funny to poke it to make Daddy yell.
- Brother attended a birthday party at a gymnastics place and got to ride a zipline, climb a rope wall, etc. He had a blast. I have no pictures because, well - you know how I am.
- We had dinner with some great friends who are about to embark on an adoption journey. Love the family. Love the pork chops and potatoes they cooked. YUM.
- We went to a cookout to celebrate a friend's graduation from Harvard. She earned her Masters Degree (yay!). The kids were well-behaved and I didn't even need to accidentally give Little Bitty more than one or two rum soaked watermelon balls.
- We head out Wednesday to our yearly 4th of July Celebration with my husband's side of the family up in PA - aka "the country". We are all looking forward to it.
- The only downside of leaving Wednesday is that we'll miss a Good-bye Party for some of our friends who are moving. The lovely soon-to-be Dr. J will be gracing UNC with her smart self. Best wishes to them. They will be missed by countless friends here in TN.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
So - here are some fun pictures of our little ones having one of their Fun Fridays. I wasn't there - so I'm not qualified to add captions for the photos - but let me just point out that the leather cowboy vest on Little Bitty - not part of the play center - that beauty was worn from home and stayed on all day.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I only have a few items posted so far - but more are coming. The best part of this is that I'm having fun and able to actually use that creative part of my brain that doesn't get exercised often enough in my career. And Little Bitty looks pretty stinkin' cute in some of my creations.
Thanks for checking it out if you have time! Much more to come... ;)
Monday, June 16, 2008
One of the most common sentiments I've heard from more experienced parents is to "enjoy this time...they grow up so fast". And I really do try to keep this thought in my head and enjoy the moments. In fact, I've shared with a couple people recently that this blog helps me to do that. Instead of feeling completely stressed and frustrated after a particularly hard parenting experience - I can blog about it and find the humor in it while saving the experience to be able to share with people or revisit later.
Yesterday my two babies helped bake a Father's Day cake (completely Brother's idea). They were opinionated and intent on being a part of each step. We ended up with a
hideous special cake to surprise Daddy with when he returned from his ball game. They were so proud of both the cake and the handmade card. I think their excitement over sharing their creations with Daddy was his best Father's Day gift. I love how much he loves them and vice verse.
As we baked, etc. I kept thinking about how they are growing up and how each challenging stage is fleeting and leading to the next, even better stage... and it does go fast. Lately I've been looking at Brother and his going-on-five self and I marvel at how my chubby baby who just yesterday spent his days eating sweet potatoes and playing with wooden spoons now spends his days seeing how risky of a move he can do on the water slide and can almost bake a cake from scratch.
And then there's Little Bitty. I saw an approximately 6 month old baby at the zoo this weekend and thought - wow - Little Bitty was that age when she came home. She was just learning to sit, had no teeth and only drank formula. Now look at her. She does her best to keep up with Brother, running every where, wants to dress herself, eats whatever we eat (well, only when she wants to), and is becoming an amazing little girl. And on Saturday - she walked into the kitchen carrying an open pocket-knife. I mean, wow - it does go fast... who even knew that she carries a blade now? Yep, they sure do grow up fast.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
- (at 3am) "See - that? Right there? That's about the size of the wild turkey we saw."
- "Me! Me! MEEEE!"
- "Because some kids are too dumb to know how to eat raisins."
- "Whoaaa. Whoaaa. WHOOAAA."
- "Hey - that's lucky. I'm totally clean after just one wipe!"
- "There's a big pickle in her toy box."
- "Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. MAMAAAA!"
- "From now on, you never have to go to school on 'Cowboy Lunch' day."
- "Bye. Bye. BAAYYYEEE."
Friday, June 6, 2008
Little Bitty - likely bossing someone around. ;) Playing in one of the creeks. Nothing better.