Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Thanks, Easter Bunny! Bock Bock

After our Easter egg dyeing, later that evening we headed to the mall to see the Easter Bunny.
Andrew was adamant that he did not have to sit with the Easter Bunny.
I had to give in. :( My first baby is too grown up for the Easter Bunny.

My second baby, however, decided to make sure she was presentable by looking at herself in the mirror before her turn. :)

We weren't sure how Lily would do because she's hit the stranger fear period of her life and it was getting close to bedtime.

When it was her turn to meet the bunny, she was unimpressed at first.
Next, she started rubbing and petting his fur.
And then she started waving to the photographer calling her name...
Happy First Easter!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Eggs

Dyeing Easter eggs has been a long time tradition in my family and one I have continued with my own kids.

Andrew was just barely 4 months his first Easter, so of course his first Easter egg coloring experience was much of Mama and Oma (my mom) dyeing them. :)

Lily's first Easter, she turned 9 months and she's at the stage of enjoying putting everything in her mouth. :)

We let her "drop" her egg into the cup and
I tipped it to show her the inside so she could see where her egg went.
Andrew and Reagan were anxious to get coloring!
happy kids!
Lily got a hold of the cup while I tried to snap a picture...
...which led to the removal of clothes and her pink onesie with more pink.
Andrew letting the eggs "simmer"
Lily's first egg.
Boy, does she ♥ her daddy!
(for those of you who don't know, it's hockey playoff time
which means playoff beard is in full effect)
Happy first Easter!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Your Silence Haunts Me...but Still I Hunger for You

It's funny how going from playing with a toy that she's had and played with since Christmas, like this:

To this-- with the push of a button:

Friday, Lily and I were playing in her room after her morning nap and one of the toys she picked up was her toy guitar.  It has a cylinder with beads in it that spins for the "strings" and two buttons that play "rock" versions of  I've Been Workin' on the Railroad and Yankee Doodle Dandy.  She picks it up, "strums" the strings fine and then moves on to pushing a button and terror ensues...

Yet, she keeps picking it up to play with it and pushing the buttons...

Whew...that was exhausting. :)

It wasn't a fluke, I tried it again for Daddy too. Can't say I didn't laugh. ;)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A Little Bit of This & That

Aside from the regular busyness of school, homework, and typical stuff, we have Easter egg dyeing planning, egg hunt activities, sickness, lots of doctor visits and as always some stepfamily stress thrown in this week. I wanted to get this all down for my own journaling because duh, who else is it interesting to? *Thanks to twitter I do that for briefer random moments too.

The weather has been dismal and for this girl, who needs sunshine, that's been rough.

~Lily's been taking her antibiotic great and we go to the doctor again next week for her 9 month (WHAT??) well visit and they'll recheck her ears then.

She's been playing on the floor a lot --there's no longer putting her down and her staying in one place. This sweet baby girl is one knee away from a real crawl. She'll slide one knee forward to move, but then the other one just gets stretched back out and off she army crawls.  She's learning to manuever around the coffee table legs after she's bonked her head into them a few times.  A couple times, she's gotten up on her knees, rocks back and then leaps forward like a little bunny or a frog.  It's been adorable to watch her explore this way.  We've been in NO hurry for her to crawl and let her do things on her own schedule completely.  Daddy and I are enjoying her so much!

~Andrew has enjoyed reading his new Scout handbook amidst doing homework, hockey, and playing with his baby sister. Boy, oh boy does he adore her!  There is always a pile of random action figures to be stepped on found around him too. Weekends are the only time for videogames or no school days--today was a half day, so he's looking forward to extra videogame time this weekend.
The Spring hockey season begins this week as well as his continuing with the travel hockey team. He's doing really well and continually improving!

We've also been working on his summer plans with us, my family and his dad and his family.  There are simply NOT enough weeks in the summer. :(  School doesn't get out until mid June this year either.

Not sure how that will all play out, but there are a lot of people and distances to accomodate, so it's certainly a puzzle. 
This is what Sunday morning looks like:

~I got an interesting phone call the other day.
The lesson I learned is to ensure that I have phone numbers programmed
into my phone so that I can just not answer in the first place.

*phone rings* 
me: hello? 
caller: Stephanie
me: Yes?
caller: what the f*ck is your problem?
me (still not recognizing who it is): Excuse me? *recognizes the use of language*
caller: blahblahblahblahblahblahblah
me: *hang up*

Some information to add: If you are swearing at me and yelling at me on the phone, I will not entertain your phone call.
It, without a doubt, doesn't mean I'm scared.
I just don't put up with people yelling at me.
And I don't have to put up with it.

Additional information:  If someone reads public internet information, it's just that--public. 7 times or 70,000 times. Public.  You do not have the power to cancel my internet service, but thanks for the best add-on to any joke.

~Reagan missed school last week due to pink eye. Ugh. Fortunately, we were able to get drops from the doctor right away and it's under control and didn't get passed around our house. She came back home a little stuffy with the lingering cold that never seems to go away.  Poor kid is always sick.  She's excited about her break from school too, which also got cut a little bit short due to snow days, but still a nice little break. She is with biomom on Easter this year, so we'll be dyeing eggs and Easter egg hunting before she leaves Saturday night. We always make sure to do things like that when she's here so she's able to participate. She's one of those dip it in for a few seconds and then wants to pull the egg out and either put it in another color or move on to a new egg.  Last year she made the "cutest" brown egg. :)

~I need to make my list for Easter and get to the store, but have zero desire to do it. The thought of 3 kids at the store always makes me readjust my plans.  I think tomorrow, I will be leaving Daddy in charge and out the door...ALONE I will go.  Yeah, that's after all the other scheduled events.

Who Writes This Stuff?

While I'm appreciative of On Demand choices so I don't have to endure watch the same episodes of Little Bear (not a fan) or Miss Spider's Sunny Patch, I'm not quite sure I'm ready for my baby to be learning about alcohol.

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Transition to Boy Scout

"A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent."

Who doesn't want their child to grow up learning and believing and becoming that? :)

Andrew crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts this past weekend.  He was new to Scouts this year--starting in September and it has been such a good experience for him. He loves it!  He earned his Arrow of Light and on Saturday officially became a Boy Scout. ♥

At the Blue & Gold Banquet, the boys got their earned badges and pins, performed skits, and had a feast and the Webelo 2s crossed over to become Boy Scouts.

He's looking forward to the camping trips and earning ranks. Scouts has been such a good thing for him! I only wish we had started earlier. :)  Last night after his first meeting as a new Boy Scout, we celebrated with Dairy Queen! Mama had a BOGO Blizzard coupon. haha

Sunday, April 17, 2011


4.11.11: i'm a drooling mess...
4.12.11: i put my purse on my arm like mama ♥
4.13.11: i'm thisssss close to for real crawling instead of army crawl
4.14.11: sunshine on the porch
4.15.11:  absolutely adorable
4.16.11: spring dresses make mama happy
4.17.11: up on my knees and then i lunge forward...


4.4.11: monkey butt
4.5.11: old man butt
4.6.11: ruffle butt
4.7.11:  yeah, i should be sleeping
4.8.11: uhh, yeah, again i should be sleeping,
but I just look at mama in the monitor
4.9.11:  i really am this cute and happy
4.10.11: sometimes i get so excited my snacks
end up on my chin


3.28.11: kissing myself in the mirror
3.29.11: mama and me being silly
3.30.11: yep, i flip over in my bed now
3.31.11:  cheesin' with daddy sleeping
4.1.11:  ♥ my daddy
4.2.11: mmmm i love yogurt and i have to do it myself
4.3.11: sometimes i wrap in my blankie and sleep on my bunny

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lily's 1st Sickness

We made it 8 months, 2 weeks and 6 days before having to give Lily any antibiotics.


After the beginning of the week aka Poop Angel Monday, we headed to the pediatrician to address the cough and congestion that has taken over my poor baby.  Now, I will say, she's really only been miserable while trying to sleep during naptimes. By bedtime she's so exhausted that she crashes and her cough hasn't kept her up.  Just me.

She's a happy sick kid?  Overall, yes.  Smiling just like normal. Mostly she looks sick in her eyes.
Oh and look!
I weigh 17lbs. 10oz.

She loveloveloved the paper on the table while we waited for Dr. Kelly:

That was entertaining for sure! She sat and pulled at the paper, shook it, kicked it with her feet and ripped it up.  Simple entertainment. :)

Dr. Kelly came in and listened to her chest:
Luckily she doesn't have anything major going on in her lungs!!  Her nose and cough...all viral. BUT, that virus...led to the beginning of an ear infection. :(  We caught it super early, thankfully, so no fever or real misery yet.
Things could be much, much worse I know and I'm so grateful she made it through this crappy winter unscathed and she's a little bit older before she got sick.  She took her medicine like a champ too!