Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Our tree, after Santa came
The girls waiting to see the tree on Christmas morning
Anna and her new bike
Anna opening her new Jessie doll - the only thing she truly wanted
Elsie trying on a new hat from Uncle Pat
The girls playing 'doctor' on Christmas morning - this is my favorite picture of the whole day!
Anna and Papa having a serious conversation
We decided to stay parked right at home over the Christmas weekend this year. It was a wonderful treat because my mom and Claudia and Mike came to visit us! Since it was a while ago (totally overdue post) I'll just gloss over some of the highlights - really because I can't remember all of the little details this far out.
My mom cam over on Christmas Eve and brought dinner fixings with her. She volunteered to stay home and prepare dinner with a still napping Elsie while Matt, Anna and I went to church in the late afternoon. We arrived at church 35 minutes early and still didn't get a seat! Yikes, but Anna did great and really enjoyed the singing and praying. Thank goodness for the family who stood next to us, they had a daughter Anna's age and the girls kept each other entertained. It was snowing when we left church and took us a little bit to get home, but it was certainly beautiful. Mom had dinner on the table when we arrived back home, sweet!
Anna was allowed to open one gift that night before going to bed (a dinosaur) and then had to leave all but one pacifier underneath the Christmas tree for Santa. You see, Santa took them and gave them to the other babies who didn't have pacifiers but really needed them. We talked with Anna about the upcoming holiday and what we would expect of her that night for many weeks beforehand, and she did beautifully! She was allowed to keep one on Christmas Eve, and I really think that helped her to transition. I slyly took that last one away from her while she was distracted opening presents on Christmas morning. She did ask for it when she went for her nap that day, but I reminded her about Santa and the babies in need and she was good to go! It was an amazingly easy 'habit' to drop and she has not looked back since. I am so thankful, because I was sure tired of seeing my 3 year old walk around with that thing in her mouth! We reduced Elsie's use of pacifiers at the same time - limiting them to her bed only - I think she is still very comforted by having one so we have not taken it away completely. Maybe next Christmas?
We opened gifts through out the morning, stopping for breakfast and a few other breaks. Claudia and Mike joined us Christmas evening and we had a lovely dinner of beef tenderloin followed up with even more presents. It was certainly a wonderful holiday and we are thankful to have spent it with the girls and our parents!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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Monday, December 27, 2010
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
Elsie is sure taking her sweet old time when it comes to walking. I have been thinking that she would be eager to walk, just for the simple fun of keeping up with her big sister. I guess it isn't motivation enough for her though. She continues to zip around the house using her stroller, in fact she is getting really fast! I was beginning to think that she is using this stroller as a 'crutch' so I put in an out the way place for a few days. Low and behold - she was walking the length of the family room last night! She is still working on her balance a bit and she looks a bit like a drunken sailor, but she is making me very proud!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
We spent a fun and relaxing day in Crystal Lake with my dad yesterday. We had all of the usual trimings in addition to turkey: stuffing, mashed potatos, green bean caserole, red cabbage, and cranberries. We are also celebrating Elsie's first steps which happened yesterday! You can see a video clip of the official first steps here. And another clip here. Oh my, our lives are about to change!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Last weekend we took the girls to JC Penney for pictures celebrating their birthdays, Anna turned 3 at the end of September and Elsie turned 1 at the beginning of November. With some careful planning we managed to get there on time and all in one piece - why does the stress level always seem to multiply by 20 when you have to be somewhere on time? The girls did a great job and we managed to squeak in a picture with Santa before heading home. You may remember last year's picture when Anna was not entirely sure about Santa. It seems that she has moved past the fear, because she happily sat on his lap for several minutes telling him all about the Jessie doll that she is coveting for Christmas. Elsie has eagerly taken on the role of 'child in fear,' thank goodness, because really - what good is a Santa picture without a crier?
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
We've had a whirlwind week! It all started last Wednesday morning with Anna waking up with the flu. I stayed home to take care of her, and the poor sister was so sick that she pretty much camped out on the couch all day long. Her entire day consisted of TV, sprite, and a bucket...enough said. She was much improved after 24 hours and I returned to work on Thursday, only to stay home on Friday with a case of the flu myself. So then it was Matt's turn to stay home and take care of us, thank goodness for that! Elsie woke up from her nap on Friday afternoon and Matt found that she had gotten sick as well. She did a fantastic job of spreading it over every surface in her crib before he got in there though...so thoughtful of her, right? Needless to say, all of our weekend plans were canned at that point. There was one thing I was really looking forward to though and that was the opportunity to see my Grandma Shirley who was in town for a wedding. By Sunday afternoon Anna and I were feeling well enough that we made a trip downtown Chicago to visit her where she was staying, at a friend's condo. Anna loved the train ride, the taxi ride and the time we spent visiting with Great Grandma Shirley 66 floors up! She was so well behaved despite missing her nap on top of the time change, and I was so proud of her. We are all feeling better at this point, and I am not sure how Matt was able to avoid catching the bug. I am just thankful he was there to take care of us!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
A very happy first birthday to my sweet baby girl! She is such a happy baby, a great sister and the fastest crawler this side of the Mississippi! I went into her room this morning at the very moment I heard her first peep. She was so groggy but still smiling, and when I asked her 'how big is Elsie?' she threw her hands over her head with so much enthusiasm I couldn't help but laugh. She has the most wonderful disposition and I cannot wait for this next year with her, it is going to be so much fun.
PS. She did not like the Halloween makeup and costume as much as her sister did! In the end I was able to apply her nose and whiskers, but not without a few tears.
Monday, November 1, 2010
We were fortunate to be able to borrow Minnie and Mickey mouse costumes from a co-worker of mine. They were super sweet costumes and the girls were a hit around the neighborhood! Anna LOVED getting ready and wearing makeup, she spent a lot of time looking in the mirror to ensure that everything was in place before heading out. Pictures of Mickey tomorrow!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last summer we were so busy working on the house and in the yard that we just didn't get to the pool as often as I would have liked. It was a goal of mine to spend more time at the pool this summer, and I think we did a pretty good job of getting there at least every other week. Niki also took the girls during the week, so they were really having a ball at the pool by the end of the summer. Anna is fearless, jumps off the side, and got the hang of swimming with and without her water wings. I predict that she will be full on swimming next summer and that Elsie will be our water wing gal. Now, I just wish it was still nice outside so we could keep going!