Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Denver





We headed out to Denver on Tuesday of last week for Christmas. It was a quick trip but a really nice trip. I am happy to report that Anna did very well on the plane, both ways. Phew, as that was definitely a concern of mine after our last trip! We were able to stay at the Kubik's house, which is always a treat. Anna and cousin Lauren had a blast playing together, and we only had a few minor squabbles about toy sharing. (they are both 2, so we were all thrilled with how good they were) The highlight of our stay was the extended family get together on Christmas Eve. We were able to share (read: show off) the girls to aunts, uncles, cousins, and most importantly Grandma Shirley. As you may or may not know, Elsie is named after Shirley's mother, Elsie Spitzer. It was a thrill to see Shirley and Elsie together again, this time as great grandmother and great granddaughter. PS. An interesting factoid: Elsie Spitzer had a sister named Anna. We learned of this after Anna was born, but before Elsie was born.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Cookies





I took on the big project of making Christmas cutout cookies last week. I had to do it in steps because it takes so long. So I made the dough one day, spent two days baking them in batches when I had a few minutes here and there, and then recruited Matt to help me frost and sprinkle one night after the kids were asleep. Anna had fun licking the beaters and Matt really likes the decorating with sprinkles. A good team effort by all...the making and the eating!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas PJ's




The girls received these super cute *matching* pj's from Claudia for Christmas. We tried to get a few pictures of them the other night. Anna needed some convincing, but eventually came around.

Elsie

Monday, December 21, 2009

New Carpet



We just got carpet put down in our family room. It is so nice and makes the room a bit warmer/cozier. Even Elsie enjoys it!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Craziest Post-Nap Hair Ever


Too bad the outfit didn't help the team today.

Santa Visit


We woke up bright and early yesterday and headed to the mall in hopes of beating the majority of the crowd to see Santa. Anna was super excited while we were standing in line. She waved to Santa and was all geared up to see him. Of course, when she finally got her turn she chickened out. Sorry this is such poor quality, it's a picture of a picture...but I am sure you get the gist! Anna is hysterical, Elsie is sleeping, and Santa has the goofiest grin I have ever seen.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

New tricks




We've got a few new tricks up our sleeves! Elsie has been bobbling along for lots of recent tummy time. She really likes it and does very well. Yesterday her head got bobbing so much and she ended flipping herself over. I don't think that I will count that as an official first rollover. What is official is this smile though! She has been slow to smile, so this was really fun for Matt and I to see today.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Naked Napper



Jorie and Sarah stopped by to visit this afternoon. They brought me lunch from Panera and some adult conversation. Thank you for both! We put Anna down for her nap this afternoon around 130pm, which is her normal time. Usually I don't hear a peep from her until she wakes up, but today she was very chatty for about an hour or so. Well, she just woke up and I realized why she was so chatty. She took a naked nap! Seeing as it is about 10 degrees outside today, I bet it was a chilly nap too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Elsie Belle

I haven't posted a lot about Elsie so I thought that I would let you know that she exists and is doing well! (second baby, sorry Elsie!) She is just the sweetest thing, and good eater and a great sleeper too. She spends a lot of the day napping in the pack n play in the living room while Anna and I go about our business, waking for a diaper change and to eat every few hours. She is happy in the car and running errands, willing to be out and about with us which is so great. She rarely cries and has a wonderful temperment. She is starting to fill out a bit, getting rounder by the day...oh, I could just eat her up!

Snow Snow Snow



It's been snowing for about 36 hours now... I sent Matt and Anna out last night for a little fresh air and to tackle the driveway.

The Pristine

My dad gifted us with our Christmas gift a little early this year. He decided that we desperately needed a new vacuum cleaner, and I completely agree. We had a pretty fancy vacuum before, but it wasn't doing a very good job. It had gotten to the point where I dreaded bringing it out because it was a worthless non sucking pile of plastic. So I decided to open our new Riccar Pristine vacuum today. ITS AWESOME. And let me tell you why... It sucks, just like it is supposed to do. I sucked up so much lint, dust, crumbs, you name it today and now our house is super shiny. I vacuumed everything I could, twice. No, just kidding only once! Another reason it is so awesome is because I was completely alone while working. Just turn a vacuum on in my house and watch everyone scatter. You are practically guaranteed solitude, maybe I should bring it to the bathroom with me!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy Birthday Matt!


Happy Birthday to our wonderful husband and dad! We love you!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Prep


Anna and my dad working hard on the red cabbage side dish for our turkey dinner tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Same



We brought Elsie home from the hospital in the same outfit that Anna came home in. Compare for yourselves!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Trying out sissy's stuff



I am pretty sure that every kid who has welcomed a new sibling has done this very same thing. Hey, at least she is entertaining herself, right?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

First Solo Outing

Yesterday was my first solo outing with both of the girls. First of all, I'll tell you that it took me 2 hours+ to get out the door. I feed Elsie, changed Anna out of her pjs, got myself showered and ready, then I had to feed Elsie again (seriously, the child loves to eat), took Lilly outside, packed the diaper bag, loaded the kiddos into their car seats, and I was so exhausted we almost had to come right back into the house! Just kidding, I was ok - but it did take two hours. No joke there!
We headed to Yorktown mall. Even thought I had never been there before, I know that there is a train for Anna to ride in the middle of the mall. I thought I could check out the mall, and get Anna a little bit of much needed entertainment. It's a decent mall with some good stores. We stopped at Gymboree (matching shirts for the girls, let the fun begin!) and also AT Loft and The Gap for me. It was so nice to be able to walk in a clothing store and actually have the option to buy a new shirt or two. (which I did)
I have to give a great big thanks to the Oskay family, as they are letting us borrow their double stroller. The thing is a tank...I am super serious when I say that. I can barely lift it in and out of car, it must weigh 40 lbs. And I am not the best navigator behind the thing while pushing it through the stores and the racks of clothes. But it allows me to get both girls out of the house at the same time without trying to hold Elsie while Anna is in a stroller or drag Anna along while Elsie is in a stroller. I am very thankful!
We were only gone for about two hours, but it chopped up my long day at home - and practice makes perfect, right? I am so going to be a professional mall mom by the end of maternity leave.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Elsie's Homecoming




Anna was so sweet the day that we came home from the hospital. She was curious and so loving all at the same time. (which she continues to be on an everyday basis) She insisted on helping Matt to carry her new sister into the house.

Elsie

Haircut


Anna's hair was getting so long, so my dad took her to get a trim last week. It is super cute now, and although she cried throughout the entire haircut I think she really likes it!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My sister and me




New Stroller


Anna received a baby stroller from Jessica for her first birthday, and it has gotten some major use! In fact, I think it rolled 150, 000 miles over the weekend. The thing is literally falling apart, and so I decided she is in desperate need of a newer model. Mom and I headed out to Target yesterday afternoon with both girls (my big outing of the day) and we found this great stroller for just a few dollars. Anna insisted on holding the new stroller through the store and also on the way home. She was so tuckered out that she fell asleep on our way back to the house.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Big Sister Visitor




Matt and I anxiously waited for Anna to visit us in the hospital on Tuesday morning, the day after Elsie was born. It was so great to see her, and she did a wonderful job as a first time big sister! Since we have been home she continues to do a great job. She is interested and so helpful, but not smothering to Elsie. For that, I thankful and impressed with her.

Halloween






I didn't get a chance to post about Halloween yet, so here is some pictures of our little stinker. Anna had great fun walking from house to house saying trick or treat. (and please and thank you) We had a little bit of a hard time getting her into the costume, but once we were out the door she had so much fun. She was mesmerized with the candy in her bucket, asking for "help please" to unwrap so that she could eat it along the way. We also carved our pumpkins that afternoon.