Wednesday, December 30, 2009


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.


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!