Monday, December 27, 2010

A few more steps

From a few days ago, a few more steps. Crawling is still the preferred method of transport, it's much faster!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Bathtime Fun



The girls share a bath almost every night. They certainly enjoy the time together, it's like they become silly monkeys when they are in there together! This was a few weeks ago - Elsie's first bubble bath!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

No walking yet...


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

Bitty Ballerina


Anna recently started her Bitty Ballerina class over at the park district. She is loving it and shows off her moves when asked despite only attending one class so far. (We missed a few due to Thanksgiving) The leotard and ballet gear were a gift for her birthday last September, thanks Grammy!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving

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

Santa


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

Happy Birthday Elsie!





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

Minnie Mouse





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

Pool Time




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!

Monday, October 25, 2010

#1 Elsie




We celebrated Elsie's birthday over the weekend with a family and friends gathering at our house. It was so nice to see everyone and to wish Elsie a very happy upcoming birthday. (She's not quite 1 yet, her real birthday is next week!) The sister knew exactly what to do with her cake, and she did not hesitate from diving into it for one second.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Uncle Pat in the house!


My brother was in town last week, and we had the chance to see him several times. It's so nice to have the opportunity to spend time with him, and I know he enjoys the time with the girls!

Monday, October 18, 2010

First Day of School




Anna started preschool this fall! We weren't able to sign her up for the regular preschool since she did not turn 3 until after the September 1 deadline. So she is in a "wee threes" program which meets 2 mornings per week with all of the kids who missed the deadline too. I think there are about 10 or 15 kids in her class whose birthdays are in September! She is really enjoying it, and she comes home everyday proudly showing off her art work. A few pictures of her on the first day of school.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Matching Quilts


I have been thinking a lot recently about the girls sharing a room. I think it's important. In all honesty I am a little bit jealous of them. This is a childhood rite of passage that I never was able to experience myself. Sharing a room, sharing secrets, sharing an intimate space with a sibling. So I have been thinking about which bedroom in our house it better suited for them, one has more square footage but the other has a better closet - these are girls we are talking about here, this is important stuff to consider! I've also been thinking about how I might decorate the room. Anna currently has a very cute quilt that I picked up at Homegoods on the very cheap. Of course I can't find another one to match it now. I started browsing websites and catalogues, nothing caught my eye until I saw the one above. I love it. Of course it is from the most expensive store, of course. But, my luck turned when this particular pattern went on clearance! I wasn't able to purchase online because they were already out by the time I discovered the sale. So I made a little recon trip to the store at Oakbrook mall over the weekend. Ching Ching Ching, I hit the jackpot and found them on sale for over 50% off the original price! I am beyond excited. Now, I just have to wait until Elsie is ready for a big girl bed in a little over a year! Hopefully I didn't jump the gun on this one, but I have a feeling we will be enjoying these matching quilts for years to come.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Leaf Pile





I figured that I would keep you up to date on our current activities as well as catching you up on the entire summer, see I told you - posting extravaganza! This past weekend was very low key. We hung out at home for the most part and I tackled my goal of organizing closets. It is such a liberating feeling to have that done. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and hard to pass up spending some time outside. Anna had a blast playing in the leaves last year, which she remembers, and she requested a leaf pile on Saturday. Matt was happy to provide!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Dune Ride









Uncle Pat, Anna and Matt went for a dune ride at Mac Woods one afternoon when we were in Michigan. We were surprised to hear that Anna was eligible for the ride, I guess we are just so used to strapping her into a car seat all of the time. Anna really enjoyed the wind in her and the open air ride!