School Days

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From 110908 first day of preschool

Once again, Fall is here before we know it. Boo! This fall is more exciting than most years, however as Lily has started her very first year of preschool!! She goes two mornings a week (T/Th) from 9-11:30, and so far she’s loving it! She has 2 teachers (Miss Ashley and Miss Zeenath) and a teacher’s aide (Miss Lori) in the class, and they all seem very nice. After the very first full day of school I was told that the teachers seem quite enamored with Lily already.. understandable, right? ;)


From 110908 first day of preschool

Ever since we told Lily she was going to be going to preschool a few months ago, she has been nothing but excited about it. She was sad on Labor Day that the school was closed because she told me she wanted to go to school MORE than she wanted to be at home or at Jenny’s house (daycare). She wanted to know why Jason and I had to come with her on the welcome day because she wanted to go all by herself! Needless to say, it caught me by complete surprise when she told me the night before she was supposed to go by herself by the first time that she was SCARED! She was so scared that she couldn’t fall asleep. She ended up coming into my room around 10:30 and crawling into bed with me where she finally was able to get some sleep, but it just broke my heart! She had been acting so excited that I never even thought she would be feeling scared or apprehensive at all. It’s amazing the things that they find intimidating at this age, too.. things I wouldn’t even think about anymore. For example, Lily said she was scared because the school has lots of doors and she’s afraid she wouldn’t know where to go. Luckily the day went VERY well and I think she’s back to just being excited! :)


From 110817

About a month ago my sister had plans with some friends, and her husband was going to be out of town, so Jason and I agreed to host a sleepover and watch Claire and Abby overnight. It’s the first time I’ve really spent any extended amount of time with my nieces without Lisa around, and I admit that I was a bit nervous about keeping 3 three-year-olds entertained and out of trouble, but things went much better than I expected. The girls were excited to see each other, and Claire and Abby had been begging to come play at Lily’s house for months, so they were so excited about all the “new” toys that entertainment wasn’t an issue at all. All 3 girls were fairly tired, so they even fell asleep relatively quickly. Lily put on her bossy hat a little bit, and the next day told me that she would like to change the world so that when it’s night time, SHE Is in charge. I have a feeling she was referring to being in charge of her cousins in this case!


From 110820

If you click the link for the album above, you’ll see a number of action shots the girls did for me as I was testing out my new birthday present – a nice flash for my camera! :)


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Other than that fun and excitement, we did manage to make it out to the Renaissance Festival again this year! We met up with Uncle Greggy, and spent a good 6 hours or so walking around and checking everything out. Lily just LOVES that place! We may have to try to go once more before they close for the year. She rode a bunch of rides this year, made a magic wand, got her face painted, pet a large tortoise, rode a horse, and made a friend. :) It was so cute how quickly she bonded with this little girl standing in line for one of the rides.. they laughed and played together in line, and even stood there holding hands for a long time. It was so much fun to watch! I was somewhat surprised when I found out her little friend was 6 years old, however! I would have guessed she was only a year or so older than Lily.


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The rest of the month was mainly just spent hanging out together as a family, which has been great! Lily bought a small set of nail polish with her own money, and has had a great time giving herself (and me!) manicures. She’s actually not bad at it! We’ve gone to more parks than I can remember, met our friends The Beaverson’s and my friend Michelle at the Splash Pad, helped my sister with a yard sale, celebrated birthdays, and much, much more. I’ve managed to record a number of “Lilyisms” this month, which I’ll list at the end of this post, but first I thought you’d enjoy this video of what Lily learned from hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa this summer. Enjoy!

Lilyisms:

Lily: “can I PLEASE have a compass?”
Daddy: “why do you need a compass?”
Lily: “because I’m on the MOON!”

“I’m not tired, I’m just yawning because my mouth is still waking up.”

“I love Earth. If we didn’t live on Earth, I would be very sad.”

Lily put on Jason’s shoe and said, “Hi, I’m Daddy. Can I please have a whiskey sour?”

Lily took a handful of potatoes at dinner, and lifted them up to eye level like she was inspecting them. Then she looked at me and asked, “Is it a good year for potatoes?”.

Lily was singing “hush little baby”, but forgetting what happens when the mockingbird won’t sing. Daddy kept filling in alternate endings (“behind the barn, its neck I will wring”), to which Lily just pointed at him and said, “Daddy.. you’re fired.”

Lily told us she was going to have 2 babies.. a boy and a girl. And she gets to be the Mommy, I get to be the Grandma, and Jason gets to be the “Daddy-Grandpa”. Apparently that’s what he’s called because, according to her, she “hasn’t picked a Daddy yet.”

“I don’t want to clean up, but I will anyway. Wow, I think that’s the first time I’ve listened!”

Spooky Summer

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Ok, so it’s *slightly* later than mid-July. Oops! I swear July must be the absolute FASTEST month of the year! I don’t know where the time has gone.


From cabin 2011

We have been trying to pack our time together with as many “summer-y” things as possible! Our summer daycare arrangement for Lily (2 days/week at Grandma and Grandpa’s, and 3 days/week at Auntie Lisa’s house), has allowed Lily to spend LOTS of time with her cousins this summer, and led to a number of sleepovers at Gma’s and Gpa’s, too! I think she’s having an absolute blast! We’re so lucky to have such awesome family so close, that are willing to pitch in and help us out! :)


From cabin 2011

Of course, Lisa watching Lily at her house doesn’t allow the two of US to hang out, so we’ve made time for that as well! Lisa invited Lily and I to go with her to the opening of Highland Park Aquatic Center in St. Paul (you can read more about it oh her blog ), which was a lot of fun despite the rain! In turn, I invited Lisa and girls to join Lily and I at Crystal Cove Aquatic Center, and help use some of the groupon admissions that I had purchased. All of us had a great time, and are looking forward to doing it again!

From 2011Jun21

We didn’t spend our WHOLE summer in the water, though! We’ve also been to a number of parks (Medicine Lake Park and French park are some of our favorites), taking Lily on bike rides, going on family walks, and just having all sorts of fun together. Lisa and I even took all 3 girls to the New Hope Cinema Grill one night for pizza and the movie Rio (+a bottle of wine for the Mamas – score!).


From 2011Jun21

Of course, no summer would be complete without our annual 4th of July cabin trip! This year was a ton of fun, and the time went so fast! The girls are really getting old enough to enjoy the cabin, spending time with the whole extended family, and all the random activities we do there, and it’s SO much fun to relive some of my OWN childhood memories through their eyes! They were all SO well-behaved the entire week, and seemed to love EVERYTHING we did on any given day! They’re all getting to be really good swimmers (with floaties/water wings on, typically), they all got to sleep together in the same bed every night (so it was a week-long sleepover!), they enjoyed going to the lake, catching frogs with Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan, chasing Grandpa around a golf course (or just running up and down the “bunker”), and the FIREWORK show we took them to for the first time this year!


From cabin 2011

One of the cutest memories I have of the cabin this year with the 3 girls, was when we went waking around Red Cedar lake, looking for frogs. Lily was very intent on her search, and sometimes leaned WAY over the side of the dock to peer into the water, which was making me VERY nervous! I told her she couldn’t lean over so far because I didn’t want her to fall in, and tenderhearted little Claire heard me and was SO concerned about Lily’s safety that she grabbed onto the back of Lily’s shirt and hung onto her for dear life. Nevermind that there’s no way Claire’s little 32-lb body would do a single thing to stop Lily from going into the water, she was bound and determined to protect her cousin and it absolutely melted my heart!


From cabin 2011

It may sound like we’ve spent the whole summer with only my side of the family… and it’s true that we certainly have seen my family A LOT this summer – but we’ve also made a few trips to visit with Jason’s family as well! Jason’s Dad has moved since the last time we saw him, and now lives in Wisconsin, only about 1 1/2 hours from the cabin. So, one of the days during the cabin trip Jason and Lily packed up and went to visit him and his wife, Judy. They had a great time, and Lily brought home a little stuffed bear (that she named “Sunny”), while Jason brought home some homemade salsa and garden-fresh radishes. Yum!


From 110716

We also made a trip down to Grandma Gayle’s farm (with the 115 heat index and NO A/C!!) while Jason’s sister Chandra was in town with her husband Aaron, and their daughters Akasha and Aria. They live in Virginia and we haven’t seen them in about 1 1/2 years, so it was great to see everyone again, and see how big all the kids are getting – and watch all the cousins play! We attempted to let all the girls (Akasha, Tali, Aria, Lily, and Eanna) camp out in a tent in the yard, but Lily was a bit scared and ended up coming inside with us before everyone fell asleep. Before that, however, Auntie Shannon read all the girls a story, and they took turns telling “spooky stories” around a flashlight (cheating, I know). Listening to the girls stories was so much fun, and even now Lily is still on a “spooky stories” kick! I’ll post one of her latest spooky stories at the end of this post.


From 110717

It’s so hard to believe that August is just around the corner. Lily is already enrolled for pre-school, which will start in early September, and this coming week I’ll be enrolling her in dance class (tap & ballet) already! In just 2 weeks, her regular daycare provider re-opens and we’ll start getting into our “school-year” routine. I find myself getting a little down at all the early reminders of fall (back to school sales, people talking about football, etc) because I just love these summer days, but I keep reminding myself that there are so many EXCITING things coming up this fall! I’m excited to watch how Lily grows and changes as she enters school and spends time with a whole new group of people. I’m excited to watch her practice being the ballerina she already loves to pretend she is in her dance class, and hopefully find a passion for dance AND make some new friends as well! I know that there will be a number of bittersweet moments coming up, moments where it’s undeniable that she is truly growing up and becoming her own person right before my eyes. So for now, I’m hanging on to my little girl, and enjoying every minute of these late summer days with my little family.


From 110716

And now, without further ado – I present to you Lily’s most recent “spooky story” (not quite verbatim but as close as I could manage!):
There was a monster, a witch, and a ghost. The monster was purple and furry, and really big.. with white teeth and white claws. The witch was mean, and she had a cat. She had green skin and rode a broomstick. The ghost was a mean ghost, not like a human-ghost but a ghost-ghost (think casper, but not so friendly).

The monster, witch, and ghost took the Mommy and Daddy’s child (named Rosie) and hid her in a bag, but then she got out. The hero girl’s name is Blondie – she looks a lot like Lily, and has blonde pigtails. Blondie came along and saw the monster, witch, and ghost being mean and she told them to “STOP!”, but they didn’t listen. Then, she said, “I’m going to trap you!” and she trapped them in a bag.. but they could get out. Then she put them in a maze, but the ghost walked through walls and got out. Then, she put them in a hole, and closed it. The monster was going to open it, but Blondie went to the red wizard and had him make a lock for her, and she locked the hole.

She was going to hide the key under her bed, but then she thought they would find it. So she went way into the forest and buried the key. Then they couldn’t get out. The end.

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It seems so strange that April is almost over ALREADY, yet when I look back at everything that happened this month, I can’t believe it’s only been ONE MONTH. This is a month that I am definitely ready to put behind me.


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

We used up our Groupon for Lily’s tumbling class at The Little Gym and had to decide if we wanted to pay to continue taking lessons for the rest of the semester (until mid-June). I really did like a LOT of the things they did in those classes, but I was torn because their tuition is SO expensive. The deciding factor for me was Lily herself – she didn’t really seem to WANT to keep going, and I didn’t want to pay all that money just to fight with her every Saturday and drag her to class!! I think she did like the stuff she was doing in class as she always seemed to have fun once she was there, but she seems to hate giving up any of her weekend “Mommy and Daddy” time. Since we stopped going, she has mentioned the class a few times and seems to miss it a little, so I still think I’m going to pursue enrolling her in a tumbling or dance class in the fall – probably something a bit more in our budget!


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

Our weather so far this “spring” has really sucked.. but we did manage to have a FEW nice days sprinkled in here and there. During one of those days we brought out the little bike Lily was given for Christmas, and took her for her first bike ride! We rode across the alley and over to the hospital park, then spent some time riding on the trails in the park before letting her stop riding to play. She loved it!! She looked so adorable riding that bike all by herself. :) She begged to go out for another bike ride the next day, so we took her out again.. unfortunately those were some of the last night days we’ve had so we haven’t been out riding much more than that, but it’s high on our summer agenda for sure! I also think it’ll be a good tie-in for really stressing SAFETY with her, and you’ll soon know why this has become a huge concern for us.


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

This is the part of this post that I have truly been dreading. It’s still hard to write about, or even think about. On Monday the 18th I called the Doctor’s office to make Lily an appointment. Her numerous colds over the last few months have led to at least 3 or 4 ear infections back-to-back, and it appeared as if it was starting to affect her hearing. Her appointment was in the afternoon, so I dropped her off at Daycare like normal and told Jen (Daycare woman) that I would come pick her up at 12:30 to go to the doctor. That morning, Jen took the kids for a walk to the park. They were walking along the sidewalk, and Lily ran ahead of Jen (pushing the stroller of smaller kids) as she LOVES to do. Up ahead, Jen saw a woman starting to QUICKLY back out of her driveway without looking, and saw Lily heading straight into the path of this woman’s car. Jen called out for Lily to STOP, but Lily kept going without even hesitating. Jen knew that Lily’s hearing had been pretty poor and was afraid that Lily couldn’t hear her, so she started SCREAMING at Lily to stop and running towards her, but Lily ignored her and kept running. Incredibly, there was a city (or garbage? not clear on the details) truck sitting on that street at that exact moment, and the driver was watching the whole situation. He thought VERY quickly and LEANED on his horn to make a super, super loud noise. Lily heard the noise and stopped in her tracks, and the woman in the car whipped RIGHT BY HER, less than 2 feet away. Jen went running up to the man with tears streaming down her face and gave him an enormous hug and told him he saved Lily’s life. She later called the city to let them know what had happened, and what an incredible thing this driver had done, and she got to talk to him a little more. It gives me the chills and makes me borderline nauseous to hear that the driver (Larry) was NOT even supposed to be working that day, but he decided at the last minute to cover the shift for someone else. I am so, so, SO incredibly grateful to him for what he did – and terrified beyond words to imagine what may have happened if he wasn’t there, or didn’t do what he did. I feel like I honestly can’t convey the seriousness of this whole situation, or how I really feel.. almost like I have to make myself emotionally detached in order to even write about it. I didn’t sleep most of that whole night because I couldn’t get the vision of Lily nearly being hit out of my head, and I have shed countless tears over it since then, but I am SO THANKFUL and feel so blessed that she is ok!! Trust me, discussions about safety and the dangers of cars have become a very common thing in our house these days. It’s so frustrating to try and make a 3yo understand that kind of danger.


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

Ok, scary stuff is over. I knew I had to document it as it was a major event for us, but it’s still difficult. Whew! Other (less important) fun we’ve been having includes a broken dishwasher (I think it’s mostly fixed now), a broken bathtub drain (we had to go bathe at my parent’s house!), a family of mice moving into our house and being slaughtered by our cat (yuck). I’m struggling with just not feeling very happy in our house these days, and we know we want to move before Lily starts school, but I’d love to move up that timeline a bit! It’s just hard in this market right now. We’re concentrating on de-cluttering our house currently and trying to finish up outstanding projects so our house might be ready to put on the market in another year or two. Meanwhile, my addiction to edinarealty.com has returned with a vengeance!


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

We did make a SUPER quick trip to the zoo this month to see the “Farm Babies” with Auntie Lisa, Uncle Greggy, Claire and Abby. It was fun but I wish we had been able to make it back again over the course of the month! Oh well, even though Farm Babies is done, we’ll have to make a number of trips out to the zoo over the course of this spring and summer. :) While we were hanging out with Claire and Abby we also had a super-fun SLEEPOVER! All 3 girls are finally getting the hang of sleeping in the same room (sometimes the same bed!) so it feels more like a true sleepover. I’m sure Auntie Lisa and I will have a plan a few more of these as well over the course of the next few months!! :)

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That brings me to something that isn’t entirely Lily-related, but still important! Lily’s Daddy (Jason) has a band called Kether, and he has been practicing once a week and working very hard at their music for over a year. All of his hard work paid off on the 22nd as their band was able to perform their first live show at Ground Zero! Lily had a sleepover at Grandma and Grandpa’s that night so I could go watch the show as well, and it was a very fun time! Jason and his band mates did a GREAT job and there were a lot of people there to see them (some of our friends even came in from Winona!), and they got a lot of good feedback.


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

Finally, I sent in the registration forms to enroll Lily in PRE-SCHOOL for next fall!! I can’t believe she’s getting that big, but apparently it was just in time as she is suddenly trying to start reading?!?!? She has always loved words, but lately she has been obsessed with sounding things out, knows how to spell about a dozen words and has sounded out and READ a few short words to us, which just blows my mind. The other night at dinner she read the word HOUSE on a piece of paper, then proceeded to look around and found words that she could sound out, spell, and WRITE DOWN! She saw a lamp, sounded it out and wrote down L-A-M-P. Then she saw a leaf, sounded it out and wrote down L-E-F (pretty close!)… I think my jaw literally dropped. This evening while walking back to our car from the Children’s Museum she pointed at a sign and read “BUS STOP”. I am immensely proud of her, but at the same time I am SO NOT READY for her to be reading things already!


From 20110402 Lily Bike Ride

Sun, Fun, and Family

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From Lily Cabin July 2010

The picture above was taken at the Tagalong where we rented the Pontoon boat. We took a similar picture last year in the same spot. I can’t believe how much has changed in one year! I can only imagine what next year will be like..

Wow, what a whirlwind month! I think we can pick up from the last post with the SURPRISE PARTY I threw Jason for his 30th Birthday! What a relief it was to get that done – planning was incredibly frustrating, but I think I managed to pull off a fun night at Elsie’s. Thanks to everyone who was able to show up!


From Lily Bday Party June 2010

Speaking of birthdays, we also had a big birthday celebration at my parent’s house for a bunch of may/june birthdays (my cousin’s daughters turned 21, my Dad celebrated a birthday, my Aunty Pat, and Jason). It was a gorgeous day weather-wise and we all had a fun time out on the patio! There are TONS of pics in the linked album, but here’s a few of my favorites:


From Lily Bday Party June 2010
From Lily Bday Party June 2010
From Lily Bday Party June 2010
From Lily Bday Party June 2010

Then, the end of June rolled around. We traveled out to Lake Mills, WI to visit some of my Mom’s cousins, and to go to a memorial service for Great Aunt Gloria, who passed away in December. She was an incredible woman, and left behind an amazing family. While we were out that way, Jason’s Dad drove in to see us and he and Jason spent some quality time together going to some historic sites in the area (Indian burial grounds, and stuff about a pyramid in the middle of Rock Lake out there). Our friends Jeremy and Cara (and JJ!) also drove all the way out from Milwaukee to see us! It was so nice to see them again, and meet their little boy. We live far enough apart that we don’t get to see each other often enough, and now they are moving to Vermont next month so we won’t get to see them again for quite some time. Cara was 9 months pregnant at the time, and has since given birth to a beautiful little girl!


From Lily Wisconsin Trip June 2010
From Lily Wisconsin Trip June 2010

We started off July with a bang as Jason and I (along with Greg, Dave, Shawn, and Andy) went to the TOOL concert at Xcel Energy Center. That was a great night, and amazingly I stayed awake through the next day at work, which was also my last day before our 1-week CABIN VACATION! Always the highlight of my summer! We had a blast going swimming at the beach club, swinging on the swing Grandpa hung up off the deck, renting a pontoon boat, and playing a million card games each night after the girls went to sleep. Lily, Claire, and Abby got to sleep in the same room (on the same air mattress!) together this year, which was certainly interesting! They actually did pretty well at night time – the twins especially would conk out pretty quickly and we would hear Lily over the monitor, talking and singing to herself. We did overhear some amusing things when she would pretend to talk to her cousins even though they were asleep! “You’re Claire, and You’re Claire! Except one of you is Abby…” Lily and Claire especially like to do their own rendition of “Under the Sea” from the little mermaid, which is adorable beyond words. We did learn, however, that nap times would just NOT happen if they shared a room so we had to split them up during the day, which worked out pretty well. :)


From Lily Cabin July 2010

That brings us to this weekend, which has been much more laid-back than our previous few weekends. :) We had the Beaverson’s over for dinner on Friday night, which was fun! Other than that we’ve just been relaxing and getting things done around the house, and trying to deal with a crabby 2-year-old who is FINALLY breaking through her 2-year molars.


From Lily July 2010 Splash Pad

Sorry about the lateness of this post, but it took me 4 days to write this AS IS! There are TONS and TONS and TONS of pics and every one of the (FOUR!) albums I posted, so please feel free to browse through those! :) Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, and can we please make time slow down a little bit now?!?


From Lily July 2010 Splash Pad

Rhyme Time

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From Lily April 2010 lake wildflower garden

Hey, look at that – it’s been a month already! I think this once-a-month blogging is working pretty well for me. :) And, boy, what a month it’s been! Lots of stuff to catch up on. First bit of big news – I got a new job! I no longer work at Hopkins – my last day was April 29th!! On Monday I start as a “System Administrator – Windows” for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the University of Minnesota. I’m nervous and super-excited for the change – I’ll be sure to post and keep you updated on how it’s going.


From Lily April 2010 lake wildflower garden

The most difficult part about my new position is that I’m going to be giving up my Fridays off with Lily. I am so incredibly grateful that I’ve been able to have that extra time with her for the first 2 years of her life, but I admit that I will miss it (and her) a lot. To celebrate our “last” friday together today I took her out for lunch, just the two of us. I told her that I’ve had such a fun time with her and enjoyed our “girls Fridays” and she nodded and said, “yeah! I love you so much, little Mommy.” so then I had to choke back the tears! I know I’m a total sap, but the child melts my heart like nobody I have ever met!


From Lily April 2010 lake wildflower garden

Some other big things that have been happening this last month – Lily developed a sudden, unprompted interest in potty training! She asked me three times in one day if she could sit on the big girl potty, so I let her but she didn’t really do anything. I told her daycare woman about it the next day and so she sat her on the potty after lunch and Lily did go pee. I took her out to the store and we bought a potty training chart with stickers, and a bunch of prizes for when she earned enough stickers (I like that idea better than rewarding with M&Ms or the like). My plan was to do a prize from the bag for every 10 “pee” stickers, every 3 “poop” stickers, and if she went potty on the big potty every day for FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT she could get a dress-up dress (that she’s been dying for lately). It started out well, she was really excited and kept talking about the “5 days in a row” excitement, but the excitement fizzled out after a few days before she even earned a single prize. I backtracked and decided the next time she did ANYTHING on the potty that I’d give her a prize to show her that she DOES get rewards, but she hasn’t done anything yet. I think maybe she’s not REALLY ready yet and we may back off and try again in a few months.


From Lily April 2010 lake wildflower garden

Random Lily-isms: A few weeks ago we had strawberry shortcake for dessert, only instead of shortcake we had angelfood cake. I brought it out and Lily announced to everyone – “Yay! It’s my birthday!!” :)

My daycare woman passed this one on to me – a couple of weeks ago Lily was at daycare and told Jenny, “There are 3 girls outside – Maeghan, Molly, and Lexie. There are 3 girls inside – Lily, Emily, and Sadie. There are 6 girls.” Jen said her mouth dropped open and when she finally recovered all she could think to say was, “uh… don’t forget about Jacob?” To be fair, she did say GIRLS. ;)

I painted Lily’s toenails one weekend and then the next weekend we had a sleepover with her cousins Claire and Abby and gave all 3 girls manicures and pedicures. They all did REALLY well and Lily thought it was about the coolest thing ever to wear nail polish – on her toes! A few days later we were out driving and drove by a water fountain, and she matter-of-factly told Jason and I, “That’s a fountain. It waters the grass so it can be pretty. Like my toes.” :)

Speaking of that sleepover – for the first time we attempted to let all 3 girls sleep in the same bed (since Claire and Abby are in Big Girl Beds! now, too!) and I think they’re close but it just did not quite work out. Lily wasn’t very tired, and Claire was VERY tired, so Claire was trying to sleep and Lily and Abby stayed awake talking and giggling and stuff which made Claire upset. We ended up having to move Claire and Abby upstairs to the guest bedroom where Abby promptly climbed out of her pack-and-play and slept in the guest bed. Poor Lisa didn’t get much sleep that night!

Lily was telling me a story about a dream she had the other night and was talking about Dragons, then Dinosaurs. I can’t remember exactly what she said Dinosaurs do, but I just said “Oh, Dinosaurs do that, do they?” and she replied, “Well, only the Pteranodon.” I’m sure she picked this up from a book of hers (Snoozers) that has a Pteranodon in it, but it was still crazy to hear her say that out of the blue! Today she even used the word “intermittent”! She used it incorrectly, but still Jason and I had to ask her 3 times what she said to be sure we were hearing correctly. heh

From Lily Twins sleepover April 2010

Another form of amusement lately – I don’t remember how exactly this started but it seemed accidental that one day at dinner Jason and Lily were talking and started suddenly just saying a word, then going back and forth listing words that rhymed with the original word. “Look – book – took – crook – nook – shook” etc. Lily thought this was HILARIOUS and kept erupting into this enormous and adorable belly laugh, so we’ve made it kind of a game that I call “Rhyme time”. Nice and easy to play in the car when she’s bored, and she seems to love it!

Finally, if anyone has a Burlington Coat Factory near them you should go and check out some of the adorable sundresses they have for little girls! They had a TON of them for like $8.99 when we were there a few weeks ago and of course I couldn’t resist. :) Here’s Lily modeling one of them that evening (and her new Dora sandals – she would be very upset if I didn’t mention those!). Enjoy! Until next month? :)


From Lily Twins sleepover April 2010

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From Lily March 2010 kite

Well, it appears that I have become a “once-a-month” blogger. I’m just going to let myself be ok with that! The main downside is that I just can’t REMEMBER all the cute stories that have happened over the last month, so forgive me if I get disjointed or ramble on.


From Lily March 2010 kite


What a month March was!! Beautiful, beautiful weather and a complete lack of snow (!!) gave us the opportunity to get outside a lot more and start to cure our cabin fever over this long winter. Some of the things we’ve done so far this spring – gone to the zoo, easter egg “hunt”, pajama party at grandmas, flying kites, swimming lessons, bubble-blowing, and many, many walks and trips to the park.


From Lily March 2010 kite

A couple of weeks ago we woke up on a beautiful Saturday and wanted to do something fun with Lily. Jason suggested the Children’s Museum so we started getting ready to go there. Then I saw online that my friend Jill A was going to the zoo and I thought “that sounds like fun” – plus our membership was about to expire. THEN my sister texted me and said she and her family were heading to the zoo – so that settled it! We met Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, and Claire and Abby at the zoo and had a fun, spontaneous day. :)


From Lily March 2010 zoo and edinborough

The Easter Egg Hunt we went to was put on by our city, and wasn’t really a hunt at all (as I expected it would be). Another huge surprise to me was the AMOUNT of people that were there! It was open to kids 12 and under, and when we showed up a few minutes before it was to start the line went out the back of the city hall building, all the way down the block, turned the corner and went halfway down THAT street! We waited in line for about a hour and when we finally got inside Lily got to pick 2 plastic eggs out of a laundry basket, then bring them into this big prize room where a volunteer opened them and brought her the prizes she won. In this case she won some colored pencils and a fish game – but one of the kids ahead of us won a new BIKE! It was certainly an experience, though I’m not sure if we’re going to go again next year.


From Lily March 2010 zoo and edinborough

The pajama party at Grandma’s – Grandma was on spring break and decided that she’d like to have all three granddaughters sleep over at the same time (Brave Woman!). So she organized a pajama party for them, made them a special meal (homemade mac and cheese, hot dogs, and strawberries I believe), treats, games (fishing for prizes, etc), activities (dying easter eggs), and more! When I came to pick Lily up the next afternoon, Grandma and Grandpa looked like they were about to fall over and sleep for a week, but the girls were all really good and had a great time! I think this may have to become a regular event, if Grandma and Grandpa can survive it! ;)


From Lily March 2010 bubbles

We began swimming lessons every Thursday evening, which will go until sometime in May. So far, I think it’s been a big success! Lily’s favorite part is jumping into the pool (what a shocker there – huh?) and she’s not so fond of floating on her back. Other than that, she picked up kicking and “reach and pull” like a pro! She did accidentally go under water on her 2nd week of lessons, which scared me to death but she did REALLY well! She managed to hold her breath and blow air out of her nose (I could see the bubbles) and when she came up she wasn’t coughing or screaming, just looked at me with huge eyes like “WHAT just happened??”. I think we’re going to be dunking her on purpose in one of the classes in the next week or two, so I really hope her reaction is just as good that time, too.


From Easter 2010

One more picture I had to include from our kite flying session a few weeks ago – this picture is underexposed and blurry, but there’s something about it I really, really like! It kind of looks like a dream or a painting or something.. ;)


From Lily March 2010 kite

Other than stuff we’ve been doing – Lily continues to grow and change almost daily. She makes Jason and I laugh like nobody else with the silly things she does or says. The other day she called out to me from her room when she woke up – “Mommy? Where IS my BINKY?” I looked at her and said “In your mouth?” and she stopped for a minute and said “Oh. hehehehehhehee (total giggles)”. She has developed this funny way of overemphasizing every word when she says certain things, especially when she’s in a silly mood. She also sounds like a teenager whenever you call her name and she replies with this bored-sounding “What.”. She has started to tell stories a lot, which can always make me smile – especially when I can follow most of it! Sometimes she’s just retelling the story of a certain Word World episode or something, but acting as if it happened to her or she was involved.. sometimes she just gets a collection of random information and strings it together into a story with a bunch of “and then’s” in the middle.

She has discovered that the magic in “Mommy kisses” must come from saliva! The other day we were at the park and she bumped her head on something. She was being kind of mopey about it so I asked her if she wanted me to kiss it. She looked at me, licked her finger and touched her head where she had bumped it and said, “Nope. I’m good.”, then ran off to play again. She’s also very concerned about how people are feeling – especially that they’re happy! She is always asking us (me especially) if we are happy, and then verifying that we are STILL happy after something has happened or some time has passed.

The other day when we were driving home she asked me – “Mommy, what is a Mommy?” I asked her what she thought a Mommy was and she said “A Mommy is a people. A Daddy is a people, too.” I asked her if Lily was people, too and she decided, “No.”. Then I told her that I was her Mommy, and she was Daddy and my daughter. She thought about this for a minute, then nodded and said, “Yeah! That’s what Daddy calls me – Lily Daughter!” (he actually says Lily Dot – Dot being short for Dorothy). :)

We are still somewhat struggling with sleeping – good days and bad days – whether it be nap time or bed time, but I think it will iron itself out soon. Part of it, I think, is her imagination on overdrive. She has started saying random things about monsters when we try to put her to sleep (she can see a green monster, or hear a monster crying, etc) but she doesn’t really ACT as if she’s scared, she seems like she’s just telling a story.

There have probably been at least a dozen cute stories or things she’s said that I want to share with everyone, but I just haven’t been very good at writing them down and I can’t remember them for very long. I wish I could have a video recorder on her all the time because I know how precious these memories are, and I know how quickly it will pass by. I will try to make more of an effort to jot some of these down and share them with you! For now, there are a few cute things on the twitter feed on the right-hand side, and there are TONS of cute pics (4 albums worth!) so please check those out to get your Lily-fix!

Happy New Year!

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From Christmas 2009


Good thing I didn’t make a resolution to blog more in 2010, because I’d already be in trouble! We had a FANTASTIC Christmas (many Christmases!) this year, and it was so much fun for me to see Lily really get into it this year.


From Christmas 2009


So.. in case you didn’t notice – we got some snow! The Christmas 2009 Blizzard did it’s best to mess up our Holiday plans, but we still managed to fit everything in.. just sometimes a day or so later than planned. :) We went over to my parents house on Christmas Eve and spent the whole day there with Grandma and Grandpa, Great-Aunt Pat, Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Cousins Claire and Abby, and Uncle Greggy. Lily was somewhat sick and didn’t nap AT ALL so by the time we ate and started opening some presents, she was having a bit of a meltdown. The meltdown only lasted through the 1st present, then she realized that all those presents were for HER and she got to open them and keep them and somehow she got a second wind! :)


From Christmas 2009


Lily got so many presents – I don’t even know where to begin! She got very excited to open each present and sometimes didn’t even want to look at what it was for more than a minute because she was anxious to start opening the NEXT present!


From Christmas 2009

Due to the weather, we all ended up spending the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house (except for the Lambert clan), and amazingly Santa found us there on Christmas morning! ;) We woke up Christmas morning and were just doing normal stuff – I had to change Lily’s diaper, etc, waiting for everyone to get up and moving and I think Grandma was almost more excited to go see what Santa brought than Lily was! Finally, we did tell her that Santa came and we should go downstairs and see what he brought and then she got really excited!


From Christmas 2009

Our original plan had been to drive down to Jason’s Moms house on Christmas Day, but because of the bad weather we decided to push it off one day. We ended up spending most of the rest of the day at my parents house, then met the extended family at Aunty Pat’s house for pie in the afternoon. The most exciting part of that was getting to meet my newest 2nd cousin – Alexander Lawrence! He was only 1 week old at Christmas and SO good – he slept through the whole thing. He’s adorable!


From Christmas 2009

Christmas evening we went home and unpacked all of our stuff from that sleepover, and repacked for our trip to the farm. Right away Saturday morning we headed out to Jason’s Mom’s house and met up with Jason’s family (Grandma Gayle, Grandma Jim, Uncle Shawn, Aunt Shannon, Cousins Arian, Tali, Eanna AND even the Wilkemeyers (Aunt Chandra, Uncle Aaron, cousins Akasha and Aria) were in town from VA! We had another great Christmas down at the farm, and Lily got to sit on and pet a couple of horses!


From Christmas 2009

Overnight at Grandma Gayles, Lily made a new discovery – that she could climb out of her pack-and-play without help. I was really hoping she’d never discover this! We would put her in it to go to sleep, and she’d climb right back out. One time she climbed back out immediately, before I could even sit down again. Finally, she did sleep well but it was only a few days later at home that she decided to try it in her crib. I heard her waking up and went into her room and saw her with one leg on top of her crib rail up to her knee, and trying to hoist herself on top of the rail. She looked over at me and said “This is scary!”. You’re telling me, kiddo! So, that night we converted her crib to a “toddler bed” (day bed kind of thing). In doing so, we realized that her crib has been recalled so we’re trying to figure out exactly what we’re going to do. I think we might end up getting her a new, full-size bed, and use the voucher we get to buy a new crib and just leave it in the box until we need it again whenever we have another baby. I can’t believe how fast Lily is growing up! This “big girl bed” has been quite an adventure, and she seems like such a big kid to me. It’s so bittersweet!

The only unfortunate part about her new bed is naps. They have been pretty hit or miss for the last few months, but since switching her crib to a bed she hasn’t napped in it once. She still naps at daycare, and she napped at my parents house once, but she won’t nap at home which has been frustrating – I’m not ready to give up nap time yet!


From NYE 2009 and big girl bed

Sorry, I rambled off there – once we got back from Grandma Gayle’s (that Sunday) our friend Travis came to visit from New Mexico! It was nice to see him, even though I didn’t get to spend much time hanging out and I had to work the next day. I think he’ll be back this summer, so I’ll look forward to hanging out with him more then! Now, let’s fast-forward to New Years Eve. We had spent so much time running over our long Christmas weekend that I think we were all in need of a more low-key weekend at home, and to just spend some time together without things to do all the time. We went to the Beaverson’s for the 2nd Annual NYE sledding party on Thursday afternoon, and that was fun (though COLD) and our only real planned event for the whole long weekend!


From NYE 2009 and big girl bed

We had a really nice, relaxing long weekend that we spent together. Lily did really good in her new bed (she slept in until 9 am – twice!), we did a few casual errands and got some things done around the house, took down Christmas decorations and found a way to rearrange the toys in the Living Room to incorporate all her new Birthday and Christmas toys.


From NYE 2009 and big girl bed

Just general Lily updates – She continues to amaze me constantly. She knows all of her letters, the ABC song, and the ABC song with a word for every letter (A, “ah” alligator, B “buh” ball, etc). Today her daycare woman told me she was playing Boggle Jr. with two of the preschool girls and actually PLAYING it! She has been very concerned with feelings lately – understanding her feelings, and ours. She says “I love you” and “I love you so much” and gives us giant hugs. SHe asks if we’re happy, or upset, and tells us “I’m so happy!”. She’s had some cute sayings, most of which I haven’t remembered to write down in time, but I did catch some of them! Yesterday she said to me “Mommy, can I have a nest like duck?” I said, “Don’t you want to sleep in a bed like Mommy and Daddy?” And she said, “No, I want to sleep in a nest. Like Duck.” :) A few weeks ago, Jason and I were talking while Lily was playing near us in the Living room, and Jason said “well, in one of the most under-reported scientific discoveries of the year – ” and Lily interrupted with “the sun is HOT!” which just made us laugh like crazy. I am still just absolutely loving this age!


From Christmas 2009

Finally, I’ll leave you with a video of Lily singing her ABC song, but be sure to stay tuned until the very end when she has a big announcement to make – “My Mommy is _____!” :)

Lily sings the alphabet with Words from Jill W on Vimeo.

Trick and Treat

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From 2009-10-31


A bit late, I realize. Consider that your trick, and this massive update post with THREE (Count them, 1-2-3) albums of pictures, as your treat. :)


From 2009-10-31


The night before Halloween, Lily and I got to hang out with Auntie Lisa, Claire and Abby! It was a really fun day and the girls had a great time hanging out together, and we even had a first-annual (maybe) super-special Halloween sleepover party!! Once the girls were in bed, Lisa and I got to hang out and drink wine cider, eat junk food, chat, and watch cheesy movies (like 2gether)!


From 2009-10-31

The next day, I made a special Halloween breakfast for the crew (Baked Apple Pancakes – yummy, but not at all healthy other than the apple), and we got all the girls ready and headed out. After running a few errands, we headed over to my Aunt’s house to show her the girls in costume, then over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to see Grandma home from the hospital (surgery the day before) and trick-or-treat at their house as well! All three girls were dressed up in these adorable matching Lamb costumes made by Lisa’s step-mother-in-law(?), which were a huge hit!


From 2009-10-31

At that point we parted ways, and we each went home to get our respective kids ready for the real deal – their first “real” night of trick-or-treating! After dinner, Lily changed into her Frog costume and we headed out on the streets. We first went to Derek, Alix, and Sebastian’s house where Lily took the candy Alix offered and then declared “I come in!” and tried to force her way in the house. Luckily we did know them, and Lily got the hang of it after that, so she wasn’t barging into strangers houses all night long! The rest of the neighborhood was pretty dark, but as soon as we rounded the corner onto Zenith I could not BELIEVE how many people were out! It was like being in a mall. I have never, in my entire life, seen that many people out trick-or-treating and it was incredible! We went to about a dozen houses, then ended up running into our friends The Beaverson’s and went back to their house to hang out for a bit. We didn’t end up getting back to our house until 8 or so, so I ended up shoveling 3 bags worth of halloween candy into the bags of 7 trick-or-treaters that came to our house just to get rid of it! :)


From 2009-10-31

Now I’m going to skip forward to the weekend after Halloween. On that Friday, I brought Lily to Kid’s hair in Maple Grove and got her hair REALLY cut – into a Bob! I think it turned out really cute, and it looks thicker and will hopefully all grow out at the same length now and be less of a mullet. Here are some before and after pictures –
Before –


From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06

After –


From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06
From 2009-11-06

More excitement last Saturday when the weather was 60s and BEAUTIFUL so we packed up and went to the MN Zoo! It was the perfect day to be there (apparently everyone else thought so, too, because it was packed!). Lily really got into seeing the animals this time and I think she had a REALLY good time! Her favorite part was the tiger, because we went up to the glass partition at the tiger area and there was a tiger RIGHT on the other side of the glass, pacing back and forth. He was literally INCHES away and I think it about blew Lily’s mind. She’s still talking about it! Since she was such a good girl, I even gave her an ice cream cone (her first whole ice cream cone, and she devoured the. entire. thing.). Sunday we just did outside chores and got some Christmas shopping done.


From zoo 2009-11-07

Random Lily updates – her vocabulary and comprehension continues to completely amaze me. She routinely speaks in FULL (5-10 word) sentences already, and understands concepts (can switch your/my appropriately, etc). She has had a number of very loving moments lately, which completely melts my heart. I will never, ever tire of hearing her say “I love you, Mommy!”. The other day I was kissing her good night and she put her hands on my cheeks and said “I had fun with you today, Mommy.” Tonight as I was getting her ready for bed we were reading a book about Birthdays. I was telling her that she has a birthday coming up, and she’ll be two. She looked at me and said “No, Mommy! I don’t LIKE two. I am THREE.” heh


From zoo 2009-11-07

We have been having a bit of a sleep problem lately, and it seems as if Lily is trying to give up her one and only nap, but I am resisting! She has moved to sleeping in a “big girl bed” at daycare, and sleeps fine there so I’m wondering if she’s looking for the same change at home. I don’t feel ready for that, but if it makes her sleep again, I’ll convert her crib into a toddler bed ASAP! We have another exciting weekend planned this weekend, so I will try and update much sooner next time! :)


From zoo 2009-11-07

Busy, but fun busy!

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From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

August is flying by faster than any month so far. I love this time of year, and hate how quickly it passes! We have been keeping very busy, which only makes the time pass faster. Last weekend (August 2nd), we had Derek, Alix, Sebastian, and “Ace” over for dinner on the deck. It was a great night, and I think Lily had a great time hanging out with Sebastian! We had fun chatting with Derek and Alix, and were even able to keep eating on the deck during a short bout of rain, thanks to our gigantic umbrella! I completely forgot to take ANY pictures, but Alix was nice enough to send me some that she took. She also made a really cute post about the visit on her blog.


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

This Thursday, I took the day off work to use up some comp time I’d earned by working a long Sunday a few weeks back. My friend Nora and her 11-month old daughter, Juniper came over to visit. We went to the splash pad, but Juniper wasn’t a huge fan. It was still fun, though! Then Nora and I hung out and got to chat for a while, which was nice. It gets so hard to find the time to hang out with people when you both have kids, so it’s nice to take that time and catch up – especially nice when you can get outside and do something together! Of course, I COMPLETELY forgot to take any pictures. :(


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

On Friday, Lisa and the twins came over to hang out! We wanted to go to the splash pad again, but of course it was POURING RAIN the whole day. We have yet to actually get the twins TO the splash pad, because every time they’ve come over to hang out it has rained. Oh well, we had a fun time hanging around the house and Lily was SO excited to see her cousins again! Amazingly, we even got all three babies to nap at the same time for a while, and Lisa and I got some time to sit and catch up without chasing babies. :)


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!


(Please ignore the back of Lily’s shirt… it’s a long story!)

On Friday night, our friend Travis came to visit. He hadn’t met Lily yet, so it was a fun trip. He lives in Madison, but has just joined the Americorps program for a year and is moving to some small town in New Mexico next week, so he made one last visit up here to say goodbye. It was nice to see him again, and hear what’s been happening in his life! I wish him all the best in NM, and hope to keep up with his adventures somehow. Again, I forgot to take any pictures, but Travis took at least one (Lily was throwing a fit so I don’t know if she made it in the picture at all) so if I get a copy of it I’ll try to post it. Travis spent the night on Friday and on Saturday morning we all went out to half-price books, then Travis left for Rochester to continue his goodbyes.


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

Yesterday, we took Lily to Kid’s Hair in Maple Grove to get Lily her first haircut! She did REALLY well, but she hated the blow dryer. The hair dresser gave her a lollipop to suck on, which worked wonders in distracting her, but Lily figured out how to pull the whole sucker off the stick, so we had to take it away. She gave her a second one, but Lily did the same thing so that was it for her! I hesitate to even mention this, because I feel like a dork, but I should try and remember it anyway. While Lily was getting her hair cut, I don’t know what came over me exactly but I almost started to CRY. I know, such a wuss. I don’t know if it’s just that she’s getting so big, or the fact that those were hairs she was born with that were being chopped off or what, but I wasn’t expecting to get teary about the process. Don’t worry, I pulled it together and didn’t actually shed the tears. Here are some pics of the excitement:

From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

AFTER:

From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!
From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

On Saturday night at dinner, Lily told me she had to go potty. I kind of thought she just wanted to go and play with the toilet paper, because she’s done that a few times before, but I brought her in anyway. I put her on her little potty seat and she started playing with the toilet paper, just like I thought she would. I stopped her from unrolling the whole thing and said “no, no, Lily, the toilet paper is only for AFTER you go potty. Do you have to go potty?” and she said yes, then she started to pee! She was so proud of herself! She grinned up and me and said “Peeing! Peeing!” I was totally amazed! She’s getting to be such a big girl!


From Lily July 29 – August 8, 2009 and first haircut!

Just to end our day of excitement, we had to have a tornado warning at our house on Saturday night. It sounded like it was getting pretty close so I ended up getting Lily out of bed and hanging out with her down in the basement for about half an hour. It ended up missing us (Thank God!) but it was one more adventure for a pretty packed day. Today, Lily got to hang out with Daddy and go on a long bike ride and to a new (to her) park while Mommy went and did some shopping!

And, now, we begin another packed week – I will try to update again soon with all our excitement!

Loving Summer

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From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Whew! Life has been busy. A couple of weekends ago, Jason and I took Lily to Edinborough Park (where we got married) and ran around with her in the gym area and on the play area. She was too little yet for a lot of the play area, but she had a blast anyway! She even went into the inflatable jumpy thing, but there were a bunch of bigger kids in there so she just kept falling over. She loved it when we pushed her around in the little chairs with wheels, and helped her get the ball in the basket. :)


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has finally, FINALLY gotten used to her summer daycare place, which has made life a bit easier. She no longer screams and cries when we drop her off, and just last week started napping again! And apparently she decided she has to make up for all those naps she missed, because she’s been napping 2 1/2 – 3 hours there every day since then. THREE HOURS! She doesn’t even do that well at home! Of course she does get the hang of this new place just in time for us to change again. Her regular daycare woman is back on August 17th, so hopefully we won’t have a bad transition back to her. I don’t expect we will, because Lily already knows her and the other kids – and keeps asking about her even now.


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Jason and I have started looking for a new car, to replace his Mitsubishi Mirage. We were initially hoping to be able to buy a Prius, but the price tag is just too high. Plus, we were thinking it might be smart to have at least one slightly larger vehicle, but we’re not SUV fans or anything – we want something with decent gas mileage and a low price tag. How hard could that be? ;) We did test drive a Mazda 5 which we both liked pretty well, but I think we’d have to find a good deal on a slightly used one to make it work. :) Anybody drive anything they absolutely LOVE? Please share!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

Lily has gotten very particular lately about having things in “their place”. Books must be stacked in a pile. Her little farm animals need to either be in the barn, or stood up in a line next to each other. Or, in this case, the cow and the horse needed to wear her shoes. Sure, why not? She worked quite hard to get the animals in the shoes just right, and the shoes lined up side-by-side, and was as proud of it as a 19-month-old tends to be with ANYTHING she accomplishes. Which reminds me of one of Lily’s newest tricks. Whenever she accomplishes something she sets out to do, she raises her hands over her head and shouts “DID IT!”. It’s adorable, and sometimes completely hilarious!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

I am totally loving watching Lily with her cousins lately. She talks about them a lot at random times, and seems to understand when we’re going to visit them and she gets SO EXCITED. The first time they see each other they all start shrieking and running up to each other and giving hugs and kisses. It just melts my heart! It’s one of the most adorable things I’ve ever seen. We were supposed to get together with Auntie Lisa and Claire and Abby last Friday for a playdate, but Auntie Lisa ended up getting pretty sick that day. Instead, my Mom watched the twins, and Lily and I went over to their house so Lily could still hang out with her cousins. It was a full day, but the girls had a great time together! Lisa and the girls ended up stopping by our house this evening for a minute, and I don’t even have words for the excitement pouring off of Lily from the moment she knew they were coming. I really have to video tape their reaction to each other one of these days, and share the cuteness with all of you!


From Lily July 18-July 25 2009

That’s about all the excitement we’ve really had lately. This weekend should be fun (and busy!) as we are going over to the Osland’s on Saturday morning to get help replacing our bumper, and having Derek, Alix, Sebastian, and “Ace” over for dinner (on the deck!) on Sunday. I’ll try to remember to take some good pictures! Have a great week!

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