Cabin Adventures

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From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

First of all, thanks Shannon and Alix for the anniversary wishes! We didn’t do anything too exciting. We worked, then picked up Lily and went to a parent meet-up for her daycare, to meet the other parents and kids. Then we ate at Wendy’s with a co-worker and her son before they went to kung fu. ;) Guess the romance is truly gone! (Just Kidding!)


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We had a FABULOUS vacation at the cabin! The cabin belongs to my Aunt, and is near Birchwood, WI. It was Jason, Lily, and I, plus Grandma and Grandpa (my parents), Uncle Greggy, Auntie Lisa and Uncle Ryan, Cousins Claire and Abby, and of course my Aunt Pat for just over a week. It was a little tough planning things around the napping schedules and whatnot for three one-and-a-half year olds, but we managed to have plenty of fun!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

We left on Friday, July 3rd, and Lily was REALLY good and napped for almost the entire 2.5 hour drive (slightly longer than that because of bad traffic). We arrived at the same time as Lisa and Ryan, and just a few minutes after Grandpa and Greg (Grandma and Aunt Pat came up the day before), so that was about perfect. As soon as we got our things unpacked and settled a bit, we all went out to eat at a nearby restaurant (Bluegill?). The food was good, but they didn’t take reservations or call-ahead seating, and it took them FOREVER to seat us, even though they had the space. Oh well, we were on vacation – who cares about the time, right? ;) Anyway, the dinner did take quite a long time but all three kids did pretty well. A little bit of fussiness, but it had been a long day for them so they did really well.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


Ok, after that, my timeline is going to get a little messed up. I was on vacation, and it was hard to keep the days straight, so I don’t remember exactly what we did and when, but I’ll try to hit the highlights for you. We set up a little plastic swimming pool on the deck, and had the girls do some finger painting (which they weren’t interested in because the draw of the pool was too strong), and then some “swimming”. The twins didn’t seem to care too much about the little pool, but Lily thought it was fun. She really liked it the MOST, though, the rest of the week when it was empty and she could crawl in and out of it and pull the pool all around the deck. Who knows? It kept her busy!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

There is a beach club near the cabin, with a pool (and a lake), and a little park-type area. They had a play structure in the park area, but it was mostly intended for slightly older kids. The kids did go on the swings a couple of times, and I thought it was hilarious watching Lily on the slide. The slide is fairly tall, and much faster than the ones she’s used to. She would slide down and hit the sand at the bottom, and have so much momentum that she’d fly forward onto her hands and knees. For the most part, she’d just brush off the sand and do it again! But look at these next two pictures to see her face as she was going down the slide –

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009
From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


– isn’t that funny? Anyway, I believe it was Monday or Tuesday before we took the girls down to the beach club to use the pool, because it was just too crowded before then. They seemed to have a pretty good time! Claire especially seemed to love being held as far away from your body as you could reach and kicking around, to feel as if she were swimming by herself. Lily kept “forgetting” that she was in water, and wanting us to put her down so she could play on her own, but that was not happening! They also all spent some time in these inflatable boat things with their legs dangling in the water. I bet by next year they’ll be begging us to go to the pool and we won’t be able to get them out!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Wednesday, I had kind of a rough day. Fairly early in the morning, I went to close our bedroom door, not knowing that Abby had snuck behind me. She had her hand near the hinge of the door and was grabbing on to it, and when I tried to close the door, I ended up pinching her fingers pretty good. She cried out and I scooped her up and kept apologizing, then let her Mommy cuddle the pain away. I’ll tell you, I know it was an accident but I felt SO BAD that I cried more than she did. Lisa put some ice on the fingers, and they did look much better just an hour or so later – and almost completely normal the next day. However, I STILL feel bad! :( That same day, Lily was sitting on my lap and went to jump down (forwards, with no hands or anything) and I grabbed her arm to keep her from falling. It ended up knocking her a little off-balance and she bumped her cheek on the wood part on the front of the chair and she got a bruise on her cheek. She didn’t even want to go to Mommy for comfort – she went to Auntie Lisa! Needless to say, I was feeling pretty guilty that day, but I know they were both accidents and everyone is just fine.

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009


This is out of order, but two different nights “Uncle Ryan” had us gather on the deck and lit some sparklers and set off some fireworks he bought. So, we had our own personal fireworks show. The girls did pretty good with them, except for the loud noises they weren’t too fond of. Otherwise, they liked the lights and were clapping right along with the adults (and Lily chanting “fireworks! fireworks!”).

From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

On Thursday, we rented a pontoon boat for the morning and took it out on the lake. It was nice to have access to such a large boat that we could all go on at the same time! The babies were tired, and got a little fussy about an hour into the ride, but it ended up working out ok. We brought a pack-and-play onto the boat, and Claire even took a nap on-board! Grandpa even let one of the twins help drive (I want to guess this is Abby, but I can’t tell for sure in this picture – Lisa??) and you can tell how exciting that is by the looks on their faces!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Lily had a pretty good time, but I think she was starting to get pretty bored about mid-way through the ride. She ended up eating almost her entire body weight in crackers (slight exaggeration) and getting into just about everything she could reach. She even grabbed the sunglasses off my head and tried to throw them overboard! Luckily they landed on the boat and I was able to retrieve them.


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Those are pretty much the highlights of the trip. It was a LOT of fun, and I didn’t want to come back home. The only other funny thing I can think of was our last night up there we ended up going out to eat again and took the recommendation of the guy doing construction on the cabin and went to “Sportsmans Lodge”. If you guessed that’s just a BAR, you’d be correct! We weren’t quite expecting what we walked into, and I completely forgot that smoking isn’t banned in WI as much as it is in MN. The place was smokey, and pretty seedy. They had one highchair, no booster seats, no milk, no kids menus, no covers for their cups, and they brought us “bar straws” when we asked for a straw for Lily. It was quite an experience, but needless to say, I don’t think we’ll be eating there again!


From Lily Cabin July 4-11th 2009

Finally, before we left I was able to capture Lily on video, helping me read “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. She’s been doing this with so many of her books lately – she’ll pick it up and flip to a certain page and say some word or some phrase that’s on that page. I don’t know how the heck she can memorize which PAGE the words belong to, but it just blows me away! So, about a month ago I noticed her flipping through this book, saying certain words, and she was getting them on the right pages. So the next time I read it to her, I started pausing at the end of a sentence instead of finishing it, and she would finish the sentence. She completely blew me away with how MUCH of the book she knew. She wasn’t completely cooperative in this particular instance, but it’s the only thing I’ve been able to get on video so far! She can normally keep going and finish the ENTIRE book – it’s completely amazing to me!

Lily Reads Cat in the Hat from Jill W on Vimeo.

Animals, water, and more animals

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From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Wow, end of June already? Hard to believe! For Father’s Day we (Jason, Lily, and I) went to the MN Zoo with Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Claire, and Abby. It was a lot of fun! The new Africa exhibit is really cool, and all the girls got to feed a giraffe. Crazy seeing them up that close!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

We also had to check out the Zoo’s splash pad, now that we’ve had some experience with our own! The twins were pretty new to the splash pad experience, so they weren’t too sure about it. Lily had a blast, though! She kept running up to the water spout things in the ground as soon as the water shut off and sticking her finger in the holes, then running away before the water turned back on. Sometimes she didn’t quite make it, but she seemed to like getting splashed in the face! Luckily, I was able to capture this on video and will now post it on the internet to give Lily lots of subject matter for any future therapy sessions she may need. ;)

Lily at MN Zoo Splash Pad from Jill W on Vimeo.

The Zoo trip totally wore her out, and she completely passed out in the car. She even slept most of the way into the house while Jason was carrying her, and for another 2 hours once we got home!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

This past weekend we went to Lanesboro to visit Grandma Gayle and Grandpa Jim (and Uncle Shawn, Aunt Shannon, and family).. and of course, the HORSES and KITTIES! That farm is a little girl’s dream. Lily got to ride (bareback, even) one of the biggest horses on the farm (Romeo), and the little pony Jesse. She loved it!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

She also loved to harass the kitties, especially the little white kitty named Jasper. Jasper is very friendly, and a little slow.. but was very good and let Lily pick on him WAY more than he should have! She sometimes started to straddle him and shout “Ride Horsey!”, which was Jason and my clue to step in and save the poor kitty from a 28 lb toddler. She also got it in her head that she could pick him up, and tried to do so repeatedly – by his fur. She’d grab his tail, the fur under his belly, wherever she could get a hold onto him and lift. The cat dealt with it remarkably well, but we told her it wasn’t a nice way to treat a kitty.. and if she tries something like that with Gibson he’ll show her exactly how much kitties like being picked up like that. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

There are a lot of dogs on the farm, too, but Lily seemed to get a kick out of one dog in particular. The dog’s name is Red, but sometimes they call him “Red Bone”, so in Lily-ese that became “Big Bone”. She would get this tone in her voice and say “big bone!” like “oh you silly, silly dog” then just laugh and laugh. He happened to be right at her height so he had easy access to lick her right in the face quite frequently and she would laugh and run away. It was a lot of fun to watch her with him – it was cute and she got such a kick out of him! Even now she keeps asking to “ride horsey!” throughout the day, and doesn’t understand that they are kind of far away. Someday she’ll realize what a lucky girl she is to have the opportunity to ride horses at all!


From Lily June 21 – 29 2009

Once again, the weekend completely wore her out and she slept almost the WHOLE WAY HOME! It was fabulous, because she’s usually not a huge fan of the car so sleeping worked out perfectly! She also somehow ended up with the most impressive case of “bed head” she’s had yet! Such talent.

Just an FYI that we’ll be MIA for a few weeks. We should be back in mid-July, so we hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July Holiday!

One final note, it was 3 years ago tomorrow (the 30th) when I married my very best friend. I love you, Jason, and couldn’t imagine a better husband or father!

Summer! Also.. deception??

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From Lily June 5-15 2009

Thank you, Summer, for listening to my little plea in my last post! We have been busy, busy, busy. Let me try to catch you up really quick…


From Lily June 5-15 2009

A few Fridays ago, Lisa and the twins came over and we all hung out for the morning! We went shopping (with three young toddlers in tow!), and drove out to the U of M to participate in this Peabody study thing to give physical therapy students some practice. One of Lisa’s friends is a grad student there and she asked Lisa if she could bring the twins, and she also brought Lily and I. Basically they just ask them to do all these random tasks (kick a ball, walk up and down stairs, etc) and evaluate their physical development. I don’t know how any of them did because they don’t really share results with us, but it seemed to go pretty well, although it was incredibly chaotic! We did throw Lily’s carseat into Lisa’s van for the day so we could all drive together, so all three girls got to ride in the same car together – for the first time ever! I don’t think they were horribly impressed, but it was nice for Lisa and I. ;)


From Lily June 5-15 2009

Lily started a new daycare this week, and it’s been a rough transition. Our normal daycare woman takes summers off to be with her kids, so we needed to find something else for 8 weeks or so. We searched high and low for something suitable and started to appreciate our daycare woman more and more with all the places we visited (especially Kindercare, which literally left me in TEARS). We finally found someone (recommendation from another friend) and Lily goes there Tuesdays-Thursdays starting this week. It’s definitely a different experience for her and I do think that overall she is adjusting pretty well, but there have been some difficult moments. She screams and cries and won’t let go of us when we drop her off, which makes ME cry and it’s so difficult to leave her there. However, she only really continually cried the very first day, and she was even getting better by the afternoon. The 2nd day she screamed when we left and threw a MAJOR fit right after we were gone, but then calmed down and was really good the rest of the day. The 3rd day she started crying when we pulled up in the driveway, stopped right after we left, but had another small meltdown mid-morning, but then was fine. So, I guess overall it’s going well but I just hope she adjusts soon because it’s so hard to leave her like that!


From Lily June 5-15 2009

We finally got a chance to try out Lily’s new bike trailer! Jason and I found a new hitch online and so we went ahead and bought the trailer from Jen (our daycare woman) and her husband for a really good deal. Lily so far seems to like it pretty well, and I love that she and Jason can go out and spend some time together like that and I can have some quiet time at home, or get things done. :) I think we do need to fix her helmet a little bit as it does tend to slide forward on her head a bit, even with the adjuster thing in the back. Anybody have any tips for that one?


From Lily June 5-15 2009
From Lily June 5-15 2009

We got back to the splash pad again (or as Lily calls it, “sprinkler park” or “park mana (water)”). Lily really loves it, and I’m so happy! It’s so nice to have something like that so close! She usually runs close to the water, then runs away laughing and screaming, but she does get more brave the longer she’s there. This last time she had another girl (4 years old maybe?) completely following her around and she was just oblivious. It was really cute to watch.


From Lily June 5-15 2009

She also got to run through the sprinkler at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and she had a lot of fun there, too. I think she is just really starting to LOVE water! Grandma even turned on the hose and let her fill her little watering can and water their plants (pretty much the same flower got about 36 doses of water). At first, she kept trying to put the hose up to the spout end that you normally water FROM, but eventually she got the hang of it. Here’s a cute video of her filling the can, splashing herself in the face, and watering the poor drowning flower:

Lily Watering Can and Hose from Jill W on Vimeo.

Finally, the deception part of this post. Tonight I put Lily to bed and she didn’t want to sleep. She sat in bed and babbled to herself (not unusual), and then I heard her cry a “help me” type cry (or as she says – “heppel”), so I went back into her room. She had put her foot through the slats of the crib and then turned her leg so her foot was stuck. I said “Oh honey, you got your foot stuck! Let me help you.” and got her foot free. She immediately stood up and wanted to play, but I told her it was time for sleeping now, kissed her good night again and left the room.

She kept babbling, then started saying “binky! binky!” which I ignored. She got quiet for a couple of minutes and I thought she might be finally falling asleep, but then suddenly I hear her say “Stuck! STUCK! stuck!!!” so I go back in there and she’s holding her foot up AGAINST the crib slat – totally not stuck at all. I said, “you can move your foot – you’re not stuck.” so she put her foot down, rolled over and stood up and pointed at the floor and shouted “BINKY!”. She PRETENDED her foot was stuck so that I would come back in and get her binky back for her. Where does she learn those tricks?!?


From Lily June 5-15 2009

You should seriously click on the link below the pictures – there are tons of cute ones this time! We have a lot of fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks so I’ll try to keep taking pictures and update again soon before I forget absolutely everything. :) Enjoy the beautiful weather!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Hope all of you Mama’s out there are having a fantastic Day! We had a great time. We spent the afternoon over at my parent’s house celebrating Mother’s Day and My Dad’s Birthday. “The Boys” (Our Brother Greg, my husband Jason, and Lisa’s husband Ryan) cooked BBQ chicken on the grill, beans, salad, a delicious salad with strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette. And they did all the cleaning, too!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Lily and Jason gave me a FANTASTIC Mother’s Day present. On May 21st Lily is going to stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s house and Jason and I are going to stay in an amazing-looking room at a B&B in DULUTH! What’s crazy is that neither one of us has ever been to Duluth – I don’t know how that’s even possible, but there you go. So, anybody know of anything we should absolutely check out while we’re there?!? Please let me know! Plus, Jason helped Lily make this adorable card with her little hand print on it that I will cherish forever (see first picture). :)


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Other than the excitement of today, we’ve had a rough couple of days. Lily started out being a bit extra whiny on Thursday, and even took an extra early, extra long nap at Daycare. On Friday she was acting pretty lethargic and clingy and I thought maybe she was starting to get a cold, but I wasn’t sure. Even at the park, she wanted to sit and watch the other kids play rather than play herself and that’s pretty unusual! On Saturday she woke up with a very stuffy nose and was obviously not feeling well – her eyes looked so tired and sad that it just about killed me. She was so tired that she slept until almost 9, and I laid her back down for nap at 10:30 and she passed out for 2 hours. She took a 2nd (short) nap later that afternoon as well – and this from the girl that’s been on one nap a day since 9 months old. By Saturday afternoon she was running a pretty good fever (a little over 102) and was just really lethargic – she actually sat and cuddled with me on the couch and I let her watch some cartoons and Baby Einstein videos because I knew she wasn’t feeling good at all. We had been planning sleepover #2 with her cousins Claire and Abby, but decided to cancel and wait until everybody was feeling better.


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

I put her to bed pretty early on Saturday night, then Auntie Lisa came over! It was fun to hang out just her and me, with no kids around! We got to drink wine and eat junk food, and watch Gilmore Girls episodes, and just chat. I really miss hanging out with my sister, and hope we can do that again much more often! :) By the time Lily woke up this morning, she seemed to be doing a bit better. She was still running a slight fever this morning, but that broke after her (early) nap. She still has a cold and isn’t feeling great, and her eyes look incredibly tired, but she is at least babbling and playing again. I hope the worst is over and she continues to get even better!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

Other than that, Lily is still learning new things all the time. Jen (the Daycare woman) said Lily can identify every other kid at Daycare now. She also has started singing songs (mostly “Twinkle Twinkle” and this swinging song they sing at Daycare) which just cracks me up every time. Twinkle twinkle, by the way, goes something more like “Tinkle Tinkle … STAR! how i won… are. Up HIGH. …. SKY!” I have been trying so hard to get her singing episodes on video, but that’s hard enough to do when she’s feeling well and since she’s been out of it a bit there has been no chance. I promise I’ll keep working on it!


From May 5, 2009 – Mother's Day 2009

She also has become an active participant in all of our conversations, which never ceases to amuse me. The other day when I was getting her dressed she kept pulling at her shirt and saying “Owie! Owie!”. I thought her tag might be bothering her so I flipped it out and said “how’s that?” and she looked at me and nodded and said “that’s better!”. She’s putting together sentences REALLY well, and even did a full 4-word sentence the other day (“Where did Binky go?”). This morning I was getting her dressed and she looked at me and said “I want Daddy.” and I was like, “hey! it’s MOTHER’S DAY!” :(. Oh well, take the good with the bad I guess! Until next time.. check out all the pictures, they’re really cute! :)

Happy Easter!

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From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

I am seriously fired from blogging – it’s been almost a month since my last update! Is anybody still reading this, or have you all given up on me? We’ve had so much going on, and so many playdates since our last update. Finally, we’re getting out of winter’s hibernation mode! I’ll try to do a quick recap of the highlights, but don’t want to bore you with all the details.


From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

On Saturday, March 29th, Lily and her cousins (with parents, of course) went to the MN zoo and saw farm babies! It was a lot of fun, and the girls seemed to have a good time. They really loved the various aquariums, and the farm babies section where they got to run around with some of the baby animals (mostly pygmy goats). Lily said “hi” and “bye” to all the animals (very polite), and often reminded them of the noises they were supposed to make. She was especially fond of reminding the sheep, by walking up to the side of their pen and screaming ‘BAAAAAAAAAAAAA’ at them as loud as possible. It was pretty cute! She got so excited and squealed so loud, a bunch of people turned to look at her. Luckily, we were surrounded by other parents so they mostly thought it was cute and smiled at her, instead of wondering whose kid was making that LOUD NOISE?!? heh


From Lily Zoo March 29, 2009

The next couple of days were full of excitement for Lily’s cousins, Claire and Abby (and their parents!). Claire started running a pretty high fever, and ended up having a seizure from it. They all spent most of the night in the ER to find out that she had an ear infection, and they put her on amoxicillan. Finally, a day or two later her fever broke and she broke out in a head to toe rash. Turns out the fever wasn’t from the ear infection – it was Roseola! Finally, she started to feel better from that, then a few days later she broke out in a worse rash. Another Doctor trip later, they discover she’s allergic to amoxicillan and that caused the second rash. Poor Claire! She is finally starting to feel much better. In the midst of all that excitement, Abby got jealous of the “attention” her sister was getting, so she took her first steps and started learning to walk! Not to be left behind, Claire took her first steps a few days later as well.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Last weekend, Lily and her cousins had their very first sleepover. Lily and I went over to their house where the girls played for a few hours, and showed off their new playroom. Then we fed them dinner and put them to bed (Lily upstairs in their guest room), and Auntie Lisa and I got to hang out! We got to sit and chat, drink some wine, and watched Gilmore Girls episodes and “Marley and Me”. It was so nice to get to spend that amount of time hanging out with my sister – I’ve missed her! Even though we see each other often, we don’t actually get to spend much quality “sister” time together, so this was nice and long overdue. The next morning, we fed the girls breakfast and let them play for a few hours again until nap time when Lily and I headed back home. I’m sure this is only the first of many sleepovers to come, and I hope Lily and her cousins are best friends as they grow up together.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

The beginning of last week, we got a call at work that Lily had hurt herself at daycare. Nothing too serious, as it turns out (thank goodness!), but still a scary call to get! She had climbed up on the couch, then walked right off the edge and banged her face into the coffee table. She split her top lip open pretty good (the underneath/inside part) and it was bleeding for a good 15 minutes. She handled it pretty well, and earned the title of “tough cookie” from her daycare woman! I know it was still bothering her for a day or two because she was very careful with it, especially when eating. Just when her fat lip started to look normal again (Friday), she fell off our bed and re-opened the split, and also bumped her head and got a nice goose egg. It’s looking pretty good at this point, but she still is being pretty careful with it when she eats. I hate to see her get hurt, but I’m thankful this was relatively minor!


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Finally, Easter weekend. We left on Friday morning to go visit Jason’s brother and his family in Rochester. We hung out with them during the afternoon, then drove down to Lanesboro to stay at The Guest Hus Motel, which Jason’s Mom owns. Last time we stayed there, everything went great – but this time, Lily did NOT want to sleep! I think it’s hard for her to sleep in a pack and play with us in the room, because she sees us and wants to be with us. Whatever, the reason, it was a rough night and I think we all got maybe 4-5 hours sleep total.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

On Saturday, we headed to Grandma Gayle’s horse farm for an Easter celebration with Jason’s family. It was a really nice day, and it was nice to be able to see everyone again and show them how much Lily has grown! I was also amazed at how big Tali and Eanna are getting – Tali turns 4 later this month, and Eanna will be 2 in July. It was crazy to see Lily and Eanna together, because they are seriously almost exactly the same size!


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Lily also got to ride a pony again, and this time she’s old enough to really get into it! She LOVED it. I don’t think I emphasized that enough. She. LOVED. It. LOVED! Seriously. Everytime we went back into the house, she kept going up to the door and looking outside where the horses were, pointing outside, and even investigating the doggy door as a means of escape. Even this morning when she woke up, she ran to our front door, pointed outside, and said “me, neigh! me, neigh!”. The hardest part of the trip (other than the lack of sleeping), was the ride home. I think it was somewhat related to the lack of sleeping, and just being sick of being in the car. I had hoped that Lily would sleep most of the way home because I know she was tired (and somewhat cranky), and she did pass out immediately in the car, but woke up after about 20-30 minutes and would NOT go back to sleep. For most of the remaining 2.5 hours of the trip, Lily was fussing and/or out-and-out screaming. We pulled over twice, and finally I drove while Jason rode in the back with her, and that seemed to help. Needless to say, we were all very happy to be home again! We all went to bed early and slept very well last night.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

Finally, Easter day! We woke up and Lily found the 6 plastic easter eggs the Easter Bunny hid around the living room (containing such things as “bunny graham crackers” and dried cranberries, etc). Then she got the stuffed duck the Easter Bunny brought her, and gave him a nice, big hug (so cute!). I made her special breakfast, gave her a bath, and put her down for an earlier nap. She didn’t nap much, but woke up in time to get ready for my family’s Easter celebration. I got her dressed in her pretty Easter dress, and we headed to my Aunt and Uncles house. Lily spent a lot of time there with Claire and Abby, and her 2nd cousins Blake and Rachel, who were very interested in helping with the babies. I think all 3 babies did pretty well, especially since none of them had much sleep and there was a lot of people, and a lot of attention on them.


From Lily April 3 – Easter 2009

I think that pretty much catches us up! I hope everyone had a fantastic Easter, and spring break for those of you lucky enough to get one (=p~). I promise I won’t let a whole month pass before our next update.

Playing House

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From Lily March 14-16 2009 with twins!


What a fantastic weekend! The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and Lily and I took full advantage of it! On Saturday, Lisa (along with Claire and Abby) picked me up and we went out to breakfast and the “Mothers of Multiples” garage sale. They had lots of good stuff there, but Lily really didn’t need any clothes or toys, so I got a baby gate for $5 to block off the kitchen when needed, and a big stuffed horse for $0.50. Lisa got a bunch of toys, clothes, and movies, and we even picked up a bunch of big toys for Grandma and Grandpa’s house!


From Lily March 14-16 2009 with twins!


After the sale, Lisa and I went to my parents house (they were out at the casino) to drop off their toys and put the twins down for a nap. While they were napping (or pretending to nap), Lisa and I got to sit and chat – just the two of us! We also played a few games on the Wii. It was a lot of fun, and something Lisa and I have needed to do together for far too long! After naptime, Lisa fed the girls lunch and we headed over to my house to let Claire and Abby play with Lily, then took all three girls out for a walk and to the park. After the park we ordered in chinese food and sat and tried to watch a show together. :) It was a really, really fun day.


From Lily March 14-16 2009 with twins!

On Sunday, we wanted to take another walk and go to the park again because we needed to get out in the sun and enjoy this weather. We walked out of our house and almost literally bumped into Tracey (and her daughters Molly and Emily), and Tracey’s friend Leah (and her kids Henry and Ali), on their way to the park! We decided to join them and do our walk afterwards, so Lily had another day playing at the park with friends! It was so funny to see the difference between her playing there with the twins the day before, and playing with the “big kids” on Sunday. She definitely tries to keep up with the big kids and doesn’t realize that she’s just too small for some things yet. It was fun to watch her interact with other kids. Also, apparently Lily has forgotten about swings during the long, cold winter and where she used to LOVE them, she now starts to whine when she’s in the swing for more than 2 minutes. The twins weren’t too impressed with them either and I don’t know what’s up with that!


From Lily March 14-16 2009 with twins!

Finally, today – I got a bonus weekend day! We got a call this morning that our daycare woman’s daughter was sick (fever and vomiting) so she was taking a sick day. Since we didn’t have anyone else to watch Lily, I also ended up taking a sick day to stay home with her. And what a fabulous day to stay home! It was 66 degrees out and we spent almost the entire day (other than nap time) outside. Lily LOVED it! In the morning we went out for a walk and went to the park. Then she had lunch and napped, and after she woke up we went BACK to the park! We ran into Alix and Sebastian on the way to the park and they agreed to meet us there, so Lily got 3 days in a row of playing at the park with friends! Of course, I don’t think she knows what to think about Sebastian yet and they didn’t really “play together” but they did both play and it was fun to see Alix and Sebastian out and about again. This winter has been far too long, and I’m so happy its over!! All in all, it was such a nice day today and I felt like I got to pretend to be a stay-at-home Mom for the day. Of course I know that if I stayed home every day it probably wouldn’t be so enjoyable.


From Lily March 14-16 2009 with twins!

Let’s see if there is anything else “Lily-related” to tell you. Her new favorite word is “uh oh” and she probably says it at least 40 times a day. She has totally discovered the magic of dipping her food in things, and will almost not eat anything if it isn’t dipped in SOMETHING. This afternoon her snack (cheese and crackers) had to be dipped in applesauce for her to eat it. She is a pretty stubborn little girl and knows EXACTLY what she wants, and how she wants it. I’m hoping this is more a sign of this particular age than it is of her personality… please someone reassure me on that! I still do love this age, though! I wish she would never lose that squeal and laugh and the undeniable “whole-heartedness” with which she shows her emotions. That’s might not be the right word, but basically I mean her emotion is so innocent and so honest, and she shows what she feels with everything she has. She puts her whole body into her laugh and you know she feels it through and through with every fiber of her being. I’m not explaining it well, but I know what I mean and I hope some of you do, too!

Now I’ll leave you with a cute video of Lily and Abby dancing, laughing, kissing, and pushing. :)
Have a great week, everyone! It’s back to work for me…


Lily and Abby Dancing from Jill W on Vimeo.

Super Powers

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From Lily March 6-8 2009


Have I told you about Lily’s super powers yet? No? Well, it’s quite impressive, really. She has the ability to turn her entire body into liquid at her very whim. (She also commonly has the ability to turn other people into a puddle of goo, but that’s another story.) Try to take away something she wants to have, and watch her melt right into the floor. Try to pick her up and carry her somewhere she doesn’t want to go, and watch her liquefy and slip through your fingers. Who knew toddlers were so talented?


From Lily March 6-8 2009


Toddlers are also KLUTZY! The above picture is Lily oh-so-happily showing off her lovely bruise, courtesy of a fall and bump on the head last Friday morning. She dealt with it pretty well – she cried, then ran over to me and I picked her up and she was immediately fine. Sometimes I do love being “Mama”! Have I mentioned, by the way, that she hates the camera lately??


From Lily March 6-8 2009

This past weekend we got to spend a little bit of time with Grandma and Grandpa, Uncle Greggy, Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, and Cousins Claire and Abby! Lily got to spend a little bit of quality time reading with Auntie Lisa, which she loved! But, then she repaid her by completely beating up her daughters. I don’t know why she was being so mean, but she was pushing the twins over, scratching their faces, and jumping on top of them. Granted, sometimes she was doing these things in order to give them a kiss (which was adorable), but mostly she was being just too rough. I’m not too worried about this behavior yet because I hear it’s pretty common at this age, but I always feel so bad for the other kids and can’t apologize enough to their parents! Lily got her very first time-out on Sunday just for this very behavior. I wasn’t expecting much, because she is so young, but she actually did seem to “get it” and her behavior improved a little bit.


From Lily March 6-8 2009

Other than that, we haven’t been doing too much exciting stuff. Lily is sick (again!) with a pretty bad cold so we’ve been laying low a bit and trying to get her healthy again. Unfortunately, this cold has completely screwed up her sleeping schedule so we’ve been fighting her at bedtime the last few nights, which gets old very, very quickly! We are all VERY sick of winter (and it’s snowing outside as I type this), and more than ready for spring to arrive already! We have managed to get outside a bit more on the few nice days we’ve had, but are anxious for more consistent good weather. This weekend we are hanging out with Auntie Lisa and Claire and Abby again, and going to a “Mother’s of Multiples” garage-type sale since my sister belongs to the group. Hope everyone else is doing well and staying healthy!

Here’s a short video of Lily coloring one of her coloring books. Mostly she seems to like coloring the page of words in the very front, more than the pictures themselves. That, and eating the crayons of course!


Lily Coloring from Jill W on Vimeo.

Camera Shy

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From Lily Feb 23- March 2, 2009


It’s March! Is it spring yet? Our little lamb (heh) is just as adorable and amazing as always. I know, I brag too much – but isn’t that the point of this blog?!? I am really, really enjoying this age! Lily has all these little behaviors that make me laugh and smile, and play like little movies in my head when I’m away from her, which sometimes gets me through the day. A lot of times when I put Lily on her changing table to change her diaper I will sing her a little tune, or something random. A few weeks ago I didn’t have any particular song in my head so I just sang “baby, baby, baby” to some made-up tune. She smiled and laughed, so I did the same thing next time. She just loves it! So now when I put her on the changing table she looks at me and smiles and says “baby”, asking me to sing. So I sing “baby, baby, baby” and she smiles and claps, I think more excited that I understood what she wanted than she is about my actual singing!


From Lily Feb 23- March 2, 2009

Lily is getting really good at saying certain words, and right now the words she says most often are probably “duck, sock, yuck, and no”. The first 3 sound almost exactly the same, so we usually have to pay a little more attention to the situation to figure out exactly what she’s saying! The first time she said “sock” I was getting her dressed and I thought she kept saying “duck! duck!” and so, of course, I said “where’s the duck?”, which was just so wrong (obviously). Once I finally got it and said “ooohhh! SOCK!”, Lily looked at me and smiled and said “DUCK (sock)!”. She learned yuck from the Bing book “YUK!”, given to her by Derek, Alix, and Sebastian for her birthday! She loves that book, and now if you say Tomato she will giggle and say “yuck!” (even though she really does like tomatoes). She also says “book, block, butt, and bellybutton”, all of which sound pretty much the same (“bop”).


From Lily Feb 23- March 2, 2009

Another of her favorite tricks lately are RUNNING (yikes), walking backwards, spinning in circles, and dancing to music constantly. Tonight she was playing with her helicopter toy and it played “B-I-N-G-O” so she ran over and grabbed her radio toy (current favorite), turned the dial to the dog icon and played “B-I-N-G-O” on it, too! I think it must have just been coincidence that she happened to play the same song, but I do think hearing the song on the helicopter did remind her of her radio, which is why she ran to grab it.


From Lily Feb 23- March 2, 2009

One of the less adorable parts of this stage Lily is in is that she is so uncooperative with any type of Camera, so I can’t capture all of this cuteness to cherish forever! Check out this video I tried to take of her playing her harmonica – I think we did 4 takes and this was the only one that actually had her playing the harmonica AT ALL, and that was only because her back was turned so she wasn’t even aware that the camera was running!


Harmonica from Jill W on Vimeo.

So, our biggest excitement this past weekend was going to the Science Museum on Saturday with Auntie Lisa, Uncle Ryan, Cousins Claire and Abby, Claire and Abby’s Grandpa Rich, and Uncle Greggy. We all had a fun time, even though the kids are too young to really appreciate the content of the museum, they did like being out and around people and each other. Lily is getting a little bit harder to control in public areas like that because she doesn’t want to be in her stroller for very long, but won’t walk around holding our hands, and we can’t carry her for too long. We kept just alternating her between the stroller, our shoulders, our hips, and let her walk around a bit with Jason or I following right behind her. She tends to just run wherever and crash into people, or run right into someone’s way, so we try to limit her running around as much as possible but sometimes I think she just needs to get some energy out! Now to look forward to this next weekend, though I have to do some work from home, then on Sunday we have a CamFam Dinner! Hope everyone has a great week!


From Lily Feb 23- March 2, 2009

Bellybuttons, Birthdays, and Benches

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From Lily January 24-25 2009

Ok, in that order – here we go! Bellybuttons. Lily’s new fascination. You see, we have “The Bellybutton Book” by Sandra Boynton. A few weeks ago, Grandma (my mom) was reading the book to Lily and decided to show her Grandma’s bellybutton. Lily poked it and giggled because she already knew that SHE had a bellybutton, but did you know that everybody else has one too? How cool is that? So, now she demands to see your bellybutton, about 200 times a day. In fact, every time I have her up on the changing table she’s just about at bellybutton level, so she tries to lift up my shirt to see it herself. She’ll also come running up to you at any given moment and lift up your shirt to see your bellybutton – even in public. Fun times. Thanks, Grandma! She also distinguishes between her bellybutton and her tummy, because if you ask he to show you her tummy she’ll pat her (clothed) tummy, but if you ask to see her bellybutton she’ll lift her shirt right up and show you.


From Benches for Twins Birthday

Birthdays. Lily’s cousins Claire and Abby celebrated their 1st birthday this weekend! They don’t technically turn 1 until Wednesday, but they had their celebration on Saturday. It was a great party! They got lots of cool presents, and were so cute smashing into their birthday cakes. All the kids there were amazingly well-behaved, even Lily who didn’t nap ALL DAY. She had a few tears over various things, but I think she dealt with everything pretty well. Unfortunately I don’t have any pics to share with you because I FORGOT my camera! :( I did take a bunch of pictures with Lisa’s camera for her, so watch her blog for updates.

Finally, I promised that I would tell you about our “super secret” birthday project once the party was over. Basically, a few weeks ago Lily and I were at Michaels craft store and saw these cute, little-kid wooden benches on major sale. I had Lily try them out and she seemed to like them so we bought one for Claire and one for Abby. Jason spent a great deal of time hand-sanding the benches (they were rough-cut), and when he finished I painted them and then stenciled their names on them (with stencil help from a wonderful woman at work) and added a few rub-on and some paint-on stencils too. Now, keep in mind that I am NOT a creative person and I knew I was insane for taking on a task like this, but they actually turned out pretty nice! Lisa said she loves them and she has them set up really cute next to the girls book rack at their house. I’m so happy I took the chance! Here is the project:

Benches before (some sanding had been done at this point):


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Benches after being painted, before decorated:


From Benches for Twins Birthday

And, finally, the finished products!
Abby’s:


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From Benches for Twins Birthday
From Benches for Twins Birthday

Claire’s:

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From Benches for Twins Birthday
From Benches for Twins Birthday

Now the best part – here is a pic my sister sent me of how they have them set up at home! (excuse the quality, it’s a cell phone pic):

From Online Edits

Isn’t that cute? I’m so happy we decided to give this project a try! That’s about all the excitement we’ve had lately, since it’s mostly been “come home from work, feed Lily, put her to bed, and work on the project”. I am pretty glad to have it done and hope to get a few other things accomplished now. :) I’ll try to have something more exciting to report for next time! Until then, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my two adorable nieces on Wednesday!

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From Lily June 22-25

(photo for Alix, per request)


Welcome to summer! I love, love, love it! Our calendar just keeps getting more and more packed, and Lily has really been a social butterfly lately. Luckily, she seems to love it! Even if she’s tired and fussy, if she sees a bunch of people she’ll start to light up and smile – at least for a while. Last Sunday Grandma Gayle came into town for an all-too-brief visit, but she finally got an entire HAPPY Lily-visit with no crying! We’ll be seeing her (and Uncle Shawn, Aunt Shannon, and Cousins) again this weekend since we’re taking a trip down to Jason’s Mom’s farm to visit and introduce Lily to HORSES! That’s right, folks – Lily’s Grandma Gayle owns a horse farm. What a lucky little girl, huh? I can already hear the future whining and begging, but it’s great that she’ll get to grow up with the opportunity to ride horses semi-regularly. :)


From Lily June 22-25

Lily made a stunning new development this week. Twice in one day, she PUT HERSELF TO SLEEP (nap time and bedtime)! Seriously, we laid her down awake and she just grabbed her lamb, rolled onto her side, and went to sleep. It was amazing! At night time, she even slept through the WHOLE night. The next night she pretty much did the same thing again and we were just about beside ourselves. Of course, we knew it couldn’t last and it didn’t. Night 3 went back to normal, but for now we’ll cherish the memory of those 2 fabulous nights and hope for a repeat performance in the near future. :)


From Lily June 22-25

Other exciting news – today while Lily was over at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, Auntie Lisa and Cousins Abby and Claire came over, and all three babies went swimming for the first time! It was just a little wading pool, but it totally counts – and they all had fun! I can’t wait until we go up to our cabin and I can bring Lily into an actual swimming pool.


From Lily June 22-25

Speaking of Auntie Lisa and Cousins Abby and Claire – I saved some of the best news for last. Lisa has also started her very own blog (Life at the Lamberts), so we can follow her adventures raising twins and try to keep up with Lisa’s insanely busy life. I’m especially excited because I don’t get to talk to my sister as much as I’d like, and whenever we get together it’s 3-baby-chaos so I’d love to keep up with what’s happening with them and get to know my nieces a little more! Now, I’m going to take a cue from Lily and go rest for a bit so we can keep this craziness going another day. :)


From Lily June 22-25

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