Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

For those of you loyal blog readers who don't know, I am a card-carrying procrastinator. So it comes as no surprise that our Christmas photos will not hit the blogosphere until 2010. Hopefully, very early in 2010. I've spent most of the past 2 hours culling through the hundreds of pics we took of the girls on Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Look for some of those to pop up in future postings and in our slideshow.

But for now, I thought I'd share a few great pictures Wendy snapped of the girls just before the holidays. The best pictures, and I think he hardest to capture, are those that show a genuine moment in life. In this case, it is two sisters, sitting on a couch, reading books together. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!




















Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A few things

Just a few things to share before I forget or get too busy:

~Fiona never asked me or mentioned the question of how the baby gets INside the Mommy's belly, so I have no answers for you of how that went. I laugh at the thought of us having that conversation sometime soon. Hopefully not at the dinner table on Christmas!

~Nora is close to walking, but still not there yet. Since I last posted she is walking around the house on her knees, usually pushing a toy as she does it. She is also standing, cruising along the furniture, and climbing onto her chair and a few steps. She is 14 months now and that was how old Fiona was when she started walking, so I feel we are right on schedule.

~The girls are looking forward to Christmas, Fiona likely more then Nora who hasn't a clue. Fiona made sure Nora "wrote" a Christmas list for Santa and often tells her how much fun Christmas is going to be. Just the other day she showed that joy when shewent up to Nora after she woke up from a nap. Fiona climbs into her crib and they chat together for a few minutes. I heard over the baby monitor this funny exchange:

Fiona: "Oh NORA, its almost Christmas!"

Nora: "Ba Ba"

Fiona: "Feliz Navidad, Nora. FELIZ NAVIDAD!"

Nora: "DaaDaa. DAADAA"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Not ready for this

Oh boy. I'm having breakfast this morning at the kitchen table while the girls are watching a Baby Einstein DVD. Fiona was very helpful and put it in herself, and pressed play for Nora. What a big sis! Anyway, they're both watching it, when suddenly I hear:

"Uh, Daddy, how does the baby get in the mommy's belly?"

"What?" I asked, slightly caught off guard. She asks the same question, but with added emphasis. "How does the baby GET in the mommy's belly? "

Being a good Dad, I answered, "Ask Mom when she comes downstairs."

Monday, December 14, 2009

Stuff

To go along with our random pictures from the last couple of months, here is what our girls are and have been up to lately.

Fiona has been happy and busy. She still LOVES preschool and goes three days a week. She enjoys going there and never wants to leave when we come to pick her up. She has made friends there, loves her teachers, and really enjoys learning everything. Fiona is still practicing on writing and reading. She writes her name, Nora, Dad, and Mom very easily. She can spell short words and is always reading letters out loud wherever we go. I am sure reading will be along soon. Fiona can write the alphabet, some letters are better then others. Her new "game" is finding words that match (aka rhyme). Fiona continues to love art, music, dancing, and all things Princess. She has recently started playing with puzzles and drawing faces/people/animals with great detail. Fiona makes us laugh every day--she is always coming up with some adult phrase that proves she is beyond her years. Today she told Nora that her "actions are just not appropriate for breakfast". I told her today at naptime that she was the oldest 3 year old I've ever known. She just smiled at me and said "Mom, thats because I am almost 4". Ok, Fiona.

Speaking of Nora, she is growing up before our eyes! She is almost 14 months old now and we still can't believe what a difference a year makes. Nora is working on talking right now. She can say: Mama, Dada, Papa, Baba, Ball, Cracker, Car, Casey, Hi, Bye. Every once in awhile she will throw in a random word and then refuses to say it again. Nora also sings, which is adorable and not on video yet. She has a quiet little voice when she sings and she sways side to side. She still loves to dance to any kind of music. Nora is crawling and not walking. She can stand, but rarely chooses to. She can walk holding our hands, but chooses not to. She is a crafty second child who wants to enjoy being carried everywhere. Nora loves to play, mostly with Fiona's toys. She loves to crawl around the house with a purse on her shoulder or talk on a toy phone. Nora is a happy baby 99% of the time with huge smiles and a wrinkled up nose. If she is UNhappy, however, watch out--you can hear her scream from rooms away and she will hit you if you get too close. What can I say, she has a hot Irish temper! Nora is a joy, she makes us laugh with her silly antics, and we love watching her grow up.

The girls are EXACTLY what I hoped for when I dreamt of having sisters. Already. They are sweet and loving to one another. They enjoy playing together, sharing, making one another happy. Granted, it isn't that way ALL the time, but almost. Fiona is an excellent big sister who takes great "care" of Nora. Nora adores her big sister and wants to be with her all the time. Jim and I get such happiness watching them interact every day. We are so excited for Christmas this year to see their reactions.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Picture time!

Here we go--a random sample of pictures from the last couple of months.

A random Saturday couch tent:

Adorable sweet moment:
"Try vanilla, Nora":
Pucker up, Buttercup:

Thanksgiving:

The girls in Chicago at the Bean:


They look so alike to me sometimes:

Classic Santa picture:


Fiona decorating our tree:

Fiona posing with her new Cinderella ornament:

Monday, December 7, 2009

We are still here, promise.

Sorry bloggers that we haven't updated in awhile. Its been a long few weeks in the Boldischar house and we are hoping to get some updates and pictures on here soon. Fiona was in the hospital with croup (damn croup!) a couple of weeks ago and Nora just got over a double ear infection/sinus infection combo from hell. Fingers crossed, we are coming out of the fog now and should be up and running again soon.

Laughter can be heard from the little blue eyed girls in the house, so life is getting better.

More later!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stuff we like

Forgive my randomness, I was thinking of things I really like/enjoy. Then I thought of things the kids like. You see where this is going.

Jim likes:
-wine
-coffee
-to read
-hearing laughter

Wendy likes:
-chocolate
-carmel mochas
-watching movies
-kissing my girls cheeks

Fiona likes:
-vanilla ice cream
-milk
-to run
-reading books

Nora likes:
-yogurt
-bananas
-listening to music
-cuddling

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Before our eyes

Our children are growing up so fast, right before our eyes! Daily life gets so hectic and busy that it takes you awhile to realize how time flies.

It is all in the little details right now at our house. Fiona rode her princess bike all the way to the park and back yesterday. This is an accomplishment because she has been favoring her big wheel all summer long out of pure frustration that pedaling her "big girl bike" was difficult. I was following behind her with the stroller and just realized how gracefully she was riding. Amazing. Today Nora stood up several times and even balanced on her knees without holding onto anything for support. This is a big deal because she usually panics whenever she is not on all fours. Our kiddos are growing up!

To prove that point I will include a conversation I had 30 minutes ago with Fiona at bedtime.

Fiona: Mom, don't forget you are married to Dad.

Me: Ok, I won't.

Fiona: And that I am married to Campbell (boy from preschool).

Me: Oh yeah?

Fiona: Yep. BUT he won't listen to me....

Me: Well, get used to that, honey.

Fiona: I tried to kiss him, but he didn't want to.

Me: Well, you shouldn't be kissing boys yet.

Fiona: When CAN I kiss a boy? Kiss Campbell?

Me: When you are older.

Fiona: Tomorrow?

Me: (pausing to think) You can kiss a boy when you get married.

Fiona: Ok. How about when I am a princess wearing a dress?

Me: Sure. You can kiss Campbell when you are a princess and he is a prince.

Fiona: (sigh) And we twirl together......(sigh) insert hair twirling here


I sense a lot of these types of conversations in our future.

Lets hope they don't grow up too fast.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Halloween!

Here are some pictures from the Halloween season! Fiona helping pull the wagon with our pumpkins, carving said pumpkins, a family halloween picture, and the girls comparing their candy on Halloween night!
















































Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Nap

Looks like Nora slept on her hand during today's nap...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nora's Party!

Tonight was Nora's Birthday Party, and we all had a blast! The birthday girl herself was fantastic - she was a charmer and in great spirits all night. After enjoying terrific apps (thanks Debbie) and tasty tacos....out came the cake! And what a cake. It was PRICELESS. Below are some pics: Of Nora in her B-day Tutu, of the cake before, and then Nora digging in.


















AND...I've also continued the tradition of making a video collage to celebrate one of our daughters' birthdays. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to play this during the party due to technical difficulties, but here it is for all to see!

video

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Happy Birthday, Nora!

Nora's big 1st Bday Bash is planned for this Saturday - prepare for cake in the hair! Tonight, though, we'll celebrate as a family. I think Nora will even partake in a little cupcake for dessert!

Wendy & I both agree that this year has gone by much faster than Fiona's 1st year. We really can't believe she's one already! It doesn't feel that long ago...

This is one of my favorite pictures from the day Nora was born. She was 18 minutes old when I took this pic. Little did I know that this also marked the beginning of her Daddy obsession.

Here she is a couple weeks ago. This is pretty typical - if I'm within striking distance, she'll come after me and demand a pick up. And if I give in, which only happens like 97% of the time), I am rewarded with lovely cuddles. What a great problem to have!



Friday, October 16, 2009

Blessed

For all the times I am stressed or frustrated there are two times where I am grateful and joyful with our girls. They are the sweetest little children, they really are. There are moments with them that I could almost cry (like any mother) at how blessed I feel to be their mother.

I had one of those moments in the car driving them home from daycare. I don't often get to do the pick up since I work until midnight, but yesterday I was able. It is a decent drive home in some serious traffic and most times they are both tired and overstimulated. I pack the backseat with drinks, snacks, favorite toys, loveys, and bring along my Ipod with their favorite music. It doesn't always work, but yesterday it did. I had two happy campers in the car and that was awesome. There was a special moment when I played the theme song from Sleeping Beauty (a favorite for both of the girls), Fiona started to sing it to Nora, and Nora clapped for her. Just imagine my 3 year old quietly singing "I know you....I walked with you once upon a dream...." to her little sister. It was bliss.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Sweeties

Here are some pictures of our sweet girls.


















Monday, October 5, 2009

It has been awhile

It has been awhile since I've posted about one of those crazy-Mom-woman-on-the-edge-step-away-slowly stories. I mean, the other kind of stories are cute and all, but are they really funny? Not quite.

Those crazy moments start off normal. They seem ordinary at first and slowly they become, well, not quite right. Here is today's:

Nora is taking a long afternoon nap, which would be great, but Jim calls and is unable to pick up Fiona from preschool. I like to get the girls early, before rush hour, so we can all have a nice drive home. Its becoming clear today that won't happen. Alas. Nora finally wakes up and I quickly feed/change her and head out. I schlep (you know that is the right word to use here) a 23lb non-walking baby and an over sized diaper bag down a big flight of stairs. Phew! I get Nora buckled in and realize I took Fiona's car seat out of the car earlier in the day. Blasted! Ok, I quickly try to put it back in and as I do I hear it crack and see its almost in two pieces. Well, thats not good. I struggle for 20 minutes to fix the thing and finally do. Alright, back in business!
As I get into the car and let out a nice deep breath, I hear grunts from the back seat. Oh yes, my baby is messing her diaper. PERFECT! One change in the back seat later and we are back on the road. I get to pick up Fiona later then I have ever in my life, but she is doesn't care. When I get to her she looks at me cooly and says "Mom, just let me play for a few more minutes, ok?". Oh sure, why not.

The three of us drive home in horrendous traffic where I try to entertain two small children with random music, snacks, toys, drinks, and goofy stories. To be honest, they are one another's best source of entertainment. We get home, I unload everyone and everything from the car and again schlep it all upstairs. I make a quick/nutritious dinner and serve it quickly. I sit in between my two blue-eyed girls and watch in horror as one child mashes oranges into her hair as the other dumps her yogurt into her soup. I shake my head and its silent.

Fiona breaks the silence with:

"You know what, Mom?"

"What, Fiona?"

"I love YOU".

Alright, fair enough.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Half way to FOUR

Like my last post, I am in disbelief. This time its that Fiona is 3 and a half!

Fiona is our firecracker. It all started when I was pregnant with her--seven weeks of bedrest for preterm labor and then I go past my duedate. She has continued to blaze a path all her own and we just watch and keep her company.

Fiona is doing great in preschool--she has met many friends, loves her teachers and recently made it on the news! We laugh with her every day and can't wait to see what her future holds.


Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

Monday, September 21, 2009

Nora is 11 months!

Let the birthday countdown begin!

Our sweet baby girl is only four weeks away from turning ONE. Nora continues to be a happy and content little girl. She just started properly crawling on her knees this week and is all happy with herself.
Fiona and Nora get closer each day and make us smile and laugh more and more.

I can't believe I am planning Nora's birthday party. Where does that first year go?!


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Monday, September 7, 2009

Photo Catch-Up

So we recently had an unpleasant experience - the hard drive crashed on our PC (Dan, no comments). Fortunately, we had recently backed up our vital docs. And by we, I mean Wendy. Thanks again, Wen!

With our main computer out of commission, we've been lazy getting new photos uploaded. And by we, I mean me. So it's time for a Photo Catch-Up! Here's a random assortment from the past few weeks!


The girls wore their matching watermelon dresses to a recent dinner party.

One pleasant morning, we went out and played on the deck. In our pajamas.


Fiona at her absolute favorite spot in the world - the park. How about that look of joy?!

This is at another park - we call it the "Horsie Park," and here's Fiona hopping on one.


We planted seeds back in the spring, they eventually grew into these lovely flowers.

During this past weekend, we spent a little time fishing. No luck, though!


Nora's not pulling herself up quite yet, but she will stand if we help her. She was thrilled to catch a glimpse out this window with her sister.

Friday, August 21, 2009

10 Month Old Nora!

Our lovely Nora is ten months old today! We marked the day by going to Bed Bath & Beyond to buy new kitchen rugs, and then picking up some Lou Malnati's for dinner.

Please enjoy some of our favorite Nora pictures from the past few weeks, as well as these updates:

- You can't see from these pics, but she's up to 6 teeth (two on bottom, four on top)
- Baby food's no longer on the menu, she's a table food girl now. Favorites? Cinnamon apples, yogurt Cheerios, and beef!
- Her vocabulary now includes: "Mama" "Dada" "Uh-Oh" "Hi," "Papa" "Bye Bye" "Baba" (bottle)
- Play ANY music, and she'll dance (watch for a future video posting)




Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What a unique family!

I'm sitting at the breakfast table with Fiona, who has decided to opt out of breakfast in favor of playing Candyland all by herself. She's not actually playing the game, mind you, but rather is playing with the four playing pieces that you use. For those readers who haven't played Candyland in a while, they are different colored gingerbread men.

So she's walking them around the board and is talking to them. She introduces herself:
"Hi, I'm Fiona Boldischar Alex."

That gets my attention. "What did you say your name was?"

She repeats it: "Fiona Boldischar Alex."

"Oh," I casually respond, "and what's my name?"

"Daddy Boldischar John."

"And Mommy's name?"

Without missing a beat, she answers "Mommy Boldischar Chan."

That just leaves one more family member, who is sitting next to me eating Cheerios in her high chair. "What about your sister? What's her name?"

"Nora Boldischar Donut."

How about that! Look for these names in a few months on our Christmas Card!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Swiffer Children

Nora turns 10 months old this week, and her mobility continues to improve. Back in June she started rolling around the room - at first she would just move a few feet, but soon we would walk into the kitchen, come back a minute later, and Nora would be underneath a dining room chair.

Her scooting/army crawling skills have quickly advanced, to the point where we've installed a gate at the stairs. Just last week, she ventured into a new environment - the kitchen tile! Wendy caught this video of Fiona coaching Nora along the kitchen floor. Check out Nora's technique - she's like a frog swimming or something!

Personally, I think Nora will be crawling on her knees within a couple weeks, but Wendy thinks she'll stick with this scoot/swim move for a while. What do you think?


video

Thursday, August 13, 2009

GOOD morning

(First, let me say there are no pictures today. Our main computer is broken, hopefully only temporarily)

This morning was sweet. One of those sun-glistening, holding hands, skipping through the field kind of mornings that makes you forget the whining, screaming, fit-throwing evening the night before.

The girls were eating breakfast, I was making mine, and Jim was packing up to leave for work. He kissed Nora goodbye and she said "buh buh" (bye bye) for the first time, waved to him, and then blew him a kiss. That was a sweet first! Then he kissed Fiona and then kissed me goodbye. Fiona saw us kiss and said "Ummm, guys....it looks like....you two....are.......IN LOVE!" We weren't sure what was going to come out of that mouth, but were pleasantly happy at what did. We laughed and told her that we were in love and she just smiled.




Thats a good way to start the day!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

August!

Blink your eyes and suddenly it's a new month! This is our first August blog posting, though it's been a busy month already. A week ago Wendy and I were enjoying a vacation in Boston. It was a very nice 5 days, highlighted by:

- No early morning visits by 3 year-olds
- Meals that were enjoyed hot
- Zero diapers

In all honesty, while enjoyed the time to ourselves and got some rest and relaxation, we missed the girls a lot. Boston was fun to visit, tons of good seafood, and lots of history to experience first hand. Here are a few photos from our trip.


The entrance to Boston Public Garden, highlighted by George Washington.

George up close. This bronze statue was dedicated 140 years ago!

The Shaw Memorial, located in Boston Common. If you've seen Glory, this is shown during the credits.


Yes, we went to this tourist trap: Formerly the Bull & Finch, this bar is now officially called Cheers.

I didn't see the Harvard Crew team, but I got this photo of a lone rower on the Charles River.