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!

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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.