Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas pictures

We had a great Christmas weekend here full of fun, family, and great memories. Each year the girls get more into the holiday and thus each year gets better for Jim and I. We joked this year that we really don't remember very many Christmas mornings before 2006. We were probably sleeping.

This year was special for us because it was the first Christmas in our new home and it felt so great to be all cozy and warm with our little girls in a house again. Despite not having a chimney (the things you don't think of when home searching), Santa found his way to our tree and left the girls plenty of special toys. There is nothing like the wonder on kids faces when they see the stockings filled up in the morning.

Here are the best of the Christmas pictures from this year:


Fiona doing a princess pose with our tree:



Nora opening a favorite present (thanks Uncle Paul!):



Fiona is in love with this awesome book complete
with recorded voices from Uncle Pat and Auntie Mary:



Nora is ready for school with her Dora backpack
(thanks Auntie Laura!):



Fiona got her first American girl doll designed to
look like her and loves "Little Fiona":



Christmas day (kids bribed for this average shot):



Our little family:




We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


Friday, December 24, 2010

Eve

Merry Christmas eve from our tree to yours!


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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Not quite Abbott & Costello...

Over bowls of cereal this morning, the girls continued to refine their stand-up routine.

Fiona: "Nora, let me tell you a knock-knock joke."
Nora:  "Knock-knock!"
Fiona: "No, I say knock-knock."
Nora: "OK."
Fiona: "Knock-knock"
Nora: (silence)
Fiona: "Nora, when I say knock-knock you say 'Who's There?"
Nora: "OK.  Knock-knock who's there!"
Fiona: "Wait wait.  I say knock-knock, and then YOU say 'Who's There?  OK?"
Nora: "OK."
Fiona: "Knock-knock!"
Nora: "Who's there?"
Fiona: "Orange."
Nora: "Orange who?"
Fiona: ..."Banana Head!" 
Wild laughter ensues.

Coming soon to a pre-school near you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Santa Visit!

Look who visited Santa!  The beautiful boot-clad Boldischar girls!  This is a much improved showing from last year's Santa Visit.  Just a couple more nights before the big guy arrives, which means it's time to get a-wrapping!  The girls already have their cookies made and decorated for Mr. C, and the fridge is stocked with carrots.  Everyone on their best behavior! 




Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elf on a Shelf

Here is our Elf, his name changes every day thanks to Fiona and the girls love him. They love reading his book, talking to him, behaving in front of him, and finding his new spot every morning. It is a cute tradition.


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Monday, December 13, 2010

Awww

I stumbled across this adorable picture just now, isn't it precious?

Fiona has been sick most of the weekend with a fever and today she was feeling good enough to go to school. After a few minutes of being home, she asked to cuddle on the couch. Casey makes a great nap partner, I should know after seven weeks of bedrest for that same child on that same couch.

Fiona never stops moving, so when she does I just sit and stare at her. So peaceful and beautiful.


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas Cuties

Oh the beloved Christmas card pictures.

Jim tried very hard to get that perfect shot of our girls together in their adorable matching Christmas pjs, but they had other plans. There are some funny outtakes that might just grace this blog someday. Today, though, I was in the mood for these two pictures showing our girls personality.

The girls are looking forward to Christmas and are enjoying all the festivities. We are doing Elf on a Shelf (google it if you are unfamiliar) and they love him, talking to him, and behaving so Santa will think they are good little girls. We have cookie decorating, a play, a ride on the polar express, a light show, Christmas parties yet to go, and a visit with Santa yet to go! This year Nora is into it all so everything is a bit more fun for the rest of us. Fiona loves teaching Nora about baby Jesus and his birthday, which is adorable.

More pictures to come!









Monday, December 6, 2010

So much for every day

Looks like I broke my idea to post on our blog every day of December. I have a good, excuse, I was in the hospital. Of all things to break up my weekend!

My girls were happy last night when I got home and today Nora informed me that she doesn't like "sick Mommy". Ha--like I do!

To prove that you have to watch what you wish for, or to at least be as specific as possible, I give you this story. I had plans this weekend, tons of them, and didn't want to miss a thing. Friday night I said out loud "I am tired, I wish I could just get into bed for a whole day"....and the next day I was admitted into the hospital. NOT quite what I had in mind. God was laughing a bit, I think.

Anyway, I am back on the road to recovery. I was beyond happy to be at home with Jim and the girls last night. My own bed and a warm shower never felt so good!

Friday, December 3, 2010

S to the Leep

LOVE these pictures....

Our sleeping beauties.


























Thursday, December 2, 2010

PlayDoh Rocks

Who would ever think I would say that, but I did and its true. I made a batch of playdoh last week and it was a big hit. Fiona has loved playing with playdoh for a couple of years, it never gets old for her and provides hours of activity. Nora carried on the tradtion and loves it just as much. I love it because they love it...but more importantly for the quiet it gives me. Ahhh!


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

New Challenge

I am going to try...TRY...to post every day this month. Ok, it might be every other or every few days, but its attempt. Notice, I said, I am going to try. I think Jim might post once this month, thats my guess.

My girls are in the kitchen with me playing doctor while I make dinner (and blog, multitasking is my speciality). Mind you Fiona wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Based on the conversation I just heard, she will need a lot of schooling. I will act it out for you:

Nora: Hi. I need doctor.

Fiona: (With doctor kit in hand) Ok, good, I am a doctor. Sit on this chair. What hurts?

Nora: Me feet.

Fiona: Ok, let me take of your socks and take a look. Hmmm....your bone of your foot has a cough. It needs me to rub it. (Rubs the foot) Does it hurt still?

Nora: Yep

Fiona: You see, your foot has a temperature of twenty nine. That's not good. It has allergies. And it still has a cough. A bad cough, can you hear your foot bone coughing?

Nora: Yep

Fiona: Take this medicine. Put your socks back on and stay at the doctors office for the night. Good bye.

Nora: You fix my dog too?

Fiona: Oh sure! I love fixing dogs.


So, I should get a job and start saving for Fiona's future college and medical school where hopefully she will learn her foot cannot cough.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thankful Thanksgiving


We hosted our first Thanksgiving this year and it was a perfect day. Jim made a wonderful meal, we had a lovely time with great company. We finally used our wedding fine china for the first time in over ten years, which was hard to believe. That china had lived in six homes and never been opened. While Jim prepared our delicious meal, I removed price tags and cleaned a full china service for twelve.
Its was a great night. I managed to get a few pictures, but mostly kept the camera on the counter like a good hostess. We look forward to more holidays in our new house!
Our Thanksgiving table:


Jim's awesome turkey:


Our girls:


We are thankful for these two sweeties:





Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Zooropa

Last week, back when it was still warm and sunny, Wendy and I took the girls to Brookfield Zoo on a random Tuesday.  Despite some of the animals being MIA (lions, penguins, baboons), we enjoyed the zebras, polar bears, kangaroos, etc.  Here are two of my favorite pictures - the two giraffes, and then Nora trying to scale the fence and join the giraffes!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

The "T" Word

Not turkey, treadmill, or turtleneck....tantrum.

Raise your hands if you hate them and please don't tell me if you have no clue what they are.

We have a spirited, strong willed, passionate, stubborn 4 year old. That child gave up a nap she actually needs, is awake for an average of 14 hours a day, and never ever stops moving or talking or thinking. Basically, I hate tantrums.

I know they are normal, I know they happen to all sorts of families, I know no one enjoys them, but I really do NOT like tantrums. Its like watching your sweet child go temporarily insane. You try to talk her out of it, reason with her, reprimand her, ignore her, distract her, silently pray or beg for it to end.

It is like walking on egg shells, avoiding minefields, at any moment she is going to blow! Nighttime is the worst, she is tired...I mean, crazy overtired...and the smallest thing sets her off. She falls into the "give me what I want and no one gets hurt" camp, even if what she wants is ridiculous. Now, this doesn't happen every night, I should be fair. However, when the tantrum does happen, it happens big. Everything Fiona does is big, with a flourish, with passion, this is no different.

Lucky for us, it is fast and furious and always ends with her murmuring apologies before passing out cold for the night. That part I don't hate.

Monday, November 8, 2010

They're Grrrrreat!


Nora loves Frosted Flakes.


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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bangs

Nora has two cowlicks at the front of her hairline that has made for some frustrating hair moments. So, despite me hating bangs, I caved and had them cut today. Hopefully this will work for her and she won't hate us later in life. I think she looks cute!


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A bad liar

I read in a parenting book (yes, believe it or not, I find time to read those still) that between ages 4 and 5 kids start to tell white lies or stretch the truth. Just like clockwork, our Fiona followed that trend. She went from a very honest kid to a kid who likes to create her own version of events. The best part is that she is a terrible liar. I mean, terrible. She has 7 or 8 tell signs, the stories are always completely ridiculous, and she often giggles them out. Lets just hope that continues so I can keep busting her lies!

Today I found one of her straw cups that had a small bite in the plastic straw. I went to her just to say "hey, don't bite cups, blah blah blah" but instead she told me the following tall tale:

"Mom, before you say anything just know that I didn't do it. Here is how it happened. When you were 13 and Nora was only 1 (really??) you left the cups down low where she could get it. She grabbed it, chewed on it, and put it back wherever you just found it. I saw her do it with her 78th tooth, that one in the back. I should tell her to stop doing it"

Another day Jim and I found evidence from some other small crime and confronted her with it to which she replied with:

"Casey did it. He got up on his legs, put up his paw, grew a finger, and used his finger to do that. He did, I saw him"

Not so sure she has a future in lying, but I can certainly see another writer in the family.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween

The girls had a great Halloween this year! They have been counting down all month until the big day and were not disappointed. Nora really understood all the hoopla for the first year which made it more fun. She loves pumpkins and points them out everywhere. Our house has a few scary things on it, namely a motion-activated spider that was not her favorite, though.


They helped carve some pumpkins:



Waited for Trick or Treaters with great anticipation:



Our Sleeping Beauty and Miss Ladybug:



The girls ready to Trick or Treat in our new neighborhood
and some of Jim's great Halloween decorations:




Fiona asked me this morning how many more days until next Halloween. The countdown begins again!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

2 year stats

It is hard to believe that Nora, our baby, is two years old. For some reason, with your first child you want everything to happen fast...you want them to hurry up and be born, sleep through the night, roll over, crawl, eat, walk, talk. With the second all of those things seem to happen faster and each one makes you a little more sad. Nora tells us daily that she is not a baby and is a "big gurrl" and I have to pinch myself to believe it.

Nora at age two:

Weight: 29lbs 4oz
Height: 34.5 inches

Favorite food: blueberry waffles
Least favorite food: peanut butter
New words: pumpkin, monster, library, birthday, cow milk, doughnut
Favorite books: Goodnight Chicago, Brown Bear Brown Bear What do You See
What she wants to do with Mommy: go to the mall, go for a walk, go to Starbucks
What she wants to do with Daddy: go to the park, be held, read books
What she wants to do with Fiona: run around, play dress up, play restaurant

Nora is talking in full sentences now, but with her own Yoda-meets-caveman lingo. Sometimes we have to stare at her and ask for her to repeat something before we fully understand what she is trying to say. She never gets frustrated with us, though, and just repeats it until we get it. Tonight she told me good job when I finally got what she was saying. Sweetie!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

No cry

"I no cry, Mama"

Nora has a nasty habit of screaming and crying when she wakes up in the morning or from a nap. Luckily, she is cute so we keep her. In a slightly sarcastic manner Jim asked Nora not to cry when she wakes up and she has been taking his message to heart. The past few days after nap I have been greeted with a big smile and her telling me she is happy. Bless her little heart.

Now maybe I should tell her to sleep past 6am.


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Nora's Party - Pics + Video

Was a good time for all! Lots of fun and food, family and friends. The weather stayed dry before dinner, which meant the 11 kids that were there could run over to the park and work up an appetite. For cake of course, not dinner.


Boys outnumbered girls, that's for sure! There were 4 girls, and 2 of them were ours! That was just fine for Fiona, who ordered the boys around like a cruise director. At one point she yelled out to the backyard, "OK Boys, it's time to go up to Fi Fi's room!" I have to admit, it made me shudder to think what she'll be like as a teenager...


But this post is about Nora! She loved the lavender and white balloons that were around the house, and her big Dora balloon. It was cute watching her as we sang "Happy Birthday" - she wasn't used to so much attention.



Dora AND Diego on a cake? What more can a 2yr old girl ask for!




When you're a big deal like Nora, you can get away with taking a call while opening your birthday presents...


As with the the girls' past birthdays, we also enjoyed a video last night! Please enjoy - 5 minutes of Nora Goodness!





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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sign of a good party

4 bags of garbage! Real pictures of Nora's Bday party coming soon.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nora is TWO!

It is hard to believe our little girl is two already! Nora had a great day full of fun and too many sweets and now is fast asleep in her crib.

This isn't the best picture of the birthday princess, but the fastest one this tired Mom can provide. I am sure there will be great ones from her party in a couple of days.

Happy Birthday, Nora! Your Mommy, Daddy, and big sister FiFi love you so very much!

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poor Fiona

Today was a long day. Today was a visit to the ER after Fiona sliced her finger open on a glass picture frame. Luckily, the doctor was able to close the wound without stitches. Fiona was so brave and polite in the ER despite her fear and pain. Love our little lady!

Now we have to find ways to entertain her without her using her right hand...I am sure that will be easy.


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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Spirit

We have it here. Fiona calls October " Halloween month". There are decorations inside and outside of our house, the girls talk about their costumes and count the days until candy.

Here is a picture from a local Halloween event where I had to improvise to make their costumes for hot/freakish weather. I am sure it will snow now that I have this picture.


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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Love is a Battlefield

If I was techy, I would insert a video of Pat Benatar singing her famous song with the same title.
If you were here, I would act out a scene and do the dances in full 80s gear.

But neither of those things are happening, so just imagine the song and understand the title.

For me, love IS a battlefield, at least the love I have for my 4 year old daughter. Ahem, 4 and a HALF year old daughter. Anyone have one of those? PHEW! Perhaps you don't or yours isn't quite as...strong willed...as mine, so allow me to elaborate.

Every single detail of Fiona's life is a battle. Every single decision is a potential for a war between mother and daughter. We are talking what to wear, what to eat, what to listen to, what toys to play with, with shoes to wear, what scenery is outside her window, what we do, the list could go on. I am a delicate dancer prancing my way around the minefield of her daily life trying to avoid certain explosions and prepping myself for the ones I cannot avoid. The girl knows what she wants and won't settle for anything her silly (wrong) Mother has to say on the topic. Her life was ruined forever this week when I purchased a dress that did not twirl big enough. I mean, she actually ran away from me crying that her life was ruined. Lord help me, she is only four!

These are the kind of things no parenting book could ever prepare you for. There is no chapter on what to say to a pint sized drama queen who wants to wear a tank dress and boots in 50 degree weather while eating popcorn hanging upside down from the monkey bars with scissors in her hair. If there was, I might have accidentally skipped it thinking "the poor parents of that kind of child" while staring at infant Fiona playing with a stuffed monkey. My bad. I suppose I could write a parenting book with such a chapter....as soon as I talk Fiona off of the roof after I told her that two Milky Ways did not have enough nutrients to be called a meal.

I am raising an amazing woman, she will be fierce, kind, independent, smart, determined. Its just a big challenge to be her boss for these formative years. EXhausting...

You like me...you really, really like me

Thanks for the comments! Jim is pleasantly pleased that there are real people reading our blog. Of course, not pleased enough where he will actually log in here and grace you all with his wit, but baby steps! (Can you feel the pressure? See the gauntlet being thrown?)

I plod on with my Mommy-Blogger roll and you all will have to endure my random drivel with the occasional picture of my children (something Jim holds the keys to again!). Fun for all!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Funny Fridays

Soooo....my dear husband thinks no one reads this blog. He thinks this because no one comments on this blog. I don't agree, I think plenty of you read the blog just don't comment. Lets prove him wrong and COMMENT. Ok? Ok. Just say hi or tell me you what color shoes you wore today, whatever ya like.

In trade I will give you a couple of Funnies from my kids this week.

Fiona was playing in the leaves yesterday and yelled to me..."Mom, come quick, I am playing cute again!"

Nora tried on my slippers the other day and told me she was Mommy. I asked her who I was then and she replied Daddy. I did my best Jim impression (usually has a cartoon voice, don't know why) and said "Bye, I am going to work" and she did her best impression of me and said "Bye, I am going shopping". The kid knows me well!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Nora and the Cops

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Child labor

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Gracious and Pleasing

Nora is gracious. It is to the extreme almost. Everything gets a thank you--giving her a toy, milk, food, a pacifier, changing her diaper, anything. "Thank you, Momma" She thanks the people who work at Target, Starbucks, the library, anywhere we go. She thanked me last night for getting a sticker off of her foot that was bugging her. Very gracious. It is adorable. She has the best manners, hands down. This morning at 5am when she woke up and I was a little crabby after a short night of sleep....she thanked me for getting her. Who could be frustrated after that?

Right along those same lines, Fiona is pleasing. She wants Nora to be happy at any cost. Most kids care what their parents think, they behave better in attempts to please their parents. Fiona doesn't care much if we are happy or frustrated with her, she marches to her own loud drummer. However, she really wants her little sister to be pleased. Fiona will do anything to make Nora happy and lately has been butting in with the raising of said toddler. Fiona will tell Nora something amazing just to make her stop fussing, pouting, or crying. "We are having lollipops for breakfast" "Mom is going to take us to the park all night!" "Of course Daddy will hold you while he mows the lawn" I have explained that lying to Nora to make her quiet isn't the solution, but she just doesn't like to see her unhappy. Neither to we, of course, and now I see why preschoolers aren't parents. :)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Jim!

Today is my sweet husband's birthday. While he isn't into big celebrations, I thought I would take a moment to recognize him here. Jim, you are a wonderful husband and father. The girls and I adore you. You are the best!

When I told Fiona it was Daddys birthday she wanted to know the details of his party. I had to break the news to her that he wasn't having one and then she wanted to know if he was naughty. So then I reassured her that he was a good boy all year and didn't like parties. Without missing a beat she asked if she could have his instead. Or if he could at least have a party at Chuck E Cheese and invite some of her girlfriends. Fiona is defintely Jim's daughter, always thinking!


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Friday, September 17, 2010

Happy Friday!

Nora had her first mini-preschool class today and she did great. She wasn't interested in singing or dancing, but loved art time and playing with the babies there.

So we celebrated with the girls favorite treat--a shot of whip cream at Starbucks. As I type I can hear nothing but lips smacking and "mmmm" from the backseat. Good stuff.


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