Saturday, December 31, 2011
January: Toy Story on Ice, a fun trip to Minnesota and MOA
February: birthday parties, Valentine's party at my parents, the blizzard
March: Daddy/Daughter dance, Fiona turns 5 at Build-A-Bear, Wendy hangs with her MN nurse friends
April: family trip to Navy Pier, Pinkalicious play, Take your daughter to work day, Easter
May: family picnics, Fiona's first ballet recital, mothers day at Wildfire
June: Jim's race, family vacation to Destin, FL including Nora's first airplane ride, Wendy turns another year older with drinks in FL
July: a fun 4th with friends, Nora moved to a big girl bed, Wendy and Jim went to 2 U2 concerts, we found out we were pregnant with baby # 3, the girls go to camp and swimming lessons
August: summer celebration in our town, Jim travels to CA, Alladin play, family stay cation in Chicago, Wendy and Jim's 10 year high school reunion, Fiona starts Kindergarten and rides the bus
September: trip on Papa's boat, the girls start gymnastics, Nora starts preschool, our first ultrasound of the new baby, apple picking, Jim turns another year older at the bowling alley laughing at his daughters, a fun trip to visit Olivia Boldischar for her bay
October: Fiona and Jim start Indian Princess and get inducted, Fi and Jim go camping, Nora turns 3 at home with her BFF Nessie and friends, we pick pumpkins in shorts, Halloween with a candy corn witch and Tinkerbell, Fiona gets glasses
November: we have a great 20 week ultrasound of baby # 3, we find our first babysitter and the girls love her, Fiona has art camp, Jim cooks another fantastic Thanksgivng meal, Wendy and Jim spend 6 days in Cabo San Lucas relaxing
December: birthday parties, the girls get great school report cards, family trip to Chicago, Christmas fun at home, NYE with wonderful friends
We had a great year full of family time and fun. We hope you did too!
Monday, December 12, 2011
What a great trip!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
You can blame a few things for the sad state of our blog, a wonderful camera that I really cannot upload pictures from, a blog format that makes me a little batty, a busy few months, and our third pregnancy. More about that last reason later.
For now, here are some random pictures I found. Please forgive the backwards order, just think of yourselves going back in time a few months. Here is what you have missed:
Nora turned 3 and had a Strawberry Shortcake party
Nora wasn't a fan of everyone singing to her
Good thing she had her BFF at her side to recover
We did some apple picking
Nora became a ballerina
We had a great staycation in the city
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
We celebrated Jim's birthday at a bowling alley, his choice, and everyone had a great time. It was Nora's first time and she played really well. Any chance to see those girls have fun, we'll take it!
Monday, September 12, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
A sign of the growing Fiona is the new pink CD boombox in her room complete with five CDs. She spends a lot of time listening to music in her room, something I did as a preteen.
With preschool graduation coming up next week, I find myself sad and proud all at the same time. Fiona counted to 100 today and I just stared at this grown child I feel was just a baby. She must have read my mind because she said "Mom, don't worry, I am growing up but I am still your girl. Just like you and Nonnie (my Mom)". That was exactly what I needed to hear.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
She is our Chairwoman and CEO - setting our guiding principles and leading us on a daily basis - cheering us on in good times and supporting us in challenging times.
She is a Symphony Conductor - ensuring everyone is in tune, helping us focus on our strengths, and creating beautiful music together.
She is a Meeting Planner - keeping multiple calendars balanced with activities, learning, and fun.
She is a Psychic - anticipating each of our thoughts and feelings and reactions.
She is a Worker Bee - constantly working to improve our hive.
She is Wendy - The Absolute Perfect Mom for our kids, and for our home.
Happy Mother's Day!
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I was putting Fiona to bed tonight and when she saw the pajamas I laid out for her she scoffed at me. She returned them to her drawer and pulled out a different pair asking me "Don't you know the story of The Night Before Mothers Day"? Not sure that I do. So she told me how "it was the night before mothers day and all around the house the children were wearing fancy pajamas...". She went on to say that in the story the children all sleep with small smiles on their faces and in the morning they do not dare wake up their mothers.
There really is not a dull moment in this house.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Today was the Royal wedding and I watched every moment with glee. I had two blue-eyed companions with me, one of which was glued to the screen with a look of fantasy on her face. I remember dreaming as a young girl of marrying Prince William, having the Queen as a Grandmother-in-Law, and I saw that look today in Fiona's eyes. I am a very romantic person, an emotional person who loves hoopla and beautiful sentiments. I can see Fiona takes after me in that way. Today was the scene of a real life fairytale and we both watched it unfold together holding hands.
Fiona at one moment asked me why it looked like the Bride's parents were trying not to cry. I explained that some tears are happy and that they likely were feeling proud of her and happy for her future. After a moment of silence, Fiona turned to me with a tiny tear in her eye and said "I am trying not to cry too. I am so happy for the Princess".
I can only imagine what Fiona has in her future, but I can tell you that I will defintely be crying when it all happens.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Winning the lottery, a beach vacation, quitting your job, getting a job,
saving the world, helping people, stumbling upon a stack of one hundred
dollar bills, traveling, getting married, having children, owning a
beautiful home, throwing parties, going to parties, buying a stunning car,
driving said car with loud music of your own choosing, eating out every day,
not gaining any weight after eating out every day, running through a field
of wildflowers laughing.
Daydreams after Children:
Sleeping, hiring a housekeeper, grocery shopping alone, eating warm meals
freshly made, going back to work, saving your sanity, sleeping, going to the
bathroom without being interrupted, eating your own meal and not the leftover
kid meals, driving in any car alone quietly, winning the lottery so you can
hire a few staff members, taking a nap, a warm vacation with your spouse,
inventing something to make millions, getting a MomVan so your daughter can
stop complaining that we are the only family without one, thinking about
upcoming doctor appointments, wondering if we are indeed out of milk and bread,
waking up skinny without doing anything to get that way, sleeping in a field
of down feathers smiling.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
I have learned over the last few years that you never really know what life has in store for you. I see a lake I stood before as a kid thinking it was an ocean and now watch my daughters stare at it in awe. I can't help but think of fate.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
I walked into the room and she was holding a Kleenex up to her lip. Here is our conversation, sadly, nothing new in this house:
Me: "Oh no, Fi, what happened?!"
Fiona: "My lip...its...(sigh)...BLEEDING"
Me: "What happened?"
Fiona: "Well, there was this stick, and it was pointy and it hit my lip when I was, I was, I was drinking water....ok, ok, the truth is that I bit my lip"
Me: "Ok, thanks for the truth. Now you see what happens if you bite your lips, try not to do it again."
Fiona: "What happens if today is the day I get married? Who will ever kiss my lips if they are bleeding?!"
Lucky for her, this is NOT the day she is getting married.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Here are the pictures I was able to get before they left that night: