Category Archives: Snapshots

And Now She is Three

My poor little corner of the internet is looking dusty and neglected these days. Things have gotten in the way. I don’t know if I will ever write regularly again, I know enough to not commit to it. However, a little girl I know turned three earlier this month and we can’t just let that momentous occasion pass us by.

This past weekend we rented out the apartment complex’s clubhouse and threw her a Tangled themed birthday bash.

We repurposed a cardboard box and Brian painted this ridiculous duck sign. For those not acquainted with the movie, this is the pub, hang out of ruffians and thugs.

Since it wasn’t at our house or a location with built in activities, I came up with a few crafts to keep a dozen 2-3 year olds entertained. There was coloring:

Also good for keeping the adults entertained. And there was crown decorating:

And if you were Lorelei, there was face and arm decorating as well:

Maximus guarded the snacks:

Even Amelie had a good time:

Best party ever!

 

 

 

 

 

Smiles

This has been going on for weeks but since I’m lazy really busy trying to wrangle two children, I haven’t had a chance to share.

Eyes Open

Hey pretty lady.

Dandelion

She’s an addict now.

17 Days: On the Porch

I asked Brian this morning if we could have more babies. I got a pretty enthusiastic “YES!” from him.

There are just some moments that are so completely perfect that I can easily forget all the moments that have been bad. I can forget my frustration with Lorelei’s tantrums and refusal to eat. I can forget the several hour long nursing sessions with Amélie in the middle of the night.

The weather has been particularly nice the last few days and we took advantage of the warmer temperatures to sit on our porch in the late afternoon sun.

12 Days

We’re still trying to find our rhythm, adjusting to life as a family of four. I overdid it the last few days so while Brian takes Lorelei to the zoo (without us!), the littlest one and I will be here. Sleeping and cuddling and watching bad television. I may even read while she naps on my chest. It’s good. Very good.

4 Days Ago

Amélie Sophia

Born March 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

7 pounds, 14 ounces

*I mistakenly labeled this five days ago. Oops. It was only four. What can I say? Sleep deprivation is fun.

(Belly) Button

Today’s photo of the day (for all the entries go here)

Small housekeeping note: Because of my lack of smartphone I have decided not to do every photo challenge. It’s just not convenient to tote my big ole’ honkin’ DSLR with me everywhere. Also, I plan on writing a real post tomorrow. Enjoy your evening everyone!

Hands

Another in the February Photo a Day Challenge. For all the pictures, go here.

Today we went to Kids’ Art Start, an event put on by the Repertory Theatre of St Louis. While it was a lot more low key this time around (we went last month and there were a ton of people and a lot more projects), Lorelei is always up for some coloring. And it got us out of the house on a rainy Saturday morning.

Words

I’ve been thinking about words a lot recently.

Sometimes, we underestimate the power of words. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. It’s a good lesson to teach your children, but it isn’t the truth.

Words can wound. I seem to have a particular talent for turning a simple phrase into something downright nasty. (Just ask my husband). And how many nights have I spent lying awake in bed replaying a conversation over and over in my head, turning a innocuous phrase into an assault on the very essence of my being.

Sometimes I forget that words can heal us, too. I hesitate to say things like, I’m thinking about you or, even, I love (care about) you. They can seem like empty phrases. For someone like me, however, it can turn a day that was full of despair and desperate thoughts into something a little brighter. I need to hear those words. I also need to remember that other people need to hear those words, too.

I love you.

I’m thinking about you.

It will get better.

What brought this on? There is a a little thing going around the internet: February Photo a Day (there was also one in January, but I didn’t do that). I thought I would give a shot, even though I’m handicapped by my lack of smartphone. Also, I’m already a day behind but I’m going to try to do two tomorrow to catch up. We’ll see how long this lasts.

For all photos, go here.