Monday, April 30, 2012

Bath Fun

We've had a weird run with bath time at our house. As infants, both Emma and Josh hated the bath. As they moved out of the infant tub and into the actual tub, they still hated it. And then they loved it. And then Emma pooped in the tub and she hated it. And then Josh hated it. And now? Well for today, they both love it. Check in with me tomorrow for their combined verdict.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Birthday Times Two

We got to celebrate two birthdays last weekend and Emma and Josh were thrilled.  They love seeing family and they really love birthday cake.

First up was my grandpa's birthday at my parent's house.

Emma and Josh reading with my grandpa

Emma reading with my grandpa

Emma and Josh will basically blow out anyone's birthday candles

We then went to Dan's parents' house and celebrated his brother Kevin's birthday.

Emma reading with Uncle Kevin

Singing "Twinkle Twinkle"

Uncle Kevin catching Josh

And of course, Emma and Josh had to blow out candles

Friday, April 27, 2012

And so it begins...The Fashion Edition

You know how Emma is 2? Well she already has a strong opinion when it comes to fashion.  This picture is what she looked like when she left the house yesterday.
Yep.  She accessorized with a scarf (It was 60 degrees yesterday...) and my winter head band thing.   She was adamant that she must wear these items.  And she did until I would imagine Dan's mom got her to remove them.

Today, she told me that she wanted to wear a dress.  After vetoing about 6, she picked a spaghetti strap sundress (and of course today, it was about 45 degrees and freezing) and threw a fit when I gently reminded her that it was cold out.  She then selected leggings and a cardigan, looked at herself once in the mirror and announced "I look pretty."

We might need to start getting her up 10 minutes early to pick out her outfit.  I didn't think this started to early!

Thursday, April 26, 2012



1. They have become really expressive this week.  They either love it ("mama, I love this book!") or they hate it ("NO WANT THIS FOOD!")

2. It is basically impossible to change their diaper or dress them.  Somehow, both of them are faster than us so they run and run (while screaming "Got diaper, no put clothes on me) while we pathetically chase after them and try to get them ready. Fun times, fun times.


1. She always wants me to kiss her between the slats of her crib before she goes to bed.  She will put her little lips up to the edge and say "Kisses mama!" and after I give her a kiss, she quickly moves to another area and sticks her lips through and says "Now here, more kisses."  Its really precious.

1.  He has recently started answering 50% of my questions with either "Poopy," "Butt" or the ever popular "Poopy Butt."   Oh yes, very charming.  I try to keep a straight and stern face when he does it but sometimes, I can't help myself and laugh.   Such a boy!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

RAOK Take 1

I tried my first Random Act of Kindness (RAOK) while at the grocery store and, well, it was a bit rocky. I was standing at the check out as the cashier rang up my overflowing cart. I looked to my right and saw a man standing there, holding two gallons of milk. As the cashier got to the end of my order, I said to her "Can you please ring those two gallons of milk with my order? I would like to buy them for that man." I then turned to him and said "I'd like to do something for you so I have bought your milk. I know it's not much but I hope you have a good day!" He looked at me and shook his head, signaling that he didn't understand.

Yep, I chose to buy milk for someone who didn't speak very good English. And I couldn't explain it to him. So I repeated it again, gesturing to the milk. He proceeded to give me a dirty look, put the milk on the conveyer belt and he went back into the main part of the store.

At this point, the cashier is laughing because we both realize that the man thought I WANTED his milk. I asked her if I could leave my cart up at the front while I tracked him down. Because now I had purchased his milk but couldn't convince him to take it!

I found him coming from the back of the store...carrying two more gallons of milk. I stopped him (and I am sure he is thinking that I am some kind of crazy psycho) and again said "Sir, I bought your milk. You can take it and go. Have a good day" He nodded and I am thinking "Yes, he finally gets it!" I proceed to the back of the store to return the other two gallons, since he has selected new milk.

As I approach the front of the store, I see the man again. Standing in the checkout line. With the milk. OMG. I approach him and look him in the eye and say "I bought milk. For you. I paid. You can go." He finally looked at me and said "YOU buy milk? For me?"

He looked at me and said "Thank you. No one ever buy me milk" And he left. With the milk. Finally.

So that was my first attempt at Random Kindness. We'll see how my next attempt goes!

Thursday, April 19, 2012



1. We have started leaving them in the church daycare and they are getting better but both cling to us before we leave. By the time we come back to get them, Emma seems to have settled in and this week, I found her coloring with some of the kids. Josh, on the other hand, was anxiously pacing around and looking at the door. When he saw us, he burst out crying and asked to go home. Interestingly enough, by the time we got to the parking lot, they both said "We love church, had fun!"

2. The other day when I picked them up for Dan's parents' house, I thought they smelled like onions. I found out that was because they picked a green onion out of the garden...and ate it.


1. The other day, I told her I was going to tell her a secret. I put my face close to her ear and said "I love you." She then said, "I have a secret, mama." She proceeded to tell me "Elephants have long nose like this" and put her arm out like a trunk.


1. He is very expressive and has been telling me "I miss you today, mama" or "I love you, Emma." He also can give me 4 or 5 sentences to talk about his day and I can normally figure out pretty easily what he did. (although he didn't tell me he yanked an onion out of the garden and ate it!)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Its a girl!

So I haven't mentioned it on my blog yet but in September, my sister is having a baby! Honestly, its the next best thing to having my own children. I get to love and spoil a baby but won't lose any sleep. (That's right, Kristin, get your sleep now:) ) Yesterday, they found out the sex of the baby and had us over to reveal their exciting news. It was so fun!

My sister bringing out the balloons

Right before they popped the green balloon...

...and right after! Pink confetti fell everywhere. Its a girl!

My brother in law telling the story on how they originally told them the baby was a boy!

My sister and Paul

Josh, Emma and my grandparents

Wordless Wednesday: What goes up, must comedown

Friday, April 13, 2012

Toddler Hoarders and The Five

I am concerned that if the show "Hoarders" puts together a segment focusing on Toddlers, they might show up at our house first. Emma and Josh both have no less than 20 items in each of their cribs. I honestly don't know how they sleep in there!

Seeing all the clutter in the cribs reminded me of the first month in my 12 in 2012 project where I focused on Organization. I actually made a lot of headway during the month but as the months have went on, I find that I am still struggling with finding time to keep everything organized.

While I was off of work, I came up with an idea so I wanted to share it. I call it "The Five." Once a day (sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the evening, just depends) I pick 5 things that I need to do. For example, my 5 this morning were:

1. Put away dishes (5 minutes)
2. Mail a rebate form (1 minute)
3. Run the vacuum throughout house (7 minutes)
4. Write this blog post (10 minutes)
5. Return pile of library books on the way to my appointments (3 minutes)

For me, the biggest struggles are that I never have enough time to get everything done and even when I get things done, I still feel discouraged. Why? Because there is still a mountain of things to get done! But by doing "The 5" I have been able to prioritize what needs to done. Dishes that are a mile high and if I put one more on the pile it will tumble down? Yes, you need to be put away. Dirty high chair that needs to be wiped down? Um, haven't seen an ant crawling around it and the kids will just get it dirty again so, yep, you can wait. I have also started to feel a sense of accomplishment when "The 5" is done because I set out to do something and I'll be darned, I did it!

I just wanted to share this because I know that whether you work or are at home, keeping up with all of the tasks of the day is a constant struggle.

Hope everyone has a great Friday!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


I was off of work the past 3 days and really enjoyed my time with Emma and Josh. I won't lie...its exhausting to be with them all day. But it is a lot of fun, too!


Emma and Dan's Aunt Anna

1. She loves to sing and has mastered "Twinkle, Twinkle" She also likes to try "Wheels on the Bus" and "Ba Ba Blacksheep" Oh and "Jingle Bells" because, well, its April. (In her defense, we did have some snow last night so...)


1. He loves when he points to things in books and asks "What's this?" and I give him the wrong answer. He will point to the sun and I will say "Oh that? That's a monkey!" and he squeals and say "No Mama, that's the sun"

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Month 4: Kindness

I have written this blog post a couple times in my head that honestly, I was surprised when I checked my blog and didn't see it here. Amazing that I make it through the day...

This month for my 12 in 2012 Project, I am focusing on Kindness. I feel like this is definitely one of those items that I will only briefly be able to touch on this month but my goal, as with the others, is to work hard to implement this into my daily life.

I consider myself a nice person. I say "please" and "thank you." I hold the door open for strangers. I make small talk with the cashier at the grocery store. But to me, I feel like there is a big difference between being a nice, friendly person and being kind. To me, kindness is more than a friendly smile and its more than being polite. Its a person who gives to others, who truly cares and who is genuine and loving.

My goal this month is to slow down and think of others. I want to do something for someone else without getting in return. I want to see people in a different light, focusing more on their positives and less on what I perceive to be a negative. I want to smile...and mean it.

Here are the things I am going to do for this month:

1. Perform 3 Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK)
2. Show true and real Kindness to 2 people at work
3. Give honest compliments more often and criticize less

Check back soon, I promise to update on my progress!

Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty. ~ Sylvia Rossetti

Wordless Wednesday: Paint Time

Monday, April 9, 2012


We had a nice Easter and hope you did, too! We went to church on Saturday, which was nice because then we didn't have to rush on Sunday. It was also nice for Emma and Josh to get two days out of their Easter clothes!

On Easter Sunday, we had our parents over along with my sister and my grandparents. Emma and Josh enjoyed all of their Easter baskets and multiple egg hunts. They didn't ask for Easter candy too often today, I think I only heard Josh ask for "Meeps" (AKA Peeps) a total of two times. That's an improvement.

Here are some photos from the day!

Dan and Emma before church

Josh and me before Church
Emma and me doing "Ring around the rosey"

Gathering eggs

Josh trying to blow the pinwheel

Emma being goofy

My dad and Emma

Josh collecting eggs

Everyone watching the egg hunt

Group picture

And seriously? Our only family photo

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Emma and Josh have been so, so funny this week. Something new is always coming out of their mouths and I am constantly laughing. Here are a few examples:


1. Before bed, we say our prayers. Last night, we went through the list of people we were praying for and at the end, Emma looked at me and said "And the Little Einstein's, too?" I just about died.

2. She told me that she went poop at Nana's house. I asked her who changed her diaper and her response? "Jesus." Didn't know he made house calls for that.


1. When I put him in the car the other day, I told him not to put an acorn in his mouth. He looked at me and said "I know. and no Poopin', no Peeing, no Crying and No Whining!" I guess we run a tight ship!

2. He was pointing out things in a book and asking me what they are. He pointed to a bug and I said "that's a beetle." He looked at it closer and said "Actually mom, its a ladybug." Touche, my son.

This age is hard but its also so fun. I can't wait to hear what comes out of their mouths next!

Playing on the computer with my dad