Thursday, September 18, 2014

Family Pics and Aunt Jo's Visit

Auntie Jo came out to visit in early August to help with the girls while I worked and I'm pretty sure it was her favorite trip ever.  Most days looked a lot like this:

6AM: Wake up with L & E, let Jo sleep more.
7AM: Let's not disturb Jo, we don't need to get her up too early...

No, really that happened.  And I even forgot to give her money, so she also had to buy them breakfast.

On top of that I made her take more family pictures, as usual.  In real life I'm pretty much in zero pictures.  I'm always the one with the camera, and if I do get a picture it's always so posed, never the cute candid ones I love.  So when Jo comes to town I always make her bring her camera and pretty much force her to be our paparazzi.  Here's some of the family photos she took while she was here.  She's so good.

Thanks for all the help, Auntie Jo!  I promise not to kick you out of the house in your pajamas before 8am next time around.  xoxo

- K

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Half Birthday for Everly

Today is Everly's half birthday, which also marks the fastest 6 months of my entire life.  Evie sis just keeps getting better, she's rolling and sitting and scooting, and so so close to crawling.  She's eating solids like a pro, and has the rolls to prove it.  Her little eyes just dance when she smiles, and she has this hearty little giggle that's mostly reserved for her big sis' wild antics.  When she's not giggling at Lyla, she's just staring with pure amazement.  She can't get enough of her big sis or her furry brothers.  She has one little tooth, with another on the way and will pretty much chew on anything.  She's the happiest baby with the fiercest little temper, which I kind of love.  She also loves her mama just as much as Lyla ever did, and I could die every time she sends a giggle my way.

I love watching these girls and their personalities unfold.  I love their similarities and differences and just every little thing about them.  Being a mom is the best.  :)

- K

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Not-So-Terrible Twos

We are in the middle of a great "nakey butt" stage for Lyla, especially with the start of a (much more successful!) potty training session.  Pretty much every time she goes outside she ends up getting wet somehow, and then demands that "Lyla be nakey butt".  It's pretty cute, but it also means that I don't really have any recent photos to share of her that I feel like I could or should share on the internet.  Luckily I have all the newborn/family photos my sister took, so I'll take the opportunity to inundate you with those now.  :)

Also, I just have to say that for all the hype around the 2 year stage, I seriously love it.  Yes, we have our tantrums, sour attitudes, crying, plenty of the word "NO!", and pretty much a constant path of destruction, but the more her little personality comes out, the more I fall in love with our little Lyla.  She is the most lovely, loving, polite, sweet-hearted little girl.  If you let out the slightest "ouch" she's the first to kiss your boo-boo and say "Sorry, mama, you have boo-boo".  She's so fun and energetic and carefree, and still so confident and fearless.  And she's growing up each and every day.  Suddenly "choc-choc" has become "chocwate", and the "mamas" and "dadas" are few and far between, with "mom" and "dad" taking their place.  But her snuggles are still as good as ever, and I'm soaking up every single one I can.

- K

Friday, August 29, 2014

Little Birdies

Last night I had to leave on my first business trip in over a year, and first ever trip away from Evie.  Luckily, I happened to get the newborn pics my sister took right before leaving, so I've had lots of sweetness to stare at in any down time I had.  And doubley luckily, everything for work got completed tonight so I got the go-ahead to go back home tomorrow instead of Monday.

It's nice to get these couple of nights of peace and quiet, and I think it's good to get the chance to miss my babies and husband every once in a while, but it feels a little too quiet sitting in my hotel room all alone.  All I can think about is putting my girls to bed, and singing our latest favorite song, 5 Little Birdies, to them both before laying them down for the night.  I miss my family like crazy and can't wait to shower them with smooches tomorrow.

Goodnight my little birdies.  xoxo

- K

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gramma and Pop

I'm afraid we weren't the best of hosts while Gramma and Pop were in town, but they sure were a lot of help to us.  From taking care of the girls, to picking up around the house, to making dinners - the work pretty much never ended for them.  We did manage to have a little fun on the weekends, including a trip to nearby Lake Calhoun and Lyla's very first virgin "margarita." After one sip she chanted "MORE, MORE, MORE!", and she chugged every last drop.  I guess she got some of my personality after all. ;)

- K

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Weeks Fly By

Well, we just came off of the two of the hardest weeks we've had in a while.  Joan, the girls' nanny, was out of town for two weeks so we flew in family to help out, and I found out quick that it's a lot harder to get everyone in the routine of things with two little ones.  Not to mention that Lyla's been going through some kind of regression, clinging to me constantly, wanting to be held instead of Evie and helped with eating (like Evie).  She certainly didn't make it easier on her auntie and grandparents.

Both of our jobs have been weighing on us pretty heavy, and we just had a lot of stuff to figure out.  I won't even list everything because I'm well aware they're very much first world problems, but the truth of the matter is we've had a lot of stress on our plates recently.  And in the middle of it all I have these two precious babies that are growing and changing constantly, and I don't know if it's the stress or the busy days, but it feels like it's all going in warp speed.

It's been such a struggle to just get through the days lately, and all of a sudden I looked around and realized that my baby is speaking full sentences and sleeping in a big girl bed, and fitting in kid clothes, not just toddler clothes anymore, and my little squishy isn't even a little squishy.  My newborn baby is already gone, replaced by this cute little thing that rolls and scoots and giggles, and gobbles up rice cereal like it's her job.  As long as the days can be, the weeks and months go too fast, and I desperately just want to grab all those moments up, hold them tight, and never let them or those girls go.  And I want a baby in my arms forever.

And that's why we just might be the next Duggars.  Just kidding.  But seriously...

- K