Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The days all run together

I'll be better after January.

Time keeps marching forward whether I am ready or not.

Ready or not here comes February.

February will show the promise of spring, won't it?

Spring and Summer I am anxious to feel on my skin again.

Until then the days keep running together.


Sometimes I look at Lily and wonder if somewhere along the way she got mixed up with someone else's baby and somehow I just didn't notice. I wonder how she could have gotten so tall. Surely someone will be dropping off that wee toddler any day and say they're so sorry for the mix up.

But then I smell her hair. No one else in the world smells as familiar. I just find it all hard to believe.

Her adult front teeth are about to break through and her bangs are almost grown out. Her socks keep getting holes from growing feet. The jackets I thought would last the winter are looking quite short in the sleeves.

She says she wants to be a librarian. She wants to read books all day. How could she be anyone else's but mine?

Growing up and letting go and holding on tight for dear life. It feels like the listing of a boat, a constant push and pull, righting itself and always, always seeking balance.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Catching Snow

The snow catching jar

Snowflakes on noses


Are you having any adventures in the snow?

Cheer Camp

It took Lily a few minutes to warm up

She did a great job learning the routine

It started to snow just as the camp ended- Fun!

They both did an excellent job and had a great time. Since it is a snow day today maybe I can get them the practice the routine they learned. They are excited to perform on Thursday at the basketball game but we'll see how that goes when we get there...well, with all this snow, IF we get there.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wake up call.

Lily: Mom you want me to be perfect all the time and I can't!

Reality slapped me hard in the face this morning as Lily exclaimed her frustration with me. Whoa. That hurt. I need to process this one. I think its going to take some time and a hard look at myself. I'll keep you posted.

Here's Kendra on her first day last week:

Here's us girls passed out nearly the whole way to Shelton last weekend. Luckily I didn't have my ugly sleep face on at the moment the driver (Martin) and his accomplice (his sister Katie) decided to take the picture. Bless them. To be fair though I have been getting extra car sick lately. Knowing that I was going to sit in the back for the long drive I doubled up on the Dramamine and passed the heck out.

This weekend we are sending the girls to a short "Cheer Camp" where they will learn a routine then perform it at a girl's basketball game next week. One of my biggest fears before becoming a mom was having a daughter who wanted to be a cheer leader- I just didn't know how I'd relate to that. But now, even though I still can't relate, if it makes them happy (they are literally bouncing off the walls with excitement about it) I'm all for it. Anything they feel passionate about, I am on board to support. Now if we could just move to the other side of the city so they'd be cheering for the *right* school.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

1st Day (Back)

Today Lily and Kendra went back to school...Kendra's first day in her new school with Lily. Everything seemed to go off without a hitch. We'll see what the rest of the week (month, year??) brings. Both girls have Parent Teacher conferences at the end of the month- which seems like perfect timing for us to be able to check back and make sure Kendra is adjusting well and Lily too.

They were so cute- last night they picked out matching outfits and laid them all out on the floor (matching literally down to the underwear). They had their hair done the same way with a clip and were excited to see they got the same food for lunch. If it weren't for the fact they are in different grades, you'd think they were twins. And some of the matching heads off the extreme amount of competition they seem to be in.

I am happy to be starting back into our routine. It feels like a really long time since we've been on our normal schedule. Getting two ready in the morning instead of one will be a challenge but I think we're up for it. This morning they were so excited it was easy...we'll see what happens when the newness wears off.

Martin took some pictures...hopefully I'll get the motivation to stop reading my Kindle long enough later to upload them : )

Monday, January 2, 2012

Holiday Blur

I got a Kindle Fire from Martin for Christmas. It can do pretty much anything my laptop can do except blogging on it would be a huge pain....so....I haven't posted anything in forever. The Kindle is my new best friend though, seriously love it. So here are a couple of pictures from our Christmas Holiday which went by so fast it all still feels like a blur and I still feel like I am recovering.

Put a mustache on it.

Do you like our cozy fire??

Snugglin' with Papa

Pillow Pet mania.

OMG. More matching jammies!

Deven loved the flashing lights!

Kendra "fainted"...Disney Sing It was a hit apparently

Famly Photo...why could't we get one this good *before* sending out our Christmas Cards?

What a whirlwind. Now we're onto bigger and better things for 2012! Bring it on.