Wednesday, October 31, 2007

May the Force Be With You...

Happy Halloween from the Star Wars Family. Fun was had by all, but I had to put this photo of Little Livvy on her first Halloween. Our Little Yoda was so very cute. Blake figured out after the first house that they gave candy if you knocked on the door so he high tailed it up to each door and knocked furiously, light saber in hand. Queen Amidala and Obi Wan got enough candy to last a month...

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Big 3-M-O

The Big 3 months old...I am a week late in posting this (busy Mommy!), but our little Livvy turned 3 months old last week. We celebrated with a little cupcake and candle. Unfortunately, it was her birthday and she cried cause she wanted to. The pics did not turn out great so I decided to post another fav photo from last week. We sat Livvy down next to the beloved Miss B for some pics. Gary walked into the room while we were doing it and did a double take..."I could have sat on her thinking she was the doll - they look so much alike," he said.

She is doing quite well a 3 months - has outgrown most of her 0-3 month clothes and is a whopping 12 lbs as of last week(whopping for our little squirt). She is a big talker already - full of 'goos' and 'coos', giggles and grins. She is truly our little doll.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Happy Feet

Here is my 'Poof in the Foof' - or these days, better known as 'Happy Feet.' Our boy has developed an affection for the movie 'Happy Feet' (especially the character, Mumble) and now will dance on cue showing anyone his happy feet. He gets his feet going so fast, his arms grooving and the biggest smile on his face. It is absolutely adorable and completely priceless.

Sunday, October 21, 2007


Gary & I had a date night last night to celebrate my birthday. We shared a wonderful dinner and a great bottle of Cakebread while Carol watched our little loves at home. After we got home and everyone was settling into bed, I ran to check my email and found this picture. I was so excited as Gary had not seen them yet. It was an exausting 2 hour shoot (thank you, Blakey), but even just this one photo makes it all so worth it. They are such sweet, loving, beautiful little people and it radiates in their faces. I can't help but break out into a huge grin everytime I look at this photo. We went out to the same photographer's home today (her name is Linette Penick - she is awesome!) for some family pics with Daddy. I think they are going to be really neat - we played out behind her house in Cow Creek (the weather was beautiful and the leaves changing color so gorgeous) and also took some photos in the studio. We are certainly worn out now, but I know we will appreciate the effort forever when we see the pics of our babies.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Birthday to Mommy

Happy Birthday to Mommy...I heard for 5 days straight. That song is the kid's favorite, so they made my birthday begin on the Friday before. We celebrated on Saturday night (since Daddy works on Tuesday) with Daddy making dinner (eggplant parmesan) and cake (Arabella picked it out) and gifts. My gifts were pretty fun- a personalized license plate holder for the front of my Escalade that says "Soccer Mamma" (Daddy thougth this was fun and funny), a digital picture key chain complete with photos that Daddy uploaded (a pink heart shape that holds up to 56 photos) and some Bose noise canceling head phones (these were more for Daddy we think - nice try though). They sang Happy Birthday so sweetly and helped me blow out the candles. It was a very sweet day.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Sweet Stuff of Life

We have always called Livvy our "little bag of sugar" as when we brought her home, she was the size of a 5 lb bag of sugar. She has given credit to her name as she gives us all of the sweet "stuff" in life. All of the cries, the middle of the night feedings and dirty diapers go completely out of mind when we see this smile. She is so worth it. I think I could spend an entire day watching and listening to all the grins, giggles, 'coos' and 'goos'...

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Here is our sweet little Olivia resting on Daddy's chest this morning at Arabella's soccer game. It was a beautiful day today - 70 degrees and sunny. Tonight I am being made a special birthday dinner by my family. My birthday is not until Tuesday, but Arabella wants to start the party early. She is currently singing some birthday songs for me as I type about sparkling ponies in Poneyville...

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Quote of the Day

This quote came last night at bath time while talking to Daddy. Gary always brings fruit for them to snack on during their bath. I had gone to Trader Joe's last week and brought home some golden kiwi. So, they were eating some guava from Gary's guava tree and some golden kiwi. Gary was explaining to them what each thing was and told her to try the golden kiwi - that is was just like the green kiwi, but golden in color. She tasted it and said, "Daddy, I am familiar with this taste, and I like it alot." I didn't even know she knew the word "familiar", but she is using it in the right context. She surprises us everyday...

Monday, October 8, 2007

The Perfect Pumpkin

We had our annual trek to the pumpkin patch on Saturday in search of the perfect pumpkin. We ended up with several interesting looking ones including one that is 90 lbs. Thank goodness Daddy has big muscles to get it in and out of the car...
This is truly one of my favorite times of the year - the leaves are changing, the air is brisk and the kids are filled with excitement over the upcoming holiday season. Life couldn't be better.

Friday, October 5, 2007

The Magic in your Heart

Yesterday it began raining very lightly in the afternoon. Arabella asked me if it was going to rain the next day. I told her I did not know - I had not seen the weather forecast. She said, "Mommy, I will just ask God. You just ask him with the magic in your heart. I will ask him tonight." I asked, "The magic in your heart?" She answered, "Yes, Mommy. When you talk to God, you don't have to use words. You just talk with your heart and he will hear you - and he will answer you back. You just close your eyes and breathe deeply, and talk to him with your heart."

I told Gary about what she said thinking that he had told her this. He did not. It is a pretty profound thought coming out of a 3 year old's mouth...and very sweet.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Pajama Party

We rarely get a photo of the whole family at the same time, but I managed to round everyone up last night after bath time and get a shot. Olivia still looks like she is one of Arabella's dolls...

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Quote of the Day...

I guess I should call this "quotes of the day" as my son gave us 2 giggles yesterday. As I was leaving for errands, I asked him if he was going to be a "good listener" for our babysitter, Carol. His response came in the sweetest little tone of "No..." as he hopped on his quad and took off. It may not seem like an odd answer coming out of 2 year old's mouth, but coming from my normally very sweet and compliant son, it made us step back. Later that night, right before bed, I walked into the living room to find a bag of papers and crayons all over the floor. I asked Arabella if she did it. "No, Mommy. It was Blakey..." she said. I turned to Blakey and asked "Blakey, did you make this mess?" He answered another very sweet "No" and shook his head furiously. I reworded my question to "Blake, who made this mess?" He grinned and answered "Blakey..." and began helping me clean it up. I think he has a new favorite that is going to give Mommy lots of grief.

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Buxa Coastal Camp Out

Gary elected to take Arabella & Blake camping on the coast this weekend with his brother and his 3 small children (6 & under). It sounded like a daunting task to me so I stayed behind with our newborn (we shopped, got a pedicure and relaxed). When the Escalade pulled into the driveway late last night, out came 2 little balls of dirt and my husband, the mountain man. I guess a big mess is a sign of a good time??

They in fact did have fun, but my favorite story from the trip was courtesy of my son, Blake. He did not want to go to sleep at night and was apparently throwing quite the fit when Gary would try to put him down. On Saturday night, tired from the days activities, they climbed into the tent and sleeping bags. Blake was having none of the cuddling, so Daddy cuddled his baby girl who was nearly asleep. It was pitch dark so he was not completely aware of what Blake was doing - only that he was rooting around in the tent with things. Suddenly a toothbrush is thrust at his mouth. Gary sits up and discovers that Blakey was attempting to brush his teeth with his toothbrush that he had covered in lotion and then rolled in the dirt. No sooner had he got that away from him and settle everyone back into bed, he felt he was suddenly on the hard ground. Further inspection revealed that Blake had pulled the plug out of the blow up mattress. I guess that what you get when you bring a 2 year old brings a big smile to Mommy's face.