Here are my philosophical thoughts for the morning: we celebrate thanksgiving with gluttony, and follow it with greed on Black Friday. How many deadly sins can Americans fit into one week? It's discouraging. I want to be intentional about teaching my children that we have enough, in fact much much more than we truly need.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
I don't think that explaining the religious component of holidays is working out so well. I told the girls that Christmas is a day to celebrate Jesus' birthday, and now Juliet has been talking all day about planning a surprise birthday party for Jesus and jumping out of the closet to yell "Surprise!" when he walks through the door :)
Friday, September 27, 2013
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Juliet: "What's that mean, mommy?"
Me: "It means that something really happened, instead of it being pretend."
Juliet: "Like poo poo. And bikes. And scooters. And rainbows. Right, mom?"
Me: "Ummm, I guess?"
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Gary and I attended a wedding in Berkeley last weekend and had such a great time, enjoying the fresh breeze and beauty of Berkeley and lovely conversations with old friends. The Bay Area has always whispered "home" to both of us over the years, and did again during our short trip. We talked about moving back up if my family ever starts dispersing and making mass exodus from Orange County, because they are the real reason we are here. And as much as I live the Bay, I hope everyone stays right where we are, because having your family near to love and be loved is really what this life is all about.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
But we are surviving. And better than that, we are thriving. Here is an image from a quiet night in my home last night, enjoying our most precious blessings and not taking any minute of this for granted. My mom's death has taught me that- there are no givens, no assumptions of tomorrow. So I am fiercely appreciative of every day I have on this earth with my children and my husband.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
I was so concerned and focused on Finn that I was not paying much attention to the girls. But they sure were paying attention to me, anyway! Because this morning I walked into the living room to find Audrey gently placing baby wipes on Finn's head and quietly reassuring him, "it's okay, baby. Everything's okay."
It was such a sweet moment and a reminder that my children are watching and learning from me all the time, even and especially the unintentional lessons.
Finn is still running a fever today and I'm feeling so much tenderness toward him, and also some fatigue. I am also running a low fever and battling some pink eye, so my body is just not 100%. Gently reminding myself that these are the days I will ache for when my children are grown- the warm bodies seeking my comfort through day and night.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Monday, June 10, 2013
With each piece that she complete on her own, she enthusiastically shoots "Yes!" and raises her hands in the air. It's wonderful to watch her pride on her accomplishment!
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Juliet is 3! She is gaining a lot of interest in learning the alphabet. She can recite the spelling of her name by memory, and knows most of the alphabet by sight though she will still look to me for help and reassurance for the tricky ones. She is starting to really enjoy working on the alphabet book that her Aunt Susan ("SueSue") got for her birthday. So far, she can write an "E", "T", and "O" without help. She loves to sing, dance, and play pretend while she wears a princess dress or anything that sparkles. Drawing with markers or painting is also a favorite. The jacaranda trees in our neighborhood are blooming, and we love to play "I Spy" in the car and spot them. It's our favorite tree and I love that she knows their name.
Audrey is 21 months! She is developing her personality and learning in great strides lately. She can count to 10 and sings part of the "ABCs" and loves to sing other songs like "Jingle Bells", "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and "Old MacDonald". She is very verbal and can say just about any word you ask her to, and speaks in phrases and sentences. She is also very physical and loves to race her sister down the sidewalk after shouting, "Ready! Set! Go!". She also is developing a love of books and insists that I read 3 books every night at bedtime: Knuffle Bunny, the Ladybug book, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. She follows Juliet around everywhere and learns everything from her, both good and bad, as evidenced by her latest phrase, "Go away, mommy!".
Finn is 3 and a half months! He is just the cutest little thing ever and I am soaking in the moments when he is still little because it feels like it is on warp speed this time around. He is eating and sleeping well, nursing every few hours during the day and twice at night (1 am and 4 am). He slept in bed with me for the first 3 months, and now he sleeps all night in his Rock & Play next to my bed. He still is swaddled tight for sleep. Most of his naps occur in a wrap or carrier still (3 naps a day). We are settling into a good routine. He is smiling, laughing, and recently discovered his hands. He enjoys watching his sisters, and being cuddled by mommy. He hates the car just like his sisters did, so driving anywhere sucks.
The bonus is that every time I sniff him, I feel like I am on vacation on a tropical island!All I need to do is add a little rum and I'll be all set! ha!
* virgin Coconut oil can be found at Trader Joe's.
Friday, May 17, 2013
"Yes, that's right."
"My grandmas your mommy and she lives in heaven. It's really far away. Can I go there, mom?"
"Some day, sweetheart. Not for a long time."
"Yeah. Yeah. Because it's way up there and really far away. I love my grandma, mom."
"I know. I love her too, Juliet."
Saturday, May 11, 2013
That's not going to happen with 3 littles who need their mommy, so I slink off to the bathroom and wipe away the tears. I put on my smile and sing the Itsy Bitsy Soider for the hundredth time and play I Spy in the car and act like Juliet hasn't spied the green in the trees for the tenth time in a row.
Life is good, beautiful, and busy. But oh how I miss my mom so.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Sunday, May 5, 2013
I've been exercising at stroller strides since 6 weeks PP but my weight has been just dead stuck. I have 15 lbs to lose.
So tonight was my first post-Finn run. I went 2.5 miles and it felt great but much tougher than it did a year ago!
Suffice for it to say that the run was much more relaxing for Audrey than for me!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Well boo hoo.
My mom is dead, so shut the fuck up and be grateful that your mom is alive and loves you and wants to help you with your newborn baby and be part of your family.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
This is Finn's "old man" look. Ain't he handsome!
Stats: 11 lbs 2 oz (45th %), 22 inches. Sleeping in bed with me, bedtime around 8:30 and waking at 1 am and 4 am to nurse. He nurses great and is very content as long as I'm wearing him, which is most of the day. He feels like the easiest of my babies but it may be that I've just finally figured out what the heck I'm doing!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
She is very afraid of two things:
Windshield wipers, and shadows.
She freaks the freak out when she sees both. (The shadows are seen when she's lying in her changing table and my or Gary's shadow reflects on the wall above).
The great thing is that she is very verbal for her age, so she can communicate, "mommy I'm scared!!". It is actually quite sweet and I wonder how long these fears will last. I tried showing her a "bunny shadow" on the wall with my hand, and now she's also afraid of bunnies...oops!
This photo is just added for more comical measure. Jenna's husband was doing a "smile everybody! Say cheese!", and this was the face she gave! Ha!
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Juliet asks me earnestly, "where did the grass come from? Who made it?" And Audrey tries to peek her head into the sewage drain when I tell her that the water goes all the way to the ocean, exclaiming, "ocean! Where are you?!"
Finn sleeps on me with contentment in his sling. I am tired, oh so very tired. But these are the sweet days that I will hold in my heart forever.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
I tried on some pre-pregnancy jeans today and they wouldn't go up past my knees. I probably shouldn't have done that- it was only discouraging! One nice thing about having our family complete at 3 babies is never having to lose this dang pregnancy weight again. I lost it pretty easily the last 2 times mainly by breastfeeding it away, but it still is daunting! Especially since my tummy just keeps getting stretched out more each time and the skin doesn't look like it used to! My babies are worth a million times over, but I'm getting rather tired of wearing these maternity clothes!
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
And isn't that the creepiest Easter bunny you've ever seen? Audrey wouldn't get within 20 feet of him. She insisted on watching him leave, and while he walked through the parking lot, she kept repeating to me, "Rabbit, go home!".