She came in the middle of the night and all on her own. She chose a special day to join us. New Year's Eve will never be the same for us again. In the best way possible. She has wanted nothing more than to keep up with her big brother since the day she was born. You could just see the determination in her eyes. Happy first birthday to my sweet girl. You complete our family and I am so thankful that I get to be your mom.
Cake credit: Cakes by Emily Oxby
You all knew that was coming, right? This week we had a visit from Santa. It's so crazy to think that last year on Christmas Day I was wondering if E was going to join us, but instead we spent one last holiday as a family of three. And this year we have two big kids WALKING around. One. Year. Later. It's true that time flies. I am still trying to wrap my head around all the moments that have passed and so thankful that I have this project to hold me accountable for those little moments that I would otherwise soon forget.
It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. - Dr. Seuss
I'm still having trouble talking about what happened to my son this week. However, I can't get my mind off of it. He is a clumsy kid I have to say. For the third time he has fallen at school and, in doing so, cut himself on a piece of furniture right above the eye. Two of those times he received stitches and both of those times it has been above his right eye.
Monday morning I got a call from school to come take a look at a wound he just received. I knew immediately that he was going to need stitches. Sure enough he got six. Last time he only needed three.
My poor little guy! My heart breaks for him. However, he is doing great and doesn't even mess with his newer and bigger "boo boo". I don't really think he is jinxed, but I am hoping he doesn't have to go through any of that again. It was devastating for us both.
I have a love/hate relationship with winter. We are stuck inside the house far too often for my liking, but at the same time snow and hot chocolate make me really happy. We had a few typical days in the house last weekend. We didn't really need to go anywhere. So, we played. There may have been a fight or two, but all in all we had a good time putting up our Christmas decorations and building couch forts.
I should probably just rename this blog project "The Adventures of A and E."
We started off with a little peek-a-boo in the pantry. Shortly after this picture A came out with a red gumball and it resulted in a wardrobe change. He came thisclose to getting it on the couch. I nearly had a heart attack.
So, a quick wardrobe change and we were back to new. Playing with choo choo tracks is always a good time. Especially when E wants to join in.
But when your sister whacks you over the head with your favorite toy it's really devastating. He couldn't be mad at her too long. I mean look at those great big eyeballs staring back at him!
"Melmo" ice pack to the rescue. All better.
I bought this tree for E's room, but the kids like it in the living room. So, it is there in place of our big tree this year. My great grandma made the tree skirt. I love all things old, handmade, and with a story behind it.
We now have a nightly tradition of couch forts because they are just THAT cool!
It has taken my husband and I several months to leave the house overnight with two kids. I recently had to go out of town for work. So, we decided to make the most of it and do something fun in Chicago while we were there. I miss my kids something fierce when I am not with them. So, this trip with them kept my homesickness at bay. Our first stay at a hotel went relatively well. We did the typical things like look for airplanes and jump on the bed. After my duties were complete we headed over to Shedd Aquarium to see the "fishies." A loved it. E wasn't really into it. Anyways, here's a summary in pictures.
Major props to the man walking down the road that offered to take this picture for us. My big camera usually intimidates people.