Thursday, May 31, 2012

goldfish snacks

Ella preferred to eat her goldfish in the pool.

Taylor  enjoyed her snacks lounging on poppy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


mmmm I think we may have outgrown the inflatable pool.... SHe was less than thrilled.

However, with the real pool being just opened and frigidly cold, neither Nate or I were willing to put our suits on. We were also not willing to be responsible for life saving, so we made her wear a life jacket. She was less than thrilled with that too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Omi's Garden

When your Omi grows flowers like these, how can a girl not get into gardening?

At least 1 pumpkin will grow from this pile of seeds, I hope!

Sunday, May 27, 2012


There is nothing more fun or more disgusting than splashing in a birdbath!

Friday, May 25, 2012

A "born" baby

It's a good thing Poppy built a sturdy cradle!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

38 weeks

With Ella......

With baby #2....

This is as close to the same angle as Julie got, but below is a better picture of me I think.... I'm going to venture to say that my belly this time around is definitely BIGGER than last time. And higher up too: I think I could set a cup of coffee on it! What do we all think? 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Water Table

We don't have much "private" outdoor space, but our little porch is big enough for a water table! It's not even June yet, and we've already given it a lot of use.

I love the little curl ringlet she gets on the right side of her face.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roller Skating

As promised, here are the pictures of Ella and her new roller skates.

A close-up of her gear: helmet, snap on tinker bell skates, and sparkly tinker bell knee pads!

The added bulk to her knock knees made it pretty tough for her to keep her balance.

But she did a nice job after a little practice and let go of daddy! Roller derby here we come!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Crafting surplus!

As Nate mentioned, I was down the cape last weekend for our girls craft weekend. It wasn't quite the crafting frenzy of years past, but we all still walked away with a good haul, and I think having completed everything we had wanted to (including some reading and sitting in the sunshine).

Here are my completed projects (completed except for hand stitching): from left to right we have
- throw pillow for Ella's bed
- baby teether
-landscape wall hanging
- baby doll quilt for Taylor
- baby doll quilt for Ella
- baby doll quilt for Rory
- photo prop quilt for Kiera (aka prepayment for some newborn shots of baby #2)

Other projets by the ladies included baby quilts, matching girl and doll dresses, hair bow party favors, and a wedding cake topper. We always look forward to Sarah's edible craft! And here it is, practice for the basket 'o apples fall themed wedding cake! It was delicious.

Here we all are with a sampling of our projects!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Back to School

While Erin was away at Craft Weekend yesterday, Ella and I attended a class for soon-to-be siblings. (She took it for credit; I just audited as a refresher. You're welcome, Dan and Kate!)

We were the first ones to arrive at "Big Sister School" (I drive like a maniac) and walked into the classroom to see a bunch of dolls arrayed in a pinwheel on the floor.

Being first meant you got dibs on the doll of your choice, according to the teacher. What selection criteria were we supposed to use? The teacher didn't elaborate. My first thought was to team up with an easygoing baby willing to repress its emotions, at least for the remainder of the class. It was hard to get a good read on these dolls, however, and we finally picked one that was attractive, but not in an I'm-hot-and-i-know-it way. (We didn't need the attitude.) Then we took our good-looking doll and found some seats.

The class was fun for Ella and pretty useful. The teacher went around first and asked everyone's name and whether they were having a brother or a sister. All but two of the nine kids in the class knew. The other kid who didn't know took a shot in the dark ("sister"). When it was Ella's turn, she threw the question right back in the teacher's face: "a brother or a sister." Truthful and fully responsive. That's my girl! The teacher didn't try to clarify that answer. Luckily for her, because I would have put an "asked and answered" objection on the record.

Then we had an at-times-freeranging discussion about where you can tickle babies (not the face); what they eat (milk); and what they do (Ella shouted out the right answer first: "cry."). After that, we watched an overacted movie with a zany professor prone to pratfalls and broad physical comedy. The weirdest part, though, was when he licked his lips in an exaggerated manner after talking about how "babies love breast milk!"

(Luckily, Ella focused on a different scene. At one point the professor is carrying a tray of food that babies can't eat, and he trips. Well, as you can imagine, that food just goes flying everywhere. Later in the day, when I asked her what we did at the class, Ella said "we watched a show and the man dropped his food." I'm not sure that's the big takeaway about being a big sister, but she certainly identified the emotional climax of the film.)

We also made a drawing for Ella to give to the baby as a present when they first meet. I drew the weird, moon-looking face in blue to be the baby. Ella scribbled all over it. I wonder what that means?

Then we practiced putting a diaper on the baby. Plus another baby that somehow ended up in our group when Ella and I weren't paying attention. We practiced swaddling the babies without covering their mouthes with blankets, and the entire class agreed in principle not to carry babies by the throat.

Then it was graduation time. When the teacher read out Ella's name, I noticed, for the first time, that she widens her eyes in a sweet, funny, 100% phony expression that is apparently meant to convey "Who, little old me? This is totally unexpected but greatly appreciated." I wanted to tell her that the other girls are going to hate that. As everyone applauded, I swear I saw the two-year-old across from us roll her eyes and whisper "whatever" to her mom.

With our Big Sister Award in hand, we left. On the way out, Ella asked me "What did you think of Big Girl School, daddy?" I said that was a complicated question, and I wanted to collect my thoughts after the emotion had drained away. But now I can say that it was pretty good.

Does it look like there is a baby going to be moving in here in a couple weeks? Perhaps we need to get our s*it together?!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Fishing for DUckies

We had a fun day guys. Thanks for inviting us to tag along!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Baby Chicks

She puts her hands on her hips now all the time, it cracks me up! And yes she has shorts on under her dress.... Her legs are too long, and she's just not very ladylike.

I love in these pictures how you can see all the kids moving in the background, but Ella is standing so still like a statue.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Baby Goats

We went to the balloon festival at Rory's school last weekend and there was a little petting zoo set up to cute baby animals.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Purple Polish

I hope you're ready Omi. Your turn is next!