Thursday, February 27, 2014

Baby Mark

We also got to visit with baby Mark a little bit. He is much bigger than the last time we saw him!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Omi's Surprise Party

We had a Garden/ pretend it's warm outside surprise 60th birthday party for Omi. Luckily Uncle Ryan was around to entertain the girls while we waited for her to arrive.

And the girls entertained everyone with their "singing".

Then Omi arrived. This is the only picture I got of her walking in because my camera was switched to manual focus and I didn't realize.... if anyone has pictures of Omi and Poppy getting to the party, please email them to me.

Omi and her girlies.

all done

Time for presents! Happy Birthday!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Does it really start this young?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Name our Baby!

We feel like we have done a pretty stellar job at naming babies so far. Ella and Josie are pretty great, and so now the pressure is really on for an equally great name for baby girl #3. Unfortunately, it gets harder each time. We want something that goes with the other 2 names, but nothing thats too rhymey or cutesy with them, or anything too trendy or modern as they are both "older" names. We've listed our favorites, but feel free to add others in the comments here. If you haven't located the poll yet, just look to the right hand side of the blog.

Disclaimer: We don't actually care what you think about our baby's name. We are not announcing the name we choose before the baby is born. Have fun :o)


We've done a lot of little things around the house this winter, or rather Nate has. He put in shelving to organize the barn. He ripped out the old wood bench and put that in. He installed an antennae in the attic so we can get rid of cable, he built the coffee table, and then there is that whole we have to buy a new furnace thing... But my one and only goal for the winter as far as house projects go was to finish painting upstairs. And now we did (well someone else actually "did" it, but thats just as good.) SO here is our progress.

The kitchen stairway, newly painted with trim.

The old blue. I couldn't find a picture that showed the really big cracks in the seam.... Lets just say it looks much better!

Top of the stairs. I already have a matching 4th frame to go at the top....

The old blue... though it is super similar to the blue I painted in the family room downstairs, I totally hated it in the hallway. I don't know if it was just dingy or just too much space or what. We did't have any pictures of them but the doors were all just natural wood too which was really dark. We had those painted while also and the whole upstairs looks much brighter.

The blue with the old brown. There were corners of the hall up there that were 3 different colors.... Eventually, I am going to paint the banister and stairs black (when I'm allowed to smell paint).

So before we had moved in we had painted Josie's room (they had planned on sharing) and our bedroom, but we never did anything with Ella's room. There had also beed some water damage from old leaks in the skylights that were kind of keeping me from jumping in with painting in there. Knowing that we were having another girl gave us the go ahead to finish up that room too. Ella chose a super girlie duvet cover, so I talked her into green for the walls. We love it.

We've got white ruffle curtain panels coming. And Nate's next project is to make Ella a small table/bench for her dollhouse to go under the double window. But the room is really sweet and cozy.

This is the room before we bought the house. The closet doors are white now too.

Next up is rearranging the little girls room... Guess we should get a move on that. June is going to be here before we know it!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014


We thought it was time to tell her how to spell her own name when she started walking around saying "Josie: E-L-L-A."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

They'd like me to let them sleep like this.

They have been doing this every night before bathtime. It always ends in tears for Josie because it is just so much fun she can't bear to get out.

Monday, February 17, 2014


Nate and I took a little "baby moon" to Newport, RI this past weekend. We stayed at the Hyatt on Goat Island. This was the view of the Pell Bridge from our room after we checked in Friday night. The hotel had a spa so first thing in the morning we made reservations for massages. Not knowing that "Winterfest" was going on, we lucked out at got the only remaining appointment of the day in the evening. So we walked around despite the weather forecast an got some fresh air. We watched the ice sculptors and poked around a glass blowing shop that we like. It started snowing in the afternoon.

We took a drive along the ocean and then stopped at Marble House for a mansion tour. The tour was really cool, much better than lots of other historical tours just because we really got to see pretty much the entire house. You know, usually you see the downstairs or whatever and then they just say "the upstairs is their private quarters, or the upstairs is being used for storage" but nope, we saw the whole thing minus the bathrooms which had been too modernized and needed to be restored.  By the time that was over, it was snowing a lot. We grabbed a late lunch and headed back to the hotel for our massages intending on taking a hotel shuttle to go out for dinner later in the evening. The snow was pretty intense that we decided not to go out as did everyone else in the hotel. The restaurants were all booked up so we just had room service and watched the olympics. It was a really nice weekend.

The girls were at home with Beba and Papa, who not only snow blowed the driveway, Papa also moved the entire cord of wood that we had just had delivered and stacked it in the woodshed. They took the girls to a pajama birthday party and did lots of crafts. I think everyone had a great visit. Thanks to Beba too because somehow Josie has now decided that she will eat her vegetables!

Saturday, February 15, 2014


These photos seem to indicate that getting their teeth cleaned went well. That's because I couldn't take pictures of the real good parts. I had to hold josie on my lap for her cleaning ( though at least her mouth was open while she was crying so her teeth were easier to clean). Ella on the other hand let them count her teeth but clamped her jaw shut for the actual cleaning part.

So not a fun morning for anyone but they have healthy teeth anyway despite a few anomalies. We'll be back in 6 months with another baby watching. I might need to bring reinforcements next time!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy 60th, Omi!

Omi turns 60 years young this week! We saw her last weekend for girls spa relaxation day. (In fact, she will probably kill me for posting any pictures because after our facials and massages etc, she wasn't wearing any make-up and neither was I, but I'm not in any of the pictures so thats not really a good defensive strategy. ) So since we won't be seeing her on her birthday, Ella helped me make her dinner and blueberry cheesecake for dessert. Ella also picked out her birthday gifts. A sparkly necklace and a fancy hat. Omi should be all set for the beach, a garden affair, or the Kentucky derby with this hat. That is if it ever stops snowing.

She'll give a birthday kiss, and take the hat!

Happy Birthday, Omi! We love you!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow day

Ella dished them out unsupervised snacks......

Josie was pretending to sleep while watching a show. She fake snores too.


As you can see, Josie's coloring cannot be confined to the paper or even to the placemat.

And as soon as she opens a marker she immediately throws the cap on the floor and when she is finished with the color she throws the marker on the floor.

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Josie has hits a couple milestones the past couple weeks. First off, she got her haircut. Rather I just trimmed the back. It's a serious pet peeve I have with little girls who never get their hair trimmed just for the sake of it being long. I mean the top has to even out with the bottom somehow or else they just look like they have a scraggly mullet. I've got nothing against a good mullet, really, but there are cuter hair styles for little girls. I was dreading cutting the little curls off though, because ,what if it stops being curly and really it is just so cute. So anyways, I trimmed it (about an inch) in the bath one night and of course Ella wants to cut it and I tell her "No". And then we have to add specifically "under no circumstances are you to ever cut your sisters or your own hair....." I feel like with 3 girls this will be an issue at some point. But Ella is a rule follower, so I'm not too worried about her. So anyway, I think I did a good job, I mean, the haircut could be horrific and she's still be cute, but I think it's straight. Straight enough anyway that the curls can hide the rest.

Milestone #2, I've not been acknowledging for fear of jinxing it, but maybe you've noticed Josie has been sporting her patches in a lot of photos lately. Now she is an absolute beast when she has to wear the arm immobilizers, especially the new ones we got that houdini can't contort herself out of, so needless to say, it doesn't make for many photo ops. But all of a sudden the past 2 weeks she has been leaving the patch on without them for good stretched of time. We still use a few patches a day and have to make threats with the arm immobilizers, but all in all this is a HUGE improvement.