Archive for November, 2009

Violet’s Pseudo-Birthday

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Well, yesterday we had our family come up to Vegas to help us celebrate Violet’s first birthday. It wasn’t really a party, per se, but more of a family gathering in honor of Violet! I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by. We are going to also celebrate on the actual day of her birthday when we go to Missouri to see Sara, John and Henry.

I put up the pictures in the photo album, so please click on the picture to see them:

Unexpected Prayers

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After ballet today (Pocahontas: I will post the video later) we went into Baby USA which is right next to the studio. They have a lot of adorable furniture, cute little brightly painted Time Out chairs that make Time Out seem like a nice vacation, they have kid beds, dressers, cute room decorations, etc.

Ivy loved playing on the Princess bunk bed that was complete with a slide! Even if we could afford one, I wouldn’t buy it for her for fear of spoiling her rotten. I would want to, just so I could live vicariously through her, but I wouldn’t dare.

Here she is, exploring the display

Here she is, exploring the display

Even of you are not girlie,you have to admit its pretty cool to have a slide on your bed and a play area beneath!

But by far, my favorite piece of furniture was a combination stepstool and kneeler for bedtime prayers! At about $70 its way too pricey (though there was a time that would have actually seemed cheap to me). Ivy found it, and before it occurred to me what this was, Ivy was already kneeling on it and praying. It was so precious to see her to that, and it just filled my heart with joy.

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

Praying

Praying

The kneeler

The kneeler

the inscription on top of the kneeler

the inscription on top of the kneeler: Now I lay me now to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, His love guards me through the night, and wakes me with the morning light.

My soul to keep

My soul to keep

And here is some video of Ivy praying the Hail Mary in Latin:

I know this is random, but I also have these cute pictures of Ivy.

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Violet looks surprised at this new toy in the toy box!

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Ivy stacked these blocks herself. Might not seem like much to you, but look how high it is!

Awake and Loving It!

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So both the girls are finally asleep. My husband is asleep. I have washed the dishes, ironed Phillip’s clothes, and packed his lunch, so I am done for the day. I could go to bed now. But wait… they are all asleep!! I am the only one awake in a quiet house! So instead of doing the sensible thing and going to bed, I am curled up on the couch with a warm blanket, a glass of cold lemonade, and I am watching TV. Oh yeah, and surfing the net. Ahhhh….this is the life! If I weren’t on weight watchers I would be snacking on the pumpkin loaf I baked today. Yeah, I baked.

Not only did I bake my second attempt at a pumpkin loaf, I also made carrot-ginger soup for dinner! Can you believe how amazingly domestic I am?? I was inspired. I ran out of time, otherwise I would have made the cucumber-lime water I planned on today. I actually bought cucumbers and limes, just so I could make cucumber-lime water. Funny, but I planned that one and didn’t get it done-yet the soup and the loaf were totally on the fly.

The loaf was better this time, but the texture still wasn’t right- it was a little gummy and still not sweet enough. I think I might be using bread flour instead of AP flour…Phillip has all his baking supplies in unmarked containers so I am going to have to try a differnt container and see what happens. So I will be trying again. For which Phillip’s coworkers will thank me, because that is where my baked goods go so that I don’t eat the whole thing myself.

As for the soup, it turned out pretty decently. That is saying something, considering I don’t even like carrot ginger soup. But I had a lot of carrots that needed using, so it had to be done. It was very carrot-y. Also ginger-y. I probably won’t be making it again any time soon. If you knew me before I had kids, you know that I have come a very long way in my domesticity, and I am very proud of myself. I think I am finally growing into my role as home maker…things seem less difficult and more interesting than they did at first that’s for sure! Things are even…dare I say… fun! Its a good place to be.

Well, enough musings. I suppose I had better wrap it up and get to bed soon or I am going to really regret it in the morning. Mornings are still hard. I think that will probably never change!

Babyface

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Although it has taken me a while, I am finally posting video of Violet walking. Unless you have been up to Las Vegas for a visit you have not seen her progression from Precarious First Steps to Full-Speed Bowlegged Infant Waddle. Yeah, I borrowed Sara’s Capitalizing Important Words Technique, what!

Also, on the topic of my second born child, she has indeed said her first word. I think I gave my mom the impression that her first ever word was “iaia” (pronounced ya-ya, from the Catalan word for Grandma), its actually not! Sorry mom! She has already said mama and dada, and now iaia, but these are all names. Her first actual word (that is not someone’s name) is…. “Hi!”

And she says it often. She has said a lot of other things, but we think they are probably flukes. We think she says Idy for Ivy, but we aren’t totally sure.

She does lots of really cute things lately like wipe her mouth with a napkin, or she tries to wipe Phillip’s mouth and my mouth too during dinnertime. She tries to brush her hair, put on socks, blow kisses, makes kissy sounds, and puts her face in underwater during bathtime. She thinks that one is especially funny. Sometimes she even blows bubbles, but I am pretty sure that is usually an accident because she happens to be breathing out. Then again, she rarely chokes or sucks up water when she does that, so maybe she really does know what she is doing. Its so hard to know!

Oh, and speaking of bath time antics, she also tries to waterboard herself. She takes the cup we use to pour water over Ivy’s head to rinse her hair, and tries to drink the bath water. Since she does not know how to drink out of a cup, she basically tips back the whole cup, tries to drink, and waterboards herself (a lot of choking and sputtering is involved). Thanks to this proven technique we even found out where the next terrorist attack will take place. In her diaper.

Anyway, enough talk…here is the proof that she is getting cuter by the day. The song is called “Babyface” by Al Joleson.

UPDATE: Violet has said another word…”monkey”.¬† Naomi came over to watch the girls and while Andrea was out Violet said “monkey” twice.

Also I asked for the intercession of St. Anthony  to help Andrea find her lost camera.  Within one hour, the missing camera was found.

Olivia Saves The Circus

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Let me preface this post by first stating that I have lost my point and shoot camera. I have NO IDEA where it is, other than I know its somewhere in the house because I was taking video of Violet when Ivy called me. I remember turning it off, and that was the last I recall. So I know its in here, which makes it all the more annoying that I cannot find it or remember even the slightest detail of where it could be.

So I am using Marcela’s Nikon. Its a really good camera, its just that I don’t know how to use it so I am just utilizing the automatic settings until I can get the hang of it. But of course, being a professional camera, there is no video setting. So no ballet videos this week. But I will put one up a little later of Violet walking, because the last thing on here about her walking was her first step and she is doing sooo much more than that now!

Anyway, regarding ballet class, it was Olivia Saves The Circus. Never heard of it before now. Apparently a little piggie names Olivia saves the circus by performing every act because everyone else has ear infections. Here is a picture of the cover of the book:

The girls wore hilarious oversized bow ties as their costumes. Oh, I also have to make a comment regarding one of the other little girls. Her mom told me that she had to buy her little girl a new leotard because she wanted one like Ivy’s, which unlike everyone else’s, is sleeveless. Ivy also does not wear a ballet skirt (gets in the way of the costumes usually), though almost every other girl does. So the little girl insisted that she needed a leotard just like Ivy’s and she did not want to wear a skirt because Ivy doesn’t wear one. Mind you, they never talk or interact during class so they don’t know each other very well. Its not like they are friends and they want to be the same. In my mind, I have this fantasy that its because Ivy is already showing signs of being a popular girl, someone whom every other girl wants to emulate. Yes, dare I say it, Ivy is cool.

Yeah, yeah, she isn’t even 3 yet so its probably too early to tell. Plus if I homeschool it won’t matter. But it was an unexpected possibility considering her geeky parentage.

Ok, on to the pictures.

Arabesque
Arabesque-ish
"Ooooh, shiny..."
“Ooooh, shiny…”

The circus act
The circus act
Walking the tight rope
Walking the tight rope
The trampoline
The trampoline
Reading books while waiting for the class to let out
Reading books while waiting for the class to let out
Silly clown face!
Silly clown face!