The last time I did one of these life lately posts was last April, but I want to try to do them monthly this year. It’s a fun journal of sorts for myself and the relatives that read my blog. And I really like reading personal tidbits on blogs I follow (creeper much?), so I figured I’d share some personal tidbits more often with you too.
But first, a few recent quote-worthy moments…
Addie (on an airplane as they’re making all the beginning announcements): “I have NO IDEA what you’re saying!”
A: “I’m talking to the lady on the intercom.”
A few days after Addie turned 3, we were going through security at an airport. The TSA agent cheerfully asked Addie, “how old are you?
A: 2! (long pause) “Ohhhhh noooo I’m threeeeee!! Yay!!”
For about 3 weeks, whenever Emma would whine about something, Addie would look at her and say, “Ohhh Emma, that’s ridiculous.” (pronounced ruh-dick-oh-lus.)
The church nursery lady gave Addie a tube of mini M&Ms. Grammy told her she could have some after she had a healthy lunch. She dutifully had her lunch and asked for her M & M treat. As Grammy was opening it and deciding how many to give her, Addie said, “May I have 2 or 3?” Dilemma solved. (Those M&Ms have lasted weeks!)
Doctor: Do you know if the baby is a girl baby or a boy baby?
Addie: Of course not! We will know when it comes out of mommy’s tummy. And if it’s a girl baby then it will be a girl and if it’s a boy baby then it will be a boy. #duhdoc
We spent Thanksgiving in Chicago with my side of the family. Addie is old enough to get excited and anticipate the trip. Which is fun. We count down the days on the calendar before we leave. But then, every 10 minutes for the whole 8 hour drive she says, “mom, it seems like a long time to Grandma Cathy’s house…” Yep. It is. (Here are some of our tricks for frequent road trips with littles.) Once we get there, it’s non stop fun. Reading and puzzles with Grandma Cathy & whatever crazy game Granddad makes up. I love seeing my kids with their grandparents. It is so so sweet.
That picture – the one that makes you think “woah, hair” is of my dad (on the far left) and his siblings. That’s how he looked when he met my mom for their first blind date. She wasn’t interested. 2 years later, she broke up with a serious boyfriend, my dad heard about it, swooped in and they got married. 🙂
It was fun to cook Thanksgiving dinner with my mom too! I don’t think we’ve ever done that. And by “cook with my mom,” I mean she helped me make the pies and then she made everything else.
(Clockwise from top left)
1. While in Chicago, got to catch up with these wonderful friends from high school. Love them 🙂
2. & 3. Emma suddenly wanted to snuggle when she would wake up. Melts this momma’s heart.
4. Spent a weekend with some friends. We’ve had 2 kids at the same time and now are both on number 3 together. They all play so well together! We baked all day while the kids ran everywhere and the dads watched football.
5. This one demonstrates all the reasons why dads are more fun than moms.
6. Ben let me sleep in a morning I hadn’t slept well; then he and the girls randomly brought me breakfast in bed. He tried to usher them back out and let me eat by myself but they wouldn’t have it. Addie said, “I will just sit by you quietly and watch you eat mom.” #bestmorningever
These 2 are really embracing the whole sisters-are-best-friends-and-worst-enemies thing. Okay, they’re not worst enemies but they do know how to scream “mine” at each other. We didn’t even have to teach them that. They just figured it out on their own.
But they’re also so sweet together. It’s fun to see them become such good playmates and friends. Cozy reading nook in the closet courtesy of Konmari. Konmari for the win!
We started a jammies + donuts + christmas lights tradition. The donuts were a big hit. Lights, not so much. While driving through a neighborhood with gargantuan mansions and ridiculous light displays Addie said, “are we there yet? where are the lights? are they on a christmas tree in someone’s house?
We got a big snow one day in December. So fun! Addie LOVED making a snowman. “Is it going to be a real snowman or a pretend snowman?” (Olaf = real snowman. #FrozenProblems) Emma tried to keep up and realized she just liked falling in the snow. That is the best picture I have of our kids this Christmas. True story.
Ben’s brothers are 12 years younger than he is and the girls love their teenage uncles. How cute is this picture of one of them with Emma on Christmas! When Addie saw Ben pulling in the driveway with him to babysit, she said, “Mom, Uncle David is here!! You better get your shoes on.” (Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.)
3 days later, we high tailed it out of there to Marco Island, which I recapped in another post.
Spoiler alert #1: traveling with toddlers is like a choose your own adventure book.
Spoiler alert #2: Marco Island is warmer and prettier than Nebraska in December.
Last but not least, our sweet oldest girl turned 3. It seems like she was just born!!
She is sweet and spunky and requested chocolate for both birthday celebrations. The girl loves chocolate.
She’s starting to practice her negotiating skills.
Me: go get 2 books
Addie: how about 5?
She is opinionated and will occasionally throw herself on the floor and scream if she’s not getting what she wants. She usually, though not always, reserves this display for our own home. Often this is an indicator that she actually has to pee. Kids are weird.
She is super maternal and nurturing towards Emma and loves babies.
She would paint all day long if she could.
She loves being read to, finding exclamation points, and going to the library.
She is a major verbal processor and narrates (or sings) all her actions and thoughts.
And she still loves to snuggle.
I love this girl!
Well, that’s our life lately. What were your holiday highlights?