Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Big Polka Dots, Little Polka Dots, and the Big 10 Months

Harper Ray is 10 months old today.  It seems like the last 10 months have gone by so fast, but it also feels like Harper has been with us forever.  Harper is a happy baby and is content just sitting in one place playing with toys...especially if there is a container she can take things in and out of.  Harper is the queen of sleeping and she loves Gerber Puffs, and crackers and noshes on everything with her gums since she still doesn't have any teeth!  She is such a sweet addition to our family and I cannot. get. enough. of. her.  I could eat her.  Speaking of eating, here she is at her grandparents house sitting in the high chair her grandpa used when he was a baby.  Kind of fun, right?  Nostalgic, really.


Marc's parents are in town for the week so we plan on spending lots of time with them while they are here.  Marc and I are lucky.  Marc likes his parents, I like my parents, and we like each other's parents.  Apparently, this makes us lucky...I have come to discover a lot of people don't feel the same way we do.


Sawyer was pumped that her skirt had big polka dots and Harper's had little polka dots.  Her observations are so cute, and I like how excited she gets when she realizes something and figures it out.




We went to the park with Grandma today.  Harper loved kicking back in the swing.


Sawyer was happy to get in lots of "exercising"...she ran and hopped around in circles until she was practically out of breath. She certainly has a lot of zest for life these days.


Harps went on the teeter-totter.  I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure this is the first time she has ever been on one of those.


Me and my little ladies love it when the sunshine comes out!



The girls and Grandma.  Sawyer was a little too busy and didn't have a second to spare to take a picture.  I had to shoot fast.


Harper on the other hand was happy just hanging out.


Everyone had a great day.  We played until we were pooped.  


Or until we stepped in poop.


If you have a dog...please pick up it's crap...gross.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Clogged.

Marc and I have discovered the most awesome thing ever.  A babysitter.  We have always been weird about leaving our kids with other people outside of family but we found an awesome girl who we are totally comfortable leaving our girls with and we have started going out together, alone, more often...it is the best. thing. ever. I even left the kids during the day with the sitter so I could go run errands and get some alone time.  It is amazing what a little quiet time to yourself does to you, it is so rejuvenating.  Last Saturday we went out to dinner in Laguna just the two of us, it was so much fun.  The babysitter was probably pretty excited too because we had both of our kids asleep before we left the house :)


It is a good thing we have been able to get out a little bit, because this one has required a lot more energy on my part the last couple of weeks.  She is feeling more independent and bossy, and I actually feel like I have to parent and discipline her.  I have to say, I think I finally perfected my scary mom face...I think she knows when I am "mad" now.  Today she clogged our toilet...and not with potty matter, but with a foreign object.  We don't know exactly what is in the toilet, but Sawyer claims she "flushed her armpit" (a.k.a deodorant) and when I asked her why she did that she said excitedly "It goes DOWN! Whoops!"  I am only half mad, I feel like every kid experiments with flushing stuff down the toilet at some point or other and it is a little funny.  Sort of a lot funny.  Although our toilet it clogged, it won't budge, and now I have a date with a plumber tomorrow.


Now I am realllly curious as to where my last iPhone ended up and my favorite Tiffany necklace.  Those two things are currently missing and it is driving me nuts.  I am pretty sure Sawyer has something to do with their whereabouts. 


Harper is still on the good list.  At this point she can't really do anything wrong...she doesn't move...she sits and plays, and most of the time she is smiling.  Sawyer was the exact same way at 10 months, so I have a feeling someday, Harper will also do things that make me lose my mind.  For now, Harps is my little babydoll, and I stinkin' love it.


At the end of the day, no matter what, I am always happy I get to be her mom...


And her mom...



And Marc isn't too shabby either <3

Friday, March 25, 2011

Babies in Buckets

One of the best things in my life is having my sister live close by.  When I was in college she moved out to Minnesota to go to law school, and I really thought she was never going to come back.  My parents also moved to Virginia right around the same time (and Marc decided to take an internship in North Carolina and Marc's parents decided to move to Utah...I got totally ditched)...I was pretty sad.  Then, my sister and her husband moved back to Orange County...and not just to Orange County...but into the same apartment complex as Marc & I.  We may have all gotten a little sick of each other from time to time (and it is ok Bryt and Gabe if you still do on occasion), but I wouldn't trade having her close by for anything, it is pretty great.  We now live about 20 minutes away, but it is better than living hundreds of miles apart.  It is even greater that Harper and Mazie are only 5 weeks apart.  We couldn't plan that if we tried.  


Have I ever mentioned that I love me family?  The whole big crazy bunch of them.  


Today I planned on staying inside and watching the rain out the window.  And then the sun started to shine...and then Bryt called and said she and Mazie were coming over...and then my day ended up being perfect.  It is such a treat to get to hang out with some of my most favorite girls in the world.


Sawyer got out some buckets (I seem to keep accumulating them) and she wanted the babies to sit in them.  Sawyer decided she wanted to sit in one too.




Mazie & Harper are like perfect opposites.  It is funny how different they are.  I predict Sawyer & Mazie will have their fair share of fights in the future, they both seem to be wearing some bossy pants.  I so look forward to watching these girls grow up together.



Harps loves the wagon.  Mazie thought it was some kind of baby prison, she wasn't happy until we busted out the graham crackers (and fed her an endless supply of them).


At least the crappy rainy weather brings out some pretty flowers. And I love how Sawyer and Harper have sweet little moments together.  Even though Sawyer has had several challenging moments recently, she is still a great big sister.  


Bryt & Mazie...come play with us again soon.  We love you!





Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Real Mom

Most of the time I feel like a mom, sometimes I feel like a real mom.  I tend to feel like a real mom when I got mad or frustrated and have to "punish" my kids.  I have mentioned before that I am not much of a punisher...I am not scary, and I don't have a lot of rules, and I try not to get upset very often (which, in reality, I don't).  But today was different.  Today Sawyer drove me crazy.  The morning started off good.  Bright eyes, sweet smiles, lots of loves.  Then we went to the mall.  The mall also started off well.  Sawyer was in the stroller with Harper, hanging out, happy, chatting with me.  And then we went into Zara (I was looking for these shoes...unfortunately they were no where to be found).  I don't know what it is about that store but it turns Sawyer into a rascal...trying to climb out of her seat, unstrap herself, barking orders at me, teasing Harper, total nightmare.  Well, my total nightmare might be different than yours, but believe me, she was no angel.  I was starting to sweat.  We left the store to go meet up with some of our friends.  At this point, Sawyer turned into a beast.  Not listening, whining, insisting on walking and not being in the stroller...and once we were in babyGap she decided to crawl (yes, crawl) and every so often push the brake down on the stroller so that the wheels would not turn.  Can you imagine how annoying this is?  If you can't, let me tell you, it was insanely annoying and totally ridiculous.  And why was she on all fours anyways?  I ended up having to hold Harper because it was getting close to her nap time and she was getting sad.  Sawyer sees that I am vulnerable and busy with her sister so she decides she needs a pair of hot pink sunglasses.  Needs. Wants.  Same difference.  She is yelling at me and crying, as I am prying the stupid darn glasses from her grubby little fingers.  I was done.  We left to go home.

We got home, I had recovered from the mall and I was ready to move on with our day.  Sawyer decides she is not going to listen to anything that I say and tell me (or yell at me, rather) "I no have to!" when I ask her to do something.  Not cool. Upstairs, in her jammies she goes.  She is taking a flippin' nap (she rarely naps anymore).  Boogers are flying, tears are spraying and Sawyer is sobbing.  She really got worked up when I told her that she is not the boss...news flash.  The wildebeest ended up sleeping for almost two hours.  Harper napped at the same time.  It ended up being a beautiful thing.  Two sleeping kids, a clean house, a quiet house, and nothing to do (well, I had stuff to do but I chose not to do it).  So wonderful.  Marc and I even got to sit on the couch and chat, with silence around us, for a little bit after he got home from work.

Holy cow, is Harper going to do things like that someday too?  Please tell me it isn't true.  Just kidding, I know someday she will get bossy and sassy and do all of the same things her sister does.  And for the most part, our kids really are really good.  They certainly have their moments though (who doesn't?).

So here we are...before the mall...taking a picture with the self-timer on my camera.  There are a whole series of these pictures, most of which Sawyer is sitting in front of Harper and I and you can't see either one of us.  That should have been a sign of how my day was going to go.


Harper started clapping today.  She was oblivious to everything going on around her, and she was as happy as can be.  


While Harper was taking her morning nap Sawyer and I went outside and took some pictures.  They are pretty cute, especially considering they were taken in about a 10-12 minute time frame.  You can see more of them here.  


I am looking forward to tomorrow.  New days always bring fresh starts, I like that.  

Monday, March 21, 2011

Funk

Without a doubt I started the day out in a total funk.  Everything was bothering me, nothing was right, and my brain just had a stream of annoying narrations that wouldn't stop (not in a psychotic kind of way, but more in a negative thoughts kind of way).  I don't know why I was feeling so blue, but it was driving me nuts.  Maybe it was the weather, I am not sure, but around noon after the rain stopped and the sun started shining, ta-da, I felt much better :)


We also got our mail around noon.  Often times our mail is really boring...bills, solicitations, you know, the stuff you don't really want to get.  But today, Sawyer was excited because she got a little love note from her Aunt B.  


And this quilt I had ordered awhile back finally came.  I actually wasn't expecting it so soon, so it was a fun surprise.  I know, I know, I need to learn how to make them myself...I am enlisting a friend to teach me how to sew.  Right Sheri?


I got the quilt for an extra blanket for in the family room.  We are blanket people.


After Harps went down for her afternoon nap Sawyer helped me with some chores.  I wonder when she won't want to help anymore - sometimes it actually really comes in handy.  


We were all happy & surprised when Marc showed up at home  an hour and a half earlier than he normally does from work.  He had to take some work calls, but that was ok, it was nice just seeing his face for a couple extra hours today.  




And to put a cherry on top of my not-so-bad day, we got to go eat BJ's pizza at my sister's, play with cousin Mazie, and see my dad who is in town for work.  The kids were all happy and had so much fun playing and it is always neat when we get to see Bubba.  It is so nice having family close by.  


Oh, I guess my life isn't so bad after all.


(Family, I promise to try and update Shutterfly soon.  Bryt, I am sure there are a load of pictures you are waiting for...and Mom too.)

Too Early?


Is it too early to start decorating for Easter?  I hope not because it sure is making Sawyer excited.


And speaking of too early, they are now saying that turning your child front-facing in a car seat before 2 years of age is not safe.  My brother-in-law sent me this article, check it out.  

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Charlotte & Mouse

This is what most of my mornings look like...


Both of the girls in bed with me.  Sawyer with her stuffed mouse (named, Mouse) and Harper with her little pink bunny, Charlotte.


It always feels good when everyone starts the day with smiles.


I love that our girls each have one really special stuffed animal.  I like stuffed animals, but I don't really like it when they are piled up and take over bedrooms.  One stuffed animal that they whole heartedly love is perfect.



And I love Mouse & Charlotte just as much as the girls do because they remind me of them.  Sawyer fell asleep in our bed one night and I moved her into her bed when I was going to sleep.  I forgot to move Mouse too.  Sawyer was so sleepy she didn't even notice.  I secretly snuggled with Mouse that night.  And I loved it.


Now lets hope tomorrow starts off with happy faces and big drool covered smiles!

Photo Wall



One of my favorite things in our house is our wall dedicated to pictures of our family.  I used to call it the "Sawyer Shrine" because it was essentially a wall covered in her photos, but now Harper is staking out her place there too.  Sometimes I feel sad taking down old pictures of Sawyer and replacing them with new ones, but time marches on.  It might help if I didn't take 1,203 pictures a day and didn't have so many to choose from...constantly.  I do have some favorites though that I can't seem to replace.  


  
Sawyer and Harper certainly have their own looks and are no where near identical (well, maybe "no where near" is a bit of an exaggeration) but they have so many similarities it is almost hard to tell which kid it is in any given picture.


To this day one of my most favorite photos on the wall is this one.



It is not a photography masterpiece but it is literally a picture of Sawyer taking her first steps.  I was taking pictures of our baby Bean when she decided to go on a stroll, for the first time ever!  The shrieks of excitement and squeals of delight I let out while capturing this were hilarious, I was so. oh. excited. 

I wonder if I will capture Harper's first steps on camera?  I sure hope so!!

Momma Mia

Last week (or was it two weeks ago already? I am not sure...to lazy to look at the calendar) my Momma was here visiting.  It was so so great to have her here just hanging out with us.  My kids call her Tutu...I prefer to call her Toots (I think it is funny). 






My mom was watching my niece Mazie during the week, so we got to spend a lot of time with her too.  Harper & Mazie always fight over toys.  Mazie always wins.




We spent a lot of time at home playing and she taught me how to turn on my sewing machine (awesome!) and I even made a Sawyer a purse in like 7 minutes flat.  Perfect.  It is reallllly scrappy but Sawyer thinks it is rad.  



On the last night my mom was here we went down to Laguna Beach (or up to Laguna from our house) and tried to take a couple of pictures of Toots and her grandkids.  I don't know why I find taking pictures of my own family so challenging.  






Things started to fall apart pretty quickly...somebody (I won't name names) was egging Sawyer on to throw sand, so of course she did ;)


And babies started to pull hair.


And then we were done.

We ended the evening and the last night of my mom's visit at House of Big Fish.  It is starting to turn into a family tradition to eat there on the last night of my parents' visits.  It is yummy, it is loud, and it is a great place to take little kids (especially when they put you on the patio).  

Can't wait for your next visit out Momma...don't wait too long :)Feel free to bring Dad & Bryce with you too!
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