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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Snow Day, Part Two...

There's still snow! And Lily's still eating it...



And Lily & Daddy had a fabulous time sledding...





And drinking hot chocolate outside...

A good, good day.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Snow Day!

It's snowing in North Carolina! Lily has been beside herself with excitement all week at the possibility, and we woke up this morning to a beautiful winter wonderland.

Rory, checking out the new landscape from the warmth of the playroom. Lily kept excitedly telling her "That's SNOW Rory! It's very cold. And we're gonna go play in it!"

The Bug had us all bundled up and out the door by about 8:00 this morning. She couldn't wait to go for a ride on her "snowboard"... usually we use it at the beach!

And she couldn't wait to try to make snowballs - too bad the snow was so dry!

She was also anxious to taste the snow:


The girls, posing in the chairs that Lily so carefully cleaned off for them:

We had this great idea that since we don't own a sled, we could use a laundry basket. It seemed like a good idea...


And then, since we are such excellent parents, we thought we'd try it with both girls:

(No children were harmed in the making of these videos!)

Once Rory got cold and tired of not being able to move, Mommy took her inside, while Daddy and Lily headed across the street to try out the "BIG hill!"


They had a lot of fun, including sledding, a snow fight, and making a snow angel.

Fortunately, Lily and her classmates made Snowman Soup at school this week:

So we had a delicious way to warm up after all the winter fun...


Hooray for hot chocolate! And yay for snow days!

Friday, January 29, 2010

January Artwork

Marker coloring:
That's all I have. Well, that and a note from her teacher saying "We keep trying to get Lily interested in our art projects. She must get to do that at home. She LOVES the sensory table and she's very good at puzzles."

Translation: Lily's feeling anti-social and contrary this month. Yup, that sounds about right!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bliss!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Evening Conversation

So I was putting Lily to bed this evening and we had the following conversation.

Sweetheart, I've got to go back to work tomorrow morning.
Oh NO.
I know, I feel the same way. Do you know why I go to work?
No.
I go to work so they give me money so we can pay for all of our things.
Yeah, so we can have our house and our toys... I love our home, better than a city or any of the places we go. If we didn't have it, it'd be so dark. We'd have to sleep in a car or a castle.

Well, she's close.
-Shawn

Friday, January 22, 2010

Crash!

Last night, around 10:30, there was a giant crash, followed by lots of crying. The Bug fell out of her bed, for only the 2nd time since she started sleeping in it. And on the way down, her forehead found the wooden step stool that she uses to climb up into the bed.

She cried pretty hard for a few minutes while I rocked her. Then Daddy took her to go potty, tucked her back into bed, tried to convince her to hold ice on her head, and then finally lay with her til she fell back to sleep.

She woke up looking like this:

But when I asked her how she was feeling this morning she told me "My head hurts, but I can't imagine why." I guess there's some temporary amnesia!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sweet.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mommy's birthday!

LIly helped Daddy pick out this cake for me, with blue frosting...

She really liked the blue frosting!

Really, really, REALLY!!!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Weekend with Daddy

Happy Birthday to Mommy! While she's jet-set on a fun birthday trip, I get to have a whole long weekend alone with my two wacky partners in crime. It was a morning of sillyness, and afternoon in the park and an evening hard at work. Yes, work. I had to go in to work on this long weekend to get a couple of things done, so I got a little extra help. Dinner at the office never tasted so good! Amazingly, I'm a bit less productive when I have to be chasing Rory around or explaining who the nice man at the front desk was to Lily. There's also the filming...

Friday, January 15, 2010

She's the queen...

I only left them alone for a minute, playing nicely on the floor of the playroom. When I came back, this is what I found:


Lily looked at me, all innocence, and said "Rory wanted to sit in this chair and listen to this story." Rory just looked at me and giggled. Partners in crime, already.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Lunch Bunch

Last night before bed, Lily very carefully helped me make a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. She helped me pack some strawberries and a cookie. And she very proudly put all of that into her lunch box, and then put the lunch box in the refrigerator.

This morning, she very proudly pulled it out of the refrigerator, put in in her backpack, and headed off to school. It's her first day of "lunch bunch", where she gets to stay at school for an extra hour and "eat lunch in my classroom with my teachers and my FRIENDS!!!!!"

She was pretty excited about it. As for me, while I've mostly gotten used to not having her around a couple of mornings each week, this morning felt a little longer. And the Bug looked a little more grown up. One more step...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Order up!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Playtime.

Lily and Rory are starting to really play together. Rory's eyes always follow Lily and she's always trying to keep up. And more and more often, Lily is looking for Rory, waiting for her, bringing her along on whatever adventure she's working on.


They spent close to an hour together, up on the loft, just hanging out, inventing games, giggling, squealing and playing.



Sometimes together, sometimes by themselves. Rarely with me - how can Mommy compare to a sister?!

They had the best time.





And it was a beautiful afternoon.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Monkey Joe's with Bumpa.

I'm not sure who had the most fun...





But I think it was Bumpa!

Friday, January 8, 2010

A song of her own.

Since Lily was about 3 months old, every single time I put her to bed, I have sung "Baby Mine" to her. It's our song. I can't sing it, or hear it, without thinking of her. At first, as we rocked and I sang, she was tiny enough to fit in one of my arms. As she got bigger, she would lay her head on my shoulder. And then, when she got even bigger still, we would curl up together on her big girl bed and I would play with her hair while I sang. That melody is all wrapped up in memories of LilyBug, and I love it.

Before Rory was born, I had decided that this was one thing that I wanted to be just Lily's. I knew she'd have to learn to share all kinds of things - toys, books, time, attention - but that this special song would remain just ours. So I gave Rory her own song. I always sing "The Rainbow Connection" when I put Rory to bed. But when Rory was tiny, Lily was usually right outside the door when I was putting Rory down for her naps. And Lily quickly learned the words to "Why are there so many?", as she calls it. (That's the first line of the song.)

And now, about half the times that I put Lily to bed, she'll tell me "I want 'Why are there so Many'. Sing 'Baby Mine' to Rory when she goes to bed."

It's funny the things I thought would matter...

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lilyisms, Mall Edition

One Sunday morning before Christmas, Lily and I were at the mall, trying to get a few last things done. I thought stores would open by 11, being the holiday season, so that's when we arrived. But it turns out that most places didn't open til noon. Rather than drive home, the Bug and I just wandered around for an hour which led to some priceless comments.

First, Lily was confused as to why we couldn't go into the stores. I explained that they weren't open yet, and pointed out the closed gates in front of each store front. Lily noticed that one store had it's gate opened about halfway (like a garage door), to let the employees in. She told me, "That store is open!" And I told her that it was only open a little bit, so we couldn't go in. She looked at me like I head two heads and told me, scathingy, "You just need to bend over!" And then she demonstrated how I could get through the gate. Sometimes, she really thinks she's surrounded by idiots!

Later, we passed an ATM. Lily loves to "work" at any machine she can reach - the computers at T*rget are a big hit too. So she ran up and pushed a bunch of buttons, swiped a pretend card and took out some pretend cash, announcing, "I got some cash!" When we reached the other end of the mall, she saw another ATM and asked excitedly if she could work some more. I asked her when she needed to, when she had already gotten some cash, and she told me "I already got cash.... Now I need some money!" Oh my.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Work to do.

Daddy built himself a new home-office in an unused closet, and the girls were happy to give it a test-run to make sure everything was in working order!

New Jammies!



Thanks, Auntie 'Lissa! We love them.

Monday, January 4, 2010

One more day to play...

After all the fun of the holidays, and having Daddy home for a week and a half, we knew it was going to be hard to get back into the routine of regular life. So on Sunday, we headed out for one last day of family fun, at M*nkey J*e's. It had been awhile since Lily had been there, and it was the first time Rory got to play...

Lily couldn't wait to start jumping, but Rory was a little unsure at first.


The Bug was, as always, happy to lead the way.


And Rory, watching her big sister, got braver.




They had a blast playing together, as did Daddy!

Mommy got to play a little too.




And by the end, Rory was a bouncing pro:



We brought home two very worn-out little girls!