my girl.




I lay next to her at nap time the other day, thinking no one has ever looked this sweet and peaceful.  I tried to memorize everything about her- the sweet apple scent of her hair, her delicate eye lashes, the bumps across the bridge of her nose (even baby acne is cute).  In some ways she is so much like her big brother I feel like I’m in a time warp- lying next to her it could be 2 years ago, lying next to him and thinking the same things.  Now he’s a busy, smart, loving and energetic two year old.  Makes me realize just how quickly time goes!


(Mommy was taking pictures so he got out his camera too!  He has a very photogenic subject- see below 🙂




some randomness from the past few days


We got a little toy- a fisheye lens for the iPhone.  It was fun to play with but we decided not to keep it.  Too much chance of it breaking with these two around.  And, let’s be honest, their klutzy mama doesn’t help matters.


Life is never dull around here.  In fact I think this is the hardest job I have ever had.  People tried to prepare me when I was pregnant, but it was hard to even imagine until I had two little people screaming for my attention- for different things of course!  We are slowly figuring out ways to get along.  Charlie does better on days where he still gets some one on one time.  And fortunately Sammy naps really well in the Moby wrap (side note: I was a little skeptical of it at first, but its the best!  My family laughed at me the first time I put it on (and that is quite a process) but she stays all happy snuggled up in there and its kind of like I’m still pregnant).  So Charlie and I play trains or planes or automobiles while she is sleeping and then he’s usually ok when she wakes up and needs me.  Some days still require whatever Disney Junior show he’s into at the moment- he loves those days 🙂  Yesterday was a monumental first around here: I got Charlie to take a nap.  VICTORY!  And Samantha and I were able to nap at the same time.  And that was my biggest accomplishment this week, by far.



Hard to believe, but this sweet smiling face will cry for hours in the late evening.  And she can’t sleep unless someone is holding her (so she’s basically lying on her belly).  I’m cutting dairy out of my diet this week and praying that will make a difference for her. Poor babe.

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Sorry there are so many of these pictures- but their funny faces after bath time last night were cracking us up! You can see Charlie wasn’t quite ready for bed. He still had plenty of energy!

baking cookies

A couple of days before Christmas, Mimi and I tried to bake sugar cookies with the kids.  As Charlie said, “I like sugar!”





The finished product. Awesome.

I didn’t get a picture of him just eating the colored sugar crystals straight off the spoon, but that happened! (And I wonder why he won’t take a nap some days?) This is one of my favorite Christmas traditions, and I can’t wait until next year when I will have two little helpers!

happy 2014!

No resolutions this year. I’m typing this standing up while jiggling (that’s a word, right?) Sammy, so its safe to say that any lofty goals for 2014 are out of the question. But I did start keeping a little “best of my days” journal where I’m writing down sweet little moments from each day or funny things Charlie says (the kid is hilarious). Its a nice reminder that there are perfect moments all the time; even when the days sometimes feel like a train wreck.

“I hope that in the year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, and changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re doing something. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough or it isn’t perfect. Whatever it is: art, love, work, family, or life, whatever it is you’re scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
{I don’t know the original source to give credit, but I love the sentiment too much not to share!}

This cute little outfit came from my aunt and uncle, and I thought it looked perfect for New Year’s. It’s like a chic little baby tuxedo 🙂 Samantha looks cute in anything but I had to get some pictures of her looking so posh to kick off the year. Happy 2014! May it be a wonderful year.


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Allright, let’s just get this over with…

That's her vest behind her- looks like angel wings.  :)
And later when I was changing her, she even gave me a hint of a smile. She gives a lot of smiles these days!  Capturing them is difficult though!