Just a little giggle for you…

We went to celebrate Easter at my aunt and uncles house. My cousins have an adorable new baby we needed to meet and we all wanted to get together. Right before dinner I decided to use the bathroom. Of course Stella had to come too! 😉 She glanced over at the bookshelf and says “Him silly!” I didn’t know what she was referring to but giggled anyway and said “yeah!” She then tilted her head to the side and said “Him in timeout?” Then matter of factly “him didnt listen to him daddy!”

🙂 I love her!

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Quinn Nicole

I’ve been busy loving on this beautiful addition! Sorry for the lack of posts. More to come soon.

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Happy Birthday Little One!

Time flies. Everyone use to tell me that when I got older it would go by faster. And when I had kids it would go even faster. I am still baffled by how right those statements are! Our little girl is two years old! It’s amazing how much she has learned over the last few months, let alone the last two years.

She is only 2 and yet she sometimes seems so much older. She wants to help in every way possible. I am so in awe of this girl and her love to serve already. I pray God gives me the knowledge and guidance to show her a lifetime of serving others. One example of her willingness to help others happened this past week while we were camping. We were all hanging around the campfire in our camping chairs. I think the total was 54 people and 3 dogs! So needless to say there were a lot of chairs! Stella was obsessed with a different kid chair then the one we brought. She loved Teddy’s chair. Thankfully that family brought two of the same chairs so Teddy could have one and Stella could have one. Well there was this one boy Elijah who didn’t have a kid chair to sit in. Stella saw him looking around and I pointed to another kid chair near him. He went off to find his own and Stella took off to find him one too. Next thing I know Stella is dragging another kid chair over to where she was sitting to give to Elijah! It was so cute! Too bad Teddy saw this all happen and started walking behind Stella trying to figure out the best way to get his chair back!

She is always eager to help me vacuum (a post all of its own!), wipe the tables, fold laundry, throw stuff away, etc. You name it, she wants to help. And most of the time she actually does an amazing job of helping!

She is just the coolest kid I have ever met (and I know most moms think that about their own kid but its totally true). She makes us laugh so much every day. She is loving and sweet and smart and is just the best! I have been so blessed to be her Momma! I wish her the best birthday she could possibly have and I hope to share many many many more!

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How we eat clementines at our house…

Saturday was spent getting stuff done around the house.  We bought a beautiful mahogany table off craigslist that Bear is refinishing.  I’ll hopefully post pics of it soon.  Its so pretty! Ohh I forgot to get a before pic…i’ll have to go get an inbetween pic today after work!

Stella and I entertained ourselves while Bear worked his butt off.  We wandered into the kitchen to look for a snack.  I cut up the last of the strawberries and filled her bowl.  She is a strawberry addict and was looking for more once her bowl was empty.  She ran into the kitchen, pointed at the fridge saying “strawberry, strawberry!”  I opened the fridge and had to tell her we were all out but that doesn’t really work with a 2 year old.  She started to get all upset and tried to climb up my leg to search for herself.  She was slowly losing her mind when I frantically grabbed a clementine in hopes to calm her down.  At this point she was sitting on the kitchen floor with her empty bowl in her lap pouting.  I grabbed another bowl and sat down in front of her and started peeling the fruit.  I put the peels in my bowl and the wedges of clementine in hers.  I made funny noises as I put each wedge in her bowl in hopes to make her smile.  She slowly decided that this was a fun game and started grabbing the wedges out of my hand to put in her own bowl.  Once we were done peeling the fruit she grabbed her bowl and walked into the living room where she sat at the ottomon on her rocking chair and devoured her clementine.  “More, please!” she screamed!  (So cute!) I started to peel another one and she sat back down on the floor and we repeated the process.  She devoured 2 more clementines after that!

Fast forward to last night.  She went to the fridge before bed and started asking for strawberries.  I told her we still didn’t have any and tried to figure out what she wanted.  I finally picked her up and asked her to point to what she wanted.  She couldn’t find the right word and started to get upset.  I thankfully remembered that she probably didn’t know how to say clementine yet so I pulled one out of the drawer and she grabbed it and smiled!   She immediately went to the cupboard, grabbed her bowl and sat on the floor.  I was at the sink peeling the clementine and heard the sweetest little voice call out “mommy, mommy?”  I look down and she was patting the floor where she wanted me to sit!  I am in love with this girl! She is so stinking cute! We pulled apart the wedges and put them in her bowl.  I made the funny noises again and she copied.  Then she ran to the living room and waited for me to get her chair into place! haha.  It was amazing! 🙂

Baby W #2!

***my computer isn’t cooperating so I had to write this one on my phone. The pics are all stuck at the end of the post***

 

I cannot believe I haven’t written this sooner! We are so excited and happy to announce we are expecting baby W #2 this November!!!

Its been quite a different experience this time around then it was with my first pregnancy. The first trimester had a lot more of the normal pregnancy stuff like nausea, fatigue, etc. My first pregnancy maybe had 1 or 2 days of it. This one was definietly more of a typical pregnancy! Thankfully, the second trimester has brought sweet relief and I am feeling great. Baby is kicking away almost all the time. I love sharing my days with him/her.

We like not finding out the gender until the baby arrives. YiaYia hates it because she says it cuts down on her knitting time! She is currently making the coolest blanket that I just adore! It is a white knitted blanket in a chevron pattern. (I am obsessed with chevron!) Thanks mom!! 🙂

Stella is getting ready for the new addition by pointing out all the babies in the world! Wherever we go she points and says “baby!” Its so cute! Our great friends got her a new book and she loves flipping through and pointing out the baby. 🙂 Whenever she walks by the ultrasound pics on the fridge she says “Baby”! It is so cute! She will even go and lift up my shirt and point to the baby! This is only cute when she does it to me. Most of the ladies that Bear works with do not find it cute when she does it to them! 😉

We just got back from a great cousin weekend at the cottage where we got to spend time with Lexi, Stefan and Matilda. It was so great seeing the girls interact. I am happy to announce that Stella only tried to bully her once! She learned how to share the toys and give Matilda her pacifer like a great big sister would! I am so proud of her.

We are so excited and I am feeling so blessed! My biggest prayer is for God to help us transition into a family of four (YAY!) and help us allow this baby to be everything He created him/her to be! It’s going to be so much fun! I can’t wait to see where this leads us. 🙂

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Our girly tomboy!

So this might be one of my favorite pictures of Stella. (Even though she is squinting!)  She is in love with girly things…bracelets, necklaces (even underwear ones), clips, headbands, bows, etc.  You name it, if she can put it in her hair or over her head she will.  She looks so pretty and sweet doesn’t she?

Well this little princess has a tomboy in her.  Bear was sitting on the couch the other day and Stella came running up to him with what looked like something in her hand.  She made a motion like she threw something at him but nothing came out of her hand.  She ran away giggling and he just wrote it off as her being silly.  A good amount of time went by and she came up to him again pointing and laughing.  He kept looking for something but couldn’t find anything.  She kept coming up and laughing, he kept looking and not finding anything.  Finally he reached his hand up into his beard and pulled out an ANT! He looked at her in disbelief and said “You threw an ant on me! Seriously?!”

So Bear tells me this story and I am laughing my butt off, but secretly thinking “Thank goodness she didn’t throw a bug on me!” Last saturday we were hanging out in the living room and she had this small gray fuzz in her hand.  She held it up and looked at me like “ok, what do I do with this!?” I told her to bring it to me and held out my hand.  Well, lets all stop and guess what it was… A rolly polly bug! She puts it in my hand and all I see as I look down are a million little legs waving at me! EWWW!! I threw it up in the air and then realizing that I am trying not to pass along my fear of bugs, I say “Oh, just a little bug.  No big deal. Let’s throw him away.”  (Inside I was screaming “EWWWWWWWWWWWW”) 🙂

A little Stella update

We have been so busy I haven’t been doing much in terms of cooking and if I do I always forget to take pics of the successes or failures! 😉 I did make my first attempt at fried rice Monday night and it was a huge success.  I bought some diced chicken in hopes that Stella would eat some instead of always eating breaded chicken.  Not so much.  Now I am trying to find recipes that use diced chicken!  🙂 I followed my coworkers advice and just cooked rice with some chicken bouillon.  Then heated up some oil with garlic, threw in frozen veggies and frozen diced chicken and let them cook for a bit.  After that was heated I just added the rice.  Toss in some soy and teriyaki sauce and bam! Dinner is served!

We just got back from the most amazing vacation with the entire family to Hilton Head.  We had the best time relaxing, hanging out and enjoying each others company.  Stella is a little  fish and never wanted to leave the pool.

She recently started calling both Barrett and I “mommy”.  haha hilarious for me! One morning while on vacation, Stella woke up before us, looked over to our bed and cried out “Mommy and Mommy!” haha.  Bear leaned over and said “Babe, she’s calling you!” haha.  I replied “She’s calling us both!”

She also fell deeper in love with her cousins, especially little Zoe.  She kept saying Zoe’s name over and over whenever she saw her.  Even Thalia became Zoe.  In fact, every little kid we saw for the rest of the week including the flights home became “Zoe”.  So any adult is “Mommy” and any kid is now “Zoe”!

Bear had a two day trip up north right when we got home from vacation.  I picked Stella up from her babysitters after his second day of being gone and she kept saying “Where’s Mommy?” over and over and over while we were in the car.  I kept repeating “I’m right here baby” or “I’m the one driving the car Stella!”  After the 20th time in a row I finally realized she was asking for Barrett.  I leaned back and said “Oh, Daddy? He’s at work, but he will be home tonight!”  She simply replied “Oh” and went on about something else! It was awesome!

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