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I'm a hand-holding, swing-pushing, story-telling Mama with a creative streak and a nurturing spirit. I like growing food and flowers (and people, hehe), sewing clothes and quilts, cooking and eating and running, a long, tight hug and the color yellow. I love date nights at home, spontaneous trips to the bookstore and hearing my babies laugh. I am indecisive, exaggerrative and I overuse parentheses. I am reflective and sentimental and quick to laugh. I think I still picture myself as a 22-year old, yet every year my life gets more fulfilling. I am still figuring out exactly who I am. :)

Monday, June 30, 2008

Five months!

happy birthday to a very happy alexander james! you see there just above claire's right eye? that dark little mark? that is her second brush with poking an eye out, this time on the brick edge of noah's parents' fireplace. her shoes were on the wrong feet because she insisted on putting them on herself, and perhaps because of this was unbalanced, causing her to trip and fall headfirst. her first dangerous-eye-incident happened in san diego when she was learning to stand- she was balancing on noah's (revolving) desk chair, which of course did not stay put when she leaned on it, and she fell into the very sharp corner of the keyboard tray on the desk, very very very narrowly missing her eye, eeek. this is what happens when you miss not one, not two, but three naps in a row. you fall asleep in your delicious dinner that your mother slaved over in the oven-hot kitchen. or maybe she just reheated some leftovers:)
not even posed. well, i put them in the chair but claire kissed "baby Ah-dee" ("Alexander" is very difficult for an almost-22-month-old to say) of her own accord. i hope she always loves him this much! and hopefully he'll look a little more grateful for the affectionate displays...
...like this!!! only claire isn't kissing him but rather contemplating hitting him...she didn't. because i whisked her off the chair before she could.
all typed in lowercase because i'm also feeding alex and it's so not worth the extra effort it takes to capitalize one-handed.


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Our weekend apart

Well I don't have any photos (gasp!) of this past weekend, since Noah brought the camera with him to his water polo tournament, so this is what we did, in words:
  • went to the Old Town Clovis farmer's market on Friday night with Auntie Mira and bought sandwiches for dinner, some rainier cherries, some peach-infused raisins (mostly because they were really delicious but also because the seller was persistent) and two rides on the jumbo slide for Claire (we took pictures of that joyous event on Mira's camera). Definitely something we will do again- there is live music, tons of food (at really great prices) and lots of cutie-bootie little families.
  • had two rough nights in different beds. I slept with both Claire and Alex, and though she is not yet two, girlfriend hogs the bed. And she woke up every time Alex woke up. And she woke up early both days. And I enjoyed snuggling with my two babies. And I'm really glad to be back in our own beds tonight.
  • we went swimming in Oma and Opa's pool. It is gorgeous at night, with the darkness and the night sounds and the non-triple-digit temps and the not-so-bad-haze.
  • we watched some of Borat and were cracking up- that guy has guts.
  • we watched some Jon Stewart and Colbert- always hilarious.
  • we had yummy Mexican food from our favorite family-owned restaurant, La Posada
  • we talked on the phone A LOT to daddy- can't wait for him to be home.
  • we had FUN exploring Noah's parents five acres (well, more like I had fun watching everyone else do that while I stayed inside with Alex- I am not bringing his pale skin into that ridiculous heat too much. He's too young to wear sunscreen unlike big sister who gets it slathered everywhere. Twice.)

We did have fun, but I'm still not looking forward to our next weekend apart in a few weeks. We miss daddy! And single parenting ain't no joke.

Friday, June 27, 2008

'tis the season...

...to be separated on the weekends. Yep, water polo is in full swing and Noah left today to take his team to an out-of-town tournament in Orange County:( I will not be staying alone with Claire and Alexander (especially after last evening when I saw a man in a truck taking pictures of our house and jotting something down on a notepad; very weird), but will be staying with Auntie Mira and Oma and Opa. Love that they are so close and willing to have us! And for the next tournament, I'm already planning on staying with my parents, hehe. So later tonight, Mira and I are taking the kiddies to the farmer's market, and hopefully we'll be splashing in the pool before it gets dark! Sounds like a great night, minus my other half:( Thank goodness for cell phones!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

pictures of the cutest baby boy and girl on the planet!

Looking WAY too grown-up in her braids and backpack. Can't you just picture kindergarten-Claire with a backpack empty (I mean really, what do they need to bring to school in kindergarten?!) and as big as she is?!

With an expression to match the saying on his shirt ("Are you sure these are MY relatives?") Yes, unfortunately, little buddy, you are stuck with us!

Lovin' it. Especially Nathan's face!

The adorable hat knitted by Nana, which, if it is possible, makes his eyes even more blue!


So I'm in my room, calling out to Claire every five seconds to make sure she is ok in the bath, when I hear "bees" (this is how she says "please") every ten seconds. So I peek around the corner, and this is what I see- my girl, with her latest fave toys, ready to get out of the bath. Cuteness!!! Yes, she had a run-in with a blue marker, and yes, I had to document it! And no, it did not all come out yet!
Quite possibly the cutest (and happiest!) baby on the planet!
Claire and I went hunting around our yard for flowers to decorate the table with- hydrangeas, roses and morning glories. I love the color and cheer they add- I'll have to do this more often.
My girl, looking all grown up in her french braids (she sat still, admiring herself in the bathroom mirror and blowing kisses to herself, no joke) and floaties.



Wednesday, June 25, 2008

ten on tuesday!

I have only recently joined the rest of the world after my five-day hiatus during which I devoured over 1,000 pages of words with every free second of my day. Not my usual choice of historical fiction, but these books, Twilight and New Moon (the first two in a saga about a teenage girl who falls in love with a vampire- a good vampire; I know, it sounds strange, but TRUST me, give it a try!) captivated me.

Anyway, let's catch up!

1. I woke up this morning at 8:00am to the sound of Claire trying to set up the little gate at our door that keeps her out of our bedroom during the day...which means I either didn't close her door all the way when I checked on her last night or she figured out how to open it herself!!!!!!!!!!

2. I have been taking Claire and Alexander for walks around our neighborhood when Noah leaves for polo practice at 7pm- they look pretty darn cute in that wagon and I have found some really awesome ideas to pretty up our yard, like...

3. Getting a crape myrtle!! Or 2, or 3, or 4... They are impossibly beautiful AND drought tolerant! Boo-yah!

4. We set up the crib in Alexander's room, and while I have not had the guts to put him in it at night (I like him being close to me, especially since he still wakes up at least twice during the night...I guess it's mostly laziness!), he does take his naps in it! Once I get my camera back from Noah's mom I will post pictures- it look really cute, along with the...

5. ...ball pit, which is now in Alexander's room, and not the living room! I moved it because we spend a lot of the afternoon in Claire's room, so now we can shuttle back and forth across the hallway to the other bedroom (and toys) too!

6. We took Alex in the pool (first time!) with us at Noah's parents' house, and as is to be expected when you have half of Noah's genes, he loves the water!

7. I made the split-second decision to make chocolate chip cookies last Sunday, and I couldn't figure out why they were so flat and flaky until I realized that shortening is not an adequate substitute for butter. At least not in equal proportions. We still ate them.

8. I might bring the kids and tag along with Noah and his team this weekend at their tournament in Orange County. I think it will be fun!

9. About 2 minutes after I put Claire in her bed and closed the door for her nap, I heard her crying for her ball. I figured what the heck, and brought it in to her, expecting her to need me to lay down with her for a second before she fell asleep. Nope. She pushed me out of her room and closed her door and she's been sleeping ever since. Seriously, she takes that ball with her everywhere. It's her new favourite accessory. (Yes, I spelled "favourite" the British way. I'm reconnecting with my roots, hehe. And I think it looks prettier.)

10. I mopped the floor in the kitchen and dining room today. Should be good until September...just kidding. Half kidding.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

I've got a bee in my bonnet

*remember, you can always click on these if you want to see them in more detail

a page about how Alexander loves this position to sleep in (and so do I!)

to always remember how much fun we have in our backyard, me swinging with Alex and watching Claire play and Claire getting into mischief
heads up world, here I come!
Claire chose this outfit, and all of the accessories, this morning. Pretty cute, huh? Well, minus the mixture of black (capris) and brown (sandals)- maybe one-year-olds don't have to follow that rule?
I take them for rides every night in the wagon around the backyard and both of them squeal with delight. Girlie is a daredevil, and no, I do NOT pull her while she is standing!
for Claire's album, about her meeting Alex for the first time. If you look closely, Noah's dad is cringing in the picture with Claire pointing to Alex- I think he thought she was going to poke him (I did too!)...luckily she didn't!
a page about how the hospital gave us this blue knitted hat for Alex when he was born (they give them to all the preemies) and how I was so sad because the hat was tiny but still too big for his head.
random things I love about Claire at this age
A page about the beginning of Claire's love affair with the moon- yes that messed-up stitch bugged at first, and no, it doesn't anymore. I consider myself a reformed perfectionist, a.k.a. I used to have time to worry about and change little details like an imperfect stitch but no longer make it a priority.
a page about how curiosity is one of the few things Alex and Claire have in common!
Hope you like!!!!!!!!!
I'm looking forward to dinner tonight- chicken, mashed (or roasted, depending on time) potatoes and roasted asparagus- yum! Plus, I know Claire will eat the asparagus because it will have butter on it :)


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

first cake!!!


As per the genius advice of my mom, I flipped over the salvageable half of the cake and refrosted it, and voila! Not perfect, but not awful either! That is, as long as you don't look at the hidden bottom of the cake- it's crumbly and ugly! And of course the cake is what, three days late, but better late than never, right?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

some pictures...

Alex and Uncle Isaac who bonded while mama went to the movies can you tell she inherited her mama's sweet tooth? (that's chocolate pudding)
Claire next to a tree we planted in our backyard- won't it be fun to compare the growth of the two (and Alex, once I get a picture of him by the tree; he was napping during this photo shoot) each year?
my disaster of a cake...trying again tomorrow!!! p.s. it still tastes delicious!!!


random bits

  • Alexander now weighs 15 lbs, 13 oz; he has more than tripled his birth weight!
  • For the first time a stranger commented on how chunky he is; of course I had to tell her he was born 5 weeks early and was 5 pounds at birth!
  • Claire has adjusted phenomenally to her big-girl bed; we don't even have to go in and lay with her until she falls asleep anymore! She does it all on her own!
  • Noah started summer school on Monday and declares it to be "not as bad as I thought it would be"
  • My first attempt at decorating a cake was a bust; pictures may come soon (or not)
  • I don't know how people keep their yards looking nice- I do a little every single day and the weeds still grow faster than I can get to them
  • I saw "Sex And The City" with my mom and sisters on saturday and loved it!
  • I am already looking forward to fall and cooler temperatures

be back soon with some pics!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Operation Big-Girl Bed: Mission Accomplished (tentatively)!

How Claire used to sleep, in a crib with blankets and animals and books, oh my! Have you ever seen anything more angelic in your life?

I had a feeling it wouldn't take too long to transition Claire from her crib to her big-girl bed, and I was right. It did however, take A LOT of willpower on my part!


We started the transition yesterday at naptime. When I tucked her into her big-girl bed (with the same stuffed animals, blankets and routine that we used in her crib) she looked very scared and confused. I kept saying "it's just like your crib but bigger! It's for big girls and you are a big girl, right?" "RIGHT!" she would say (I'm not sure she understood). She cried when I closed the door and never took a nap, not in the three hours I kept her in her room (I kept thinking "she's almost asleep...) She did, however, tear apart her closet and her bookshelf, decorating the floor with all sorts of diapers (unused), book jackets and clothes that are too small for her and packed away for baby girl minton #2 (yes, I'm already thinking about it!). Well, I thought to myself, you can't exactly expect her to just lay right down in a hige new bed the very first time, now can you?
That is however, exactly what she did that night, after about thirty seconds of frantically banging on her door from the inside and screaming "mama mama mama!" (talk about breaking my heart). When I went in to check on her, thinking she may have just collapsed at her door and fallen asleep, I found her half-on, half-off her bed, thumb in mouth, in peaceful slumber. I repositioned her in a more comfy position and kissed her cheek and only heard from her once the whole night, at about 1am when she woke up disoriented and crying. A kiss from mama and tucked back into her big-girl bed, she went right back to sleep and woke up happy as a clam this morning at 9am.
So while she did great last night, she is still awake, 30 minutes after I put her in for her nap, but at least she is not crying or banging on the door or emptying her closet (or so I think).
One of the last baby things, sleeping in a crib, crossed off the list.
My little girl sure is growing up :(

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Pages

I am in the midst of a creative surge, which has resulted in about 15-20 new scrapbook pages. This is similar to my cleaning rampages where I clean clean clean, and eventually get burnt out. I'm just riding the wave.

this one says "note to self: laugh an eyes-closed, full-face, cannot-possibly-contain-this-joy laugh everyday!"- I love the picture of Noah and Claire at 5 months- still toothless and laughing to capacity!

this one is our first picture as a family of four, hence the title of the page "a family of four is born"
this one is about adjusting to life with two babies (the picture is of alexander's carseat on the counter, which is where we had to put it to keep claire away. she didn't know how to be gentle (still doesn't!)
this is alexander's coming-home-from-the-hospital day, and if you're wondering why noah has his nose covered in that picture, it's because he was sick and didn't want to breathe on alex.
pretty self-explanatory

also, alex held up his head (from the floor) for the first time today! i was too busy clapping to get a picture, so I'll have to do that tomorrow!!!

Catching Up

Wow, it is really difficult to get on the computer when Noah is home!!! I need to call dibs tomorrow! (I have no idea why that underlined itself!)

So let's see, what's new...

We love having Noah home from school- he has a few days off before summer school begins, though every single day he has water polo practice, sometimes twice a day!

I had to take this picture of Alexander looking at himself in the mirror (I think I was a few seconds too late!), because I have the same one of Claire at the same age.

Claire went through a two-day infatuation with this 50-cent plastic ball- she had to have it in the bath, in her crib and in her arm while she ate. She even figured out how to eat one-handed which is pretty good when you are 21-months-old and your coordination needs a lot of refining! Here she is dipping her spoon in her cup of milk at breakfast. And that's my signal that she's done because if I wait too long, she will fling milk and I will have another mess to clean up!
Nightly ritual- rides in the wagon! I have so many pictures of this but they never get old! This will go down in history as Claire's first sentence- "Daddy ride wagon, bee!" (bee=please)
And this picture cracks me up- literally I laugh out loud when I see it. It might be a you-had-to-be-there kind of thing, but Noah stopped to scratch his leg or something and when he started again, Claire wasn't expecting it and she fell back and her legs flew up- it was freakin' hilarious.


Notice the ball in her hands. Still.

I cannot get enough daddy-son pictures. So sweet.




We had a really groovy time at my parent's house on Sunday for my birthday dinner (I chose enchiladas mmm!) We went swimming, Claire used floaties for the first time and discovered that she can use her legs to move around the pool- it was pretty darn cute.
Mom, Alexander and I watched from under the porch. Do you see his rolls? He is totally catching up to Claire's level of chunkiness!
I guess I just really like the way the water is splashing in this one
Poor dad, always on the phone with work. Never a free moment! And two cutie-booties in the back!!!
Don't you just want to eat those leggies??? I do!!
I also practiced some cake-decorating...I LOVE IT! Now I just need to stop eating the icing...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

24 is old.

Stopped at a red light, I turned around, camera in hand, and this is what she did, complete with "cheeeeeeese!" Alexander, comfy in the sling after our neighborhood walk
I LOVE this sling! A gas station I passed on my way home yesterday. Seriously? $4.57??? I know it's old news to complaing about gas prices, but I remember when gas cost a dollar something! I'm getting old.
Speaking of gas prices, I've been wondering what they are like in San Diego, Laura? Particularly that one station next to campus that was always ridiculously expensive and that one right off the 5 that was always at least thirty cents more than the station three blocks away? Just wondering if they're close to the $5 mark yet, gosh (reread that sentence as if you are Napolean, I promise it will put a smile on your face)!
I got some really awesome birthday presents, like cake decorating equipment from my mom (I have been talking about doing this for awhile and she remembered, and I stayed up in bed last night reading the book!!! I can't wait to make a cake!), a really cute dreamsicle that's talking on the phone like my mom and I always do, some really pretty clothes that are SO me (from mom and Noah's mom) and bonus, fit me perfectly, a cute straw purse that if I had seen it at Target would have bought it myself, a new scrapbooking book and a few hours to myself while the kids get in some daddy time (really excited about that considering I can't even go to the bathroom without either Claire coming in with me and sitting on her potty, or holding Alex in one arm!!!). Don't get me wrong about that last one- I LOVE my family, but sometimes a girl's gotta have some time to herself, you know?