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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. :)

Friday, October 31, 2008

Nine Months!

Can you believe it?

Happy Halloween!



When did this happen?

She looks so grown up!
Notice Alex on the blanket on the grass peeking to look?!

These are her Outside Boots. She knows they stay outside so she can get dirty and not ruin her pretty shoes. She points to them from inside the house and says "outside boots, I get dirty."

Finally, I get her first birthday page done!

Sorry, it's really blurry and a tad dark, but you get the drift. So fun remembering!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

just because it made me laugh out loud when I was going through my pictures...

Fright Night

On Monday night Noah and I went to Fright Night; sort of like the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland except for more horror, less hauntedness, and instead of riding in a chair you walk through dark, creepy rooms with actors who intention is to frighten you. We went because one of his students is involved in it (he was in the room called "Desecration"), was really proud of the work he was doing and wanted his math teacher to see him in action. So we put Alexander down to bed and Noah's mom came over to play with Claire while we went on our little date.

Now horror is definitely not my cup of tea. Noah knows (because I repeatedly reminded him) that he owes me. BIG time.

We went into two of the four rooms- Desecration and Psychosis (for people who have an irrational fear of clowns. We went in because we got to wear 3-d glasses). Right off the bat I screamed at a person-dog who growled and jumped out at us from behind the entrance, and the person taking our tickets laughed a freaky laugh and yelled inside, "We've got a screamer!!!" So of course after that, the actors practically ignored Noah and focused on me and trying to get me to scream, jump, etc.

They were not disappointed. :)

It would have been much much scarier than it already was if the people were allowed to touch us. As it was, they would freak us out and then follow us closely with a weapon of choice, but they never grabbed us or poked us at opportune moments, etc.

Both of our favorite parts was in psychosis when we walked into a polka-dot lined room and a few people (clad in polka-dot attire) jumped out of the walls. That was good. And not violent scary so I liked it better than the insane, bloody half-dead people in Desecration. Noah's student did an impressive job, remaining in character the whole time, though maybe that was because, as he told Noah yesterday in class, he was so in-tune with his role as a convulsing-crumpled-in-a-heap-on-the-floor-in-the-corner-turned-walking-zombie that he didn't even recognize Noah.

It was all in good fun, and a great excuse for a little date. Though I may not go back next year. :)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Man, I'm on a roll!

Seriously, I've been a cleaning machine lately. Today I have done three loads of laundry, cleaned and vacuumed both kids' rooms, swept and mopped the kitchen, swept and mopped the dining room, swept and mopped the entryway, swept and mopped both bathrooms and changed the furniture around in our bedroom. Whew! And it's only 2:30! I think I need a rest. :)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Patch!

Showing off her pumpkin

Too bad I can't get them to look at me, or even up!

Ok, I'll take an impromptu kiss!

At the entrance to the kid-size hay-bale maze.

Still not looking up, and if you can see in his right hand, he has some straw. He LOVED it. Had it in his hand the whole time we were there, gripping it so tight!

In the midst of the maze. Noah said she grabbed his hand at "scary" parts, like the cornstalks hanging over her head, etc.

Yes! I got one of them to look up!

Still not looking up...

And we knew we had lost her when she saw the bouncy-house and slide!


We ended up getting two small ones, for each of the kids, and one medium sized one, which we are planning on decorating with finger paints.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Great game!

Noah's team played Clovis East last night, and he was really looking forward to it. Remember last year, Noah's first year coaching, his team lost to East for the first time ever. :( A couple of weeks ago, the two teams played at East's pool, and Clovis lost 9-5. This time they played at Clovis's pool, and it was one of the most fun polo games I have ever seen (second only to Noah's valley championship game). It was back and forth, and back and forth, and into overtime, which in polo is two 3-minute periods. The final score was East 10, Clovis 8, but Noah was still such a proud coach! If only he had a few more players to sub in...right now they only have one extra, which means most girls play most of the game, as opposed to the other Clovis schools, some of whom have enough players to make three whole teams! Noah has so much hope for his program and his coaching abilities now, especially after all the very trying and stressful beginning of the season.

Go Cougars!

lots of new pages!

I recently discovered a scrapbooking community website, called Studio Calico. On their blog they had a challenge to create two-page layouts, and I thought, hey, I could do that! It totally inspired me to work on my more photo-heavy pages, shall we say. Here are some of the results! Remember to click to see bigger!



This one is a close-up of the journaling on the next layout.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

random

To the untrained eye, this might appear to be simply a silly Claire under the covers. To those in the know, it is the naked booty, of a getting-there-but-not-quite-fully potty-trained little girl, straight from the shower, hiding under the covers on MY side of the bed. EEEK!


He sees the camera...


...he's coming for the camera...


...he's got the camera!


Ahhh. Beautiful red-tip maple. I love you and your fall color.

Monday, October 20, 2008

weekend update

We had a wonderful weekend just being at home with each other. Literally the kids and I did not leave except to go to our neighborhood park, and Noah only left to go to polo practice. We spent a lot of time outside in the glorious fall weather, doing general yard beautification projects like edging, sweeping up grass clippings, weeding, planning for future yard beautification projects, etc. We had a blast at the park and remarked on how lucky we are to live two blocks away. I know we wouldn't go nearly as often if we lived driving distance away. And it's an awesome park to boot! Noah and I watched "3:10 to Yuma" on Friday night (thanks Sarah!) and we both liked it, me much more than I thought I would. :) Not too much gratuitous violence for a western. We had easy dinners- pancakes, leftovers, eggs, so cooking was no chore.

In short, it was glorious. And too short.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

So glad



So glad I got this picture of a so-glad Noah a few weeks ago, as he coached his team to their first tournament win!!!

With 26 seconds left on the clock, I knew they would win (they were up 5-3), and I also knew Noah's reaction would be to throw his arms straight up in the air, so I turned on my camera and had it ready. The thing I like least about our camera (which is coming up on four years old!) is the delay between when you push down the button and when the picture actually takes. I have missed many a golden opportunity because of this, so I'm glad I got his winning reaction!

Friday, October 17, 2008

hehe



Not yet, buddy!!! You're too small to be wearing a briefcase/backpack and going to school!! Slow down!!

Hehe, he got himself all twisted in this bag and I thought he looked like a little baby going off to school!

introducing...

Our very own Fancy Nancy!!!

She decided to raid her closet during naptime and put together this lovely ensemble, complete with a hat and handbag, just like a lady!


Monday, October 13, 2008

Fancy Nancy


Claire LOVES reading Fancy Nancy, from Auntie Laura. I read it to her at least twice a day, and Noah reads it at least once. And she reads it to herself many more times.

I'll hear this:

"Ah, Fancy Mancy, Auntie Laura" (because I always read her the note from Auntie Laura on the inside cover)

"Fancy Mancy room" (for the page about her fancy room)

"Fancy Mancy Mama" (for Fancy Nancy's mama)

You get the picture.

And she points to every picture of Fancy Nancy, and squeals, "Fancy Mancy!"

It cracks me up that she pronounces it "mancy" because I know she knows how to pronounce her n's. I'm not correcting her though, it's way too cute. It's definitely something I need on film! That cute little voice, mispronouncing words and making up the story based on the pictures and what she remembers from us reading it to her, priceless.

No Wonder


No wonder this little buddy has been giving me even more problems at night that usual- he's cutting FOUR teeth at the same time!!! Yep, all four top teeth are coming in, and I can imagine it must not feel good. Add to that his recent discovery of scooting/crawling and sitting up, I think he is just too excited and in too much pain to sleep well. So on top of getting up every few hours, which isn't new, he isn't going back to sleep after I feed him, which is new. I can get him to fall asleep rocking him in the chair, but once I lay him down, he jolts awake and screams until I pick him up again. A few nights ago I tried to see how long he would cry until he fell asleep, and twenty five minutes later, I was stressed out, Claire had been woken up and Alex was still crying with just as much gusto (Noah, however, did not wake up. Or he was pretending to be asleep. :) ) Last night, I tried letting him sleep in our bed again, like we did when he was 3-6 months old, and it worked pretty well. And for his nap today I gave him some tylenol to help with the toofers, and so far, so good, two hours later and no wake-up call yet. So we'll see what happens tonight.

Eventually he'll sleep through the night, eventually he'll sleep through the night, eventually he'll sleep through the night, I keep telling myself. Yeah, maybe when he's in college. :)

Two-for-one-bath-night

Cute, cute, cute, need I say it again? :)


It seriously confines Claire's play space to add an inflatable tub to the bath, but she seemed to enjoy showing Alex the different toys and what they do.


Look at those tummy rolls! He doesn't have perfect control sitting up in this bath, but he was way too big for the other tub, so I thought I'd give it a try. It sounded like a good idea to bathe them at the same time, and it was, since Noah and I did it together. But it would be hard on my own, considering Alex slipped a few times! I don't want to mess around with bathtime; I'd much rather err on the side of two much caution than not enough, you know? It was awfully cute, though!

Self-Portraits

Before bathtime last night.

Night at the Park

Over the summer, our neighborhood park was destroyed by some kids who basically burned the plastic slide down. Before that happened, we had taken Claire a few times, and Noah had gone down the slide with her, and of course she loved it. Every time we drove by the mangled slide, fenced in and looking sad and abandoned, she would point and exclaim "slide! daddy slide!" and so we would tell her that we would take her back when the slide was fixed. Now it is fixed, and last night we walked over there after dinner.

The first thing she did was run to the smaller, more her-size slide.


Alex looked on, longingly.


And then I put him in the bucket swing so her could have some fun too. He kept holding on with that one hand. :)


Noah went with her down the bigger slide. I think he had as much fun as she did!


And then they swung together too!


We've done it two nights in a row, and we'll probably go again tonight. It's a great time of day. In the morning, there are tons of kids there, and I think it would be difficult to go alone with both kids, seeing as how Claire is a daredevil and wouldn't think twice about going up the steps by herself, etc. Plus, it's really nice that Noah can come with us in the evening time, when, bonus, we are the only ones there. It's one of our favorite things about this neighborhood!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Welcome fall!

As if the universe heard my plea for cooler weather, it's beginning to look a lot like fall around here. Even our maple tree in the back is turning colors!

Me and the kids spent Saturday morning playing outside, soaking up the perfect weather- sunny and cool.




Of course he fell asleep on our little walk around the street. The kid loves that bjorn. (Plus, it was naptime.)


After his nap, he kept me company in the kitchen while I tried my hand at sweet potato bread (belicious, by the way, and very seasonally appropriate)


What fun to see them playing together, peacefully, with the same toy!


It is already cold enough at night to dress the kids in their blanket sleepers, the ones I almost couldn't bring myself to buy in 100 degree weather because it seemed impossible I would ever need them, but lo and behold, here we are. And it's almost not enough! I'm thinking that space heater that kept Alexander warm in his bassinet will be coming out soon to keep him warm in his crib. Unlike Alex, who is still young enough that you are not supposed to put blankets in the crib with them, Claire keeps her blankets on, so she stays nice and toasty!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

First Time!



That pictures literally makes me laugh out loud, and I suspect it will do so for awhile. It's definitely one to save in the meeting-prospective-boyfriends (eek!) box!

She told me she had to go boo-boos on the potty, and I figured that that meant tinkle, like it always has. But nope, number two it was! And I was one proud mama.

I expect potty-training perfection from here on out. Hehe, just kidding.

da-da



I grew you in my body for 35 weeks.

I gave birth to you.

I demanded to leave the hospital less than 9 hours after you were born because they were taking you to another hospital and I wasn't about to spend the night in a hospital alone.

I spent every possible moment of your first thirteen days in the NICU by your tiny crib.

I stumble to your room, half-asleep, several times a night to feed you.

I rock you to sleep and greet you in the morning when you wake up.

I change LOTS of diapers.

I get spit up on.

Not to pat myself on the back or anything, but I do everything for you.

And the first word you say is da-da.

That's ok, I mean he does work 14+ hour days to support us and to enable me to stay home with you and Claire, so I suppose he deserves some recognition too!

But I certainly wouldn't mind a little ma-ma here and there, especially when I covertly whisper it in your ear every chance I get, hehe!