Hey y'all. Can you see my sticker? Yeah I'm pretty bada$$... I peed in the potty tonight. I got an m&m too. But I'm hardly an amateur... this was my second time... I mean seriously. Mommy and Daddy have picked up on my cues... I like to put my hands down my pants a la Al Bundy when I have to "go." This evening, I did just that, Mommy asked me if I needed to use the potty, I said yes, I went... the rest is history. For the record I've also pooped on the floor twice and peed on the floor three times... awesome. I've kept my diaper dry during naps for nearly a week, so now we'll get a little more serious on this whole potty training thing... but just a little...
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Rachel here. It's been since Emma Grace was 8 months old that I've done a good comparison entry. I'm on top of things like that. ;) I FINALLY took some time to go through my photos and sync them up, and I honestly can't remember either of them being so small!
Emma Grace here. Today was a lovely day here in the Burg, so we took advantage of one of our local parks. The Caboose Park is one of our all time faves, and apparently a lot of other children love it as well because it was packed!
We seriously can't wait for it to be spring already!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Rachel here. I thought I should update you on our little Sybil... I mean Reese. :) This girl has my heart. I've never known someone whom I love with all that I am and still want to jab my own eyes out by the end of the day because of her antics. I mean look at that face. That is the face of a child who is so energetic, lovable, loving, adventurous, smart, caring, sensitive, creative, warm, and NAUGHTY. My only excuse is she's 3. Sometimes I feel like I'm all alone in dealing with her shenanigans, and then I talk to friends. GREAT FRIENDS... who are also GREAT PARENTS... and I find out Reese is just like their children... who happen to be GREAT CHILDREN. It's then I don't feel so bad. :)
Rachel here. Our sweet girl turned 19 months on the 19th. She is a piece of work... just like her sister... and I suppose just like me... congrats Bryan. :) She's the smiliest little thing ever... but occasionally the terrible 2's do rear their ugly heads. Luckily she bounces back quickly, and all is right with the world again.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Rachel here. Reese is currently at preschool... she's there 'til 1230. Emma Grace, however, eats lunch around 11. She just finished up. What did she have? Annie's mac and cheese, green beans, and pineapple chunks. Yum. Except I knew she wouldn't eat the green beans without ketchup, so I laced the mac and cheese with some of my leftover carrot puree from last night.
After scarfing down the mac and cheese and pineapple, she stared at her green beans just smiling at me. Since she ate my sneaky carrots, I gave her a little bit of ketchup and got her to eat about 3 green beans... she earned it. :)
P.S. Along with the carrot puree in the french toast from last night, I also snuck in some flaxseed. Reese's eye doc thought that could PERHAPS help with her sty issues. She hasn't had one since the dreaded one from this summer, but we're willing to try anything nonetheless.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Rachel here. So I've had "Deceptively Delicious" FOREVER. Reese got it for me for my first Mother's Day (or maybe it was the second), either way I've had it for a long time and had never made anything out of it. I'm good like that. The my mom bought me "Double Delicious!" for Christmas. The girls refuse to try new foods, and Emma Grace will only eat veggies dipped in A VERY SMALL amount of ketchup. VERY FRUSTRATING. Reese is a really good eater, but if something looks scary she won't even try it. While there are some scary looking items in these cookbooks, there are also some really great hidden gems.
I wanted to try something tonight for dinner, and we happened to have some carrots in the fridge, so I cooked and pureed them for a great recipe for french toast. I'm a big fan of breakfast for dinner, and the girls love it too. The recipe (hopefully you can click on the picture to enlarge it):The cooking: The result: I think it's safe to say she loved it. She completely cleaned her plate. I made enough for her and Reese for breakfast tomorrow with one piece leftover to taste myself. I won't lie to you... I was completely skeptical. HOWEVER, it was literally the best french toast I've probably ever had, and I couldn't taste the carrots AT ALL! The plan is to load up on veggies this weekend to puree (it's like the good ole days when I made the girls their baby food!) and get to recipe-ing. Jessica Seinfeld... You are a goddess.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Wednesday was my sweet girl's first day at Montessori Preschool. She was beyond excited, and I was a hot mess. She woke up with this look on her face:
I asked her what she wanted for breakfast, and she said "pancakes with snow on top." Snow= powdered sugar. Not necessarily the healthiest of options, but it was her first day, and I'm not trying to change the look on that face on the first day. :) She ate, brushed her teeth, and then we got her looking all kinds of spiffy in her "first day of Montessori" outfit. Cardigan courtesy of Nana and Pop. Diva.Her reaction to arriving at said school. Cheesy grins for all.This interaction would be the last one of the morning until pick up time. She found her coat hook in the hallway. #18... sounds like a champion to me. ;)We were through the door, and she was off like a bolt. Seriously. She wandered around the room looking at everything... everything except Emma Grace, Bryan, and me. Left in the dust. She wandered up to people and said "Hi, I'm Reese!" I turn around to say good bye to her, and she was already in line to go outside... didn't even look back. I, however, cried like a baby. Another mother consoled me, her teacher said things would be great, and I cried like a baby. It took me crying all the way home to realize how absolutely proud of her I was. She faced it like no other. Big bad Reese.
This is how I was greeted. She was PISSED. The last thing she wanted to do was leave. It was tantrum city getting her to put her coat on, get in the car, and get home. In fact... the entire way home she screamed at me and told me to "turn the car right around and take me baaaaaaaaack!" Pleasant. I couldn't get anything out of her about her day. EG went down for nap, Reese calmed down and had lunch, and I eventually got her to tell me that she wanted to go back... "please please pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!" I was under the assumption that she really enjoyed herself at school. :)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Rachel here. Happy 2011! We rang in the new year with the Funks. And when I say we rang in the new year... I mean we ate dinner, played like crazikins, exchanged Christmas gifts, and I was in bed by 10. :)
And honestly... it was the perfect way to celebrate. :)
We headed back from Tidewater early enough to stop in Bedford on the way home to see the famous Elk's Lodge lights. They were awesome!!!!!
This will definitely be an annual tradition!
After a yummy dinner at Nana and Pops, we headed to Grandpa and Pearl's house in Suffolk. They had just as many gifts there for us to open... and just as much snow! EGADS!
Despite the lack of snow plows, we ventured out and headed to the Virginia Marine Science Museum. It was a lot of fun, and we weren't in a car accident... thumbs up all around!
Me and my homie. I didn't get hardly enough bonding time with Uncle Aaron, but what time I did had was quality. He taught me how to slice fruit on his iPad... I mean that's love. Oh, and there was some snow time too...
The day after Christmas we woke up to text messages and phone calls from both Nana and Grandpa's camps. It was snowing in Tidewater. Now normally... snow wouldn't be an issue... but it's Tidewater. ;) Our original plan was to head out upon wakeup, but we held out a few hours to see what the weather would do. It didn't get any better, so we decided to leave around lunch time and ford the river. It was an adventure for sure, but we made it with no issues and were soon able to celebrate with Nana and Pop. We were once again spoiled with gifts and kisses. Nana and Pop were even spoiled and were able to witness my extreme desire to become poltergeist at a moment's notice... good times. :)
14+ inches and Emma Grace anything but loved the snow. Mommy took more pictures of her crying than not. :( One day though... she'll love it just like me!See!
Seriously? Could this be any better? :)
Christmas was awesome this year!!!! Not only did Santa leave us some really great gifts (as did the parentals), but we also...
... woke up to a white Christmas! It snowed all day. It was BEAUTIFUL!We got some really amazing gifts, and are so very thankful. Mommy, Daddy, and Santa surely spoiled us this year.The famous cape. I thought it was alright. The baby sister, however, loves it. The only time I've played with it was yesterday when I made Mommy wear it... because she was the bad superhero. I was the good super hero, so I got to wear my blankie. Awesome.Exchanging gifts with Mommy and Daddy. I picked them all out on my own. For Daddy... a remote control car, so we could cruise together. And for Mommy... two VT shirts... one of which was an orange and maroon "Hello Kitty" shirt. :) Oh and the man in red ate ALL of our cookies and left a beautiful letter! Holy moly!!!!The next day we left for the Holidays back in Tidewater. It's a Christmas marathon Charlie Brown! :)