Saturday, October 31, 2009


Aidric, Juliet and I made these footprint ghosts yesterday. I added the faces and words this morning and we hung them up. I wish we would have done them earlier so we could have enjoyed them longer! (Aidric's on the left; Juliet on the right.)

Tonight, we're going for a Halloween Party at Chris's cousin's house. Afterward, we'll be trick or treating in their neighborhood. Of course, that means lots of pictures of all the cute kiddos coming soon!! (I might manage a sneak peek during nap time)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

I need you

I woke up around 2:30 am this morning to hear Aidric sobbing and yelling "mommy". I went in to see what was wrong and he immediately stood up, handed me his blanket and reached out his arms for me. I scooped him up and then laid down on the bed with him. (The guest bed is in his room).

Here was our conversation:

me: Aidric, tell mommy what happened.

aidric: I cry for mommy.

me: Yes, but why did you cry for mommy?

aidric: I want mommy come to my room.

me: I know honey, but WHY??

aidric: I need you.

And that was all it took to settle in a little deeper and cuddle for a good 10 minutes. I mean, he needed me. What else did I need to know??

Sunday, October 18, 2009

splashin' on the roof

We had an absolutely gorgeous, if not a little too hot, day yesterday. After a quick trip to the "Pumpkins in the Park" event, (too crowded and way too hot) we came home and filled up the kiddie pool for some water play up on the roof deck. I didn't bring my camera up, but it reminded me that I forgot to post pics of the last time we did it. So, these are from about a month ago.

(Blogger is being really difficult- there are 3 other pics I am trying to upload, but it won't let me and I give up! These two will have to do!)

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Aidric LOOOOOVES his rain boots. Would wear them absolutely every day if we let him. And he often does wear them every day, in the house. But, it actually rained the other day and he was thrilled he got to wear them somewhere besides the playroom!!

This is from one of those non-raining days when he insisted on wearing them at home. I know his diaper is hard to see, but yes he is wearing one!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A few videos

Over the last month, Juliet has started doing so many fun things, but she's such a little stinker about doing them when we get the video camera out. (or in this case, Chris's i-phone)

On this one we managed to get clapping and patting her belly when asked, "where's your belly?"

And while this one is a little repetitive with the clapping, she also waves bye-bye, gives me a high five and after a lot of begging, gives a sweet little kiss. The kisses are my personal favorite, and she was so good about giving them when she first learned, but now she's so busy looking around and being distracted, she often just slaps at our faces instead =)

This one is AJ and is a very accurate picture of every Thursday at our house when the garbage truck comes. But, I think my favorite part is his reaction to "puppy dog". He is always very concerned that puppy dog is going to get him.

Thursday, October 15, 2009


They really are "friends". They play, they laugh, they fight. Yes, THEY, she is not sitting back and taking it anymore, she fights back!

We were heading out for dinner the other night and when I realized their clothes kind of coordinated, I had to do a quick photo shoot. They may not be the best pictures ever, but I love the way they capture the interaction between them.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A baby calf

You couldn't tell? It's clear as day to me. He showed it to me, told me it was a baby calf and asked me to take a picture of it =)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lincoln Park Zoo (from July!)

In July, we took a very quick trip to IL on our way out to CA. We were there less than 3 days, but we were able to meet my parents and niece, Ella, at the zoo one day. Unfortunately, the weather was horrible. It was still great to see them. Aidric has been asking for Ella lately. Yesterday, he told me he NEEDED to see her.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our Sweet Girl is 10 MONTHS OLD!!

Time is just going SO fast. I can not believe that Juliet is really 10 months old already. We were at the doctor today because she cried SO much in the middle of the night last night that we were convinced something had to be wrong. Nope- ears look great, no fever and our pedi doesn't even think she's teething that badly. No excuse at all other than she wanted company. Really hoping she's a little more independent tonight.

So, while we were at the doctor, she was weighed. Drum roll please....this child weighs NINETEEN POUNDS AND FOURTEEN OUNCES!!!!!! Oh my, I knew she seemed even chubbier lately, but wow. 19 lbs. 14 oz. The nurse commented, "Might as well just say she's 20 lbs, because she will be by the end of the week."

The reason for the weight gain is pretty clear though. She loves to eat and other than the "scooting" she's not ALL that active. Her fave table foods right now are: Morning Star Sausage links, Trader Joe's honey wheat pretzel sticks, nutri-grain bars, and peaches. She also loves sweet potatoes and Yo Baby yogurt.

As for that activity, just today she started sliding backwards while attempting to crawl forward. This is a HUGE step for her, considering prior to this she would not even try to crawl. Also today, she was able to get from laying on her tummy into a sitting position, something she's been trying for awhile.

My very favorite new thing is her kisses. I can't even explain how sweet it is. I say, "Juliet, can you give mommy a kiss?" and she leans in with her mouth wide open. After the "kiss" she gets this big smile on her face and often goes back in for more.

Another favorite is the adorable interaction between Juliet and Aidric. He's always been really interested in her, but it's only lately that I've seen her really really respond to him too. In the bath, they sit and splash and crack each other up. At dinner, they take turns shaking their heads and bouncing in their chairs. I feel like we're getting a glimpse of the next stage in their childhood and I can't wait!

It's catch up time....

I am putting this on here so that I hold myself to it. For the next hour of naps, I am going to work on blogging all of the pictures and events I've neglected over the last few MONTHS!!!!! Here I go....check back

EDITED: I'd like to blame my sister-in-law for calling and chatting with me during nap time. I got 4 pictures edited. New goal: 4 new posts by the end of the day =)