Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Sunday

Our Easter Sunday didn't go exactly as expected. Ryan had been sick over the weekend, so I planned to take Norah and Lucy to church myself. But as we got closer and closer to our meeting time, I realized there was no way we would make it out the door on time, so I called my mom and asked to come to their ward instead.
When I pulled out their dresses (the same ones I had them wear for Jane's blessing), Norah wasn't too thrilled about wearing it, since the seams bothered her arms. I put a onesie underneath and coaxed her back in, distracting her with the fact we were going to Grandma and Grandpa's church. Hooray!

The meeting began and both girls immediately peeled off their shoes and flower crowns. If I hadn't had my dad sitting with me to trade off holding one of the girls, I am quite certain I wouldn't have survived the whole sacrament meeting. Norah was adamant about bouncing all over the pews, while Lucy tried with all her might to get Grandma's attention, who was singing on the stand with the choir. Also, I picked possibly the worst dress I could have when dealing with rambunctious toddlers. Every grab and arm fling resulted in my very-stretchy-dress stretching way more than I wanted. 

I was exhausted and sad that I couldn't focus on the meeting as much as I hoped, but when we got home, Ryan had cleaned nearly the whole house and helped get the girls down for naps.
Even while still feeling sick, he put on a button down shirt and some slacks so we could go over to my parents' house for dinner. What a stud.

The meaning of Easter has taken on a different meaning since getting married and becoming a mom. And I'm so grateful that even with my infinite flaws, because of our Savior, I can be forgiven again and be with my sweet little family forever.

Norah is only smiling because my dad used the magic phrase when taking pictures: 
"Grandpa has stinky feet!"

Sunday, March 27, 2016

A Huntin' We Will Go!

A couple of months ago, I saw a cute little bunny dress online, but at $25 per dress I decided to try and make them myself instead. I moped and procrastinated because I didn't know how to make the bodice, but finally I just threw a few ideas together and luckily the dresses ended up fitting! ;) I just made some for Norah and Lucy since Jane already had a little bunny outfit...and I was too burned out. 

I was so excited about making these dresses that I plum forgot to plan any Easter egg hunt for the girls haha. Norah had an egg hunt at preschool so I just scrounged up her left over eggs and "hid" them around our backyard. The girls didn't seem to mind. 

Having practiced at preschool, and now apparently being an expert at finding lost things, Norah frantically scrambled to every egg, scarcely stopping to take a breath. 

Lucy was still pretty clueless and just ran around the whole yard. As soon as I pointed an egg out to her to pick up, Norah raced in and swooped it up before her. 

Once they discovered small candies in the eggs (also recycled from preschool), all hopes of any pictures with their loot was burned and buried. Norah had raided every egg and eaten all the candies within the span of five minutes.

Jane was happy to sit still for me. She makes for a darling Easter Bunny.

We still have never managed to get it together and make baskets for the girls, but I don't really mind. We had fun doing the egg hunt, and now we are looking forward to focusing on why we celebrate Easter in the first place.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Spring Has Sprung

I'm not exaggerating when I say that the tree and bush in our backyard seemed to bloom overnight! Although today was overcast, it was the perfect weather. We stayed out for nearly two hours while Jane napped (I couldn't believe she slept that long. Cheers!). 

Norah loves dressing herself now. She will change outfits at LEAST three times a day. She loves pulling out her dresses and rotating through all of them, but her very favorite one is her "purple polka-dot" one. It's always a sad day when it is in the wash (also, confession: I may hide it on occasion since it's a little too 'fancy' for every day use. Shh shh shh shh shh!)

We've been trying to practice letter recognition for a long time, but I haven't been as dedicated as I probably should be. We've been working on writing her name and so far she has the 'O' down! *high five! ;)

I mentioned in my last post that Norah has developed a phobia of bath time. She was genuinely scared for her life when I tried to bathe her today, even after we allowed her to bathe without Lucy (for fear that she would pull up the shower lever). I hope it's just a phase and that it is over soon!

Norah has been using her Ok to Wake Toddler Clock very successfully. If she wakes up before the light turns green during nap time then she has to stay in her room and play. Yesterday after she had been playing happily for a while, I went in to find that she had drawn with crayons all over her bed frame. sigh. She helped me scrub it off, and luckily it was an easy task, but now she can't have crayons out for after nap play time. So she was pretty thrilled when she found a rogue piece of chalk to play with. Her face stayed orange all the way until dinner time.

Lucy's vocabulary has taken off the past few weeks. She can say 2, 3, even 4 word sentences sometimes, which is adorable and really exciting because I'm hoping it will help her better communicate with other kids. 

Her go-to fighting tactic is hair pulling. It's not uncommon that I will hear Norah screaming and rush in to find that Lucy has a handful of hair. 

She is still obsessed with her coat that Aunt Janel gave to her when she last visited. It really wasn't necessary to wear a coat, but she did not want to take it off! *Notice she isn't wearing shoes though. Haha

Her favorite song right now is "I am a Child of God" and she will always request it for her bedtime song. It's adorable when she tries to sing along. 
She loves having a couple stuffed animals in bed with her and always wants to hold them all (as well as her sippy) when she first lays down for bed. Unfortunately, she is a urinating wonder, and wets through her diaper almost every night, so we have to do a lot of washing around here. The average diaper weighs the same as 4 sippy cup it's not really adding up. ;)

Lucy is so snuggly. After playing outside for a while she wanted me to hold her. She kept hugging and patting my back and then pulling back to smile and me. We kept this up for a good ten minutes. My favorite is when she says. "ah wuv you". 

The fresh air rejuvenated me and I was able to survive another day. So so happy that we made it to Spring, it can only get better from here.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Our St. Patrick's Day Events

Our St. Patrick's day was mostly uneventful, actually. Norah went to preschool and did a few festive activities like playing with colored shaving cream. By the time dinner was supposed to be happening, I was feeling pretty deflated, despite mostly sitting around all day. But I strapped Jane to my front, and cooked some green pasta, threw some fruit on a skewer and called it good. Norah was absolutely thrilled to have a "rainbow skewer" and ate every piece of fruit, even though she normally doesn't like some of them. Huzzah! 

Poor Lucy hadn't eaten properly since about lunch time, so she just snarfed down the pasta as quickly as she could and kept asking for more!

*Not pictured* After dinner the girls got thrown into the bath, and it turned into a scream fest. The previous night, Lucy had pulled up the knob to turn on the shower and it sprayed all over both of them, traumatizing Norah for life. Norah kept screaming at the top of her lungs "Save me! Save me!" No amount of consoling would calm her down, so we soaped her up and hauled her out of there. 
The house somehow looked like a hurricane had come through earlier, so we did a 10 minute clean up, and it helped my mood quite a bit.

Ryan's home basketball team, Gonzaga University, had a game last night in the playoffs, so he and the girls were sporting their new bulldog hats in support of the team. It must have worked, because they ended up winning!...not that I'm a basketball watcher in any way.

I hope everyone else had a fun St. Paddy's day and had equally cute human beings to go home to and snuggle.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I've taken so many pictures of them, you'd think they would be used to it by now. I had to do some photoshop magic with this picture in order to get a good shot of all three of them. They just melt my heart. Norah was all about matching with Lucy.

Norah always gets jealous when she sees me taking pictures of Lucy or Jane, so then she is very willing to pose for the camera. 

I love how happy she looks in these pictures. The threenager period isn't all bad! ;)

The chair was a great idea. Lucy was all about climbing all over it, so it made taking pictures easy.

That dimple gets me every time.

Jane's little smile just makes everything better.

The cutest pot of gold I ever did see!

I took about 100 pictures of Jane, but since I didn't have Ryan with me it was hard to get her to smile. Still hard to narrow it down though, she is pretty darling.

She truly has us wrapped around her little finger.

We're ready for a fun green and rainbow dinner for tonight. I look forward to stuff like this because it gets Norah excited to actually eat the food that I make! Haha
Happy St. Paddy's everyone!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

National Pi{e} Day!

We celebrated pi day with the rest of the country on Monday, but because my computer was being a diva, I couldn't post until now. 

The girls were ecstatic to help me make pie and pizza for dinner. We went with a strawberry pie recipe that I learned from Ryan's mom, which has become a favorite. 
A soon as I told Norah we were planning to make a pie together, she made sure she wore her little apron. I had made it for her Red Riding Hood Halloween Costume, but ended up not even using it, so now she uses it to cook in.

I let them hack at the strawberries for a while, until they deemed the work too hard and had me do it instead while they not so sneakily swiped handfuls upon handfuls to eat. 

Norah: "Okay, just one more strawberry, mom!" **proceeds to grab two handfuls and frantically devours them before I can even blink.

No sooner had I cut up a mound of strawberries, than they disappeared into hungry little mouths. It's a good thing I had another carton on hand! ;)

The royal taste tester wasn't impressed with the tart flavor.

They were all about deciphering what the recipe said. 
Norah: "Okay, let's see what the recipe says next...1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

Stirring was their favorite part, especially since they could sneak in some licks every now and again. 

Lucy was mad that I would't let her smoosh the pie a third time. And Norah looks like she wants to marry the thing.

While the pie settled in the fridge (for waaay too long in Norah's opinion), we got started on the pizza. Poor Lucy was practically withering away at that point and kept pinching off pieces of dough to eat, again trying to do it without getting caught.

The girls thought the pizza was also taking too long to bake, so they tried to pass the time by stacking chairs by the side door and watching for daddy. Unfortunately, they both wanted to be on the same chair, which resulted in a crash and two screaming kiddos. Daddy came to the rescue just moments later. 

But the pizza and pie fixed everything. :)) 
It was a fun day and I had such cute little helpers.