December Daily 1- 5

It’s that time of year again!  I love the holidays and I love this project. It is my fifth year doing it and the more albums I have, the more awesome it is.

We are 5 days into the month. I am staying on top of it everyday so far.

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dec 3 & 4:

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dec 5:



This Amazing Girl is Three

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Cora is three! Three!  I can hardly believe that 3 years ago I was being induced and having the easiest labor and birth of all the three I have experienced so far!

One of the weirdest parenting thoughts I have when we are celebrating the kids’ birthdays is the part were one second they are just here. These little beings go from non existence to entering the world in full force. How can something go from not being into being? A living thing. A baby. A physical representation of the future. and hope. and all that stuff.

It is so hard to comprehend that there was a time before Cora. That for 27 years of my life I wandered around this planet NOT knowing Cora. How could there have ever been a life without her? Without her siblings?  It is one of the mysteries of life I suppose, but it also gets me all emotional and weird when I start letting myself go down that path of thoughts. Babies are magic that way.

Cora Elizabeth is our spunky, sassy, plucky, bold princess of a daughter. She is fiery and full of spirit. She is sweet and courageous and fearless. She is everything I ever dreamed of having in a daughter (though it does make parenting her a bit more difficult than expected!). Happy Birthday wild girl!

Happy Weekend

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I’m taking this weekend to get in some “me” time. I have lunch with a friend and a hair appointment on Saturday. And then tea on Sunday to scout a place for a baby shower! I’m looking forward to having some child-free time to spend with friends.

1/ Have you heard of the Gottman Institute? This doctor claims that after observing couple for a relatively short periods of time, he can predict whether the will be happy or not based on their interactions. Couple who respond to each others bids, or attempts to connect will continue to be happy in their relationships.

2/ The most amazing thing I have ever seen on the Internet. You are welcome!

3/ This is really good. And true. And relevant.

4/ I have been so unbelievable tired lately. I am not sure if it is that the party is over or something is just catching up with me, but functioning has become..difficult. I am hoping to get some good rest this weekend. Get to bed early and prioritize sleep.

5/ I need some more soup in my life. None of the pre-made stuff from the store is doing it for me these days. My regulars are italian vegetable, potato + leek and chili. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

These Kids Right Now

It has been a whirlwind few weeks you guys. We are all a little under the weather, but we are trucking through and working towards getting quality rest. Today Bryan was working from home and he looked over at Grey and I sitting on the couch watching a little tv. He commented on how quickly it seems Grey became old enough to just sit and watch tv. And that he can’t really remember what the other kids were like at this age. So I decided I am going to attempt to regularly write posts that list what is going on with the kids right now. Let’s begin!

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1/ henry has been really into shields ever since we decorated that at Cora and Grey’s party. He has been drawing them and cutting them out on his own. He even talked Bryan into using his C&C machine to make one out of wood.

2/ He is really in love with Ninjago. The movies, the legos, the iPad game all seem to draw him in nearly everyday.

3/ His teacher has commented to me on multiple occasions that his fine motor skills are very impressive. He is always cutting out tiny things he has drawn or putting together and pulling apart tiny legos.

4/ Henry is obsessed with his friend Aaron. We talk about him all the time. What his name starts with, what he is doing right now, where is he, can we draw him a picture.

5/ His appetite has been pretty low lately. I weighed him this week and he has lost 1.8 pounds since this summer. He is definitely the sort of kid who is more interested in doing something than eating. It is definitely not something I want to change, but I also don’t like seeing him lose weight.

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1/ Cora loved her party. She is still asking if all her friends are coming over because she loved having everyone here.

2/ This kid is all princess all the time. She got several pairs of princess shoes and princess tiaras at her birthday party and they are in steady rotation around here when she is home. Also, her magic wand and her sparkly purses.

3/ Cora has been a little better about wearing pants. This probably sounds funny, but around the time summer started last year she demanded to only wear dresses. I was fine with it since the weather was nice and we were potty training. Now it is colder and its more sanitary for her to wear pants.  It was quite a struggle but she is better about wearing pants. Usually WITH a dress.

4/ Cora is definitely our story teller. She loves to pretend and get us to participate in her creative play. She loves to act out scenes from Tangled, pretend we are in school and she is the teacher, and be a doctor and give us all check ups. We love it.

5/ Cora has been really into yogurt and whole apples lately. She will almost always say yes to both.

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1/ Grey wakes up between 4 and 5 am almost every day. It is pretty much killing us.

2/ He has gone from taking 2-3 steps at a time to walking across the room in the last week. Go Grey Go!

3/ He is very interested in imitating us right now. He claps, waves and shakes his head when we do. It is truly adorable.

4/ He absolutely hates having his nose wiped, which has been a major issue lately since all the kids are sick and snotty.

5/ He loves bananas, sweet potatoes and apple sauce. He could eat them all day, everyday, forever. He is definitely the best eater of the three kids right now.

A Joint Birthday Party

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We celebrated Cora and Grey’s birthday party with lots of friends this weekend. It was a Tangled theme, per Cora’s request. She even wore her Rapunzel dress.

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And Grey took advantage of all the adults around who wanted to feed him pizza and sweets!

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The kids decorated paper crowns and shields and just ran around, playing with toys. Then we sang Happy Birthday.  And that was that.

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On Being Far Away


It was a pretty eventful weekend here. First, on Friday, Bryan’s sister, Ali, gave birth to twin boys!  They were a little bit early, but they are big and everyone is healthy and doing well. The little guys, Grant & Max, will be in the NICU for a few weeks while they get fat and chubby.  And Ali is in really good spirits. I was especially grateful for her husband, Greg, during the day.  We was really amazing at keeping me updated on what was happening.

It has been harder for me to experience this from across the country than I kind of anticipated. I figured that since I had been on the other end of it, giving birth three times while far from immediate family, my emotions would be a little less intense.  Much to my surprise, it is kind of killing me not being able to be there, to grab food, run errands or provide comfort to their family. I am also sad I won’t get to hold the boys in their super cute, oh-my-god-they’re-so-tiny days.

This is the just the beginning for us, I know. As our family members start creating families of their own, I am going to be sad and revisiting these feeling over and over again. So perhaps I will be better prepared next time.

Happy Weekend


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We are in full party prep mode around here. Cora & Grey are having a combined, Tangled themed, birthday party this weekend! I put up streamer, bunting and pictures from Baby Grey’s first year to decorate. This is going to be the first real party for both of them and I can’t wait! What are you up to this weekend?

Here are some things I’m enjoying this week:

1/ I downloaded Amy Poehler’s new book, Yes Please, this week. I am only a few pages in, but I am seriously enjoying it. This is my favorite excerpt so far:

“Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier.”


If you want to read more of these seriously valuable gems, I recommend this article. 

2/ I am a fan of the show Parenthood and really enjoyed reading this article about Joy Bryant.

3/ I am still pulling together my Week in the Life Album. I decided to put a separate album together for it this year. I also took the plunge and pre-ordered Ali Edward’s December Daily Kit for this year. I’ll let you know when it arrives!

4/ Baby Grey took his first “real” steps Tuesday! Just a few before he fell on his bum but we clapped and cheered regardless! And he tried to clap with us, too! So adorable.

5/ I thought that this was a really great post about daily interactions with others. I often add “are you so excited?” to the end of inquiring about other people’s good news. I am going to make an active effort to quit that.