Showing posts from April, 2012

screen-free week

Growing up, I vaguely remember "TV-Turnoff Week." I think I remember my mother excitedly enforcing it despite our whiny complaining, but that's about it.

Now with ipads and kindles and smartphones, the event has evolved into Screen-Free Week.

My girls really don't watch television at all, so it won't change much for them. But I waste way too much time on blogs and emails when I could be reading books and making things - whether those things are dinner or crafts. Don't get me wrong. There are a lot of great things to read on blogs and emails, and I do a lot of important things on my computer, like pay the bills. I would be very lost without my screened devices. Too often, however, I find myself reading something that linked from one place to another to another, and suddenly, I don't know what I'm reading or how I even started reading it in the first place. It's not even interesting or educational or entertaining: I'm bored! It's ridiculous.

a (random) list

Remember those three babies I was waiting for last week? They're all here! Two came on Tuesday (birthday twins! Rae Ann and Caroline), and one came yesterday (Kate). I met the birthday twins on Tuesday night, and hopefully I will meet Kate soon! 

Meanwhile, my head is swimming. My to-do list is growing. I'm not sure I even ever cross anything off of it. Maybe I will make a random list here for some organization.

- I need to update my "dear deidre" post. Now that I have another year of parenting "experience" (or something since experience sounds too professional and fancy), I have a few items to add. Though this time, in honor of my expecting cousin, I will call it, "dear brittany."

- I need to continue my prep for Heidi's first birthday party. Can you believe she is going to be one?

- The Broad Street Run is almost here! Ten days!

- Today is Soft Pretzel Day - free soft pretzels at any Philly Soft Pretzel Factory. How did I miss this while…

in the window

After the race on Saturday, we stopped by Daddy's office before walking home. The girls loved standing in the window.

"Dad, do you see the circle?"

There was a lot going on with festivals put on by the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Library, but they didn't start until 11; it was only 1030. 

Heidi kept trying to look down, repeatedly banging her head on the window. This only threw Lydia into a fit of giggles every time.

If only Daddy's office was always full of his little girls giggling . . . he'd never get work done, I'm sure. =)

5K run for clean air

My goal is to run a 5K with each of my babies somewhere during their first year. It's partly "get-back-in-shape-after-having-a-baby," but it's also fun for me to do something like this with each one. (Lydia's first 5K here.)

So on Saturday, Heidi ran her first 5K, the 5K Run for Clean Air. Here we are pre-race. Heidi's busy thinking race strategy.

Ready to run. Heidi's already diving into her snack.

While Heidi and I were running, Lydia made a sign with Daddy.

Then they waited for us at the finish line.

Aaron tried to point us out to Lydia, but she completely missed us.

We found them shortly after crossing the finish line. (Don't laugh at my vertical bib. There was something wrong with the bibs and the tracking devices. They only worked if worn vertically. Whoops.)

Yay for my cheerleaders (and camera man) and my running buddy!

three babies

I am waiting on three babies - three girls, actually - to arrive. Let's be honest. I'm not the host, so I'm not really waiting like my three friends are waiting. One is due today. One is due tomorrow. One is due next week. Two of them have been having contractions on and off for days. Contractions at the end of pregnancy are really exciting - until they stop without evicting the baby. On May 15, 2011, I swore I was in labor. (Reminder, Heidi was born on May 22, 2011.) When my contractions stopped sometime that evening, I cried and cried and cried. And cried.

Hindsight is a blessing because in hindsight, this awkward waiting time will be mostly forgotten. Because even though I truly feel for my swollen bellied friends, I vaguely - not vividly - remember those "why-did-the-contractions-stop" tears shed on May 15th. And as I remember them now, I laugh at myself. But, trust me, if you'd have laughed at me then, I may have punched you.

Anyway, while I wait for tho…

this week

I should point out that despite all the sweet pictures of my girls smiling and playing . . . it has been a loud, hard week around here. Lots of yelling, screaming, fighting, hair-pulling, pushing, shoving, crying, and tantruming. One minute Lydia and Heidi are giggling hysterically together. The next minute, they are screaming at one another, fists clenched and pulling hair. I'd be lying if I said it's been an easy week. I've lost my patience more times than I'd like to admit. Fortunately, in this journey of parenting, there is grace. I am confident that I will mess up my children because I am broken and messy, but God's grace is bigger than my messiness. And he loves my girls so much more than I ever could.

reading together

Heidi loves when Lydia reads to her.

I guess this story makes Heidi hungry.

This just makes me laugh. Lydia is counting the lines. Heidi is . . . I have no idea what she is doing. I think she is just being Heidi.

little climbers

Lydia, at just under two and a half, is just now really feeling confident at the playground. She can't do a few things yet because of her short reach, but she is mostly off and running on her own - up and down most of the equipment. She's still hesitantly slow sometimes, but she will eventually do it. She just takes some time.

Heidi, at just under one, has no fear. If there are steps, and she is at the bottom, she will climb them. If there are steps, and she is at the top, she will go down them - sometimes headfirst, sometimes on her feet thinking she can walk (which she can't).

As a parent, it is really awesome to reflect and realize how I love two people in such unique ways. I love Lydia's cautious excitement, and I love Heidi's adventurous spirit. I don't find either one better or worse; they each draw out unique feelings. I am in love with each of them, especially those sweet smiles and giggles!


guest blogger: Heidi

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Lydia and I love to play in our room. Recently, we love to play in our room with the door closed after sending Mama away. When it gets too quiet, Mama gets suspicious and comes to check on us. On Friday, Mama found this. Lydia fed me chalk. Yay!!!

Oh, no "yay," Mama?

Then Mama gave Lydia a new rule: do not feed me chalk.

fish face

guest blogger: Lydia

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This is my fish face.

Oh wait, it fell out.

Fish face!

All done.

driving the car

guest blogger: Lydia

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I got a car in my Easter basket from Big Guy and Nonna. (Actually, this one is Heidi's.)

Driving up the mountain.

Look out, car, a bump!

Gotta go around the chair.

Look out for the wall.

Back down the mountain.

Oh, those clothes in the background? That's my laundry pile. I help Mama fold my clothes. My clothes are all on the chair. See?