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Yard Work

16 May

Since the weather has been so nice we have been hanging outside a lot more. As soon as we get home from work Penny makes a bee-line to the back slider to go outside and play. Daddy is talking to her about herbs…

She also is a big helper with cleaning up…

If you need your lawn swept, please let me know…

She’s getting some curls growing in!

I potted some succulents that Jean Marsh and also my mother inlaw gave me. I was a little worried about putting them in my precious Bauer pots but they are doing no good collecting dust hiding away in a cabinet so i’m crossing my fingers that nobody (Robert) breaks them…

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Holy Cow, Penelope Is ONE….

5 Apr

I just can’t believe it. This year has buzzed by, but at the same time, some nights feel like 10 years. Does that make sense?

I so looked forward to planning Penny’s party to make it special and memorable for her, uh…I mean me cuz really I’m sure she could not care less about all the time I put into making the pom-pom puffs perfectly puffy, or searching the Internet world for muslin bags for like two weeks (thanks shal for finally finding them for me!)

Robert worked his butt off on the food/desserts and tolerated the house being a mess for weeks building up to the party. He’s a great daddy.

So, here’s the party in pictures. Enjoy!

Little miss getting ready…

Making sure her outfit looks good…

a Happy Birthday hug from Addi!

Kelly and I made this number one with cupcake liners, thank you pinterest…

My dad made Penny this chalk board out of an old window. My mom bought the window for a whole 2 dollars!

Let’s light this cake!

She poked at the cake for a bit and then was over it…sigh. I thought that if she saw Addi eating some she would want it, but nope…

She got sooo many great gifts – thank you everybody!

Penny Mae, You’re One Today!

2 Apr

A year ago today I was doing this….

Our sweet Penelope – you are ONE!

We love you tons and tons!

Birthday party post to follow…

Sleep Deprivation….

15 Mar

So for the last SEVERAL months Penelope has made the transition from sleeping in her crib for almost the whole night (usually coming into bed with me after Rob leaves early morning), to now sleeping with us basically full-time. Here’s the thing – I really love being able to cuddle her at night and feel her next to me. But we are getting NO sleep. She goes down at around 8 (if we are lucky) and then she will sleep in her crib for maybe 3-4 hours but a lot of the time we barely can get a half an hour with her in there and then she wakes up crying. She has decided that soothing herself back to sleep is not for her. We’ve let her “cry it out” on several occasions. Once she lasted for 2 hours. She just stands there in her crib.

Both Robert and I are exhausted! When she comes to bed with us Robert gets hit and kicked in the face (poor daddy!!). She tosses and turns all the time. Our hope is that she can work this out and get back to a better sleep habit (for all of us!).

NOW – on a brighter note – Penny will be ONE next month!! Holy crap! It’s so crazy exciting. So many things have been happening – she’s walking and finally getting her first tooth, she is also mimicking many things that we do and say. She’s eating “big people” food and loving it, one day she was like “uh, puree food? I’m over it”. So shes’ eating beans, rice, orzo, chicken, beef, pork, veggies, fruit…she eats it all! I’ve also been trying to teach her, and myself, some simple sign language. She’s got “more” down, we will see how the others go…

Rob Turns 30!!

30 Jan

For Rob’s big day we all pitched in and got him his very own BBQ. We had fun breakin it in and enjoying some good friends…

Penny got a present too! she’s been cruising around the house with this ever since!

Olive fingers!

Pinata time!

wrong way Morgan!

Amaiah just let the pinata come to her…

haha!

Happy Birthday Robert!!

 

Christmas & New Years…

9 Jan

What a fun first Christmas we had as a family! We had a blast watching Penny “open” gifts and so many people got her a ton of great things!!

First off, we got a special visit from Santa before Christmas came – that was fun!

As soon as Santa sat down Raelynne was on his lap ready to talk!

Addi was quite unsure and Penny was too into her toys…

Ryan showed Santa his toy and told him what he wanted for Christmas

Penny gave him a once over and pulled his beard then got a present! Thank you Santa!!

Poor Addi, we are hoping Penny won’t feel the same way next year…

I tell ya, this girl loves to swing!

Ah, Christmas morning, the old family shot. I think I took about 5 and this ones the best out of the bunch…

Investigating/eating her first gift…

Then grandma and grandpa showed up to join in on the fun…

Penny loves to read stories with grandma…

Then off to the LeSage’s for more Christmas fun…

Learning to share…

Ray, are you having fun?

Grandma Carolee got this bear for Penny and she freakin loves it! Even today she was hugging it and squealing with joy!

My dad was having fun with the girls..

Happy Birthday to little OLD me!

During the week we had a visit from Uncle Josh and Aunt Nicole. Penny is checking out one of the outfits they got her…

On New Years Eve we left the kids with the grandparents and hit the town! We went to a great restaurant in Riverside called The Salted Pig.

Kelly takes amazing pictures after two drinks…

Looking forward to what 2012 has to offer!!

Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Back To Work I Go…

4 Aug

whelp, I knew that my time at home would come to an end, but it happened waaay too fast. I started back to work at the end of June and Penny came right along with me. It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. Even though I am so thankful that I can have her with me it is at times super stressful. I’m still getting used to it and I know it will always change the older and more mobile she gets. Soo here’s some random photo updates for ya…

We watched Bella warm up in the sun while hanging out in the back yard…

We celebrated Addi’s First Birthday….

We made silly faces..

We tried to scoot…

My mom brought my old baby toys for Penny to play with…

First wave!

We went to the fair…

Fell asleep on the way to work…

Having fun with her rally monkey…

And snoozin away with Aunt Kelly…