Monday, February 25, 2013

Bathroom Remodel pix

We aren't quite done with wall hangings, shower curtain, bath rugs, etc...but the bathroom finally looks good enough to share pictures of the recent remodel.  We love it!

Nora {11 months}

Collage for now...written update to come later

Monday, February 18, 2013

an evening 'round here

This post is mainly for me. I just want to document a typical evening (and beyond) around here, because someday I hope to look back on this time in our lives and remember it fondly.

445: leave work to get girls
505: on a good day with no dawdling by Emmy, we are leaving their school by this time
525: arrive at home. 1 out of every 15 days Nora might fall asleep on the way home, we have a monitor base that we keep in the car for those times. 
540: dinner is served. I'm the fastest chef this side of the Mississippi!
600: play time/ quick family walk/ clean up kitchen
615: bath time for both girls
635: Nora and I head to her room to rock/nurse while Emmy watches "Elf on the Shelf"
700: Nora asleep
715: Emmy goes potty and brushes teeth. This is followed by us reading a book to her, singing a song and saying prayers.
730: leave Emmy's room so she can have 5 minutes of "reading" books to herself. 
735-740: lights out for Emmy
740-830: listen to Emmy thrash/cry/do yoga in bed/remake her bed/ rearrange pillows/sing/make demands and cough. This usually requires a few trips into her room, threats if the spanking spoon and removal of privileges. 
900: I shower
930: pump, wash parts and all other baby things from the day, pack Nora's bottles for the next day. Then we feed the dogs. 
1000: to bed
(The next few items happened last week, and although the time of the events usually vary- the events themselves almost always happen)
1130: Nora wakes up and is wide eyed. I pull her into bed with me on the daybed in her room. 
1245: she's still awake and becoming very agitated.
100-115: I give in and feed her and she falls asleep
116: I go into our bedroom, pound on bed to wake the hubby and proclaim "we have GOT to fix Nora's sleep". Side note: we never had to "train" Emmy to sleep. She just did it on her own. Nora is giving us a run for our money. 
215: Nora wakes up crying. A few pats on he back and paci reinsertion later and she's asleep
400: coughing attack that wakes her, she needs help getting back to sleep. 
445: another coughing attack that wakes her and me, she needs help getting back to sleep. 
610: Emmy wakes. Goes peepee and then back to bed, where she stays until her clock turns green at 640. 

We get ready for work, do our morning stuff and sometime around 8am I settle in at my desk to, ya know, enjoy ALL that kid free time I get as a working outside the home mom. Because, as everyone knows, when I'm at the office I can just shut my door and not answer to anyone.  I have no one that needs me here and I can just rest ;)

Friday, February 1, 2013

our budding broadway star

Emmy LOVES to sing.  She always has.

Around 2 months old she found "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" to be about the best thing since the invention of boob juice.

Music has always caught her attention, and she always tends to like shows that have more music.

Lately, we have been on a Christmas kick.  She tends to do this.  It was 2 years ago that we were watching "Rudolph" well into April.  Well this year it was Charlie Brown Christmas (until it self deleted from the DVR) and now it is Elf on the Shelf.  Another favorite is listening to "Oklahoma" from the musical.

Ok...there's the intro, here's the story:

The other day we were driving home from work/school and she is singing "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing".  I look back and and I see her nose pointing up to the sky....just like all of Charlie Brown's friends.

Also one night this week, Emmy was very adamant about putting on a dress and sitting up on the arm of the chair.  Chris kept picking her up and she kept expressing her displeasure with what he was doing. This happens quite often that her 3 year old words don't keep up with her racing 3 year old brain.  She has a great vocabulary, but she gets so wrapped up in what she wants that she has a hard time expressing it.  She eventually said "I want a long dress that goes over my boopies" and DING, DING, DING....I finally knew what she wanted. (Keep scrolling)

She wanted to re-enact THIS scene!

This girl keeps us on our toes.  She frustrates us.  She makes us laugh.  She makes us want to pull our hair out.  She gives the best hugs. She wakes Nora up in the morning by having a fit. She calms Nora down by singing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".  There is only one Emmy Christine and we love *most* everything about her :)