Thursday, December 30, 2010

Some More Tidbits

Earlier last month we had the opportunity to go to see Disney on Ice with Kayla and her family. It was really quite fun -- Disney knows how to do it up. Ruby got all dolled up: And THIS was her face for almost the entire thing. I think she liked it! She didn't utter a word during the entire performance just stared and stared.
Lucy is still a little under the weather but still happy as ever. Last night she ate her weight in Ethiopian food. She was grabbing it by the handful and couldn't get enough. Of course, when she was done there was a pile of injeera and lentils surrounding her chair. Luckily the lady at the restaurant was very understanding!
Lucy trapped underneath the stool. Yet still happy.
Ruby wearing Mama's boots

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Part II

For the actual Christmas holiday, we hopped on a plane and headed to Boise to stay with Grandma Genie. There we visited, laughed, ate and ate some more. Poor Lucy was sick with a head cold and cough so there were some moments where she wasn't too happy. Lucky for her, Grandma is a superstar and went out and found some baby tylenol at 10pm on Christmas night. The girls got homemade dolls from Grandma as well as some cds of records that I used to listen to. Super fun! It was a delightful, happy and relaxing holiday and we got to see so many of our favorite people! Some funny & sweet stories of the weekend:
  • Jack talking about Mary and Jesus going to "Buffalo Ham." We think that might be near Pennsylvania?
  • Ruby and Jack playing with the nativity and the Rapunzel Barbie. Rapunzel let down her long hair for the Three Wise Men to climb up into the lamp.
  • Lucy burying her face into Lis, Amy's golden retriever
  • Lucy toddling over to everyone with her hands held out, begging to be snuggled.
  • Hearing the kids sing Jingle Bells & Frosty in the car
  • Ruby telling me, "Today is a day of good," on Christmas day.
  • Ruby telling me this morning, "I'm a lucky girl. So's Lucy. So are you!" She's right on all counts.
Here are some shots of the weekend:
Baking Cookies Silly times with Jack Lucy put herself to bed...on the floor. What Santa left at our house...

Me and Amy and all the kids....

And Lucy effectively wrapping Papa Dave around her little finger....

Christmas Part I

Oh Christmas! It snuck up on us and then we reveled like crazy for a week! What fun!
We had a delicious lasagna dinner with Uncle Harlan and Auntie Danielle and exchange some gifts. We also ate lots of Christmas cookies.
Why so serious, Lucy?

Uncle Nick and Auntie Heather came over for dinner another night and Nick entertained the kids by reading, "The Wicked Big Toddlah" and explaining the Maine accent to them.

Ruby and Carden decorated Christmas trees! And then...oh then...a special package arrived from Uncle Jay and Ruby was Over. The. Moon. Here she is playing with her super special, super pink, super princess-y vanity/piano.

Composing songs of lace, diamonds and big hair....

And this is just a picture of Lucy that showcases some of her expressions that kind of make you think she holds the secrets to the universe but just isn't telling.....

We also had an early surprise visit from Santa leading up to Christmas. He came and put up Christmas lights on our house so he could find us on Christmas Eve! Ruby was thrilled that he had come early and left such a nice surprise! I had to do a little detective work to figure out who our Santa's helper was :-) More to come....

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Conversations with Ruby

In the car while listening to "My Favorite Things" on the radio: Me: What are some of your favorite things, Ruby?

Ruby: Binoculars

Me: What else?

Ruby: Trash I need to rethink this whole Christmas gift thing.

Same trip with Ruby asking questions about EVERYTHING i.e. "why are there sidewalks?" "What if there were no trees?":

Ruby: Why do we have hands?

Me: Well, they are very useful. Our hands help us dress, eat and do other things. How do you think you would eat if you didn't have hands.

Ruby is silent for a moment and then gravely says: "No cheese."

So there you have it. We must all be thankful that we have hands and can eat cheese. Merry Christmas to all!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

News From the Girls

Oh my goodness..there so much to tell and I have been seriously behind in my posting. Here goes!
Ruby is really looking forward to Christmas. We have a little elf on the shelf named Rudolph (Ruby's choice) who keeps in eye on things. Last week we had an early visit from Santa who put Christmas lights up on our house so he'd be able to find us. Ruby was beyond thrilled at the early visit and said, "I love Santa, really a lot!" We all do sweet girl! I had to do a little detective work to find Santa to thank him but I did it :-) We got a nativity scene that is child-friendly and she loves to play with it. I gave her a brief summary of the story of the nativity and she's added to that, letting Strawberry Shortcake, Pete the Cat and Spiderman visit the "Mes-aye-na" (rhymes with carolina) as she calls him. The other Christmas tradition is watching the old holiday shows on TV. We've seen Frosty the Snowman (not as good as I remember), Rudolph (I still love it but more aware of what a jerk Santa is on this show) and Santa Clause is Coming to Town (so far our favorite because we like to say "Burgermeister Meisterburger. He hates toys!" Ruby has become a complete chatterbox and tells the most amazing little stories. A few days ago she told me the entire plot of The Wizard of Oz. We also went to see Tangled, the new Disney movie. It was her first movie and she loved it. For the record, so did I! She's been really a big girl about using the potty and figuring out when she needs to go. She's also learned to make her bed, which we are encouraging each morning.
Miss Lucy is now a full fledged walker with two little bottom teeth. She loves to run around and play chase. She still loves soft fuzzy things, her favorites being her "My First Doll," her snuggle doll and any pillow she can find. I often find her in the living room after she's pulled the pillows off the sofa and is lying down of top of them, rubbing her face on them. She loves doing the same to the cat. Thank goodness we have a tolerant cat! Lucy is also a fan of handbags (I know-- it's in her genes!). She goes straight to the purse basket where I keep Ruby's purses and puts one on each arm and runs around. It's really really really cute!

Ok, that' s best I've got right now. I'll write more soon! I promise!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Snowpocolypse 2010

The snow has begun to fall upon Seattle. We woke up to a lovely dusting of snow and it has continued to fall. The girls and I headed outside for a brief playtime. Lucy got too cold so we weren't out for too long but that didn't stop us from having a wonderful time and making the world's tiniest snowman. I am really glad Lucy is on her feet --it made playing outside much more fun for her!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Teeth! Walking! Writing!

At just over 10 months our littlest pussycat has sprouted a little tooth. Hooray! does make me sad to know that her sweet toothless grinn will be no more but I comfort myself knowing it will soon be a sweet toothy grin.
She has also started walking in earnest now. She's still at the stage where she crawls for speed but works on walking all of the time. It's so cute to see her toddling around like she's a big kid. Sometimes, when she falls down she laughs and claps. This is a good life lesson for us all. When we fall down, just laugh and clap and get right back up. If only we were all so cute while we did it....
Ruby is so close to being 4 and announces her birthday whenever the topic of age comes up. She is so helpful and grown-up, it makes my heart ache a little to see it and to remember how she was just a wee peanut shrieking, "do it yourself!" such a short time ago. She is increasingly interested in letters and words and writes her own name as well as recognizes my name and Lucy's name. She is also a marvelous little artist and loves to draw people and scenes all of the time. If I have paper and a pen handy, I know I have a good 30 minutes to get something done (dinner, shower, what-have-you). She's also got a great sense of humor (how could she not considering her lineage) and loves to tell her own jokes. Yesterday, while driving by this house in our neighborhood that is completely done up in Christmas (they started just before Halloween) she started laughing and said, "Mommy! It's not even Christmas yet!!" That's my girl.
Ruby playing pinball at Full Tilt. She had just scarfed a chocolate ice cream cone. She knows how to have fun.

More Halloween Pictures

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Halloween '10

Here's a picture of our lil group from our first trick-or-treat outing. Kayla was Olivia the Pig, Ruby was Madeline, Lucy a kitty and Ari a monkey. Sweet sweet faces!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Walking the Walk

Lucy took her first steps today! She's been increasingly good at standing on her nown and then on Thursday, at Spanish story time, she was holding onto a chair and let go and took a step and then realized what she'd done and sat right down. After that, while standing she would just bend her legs and dance up and down until she fell down. And then, tonight, she figured out what she's suppposed to do. My friend Catherine and her husband came over for dinner (and to fix my shower -hooray!) with their sweet kiddos, Celine and Luke, and I thinkLucy was trying to impress those big girls. While they all played, Lucy took two steps at two separate times. You can see that she knows she's supposed to do something but can't quite make her legs do it yet but she's really really trying! I'll try to get a video up soon if I can capture it. It's so cute and she's SO excited! And so am I! I like walking SO much more than crawling. Go go Lucy girl!!

Friday, October 22, 2010


La nena went to the dentist and did great! Clean teeth. No bichos!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Some Random PIctures of Life These Days

Lucy doing her impression of a ballerina indian chief Lucy and Uncle Nick
Ruby made these ghosts with Magy and Joel yesterday and she waited for me at the window to see if I'd be scared. When I got home I shrieked and carried on at the sight of the scary ghosts in the yard. She and Kayla giggled uncontrollably and Ruby was so proud of the trick she played on Mama!

Coffee Klatch

"Kayla, this coffee tastes really great! I like this creamer!" "Oh glad you like it, Ruby! Do you ever wonder where you'll go when you die?"
"Giirrrrllll! You crack me up!! I'm just wondering if we'll have cheese for dinner!"
"That girl doesn't take anything seriously. I'm just going to finish my coffee and find a librarian to ask."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

9 Months Old!

Lucy is now 9 months old! I can hardly believe it! We had a successful visit to the doctor where she impressed the staff with her standing skills and won them over with her smiles and giggles. For those keeping track of her stats, she weighs 18lbs 2oz and is 26 inches long. Her love of food shows! Happy 9 month birthday my little monkey!
You, uh, gotta little something right there...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How Mommies Work Together

As I mentioned earlier, I was on furlough for a week at the beginning of the month. We went to Packwood, WA for a few days to hang out in the country at Kayla's grandparents' house. We saw elk, we petted the horses, we ran around...and we ate a lot of delicious food.
Our last day there, the girls ran around in and played and ate a million different things, including vast quantities of cherries. Ruby took a three hour nap that afternoon. I should have known.
We put them down around 8:30. At 11:30, I heard Ruby cry and went to her bed. She seemed warm, but it was hot in the house so I wasn't sure if she had a fever or was just hot. As I was making this determination, she began to throw up. Since I wasn't in my own home, and wanting to preserve the carpet, I pulled her to my lap and attempted to catch all that came out into my hand. Did I mention she ate an enormous amount of cherries? Oh....yeah. It was like that scene in The Witches of Eastwick.
As I was gagging and Ruby cried and continued to empty the contents of her stomach onto my lap, I was also trying to figure out what the hell I was going to do -- how was I to get from there to the bathroom? I was literally covered. She was covered. And then I looked up and like an angel from heaven, there was Dara. She immediately sprung into action, brought me a towel and helped me get Ruby into the bathroom. While I changed into something less toxic, she got Ruby out of her pjs. We then cleaned her up, tried to get it out of her hair. Then, while I changed the sheets and cleaned up the bedroom, Dara, got Ruby into clean pjs and wrapped her up and rocked her. Within 45 minutes, we were all clean (for the most part) and Ruby was back in bed fast asleep. We recapped and had a laugh and went back to bed.
My fear was that Kayla and Lucy were next...and we had a 3 hour drive home the next day. Would we be driving home covered in plastic as though we were front row at a Gallagher show? The horror! Luckily, the other girls were unscathed and Ruby woke up happily announcing that she had "thrown up just like baby Lucy!" and was none the worse for the wear.
At any rate, the whole thing made Dara and I appreciate each other as friends and as moms. We were in a situation that was gross and uncomfortable but we rolled up our proverbial shirt sleeves and did what had to be done and were able to laugh about it when it was all over. It made a horrible situation, not just tolerable but the source of a good story and a solidifying of a friendship. Neither of us went to bed mad or resentful. No one stomped their feet or grumbled. We did it together and with a smile. It was a well-oiled machine. It made me proud to be a woman and proud to be a mom. It made me appreciate all of the times women have tackled problems and situations head-on and worked together, making the best of it.
Ruby, Lucy and Kayla will hear this story as an illustration, that no matter the difficulty, if you have a friend (or two or three or 70) to help you through, you can get through it and maybe even have a laugh and a good story to tell about it later.

Monday, September 27, 2010

September Adventures

Both girls have so many funny little quirks and I just want to remember them all. Lucy has clued into the camera and will ham it up as soon as she sees that little blue box pointed in her direction. Ruby's new phrase is, "That's SO lucky!"
Funny girls in the tub.... Lucy has decided she LOVES the water and goes absolutely WILD when she gets to take a bath.

Holy Slow Posting Batman!

Sorry for such a long delay between posts. To say that things have been crazy and busy and full of bullshittery would be an understatement. However, I post these photos of the cuties to appease you, my loyal readers, and will intersperse some commentary in between as I can.
Our fair Lucy who has no teeth but is ready to walk on her own two feet at any moment. She is so happy and excitable and moves like crazy. Diaper changes are like trying to diaper a cat. Ruby and her sister love each other though sometimes that translates into beating each other up. Already! We've had a few adventures these past few weeks. I was on furlough so I took that time for Ruby and I to have an afternoon of fun, just the two of us, while Lucy played with a friend and her two boys. Our dear friends, The Andersons, are moving in down the street from us. So here's a photo of all the "neighbor girls." Lucy, full of smiles, chewing on her favorite rattle.
More too come soon, I promise!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ruby's Ditty

Today, on our way home from crafty time, Ruby sang this song: "Cars! Cars have wheels. The wheels make the cars go. If they didn't have wheels they'd just be chairs. There's a boat. It's not in the water. It's behind a car." Pretty much a song about being on the road. Someone needs to put this on an album. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Some Funny Stuff and News

Ok first the news -- At 8 months, minus one week, Lucy has begun crawling for realsies! Know what this means? I have to sweep and Ruby needs to keep her Barbie junk picked up. She is SO thrilled to be able to get at whatever she needs...which is usually something to grab and pull herself up on. Below is a picture of our two girls wearing their matching hats from Auntie Yvonne. Ruby's got a divot on her nose from an unfortunate encounter with a window sill: While in Idaho, Ruby was very excited about sleeping in the tent with the big girls. However, my city-slicker daughter came in the house after about 30 minutes saying she was afraid of "the cows and the crickets"soooo... note to self: we must go camping! Since the meteor shower was the day before we arrived in Idaho, there was much talk of shooting stars. Ruby was excited to tell me all about the "shoo stars" and how these stars "will shoot you!" We had a short talk about that.

After we got home from Idaho, we went swimming with our friend, Jane who was kind enough to be our second set of hands. SO fun! Lucy about went out of her mind, she loved the water so much. She kept splashing and laughing and giggling everytime the water hit her in the face. Ruby, on the other, hand, needs swim lessons again because she was terrified the entire time and never let go of my neck. Funny how things change!