Monday, October 26, 2015

Sophia's activities

Sophia is finally old enough to be able to do some extracurricular activities, and next summer she will be old enough to do her very own miniature Spartan race!!  I can't wait for that to happen.  :)  Anyway, this fall, she does dance once a week.  It's pretty much organized chaos, and learning how to move in a purposeful manner, but it's also really cute.  Her favorite is twirling around.  And around.  And around.
Taking out the ponytail before twirling

Preparing to twirl.  She has the right shoes, didn't care to have the leotard and tutu.  I think I'm okay with that.

She also does mini-soccer.  Again, organized chaos, but there is a soccer ball involved.  And mini goals.  And mini shin guards.  Because, really, mini shin guards!!

Goalie in training?

Chloe's growing

And I am doing a horrible job at documenting it with photographic evidence.  She's not the only one getting shafted, though.  Sophia's in the same boat.  Chalk it up to not wanting to have my phone always out to take pictures.

She's hung out on my lap

And in her chair.  With my gigantuan crochet hook.  And close supervision.

She's helped me at work.

And done a lot of giggling and smiling.

She's also done 4 or 5 craft shows now, and knows the key to getting through them is naps.  Lots and lots of naps.  :)

Friday, September 18, 2015

Adjusting to big sisterhood

People often ask how Sophia is adjusting to being a big sister, and I always say that she's doing awesome (and, honestly, there wasn't much adjusting that needed to be done...yet).  She adores Chloe, always wants to hold her, give her hugs and kisses, and supervise every diaper change.  If Chloe starts crying, Sophia will run for her pacifier and (enthusiastically) put it in her mouth.  Or retrieve a dropped or favorite toy.  Or bounce her chair.  If anything, we have to remind Sophia not to be TOO loving, since her totally adorable three-year-old loving is a bit much for her still very baby sister sometimes.  But, I wouldn't have it any other way.  We'll have to see if this lasts once Chloe becomes more mobile, and less willing to relinquish toys, but for now, I'm in mom heaven.

I wear Chloe, Sophia wears Spiderman.  Who's cooler?

Sophia has also mimicked many of the things I do with Chloe with her animals.  Simba and Nala are in diapers, currently.  And Spiderman frequently sports one.  Her stuffed pig is a frequent tenant of the bouncy chair, and Chloe has to share her play mat with Spiderman.  Sophia has "breastfed" her baby doll and Simba, and even "used" my pump to fill a bottle.  It is not only adorable, but a reminder that little eyes are often watching everything I am doing.

Sophia loves Chloe

And Chloe adores Sophia

I love them both.

And I just can't explain this one.  She's spunky, that's for sure!

First days of school!

It's official:  both girls are in school (or, "school"), as am I!  This summer has definitely shown me that while I love my girls dearly, I need a personal outlet in order to keep my sanity.

Chloe was super excited to be going to school.

So was Sophia.

Chloe's in a daycare, and while it's not as incredibly awesome as Sophia's was, it's still pretty awesome.  She has super-sweet teachers, gets lots of wiggle time, and even gets to hang out in a boppy, near a mirror, with her favorite toy!  She's working on figuring out the whole nap-at-school thing, but has successfully figured out that bottles are not enemy #1.  Thank goodness!

Sophia is going to a Montessori school, and loving every minute of it!  She's busy making new friends and learning new things, and her grasp on numbers and math is constantly surprising us.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Sophia took a (technically) mommy-n-me dance class this summer, to see how she liked it and to get her some socialization, seeing as mom groups give me hives.  Her teacher was incredible, and Sophia loved every minute of it.  Of course, I only have a few pictures, but at least they're hilarious.

They get to dress up at the end of each class.

Sophia chose the mouse costume this day.  It was just a bit too small.


Not to be outdone, Chloe performed "Head-shoulders-knees-and-toes".  And by performed, I mean tried to eat her hand any time it came close to her mouth.  Same thing, right?

Puppy magnet

Sophia has an uncanny ability to sniff out any puppy within a 100 yd radius of her, and demand ask to pet it.  We've been teaching her that she needs to ask first, and to pet, not strangle give hugs and kisses.  She's slowly getting it.  But, she loves when she can have fun with puppies off the leash, too.

Not sure who's exercising who here.

Newest breed of puppy:  the aunt.

We babysat my friends ADORABLE dog, and Sophia thought it was totally awesome.  I totally didn't want to return her, but, alas, I had to.

Friday, June 26, 2015


In the last bit of pre-Chloe days, we found some fun things to do.  Both to entertain the toddler, and so I wouldn't go completely crazy.  Or, crazier.  You pick.

Activity one was going to a get-a-free-book thing at the fairgrounds.  There was also going to be rescue vehicles and a helicopter, so we had to go.  Sophia got one new book, and one used book.  Pretty cool!  We saw the helicopter, but before we could look in, they got a call (Pegasus-type helicopter).  Even though we couldn't go in, we did get to see it take off.  And that was pretty darn cool!  There was also a horse-pulled wagon that we rode in, puppies to pet, booths to get candy from, and rescue vehicles to see.
Seeing the inside of a hot air balloon was definitely a highlight, though!

When else can you say you ran around the inside of a hot air balloon?!?!

We also made regular trips to the children's museum.  Any place I could just turn her loose and park my rear end somewhere was high on the list of places to go.

She's quite the fashionista.  :)

We're saving this picture for her first date.  Or her wedding. 

It was also strawberry season, so we scoped out a pick-your-own place.  I tried one place, but it was closed when we got their, much to Sophia's distress.  We found another one the next day, though, and since it was rainy, it didn't get picked out immediately. 

Sophia doesn't like strawberries.  Nope.  Not at all.  What isn't pictured are the multiple strawberries she picked directly into her mouth.  

We also discovered that the Starbucks in Target sells frappachinos in "mini" cups, which are even smaller than whatever their fancy word for "small" is.  Sophia was a fan.  And, quite the fashion statement here.  

Monday, June 22, 2015


For now, Sophia thinks Chloe is pretty cool.  Unless she's crying in the car.  Then she's not so cool.  I figure this will all change once Chloe can take toys, becomes mobile, and/or learns how to open doors.  :)  It is great to see how much Sophia wants to help, over-enthusiastically at times, and how much she loves to hug and kiss on her little sister.

She also asks on a nearly daily basis to hold Chloe, and for her to lay on her belly.  This is actually quite useful, since Chloe is not too fond of being put down, and I AM fond of wearing clothes.  I can park Chloe on Sophia's lap while I get dressed, and nobody needs to have a panic attack!

Sophia thought Chloe might be cold.

Chloe is quite happy to hang with Sophia, too.  Unless she gets hungry, at which point she becomes quite annoyed that Sophia is not properly equipped to feed her.   

Happy Father's Day!

So, I'm a day late (and a dollar short?), but it's the thought that counts, right?  Happy Father's day to all the dads out there, and to the moms who wear the dad hat, too.  Especially, Happy Father's day to my daddy and to Jordan, newly minted daddy of two!

Chloe's first nap on daddy's chest.  She will soon learn that it's the best place to be if you're ever cold, or just need a secure place to rest.  Jordan's a wonderful radiator of heat and provider of comfort.

Nap time with Sophia (and Rummy).  Like father, like daughter....both of these people radiate way more heat than I could ever dream of.  Making them my two favorite people to sleep with on cold winter nights.  :)

(In the background) Finally, my daddy, and me when I was littler than Sophia is now.  (Scary thought, that!)  Thanks for being an awesome dad, for being a provider of advice, and for teaching me to grill and take care of a yard (whether or not I have the time to right now is another matter!)!  Also pictured: RonRon, who is pretty darn awesome, too.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Happy THIRD birthday, Sophia!!

Holy smokes, child, you are now THREE years old.  Three!  You have such a big personality, and a scary ability to remember the smallest details.  You have a better sense of direction than I do (not that hard to do, but still!), and can remember where places are by sight after just one trip.  I'm a bit jealous, not going to lie.  You have a heart of gold, and want to know everybody's name.  You have been incredibly patient with me this past year, as I combined finishing my thesis with staying at home with you, and teaching a few courses.  You showed incredible understanding of my progressing pregnancy, and one of your favorite things to hear was how the baby was situated.  Your vocabulary and understanding of the natural world is incredible, and hearing you name off the dinosaurs is a sight to behold.  You learned to ride your tricycle this year, followed shortly by a big girl bicycle.  You are now in a big girl bed, and love having your star globe on at night time.  You have strong opinions about many things, but are open to trying any new food, especially if mommy or daddy is eating it!  We learned you like raw zucchini, but not raw onions this way.  You can put away a scary amount of pizza (10" pizza, anybody?), and love to eat an entire slice of Costco pizza when we go there shopping.  You can run, jump, and navigate stairs like a pro, and balancing on walls is a new favorite skill.  I can't wait to see how you continue to grow in the next year.

Birthday gifts from mom and dad.  :)  (Minus her big-girl bike)

Sleeping birthday girl around the time she was actually born (2:20a).

Birthday activity:  riding "bikes" at the "blue park"

And playing at the blue park.

Birthday ice cream!!!  Oh, her eyes got so big when we told her she could have the whole thing.  I don't think I've ever seen her concentrate so entirely on food before.  

We love you Sophia!!

Introducing: Chloe!

Another victim for my camera!!  I mean, Chloe was born!  
Born 4 June 2015 at 7:16a, weighing in at 10 pounds and 2 ounces.  2 pounds of which can be found in her cheeks.

We are in love.

At the birth center, bonding with daddy.

Day she was born, at home.  Her jammies unintentionally blend quite well with her sheets.  Whoops.

Sophia really is happy to be a big sister.  You just can't tell here.

Helping me do some late night work.

Snuggled in.

Hmmm....I think I will take over the world tonight.

Less blended in.  She sleeps like Sophia did....alllll spread out.  Though, she likes for her blankie to be tucked in under her.

Excuse me, but I seem to have a baby in my stuffing box.

Camp family day

We visited Brethren Woods camp for their family day, which includes a petting zoo (that's the main reason we went).  This year's petting zoo was a good one...minature ponies, piglet, chicks, chickens, an alpaca, goats, sheep, and a few bunnies.  Sophia loved it.

Come here pony!

Bacon bit!  I mean, a little piglet.

Conversing with the sheeps and bunny.