Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The things she says cont...

As Giulietta and I were snuggling on the couch tonight she nudged her head deep into my neck, gave a big sniff and sweetly said, "Momma, I love the way your neck smells."

I'm not sure what exactly my neck smells like, but to her it is good, to her it is comfortable, and to her it represents  me. And for that reason...I love it! 

Monday, January 30, 2012

Did you ever think...

Sitting in the car this afternoon Ryan turns to me and says, "Did you ever think you would have two kids in the back seat of your car?"

Ummm...YES! That's why I do!!

Monday Morning

A Monday morning is best spent in the park with Fafa Mike & Momma!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A First with My Sweet Pea

When you have two, it's rare that you get to spend time with just one. In fact, Presley hasn't had many experiences without her big sister shadowing over her. There's nothing wrong with this, however it is always fun, refreshing, and special when I have time with just her, and likewise with just Giulietta.

One the morning depicted below, I buckled Pella Girl into her car seat, drove her to the park, and experienced it with both eyes on her!

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Little Sweeties

It's not very often that I grab my camera fast enough to snap a shot of this Fafa with his Sweeties. That doesn't mean that he is not around, it just means he is too busy playing hide and go seek, taking G to the park or for breakfast at IHOP, or chasing Presley around the house. These two spoiled girls are without a doubt this Fafa's Sweeties, and he definitely loves them so!

Fafa's Girls Jan 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

From the Dog's Bowl to Her Own Table, There's Water All Around

The other afternoon Presley and I were hanging around the house while Giulietta napped, and had really nothing much to do. I was organizing my sewing things, and Presley was being her usual tornado self...walking around the dining room, opening drawers, picking up any remnant food off the floor, and of course splashing in the bowl of dog water that I hadn't notice was full to the brim.

As she preceded to pick up the bowl full of dog water and spill it all down the front of her, I remembered that we had a water table in the backyard. Seeing how it was 80 degrees in the middle of our SoCal winter, I knew it was the perfect time to pull that bad boy out from behind the garage, give it a little scrub, and let her go to town.

It goes without saying that Presley LOVED it! She splished, splashed, and smiled the whole time.  I'm sure this toy will be a hot commodity this upcoming Spring & Summer.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

3 years, 3 months & 1 year, 1 month

The are growing, forever getting bigger, closer, more beautiful and intelligent.

Giulietta is 3 years, 3 months, and Presley is 1 year, 1 month.

They are alike in so many ways, but yet so different, so unique.

They make me smile, laugh, and constantly ask "How did I get here?"

They challenge me, test me, and ultimately make me a more patient person.

They are my daughters, my first and second born, my best friends.

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("Ouch..sister bit me!" And...yes, Presley did bite G!")

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(Presley's look says it all. "Where can I get into trouble next?")

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

When the sun don't shine...

Here in SoCal we don't get all that much rain or snow, or anything other then the sun really!
So...when we do, it's time to dust off the ole' rain gear and get outside for some play time!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pickup, Park, Ice Cream

For the last few weeks Marce has been picking up G and Charlie from preschool one day a week, bringing them to the park, and treating them to ice cream! G is loving every minute of this playdate time! In fact, she even told me, "Mama, I love when Marci picks me up!"

Hopefully Marce will be able to surprise the kids to these fun little playdates every once in awhile after she returns to work! :)

Location:Lemming St,Lakewood,United States

Rain, umbrella, boots

When G hears the pitter patter of ran on the roof, she runs for her boots and umbrella and begs to go do some stomping! This girl loves the puddles!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Evening Walks

Marci and I have been walking around the neighborhood long before we had kids! In fact, our late night walks gabbing away about anything and everything is really how we became such close friends!

The two neighborhood ladies turned into two Momma's pushing a double stroller packed with two little kiddos, and has now multiplied into two double strollers stuffed with four sweet smiles! Nevertheless, we are out there a few nights a week walking and talking!

These walks are by far some of my favorite times of the week, merely because we get to share it with some of our best friends in the entire world! As the kids grow older, and the walks become fewer I will hold times like the one pictured above dear to my heart! I can only imagine and hope that one day it will be our kids pushing us around some neighborhood, instead of us pushing them!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The things she says cont.

This morning as I walk out into the living room to greet my darling three year old, she looks at me and says...

"Momma, I had a sweet little dream last night!"

I respond with...

"Oh ya, what was it about?"

She looks me in the eyes and says...

"That you woke up!"

My heart melted again! Can she please stay this sweet and innocent forever??

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gymbo the Clown

We have enrolled Presley in Gymboree.
So, on every Wednesday morning she...

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...and thoroughly enjoys the parachute time.

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It is really fun spending some time just enjoying her.

Friday, January 20, 2012

What's in a Name?

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet."

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Going from Zero to Four

It's amazing to me how quick these kids grow, and how much closer they become each day.

And, I am thankful each day that our best friends live a short walk across the street so that we can spend nights like these at dinner, in the bath, and walking around the neighborhood.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Lo-lolololo-lolololo-lolo, Auntie Lolo!!

My dear friend Laura (aka Lolo) is seriously the best Auntie ever. Yesterday she came for a little visit, and was greeted at the door by two very excited and anxious little girls. She could barely set our Diet Cokes on the counter before she was swept into the Princesses bedroom and handed book after book after book.

In between all the reading from up high (you see, Presley grabs for all the books now and won't let anyone finish them once her little fingers get them, so up high is the safest place), she got baby handled by Presley who was in awe of her diamond stud earrings, a lap full of Giulietta who loves her snuggles during a good book, and snotty slobbery kisses by her sweet God daughter! Of course Auntie Lolo never thinks anything of the girly madness, in fact she embraces it, treats my daughters like there is nothing more important or more special then them in the whole wide world, and loves them like they were her own. And, that is why we love her and the time she spends with us!

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I can do what you do!

Presley's new motto is definitely "I can do what you do!"  In fact, she is proving it to us.
Just take a quick little peak out her headband that she so delicately put on all by herself.

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Our little Sweet Pea is really growing up WAY WAY WAY too fast!

A friend is...

I saw this on one of the windows at G's preschool today, and it melted my heart! It makes me proud that we have raised our daughter to realize that our friends are those people who we open our home and heart up to! I think that one day she will be quite the hostess!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Keeping Up to Date

I take millions of pictures of the girls, and it is nearly impossible to edit, blog, print, or do something, anything with all of them. But, I try. In fact, tonight I started a new tradition of making them a book all about them. It has 22 pages filled with recent pictures and simple sentences that share who they are right now.

They can be enjoyed by simply clicking below to the papercoterie site!

Giulietta's Book

Presley's Book

Monday, January 16, 2012

Taking the Beauties

For family fun Monday, we took the girls to see the Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, in the theater! And, Nana even joined us!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The things she says Cont.

Tonight when I went to pick the girls up at my parents house Giulietta clearly didn't want to leave! In fact when I asked her what street she live on, she slyly smiled & said "ham."

No, we don't live on ham street! And, yes she does know the name of our street! But, you see, she was trying to say my parents street name! This little act of cuteness cracked my mom and I up!

But, most of all, it made me think of how lucky the girls, Ryan and I are to have my parents as well as Ryan's dad less then a mile away! Our girls are loved, spoiled, and treated like princesses at their home away from home by those who love them just as much as we do! And, we wouldn't want it any other way!

Location:Gradwell St,Lakewood,United States

Saturday, January 14, 2012

One of my favorite part of Saturday's is watching my girls build at Lowe's with their Daddy!!


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