Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thanksgiving! Ooops... this is late!

Well, I guess late is better than never! I just got some great pictures from my mom that she snapped at our Thanksgiving celebration, so I wanted to share them with you!

I love Thanksgiving! Its such a low pressure holiday... The biggest responsibility one has on Thanksgiving is to stuff yourself. Whew, that's a tough one! We had quite the feast, including the best mashed potatoes ever made (Yes, I made them... They were a-mazing.) After lunch, totally stuffed and about to collapse from turkey coma, Mom did a little impromptu photo shoot of my little family! Here you go:

Friday, December 18, 2009

Lucy Lulu's First Birthday Party!

Lulu turned ONE yesterday! I can't even believe it! She is such a big girl!!
Last Saturday, Kyle and I threw Lucy her very first birthday party! She was the absolute belle of the ball and had a great time. They party was fantastic!! The house was super festive and all decorated for Christmas!
 
We had all of our closest friends and family (50+ in my little house, eee!!) over to celebrate our little girl's big day. My little sister even made it in town, it was PERFECT!
Lucy wore the most precious birthday dress. It was hot pink and poofey, just the way I like my dresses! And, of course, she has a HUMONGOUS hot pink bow to match! She looked like such a doll.
We had a delicious feast including: brisket sliders, green bean bundles, warm artichoke dip, cheese and fruit, salad, cherry chutney with cream cheese dip, and more! There wasn't much left over :-)
We had tons of sweets too! It was a birthday party, after all! We had 100 mini cupcakes, a mountain of chocolate cake balls, and the most ADORABLE birthday cake I have ever seen! It matched her invitations :-) It tasted incredible too!
Lucy gave out beautiful iced sugar cookies for her party favors! She was such a thoughtful hostess :-)
Lucy had a great time blowing out her candle and noshing on some delicious cake! She loved everyone singing to her! She cheered at the end of "Happy Birthday!"
 
She got so many amazing gifts from all her friends and family! She really liked the wrapping paper too :-)
It was a very exciting LOOONG night for our little big girl...
It was time to change in to our jam jams! New ones from mommy's bestie, Katie :-)
 
 
Oh, and maybe eat a cupcake...
And check out her cool new toys!
 
 
I'm pretty sure it was the best night of Lucy's little life, so far :-) She had such a great time! Thank you so much to everyone who helped us celebrate! It was truly a magical night!!

My BABY is ONE!

Lucy Olivia
12•17•08
At 1 (ONE) year she:

•Is 31in and still 22lbs!
•Still has 6 teeth! She is trying to cut 2 new ones on the bottom :-(
•Likes to stay up late (9pm) and sleep in (8:30am) - just like her momma!
•Back to 2 naps a day! One 3 hr nap at 10am and a short 45 min nap at 5.
•Is almost completely transitioned to grown up food - Still eats baby meats, she doesn't like big girl meats. 

•Her favorite thing in the world is Cheerios... and crackers - She loves her carbs :-)
•LOVES Dora! And Ni Hao, Kai-Lan! She gets to watch one episode of each a day during breakfast.
 

•Has perfect rhythm. I'm not even joking. Its kinda crazy!
•Favorite new oatmeal - Vanilla & Apple puree mixed with oats
•Loves to snuggle with her puppies - Cashie likes it, Junsie... not so much!
•Loves to steal cell phones, hold them up to her ear and sa, "Hi Dada!" and "Bu-Bye!"
•Has decided that walking just doesn't get her around fast enough... She runs now.
•Still LOVES her binky! We're binky dependent - we need BA (binkies anonymous)
•Loves to sip off momma's Hot Chocolate!
•Feeds herself now. I'm not sure how much actually gets in her mouth, but it sure is cute!
 

•Loves to play with other kids! She is sooo social... I wonder where she gets that :-)
Talks up a storm - she says: Dada, Yaya (Yia yia - grandmother), Mama, Upup, Yah, Uh-oh, Hi, Ok, Dogays (dogs), Bye bye, Yeths (Yes), Baba (bottle), duck, WOW and tank you (thank you) - Her new words are bah (binky), luve you (love you), and pri-tty (pretty)! Quite the vocabulary, this one!
•If you hand her something she will say, "tank youuu!"
•Has come up with her own language - She is constantly babbling, its adorable!
•Sings when she's eating something she likes - the louder the singing, the yummier the food!
Loves to dance! She marches in place to the beat... She is so proud of herself! 
•Will throw her sippy cup on the floor and shout "UH-OH!"
•Waves HI! & BYE! to everyone - She's very polite!
Still wears 12-18 month clothing and is up to a size "4" infant shoes
•Is wearing size 4 diapers.
Loves to read books - she loves Priddy Books: Alien Al, Charlie Monkey, Rusty Robot.
Loves her "big girl" car seat - Maxi Cosi Priori in HOT pink! ;-)
•Has developed a new love for her blankey!! She carries it around with her everywhere!
•Love to decorate the Christmas tree. I have found her Baby Bandz sunglasses and her Dora doll stuck on it!!
Thinks the Christmas tree is "pri-tty"
Is the prettiest, smartest, happiest, friendliest, most loving baby in the world!!
 
We are SO lucky!!

Love you so much little monkey! You are ONE year old!
I can't believe how big you are :-)
XXOO



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tis the Season!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!

Jessica, Kyle, & Lucy-Lu
(& Penny, too!)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Merry Christmas to Mommy!

Do you remember this post? Its the one about the Easy Walker Duo I ordered when we first found out we were having another baby. Well it came... It was huge... I was overwhelmed... And I took it back. So, I started hunting once again for the perfect doubles stroller for my Irish Twins!

Luckily, I have Ding Bats and Nicole :-) After much debate, discussion, and even a several hour training class with Dave, the spunky Phil&Ted's rep, I decided on the Phil&Ted's Vibe + Doubles Kit. And OH, how I love it!
I absolutely love this stroller and its many options. It is perfect for me, my size, and my lifestyle! Thank you Phil&Ted's for an awesome product :-) Here's why I love it:

Its like four strollers in one! Because the doubles kit is detachable, you have the option of it being just a single stroller when the need be. Which is awesome as I know there will be times when I have just one of the girls. Here are the four positions:


As you can see it really grows with your family! On average, a family with 2 children will buy 4 different strollers in the early years of raising the kids. With the Vibe, you only need the one! YAY! You can also you with Maxi Cosi car seat with the Vibe, which was a must have feature in and stroller I looked at. You place the car seat up front and the toddler in the back.

And, of course, the design is awesome! It looks super cool, hip, and not like everyone else's stroller. These things are important :-)

Lucy thinks its so cool! Its her BIG girl stroller and she knows it. She looks super cool riding around in it!

I have to say, this thing rocks my world! If you are in the market for a new stroller, single or double, I totally recommend this one!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

All I (Lucy) want(s) for Christmas...

Is her two front teeth ANYTHING on this list!

While I was doing the dishes yesterday, Lucy compiled her Christmas wish list for Santa! I'm tellin' you, she's a genius. Anyway, she asked if I would please mail it to the North Pole for her... I figured this was just as good :-)

Lucy Olivia 
Christmas 2009

Anything from the GAP Size 12mo. - 18 mo.
Fropper features a unique spring system that links the 2 level seat, creating a fun and stimulating ride-on experience like no other. The curved seat ensures a secure berth and caster wheels allow your toddler to easily change direction. Fropper folds to a fraction of its original size making it convenient for parents to carry and store! It is one of the greatest toddler toys around! Available at ebeanstalk

  Her happy face, warm and welcoming will bring a sense or companionship to any girl or boy! Lotta comes with a beautiful flower-filled pink shorts with a bright pink shirt accented with stripes an dotted patterns. A fun orange reversible jacket with dotted accent fabric completes the look for Lotta adding matching boots! This fully stuffed doll will makes a great carry-along companion for any child, as it is easy to handle and soft to carry. A classic and collectable together with her pals from Lotta and Friends Collection by HABA! Lotta stands aproximately 15" tall. With all of the different toys for 1 year olds out there, its hard to choose a great one & this is the bestAvailable at ebeanstalk

Any Bows, the bigger the better!! She loves the selection at Kathleen's Kids. Any and all colors with a "pincher" clippy!  Available at Kathleen's Kids

 This was mommy's favorite book growing up! A told B, and B told C, "I′ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree." So begins the lively alphabet rhyme that children and their parents love to recite. Martin and Archambault′s rhythmic chant and Caldecott Honor artist Lois Ehlert′s bold, cheerful art has made Chicka Chicka Boom Boom a favorite for twenty years! To celebrate the 20th anniversary, we are offering a new lap-sized edition of Chicka Chicka ABC that will surely delight a new generation of Chicka Chicka fans.  Available on ebeanstalk

She just LOVES these books! Any and all! Available on Amazon

Through fun play, the Mini Curves N Waves Table challenges and develops visual tracking skills, eye-hand coordination and shape and color recognition. Great compact size for the home, schools, waiting rooms, and play areas! Dimensions: 20" X 20" X 18" The color of the legs may vary.  Available on ebeanstalk

Wooden Blocks
These standard ABC blocks are a generous cubed and patterned after blocks from the turn-of-the-century, this set of 28 blocks is finely crafted and colorfully painted with non-toxic inks. Each block features a unique animal picture, a number or math symbol, and four letters (two embossed) for a total of four complete alphabets.  Available on Amazon

Disney DVDs
She LOVES them... 'nuff said!  Available at Walmart

Many of you have asked what Lucy would like for Christmas/Birthday, so I thought this would help spark some ideas!
XXOO