Dec 27, 2010

Christmas Morning

Christmas morning this year I woke up at about 7 with Bruce.  At 7:30, after I had changed the blowout diaper, I went in to get Stella up!  She didn't know what day it was, and when I told her it was Christmas my sweet girl said "Christmas?!  I get to go to Aunt Ginny's and see my cousins!" It was adorable.  And I realized she had no idea what was waiting for her downstairs.  So I told her to go get her Daddy up, and I went downstairs with my camera.  She didn't even see the presents until after she had greeted Mom-Mom and Bruce.  Hence the picture taken from the side, but you get the idea!  She was surprised and excited.  These are some pictures of the morning. 

Mom-Mom and Bruce, waiting for everyone else to get up.

Stella's reaction to the presents under the tree.

Stella playing with her new baby doll. (No word yet on a name)

Bruce playing with his new toy from Grandma and Nonna.

Dec 24, 2010

Sailing to Grandmas

Last night Stella commandeered a box in the kitchen floor, climbed in and announced she was sailing to grandmas.  Naturally, I grabbed my camera and took some photos.  Oh, and she took Bruce with her.

I promise, she really was happy and having fun.  She just didn't want her picture taken.

Dec 23, 2010

Bruce's Blanket

This year, I decided to make Bruce a blanket for Christmas.  It's called a faux-chenille blanket and it was lots of fun to make.  It's very colorful, and I found the perfect little boy fabric!  I used the tutorial found here at made.

Dec 22, 2010

3-year old pronunciations

Some fun things that Stella has said recently.

Can we do my choc-wat candelar?   (chocolate calendar)

What are my options?

I was o-omenient and a-speck-ful.  (obedient and repectful)  This is probably my favorite.  We've been working on those two things recently.

I'm saiwing to grandmas.

Christmas presents

As I watched Stella get excited about Christmas this year I began to worry about her getting the gimme's.  So I  decided to nip it in the bud and we made presents for her to give.  I bought some little wooden stars (of David, accidentally).  We spent an afternoon ripping up tissue paper and gluing it on the stars.  Really fun and messy!  The accident of stars of David worked out well.  They looked like poinsettias when they were finished.  I stuck a peice of magnet to the backs and wrote the year on them.  We had fun, and she can't wait to hand them out!

Dec 21, 2010

Christmas Outfits

Well, Christmas is almost here. So since it was the week before Christmas, I got my kids all dressed up for church.  Too cute.  Stella fell in love with this dress in the store. She calls it her "lady bug dress." Thanks mom for the Kids Christmas clothes!  These are some hastily taken photos.  We should have left for church already, but I knew they wouldn't be up for it at all afterward.  And since we went to La Roca to visit our Spanish-speaking friends in the afternoon, I was correct.  Enjoy!

Nov 7, 2010

I'm feeling as though I've neglected my little blog here.  I haven't posted in over a month.  I should.  Even if it's just to get some pictures of my kids up.  Here are some from Halloween.  Just so that I can say I put them up!
Soon I'll get Stella's birthday pictures up too.

Sep 29, 2010


A short conversation heard at our house this week:

Stella (while leaning over Bruce in his swing): This is my Darwing.
Me: He's your darling?
Stella (very matter of factly): My Darwing is pulling my hair.

Sep 10, 2010

Labor Day 2010

We had such a relaxed Labor Day.  I couldn't even tell you what we did in the morning.  Just a regular kicked back morning.  In the afternnon and evening though we went to my Aunt Sue's for a picnic.

It was lots of fun!  My cousin Jake help Bruce for the first time.  He says the little ones make him nervous, he won't hold them until they are pretty good at holding their own head up. 

We "played" Cootie.  Nikki and Jake are great sports, and dug cootie part after cootie part out of the box and played with more than played the game.

On Sunday afternoon we went to my Aunt Ginny's for a picnic.  We had a blast there too.  My Mom and all of her siblings were there and so there were fun pictures of that, and also some fun pictures of Cousins and second cousins too.  

Stella just saw this picture and said, "Those are my friends, and we had fun."

That about sums up Labor Day for us. We had fun.

Sep 7, 2010

Sprinkler Fun

The other night our neighbors set up a sprinkler in their front yard and we all sat outside and let the kids play in the sprinkler.  They had so much fun!  It was lots of fun to watch too.

Sep 4, 2010

First Smiles

We started to get some smiles from Bruce in the past week or two.  I love them.  I love baby smiles, and toddler smiles, but I love, love, love toothless grins.  Love them.  I'm not sure what it is, but I just can't get enough.  I was actually sad when Stella's teeth started to come in, because it meant the end of the toothless grins.  Anyway, back to the point of this post. Bruce's smiles.  They are so much fun.  They are becoming more and more frequent.  My mom gets the best of them, I think, and she got the first giggles too.  SO cute!  The other day, I had my mom coax some smiles out and got a few pictures.  If he's focusing on the camera, he won't smile.

Sep 3, 2010

New Tricycle

New Trike!
I think that part of being a grandparent is relishing in trying to spoil your grandkids.  At least that is how my children's grandparents feel!  While we were in Florida G.G. bought Stella a trike.  It's fabulous.  Stella couldn't have been more excited about it, and G.G. couldn't have been more pleased by the reaction.
Seeing it for the first time
Since I already knew what was in the back of Grandma's car, I got to focus the camera on the little girl's face as we opened the trunk.  Standing there with G.G. in anticipation, seeing her new "bike" and getting to try it out (with Daddy's help).
Is that for ME?
First Ride

She spent lots of time playing with her bike with G.G. too.  Sometimes out front, and sometimes in the back.  Thanks G.G.!  We still love it!

Sep 1, 2010


We did it. We drove from Pennsylvania to Florida and back with two children under three. It was long, but we did it. We actually broke the trip up into parts. Most of the time, I wish all our dearest friends lived close by, but it was wonderful to have stopping points and to get to see friends. We stopped in North Carolina on our way down, to visit with Daniel and Kayla. It was a great time of fellowship.

We got to surprise Sid's Grandma (G.G. to our kids). We didn't tell her we were coming. And it worked. She was truly surprised, despite a little Facebook slip-up of Sid's. She was delighted to see us, as was his Mom. They did their best to spoil the kids. They just loved and loved and loved on them. It was so fun to watch. G.G. bought Stella her first tricycle. We are blessed by their generosity, as well as their love!

Cuddling with G.G.

We also spent a lot of time at the dojo. After all my husband had to learn his Ninja Skills somewhere! It was so much fun to watch Sid and his Dad as they would discuss a student or a technique. It was more fun to watch them moon over how cute Stella is in a karate gee. I have to admit she is pretty adorable!

Sid and Bruce discussing... something Karate related!

And to see the pride and love in Papa Bruce's eyes as he saw and held Bruce was beyond what I imagined. He had no idea that we were planning to name our first son after him and he was floored. He loves his little namesake!

Baby Bruce with Papa Bruce

Stella had fun playing at the dojo. Her dad taught her how to bow when she entered and exited, and he showed her some basic stances and they practiced some punches.

Stella, learning how to punch.

She also enjoyed her Papa Bruce teaching her to do crunches (unfortunatley that was when my camera batteries died), and getting to dress up in the sparring gear.

Stella and Papa Bruce in the Dojo.

On our way back up to PA we stopped for two days in Lynchburg, VA to visit with Rick and Martha and their boys. We had another refreshing time of fellowship with them. I also spent Saturday morning visiting with "Mom and Dad" Plyter, another couple who loved and encouraged me through college. Sunday morning we went with Rick and Martha to their Sunday School Class's activity for the Churches "Gone for Good" project. An interesting way to reach the unchurched, but that is another post for another day.

As I said a long trip, but a good one, and I'm sure we'll do it again!