Monday, November 28, 2011

Lounging & Birthdays...

Todd, Stacy, Taryn, and Kate came down for the weekend to watch Maeve for me on Friday, and then we all carried on to some loafing and lounging. And, where best to do that? Whidbey Island of course. The Wilson's gave us use of their cabin for the whole week, which was super generous of them... so we didn't want it to go to waste. I'm so glad that my brother and his family have moved back.... its so fun to see them so frequently, and Maeve loves it too.




Happy Birthday Stacy! We all appreciate you having your birthday as that meant cupcakes all round... And, of course Maeve is naked once again. (Also, happy 4th birthday to Ryan too... we forgot our camera for your awesome lego party last night...)

Cousins...

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday, and one that I've always just considered a bonus, because it wasn't a holiday we celebrated growing up north of the border. I have no family obligations and I just invite myself to whomever is offering me turkey and pumpkin pie. Now that I have Maeve, it is my holiday now because its her holiday. Krista and Abe invited us over to their new house and we enjoyed friends and good food. There is so much to be thankful for, for sure.

I like how relaxing Thanksgiving is too -- that is until you get up at 3am to make it to the outlets by 4am to score some sweet deals and then roll into work by 7am on Black Friday (lame I had to work... seemed all wrong). I had never participated in any sort of Black Friday activity before, or Cyber Monday, for that matter. I'm a bit hooked this year... I am jazzed for the Christmas holidays. It all started on November 1 when the friendly Starbuck's barrista handed me my Americano in a festive red cup. Let the Christmas season begin....

The Thanksgiving crew... fun times.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

2 Years...

Exactly 2 years ago today, I was holding Maeve in my arms for the first time. Its weird to imagine life before Maeve -- I'm not quite sure what I did to fill my time... although I do remember sleeping and lounging around a lot more. In exchange, life is so full and fun now. I can't imagine it any other way. I could spend hours just talking about the things that Maeve is doing and the funny things she says, if left unchecked. She is my person and I tell her that every day. Happy Family Day, Maeve....


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Family Weekend...

This weekend Maeve and I headed to Whidbey Island to enjoy a lazy couple of days I dubbed "Family Weekend". Exactly 2 years ago to the day, Stacy and I were en route to Ethiopia to bring Maeve home. November 22 is the date that Maeve and I physically became a family, and I think that is a perfectly great reason to celebrate our small little family.

Thank you Annie and Dan for always being so generous with your cabin... it was perfect. We napped, cozied by the fire, played games, read plenty of books, and put together many puzzles over the weekend. Saturday morning brought us our first bit of snow for the year too. It wasn't much, but enough to count... and Maeve enjoyed stomping around in it.

Saturday morning was so gorgeous as we explored the property...


Look who's pretty excited for the first snow of the year too as that meant someone got a bit of ice cream for breakfast to celebrate...


We had to take a hike down to the beach of course. It was fun crunching all the leaves on the way down...


Ahhhhh....


The Pacific Northwest at its finest...


The mischievous one... she wanted to test her rain boots to see if they'd keep her dry. Despite being warned not to go too far, guess who came home with her feet sloshing around in wet boots? And because they hurt due to being too cold, I had to carry her on my shoulders all the way back! I don't think she really tried ;-)


More crunching around...


We also managed a quick visit with Sarah and Lila who've just moved back. Yay! Sorry Leann, forgot to get the camera out while you were here... but we enjoyed your visit too!


I don't do hair or make up while lounging, and Maeve rarely does clothes indoors these days (so we're lucky that she's half dressed at least)... so this is the best family shot we got this weekend.

Our family is small... but its perfect.

Who Dresses this Girl??

I'm totally not taking credit... but its a pretty awesome ensemble, Maeve.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Preschooler...

Someone has officially moved into the Preschool Room at daycare.... She's been transitioning into the room for the last 2 months as she met all criteria except for the age. I'm really happy with the room and she's staying with most of the kids that were in her Toddler class. Its crazy how fast she's growing up already.

Here is her latest school photo showing a bit of mischief... that's about right :-)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Movie Night....

Maeve and Ryan sitting in a tree... well, they may as well have been as these two friends are smitten with each other. Each trying to show off and keep up with the other. After dinner we played the movie, Cars, and that was very exciting... but I think all the food associated with watching a movie was even more exciting for Maeve. Carin and I didn't need a movie to be entertained with those two in the vicinity... Fun night.

Stylin'

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Break...

...in the form of Palm Springs with just the girls. No husbands. No kids. The timing couldn't have been better as I was feeling a need to be relieved from the daily routine for a few days... or 5 as it turned out. This was the longest I'd been away from Maeve... I was a little anxious about it, but pretty confident that she would do okay by being the center of all her relatives' attention. That turned out to be true, thankfully. It was so great to have photos, videos, and a short chat on the phone every day too. Its so nice to have willing family ready to help. Thanks!

Do you want to know what else was nice? Girl time. Lounge time. Book time. Happy hour time. And, more. It was so great for all of us to have conversations without interruptions... be caught up on all of Hollywood's ridiculousness in the form of trash magazines.... lounge in bed sipping coffee in the morning..... lounge by the pool... finish a book... go out every evening because we could... do a little shopping for myself... and, sit on a plane and not have to entertain for the whole flight. Thank you Kristin for being so generous with your timeshare points and thinking of us :-)


Shannon, myself, and Kristin...


Misha, Ann, and Kath.


A bonus to the trip was spending one extra night to catch up with this little guy, Liam. Chelsea, Casey, and Liam live just over an hour away... so, I had to visit. It was great.


But one thing is for sure... I couldn't stop kissing Maeve's kissable cheeks when I came back home :-)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Anatomy 101

Last night Maeve and I had the privilege of babysitting baby Paul. He was so so good and didn't utter one bit of protest. Despite seeming happy to be around us, Maeve kept reassuring him that his Mommy would be coming home soon to give him a bit of a snuggle. Ha. Pretty sweet. She was also on binky patrol... she would put it in his mouth, but would then arbitrarily determine that he'd had enough and take it away from him. Good thing Paul was quite tolerant of the 2 year old babysitter.


Two kids in the tub turned into an anatomy lesson of sorts for Maeve. Let's just say she finally noticed the difference between boys and girls. I took the opportunity to fill her in on a few "G rated" facts of life and who was allowed to do what with her body, etc.... which only led to a few more questions about Paul's peanuts. Pretty close Maeve.



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Oh My...

By the end of the month, Maeve will officially be 2 1/2. Somehow she got a hold of a toddler manual and is behaving right on track. Temper tantrums and irrationality are starting to become a part of our lives... and sometimes we like to argue just for the sake of arguing. The saddest part about it is that this is probably not going to get any better for at least a year or more! Deep breath. Good thing she's still really cute and I want to be around her (most of the time).... ha ha :-)


If I take a step back, most of what she has to say is really quite funny. Except when we're trying to get out the door. For the love... why oh why does it take so long to put a coat and two shoes on?

She really is quite dramatic - she has got the arm crossing down. A lot of the time it comes with eyes closed and a turning of the head.

She is getting more and more animated with her arms as she's telling you stories. She also likes to talk with a click now... after each sentence. Sometimes she doesn't even wait for the sentence to be completed just so she can throw an extra click in there.

She likes to role play certain scenarios that have made an impression on her. She often tells me certain babies of hers have hit another baby. So then we have to talk it through and then make the baby apologize to the other baby. Hmmm... her babies seem to be out of control, but at least her random hitting incidents seem to be down. I'll take this as a positive.

"It's not funny" is a phrase I hear back at me quite a lot. Its not my fault -- the girl is a comedian and I have to remind her that not every action she does is hilarious...

She has invented a new language. Its not very helpful when I sometimes struggle with understanding what she's telling me as it is... add this baby-talk, made-up language and its really messing with me.

Her favorite colors right now are pink and yellow... with purple following close behind.

"I can't know" is also heard frequently. It means, "I don't know".

Maeve wanders into my room at 5:40am as I'm getting ready for work... no 'good morning' or 'hi mommy' just:
Maeve: I need a new bed.
Me: You do? Why's that?
Maeve: Mine's old. Its old.
Me: It is, is it?
Maeve: I need a purple bed.
Me: I'll look into it. (not)

I love her to death even though I find myself having a glass of wine more frequently in the evenings now. What would I do without this burst of energy and love in my life? I can't know :-)

We Totally Baked...



Chores...


But...

... I don't want to sit in a big pile of leaves, Mom!