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Thursday, March 31, 2011

There is a very good reason...

...Why we don't let Ava dress herself.


This is one prime reason why mothers
bribe their children.

She will wear what I choose!

Good thing I have control issues,
she will thank me later.



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Ava, little mommy.

Ava is such a sweet girl, she really loves her baby.
She is quite motherly with her. She takes really
good care of her. I am impressed.
However, when it comes to nursing,
she gets a bit frustrated.
But really? Who can blame her?

Norah Talking

Pretty sure Norah thinks we are both crazy.



Oh well, truth hurts.

Monday, March 28, 2011

House MD

It all started out so innocent.
Then the crazy doctor came on the scene.
You know, there is one in every bunch.
The girl doctors seemed to take the gentle approach.
Until things took a turn, I was a bit concerned.
Apparently these kids watch House.
I began to not only fear the safety of the patient,
...but also the safety of my baby, innocently watching
this tragic turn of events.
I guess it was touch and go for a minute but
the drill really paid off. The patient survived.
The girls celebrated by becoming princesses.

I like this picture because even though Morgan
ended up tackling Ava to get the shot, Ava never stopped
smiling. Katharina says this is the sign of a true model.
They are pretty cute, good thing because it quickly
became evident that they will not be becoming
real doctors when they grow up.
If they don't take my advice on that one I hope
they at least get the malpractice insurance.
Norah was getting tired from all the worry over
becoming their next victim.
Fortunately she woke up so I could take a few
pictures of her too.
Aaaaaah
She always gets slightly less cooperative when I
break out the tutus but someday I will get her
to shape up and get with my photo torture projects.
At least I spared her the surgery.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring Break

It really isn't my spring break but for some it was
and consequently Rachel & her two beautiful
daughters got to run away to the beach with me
and my girls for the night.

This is Hanna, she was great with Norah,
she also played endlessly with Ava.
Gotta love that!!
A smile? She is a pretty serious baby but a few
smiles creep in every now and then.
I love how they circle her with wonder.
How cute is that? I love the look on Hanna's face.
We had a lovely evening of just relaxing and catching
up over a glass of wine.

The next day before the girls had to bail we went
on a little walk down to the beach.

We had tried to go the day before but just as we
got everyone ready we stepped outside and it began
to rain. We just weren't up for it, we turned right
back around and went inside.
Beautiful Victoria, check out that blue sky!
This was Norah's first trip down to the sand.
This picture almost looks like she is enjoying it.
But don't let her fool you, she really was NOT HAPPY:
AT ALL.
The girls all left and I enjoyed a little alone time,
I got Norah to take a 3 hour nap!! I put on a movie for
Ava, straitened up the house and made lasagna!
I felt so productive!

That evening Jessica, Don and John joined me.
It was really nice being able to spend time with my
sister. We really enjoy Don's company too so I knew
it would be a good weekend. The most exciting part
was that John got to come too, he has been working so
hard that he almost never gets to come to the beach
with us.
Ava loves having anyone she can get her hands
on there to play with. : )
On Saturday we headed down to Toledo to go see
Matt & Rhi's new house. They just built it and
finally got to move in. We are so happy for them!
I would have many pictures of how awesome the
house is but right after I took the next few photos
I got the "change battery pack" lovely message.

The house is really nice though. It has a great floor
plan, with a super open feel. It has big windows that over
look a gorgeous landscape. They still have a little work to
do but how great that they can finally call it home! Yay!

Here is their view, I stole this off her blog : )
Here are the few pictures I did get:
I love how sweet Colton looks holding Norah
So cute!
Tiffani
Rhi finally gets to meet Norah!
We wrapped up the evening with a nice dinner back
in Lincoln City followed by lots of game playing.

This morning we looked out the window and saw
this, 3 deer hanging out in the grass, they stayed
the whole day. They are pretty camouflaged so you
may not be able to find them : )
I struggled all day with the thought of going home.
I just love it so much there I really didn't want to
leave.

Something truly amazing happened over the last few days.
I started putting Norah on her tummy to nap and
seeing if she could get herself to sleep. Over and over
I tried this and she never had to cry for more then a minute
or two before she would just fall asleep. AND STAY THAT
WAY, for hours!!! This is nothing short of a miracle.
Ava couldn't pull off this trick until she was at least
4 months old and she put up a serious fight each time.
Norah isn't even 2 months old yet!
I of course realize you are not supposed to sleep
babies on their tummies so consequently I check on
her every minute and a half. I figured out this great
trick of laying her on a blanket and if I am not happy
with how her head is laying I tug the blanket gently to
the side which moves her head just enough to fix
the problem.

I am SO EXCITED!! She is sleeping & napping
without me holding her, rocking her to sleep or
having to use the swing or the bouncer.
Amazing.

So now??

I pull out the big guns.

The crib.
Wish me luck,
pretty sure she is allergic to her crib.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What a lovely weekend!

As always we had a great time with John's Parents.
They adore Ava and are quite smitten with the new
little one...
Barbie is so good with babies.
It was so nice to be able to hand Norah off in to
her capable hands and do fun things like shower!
Or cook! Or clean!

I know that sounds like sarcasm but I am serious!!
I miss those normal day to day things.
I still "get" to do them they are just so much more
complicated to accomplish these days. It is tricky.

Bob loves these girls too : )
He read approximately 553 books over the weekend.
We went out to breakfast at my work, that was fun &
delicious and Norah even slept through all the excitement.
We got in quite a few good rounds of pinochle
and some not so good rounds too.

Daddy still got some daddy time.
Ava got to play with her beloved phone.

We went on a nice walk to the park which
required bundling up Norah in the cutest little thing:
She got her second chance at the Bjorn, the first
shot didn't go so well.
I tried facing her out for a bit and she fell asleep.
Then she got cold so I turned her around.
I was super impressed with Ava. Not only
could she do all kinds of things at the park that
she couldn't do a few months ago but she also
was a really good girl all weekend.

This whole big sister gig is pretty hard on her,
her requests get put off constantly, she doesn't get
the full attention she is used to and she always has
to push her self into the middle of things.

All in all she is doing great though. She loves being
a big sister and tries to forgive us for not being able to
devote as much attention to her.

It sure is nice having John's parents come and ease
some of that. They give her all the attention she could
want. It makes me so happy to see her so happy.

Great weekend. : )

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Messy Hair

We are having a very nice weekend.
Bob & Barbie (John's parents) are here visiting.
These pictures have absolutely nothing to do with that.

Check out Ava's messy hair.
She is a phone addict, can someone please buy
her her own phone? We are also addicts so she is
cutting into our stash or time as the case may be.
At least she is cute.
She has that going for her.
Although she is not always cute.
This one?
Be. Still. My. Heart.
Yikes, this is some SERIOUS cute.
I know I have said that before but seriously,
the stakes are getting higher, brace yourself:
Smiles!!
We have smiles!!
Love that, really helps make the 763
poopy diapers a day worth it : )
Messy hair times two!
The lovely D'Auna,
pretty soon to be holding her own sweet little girl!
I know, we have a theme here.
This was her St. Patrick's Day outfit, although it
isn't looking super green in these pictures.
And she looks kind of mad.
Probably pooping, that is what she does.
763 times a day, but I think I mentioned that.
Both girls, I love this.
Bob took this with his phone,
such a cute shot!
And for the moment they are both sleeping,
aaaaahhhhh.
Gotta love that.