Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Recap

We had a wonderful Easter! I hope you all did, too.

We started off with Easter Mass, with all three kids (the nursery is closed on Easter Sunday, but we felt that all five of us should be together on Easter anyway). It went better than expected, considering we had to be there 45 minutes early to ensure we had seats. 

The kids were all decked out in their Easter finest. The girls' gorgeous dresses were made by my mom, and they might be my favorites to date.  Little Man wore coordinating seersucker pants with his navy blazer (unbearably cute!), and the three of them were a sight to behold:

Well, maybe not in this picture. We were post-Mass, pre-nap, and ... well, have I mentioned that Little Man is not the happiest of guys lately?!

But after naptime was over, we had a neighborhood Easter egg hunt to attend! (It was rescheduled from Saturday due to massive rain.) The kids had a great time. I am already looking forward to next year's Easter egg hunt. This year, CC was very helpful to Sweet Pea and Little Man, finding eggs for them and putting eggs in their baskets:

But next year, I anticipate, it will be everyone for themselves, ha ha! But here are a few more cute pics of the hunt:

Nothing to see here.
No one's opening eggs early. 

Enjoying the spoils

I have a few more blog posts to publish, now that I have a computer again. (Mine was just picked up this morning after needing a new power supply. Not having a computer for the last week has been tough!)

A certain new three-year-old is greatly anticipating her party this weekend ... stay tuned!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Birthday Recap

The day is done. CC is snoring away, no doubt dreaming of cake. But a host of memorable things came out of her mouth in the waning hours of her birthday, and I thought I'd share.

- After opening her presents, her favorites were the toddler camera and the doll Ergo (a baby carrier so she can "wear" her dolls). CC asked repeatedly whether she could keep them. Even as we were cleaning up the mess of cake dishes and wrapping paper: "Mommy, it okay I keep the Ergo and camera?"

- As I tucked her into bed, I kissed her and said, "I'll see you in the morning." She lifted her head and asked, "Will I still be three?"

- After showing her how to use the camera, and letting her play with it for a while, CC came up to me and said, "Mommy, I want to take a picture of today." Pardon me while I go bawl into a pile of tissues. Sniff.

Happy Birthday, CC!

Today CC is a big 3-year-old!

She's my big girl, my shining star, my goofy little dictator. She makes us laugh every day with what she says and does. And she (sometimes) makes me want to scream just a little, too.

She LOVES being a big sister (aka The Boss) to her siblings. She is incorporating Sweet Pea and Little Man into her play more and more every day. She's learning how to encourage (read: manipulate) them into doing what she wants. But since it's usually an attempt to get them to play with her, I can hardly object!

She is full of questions, all day, every day. Not just the typical toddler "why?" but real questions. She is extremely observant -- she will immediately notice any detail out of place and ask about it. Her memory is really incredible. I'm starting to think that it's not "just a toddler thing" but an amazing part of who she is.

Earlier this week, for example, I wore an old t-shirt and sweatpants to work in the yard. CC took one look at me and said, "You wore that shirt and pants when I was sick." And I realized those must have been the clothes I threw on when CC had that stomach bug, and I slept with her to help when she needed to vomit all night. How she remembered what I wore one night, when she was sick, last month, in the dark, is beyond me. I have no idea what I wore that night, but I believe CC is correct because I trust her memory that much!

CC is also very artistic. I am excited to see where her talent goes in the next few years. But she's the only child her age I've met who can draw the way she does. She's even starting to write letters: C for herself and S for Sweet Pea and Little Man. Here's a picture she drew of me last week. I couldn't get over the (relatively) proportional arms and legs!

And a picture of MJ, with such detailed facial features, including eyelashes and pupils in his eyes:

She is fiercely, fiercely independent, and is experimenting more and more with what she can do on her own. Lately she's been putting herself to bed, saying she doesn't want us to read to her or tuck her in or sing to her. She asks to go outside by herself (no) or stay home while I take Sweet Pea and Little Man for a walk (also no). I do allow her to go upstairs or downstairs on her own, however. After she gets up from her nap, she often asks to go downstairs alone while I get the twins up and changed. And when I come downstairs with them a few minutes later, I'll find that she has snacks ready -- for herself as well as her siblings.

This age is so wonderful to me. CC and I can have meaningful conversations; I can explain things to her; she can tell me what she's thinking or about experiences she's had. I look forward to every day with her, and another year of memories!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Photo Friday

In which CC discovers that there are benefits to pesky siblings.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ready for Easter

Hot off the presses! (or the sewing machine, as it were ...)

I had some doubts in the last few days whether I would get these basket liners done in time. But I'm happy -- and unreasonably proud -- to show these babies off.

This was a classic case of a good idea gone haywire. I wanted some nice Easter baskets for the kids, but who wants to pay those exorbitant Pottery Barn prices?! Not me! I was sure I could make them on my own.

Baskets: purchased 9 months ago.
Cute fabric: purchased 6 months ago.
Time spent doing approximately nothing: 5.75 months.
Mad scrambling and working fingers to the bone: 1 week.

It wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't had so many visits by the Good Idea Fairy (I hate her). It'd be a good idea if I tailored the covers to the curve of the baskets, instead of gathering the fabric with an elastic.  It'd be a good idea if I fully lined the covers with white fabric. It'd be a good idea if I sewed buttons on the sides instead of just using bows. Stop the madness!

Anyway, they're done now and I'm inordinately pleased with how they turned out. I took them to have the kids' names embroidered today. CC picked the yellow ribbon, Little Man has the green, and Sweet Pea has the pink. The baskets will debut at our neighborhood Easter egg hunt on Saturday, and I'm sure they will be adorable and functional and everything an Easter basket should be.

(But next time I'm tempted to make something myself, I might ask, "What am I really saving?!")

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Warm Days

We've been enjoying the warm weather this past week by spending "yots" of time outside. This weekend was especially fun because MJ was there, too.

There were bubble-blowing lessons:

Which CC has mastered now:

Sweet Pea loves drawing on the sidewalk with chalk:

And Little Man even lets himself have some fun now and then.

(What twin childhood would be complete without hand-holding pictures?)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Photo Friday

An attempt to take a (rare) picture of myself with the kids while we were at the farm show this week ...

Not our best, that's for sure. But it's better than nothing!