Saturday, January 31, 2009

When the shoe (doesn't) fit...

I've been so obsessed with Molly's walking.
Today, I had her feet measured at the mall.
Guess what?
Her size 4.5-5 feet have been CRAMMED into a size 3.
Can you say guilt?
So, today, Molly got some new shoes!

...and they seem to help her with her new skill...

climbing the stairs at a record speed.

Click to play stairs
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

quick question...

When did my son get so old?

crawling is so....2008

Molly has taken over the house.

One step at a time...

Click to play crawling- no way!

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Saturday, January 24, 2009


I finally did it.
I cut Molly's bangs while she was sleeping.
The aren't great,
but better than being in her eyes all the time.
I think she looks SO much older...
and a lot more like my baby pictures!

Monday, January 19, 2009

As Seen on TV

I know that Jack watches a lot of tv.
I also know that he has an amazing memory.
Combine the two, and you get this:
(he was really watching me get ready this morning,
and I had to stop him in the middle
of his infomercial to grab the camera).

Sunday, January 18, 2009

walking for Talan

I know that I have shared about this little guy many times.
But, the March of Dimes Walk is in April,
and I am so honored to walk for this little guy.
Talan @ 2 days / Talan in January
1 pound 12. oz / close to 11 pounds now!

If you would like to sponsor my walk,
for Talan and all those other tiny miracles,


I read so many blog. So, so many...
Thanks, Melodie. This is a fun assignment!

So, here's what you do...
Things you've already done: bold.
Things you want to do: italicize
Things you haven't done and don't want to - leave in plain font.
Consider yourself tagged! And if you decide to play, too...leave me a comment so I can read your 99!

1. started your own blog
2. slept under the stars
3. played in a band (honor band in elementary school and band in junior high...AND, I just got Guitar Hero, so that should count for something!)
4. visited Hawaii
5. watched a meteor shower
6. given more than you can afford to charity
7. been to Disneyland/World
8. climbed a mountain
9. held a Praying Mantis
10. sang a solo
11. bungee jumped
12. visited Paris
13. watched a lightning storm at sea
14. taught yourself an art from scratch
15. adopted a child
16. had food poisoning
17. walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. grown your own vegetables (cherry tomatoes once...and carrots with my Kindergarten class)
19. seen the Taj Mahal in India
20. slept on an overnight train
21. had a pillow fight (long time ago...)
22. hitch hiked
23. taken a sick day when you are not ill (hasn't everyone?)
24. built a snow fort
25. held a lamb
26. gone skinny dipping
27. run a marathon
28. ridden a gondola in Venice (Italy, Newport Beach, Bay Area, AND Vegas!)
29. seen a total eclipse
30. watched a sunrise or sunset
31. hit a home run
32. been on a cruise
33. vistited Niagra Falls
34. visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. seen an Amish community
36. taught yourself a new language
37. had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. been to a Buddhist temple in Asia
39. gone rock climbing
40. seen Ankor Wat in Cambodia
41. sung karaoke
42. seen Old Faithful Geyser erupt
43. bought a stranger a meal in a restaurant
44. visited Africa
45. walked on a beach by moonlight
46. been transported in an ambulance (thank goodness)
47. had your portrait painted
48. gone deep sea fishing
49. seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. kissed in the rain
53. played in the mud
54. gone to a drive-in theater
55. been in a movie
56. visited the Great Wall of China
57. started a business
58. taken a martial arts class
59. visited Russia
60. served at a soup kitchen
61. sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. gone whale watching
63. gotten flowers for no reason
64. donated blood
65. gone sky diving
66. visited a Nazi concentration camp
67. bounced a check
68. flown in a helicopter
69. saved a favorite childhood toy
70. visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. eaten caviar
72. pieced a quilt
73. stood in Times Square
74. toured the Everglades
75. been fired from a job
76. seen the changing of the guard in London
77. broken a bone
78. been on a speeding motorcycle
79. seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. published a book...(working on the illustrations...)
81. attended a service at the Vatican (been there, but not for a service)
82. bought a brand new car
83. walked in Jerusalem
84. had your picture in the newspaper
85. read the entire Bible
86. visited the White House
87. killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. had chickenpox
89. saved someone’s life
90. sat on a jury
91. met someone famous (Hello, McDreamy!)
92. joined a book club
93. lost a loved one
94. had a baby
95. seen the Alamo in person
96. swum in the Great Salt Lake
97. been involved in a law suit
98. owned a cell phone
99. been stung by a bee

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Talkin' Trash

I know, this is gross. She's essentially playing with a trash can. But, I did Purell her like crazy after...if that helps...

Click to play trash

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just because

Thursday, January 15, 2009

this Post brought to you by...the Letter P

You know your family has been sick a lot over the past 6 months, when your child's teacher lets you know that an interesting word was added to the letter of the week brainstorm.
Jack's word that starts with the letter "p"?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

better late than never

It's a long story, but we got our Christmas package from Ohio on Saturday. It was nice because Jack had watched Molly open
all her gifts, and I think was having some present envy.
Perfect timing.
Once everyone left and the clubhouse was cleaned,
we opened the presents from the Coopers.
Look at these pictures.
I could not have gotten better pictures.
He was SO excited, and could not believe that
he now had the Build Your Own Light Saber kit.

Thanks to the whole Cooper family-

Uncle Joe, Aunt Cherise, Meghan, Bryan, Erin, Justin, Jordan,

and last but not least, Brandon...

who had perfect timing when mailing the box.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

party on...

The birthday has come and gone...
Molly has so many people that love her...
and that makes me the happiest mommy ever.
We celebrated with family, good friends,
lots of food...and cake and presents.
Here are a few highlights.
When I get them all downloaded to shutterfly,
I will add a link.
(Right now, I am still getting over the fact
that she's a year old!).
Blue's Clues
enjoying the appetizers!
(notice the full cheeks on all 3 girls!)

too many presents...
the cake...Molly was NOT interested in
the cake at all during the party.

and decided to get rid of it herself. BUT, at home...cake is a GOOD thing!

Monday, January 12, 2009

tomorrrow, I promise

Really, I want to post about Molly's party. Really.
But between my mom, my brother-in-law, and myself, I have over 200 pictures to choose from...
I feel like a loser because even
my friends have
blogged about it before I have...
Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

just too tired

We had a fun and busy day...and everyone is too tired...I will post about our birthday bash when I have more energy...

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


One year ago today, we celebrated Molly's arrival. It was a long day...
I was induced at 8:00 am, and she was born just after 8:00 pm.
I was so nervous...
I didn't know how it would be having a second baby.
I didn't know how I would "juggle" everything.
I didn't know how it would affect Jack....

Today, we celebrated Molly's birthday at Disneyland, just the 4 of us.
And now I know.
Having a second baby is crazy, and overwhelming...and wonderful.
I am "juggling" everything pretty well, most days.
Jack is an amazing big brother.

Molly keeps us busy...but mostly keeps us smiling.
She's a silly little person....For her birthday, big brother Jack made her a kitten at Build-A-Bear
(he knows that she loves kittens!).
And, because she's one, she got her very own pony.I tried to get her portraits taken.
The drama queen side took over
and we left the studio
with not 1 picture taken.

I managed to get a few over the weekend...

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

because look-alike pictures amaze me...

(this is obviously me, not Molly!)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

one step at a time...

(Please excuse my bad camera work! Being director and camera-man at the same time is tricky! **also note, there are several short clips, so keep clicking play video...)
Click to play almost!
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Friday, January 2, 2009


People stop and comment on Molly's blue eyes all the time.
Every so often, I take a picture that really shows how blue they are...


Molly and I are so thankful for our girlfriends... and we are thankful that Main Place is so close for our lunch dates!

Thursday, January 1, 2009



Watch out Food Network...
We tried out Jack's new Easy Bake Oven today.
Yes, it was on his Christmas list...
We made chocolate chip cookies..
First, a pose with the oven
(how does it "bake" things with a lightbulb?)

Then, add 3/4 teaspoon water (yes, that's all!)and mix...carefully, put it in the oven...and be sure to watch the timer (8 minutes)...clean up while you wait (who needs a dishwasher?)and Ta-Dah! 6 cookies the size of a half dollar!next time...yellow cake with frosting!