Tuesday, January 25, 2011

update for Grams!

Last week, my Grandmother emailed me and reminded me that I needed to update the blog. She said in all caps, "I MISS SEEING MY BABIES!" She's looking for some new pics, so this is for you, Grams!

Last week, I signed Preston and I up for a winter dessert making class with our friends the Spitlers at a cake shop and he LOVED it! We are planning to attend every one possible from here on out! He dipped cookies, painted a chocolate snowman, and decorated a cupcake as a snow globe. He was so proud and I think he should have been- Isn't it great?? Thanks for the pics, Sara!

I have desperately been trying to get a side-profile shot of both kids in order to make some DIY silhouettes. Let me tell you- it's not been easy to snap one of CeCe. The girl moves non-stop. Here are the two from a recent bath that I believe will make the cut. And some cute out-takes of CeCe, as well. :)

Speaking of CeCe, she is talking up a storm lately! I truly feel that there are days where I get no more than 30 seconds of silence at a time all day long. She's putting two words together, saying "thank you" unprompted (melt) understands pretty much everything we say to her. She's showing interest in the potty, *obsessed* with Daddy, and loves to read. She still gets into things WAY more than Preston ever did, but part of that has to be that she does not have my full attention like her brother did.

In Preston news, the preschool search has begun and I've narrowed it down to 2. One is a lottery situation, so I'm going to put his name in, and the other is nearby, and I've heard great things. I know he's ready, but I am not sure I am! Tonight, he assembled a 56 piece puzzle by himself in just a few minutes, and it was only his 3rd time seeing this particular puzzle. He's now napping diaper-free, and we're moving to pull-ups at night soon. Lately, I fear he's dropping his nap. Hence my 30 seconds of silence comment above, I really look forward to that glorious 1.5-2 hrs in the afternoon of down time in the afternoon that they are both asleep and I can pick up the house, start dinner, shower, get online, chat with a girlfriend on the phone without a child pulling on my pant leg, or give some much-needed attention to Ruby. He's always been totally dependent on his naps- please send some sleep daytime vibes our way!

I've said it before, but perhaps my favorite thing of having 2 kids is watching their interaction with eachother. It's PRECIOUS. CeCe just adores and idolizes Preston and he thinks she's a blast because he has a constant audience. Here they are snuggling together as Preston showed her how to work the iPod. How sweet is this!?

I need to brag on Kevin for a moment- he was just named one of Fort Wayne's "40 Under 40!" This is a huge recognition that celebrates the top 40 up and coming business people from around the region of NE Indiana and NW Ohio. I am so proud of him. Way to go, honey! Looking forward to the reception in March.

As for me, I am back to an (almost) daily yoga practice and after searching for a good yoga "home" in Fort Wayne for almost 9 years, have fallen in love with a newer studio just downtown. http://pranayogaschool.com/
I'm also keeping busy with managing the social media aspect of one of Kevin's work accounts, obviously running after the kids, enjoying some wonderful girls nights out, the occasional date with my hubby and constantly trying to stay on top of cleaning this house. This weekend, we are heading to South Bend with the Steeles, the Adams, and the Broughs for a dinner out followed by The Avett Brothers concert at Morris. CANT WAIT!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hey, it's 2011, why haven't we all been to the moon, and where's my flying car?

At any rate, happy new year! We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years and I couldn't be more thankful going into the new year. Like the Grinch, my heart grew three sizes larger on Christmas day as I watched the kids experience the holiday. CeCe didn't get it as much as Preston, obviously, but he was excited enough for both of them, and she totally picked up on his overabundance of energy!

But I have to back up- Christmas Eve day was totally perfect again as we continued with some of the same things we did last year. Baking and decorating cut out cookies, making reindeer food, followed by a trip to a new local market, a yummy special dinner at home just the four of us, and then of course, setting out the reindeer food and milk and cookies for Santa. Kevin and I stayed up late wrapping gifts by the fire, having our own little gift exchange, sipping wine and getting ready for what was coming the next morning and following day at the Erbs.

Christmas morning, Preston woke up around 6, but just stayed in his bed talking to himself. He totally remembered it was Christmas, and we can only assume he was a little overwhelmed and/or apprehensive about a man coming into his house the previous night. Finally, we went in to get him at 7 and he said, "But.... I didn't hear a clatter!" Twas the Night Before Christmas obviously had a lasting effect on him. We woke CeCe up, too and headed downstairs to find quite the load of loot!

Breakfast of omlets and fruit, then off to Grandma and Grandpa Erb's house for a full day of food, folly and fun! Check out all 13 grandkids!

We also had special celebrations the following week with the Pryor family, the Roberts family, then the Willig family. All were a blast, but I didn't get many pictures! :( Here are a few from the Roberts gathering and of the Pryors. The kids obviously made out like bandits from all the gift-fests, but I am not complaining- they've been happily occupied with the stuff every since! :)

New Years was a great night, but I was ill earlier in the day, so we didn't get too crazy. Just dinner at Eddie Merlot's with dear friends, then off to a fabulous party nearby. I tell ya, we've been wined and dined enough in the past month to last a lifetime! This week, we're getting back into the swing of things with friends, activities, and getting this house back in order. (What is it about the decorations being up that makes everything so damn dusty?!)

As we enter into a new year, we rejoice for our healthy, happy family and wish you the same!