Sunday, April 29, 2012

Today was a Good Day

We had a wonderful family-focused day. We woke up a little late, went for a walk outside, met Naomi & family at the playground, and ate lunch in the park. Alice and I made her first smoothly, and she said it was, "so yummy." We came home for Alice's nap, I took a little snooze, then cooked dinner, and snuck in a walk before we ate. As we were enjoying the lasagna, Alice tested out how hot it was and reported that it was, "not bad." To top it off, Alice was ready for bed by 8:25. 

We've had a very hectic few weeks. Michael's job is always busy this time of year, and our nanny's growing baby belly has required many a day covering her doctor's visits. It feels like we've had very few nights like tonight - where I had dinner ready early, dishes cleaned before we sat down for dinner, and we were rested before the week ahead of us. 

Usually our Sunday's include a trip to the grocery store and the laundry. This weekend I managed to go to the grocery store on Saturday and we just skipped laundry, putting it off for tomorrow. I think those two little adjustments really helped make this weekend more relaxed and enjoyable. I realize these few sentences are SO boring, but they are the realities that make up our lives right now. We spend time together, we get food on the table, we prepare for life. And the more we can find joy in these routines - and small, simple ways to regroup - the better.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Birthday Baby

Dear Alice,

Happy birthday, my sweet baby!!! On Thursday, you turned TWO!! To celebrate, Daddy, you and I went to Virginia to celebrate with Grandma, Grandpa, PapPap, GiGi, Uncle Henry, Aunt Eileen and Bumpa. We had a lovely pizza dinner, with cake and ice cream sent especially for you from Grandma LeeLee.

At two, you love to do things, "all by myself, Mommy!" You eat your yogurt by yourself, climb into your car seat by yourself, rock in the rocking chair by yourself, take off your shoes all by yourself... Your personality is so unbearably sweet. You love to give hugs, and you have fun tickling Mommy and Daddy.

Your Aunt Kelsey sent you "Corduroy" for your birthday, and it has quickly become one of your favorite reads. You are also enjoying "Horses" and "Alice the Fairy." You bring lots of lovies to bed with you every night - Froggie and Zebra and Abby and Dora and Corduroy and books and blankie and soothie. There's hardly room for you.

I love you, and am so grateful for all the blessings you bring, baby girl. You are such a joy for Mommy and Daddy! And you just have the sweetest heart.

I love you more than anything ever!!




PS You love singing, "I love you. You love me. We're a happy family..." And then you love to play with your imaginary big, pink, scary monster!!