Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Another month older!

Lily is 29 months!

At 29 months Lily loves...

1. ..."Little Einsteins"...for sure her favorite show (of the moment).
2. ...apples. She ate two whole apples in the past two days. Seems insignificance, but for my picky eater, it's a big deal.
3. ...sleeping in her big girl bed (her decision to move over!).
4. ...playing with play-doh.
5. ...playing with her friends (the amount of excitement over Ben, Sam, and Jacob coming over for Halloween was intense...she waited at the door and kept saying their names over and over!).
6. ...playing with little brother (especially crawling through the tunnel).
7. ...making art at school.
8. ...riding in the purple car at Giant (the one attached to the cart).
9. ...Christmas lights (this has me very excited for Christmas this year!).
10. ...and, of course, mama and dada!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Color Run!

Today, I "ran" the Color Run. It was so much fun! I haven't trained at all, and, considering that, I did a pretty good job! I didn't run the whole thing by any means, but I did run parts. I am not nearly as out of shape as I thought, which is good. Actually, I had no lung issues, didn't even get a stitch in my side. The thing that surprised me, was how awful my hips felt. I guess after having 2 kids your hips get a little stretched. Either way, it was a really fun morning with great friends!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

On Lily giving up her pash...

For the past few weeks we have been telling Lily that once her latest pacifier (pash, as she calls it) got a hole in it that she would have to give it up. Today, was that fateful day. I got an email from my mom that said the last pash has a hole. That she warned Lily, but she wasn't going to be the bad guy. Tom and I stopped at the toy store on the way home from work. We picked up some new playdoh, new markers, and new paint (the markers and paint are Color Wonder, we aren't that nuts). When we got home we asked about the pash, and she had already thrown it away (on her own). We gave her the gift, and she loved it. She even looked over at me, mid-sculpting, and said, "Mama, thank you for the present" (cue heart melting).

She has done a pretty good job, but getting her to bed is the real challenge. So far...that has been a slow process.

The last pash for Lily is a little bittersweet. It seems odd, but it is one of her last links to baby-hood. I remember her struggling to keep the pash in her mouth for the first months of her life. Then, the nights when she lost the pash and cried until someone fumbled around in the dark and replaced it. The first time she did this task herself. The first time she called it a pash (and the term stuck). I remember all of those things. How she would light up when we gave it to her (ok, it was like a drug for her...). How it was really her only comfort item. Tonight will be tough for her. But we all know it's time. So one more little piece of baby Lily is gone... and that makes me sad. But I am loving watching her grow. I love watching her spread those little wings, and take those little steps into childhood. She is still tenuously balancing a line between the toddler she is and the little girl she is becoming. I am so privileged to watch her grow. It is hard to say goodbye to those baby days, but seeing her embrace life, and be curious, and share her wonder of the world...these things are priceless to me (and I still have my baby Jack for those baby snuggles!).

So, Lily, my little Bean, I am excited to play playdoh with you. To color with your new markers. To paint with your new colors. I am excited to watch you become a big girl. Just, you know, don't try to grow up too quickly. Let's savor these kid days together.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's the Holiday Season...

Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all good things are upon us. I am itching to decorate for Thanksgiving. Cornucopias, candles, and fall leaves out the wazoo. You heard right, wazoo. If Halloween is any indication of the upcoming holidays, and I do believe it is, they are sure to be amazing. Before I delve into the wonder and magic that these next two months are sure to bring, let me recap Halloween:

So, I am more than ready to get my holiday on. It's time to start searching for Christmas gift deals, loading up on food, and hanging decorations. Watch out for holiday DIY posts (both for decor and gifts). I can't wait for what these months have to offer!