Wednesday, December 15, 2010


In the words of Lily, our Gemma looks de-wicious in this outfit!
Thanks Aunt Tonya, Uncle Joel and cousins! Or should I say Merci!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ho Ho Ho Ma-wy Ch-wismas

That is what Lily tells us Santa says. I think we all knew this was not going to be an easy task this year. Two and a half is not an easy age to convince a little girl to sit on the lap of a stranger who is dressed in a bright red suit and has a bushy beard. We did a lot of talking and story reading about Santa. We did a walk by at the mall and waved and happily accepted a candy cane lollipop. We prepped for what she was going to tell Santa she wants for Christmas. That does not mean when it comes down to it she is going to sit on his lap. In fact she didn't even want Gemma to sit on his lap. I think a fair compromise is to have dad hold you standing next to him.
After it was all said and done she did thank him, accept a candy cane, and wave bye bye. She also managed to squeak out that she wants a "walk a dog" for Christmas. What is a walk a dog you ask?

This is the toy they had at the doctors office last week that made our visit so enjoyable. It was hard to leave behind for the other kids. So you ask Santa for one.
I'm sure the best part of Lily's night was not Santa, it was a tie between the train display in the Macy's window
or the carousel

Friday, December 10, 2010


Today Gemma is two months, two weeks, and two days old!

She is getting more personality each day.
She smiles and the room lights up.
She has eyes that are blue on the outside and green in the middle, can't make up their minds.
She is happy and mellow and loves her sister.
She just started drooling. Bring on the bibs! Ugh!

Out Takes

You know, taking photos for the Christmas card is no easy task with two little ones and a hound! We didn't do too bad. Here are a few that didn't make the cut!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Matching Same

That is what Lily calls it when I dress her and Gemma in matching outfits. She has also started to pick up on when other things match. She insisted on riding a purple horse on the carousel because she was wearing her purple coat and wanted to be "matching same." We still have a great love of Owls and we received these matching owl outfits for Lily and Gemma. It is really so much fun to dress them both!
I realized I never posted pics of Gemma's room after we did a bit of a spruce up when Lily moved to her new room.
Alex painted the wall lavender and we got a new book case. I hung a grouping of different letter G's.
We moved one of the leather chairs from the living room in.
Not much change in the diaper changing table except the addition of a new lovely tutu we are waiting for Gemma to fit into!!

Thank Full

The days leading up to Thanksgiving looked like this!! So we had no preschool and no mops group so we had to get creative indoors. I know it doesn't look like enough to cancel school but ice and hills don't mix so rather than the whole city slip and slide on the streets they cancel school.

 We didn't have trouble keeping busy. I have my little baker in house. Whenever the measuring cups and bowls come out there is a continuous chant of "help, help, help" like I have a choice anymore.

I know this was one of Oprah's favorite things, but my ipad is one if my favorite things too. I can pull up any recipe and have it right there!
 The finished product! Browned butter pumpkin muffins!
 They passed the strict inspection of head baker.
This is what the baker worked on while the muffins baked.  Wooden cookies and frosting.
Time to relax while mom cleans up. Not sure Winsty enjoys being squished but that is what you get when you share with Lily.

Lily received this rocking horse from Auntie Hillary last Christmas and is really able to enjoy it this year! She likes to play this is the way the cowboy rides and go really fast. She also loves the carousel downtown so maybe this is like her own personal carousel at home.
Yes, our Gemma is still around. She just goes with the flow most of the time. She loves to watch Lily in action and has really started giving us huge grins and even real belly laughs now. It is so fun to goof around and get a laugh out of her. Lily loves to get in her face and make her smile. She even humors me by holding her "sisty Gemmoooo" for a few minutes.
By the time Thanksgiving day arrived the snow  was starting to melt but was still on the ground for our morning walk around the lake. We wanted to burn some calories for the big meal. Do you think Lily looks cozy enough in her stroller sack? We were both jealous. Winsty too! Gemma was bundled on Mama in her bear suit and sound asleep.
No we didn't make this snow man but it was too good to  pass up without taking a photo. Lily has been enjoying a series of Christmas books called Snowmen at night and Snowmen at Christmas so she was excited to see one in person.
There was some serious ice around the edges of the lake.
 Once it was time for the big meal we had picked up our very own "Kramer" Auntie Brandi from the airport and managed to cook the full Thanksgiving meal. Of course I never got a photo of all of us sitting down to eat. I did manage a photo of the gingerbread with pumpkin mousse trifle, cranberry chutney, and stilton crackers I made.
We aren't big pumpkin pie fans so we improvised with a new dessert. I did make the chutney from scratch and the crackers were from my new Barefoot Contessa cookbook.  At the end of the day we had given thanks and were very full!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I'm dreaming...

...of a white Thanksgiving!! More like a wet slushy Thanksgiving. The snow is not supposed to last that long but it is fun for a few days. We got a big downfall today and it is going to be in the 20's tomorrow! Yikes!
Lily wasn't sure what to make of it at first. We read a lot of stories about snow but she doesn't remember the last time she was in the snow, Dec 2008....

and today...
Someone in the family remembers what snow is like! He LOVES it!
See, this is why mom makes you wear mittens! Remember wearing these as a kid, where the string that ties them together weaves it way through your sleaves so you don't lose them? Genius!This is down at the lake by our house. We only lasted about ten minutes.
Gemma was less than impressed. It's cold out here!
It ended with her saying "Mama hold you"!
Too bad it took dad almost 2 hours to get home on the bus. It is supposed to continue to snow overnight and be sunny and frozen tomorrow. I am guessing all the schools will be closed so no preschool. Now we have to convince dad to work from home! SNOW DAY!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Game

I don't love games, but this one I couldn't resist. Can you tell which one is Lily and which one is Gemma? Two of these photos were taken today on Gemma's 8 week birthday and two were taken on Lily's 8 week birthday! Same outfit, same crib, same sheets even!

Well, maybe it wasn't that difficult. They do look like sisters though!
Oh, and the cutest outfit and sweater are from my friend Jill. Her son Jake is betrothed to Lily and I am a little bitter she hasn't had another boy yet for Gemma to marry. Check Jake out, he is super handsome! They are going to be so happy together! This lavender sweater is a favorite and we are going to be so sad when Gemma out grows it. It does hang on the nursery wall though so we see it every day. Do you think I can convince you Jill to make a little red one to go with Gemma's Christmas dress? Nothing like advanced notice right? Just a thought.

Oh and photo 1 &4 are Lily.