Nana and Papa Visit

Dan’s parents were here for the last 4 days and we had a wonderful visit! They are always eager to help so we like to line up a few projects for them before they arrive. Not to mention all the getting up early with the girls they do and letting us have a date night, which were definitely nice treats! Nana sewed the new curtains that I bought for our bedroom far too long ago. She also mended 2 of Hadley’s dresses. We all pitched in a finished painting the living room which is no longer orange and yellow but a subtle blue/gray. After recently installing new carpet and slowly changing our bedroom colors, we are feeling a little closer to selling this place..some day! Yay for some progress in the house!

Today we took a drive up to Evergreen and attempted to get some nice pics of the girls and Nana and Papa. We managed to get one but it was not an easy feat!

I even managed to get a couple of Dan with the girls!

The girls had such a great time playing with their grandparents. Though I have to admit they were wound up for the entire visit. I have honestly never seen my girls with so much energy at 7pm at night! They totally wore me out and I hardly did a thing. Hadley is also struggling a bit. She has had quite a few meltdowns and challenges with transitions lately. I am convinced this is related to several things: still adjusting to the new school year, about to be 4 years old, a growth spurt and the ups and downs of my emotions with the pregnancy. More on that another time but sufficed to say she is very intuitive and this had not been an easy pregnancy for me so far!

Speaking of which, I had a 12 week prenatal appt on Friday. I had a little bit of a scare as the doctor couldn’t find baby’s heartbeat right away so I got a surprise ultrasound so we could make sure the little peanut was still in there and the heart was going strong. Sure enough! He found the baby hiding way down low in my pelvis, fully formed with a happily beating heart. I’d post pictures of that too but even after having 2 kids, I am not totally sure I can’t point out the head vs the body in them! They aren’t very clear. Dan and I now have a big decision to make. It was offered to us that we do a 16 week ultrasound since I am 35 and our insurance offers additional testing and early screening for birth defects or other genetic disorders. We really have no reason to be concerned so I think the only reason we’d do it at this point is an early chance to find out the gender! I know…I know but yes, I am THAT bad with surprises! And of course, if there was something to prepare for, we could begin that process. I plan to talk further this week with the midwife and see what she suggests.

We’ve had a busy few days and it’s about time to put the girls in the tub and snuggle up to Dan on the couch for some mindless tv. Ahhh…Sunday evenings are the best!

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Photography of every day life

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what my talent or skill is. What I am good at. Honestly, I can’t really pin point any one thing. There are so many things I enjoy doing but not really one or even few that I am great at. One thing I have thoroughly enjoyed doing over the last year while being home with the girls is taking pictures and playing with photo editing. I have considered reaching out to friends to see if they would be interested in doing a session to start a portfolio. My idea though is not so much portrait photography. I want to just follow a family around for a day and take random, unstaged pictures of them simply living life.  I think these are the memories I hold most dear and the pictures I enjoy the most when I look at all the ones I have taken of the girls. I wanted to share a small portfolio of pics that I have taken and in some cases edited. Maybe some day, when life slows down a bit (ha!), I will have more of an opportunity to pursue this interest. In the mean time, enjoy and I welcome thoughts and feedback!

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A very busy summer

I’ve decided to start a blog so that our families can see what we are up to every day, and of course if anyone else is interested!

As we just passed the unofficial end of summer, it seemed fitting to start with a summer recap! We spent most of it at the pool. The girls and I just love it there! We have made some great friends and Hadley became a fabulous swimmer this summer! She went through 3 levels of lessons and 1/2 way through the summer she was jumping off the diving board and swimming to the side all by herself. Amazing!! I’ve also decided that swimming has been really great for her sensory struggles. We had so many great days and very few meltdowns and I convinced that swimming had a lot to do with it! Yay for great progress!

Emmerson is quite the swimmer too. She loved to spin around in her inner tube but prefers to be in an area where her feet can touch the ground. Hopefully next year she’ll be up for some swimming lessons.

We also went on fun camping trip in Wyoming. Spent a full day at a music Festival in Lyons. Had plenty of play dates with friends at the park, Children’s Museum, mall play area, indoor playgrounds, and friends’ houses. It was a very busy summer! And of course the biggest news of all was finding out in mid July that baby #3 is on the way! I am due around March 25, 2011 and we are very excited to be adding to the family. Life has been a bit crazy lately as I am very tired and the girls are very needy. It doesn’t always make for the best mix! But we are getting it figured out and as I move into the 2nd trimester, hopefully things will get easier.

Now we are back into the swing of school. Hadley started a new Montessori this year and seems to be really loving it. She tells me every day when I pick her up that she has made a new friend! We were worried about the transition but it seems to be going great. Em and I spend our mornings being pretty lazy but I hope to get us out for a daily morning walk now that the weather has cooled and my energy is coming back.

Well, maybe not the most exciting entry but I had to start somewhere, right?! They’ll get better! In the meantime, now you know where to find us if Facebook isn’t your thing!

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