Monday, June 17, 2013


life is not perfect.  i know.  there are rough days...that sometimes stretch into rough weeks...but if someone had told me before i had kids that i could ever be this happy, i would never have believed them.  obvi...or i would have been in a bigger rush to get here!  haha.  these monkeys truly make life complete.  and i im in love.

i am a horrible blogger.  mostly cuz i hate my computer.  but also largely cuz i'm busy.  and sitting down at a computer i hate is not enticing.  but just in case you wondered, we are alive.  and we are busy living life.  missing the friends and family we don't see.  enjoying the ones we do. making memories along the way.  i am loving and hating watching these girls grow up in front of my eyes.  it's so fun to see them grow and change and learn...and it hurts how fast its already going.  my lydia is so big and smart.  and so sweet.  my layla smiles at any opportunity and is so patient with a mom who is busy.  she just latches on my hip or in my pouch like a little spider monkey and comes along.  they make everything more of an adventure.  i just love our little family.  and i wonder what i did to deserve such tender sweet kidlets.  i know it will be moments before they are grown up and leaving us behind so i am trying to embrace every moment.  even the not so perfect ones.  :) 

Monday, November 12, 2012

babies are a girls best friend

whoever coined the phrase "diamonds are a girl's best friend" must never have had kids.  i would trade all the diamonds in the world to have my kidlets.  let's be honest, two kids is exhausting and i seriously get like 5 minutes total to myself a week, but i wouldn't trade it for the world.  i love these little monkeys.  lydia is the best big sister.  she loves her baby and loves to make her laugh.  she gets so excited to take a bath with her, to hold her, to share with her, to get her a toy... anything.  and layla just smiles and laughs the minute she sees her!  well...layla smiles and laughs at just about everything.  she is seriously a dream baby. since having two, i have been so scared to take them both anywhere by myself.  i can't really watch lydia too closely whenever layla needs to eat.  we've been sick with a cold so last week after all week being home, i thought i'd brave the wild animal park by myself.  WHAT A FUN DAY!  layla was so easy and lydia was such a good listener!  i'm just counting my blessings on that one.  she's such a good kid!  i keep waiting for the day when i wake up and she's "terrible!" 
so i know there's lots to share, but i'll just share a few highlights. 
lydia turned 2 in september!  we took her to disneyland (thanks to some awesome friends and family) and she loved it!  we actually got to go a few times over a 2 week span and it was so fun.  i've never been a HUGE disneyland fan...but it is SO cute to re-see it through her eyes. 
we had a yo gabba gabba party for her birthday.  she loved it.  and my friend made an AWESOME cake.  when we lit the candle and a piece of Plex melted, lydi said "uh-oh!  plex!" 
lydia is talking like crazy.  true, half of it only mom and dad can understand...but she is soooo good at communicating what she wants.
layla was 14 pounds at her 10 week appointment...and she sleeps like 10 hours straight every night!  (if only mom could not be a freak and just sleep to!  i'm up a million times just checking on them both.  the joys of being a mom...)  she's now 3 1/2 months and i should probably weigh her...she's ginormous.  and seriously the happiest thing i've ever seen.  she's so fun.

okay... i think that's all i have time for.  i hear one of them.  enjoy the pics. :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

i know...i know...

i know... we are SO slow to post.  wow.  2 kids is a whole new ball game!!! so here is an update for those that need it...
we have had a whirlwind summer with keeping a toddler busy, and lots of family coming and going while still getting ready for another kid!  we had baby number two late july.  she was, just like her big sister, FASHIONABLY late!  a full 2 weeks.  but she came just in time on her own and she paid mom back with a great labor and delivery.  once again, super hard and intense, but moderately short.  definitely a different experience when you are busy chasing a toddler in the daytime instead of leisurely napping and reading every day like i did before lydia was born!  but she was delivered in exactly the same room in the birthing center where we had our lydia and she came out so healthy and happy and has been SUCH  joy to have in our family.  it's funny how up until the minute they come, you can't imagine life with another kid... and moments after they are out, it's like you don't know how you survived without them. :)  we named this little monkey Layla Jackie. she came out GINORMOUS at 8 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches.  and she has been growing ever since.   in fact, she will be 6 weeks tomorrow (are you kidding me!?!?!?!) and we had a dr appt today... ya, she's over 12 pounds.  as you can guess, she's a great eater and an awesome sleeper!  so many great things have happened and i have been horrible at keeping track this time, but i'll sum it up with she has been such an angel baby and her big sister LOVES her!  when she cries (like...never...) lydia says "baby...sad..." and brings her a blankie or a paci or comes and gets me.  it's so cute to see your kids fall in love with each other!  when her big sister walks in the room, layla looks around and finds her and watches her and smiles at her.  i am so in love with both of them!  and i am LOVING having two.  not gonna lie, i'm way exhausted and definitely know that life as i know it has changed forever, but i don't want to miss a moment because i know how fast it goes.  i am soaking up the fun and just getting through the hard.  think that's the only way we can do it. :)  here are a few pictures since i'm sure i have MOMENTS before one or both of them wake up...enjoy!!!  i promise, i'll try to be better at posting, but let's be honest...quiet moments to myself are pretty rare. :)
 1 month
1 week

2 weeks

1 week

1 day
i'll get some more recents when i upload from my camera.  :)

Friday, June 1, 2012

some pictures

just a few pics from the past month...we have been trying to enjoy the
last little bit of 'one kid' that we have. things will definitely get
a little more complicated soon...

empty beach

we LOVE when daddy takes a day off to play! we went to the beach this
morning and this monkey was in heaven! and yet, we both sat there
thinking how glad we are she is going to have a live in friend in just
a few short weeks...