Little Artists

This morning the girls got to draw with crayons for the very first time. They used the TaDoodles Crayon Buddies made by Crayola. While it was just a first attempt, they got the hang of it. I didn’t take any pictures of the actual event (silly me for just enjoying the moment…) but here is the artwork they each came up with.




Now if either of them ever become famous artists you can say you saw their very first piece of work!

Published in: on July 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm  Comments (1)  

Nursery Rhymes And The Pup

The other night at bedtime Russell was reading nursery rhymes. If you haven’t read any nursery rhymes lately let me be the first to tell you, these things can be really weird. I know they all have hidden political meanings or something, but seriously… who ever had the idea to write these for kids? I had two I wanted to share with you, the first is just to prove my point.

Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clements.

You owe me five farthings, say the bells of St. Martins.

When will you pay me? Say the bells of Old Bailey.

When I grow rich, say the bells of Shoreditch.

When will that be? Say the bells of Stepney.

I do not, says the bell at Bow.

Here comes a candle to light you to bed, Here comes a chopper to chop off your head.

Chip chop, chip chop, the last man’s head.


Seriously, is that the kind of stuff kids need to hear before going to bed? The other rhyme is something that may not be funny to everyone, but Russell and I have laughed endlessly about it since he first read it.

Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!

Higglety, pigglety, Pop!

The dog has eaten the mop;

The pig’s in a hurry,

The cat’s in a flurry,

Higglety, pigglety, POP!

I am not sure if any of my readers have dogs, or if they have a dog like we do, but Rusty will eat anything and everything. He eats sticks, cardboard, rope (whole), and just about anything you can imagine. And I am sure if we kept it accessible, he would have eaten our mop long ago. I can imagine walking in and finding mop pieces all over the place and Rusty hiding under the bed (knowing he would be punished, but not letting that stop him) And since I don’t have a picture of him eating our mop, here is one from a time he ate a bunch of flour.

Published in: on July 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm  Comments (1)  

Yes, It Does. And He Knows It.

Last night when Russell got home form work the girls immediately flocked into the bedroom after him. They proceeded to demand hugs, kisses and to have him hold them. He tripped over them as he tried to remove and put away his utility belt, body armor, and uniform, knowing it was only a matter of minutes before their bedtime.

And then came one of the best things a Daddy could say…

“Everything takes 10 times longer with you girls around. Now I know what it’s like for Mommy all day.”

Why yes, yes it does.

Published in: on July 20, 2011 at 11:58 am  Comments (3)  

Maybe The Sweetest Thing You’ll Ever See

Even sweeter because they did it themselves.

Right around a year old they decided they had had enough of sleeping together and wanted their own beds. Just shy of 18 months Alyssa decided maybe snuggling up with her sister wasn’t so bad after all.

Published in: on July 19, 2011 at 9:13 am  Comments (4)  

Big Girl Beds- An Update

The girls have been out of the cribs and in their toddler beds for a week now and a few people have asked us if they have been getting out of them at night.

Well, just a few times. But they never seem to make it very far…

Published in: on July 18, 2011 at 10:11 am  Comments (2)  


You may have noticed I have been slacking lately in posting. Maybe it’s the heat, maybe it’s months of Russell working 6 days a week, but we have all been feeling a little lazy around here. And to prove it here is a picture I snapped of the girls while I made dinner a few nights ago.

Too worn out to even get into trouble!

Published in: on July 17, 2011 at 9:24 am  Comments (3)  

How To Beat The Heat

In Las Vegas in the summer a parent must get creative with fun new things to do with their kids. And since we are a one car family with a 30 minute commute that means we must have a lot of exciting toys in our arsenal to rotate in and out. The newest addition?

The Ball Pit!

Seriously, who doesn’t love a ball pit? I wish we had an adult sized one. But while the image of a ball pit at Chuck-E-Cheese or Burger King might not be your idea of sanitary… one at home is inexpensive, fun and clean. I picked up a small inflatable pool (with an inflatable bottom for nose dives)

and 300 brightly colored balls. (which sounds like much more than it actually is)

and voila! An at home ball pit.

And do you think they enjoyed it?




And what is Daddy for? Swinging us upside down with our face in the balls of course.

Published in: on July 13, 2011 at 11:29 am  Comments (2)  

Rockin’ My Babies- Part Two

Here is my second installment of Rockin’ My Baby, hosted by Things I Can’t Say.

Here is the first time I held Kylie:

Kylie and I at her dedication:

Kylie and I together out on the town:

And me with both girls, June 2010. (4 months old)

Kylie (left) Alyssa (right)

Published in: on July 12, 2011 at 11:30 am  Comments (3)  

Rockin’ My Babies- Part One

I am linking up once again with Things I Can’t Say, this time to Rock My Baby. It will be a two post installment since I have, well… two babies 🙂


Here is the first time I got to hold Alyssa:

Her first vacation:

Her first bloody nose:

And me and the girls together, Fourth of July 2011. (16 months old)

Alyssa (left) Kylie (right)

Published in: on July 12, 2011 at 11:27 am  Comments (1)  

Goodbye Cribs… Hello Big Girl Beds

As I mentioned a few days ago the girls had begun climbing out of their cribs, which made them a little unsafe. So it was time to upgrade. But would it be a mattress thrown on the floor, cribs minus one side plus a soft rail, toddler beds, or full size bunk beds with a trundle? The verdict?

Toddler Beds.

I know, I know they don’t make as much financial sense in the long run, but for the time being we didn’t have to buy new mattresses, sheets, or anything else… and I found a great deal on very highly rated beds.

Daddy put the girls down this morning for their first nap in their new beds (Mommy got stuck at the auto dealership for 3 1/2 hours!) and the girls did great! They fell asleep quickly and stayed asleep long, and didn’t fall out. I am calling that a win. 🙂

So here is a little peak into their nursery new.

Alyssa's big girl bed


Kylie's big girl bed


And with the new beds come new possibilities. Like the ability to climb onto the twin bed and play in the window.

And now for proof that they are actually sleeping in these beds…

Kylie asleep

Even Leila thought it looked like a good place to nap.

Alyssa and Leila

Truth be told, this has not been an easy transition for me. I still want my little ones to be babies, and babies don’t sleep in big girl beds- big girls do. And the fact that I missed their very first time in their new beds made it even harder. But I am so proud of my BIG GIRLS who handled it beautifully. Just as easy as they dropped the pacifiers and the bottles they took to their new beds. So , good job girls. You make your mama proud.

Published in: on July 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm  Comments (5)