Sunday, February 28, 2016

WIWS and the hike without the Ergo

Cheating at blogging and posting to another link up ;) This time we are over with Rosie for What I Wore Sunday. 

Tops: NY & Co, skirt: Target, Teacup's dress: Gymboree
Teacup 1 is missing from the photo shoot. She wore a beautiful floral dress with a silver sweater and black mary janes. She was adorable. And we almost didn't make it to mass on time because of it. She tried to take off her dress, tights, and shoes. We let her take off the tights since it was just about 70 here today. 

Both girls were realllllly good at mass though! I'll gladly put up with a tantrum before mass over during. 

After mass we went on a hike! We live near the gorgeous Skyline drive, so we hopped on for a quick drive and took a short 1 mile hike. Teacup 1 enjoyed hiking on her own most of the way, taking breaks to dig in the mud. Teacup 2 was a little more apprehensive. The waterfall made her a bit nervous. 

We forgot the Ergo and the camera. Definitely wont' make that mistake again! Ow my arms, but lugging around a 20 lb baby makes a good workout :) 

I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday! 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

7 QTs: Late Again

It's been a month since I posted. Again. Blogging just hasn't been making it onto the To-Do list. It's not that we've been terribly busy, but I've had a few other personal projects that have filled up my limited down time.

For Lent, I absented myself from Facebook again. How original, I know. But for those of you  who normally keep up to date with our little life via FB, I directed you to follow the blog which was just silly. Because there haven't been any updates here! I'm sorry.

Linking up with Kelly for 7 quick takes on our generally unexciting, but wonderful life from the last week  :)

1. Monday was a little rough. I told J that teacup 1 kindly entered the terrible two phase so I could have an extremely productive Lent and have lots of opportunities for sacrifice. Monday was filled with tantrum's galore, and when I wasn't rolling my eyes, taking deep breaths, or huffing and puffing, I attempted to offer it up for my friends and family who've asked us to pray for them.

Anyway, J has been AMAZING with our two year old going on sixteen, and with me. He took both girls after he worked a full day in the office, and told me to go do something for myself. It's amazing what 25 minutes of reading, wrapped up in a blanket, locked in the bedroom can do! He told me to stay in there longer, but I was starting to feel a little guilty about leaving him with the screams. So yeah, he's been awesome.

2. Teacup 1 is still awesome too. She's starting to stretch her imagination and play pretend. Mostly dialogue goes something like this:

Teacup, shaking finger at Dora: Naughty little girl. Naughty! No hit. No bite! Naughty little girl.

Dora, taken over to Tinkerbell: I sorry Tinbell, I sorry.

Teacup: Punzel (Rapunzel) go in timeout! Punzel in timeout.

My girly girl

I vacillate between feeling guilty that her conversations revolve around punishment and hope that maybe, just maybe, she's starting to understand.... She spends a pretty good chunk of her day apologizing to her sister for Dora's same crimes.

3. I bought a book. The Happiest Toddler on the Block. So far I've learned that my toddler is on the level of a primitive caveman and I should appeal to the right side of her brain. So I've taken to shouting into her right ear, JK!

4. My friend and I are starting the Rory Gilmore reading challenge. It should last the rest of our lives. It's over 300 books or something. But, we are starting with A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I thought I read this quite a few years ago, but now I'm not sure. I love it though! Betty Smith writes phenomenally! I feel like I see and hear exactly what Francie Nolan (main character) does. It is very descriptive, but perfectly so. Every word is so intentional.

5. I was reading a different book, Outlander, but had to return it. I was so disappointed by it. It's got time travel, 17th century Scotland, and a love story. Oh, but boy is it heavy on the "love" story. Let's just call it a Romance novel, which really isn't my thing. I also really wasn't connecting with the characters, they seemed kind of flat, so I decided my time might be better spent moving onto something else.

6. The girls and I went to the library this week. Teacup 1 got a whole slew of new books. She's pretty into Fancy Nancy, whom she calls Fancy Fancy. We also got out Babar, another Olivia book, and some more Curious George. I picked out  The Island of the Skog by Steven Kellog because I remembered loving it when I was younger, but probably older than Teacup because so far she hasn't been too impressed. Teacup 2 enjoyed the outing, but she mostly just eats books at this point, so all the library books are out of reach for now.

Occasionally she reads to herself :) 

Slippers also apparently taste good

7. The girls are getting a little better about playing with each other every day.

Riding in a box: Favorite activity

What's wrong with this picture?

Teacup 2 adeptly pulls herself up on everything now and just yesterday started letting go and standing on her own for a few seconds. She's already bigger than her sister was at a year, and she's only 9 months old.

Who knows, maybe I'll get around to posting on Sunday to link up with Rosie!