Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Easter Photos

I know it's not Easter, but here are some photos from the night before at Jessi's coloring Easter eggs and the next day at Linda's eating Easter lunch.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Between doctor's visits (for me), working full-time (me), and traveling (me + the girls), I've had no time to update this blog. So, here is a short, but sweet, look at the past couple of weeks.

Sofia - we're still having our good days and bad days, but lately the good days are coming more frequent. We still have the battles, and she still does random destructive things - such as pouring out the hot wax of a candle all over the bathroom sink and cutting her dolls' hair. But on the flip side, putting her to bed is now easier. We used to keep a small light on in her room, but when I finally realized that "hey, maybe the light is what's preventing her from going to sleep," I started turning it off and what do you know, she falls asleep faster. Sofia has also been pretend playing a lot more, which makes me happy. I'll find her in her room playing with her princess dolls. However, for some reason, the princess doll usually dies in these senarios and then the prince brings her back to life. (Is that the next Disney movie - Zombie Princess?)

Adeline - is so stinking cute! She's at that fun age where she's not crying as much, she's pretty much on a schedule, and she does new things almost every day. For instance, last week she could barely sit on her own without toppling over. Now, she's a champion sitter. She loves to stick anything and everything in her mouth. She's squealing all the time. But, my favorite thing she's doing right now is this leg-kick that I call her "kangaroo move." She'll be laying on her back and all of a sudden she'll start kicking both legs at the same time and slamming them down together on the floor, bed, chair - whatever she happens to be on at the time. And it's not just a couple of kicks either - it's a lot, over and over.

So, that's about it. I'm still getting used to working full-time, even though it's been almost 4 months. Everything feels like such a blur. Now I know why my friends who worked full-time and had kids could never hang out much on the weekends. Because there is so much stuff you have to get done on those few precious days off. Oh, and did I mention the never-ending pile of laundry? I'm serious - I'll have it almost all done and I swear it magically reappears.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Food Porn

Okay, so tonight I gave Adeline her first taste of rice cereal and bananas. Well, that's not entirely true. Last night was the first time she tried rice cereal, but since the camera battery was dead and I didn't get any pictures, it didn't really happen.

Now, I know you're "supposed" to just do the rice cereal for a week, then move on to the other types of cereals. Since Adeline is my second child, I can throw the rule book out the window and take more liberties with her feeding schedule.

Tonight I mixed a gourmet meal of Gerber Rice Cereal and pureed bananas. Adeline seemed to like it. She swallowed it, so if you take that as an indicator of her liking it, then yes, it was delicious.

Sofia did a good job eating tonight as well. I whipped up cheeseburgers and sauted zucchini, and she ate almost all of her portion. But Sofia couldn't let me be happy for too long, because as she was in my bedroom "watching" a Barbie movie, I walked in on her butt naked on my bed. Ew. I'm the only one allowed to be naked in my bed. She was naked because she spilled her water from her water bottle on her clothes. Oh, and on my bed as well. I snapped and told her it was time for bed. (I may have dropped an F-bomb as well.) I feel bad after yelling at her, especially when I curse, but I can't help it! She just makes me so mad sometimes. I can't believe how much she tests my limits. If I wasn't on my happy pills, then I think there would be broken furniture and broken children in my apartment. Thank goodness for happy pills.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Food Porn

Who needs to watch Top Chef when I have one in my own house?

You can wipe the drool off your chin.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I can't believe I am 30 today. 3-0. Where has the time gone? I don't feel like I'm mature enought to be thirty, if that makes any sense. Probably because I hang around children all day, read children's books, watch Spongebob Squarepants, and still wear the same type of shoes since 7th grade. It's like I got stuck in junior high and haven't been able to find my way out.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I've been waiting and waiting for it to happen, and today it finally did. Adeline had an exploding poo. You might be thinking, "It's been almost 6 months and Adeline hasn't exploded out of her diaper?" That is correct. Well, to be more precise, she hasn't done it for me. Until today. I'm sure all mothers recognize the tell-tale grunt of poo explosion. Adeline was in her exersaucer and I heard her little grunt from the couch. When I lifted her out, I smelled it, but didn't see it. Sofia and I took Adeline into the other room to change her and when I first took off her pants and saw a little stain I couldn't help but think, "Hmm...that's not to bad." Oh how wrong I was. Once the pants were off and I unbuttoned the onesy, that is when the full force of the explosion hit home. Not only was it up her back, but up her front as well. Poor Adeline. I didn't know if I should just cut the onesy off or risk getting poo on Adeline's head and face. I took the onesy off over her head. What can I say, I'm a risk-taker. I got her into the bathroom with the special mommy-maneuver of holding the baby as far away as possible. After careful deliberation of two point oh seconds, I decided the easiest solution would be to undress myself and the baby and hop into the shower together. What I didn't figure into the equation was the four-year-old wanting to join. I vetoed that request right away. Sofia was relegated to the sidelines, or in this case, peering into the shower and commenting on the situation. Adeline enjoyed her first shower experience. I was afraid I was going to drop her slick butt a couple of times, but we made it through. After getting her out, drying her off, and redressing her, it was my turn to take a "real" shower so that I could get ready for work. Again, this involved the audience of the four-year-old. After she watched me shave my legs (which have been neglected for too long), I heard silence. I peek out of the shower to see Adeline in her seat happily chewing on her hands and stuffed monkey and Sofia trying to shave her leg. With my razor. Wha!? It's so great to have a four going on thirteen-year-old.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sharing is such a wonderful thing. Except when it's not. Like this weekend at our house. We shared the gift that keeps on giving - stomach virus. It started with Adeline and then she didn't want her big sister to be left out, so she passed it on the Sofia. Poor Sofia. I think she got the worst of it. She puked on herself as well as the backseat of my car, herself, a couch cushion. We had to break out the "bucket." Which is really a bowl with paper towels in it, but we use it as a puke-catcher. Ryan slept out in the living room with Sofia all night, until about 5 a.m. when I heard him getting sick. I made it until Monday night, but mine was a pretty mild case. Sharing is caring, at least in this house it is.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Some of the things going on at our house:
  • Sofia constantly saying, "Oh my god! Oh my god, mommy!"

  • Adeline eating her toes (I only wish I could bend like that)

  • My job interviews (you'd think I'd actually get one)

  • Sofia was playing with Adeline. Adeline grabbed Sofia's hand and Sofia said, "Ewww...I don't want your baby slime Adeline." So now drool = baby slime

  • Adeline is still not sleeping through the night. Partly my fault - when I only see her a couple hours each day, I don't mind getting up in the middle of the night at least once. By the second or third time, on the other hand, that's a different story.

These are just a few things that have been happening. Nothing too exciting, but stuff worth remembering.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

New Day, New 'Do

Thank the lucky stars I was able to get Sofia a hair appointment at 9 a.m. this morning. I was really afraid that she was going to go out today with her butchered hair. Ryan is taking her to a library program this morning at my library, and I really didn't want to be embarrassed. Here's a shot of the new 'do.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Worst Day Since Yesterday

Today has been one of the worst days in a long, long time. Here, let me show you:

6:30 a.m. Wake up to Adeline puking all over the bed.
8:30 a.m. Go to work
9:30 a.m. Get a call from Ryan. His car is broken. Again.
10:00 a.m. Leave work to go to the doctor.
11:30 a.m. Get back to work and try to arrange an appointment with a stomach specialist. Call Tuffy about the car.
3:00 p.m. Get a call from Ryan. Adeline keeps puking and has been sleeping all day.
4:00 p.m. Leave work, pick up Adeline at home, and take her to the doctor.
5:00 p.m. Adeline probably has a virus. Am instructed to give her Pedialyte. Go back to work.
6:00 p.m. Leave work. Pick up dinner and Pedialyte.
8:00 p.m. Feeding Adeline. Suddenly she projectile vomits all over me and the couch. She looks like Linda Blair from the Exorcist. Pass her off to Ryan, strip off my puke-covered clothes, clean the couch and get in the shower.
8:30 p.m. Out of the shower. I hear banging on the bedroom door. Sofia has locked herself in our room. I hear "Oh my God, what did you do?" Step out of the bathroom, look at the floor and see hair. Sofia's hair. Sofia gave herself a haircut. I'm not just talking the bangs like my older sister did at that age. I'm talking huge chunks out of the side of her hair. I can barely look at her without laughing/crying.
9:00 p.m. Call my mom, dad, and sisters to tell the story.
9:15 p.m. Can't handle it anymore. Go to bed with Adeline.

Here are some pictures of Sofia's lovely haircut.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Pictures, finally!

Adeline with her bunny Thumper. Its got a bigger head than her.

What you lookin' at?

Sofia's secret identity - Crazy Butterfly Girl!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I took Sofia and Adeline to storytime this morning before work. Since we were up at 7 a.m., I figured we had the time. Storytime was fun - Miss Jenny was great, as always - we got some books and left. Afterwards we went out to lunch, which lately has been my biggest vice. By the time we got home, I had about 20 minutes before I had to be at work. During that 20 minutes, I spent most of the time looking for Sofia's yellow blanket and turtle stuffed animal. I knew she had brought them to the library because I distinctly remember putting them in the basket of the stroller. I was pretty sure she brought them into the restaurant for lunch. After a quick call to both places, no luck. Sofia kept insisting that she had her yellow blanket, but I told her she was wrong. Finally, as I was leaving for work, I decided to check my trunk. Lo and behold, there was the turtle and blanket in the basket of the stroller, all folded up. I brought them inside and apologized to Sofia for saying she left them. Oh, and the blanket she brought with us? It wasn't yellow - it was pink. Oops.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sofia is turning into the little girl in The Exorcist. She got in trouble today for picking up Adeline. She'll carry her to another part of room and put Adeline in her chair, or turn her around on her playmat, or pull her up. I've told Sofia repeatedly not to do this. Today, before I left for work, she got a timeout for now listening. I thought that would work (and the threat of Adeline puking on her). I guess I was wrong.

I called home a little bit ago and could hear Adeline and Sofia crying in the background. Ryan told me that Sofia had picked up Adeline and was swinging her around. I'm sure the vision of this in my head was much worse than the reality, but it sounded pretty awful. Sofia would not listen to Ryan as he told her over and over to put the baby down. When she finally listened, Ryan smacked her on the butt and sent Sofia to her room. Now, Ryan doesn't normally spank Sofia - he's usually the calmer of the two of us, but that's how you know he's mad. Ryan went to check on Sofia a few minutes later and noticed something. A puddle. On her art table. In the middle of her room. Sofia without pants or underwear. Yes, that is correct. My child peed on her table because she was mad. I was speechless. What is wrong with her? Who does that?

I'm at my wits end with Sofia. After all the stuff with the babysitter (that's a whole other story that I'll have to post sometime), we're really hoping things will get better with the new daycare and a new schedule. I know we're not alone in this, that what Sofia is doing, while not good, is normal. But still. Peeing on a table. What will she do next?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Adeline had her 4 month checkup today. Here are the stats:

weight: 11 lb. 3 oz.
Length: 23 inches

She's 10th percentile for both. Another small baby, just like Sofia. I can't get over how fast time goes. This time around I haven't been wishing for Adeline to be older. With Sofia all I could think was, " I can't wait until she sits up." "I can't wait until she crawls." With Adeline it's the opposite. There are some things I can't wait for her to do, like sleep through the night. (Do you hear me Adeline? Mommy would love you even more if you slept through the night.) As for now, I'm enjoying the baby stage. She's not mobile, she smiles all the time, and there is minimal crying.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Dancing Queen!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Can you guess who is who?

Now that I'm working full-time, I really look forward to having the weekend off. Not that I do much. For example, today I did laundry, talked to my Mom on Skype, cleaned the bathroom, vacuumed the floor, and took a nap. Not what you would call exciting, but I enjoyed it. The girls were both pretty good. Adeline didn't have anymore screaming fits like yesterday. She would cry for about 20 minutes, and then when she finally started eating, she would be sucking away and farting - so it must have been gas. I won't be eating cabbage again anytime soon.

Adeline is starting to play more. I got her to laugh earlier today. Usually this involved me rubbing my nose on her belly and tickling her armpits over and over again. When she does start laughing, it almost sounds like crying, but I can't help it. I'm addicted to hearing her giggle. She's also really started to go to town on her hand. She'll shove three or four fingers in there and the drool! It's everywhere. I even got it in the mouth the other day. (Note to self: do not do airplan with a drooling baby.) Adeline is just such a happy baby, constantly smiling. Sofia was a lot like that too, but now she cries more than the baby. No one ever tells you that four-year-olds will cry at the drop of a hat, or a chicken nugget on the floor. And she'll have real tears too. I should get Sofia into movies, I'm sure there's a need for children who can cry real tears.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

We took a trip to the Zoo earlier in January. It was the middle of the week, the temperature was above freezing, and we knew it was now or never. The great thing about the day was the lack of people. That's the one thing I hate about going to the Zoo on a weekend, is the crowds. I don't get why people feel a need to walk in the middle of the trail and then stop, forcing everyone else to go around them. Are they really that oblivious? (Do I really need to answer that?) At one point, we were the only people in the aquarium. It was awesome. Sofia made a friend, and was holding the little girl's hand, dragging her around to look at the fish. Adeline got a kick out of the fish and seemed to be enjoying herself. But then again, she was 3 months old - anything is enjoyable at that age.

I like this picture because it looks like the polar bear is going to eat Sofia's face.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Lately we've been a little off putting Sofia to bed. When I was on maternity leave, we let her stay up later because I knew I wasn't going anywhere and she didn't have to get up at a certain time. Now, with my schedule change, we've been trying to put her to sleep earlier but some nights it just doesn't work that way. The other night I came home from work at 9 p.m. and she was still awake. Finally around 10 p.m. I told her it was time for bed, led her to her room, and tucked her in. I returned to the couch to veg and watch t.v. As I was sitting there, I thought I kept hearing a noise. When I turned the t.v. to mute, it was silent. But as I sat, I continued to hear it. After a little while I decided to investigate. I went to Sofia's room and what did I find? Sofia, laying in her bed, drawing on the wall with a blue crayon. All over the wall. Blue crayon. To say I was a little upset would be an understatement. What get's me is I know she's only 4, but she knows better. I know she knows better. She knows she knows better. So why oh why was she drawing on the wall? It could be that she has Ryan's artistic talents and was just expressing herself. Or (and this is the most likely answer) she was pissed at me for making her go to bed. Let's just say, Saturday we will learn just how well Magic Eraser's take crayon marks off the wall (per my Mom's suggestion).

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Now that I'm working full-time, it's much harder to get errands done during the week. Luckily today I didn't work until 1 p.m., which gave me time to run out to Target with the girls. Ryan and I are low on cash, so we're only getting necessities until we get paid on Friday. Diapers and formula are necessities.

Anyway, I got myself showered and ready while having a "girl party" in the bathroom with Adeline and Sofia. Sofia's words, not mine. Any time it's the three of us, she says we're having a "girl party." After getting everyone else ready and bundled up, with minimal yelling at Sofia, we were off to the wonderful land of Target. Here's the thing, though. Sofia has gotten so used to getting a small toy or candy whenever we go anywhere that she freaks out if you don't do it. I know, bad parenting 101. Most of the time we let her get something small, like a gumball. Today, for instance, she wanted fake fingernails. Then she wanted some little $2.99 light-up toy. Okay, that one's fine. Then I saw 99 cent candy. That had Toy Story on it. I got her to trade the more expensive item for the cheaper one. Sucker! (Just kidding.)

So, after spending a lovely 20 minutes in Target we went to Panera for lunch. Panera always reminds me of when I used to go there when Sofia was only a few months old. Lunch was surprisingly easy and fun. Sofia was well-behaved, which she usually is at resternauts (her word, not mine). I enjoy spending time with the two of them and to be honest, it's really not as hard as I thought it would be.

Monday, January 24, 2011

This has been a long, crazy last couple of months. Looking back I really wished I would have kept up with this blog, but I just didn't have the time. Can you blame me? I will admit that when everyone said, "The second child is nothing like the first!" they were right. Here I was scoffing behind their backs, but they were right. Where Sofia was sleeping through the night by 2 and a half months, Adeline is still getting up anywhere from 2 to 3 times. Adeline and I had the worst time trying to breastfeed the first month or so. It was horrible. So horrible I cried for three weeks straight. We've got it worked out now, better late than never.

Other differences this time around also include: I got help for my post-partum depression. They put me on Zoloft which has changed my life. I mean that in a good way. I don't feel ashamed that I had to get help - it has made me a much nicer person. I also started working full-time a couple of weeks ago. I switched buildings and work with different people, but I really like it so far. I miss being around my kids, and I admit that I feel like Adeline is getting the short end of the stick because I was around for Sofia at that age, but it's better for everyone. I'm happier, which makes me look forward to coming home and seeing everyone.

I'm excited to start posting again, especially after going back through some of my older posts. We'll see if I can keep it up!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Welcome Adeline!

Adeline Elise Lupi was born about 10:15 a.m. She was 5 lbs. 6 oz. and 17 inches. She is beautiful, tiny, and perfect.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Design, New Start

It's been forever since I last posted. I needed a little hiatus from posting, but my how things have changed since my last one. Rather than go back through everything that has happened (and since the majority of my readers already know me) we'll just pretend I never stopped and pick up where I left off.

Stats so far:

Sofia is almost 4. Where has the time gone? She's turned into such a little character (both good and bad). It's amazaing to hear what comes out of her mouth day to day.

We've got baby number 2 on the way. Welcome Adeline! These past 30 weeks have flown by, but I still feel like the next 10 are going to last forever. This pregnancy has not been as much fun as Sofia's. Between the nausea, vomiting, and tiredness I've lost about 18 pounds. I'm not going to complain too much about the weight loss, but man oh man, this little baby is causing trouble already!

It's been a crazy year and I'm sure I'll have more revelations and excitement to post. Soon. I promise.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sofia and I had a blast last night at my work holiday party. Ryan decided not to go because he was feeling a bit anit-social. It was a potluck, so there was a ton of food. My contribution included chips and salsa and little cocktail bread with dill creamcheese, cucumber and smoked salmon. The food was fantastic, I only wish my stomach was larger so that I could have eaten more. Sofia did a good job sampling some dishes, namely a deviled egg, cheese, crackers, and pita bread with hummus. However, as soon as Sofia heard the DJ start to play some rockin tunes in the teen room, Sofia was ready to party. She danced for over an hour straight. She shook her booty, twirled in circles, and basically ran the length of the room over and over. It was a blast and by the time we got home after 9:30, both she and I were ready to crash. Too bad she went to bed at 10 p.m. and decided to come into our room at 6 a.m. this morning. I mean, seriously? I think her big girl bed is cursed because she rarely sleeps past 7 a.m.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Here are some recent pictures. I'm just too lazy and tired to write much, so I'll say what I want through pictures.

Do you like our new cat ornament?

Thanksgiving 2009. This was a quiet moment with Sydney and Sofia. What you don't see is Sofia's room that got totally trashed within the first 5 minutes. However, both girls did a great job cleaning everything up.

Sofia the cook. I especially like the dish that is closest, looks like a mussel, sardines, and a cat hairball. Bon appetit!

Sofia's obsession with Aladdin continues with this rousing rendition of "A Whole New World"

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Today was an awesome day. Ryan and I don't get too many days off together, usually only one or two a month. When we do, we kind of go all out and try to cram as much stuff as possible into the day. Today was no exception. Let me take you through it...
We started the morning going out to breakfast. For some reason, every time we go out for breakfast, we fight or argue or, in today's case, Sofia falls off her chair and then has it tip over and hit her head. And we were sitting right in the middle of the restaurant. There's nothing like hearing gasps from those around you as your child lays on the ground crying with a chair on top of her. One point for good parenting.

After breakfast we headed to Inniswood Metro Park. This park is different from the other parks because it is made up of gardens. It's very peaceful - there's no playground, no people of bikes. In fact, no active sports are allowed. We walked through the forest and checked out the herb garden. Don't tell anyone, but we stole about 10 sage leaves in the Herb garden. This is a big no-no, but we couldn't help it. The sage was just going to die anyway, and as Ryan said, herbs need to be cut so that they keep growing.

When we got tired of the park (or I should say, got tired of hearing Sofia whining about how tired she was) we headed to a comic book store that Ryan has been looking for. The only way to see the turnoff for this store was a small paper sign. But we found it and made a great find there - a Wesley doll from The Princess Bride. I know you're jealous. Don't worry, everyone can come over and see it whenever they want. He's hanging on our living room wall for the world to see (along with my Librarian Action figure and the Marie Antoinette action figure with ejector head action.) We are such dorks.
Our last stop before nap time was Alum Creek park in Westerville near Otterbein, my alma mater. Ryan and I stood around while Sofia went down the slide over and over and over again. The trip ending when she bumped her mouth and bit her lip.
Finally, while Sofia was taking a nap, I attempted to make stew. I had the vegetables cut, everything set out ready to go, only to realize that the meat was bad. Not bad bad, but it had a funky smell. I didn't feel like risking everyone's health to make my delicious we went out to dinner instead. To Hoggy's. All I have to say is, "oh lordy, I am stuffed." I had a $10 off coupon so I went all out and got the taster platter. Who can seriously eat ribs, 3 different kinds of sandwiches, and 4 small sides? Not me. But, now I have lunch for tomorrow.
Our last stop of the night was Kroger's to pick up marshmellows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and firewood. (Not to mention all the extra crap we got including: a Tinkerbell coloring book for Sofia, a Disney princess coloring book and a box of 96 crayola crayons for me, and Pepto Bismal for Ryan.) Yes folks, we made s'mores. Sooo goood. Sofia was able to eat two. I'm sitting here waiting for the sugar rush to start. Now Ryan is getting ready to go out for the night and I get to relax and perhaps read, or color, or watch a movie. I'm so excited!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sofia's intelligence never ceases to amaze me. I'm not saying my kid is any smarter than others her age, but it always takes me by surprise when she does things I'm not prepared for. For example, today she was sitting on the toilet (I know, I should be shocked just by that. I swear, that girl will never be out of diapers.) and out of nowhere she started singing the ABC song. Where the heck did she pick that up? Granted, I've sung it once or twice around her, but it's not something we practice every day. She also does a medley of the ABC song with Old MacDonald...perhaps musical theater in her future? The next American Idol (god, I hope not. )

Thursday, October 29, 2009


Let me just start off by saying that I think it is sacrilegious to not have trick-or-treat on Halloween night. Case in point, we had "beggar's night" tonight, a Thursday, as opposed to the actually holiday on Saturday. Why? Really, why? I just don't get it.

Okay, enough of that rant. Trick-or-Treat was so much fun tonight. Sofia was dressed as Tinkerbell. We went out on Sunday night and got the costume. She actually let me pull her hair back in a ponytail, which I would love to have her wear more often because it shows off her face. I digress. She was so excited about her costume, especially the pink hair spray and the make-up. What pink hair coloring has to do with Tinkerbell I'm not sure, but it worked.

We joined up with Russ, Vanessa, Genevieve, Vanessa's mom, as well as another family, and hit the road. The two little girls were so into getting candy. They would race up to a house together, get their candy, and then come back and say, "Okay, let's go to the next house." We walked around a neighborhood that was close to Russ and Vanessa's just because it had houses ans sidewalks, as opposed to condos and apartments. The neighborhood was really nice and the people were friendly. I just walked down the street wishing I could afford a house like those and thinking of all the fun decorations I could put up if I lived there.

We stayed out for the whole 2 hours. Sofia got a little cranky towards the end and only wanted to ride in the wagon. But, I will say, she did a lot of walking/running in the beginning. Both her and Genevieve were very possessive of their candy. We brought an extra bag to put the candy in when her little princess bag got to full, but it was such a battle to convince Sofia that we weren't stealing her candy, we were trying to help her get more. I can't wait to go through the candy and see what we, I mean Sofia, got.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Leed's Farm

This is a little late posting, but we went to Leed's Farm again this year. It wasn't quite as fun as last year - probably because of all the people. There were a ton of people this year. It's wierd, I work with the public at both jobs, but I can't stand large crowds of people.

Anyway, we did the giant black slide, the barn full of hay, and Sofia even rode the Banana Bus all by herself. Which is good, because I didn't want to try and humiliate myself getting in and out of one of those little cars.
Yes, this is the banana bus. Jealous that Sofia got to take a ride in it? I thought so.
This was the giant black slide. It was actually pretty fun. I think all my extra weight really helped us fly down the slide.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


We took Sofia to her first movie yesterday. I had a couple of free passes to the new TinkerBell movie. This was the only time it would be shown on the big screen, because usually it's a straight to DVD type of movie. So, we got up early and left for the theater. The paper said to arrive early, so we got there about 30 minutes before showtime. The line was almost out the door. By that point, I figured we weren't going to get in and almost wanted to leave. However, we did get seats and Ryan bought popcorn and soda. Sofia was fantastic the whole time. She did hog the popcorn and ate practically half the bag herself. Most of the kids in the theater were really good! There was a really funny moment **spoiler alert** when during the film, the magic moonstone was smashed, you could here the guys in the audience (not little kids, but dads) gasp and yell. It was hilarious. The movie wasn't half bad, I will admit. After the movie we went and got lunch at a pizza place Ryan used to work at back in the day. (Way back in the day, like 10 years ago). By the time we got home, I was feeling like crap, so I took a 5 hour nap. This nap did not make me feel better, however. In fact, it made me feel worse. I kind of left Ryan with Sofia for the evening, while I sat on my bed watching Say Yes to the Dress on TLC. Thank you Ryan, for letting me watch crappy television while you watched Sofia.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


Sofia is all about puzzles. You know, the kind that have lots of pieces that you lose all over the house and are never quite complete? Well, Sofia has mastered the age 3+ puzzles. These usually come with about 24 pieces. Sofia will do the puzzle once, and then from there on out, she can do it over an over again. It's not a challenge. Ryan decided to buy her puzzles for the 5+ crowd. These have 100 pieces. How can you go from 24 to 100 pieces? Sofia likes these puzzles, but she hasn't finished one on her own. I've helped her finish a Tinkerbell puzzle (Tinky-pell anyone?), but she does still need a little help. However, it truly amazes me how much she likes working on puzzles and totally obsessed over them everyday. It's so cool!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

As I was driving Sofia to the babysitter's this morning, she said the sweetest thing to me. She goes, "Mommy, I'm really happy. Mommy, you make me happy."

How sweet is that? I love that little girl.