Saturday, January 31, 2009

Were Baaaaack...

Great Stirrup Cay, Norwegain Cruise Line's private island:



In Nassau at Gordman's Bay, the biggest starfish I have ever seen:
I took this pic while standing on a cliff about 30 feet high looking down. The water was probably 5 feet deep. That is how clear the water is here.


At Freeport harbor, Grand Bahama Island:


Unfortunately we made it back from our cruise. It was by far the best vacation I have ever been on. It was just long enough for me to miss the kids, but we still came back to early in my opinion. More details and pictures to follow, I am in the middle of organizing and order my photo book from shutterfly. Here are just a couple pics.... I will post more when I have more pics up.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Zero Motivation

My Mother-in-law will be here tomorrow around dinner time. You would think I would be running around cleaning, scrubbing, washing, dusting, vacuuming, etc. But I can't get myself going today. It is 10am and I just got dressed, I don't think I even brushed my teeth yet. Stephen is still in his jammies too. I don't feel like I am getting sick or anything, it has just been one of those days. I can't wait for nap time so I can crawl back into bed. We still need to grocery shop so Stephen and Grandma can eat while we are away. I wish I liked coffee or something to get me going today.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another year has come and gone

Yesterday was our 4 year anniversary. We stayed home and made nachos. We are saving all the celebrating for our cruise in 5 more days. Some days I feel like we have been married forever, and others it feels like when we first starting dating. There is never a dull moment that is for sure. Add a couple kids and other drama in the mix and life can get pretty stressful. There is no one else I'd rather be living my life with though. We may not have the big fancy house or all the money in the world, but we have each other and our kids. In my book that's all that matters.

Monday, January 19, 2009

She wants to go...

Here is some video of Aria wanting to crawl. Every now and then she will get on her hands and knees and do that "rocking" thing babies do. She mostly flaps her arms like she is going to fly away and bounces on her butt. Enjoy!

I promise this is my last post of the day...4 in one day CRAZY!

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Strange...

I got more accomplished during nap time today than I did all last week with Robin home.

Painting Extravaganza







Beautiful Babies?

These are the pictures I submitted to Regis and Kelly's Beautiful Baby Contest. Think they are winners?


Friday, January 16, 2009

Little updates

  • No more diapers for naps. Stephen has stayed dry in his undies all week during his naps!
  • Farting is apparently funny. Stephen tooted the other day, I responded with "What do you say?" Stephen looked at Daddy and said, "Ha Ha!"
  • 10 Days till vacation
  • Aria will only nap in our closet where it is pitch black and silent. Is it some form of abuse to let your baby sleep in the closet?
  • I am down 5 pounds and bikini ready!
  • When Aria gets really excited she bounces on her butt on the floor and can scoot a few inches.
  • I am so sick of puzzles and coloring. I guess I will just have to deal with the mess of playdoh, maybe even painting today (I am feeling adventurous)

Monday, January 12, 2009

All set to go

I have officially begun my countdown to the Bahamas. I got my haircut, brows waxed, clothes are set aside ready to be packed, snorkeling gear purchased, passport received, and a new swimsuit. All that I have left to do is get a waterproof camera (or case for our digital camera) and my spray tan a couple days before we leave. I don't have the time to waste laying in a tanning bed every day for three weeks to get a base tan (yes it would take that long for me). Robin has spent the past couple of days researching the islands we will be stopping at and has everything planned out. I made sure to find the best oyster bar in the area to stop at to. All I can do now is hope and pray that we don't get a massive snow storm the night/early morning of Jan 25th/26th that would cause flight delays, and ultimately missing our cruise.

BAHAMA COUNTDOWN: 14 Days

In potty news.... Stephen has been doing great!! Just the other night we were out at a friends house and he had on a diaper. He came up to me and said, "Come on Mommy, bathroom!" Sure enough he had to go poop. He has no problem peeing in a diaper, but hates poop. And there have been many occasions that he wakes up without his diaper on and he (and his bed) are dry. He went down for his nap in his undies today, and woke up dry. We have been making great progress lately. We still put a diaper on when we go out, but we are pretty much down to 2 or 3 diapers a day.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Terrible 2 and half

I thought awhile back that "terrible 2's" weren't so bad, boy was I wrong. Stephen has become either schizophrenic or bi-polar, I can't figure out which one. One minute is great and asking for snuggles, the next is screaming and throwing stuff. Oh and the whining!! That is the worst, I can't stand it. That started just recently, so I hope it is related to the cold he is battling. Because of the stuffy/running nose and cough he hasn't been napping very well, so I hope the whining disappears when the cold does.

Then there is Aria. This separation anxiety phase is killing me. The second I am out of her sight she cries like she is going to die. Then when I come back the stops and smiles. Some days it is funny, then others not so much. I love my kids more than life itself, but boy are they testing me lately.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

New videos...

There are a couple new videos in the side bar=====>

Monday, January 5, 2009

More Clevage than Mommy



Yummy peas all over her face. I think she even got some in her eye this time. That is what happens when you have to put the bowl down because the 2 year old is acting up. A bath in the middle of the day and a time out.

I must be psychic

About 8pm last night I said to Robin, "I think we are going to have a rough night." I could tell Stephen was getting a cold that got progressively worse all day, and it got to the point were he could no longer breathe out of his nose. So I just thought he would be whiny and wake up when Aria got up. Well, we did have a rough night but it was Princess Aria that kept me up. She did good until about 1:30am, but then it was about every 2 hours she would start screaming. It has got to be her teeth. I did make her bottles but she just played with them and was gnawing on the nipple (that god it was the bottle and not me anymore!). At 4 I gave up and gave her some iburophen. Then she slept until 8. I wish these teeth would hurry up and come in so we can get some sleep around here.

It is my mission to do some major cleaning today. It seems like I have not been able to keep up since the holidays. It always seems so much harder to get anything done when Robin is home. You would think it would be easier to have the extra help, but it feels like extra work some days. I will be very tempted to take a nap when the kid do today, but I need to CLEAN!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Not Much...

It feels like we have been so busy, but when I think about it not much has been going on. With the occasional having another couple over for game or movie night, not much interesting to post about. On New Years we went to a friends house that we haven't really seen in about a year. They have 2 boys very close in age to our kids so that was a lot of fun to see them play together. Aria was a real trooper too. She stayed up until 10ish and was perfectly happy with all the attention she was getting and all the commotion of the boys playing. The adults played Wii (I secretly want one now), so we all had a great time. Stephen stayed up until 1 when we finally went home. And special thanks to Aria, who slept through me putting her jacket on, in and out of the car seat, jacket off, and straight through until 7am. Mommy really needed that.

I have been working too since Robin was off all week. Well, I don't know if you can call googling the Bahama islands that we are going to for fun stuff to do, scooter rentals, snorkeling sites, and secluded beaches really working. Oh... I was scheduled to work on Christmas day (no big deal since we were done with everything on Christmas Eve.) So I get there, and about 45 min later someone else comes in. (Typically at this house there is only one staff person on duty at a time.) So they tell me to go home, "Great I have to call my scheduler first." Long story short, I went home after 45 min, and got paid the entire shift holiday pay. What a nice Christmas present!!

The Bahama countdown begins: 22 days

This is our Cruise ship: The Norwegian Sky