Monday, January 29, 2007

Artist in the Making....

Ruthi had her first experience with painting and she had a blast! It ended up being a bit messy (what else with a 2 year old?) but she painted to her heart's content. The star she painted (and since been cut out so you can still tell it's a star) is now proudly displayed on the refrigerator. She loves to color too. I truly think we have an artist in the making!

Shirt covered in paint = happy toddler!

Friday, January 26, 2007

SHE'S 2!!!!!!!!

I can hardly believe our precious little girl is 2!! I know, she has been for almost a month, and I still can hardly believe it. Thought I'd share a couple pictures from the big day! We kept it small so the focus would be on her. Just us and my parents. Maybe we'll have a few kids when she turns 3, but I figured it would be better for it would be easier on her to not have to deal with sharing with others for this one. I was sure there would be tears or some fighting if there had been other 2 year olds here! She's not laid back like CJ was at this age, and I could just imagine her getting quite upset if anyone else tried to play with her new things! Maybe when she turns 3, she'll be able to understand reasoning better and know that no one is actually going to take her things, and be better with sharing. I also wanted to be relaxed myself, and have no stress, so this was the way to go!!
When we sang Happy Birthday to her, she was so cute, looking around at all of us with the biggest grin on her face! Here's a picture of her just after she blew out the candles - she got them on one try!

Nana and Poppy got her her first motorized vehicle, so she became a driver on her birthday - but maybe not a very good one!

She is truly a Dora-fan-atic. Everything 'Dora' lights her face up. Even a balloon!

And almost a month later, and she STILL plays with this thing. The helium is gone, but CJ figured out how to add air into it, so Dora's not flat. It is so funny to watch her with this thing.

That 2 year milestone - wow - really made a difference. I can't believe how much her vocabulary is growing on a daily basis. And it's funny, she started saying words "more grown up" all of a sudden too. She is growing WAY too fast!! I'm afraid to blink - she'll be 3 before I know it!!

Silly Kids (Just for you Daddy!!)

So I was on the phone with my Dad last night, and he says, "It's January 25, and I'm looking at Christmas Pictures!" Guess that was a hint I needed to update this blog! It must be my OCD coming out. I've been "meaning" to, but I kept thinking - I don't have time to sit down and do it because I'm so far behind, I need to put in all the Christmas and Ruthi's birthday stuff! And so I didn't do it at all - it happens to me - I just stop completely if I can't do it like I intended to. Well, I'm trying to get over that and get back to keeping this thing up even if some things were skipped. I may still get around to adding some missed stuff, but won't let that keep me from moving on any longer!! Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but it is the story of my life!! Thanks for the 'push' Daddy!
Anyway... Back to the regularly scheduled programming!
So, we all know that 2 year olds are great imitators. This is why I'm CONSTANTLY telling CJ to be careful what he does, because Ruthi looks up to him and wants to do everything he does. Well, they were sitting at the table coloring when I looked up and saw this:

I told him to stop - but too late, Ruthi had already seen it. Thankfully though, she didn't get it completely right, but she did want to do what he did:

Needless to say, I'm quite thankful she didn't stick them in her nose!! I don't know if CJ will ever really realize though how much of an influence he is on her. Oh the joy!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Christmas Photos

We started a couple years ago having family pictures made around November or the first part of December. This year however, things just got so crazy, that schedules just didn't mesh, and we never got them done. So I just took some pictures of the kids. I would have been putting one in Christmas cards this year, but unfortunately I got so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle, that cards never got done! Shame on me! I really needed the pictures though, as I needed some December photos for calendars I was making for gifts. Here are a few. The ones with the kids holding the letters were put into frames with 3 openings (side by side) to spell out "JOY" and given to our parents for Christmas.

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