Friday, May 28, 2010


  • Because I have been seriously lagging on keeping up with my blog
  • Because my days have been exhaustingly long and I haven't had time for myself
  • Because I thought I'd be better at writing more often since I'm feeling like myself again, now that I'm in my 2nd trimester (I'm 16 weeks 4 days and on Monday, I finally started feeling this little one say hello!)
  • Because it's easier to write in bullet points to justify starting somewhat of a sentence with 'because'
  • Because I have pictures to post of Kieran and Anna that need editing, only these ones are decent enough to go untouched:

  • Because it's Memorial Day weekend, and I should be cleaning and folding laundry instead of in-laws will be here in the early afternoon!

Happy 3-day weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

dear anna,

No, May 14th is not your birthday, it's April 28th. I'm a little late in wishing you a happy birthday, but better late than never! I promise it's not because your my second baby, really, I do! I have had every intention of celebrating you, but it's been a little crazy the last several weeks. As promised, my happy birthday wishes to you mean as much today as they did on your actual birthday. 

Just like Kieran, you arrived on your due date! Yes, I thought I'd see if there was truth to the myth, and I ate the preggo pizza. Your daddy was up in the attic re-wiring the house and had pretty much had it for the day. At 9pm, I made him drive the 15 minutes just to get the special pizza, since I was determined to see if there was really truth to the claim and it wasn't just a freak thing! Two pieces of pizza and a few hours later, I remember only having an hour of sleep. I was organizing all of the shelves, making sure everything in my bag was packed and ready to go. I felt a few contractions and told your daddy that I thought it was going to happen. Sure enough, my water had broken. In the wee hours of the morning, we drove to the hospital. From start to finish, you were born in just 4 short hours! 

On the morning of April 28, 2008 at 7:22am, at 8 pounds 1 ounce, and 21 1/2 inches long, my sweet 
Anna Elizabeth was born. You, my sweet baby girl, perfect in every way.
Where has the time gone? You are two. 2! And, you are amazing.
At 2, you are 50th percentile for height, and 75th percentile for weight. You love to dance, to read books with me, to color, to play with Kieran and Daddy. You speak your mind ( doesn't fall far...) and when I say you speak? You speak! You speak in full fledged, complete sentences. I love that I  can have a conversation with you and I love that you are a sponge for learning. You know all of your colors and shapes, can sing and identify the ABCs, identify numbers and count to 20 (I hope that you are better at Math than Mommy!). I love that you say hello and good morning to everyone you meet. You are my my little pistol (and no wonder since you do have mommy's strawberry hair):

Happy Birthday, my sweet girl. I love you more than you could ever imagine. You have brought so much joy to our lives. You and I have a special relationship, a mother/daughter relationship that I am so very blessed to have. I love you with all of my heart and know that you will be an amazing big sister!


Monday, May 3, 2010

back on my path

I've been on a blogging hiatus, my longest yet.  I've got a lot of posting that will be sure to happen in the next few weeks, okay days, possibly even more than one post in the same day...we'll see! I just haven't been feeling quite myself lately and with that, had a little bit of blogging burnout. My camera has been a little lonely lately, but has managed to visit every now and then-like the last ski weekend (for Erik), or in our case, building snow castles:

I started to feel a little more like me when I went to San Diego to welcome my new niece, Lily:
and of course to congratulate my beautiful sister, Jennifer and her husband, Jessy, on baby #3:

It was hard to say goodbye after meeting her and seeing her for just a few days! I am happy that we will get to visit and take a fun family trip to Southern California for the Summer.

Yes, blog burn out got to me alright, so much so, that I didn't even post on my dear sweet Anna's 2nd birthday! It's not a second kid thing either. I write in her baby book, take pictures, video, all that good stuff, but I've just been too exhausted. Thankfully, we just celebrated her birthday yesterday, so I'm making sure to capture her special day soon on my blog, just as I did for Kieran.

School is quickly coming to a close (thank goodness!) and I can only keep praying that it means that I will have my job back for the follwing school year. For now, the sun is shining, it finally feels like Spring, and slowly but surely, I'm back on my path.
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