Monday, December 19, 2011

catching up

It's hard for me to write this.

On one hand, I haven't had an update here in a long while. On the other hand, I feel like talking about my family's - mainly my kids' - happenings is trite. Our grand nephew (on Ray's side, if it matters) passed away twelve days ago. He was six months old, just three weeks older than Millie.

They shouldn't have to make caskets that small.

 He, and his family, are in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

I'll tell you what, being a working mom is hard enough on a daily basis. But, ever since the baby passed, it has just been that much harder to leave the girls every day, particularly Amelia. Lots of hugs here.

The girls continue to amaze - and humor - me daily.

Lola is finally taking an interest in her letters. But I am trying not to push her. She can now spell her name and recognize about 50 percent of the alphabet. But if I push too much, she withdraws. So I'm taking my cues from her.

She is still the sweetest kid around. Even at daycare, she is always making sure all of the little ones have toys before she will go get one for herself. She is constantly worried about Amelia and making sure she is entertained and happy.

Now that Millie is getting older and is more, well, active, Lola has really begun to bond a bit with her. Amelia is still the happiest baby - she rarely cries and usually just wants to grin and giggle.

"'Milia smiling at me, Mama!" Lola beams whenever her sister grins at her. And when Lola isn't around, Amelia is constantly looking for her.

I love it.

So here's what we've been up to...

Princess Lola.



Even princesses play with trucks.



"Please don't eat me," thinks Amelia about the the very-fat cat.




I was not prepared for how much Lola would hate sharing Amelia's toys with Amelia. She thinks they should all be hers and she can decide which ones Millie can play with at any given time.




Sweet Millie. The most un-motivated baby in the world. She has no desire to roll over or try to move around. This is about as far as she gets. That said, she is now, occasionally, sitting on her own.




Never would I have expected to still be playing outside on a fairly regular basis with a 6-month-old in Bemidji. But we have spent more than a little bit of time the last few weeks biking, walking and playing outside.

Loves loves biking and Amelia loves ... well ... everything. But she certainly enjoys the fresh air.





And, while the kids are having a good time, us adults are doing pretty all right also. I'm getting a little used to our new crazy schedule (Ray worked 80 hours last week and is on pace to surpass that this week).

With Ray working so much, I've been a little creative in coming up with fun things for the girls and I to do, especially on weekends.

Enter cake pops.

This is something I did once before, we not-great results. But I didn't have the right stuff then (my husband insisted on trying a "cheaper" version).

This time, the girls and I went at it ourselves.

And they turned were marvelous. The cake pops. Well, the girls, too, but I was talking about the cake pops.

Lola mixing everything up.




"I'm not so sure about this."





Millie was just happy to be included in the fun.



Lola rolling everything into balls. (I love Millie's expression, as if she is wondering why she can't help, too...)


Lola doing some dipping.



Her favorite part.



OK, the dipping was her second-favorite part.


Fun times.
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One more post coming yet this week.

I have the share the Santa experience...

- Bethany :)

P.S. One guess as to who got to pick out the color for the cake pops...

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