Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Piper is a quirky little peanut.
She is a sensitive soul and not much of a cuddler or very affectionate at this age.
She is our baby who needs constant entertainment.
She's the polar opposite of Norah.

Norah is my little performer.
I do more laundry of clothes she has worn for all of 5 minutes playing dress up.
I have been in search of a performing arts group for her because I just know she would blossom with all of that creativity building up inside of her.

But, if there is one thing they both have in common... it's their love of books!!
Piper is obsessed.
She wants me to read 24/7.
She wants me to read the same book over and over again.
There are worse things in the world. ;)

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Norah started pre-school today!
She is sooooo excited!
Everyone asked if I thought I would cry, and really for two weeks leading up to school, I didn't think I would.
I mean, how could I when Norah was grinning from ear to ear with excitement getting to conquer this milestone?!?!

But, alas, the first day of school came with all of it's jitters, and schedules, and lists. Norah was still so excited, carrying her backpack around the house all morning and asking if it was time to leave yet.  I was one strong mama... I thought, "I've got this!"

We pulled up to school, I took her in to the cafeteria to eat lunch, sat down next to her, told her to have a good day, listen, and make new friends.  I had been putting off Piper's normal 10:30am nap until we got home from drop off around 1pm, so I told Norah I had to leave so Piper could nap... that's when the waterfalls came... for me... not Norah.
Norah looked at me with a face full of nerves and said, "you sit in the parking lot, ok??  Don't drive!!!"
Oh man!  Why do we do this to ourselves??
She has been by my side for the last 4 years!!
Now, I have to put somebody else in charge of making sure she is safe and happy??  Somebody I don't even know??
But, luckily for us, Norah got the sweetest lady EVER for preschool!
Everyone is beyond kind and so attentive to the kid's needs!
I will admit, I'm so glad we put her in preschool instead of waiting until Kindergarten.  If I had to wait a full day to hug her without taking this "baby step," I think I would have simply lost my mind.
She already has a best friend and when we picked her up I asked her if she wanted to go back tomorrow...
...She said, "yes!!!" :)

Friday, February 10, 2017


We took Norah out for a "night before school starts" dinner.
We landed at Mellow Mushroom!
Brad and I hadn't been there since we lived in Florida and I was still pregnant with Norah!
It's still as delicious as I remember it being back then.
Norah requested her usual pepperoni pizza and Brad and I tried the brisket pizza.  To.die.for!!!
Tonight is bittersweet for me!
I just can't believe my baby is heading to preschool already!


My sweet girl starts pre-school in TWO DAYS!!


So, of course that meant heading down to one of my favorite places to take {what I hope becomes} her annual school pictures.
I'm excited to see how her facts change over time.
This year her favorite color is hot pink and she wants to be a cake baker when she grows up!  Good choices, if you ask me!

**I just have to say, I see so much of my mom in Norah in these photos**


Being super heros after tubby time is the best!
Piper catching her sister and giving her a big hug is even better.


When the weather isn't great and we can't go outside to play, I blow up the bouncy house so the girls can get some energy out!
By the end of the first hour, it usually just turns into a huge toy box.


Just Norah being Norah.
Brad taught her how to make a heart with her hands.
It's her new favorite thing.