Monday, December 14, 2015


I had planned to take the girls to the balloon festival today.
I wanted to go so badly last year, but we never made it down...
...this year, Brad was traveling, so I second guessed going {me and traffic is a recipe for anxiety}... but, I had a pep talk with myself for a few days and really convinced myself that I was taking the girls to check out the hot air balloons!

Well, after months of no rain, we got our first big storm by the time we woke up.
So, I took Norah outside to play in the puddles instead.
I'm pretty sure she had more fun jumping through the rain than she would have watching the balloons, anyway.


Just a mom & her camera...
...taking pictures as the sun sets...
...of her two little princesses...

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Have I mentioned before how much I love the play groups we belong to?
Sometimes I second guess getting out of the house because there is always so much to do, but it's so important for all of us to get out, get some vitamin D, let Norah burn some energy, and let me socialize with the other moms.
On this particular day there was a meet-up at the beach & since we had to return books to the library across the street, anyway, we decided that there wasn't a better event to attend.
After all, I don't think we had been to the beach since moving to Texas.

For those who aren't overly familiar with Texas, Dallas is smack dab in the middle of North Texas.  There aren't any oceans nearby... so, when I say we went to the beach, I mean we went to the lake to play in the sand.  Lakes are a big change for us.  We have lived by the ocean for the past 4 years.  I miss it, but I'm happy there is an alternative to our norm.

No matter how many play dates we go to and with Kid Care at church, Norah still prefers to play on her own.  When the kids would walk away from the toys they were playing with, she would snag them up and start playing at the far end of where our group was.  Before we left she had all of the buckets (except her own), sand toys, and somebody else's sunglasses & it took a lot of convincing to give them back.

And, like any other outing, I wore Piper in the Tula and she slept the entire time while I got my feet wet.  Thank goodness for the other moms making sure Norah didn't go too far into the water.


Piper is already tall enough to play with the Step & Play.
Her doctor always seems shocked by her length 
{probably because her mommy isn't really benefiting in the vertical category}.
She may just be able to be a Rockette when she grows up.

Norah is loving having a sister to play with.
It's definitely a learning curve for her having an extra set of hands playing with her toys,
but we're working on that.

Piper gets so excited with every note that plays as she steps across the keyboard.
And she could sit and watch herself in the mirror all day.
It's, by far, my favorite baby toy we own {because, after all, it allows me to be hands free for about 5 minutes}. ;)


Today I pulled my flute out of the closet.
It has collected dust for many years.
I started playing in the school band in 4th grade and dabbled off and on after I graduated from high school, but I hadn't played it since Norah was a baby.
I thought it would be fun to play Norah a few songs and play Piper's favorite song, "All My Loving" by The Beatles.
They lit up!
I always get a big smile out of Piper when I sing "All My Loving" to her... same effect when I played it on my flute.

And, of course, before I was done, Norah wanted to play.
I see music lessons in her future. :)