Sunday, August 24, 2014

Five Months



 
At five months, Rosie...
 
loves looking at herself in the mirror.
 
has a squeaky, yet husky, little voice.
 
is practicing sitting unassisted (and tipping over every so often).
 
thinks Cece is the funniest person on the planet.
 
makes sassy faces.
 
tries to steal my food off my plate.
 
And basically, she just gets cuter by the day.
 
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Friday, August 22, 2014

Adelie Amie





  
My friends Kristina and Tony welcomed their darling baby girl just a little over a week ago. I've known Kristina since I was just a wee little freshman in college. She encouraged me to try out for the hockey cheerleading team and the rest is history.
 
You wouldn't know it from these photos, but there were also two dogs, my two kids, and three grown-ups present in the nursery while these pictures were being taken. Adelie tolerated the paparazzi for a few minutes and we got a few good shots! I keep going back to the picture of her snuggly head... mmmmmm...
 
Congrats again, you guys! Adelie is just beautiful.
 
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

August via iPhone

 
Greetings! Life has been good lately (as indicated by those super smiles above) Summer is so close to being over which is even more reason to be enjoying it as much as possible. We've been making time for play dates and outdoor activities before they become indoor activities again. Below are some more photos from my iPhone from the past week or so.
 


 
 That picnic lives on! Cece and I recently had lunch on our front lawn per her request. After all, I don't think we'll be eating outside come January. (But I could be wrong.)
 
 
I also took the girls to the pool near our house last week. I'm still working on mastering outings while juggling the two of them. Like most things, there is no better way to learn than to actually just get out and do it. And I'm glad that I haven't resigned us to spending all of our time in the living room. I think they're happy about it too.

 
 
 
I also turned 28 last week! (WHOA! I still remember turning eight years old clear as day. We were spending the summer at Grandma Kletz's and I got a shiny new bike.) This year, Cece and I used this as the perfect excuse to make a two-layer cake. And all of my pesetering Joe about flowers worked since he had some delivered that day. We hung out with the Olsons that night and ate some delicious homemade pizza. All good things!



 
And last, but not least, the girls and I met up with our Chicago besties for a shared birthday dinner. They were staying in Wisconsin so we decided to meet in Rochester (where I'd never visited before!). Although it was a brief get-together, what a treat to see our other halves! Miss you guys and I'll have to visit Chicago SOON!
 
That's all for now! I'm sure the children will be waking up soon and looking for me...
 
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Monday, August 11, 2014

There's a new redhead in town.


 
A couple of weeks ago, Joe brought home the DVD Brave which Cece was thrilled with. Then Joe could not resist ordering her the whole Merida ensemble (wig, bow and arrow, and dress). I never thought another Disney Princess would quite win over Cece the same way Ariel did. However, Cece woke up at 5 am this morning asking to put on her whole Merida outfit. "Look! I'm ALL Merida!" she says.
 
So, if you come to our house in the near future, just be aware that there will be a tiny redhead leaving a glitter trail and attempting to fire arrows.

 
Happy Monday!
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Picnic Dinner


Going on a dinner picnic is something that has been on my summer to-do list for a couple years. (Yes, sometimes it takes me years to check something simple off a list!) Cece needed no persuading. Joe took a little convincing , but warmed up to the idea once he saw the fancy sandwiches I was making.
 
Cece helped me prepare all of the food. She had a peanut butter and honey sandwich. For Joe and myself, I made chicken sandwiches with goat cheese and caramelized mushrooms and onions on a pretzel bun. (Pretzel buns rule, FYI.) We also had strawberries, cheese and crackers, and carrots and hummus to share.
 
We went to Lake Normandale as I had a cute spot near a small waterfall in mind for dining. Unfortunately, the lake had become kind of swampy and slightly smelly over the summer. so we kept joking that we were in Dowisetrepla (How I Met Your Mother, anyone?). Still, we kicked off our shoes and enjoyed our dinner as well as the novelty eating on the ground instead of a table. Two super sweet ladies walking by offered to take a photo of us. I love when the four of us can actually all be in a photo together, so I really appreciated it!
 
After we ate, Joe and Cece went on a little tree climbing expedition while Rosie and I were happy to sit back and watch them do their Tarzan thing.


 



Cece has requested to go on a picnic again and I think we should too!
If you've had something on your summer to-do list that still needs doing, go for it because there's still time! I'm glad we had this evening together.
 
 
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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Two peas in a pod



 
Cece continues to surprise and impress me everyday by what a terrific big sister she has been. For instance, when Rosie is crying, Cece will run over and tell her, "It's ok, it's ok! Cece is here!" Or she'll say "My sister needs me!" It's pretty adorable. And Rosie loves her right back. Cece can make Rosie laugh more easily than anyone else can. They've recently gotten into some giggle fits during dinner and it's ADORABLE. I figured they would bond SOMEDAY, but I definitely didn't foresee them liking each other so much so soon. I hope this keeps up because I love it.
 
And lastly, here is my most recent favorite Cece quote:
 
"Cece is Elsa. Rosie is Anna." (What about mama?)
"Mama is Olaf the snowman. So, you like warm hugs. Can I have a warm hug?"
 
Of course you can, my dear.
 
 
(In case you were curious, Joe is Kristoff, not Prince Hans, thank goodness.)
 
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Coming Soon... Ehrich Baby #2!

 
 
 



 
 
 
My delightful (and beautiful!) friend Alissa is expecting a baby girl soon. It was a pleasure to take photos of her and her sweet family during this exciting time in their lives. We managed a few Pinteresty recreations, but I think these photos still feel genuine and capture that pre-baby love.
 
Thank you for the experience and congrats again on your growing family! I can't wait for the arrival of your sweet little girl!
 
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