It's time to lose your mind and let the crazy out.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Tummy Time!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Male Bonding

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Have You Ever Seen Anything Cuter? (or more ridiculous?)

I saw these hats at Jour de Fete, and just had to have one for each girl. They make me very happy. I'm not sure they make the girls as happy, Charlotte was relatively uncooperative for this photo.


Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just the 4 of us

Joe and Amanda and their family always like to see the Hot Air Balloon Race from on top of St. Mary's Hospital parking lot, and this year we went with them. We were so happy we did, because balloons went directly over us, it was really neat. Here's our attempt at a family photo, with a few hot air balloons in the background.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009


The first two pictures are Charlotte in the dress my mom made out of her wedding dress. Click here to see Cecilia in the same dress. The last picture is my niece Abbey, in the same dress in 1988. Hannah wore this dress also, and I was looking for a picture of her, but couldn't find one. I love the dress, and am sad that the lace in front is deteriorating. The lace is actually from my grandma's dress that she wore on my mom's wedding day. It is chantilly lace.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

That 70's Show

Another great one from the past, this is Christy and I (and maybe Matt in the background) on a canoe on another vacation. This might have been the summer of 1978? Guess I could ask Dad. Could be the same vacation as the previous photo? Anyway, I always think (and everyone else does too) that Cecilia looks just like John, but in this picture she looks a lot like me.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Summer 1977

I was looking through some old photos today, trying to find a picture of Hannah in the Christening gown, when I came across this picture, and it warmed my heart. This is Dad and I hiking Mt. Washburn in the Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming on our family vacation in 1977. I must have been around 20 months old, about the same age Cecilia is right now. Dad said I hiked about 200 yards and was done. There's two more pictures that I scanned and will share with you soon.

This picture makes my day.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Source of Much Happiness

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Charlotte's Baptism

She is now a cuddly little Catholic.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

4 Months and 20 Months

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Turtle Park

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Stream of Conscientiousness

totally exhausted but not able to sleep...somehow everyday and everynight I use every ounce of energy in me and every evening about this time I can't sleep...I know if I laid down I'd fall asleep, but I'm too wound up...and then in the morning, at 5 a.m., or 4:43 a.m. like this morning when Charlotte decided she was hungry, I'm dog dead tired. We rush around the house, remembering the boppy and breastmilk, and wait what day is today? Which child goes where today? What am I doing after work, what are you doing after work? We're out of groceries and no time to shop. You want to plan a baptism for when? The boss called and somehow wants you to squeeze in just one more thing tomorrow. It's a whirlwind over here, another load of laundry so Charlotte has clean bibs, stop at McD on the way home because Cecilia is having a meltdown she is so hungry. Call that person back for the third time after you've sent two emails because you have to have that thing next week, stop by the bakery 5 minutes before they close so you can order that cake for that party you are throwing in 4 days. Are you there God, it's me, Elaine, and I could use more arms, and more money, and my assisstant at work back, and more patience, and more time with my husband and children, and someone to clean the spare bedroom upstairs so Charlotte can have a room of her own, and someone to keep Charlotte awake at day care for longer than 45 minutes, and someone to swaddle Charlotte at 2:35 a.m. when she's not really hungry but not sleepy either. Oh, and can you get the silverfish out of our house, and remove the snake in the tall grass at the farm, and somehow protect those kittens at the farm whose days are numbered?

The main things are getting done, and no one is going too long in between meals, or with a dirty diaper, and there's lots and lots of kisses and hugs, and a little one learning to use the word, "please," but all the extra things are not getting done, and I guess that's just life, at least life with two little girls, and grape harvest for a wine maker and marching band season for a band teacher. This isn't the oh, God, woe is me I'm exhausted post, it's the oh, God, we're super duper busy over here and just wanted to be able to calm down so maybe I can sleep post.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009


The girls and I took a walk to the park while John stayed home and cleaned house. Not a bad trade.

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