Butterflies and Bubbles!

Posted by Chelsea on Monday Sep 27, 2010 Under Toddler

Lucy’s 2nd birthday party was a success!

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It’s party time people!

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Follow the arrows!

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Butterfly flag:

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Butterfly mat:

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Lucy is 2! (Papa did all the chalk work-isn’t he awesome?)

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Fruit salad in a whale watermelon courtesy of Mimi:

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I made Cilantro Jalepeno Hummus, Artichoke Hummus and then there was FISHIES (Lu’s favorite), pita chips, and fresh veggies.

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Lucy has attitude!

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Tessa!  In a dress!

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Ollie, being all boy:

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That’s better!

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Daddy with Miller High Life-CLASSY!

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Cupcakes! Auntie Lala outdid herself with the cupcakes:

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Even though we sang Happy Birthday twice so that Lu could blow out the candle twice, I don’t have a picture of that on my camera?  I know Papa and Auntie Lala DO have a picture though.

The kids LOVED the cupcakes and ice cream:

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Then it was time for PRESENTS!

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All the kids had to help!

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Bracelets!

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Clues of what’s to come:

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OHH!

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What is it?

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A Papa made kitchen!!!! Ollie knows what it is!

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Lucy is figuring it out…

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Pure love!

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Lucy loves the kitchen so much that she doesn’t want to stop to eat!  She puts “water” in her glass, she opens the oven and says “Fareful! HOT!” She pulls things in and out.  She’s in absolute L-O-V-E.  Thanks Mimi and Papa!

Thank you everyone who made her birthday awesome.  We had SO.MUCH.FUN!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Lucy Lu!

Posted by Chelsea on Wednesday Sep 22, 2010 Under Infancy

Well, it’s official, she’s 2!  It was a very emotional day for me today which I wasn’t expecting.  I re-read her birth story this morning and was crying like a baby when Shaun woke up.  His comment?  “Women are so weird sometimes.”  Lu’s birth seems like yesterday AND like a lifetime ago.  I didn’t think it was possible but I love my little munchkin more today than I did 2 years ago. 

Lucy,

You are the light of my life.  You and your Daddy make me complete.  Everyday with you is more and more fun.  You are such a smart girl.  You can already count to 5 on your own and 10 with help.  You can draw circles and identify all sorts of different colors.  You claim that PINK is your favorite color when asked. And your favorite person is TESSA!  Every morning it’s one of the first things I hear and you talk about your cousin All.The.Time. You’re talking in 4 and 5 word sentences.  You’re calling food “Delicious”.  You’re using “I”, “My”, and “Mine” but I still get to hear you say things like “Lucy fix it.” and “Lucy buckle it.”  You’ve started to tell me stories about things that happened in the past.  You still like to tell the story of how you got 2 owies in Washington, DC.  “Mama, I fell.  Outside.  Big OWIE.”  You know the difference between big and little.  Today I told you that we’d take a shower for a “little longer” and you told me “BIG longer Mama.  BIG longer.”  You’re a total Virgo and I wouldn’t have you any other way!  We’re working on the bossy britches and you’re ability to strategize is already staggering.  I think I’m in some big trouble!  You used 2 chopsticks today to feed yourself and you climbed up to the big slide all by yourself.  You’re a thinker and a planner but you still giggle and have fun.  You are such a girlie girl and we don’t know where you get it!  You love jewelry, shoes, purses, bows, and pretty clothes.  Who knew that I’d have a kid who likes all these things?  It makes both your Mimi and your Gram VERY happy.  You’re a beautiful little girl whose smile lights up the room.  I love you so much and I can’t wait to see what the next year (and all the rest) has in store.  You make Mommy a better person.  Thank you.

You look 2 today!:

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Playing at the park with your Cousin Tessa:

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Going down the big girl slide all by yourself!

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Tessa wonders where you went!

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To the swings!

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Seeing your presents!

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Opening presents! And Tessa’s Belly!

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Riding in your big present!

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Opening your favorite thing:

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Your very own purse!

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You love your purse so much that you wore it until bedtime and were very sad when you couldn’t take it to bed.  Don’t worry Mommy promised you could have it as soon as you got up in the morning and she WILL follow through! 🙂

Seeing your cake for the first time:

 

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Pure joy:

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Blowing out the candle:

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I love you little one!

Love,

Mommy

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Catch UP!

Posted by Chelsea on Tuesday Sep 21, 2010 Under Infancy

On August 29th (yes, almost a month ago) we went to the Idaho State Fair!  It was fun!

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Why, hello mister!

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Lissa and Tessa having a good time:

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Lucy was a little timid at first but ended up LOVING it!

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After washing our hands REALLY well, we went on a pony ride! Tessa’s always up for anything fun!

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Here’s Lucy’s first time around:

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And her second time:

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And her third:

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She LOVED it!!!

Let’s see, next up in my pictures is Shaun mowing the lawn with Lu on his back.  It was the day before we left for Pennsylvania and I had a late meeting.  Super Daddy!

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Next up on the camera is Pennsylvania!  Shaun’s family lives North Eastern Pennsylvania.  The “big” cities around are Wilkes-Barre and Scranton (yes where The Office is based).  They live about 45 minutes from Wilkes-Barre, in the mountains by lots of lakes.

Here’s Lu at one of them-she played for over 2 hours with almost no interaction from us-she wanted nothing to do with us!  She just wanted to watch the older kids and play with their toys.  She’s getting so grown up!

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“Eating” ice cream:

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Here’s the lake:

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That night we went go cart racing!  Here’s Great Grandma Titus, Gram (Shaun’s Mom), cousin Tyler, and Lu:

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95 year old Grandma Titus and Lu:

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The guys ready to race:

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Aunt Kara and Lucy watching the race:

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Yes, there really is a Day Care right next to the Go Cart race track!

Pop and Lucy playing:

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We went to the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe:

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Look familiar?

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The next day we went to Knobles, a theme park where you don’t pay to get in and just pay for tickets.

Lu wasn’t so sure about the carousel:

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Nor was Jenna.  Jenna’s Mom, Stephanie and I met when we were pregnant on Baby Center.  She lives near Shaun’s family and I am so happy that I got to see her and Jenna.  Lu is 4 days older than Jenna and Jenna is about a foot taller than Lu!

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They had a blast at Knobles. Flying planes:

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Going for boat rides:

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Driving Cars:

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Riding trains:

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Flying in a Helicopter with Daddy:

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Driving fire trucks!

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Big cars with Daddy!

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Here’s Stephanie, Lucy, and Jenna:

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Knowbles (pronounced Keh-Nob-Els) was a blast!

The next day we went to Uncle Ricky and Aunt Kelly’s where Cousin Tyler showed Lu how to drive his gator!

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She kind of got it:

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Later on in the week, we went to Hershey to visit Shaun’s friend from High School-Claire and her husband Mike and son Max:

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How cute are they?

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We then drove to DC to visit our friends from when we used to live there-6 years ago!  I can’t believe it’s been six years!

We went to the National Arboretum:

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Which had an amazing exhibit on bonsai trees:

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Butterfly!

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Feeding the koi:

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At the Baltimore Children’s Museum:

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BIG BUBBLE!

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And I’ll end with a picture of my Mommy friends that I met up with in Baltimore (again from my Mommy board) Cole, Brya, Ryan, Matthew, Jesi, Me, and the back of Lu’s head.

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Whew. Are you still with me?

I’ll be back tomorrow with pictures of the birthday girl.  She’s turning 2 tomorrow!

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