Friday, December 31, 2010

A Year in Pictures

January:
Olivia started walking
February:
A new bundle of joy
Snow as tall as Olivia
March:
Olivia's 1st birthday
April:
Easter egg hunt
May:
Mother's Day
Every picture of Olivia in May and June has this goofy smile
June:
Father's day
Lake Tobias
July:
Hanging out with Mimi and Gramps
Babymoon in DC
August:
Olivia got stitches
September:
Annual Pig roast
Enjoying an ice pop
October:
Emily Grace joined our family
Best friends
November:
Auntie Nichole got married
Olivia was the flower girl
We celebrated our 10th anniversary
December:
First snow of the winter
Emily's first Christmas  
We can't wait to see what memories we have in 2011.  Happy Year's Eve!! 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry {sick} Christmas

Christmas Eve morning both girls woke up with runny noses.  Thankfully we had a low key family day.  Olivia decorated cookies for Santa.
After a lot of self control she finally ate an M&M and her lips turned blue. 
That afternoon we went to Jesse's parents for dinner.  This year we opened up our gifts first so the kids would  be busy with their toys while dinner finished cooking.  
Olivia got a tea set.  I'm very excited about our upcoming tea parties.
I love Christmas Eve dinner.  My MIL makes out of this world gumbo.  We also have crab cakes, clam balls and shrimp the size of your fists.  Yum!!  
When we got home the girls went to bed and Santa got to work.  It took him two hours to put the kitchen together. Poor thing.
Thankfully he had some cookies to nibble on.
Before we went to bed we realized that Olivia felt a little warmer than usual so we woke her up and took her .  temperature. It was 101! Jesse and I took turns checking on Liv during the night.  Around 4:30 am she developed a croup like cough and her fever was 102.5  We brought her out in the living room to cool her down and she discovered Christmas.  She slowly checked out all of her toys.  It took her two days to open all her gifts.  Poor thing wasn't that interested in new toys.  
I also came down with the stomach flu Christmas day so we missed Christmas dinner. I spent most of the day snuggling on the couch with the girls. Not exactly what we envisioned for Christmas, but it was great to have some extra snuggle time.  
Thankfully Emily's stuffy nose never developed into anything more and Olivia's fever broke around 11:00 pm Christmas day.  Now Jesse is sick... 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Back to Work

 I went back to work Monday.  I know it’s sad.  I actually started back a week early so I could get some holiday pay.  So instead of doing Christmas crafts with Olivia, I’m in my office trying to catch up on paperwork.  But I had 11 wonderful weeks at home with my girls.  Well more like nine.  Two of those weeks I was recovering from surgery, so they weren't that great. 

The best part of coming back to work is that it’s only for eight days (yay for holidays).  I came back to work with a two week notice in hand.  I’m happy to announce that I’m starting a new job as full time stay at home wife and mother.  The hours are long and I don’t get paid but there is nothing else I’d rather do.  It’s a bittersweet goodbye because I truly love my job (I’m a Service Coordinator for Early Intervention).  I’ve been here since we moved to PA almost five years ago.  I work with an amazing team.  There are only four of us and we’ve been together for four years.  I’m going to miss talking and laughing with them everyday.  But even though I love my job, my heart belongs at home.  I want to spend my days snuggling, doing laundry, playing babies, dancing and doing crafts. 

Since I’m working the girls are going to their sitter.  Amy is so wonderful with the girls but they’re not adjusting very well. Olivia is having separation anxiety again and Emily hates leaving the house in the morning.  Thankfully I only have five (long) days left. 
Poor Emily doesn't like the early morning ride to Amy's house

I'm very excited about what this new year has in store for us.  I'm so thankful and grateful that Jesse is giving me the opportunity to stay home.  Becoming a one income family is challenging but we know it's worth it.  

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas Kisses

I love our Christmas card this year.  I love how sweet Olivia is with Emily.  Jesse thinks our card is too sweet.  I think it's perfect. Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Let it Snow

On Friday we had a light dusting of snow.  The past few weeks we've had flurries but nothing stuck until now.  We got less than an inch but it was enough for Olivia to play in.