Friday, January 14, 2011


I'm totally letting Molly stay up past her nap time today, because she's just playing so darn nicely. She's scribbling on crumbled up pages of white computer paper with half of a red crayon next to me at the table. Half of her creation isn't even on the paper anymore. It's begun to exceed the paper and pass onto the table with each violent but thoughtful stroke. Earlier this week I found little orange crayon marks for the first time on a wall. Luckily that room has yet to be painted. I suppose I will watch a little closer now where the crayons end up after our art time.

Truthfully, I was kind of happy when I saw what the little bugger had done. I know finding crayon marks where they shouldn't be left by a mischievous toddler won't always make me smile, but it was a first and it was cute.

Crayon marks are like stacks of books, piles of blocks and bottles. They scream, "a baby lives here." They are beautiful and much more priceless than any other decoration I will ever own.

This morning Molly set up a tea party. She set a place for her penguin, 'papa' bear, baby, and the last cup was for her daddy. I thought it was so sweet. She usually asks for daddy in the morning. Sometimes she'll look for him around the house. Then I'll have to say, "daddy's at work." And she'll look at me, lower her head and say, "daddy work." She's very attached.

Getting a good picture of Molly has become next to impossible. If she sees the camera, she wants it. She likes to see her picture in it.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A few things I never want to forget...

***Christmas Eve***

I never want to forget how Christmas has started to feel like Christmas again. I love feeling that excitement. It is truly magical. My little girl didn't fully grasp the whole Santa is coming thing, but she could tell things were different and I could tell she was excited.

I never want to forget how my little Birdy helped me make Christmas cookies by picking out the chocolate chips and popping them into her mouth. I gave in and let Molly eat treats a few too many times this holiday season.

I never want to forget how trying to take a family Christmas picture almost had me throwing the camera out the window. I gave up and resorted to taking a Valentine picture this February and sending it out to friends and family, hoping that in a few months Molly will learn to sit so I can take pictures of her. Here are a few that almost turned out:

Notice the candy cane bribery.....and I never want to forget that either.

I never want to forget how much Molly loved her Christmas dress and the way it fluffed when she sat down and spun around. She thought having a bow on her dress was a pretty big deal.

***Christmas eve with family***

I seriously loved watching these little ones play.  

 Babies are so entertaining!

Molly and Kolby entertained themselves for most of the evening by jumping from a step into the living room. They were so hilarious! Molly was having so much fun she was workin' up a sweat. 

**Christmas Morning**

This year Santa definitely didn't disappoint. There is something so beautiful about seeing the Christmas tree for the first time Christmas morning. I know that sounds very materialistic and that i'm saying gifts are what make Christmas beautiful, but it's beyond that and it's something I really can't explain. It's just nice.

This year we managed to sleep in until 7 am and that was because of Molly. I can remember years ago when we wouldn't even sleep on Christmas eve. It seems like the older my brothers get, the longer they want to sleep in.

I could have taken a million pictures of Molly unwrapping her presents.

I can definitely tell how somethings have changed now that my brothers and sisters are older. A few traditions have expired, but it is exciting to see what new ones are in store for the future as our families grow. 

It was a Merry Christmas!