(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday: 2012 Wrap Up

2012 was quite a year. A crazy, busy, exciting, brilliant, exasperating, joyful and crazy year. We started the year with one independent child and ended the year with an independent diva and a smiley new toddler. And we took an awful lot of pictures along the way.

Wordless/Wordful/Nearly Wordless Wednesday are a staple around these parts. Some weeks these are the only posts I do. Cause I know the pictures of my sweet babies, that’s why you’re here, right?

The hard part? Picking the pictures for this post. I have a bit of an editing problem. Especially because I love every single picture of my girls. Every. Single. One.

So this is one (or maybe two or three) picture(s) for each month of last year from one of my W Wednesday posts. Enjoy!!

JANUARY Bang the Drum. Cedella got a set of drums for her 2nd birthday. This picture captures her personality so completely. Adventurous, silly, joyous and so incredibly noisy. Just the other day my Mom asked “Does she ever shut up?”. And the answer is…nope.

FEBRUARY Social Butterflies. The month of February we were super busy. Showers and playdates. Paczkis and Valentines. I was only a couple weeks away from giving birth and was big as a mobile home. But a pregnant tired Mommy doesn’t really mean much to a busy little Monkey. Here she is, acting a fool, at my cousin’s wife’s baby shower. And bonus…me and Katie. Her daughter is only a month younger than Isora. No, really, I was HUGE.

MARCH In These Quiet Moments was written two days before Isora was born. I will never forget the sweetness of this moment with my Monk. And the before we knew it… She’s Here. Isora Rose was born on an 80 degree St. Patrick’s Day. It was glorious. Wanna read her birth story? HERE you go.

APRIL The New Girl was just sleepy and squishy enough to let me take some really pretty newborn photos. Who needs a photographer when you’ve got Pinterest for inspiration and photography tutorials? I can’t even handle how wrinkly and roll-y she is in these pictures. And the light. Swooning.

MAY We celebrated 50 years of marriage of my amazing Grandparents with a really lovely party. And we struggled with the onslaught of sibling rivalry and Cedella’s inevitable sense of displacement in My Beautiful Monster (I ridiculously love this picture of her).

JUNE For the love of the beach we spent ten days at the cottage on Lake Huron. And it was relaxing, rejuvenating and so much fun. For seven days it was just me, my girls, my sisters and my mom. All us girls. Thrifting and eating and sunbathing and playing board games. Can’t wait to go again this year.

JULY Saw our first trip to the ER and Cedella’s First Battle Scar. It was gut-wrenching and horrible but in the end a rite of passage and a truly eye-opening experience. We learned how incredibly brave and resilient our dear Ella is.

AUGUST The Olympics enraptured us for several weeks in August. Getting to share the triumphs and joys of the Fabulous 5 with my daughter was super cool. And now she’s in gymnastics class where Jordyn Wieber got her start. But it was Usain Bolt that really got us jumping out of our seats.

SEPTEMBER Where the Wild Things Are captured an awesome family trip to the zoo. Cedella became obsessed with maps (thanks Dora) and me and Izzie put on babywearing demos throughout the Detroit zoo. And we celebrated TeTe’s birthday at a super delicious restaurant. Lots of family fun…

OCTOBER This was the second year I participated in the Week in My Life challenge. And boy did we have a busy week. We started out on Monday at the pumpkin patch and by the end of the week we were trick-or-treating (with some baby smiles in between). It was a busy busy month and I barely made it to post every day (never did get Saturday and Sunday published).

NOVEMBER I didn’t publish a single WW post in November. In fact I only published one post in the entire month. Guess we were busy. But I did post our pics from Silver Balls in December even though it happened in November. Though if I was on top of things I would have had a whole post about our Thanksgiving road trip to South Carolina. But no, all I have is us at Silver Balls and the girls through the years (which I LOVE looking at)

DECEMBER We began Teaching Democracy when we protested right-to-work laws at our state Capitol and even got to meet our Mayor. And tis the season for Here Comes Santa Claus as Izzie had her first encounter with the big guy.

Wow. It was quite a year. Looking back on it, it was a really really good one. Hope you enjoyed going through these pics as much as I did.

If you haven’t checked it out yet please take a look at my Life List post from yesterday and check out all the great posts through the linky.

Happy Wordful Wednesday everyone!!


Week in My Life: Friday

After all the whirlwind of the past couple days Friday seemed positively calm.

Me, Michael and Izzie slept in late. Kira even got in on the action. Kira really loves her baby sisters. And they love her too.

Once we were up and ready we went to pick up Cedella around 10am. When we got to my in-laws house Ella and Jiddo were having so much fun she didn’t want to leave. So while Jiddo went to an appointment me and the girls stayed at their house and played for a while.

When my father-in-law returned he made us fried eggs (even a little tiny baby egg for Ella) with labneh and zaatar and pita bread and fruit. Simple and delicious.

After breakfast the girls played more with their Jiddo. It’s so incredible to see him with his granddaughters. John is a smart and shrewd businessman who doesn’t often show emotion. But when he is around his grandkids it’s like a light switch turns on inside of him and he just glows with love and pride.

It’s funny because around a new baby he doesn’t really know what to do. But the second Isora started developing a bit more personality and mobility, well, he’s just in heaven.

When him and Izzie were playing something struck me. I remember taking a picture just like that with him and Ella. It’s uncanny, no?

After an hour or so it was finally time to clean up and go on about our day. Though Ella suggested that she stay with Jiddo for the rest of the day she quickly changed her tune when she found out she could ride Sandy at Meijer.

It was a pretty uneventful grocery trip. Aside from Ella making a sample of chocolate milk last for nearly 7 minutes. It was a dixie cup. Like two sips. She made it last like a fine wine. Weird child. So for her special treat (she is allowed one per grocery trip) she chose chocolate milk.

And then we got the nicest bakery lady ever. We always go to the bakery for the fresh bread but have to have it sliced (cause it’s worth the wait to not have to cut bread every morning). They have a sign that says ‘Free Cookie for kids under 10’ or something like that. Well usually you have to ask for it and I don’t really feel like giving her a cookie every time we’re there. But this lady? She sliced our bread in a nano-second AND gave us 2 cookies. She rules. Don’t we look like we’re enjoying our grocery shopping?

Also there’s a Barbie cake that Ella loves to talk about. It’s a Barbie doll sitting on top of a massive bell-shaped skirt. This time she said:

C: Mom when I big I’m gonna eat that Barbie.

Me: Well, you can only eat the skirt, the rest is made of plastic.

C: You mean I can’t eat her hands?

Me: No. You can’t.

C: Ugh. That’s not cool.

Crazy child.

What is it about the grocery store that makes every shopper go to the checkout lanes at the exact same time? After what felt like forever we finally paid and got to the best part of our trip. Riding Sandy.

We visited Sandy in last year’s WIML post. But she was too scared to ride him. And now? She rides him every single week. Sandy is the best and most awesome reward for good behavior in the store. On very very rare occasions Ella is a jerk in the store. Usually it has to do with her being either tired or hungry. But if I mention that she can’t ride Sandy unless she behaves? She straightens right up.

You know honestly, I like taking my kids to the grocery store. Maybe it’s a bit more work, but not much. And I get bored at the grocery store by myself. I like having two little folks to narrate our trip to. And it makes for a great learning tool for them.

By the time we left the parking lot of the grocery store the girls were both asleep. Which would have been fine, if i didn’t have to stop at the credit union again.

It turns out that I did end up having to sign an affidavit of fraud. Which wasn’t too bad, except for the two sleeping kids part.

I didn’t know how long it would take so I didn’t want to leave them in the car. So I strapped Ella into the Ergo and carried the baby in her car seat. Mom of the Year right here folks.

After learning that we would be out nearly $400 until the fraud was investigated and lugging my two hefty children in and out of the bank, Mommy needed some Timmy’s. Tim Horton’s for those not familiar is a Canadian-based coffee shop with awesome donuts. A medium double double (two cream two sugars) just about always hits the spot for me. Though they were out of pumpkin spice donuts. Boo.

By the time we made it home and I brought in the groceries Isora was awake. So I let her be my little helper while I put away the food.

But she was starving and I was exhausted so we put away the food and went to nurse and play in the living room.

It’s nice to have one-on-one time with Izzie. She is just so pleased with herself when she does something new or discovers something for the first time. And that smile seriously kills me.

So while she played and I stalked my guest post on Hormonal Imbalances. Cause yea, THIS happened on Friday too. And while I was disappointed that it didn’t get more comment love, and least I can be proud of what I wrote. (And thankful for Tracey and Teresha for always having my back).

When she woke up from her nap Ella was pretty damn funny. Her and Izzie were petting and being silly with Kira.

We had been talking about rhyming words all day, it must have been on Sesame Street or Super Why that morning. She was coming up with all sorts of words that rhymed and doing a good job. And then all of a sudden she comes out with “Rich Bitch”. HA! She said it a couple of times too before I realized what she was saying. I laughed my ass off at that one. And then told her it wasn’t appropriate. Funny but inappropriate. I love this kid.

After such a long week and a long freezing day I had a taste for soup but Michael wasn’t going to be home until late from work. Since it’s way too hard to cook dinner without someone entertaining the girls we opted for Panera carry-out on his way home from work. Mmmmmm. Can you say bread bowl? Delicious.

It was nice to have Michael with me to tackle bedtime. He got Cedella in jammies and read her three books while I changed and nursed Izzie.

And at that point I was just sleepy, crawled into bed with the iPad, watched an episode of Supernatural and fell asleep.

How was your Friday? Thanks for sharing in my day…

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Week in My Life: Thursday

Compared to Wednesday our Thursday was a veritable walk in the park. Or Halloween walk down the block as it were…

We started out a bit later than normal. Neither of the girls was up until well after 8. Guess we were all exhausted from the day before.

So instead of rushing around and getting dressed all of us stayed in our jammies and went downstairs for some cartoons and cereal and applesauce. Izzie Bizzie loves applesauce.

Somehow Cedella managed to sneak the iPad out from it’s hiding place so she could watch Diego while I was watching the Today show.

And somehow Izzie managed to crawl around the ottoman across the room to the piano. Cause she LOVES that little red piano.

Around 11 she finally went down for a nap, Daniel Tiger was on PBS and I worked on our Halloween costumes again because they had to be done for that evening’s Great Pumpkin Walk in East Lansing.

Me and my Singer. So glad I busted out my sewing machine, it’s just like riding a bike. And now I’m inspired to make all manner of Pinterest projects and adorable children’s clothes. Look out Etsy…here I come!

After a really chilled out morning it was finally time to put on a bra because we had company coming over to cook us lunch. What a treat, huh?

My dear friend Lucy and her mother Kathy stopped by with arm loads of groceries to make a hearty home-cooked lunch for all of us girls.

Kathy was in town visiting from Arizona and we’ve never met so it was lovely to spend the day with her. Izzie took a special shine to her because Kathy kept giving her delicious carrots to eat. She loved her carrots so much she fell right asleep when she was full. In her highchair.

And because like most mothers and daughters they don’t have very many pictures together I took a few of them in front of the fire maple in our yard. Aren’t they the cutest?

Lucy and I even managed to talk Kathy into taking a picture of us. I love that girl :)

By the time the left we had a scant 40 minutes to get ready for the Great Pumpkin walk and a date night for me and Michael:

1. Finish sewing the costumes.

2. Pack Cedella’s overnight bag.

3. Pack Izzie’s jammies, diapers, bottles and milk.

4. Pack shoes, makeup, purse and accessories for me.

5. Take stroller out of the car in exchange for the wagon.

6. Find Halloween candy buckets.

7. Get everything in the car.

Somehow I managed to get it all done in about 50 minutes. And I finally got in the car realizing I wasn’t going to be too late and pulled down the street only to realize I had forgotten the bottles and milk at the house. DATE NIGHT FAIL.

After consulting Michael we decided that if we needed to we’d go back for the milk later that night.

As we arrived at Spartan Spirits to unload the car all our friends were there too. Gotta love seeing all your grown friends and their babies all dressed up and into the Halloween spirit. Well, most of them anyways. Why is it that Dad’s are so immune to the Halloween spirit? Boring…

And then it happened. Cedella and Anna saw each other. And I thought Cedella might die. Anna dressed as Kermit the Frog (with a super sweet homemade costume thanks to her Meema. Nice work Janet!!) which is only Ella’s favorite Muppet ever! They were so stinking cute. As usual.

Then we got our Great Pumpkin Walk on. It’s one of my favorite family events of the year, if not for the people watching and general silliness but because we always run into a bunch of people we know and it’s a great time to socialize.

Here’s me and Leslie and our brood on MAC walking towards the MSU Greek society’s Safe Halloween party. And yes, that’s a Mama Juice in my hand. When in Rome, right? How cute are the girls holding hands?

So Cedella is obviously a Chicken. But who can guess what my costume is?

All the sororities and frats have tables in front of their houses with candy or drinks or cookies or facepainting. And there’s a dozen bounce houses, a super loud DJ spinning Michael Jackson and (for the Dads) hundreds of scantily clad co-eds. And crowds.

We even got to pet a police horse named Red.

It was literally 70 degrees and I was wearing Isora AND fifteen layers of polar fleece but it was still a blast!

Cedella found a new passion for Sour Patch Kids. Her face cracks me up.

And Michael, good sport that he is, dressed as a farmer and pulled the wagon most of the night. Thanks Handsome :)

Anna and Ella got adventurous in the bounce houses.

And Andy Warhol Jr. borrowed Farmer Eyebrowz hat for a while.

How cute are these costumes?

After the Pumpkin Walk fun we headed over to Georgio’s pizza and literally ran into everyone we know. It was awesome seeing Kelle and the Vicknair kiddos. Addi, Evan and Junebug always have the coolest homemade costumes. Bravo to Kelle for their awesomeness every year.

And Anna finally got some facetime with her newest obsession…Isora. She loves our baby so much. It’s adorable.

And Leslie and I got a picture, much like last year’s, with one major difference. Now both of our peanuts are on the outside. Her little Amelia was sleeping the whole time so it was hard to remember that she was there. But her little Joey kangaroo hat? Priceless.

After pizza we brought the girls over to Teta and Jiddo’s house so that Michael and I could go out for a friend’s birthday.

We rushed over to Beggar’s Banquet and got there just in time to meet some new friends and enjoy a few excellent beers. They even had my fall favorite Southern Tier’s Pumking and I just about died and went to heaven…

My sassy date night outfit…

Me and my Handsome…

Around 11:30 we started to make our way to the door but it was clear that some rides home were going to be necessary. For our friends folks, not for us. So Michael agreed to take the Birthday Boy home and I went to pick up Isora from her grandparents house.

After some shenanigans we realized that the keys to Michael’s car were in my car, so I had to double back to the store to drop them off. After doing a bit of mothering for our sick friend I got back in the car, stopped at BK on the way home, put the baby back to sleep and called it a night.

It was fun getting out, and considering how great both girls were, we will be doing it again very very soon. So thankful for my inlaws living so close and being so incredible with the girls.

That was our Thursday. And that was a slow day. WHEW. I’m tired just writing it all done.

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