Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy 2nd birthday, Sydney!

I can't believe my little girl is two-years old already!  Time really does fly.  We had a little party for her and Chet at the house last weekend.  It was, what I like to call, a "happy 30th Elmo" birthday.  We didn't really get into a theme, but there was "30" and "Elmo" paraphernalia present.  My family drove into town for the event, and we had a few neighbors over.  There were 13 adults (including us), and three children, which was totally kind of party!  I'll let the pictures tell the story...

My dad, in the kitchen, preparing some of the food.  (You can see balloons in the left-hand corner.  There were two awesome balloon bouquets at the party, but I didn't get a good picture of either of them.  Besides that, we didn't really decorate.)

Some more food.  The table wasn't completely set at this point though...

Fixing Syd's hair, RIGHT before people started ringing the doorbell.  The party was at 2:00, and that's exactly what time I got her up from her nap.  She was a little bewildered at the changes that had taken place downstairs while she napped.

The "little sis", waiting for the party to start.

The three kiddos.  They were having fun going crazy with the balloons, but Syd insisted on observing from the chair, holding her "2" balloon.

Syd, Didi, and Lorelei.  Syd saw this pacifier up on the counter (it belongs to us, but Syd doesn't use this kind), and insisted on having it.  Grr.

Sydney and Maddy.

The joint birthday cake.  It was delicious!

Syd looking suspicious (just like last year) as we sang "Happy Birthday".

Then she hid her face in Chet's shoulder.

She was a lot messier this year eating her cake.  Probably because she now knows what cake is, and tried to shove it in her mouth and ask for more as quickly as possible, since she hardly ever gets to eat it.

It is SO hard to get good pictures of children opening presents.  This was probably one of her favorite gifts.  It is a purse with a little dog in it.  She loves it!  She calls it "white puppy".

(Notice we lost the bow).

These pictures were taken a little later.  We only opened the gifts that non-family members brought during the party.  After the party we opened family gifts (although she still hasn't opened her gifts from Chet and me).  By the way, it is painstaking to watch her open presents.  She tears off one piece of paper at a time, and then goes to the kitchen to throw it away before tearing off another. 

New Gap hoodie from Didi.

Gap hoodie, dern pacifier, and white puppy.

Gap hoodie, dern pacifier, and new baby doll.

Cards and gifts from Grammy and Papa Greg (who couldn't make it :-( ).

A sweet puppy that looks like Chet's favorite dog growing up, Libby.  Sydney calls it "Wibby".

Grammy and Papa Greg sent an adorable sweatsuit, and Syd insisted on putting the jacket on the doll.

My dad (Papa John) got Sydney a tricycle for her birthday.  Chet put it together while Syd and Papa John went on a walk outside.  The tricycle was in the garage, and we surprised Sydney by opening the garage door and letting her discover it.  It was priceless.  And my camera battery decided to die at that precise moment. 

Didi and Lorelei, waiting for Syd to return from the walk.

Here they come!

She loves it!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Short, Random Post

Chet built us a new table.  Our "old" table (it wasn't very old) was a square-shaped bar-height table.  It was very pretty, but it wasn't working for us anymore.  So, instead of spending hundreds of dollars and hours searching for a new table, Chet built one for us.  It was so great, because it allowed us to "design" and create a table that meets our current needs, and because it gave Chet the opportunity to make some sawdust in the garage...something he's been missing!  I don't have a finished shot of the table in the dining area with the chairs (which we bought used at a furniture store and that I am planning on refinishing while Chet is on deployment), but here it is.

Mrs. Jay, Sydney's amazing home daycare provider from Jacksonville, visited us the weekend before last.  She and her family are relocating from Jacksonville to Gulfport this summer...we can't wait!

Here's my little Bump.  She found her hands a couple of weeks ago, and loves chewing on them.  She's also drooling a lot lately; perhaps she will cut teeth early like Sydney did.

Monday, January 23, 2012

3 Months Old!

I can't believe Lorelei is already three months old!  She is such a sweet baby; she is rarely fussy, unless she's extremely hungry or extremely tired (or unless she just wants her mama...she's a mama's girl!).  She loves her big sister, and loves to watch Sydney play.  I wouldn't say she sleeps through the night, but she will wake up once a night to eat, and always (knock on wood!) goes back to sleep after a nighttime feeding.  Which I can handle!  She's my little buddy, and I can't wait to watch her continue to grow!

2 Months
3 Months