Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy 3rd Birthday, Aurora!!

At 5:21am three years ago, our sweet fireball entered the world. If you want to read more about that, check out our past birthday posts:
Birth Announcement
Tiny Baby Cry
1st Birthday Post
2nd Birthday post

She had fun checking out the decorations.
Balloons on her chair!!!
Listening to a birthday recording from Momma (my mom).
She listened to it over and over and over.

Finally, once Wil got home, she got to OPEN the PRESENTS!!!
She had to wait patiently while we got Skype set up with Wil's parents.:) Isn't technology great?
Her favorite gift, by far, is the Ikea train set. So glad we bought the extra track! She and Wil opened it up immediately and started playing with it.
Then, after dinner, came the good part!
Flower cake!!
I'm quite proud of this cake (can you tell?). ;)
I love her waiting there with her fork.

Happy birthday, Aurora!!


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chaos...or is it Murphey's Law?

Some days you just have to laugh rather than cry.

I was chopping carrots for beef soup/stew when my finger slipped and I cut it. As I ran to grab a paper towel to put on it, Quinn started crying. I left him where he was to tend to my wound and found Aurora in the bathroom with scissors, trying to cut her hair again. She was supposed to be in her room cleaning up.

I took the scissors away from her, which initiated an immediate meltdown. I took care of my finger, carried her to her room, which caused her to wail even more and returned to the kitchen to comfort Quinn. Then I sat down and laughed at the wailing kiddos and my throbbing finger and my piece of very, very flat bread that failed to rise this morning. Hopefully dinner will be good....

Chaos at the Wades! Anyone want to join us? ;)


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

And Now...A Message from Our Sponsors (or not)

Dear Friends and Family,

Today we thank you for reading our small little corner of the Internet. The stories and pictures we post here we hope cheer your heart and bring a smile to your face.

There is however an attack on every little corner of the Internet brewing in the House of Representatives in a bill named SOPA (Stop Online Privacy Act) and in the Senate in a bill named PROTECT IP (PIPA). The bills threaten the fabric of the Internet and freedom. We ask that you consider taking action to stop these bills.

A simple explanation from Wikipedia:

"SOPA and PIPA would put the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites. Small sites won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves. Big media companies may seek to cut off funding sources for their foreign competitors, even if copyright isn't being infringed. Foreign sites will be blacklisted, which means they won't show up in major search engines. SOPA and PIPA would build a framework for future restrictions and suppression.

In a world in which politicians regulate the Internet based on the influence of big money, Wikipedia — and sites like it — cannot survive.

Congress says it's trying to protect the rights of copyright owners, but the 'cure' that SOPA and PIPA represent is worse than the disease. SOPA and PIPA are not the answer: they would fatally damage the free and open Internet."

Learn more about SOPA and PROTECT IP Details

Take action through the Electronic Frontier Foundation

~Wil and Regina

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

More Comparisons

I've kept doing the month-to-month comparisons of Aurora and Quinn. Here are the past 3 months!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

More Cute Kiddo Stories

We were listening to Christmas music (at Aurora's request) and we got to "Angels We Have Heard on High" sung by Josh Groban and she exclaimed, "One of the angels is singing!"

I was rocking Quinn and he was supposed to be falling asleep, but he was taking his time about it. He kept nuzzling his face into the crook of my arm, like he does when he's sleepy, but then he would turn back to me and smile. He did this several times, smiling at me each time, before I finally realized what he was doing. I asked, "Quinn, are you playing peekaboo?!" He burst into giggles and smiled a great big smile at me. I couldn't help but laugh at him which made him laugh even more.

Little eyes are always watching! Wil and I were working on dinner with Aurora playing at the table. During a lull, Wil hugged me from behind and rocked me back and forth for a minute or two, until he had to jump over to take care of whatever he was making. Before I could move on to whatever I was supposed to be doing, little arms wrapped around my knees from behind and started trying to rock me back and forth. Then Aurora exclaimed, "I yuv you, Mommy!"

Little ears are also listening! We aren't sure if this is deliberate, but often times when Wil and I kiss in front of Quinn, Quinn will make little smacking noises.

Aurora is really into pretending to bake and cook. Her Little People Noah's Ark animals are all different spices, the stuffed shapes I've been making are salt, baking powder, vanilla and those types of things, and she has specific tubs and bowls that are the flour, sugar, and baking powder. Designated spots in the living room are her sink, oven, and stove. Heaven forbid you sit in one of those places while she's hard at work! "Move, Mommy, move!"

Our little Quinn loves his diaper changes! He starts smiling and wiggling with excitement the moment we set him down on the changing pad. He smiles and giggles through the whole thing and is particularly ticklish once his new diaper is on. It makes diaper changes fun and adorable!

That's all for now!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Momma and Poppa Came to Visit!!

Momma and Poppa came to visit! And what was the first thing Aurora wanted? For Momma to read her a book. :D
Little Quinn was a bit unsure of who these people were, but he warmed up to them pretty quickly. He even woke up earlier than Aurora one morning, so he got the first snuggles!
But Aurora wasn't far behind...
Going places all together was a bit difficult now that we have a second carseat in the car. But we are all just fine with squeezing close together.
And with free babysitting around, Mommy and Daddy got to go on a date! We almost got to go by ourselves, but Quinn decided that bottles are the scourge of the earth, so he couldn't be left behind. He was a good little tag-along, though, so we didn't mind. (Not that we would have, anyways.)
Aurora got a special treat when Momma painted her fingernails and toenails--and put some pretty stickers on them, too!
Quinn got to "meet" his cousin James through skype. It was fun to see how the babies, even though they're 6 months apart, still "talked" to each other. It was good to see my sister, too. ;)
And Quinn snuggled with whoever was available to hold him. What a sweet boy.
We were sad to see Momma and Poppa go, but very, very glad that they got to come!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Cute Kiddos

We built a little house of foam tiles...
Aurora was thrilled. It stayed up for 2 days before it got knocked over. :)
And sweet little Quinn...

He's getting bigger every day.
Hehe. Silly boy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012


Aurora was excited to help me make cookies on Christmas Eve. :)

Her job was to put M&Ms on the cookies...
She loves deciding which colors to put on the cookies. The silly girl loved to separate the green and red. Apparently the colors shouldn't be mixed.
Then she dumped the M&Ms onto the cookie sheet. Heh.
All done!
Mmmm! :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Our Talkative Little Quinn

Quinn sure is a talker! I tried to cut this 3 minute movie down, but finally gave up and posted the whole thing. Make sure to give it some time to load...


Oh, and just for the record, this post was published at 12:12 on 1/2/12. ;) Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012 Picture a day blog!

I have started my second picture a day blog!

Snapshots of 2012