It was Aunt Katie's birthday. Happy birthday, Aunt Katie! It was also the birthday of Ali's best friend from school. They don't get to hang out as much any more because the friend has already moved up to the next classroom, so we were very excited to give the girls a chance to see each other again.
We got all dressed up for the birthday at the Children's Museum. Ali wore her special 4th-of-July party dress to celebrate the day! AND she let me put her hair in a ponytail!
The party was fabulous. When the girls saw each other, they ran up and gave each other a huge hug. There may be nothing cuter in the entire world than toddler hugs. They then promptly ran off in separate directions to play. Here's Ali enjoying some snacks at the party table.
Sam was a total trooper. He slept most of the time, we nursed at the museum, and then he had a WILD ride back to our car. You see, I had tied a balloon to the stroller. It was the first time he'd ever seen a balloon. I think it kind of blew his mind.
After all that excitement, Sam promptly fell back asleep while we had dinner at Mandola's. Here's Ali double-fisting it. That girl loves her some spaghetti.
We then headed outside to play by the fountain.
Here's Ali's "cheeeeese" face:
And here's what I get when I tell her not to say "cheeeeese."
So there you have it. A great day with both kids. Some days make us wonder what the heck we got ourselves into. Some days make us feel like rock stars and have us loving every second. Yay for the good days!!
Yep. A month. A whole, entire month. (Okay, if we're facing the truth, it's been a month and SIX DAYS!) Time flies with your first kid, but with your second? Holy moly.
Sam is awesome. He's a great sleeper, he's a phenomenal snuggler, he's a very chill little man, and he's an early smiler! In fact, we started getting true, reciprocal smiles when he was only TWO weeks old! And what a sweet, sweet little grin he has.
One of the things that helped time go so quickly this last month is all the visitors we've had! Sam is a lucky little man--he's gotten to meet all his grandparents and three of his four aunt/uncle sets. Below are some shots from our family visitors. Enjoy and be jealous of all the sweet baby snuggles.
SELF 1. create a list of 101 goals and a timeframe within which to complete them 2. start a blog 3. get published as an editor or author 4. get a promotion 5. get all my boxes from my parents 6. organize and consolidate childhood boxes 7. turn 30 and love it 8. motivate husband to create his own version of goal list and time frame
HEALTH & FITNESS 9. complete a half-ironman 10. complete a century ride (100 miles) 11. complete the MS150 12. do yoga in a park 13. do 25 full-length push-ups without stopping 14. do a Krav Maga class 15. play 9 holes of golf from drive to putt 16. subscribe to a fitness magazine 17. be comfortable in a size 8 18. avoid getting sunburned 19. go to the dentist consistently 20. floss consistently 21. get my vision checked 22. no sodas for a month 23. no sweets for a month 24. no fried food for a month 25. eat a vegan meal 26. take a “mental health” day
HOME 27. paint a room 28. keep a potted plant alive for at least one year 29. acquire rest of nice flatware from registry 30. plant a tree 31. do something to our back yard so that it’s not just grass and fence 32. finish decorating 33. find a permanent acceptable location for the litter box 34. get a water softener 35. find a good solution for necklace storage 36. get gutters
FUN & GAMES 37. have the neighbors over for dinner 38. get SCUBA certified 39. go dancing with my husband 40. make a bull’s eye in a dart game 41. have a girls’ night out 42. play a game of chess 43. host a game night or dinner party 44. fly a homemade kite 45. check out the county park near our house 46. go on the Austin Segway tour 47. get dressed up and go to a cool bar/club downtown 48. attempt cow tipping 49. go spelunking
TRAVEL 50. create photo book of trip to Ireland/London 51. camp in a national park 52. travel abroad with just husband 53. take a trip with child and husband 54. throw a dart and go wherever it lands 55. take a picture in front on an iconic landmark
FAMILY 56. visit my sister 57. visit my brother/do a race in NC 58. visit my grandmother 59. tell my family I love them whenever we hang up 60. get to know my “new” cousin better 61. spend an afternoon with just my mother-in-law 62. start a family 63. keep a pregnancy journal to eventually pass on to my child
FINANCIAL 64. get a raise 65. buy a car 66. write a will 67. pay off all my medical bills 68. give handmade Christmas gifts 69. plan and execute a major fundraising event for TNT
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT 70. write and send a letter (not an email) 71. take a Mensa test (just for the hell of it) 72. make an effort to not let how people treat me affect how I treat them 73. allow myself to spend more than $100 on a fabulous pair of non-athletic shoes 74. volunteer at an animal shelter 75. volunteer at a homeless shelter 76. donate hair to Locks of Love 77. clean out house and donate at least twice a year to Goodwill (5 times total) 78. watch Fiddler on the Roof from start to finish 79. read The Brothers Karamazov 80. attend a poetry slam 81. see a show such as Blue Man Group or Dane Cook 82. take a cooking class 83. cook a fresh dinner every night for a week 84. host a family holiday at our house 85. bake a loaf of bread from scratch 86. sew something 87. vote in something other than a presidential election 88. make an informed vote in the 2008 presidential election 89. attend a religious service other than Christian 90. go to the O. Henry pun-off 91. learn basic phrases for fourth language 92. learn to appreciate wine 93. go to a concert 94. eat something I’ve never tried before 95. read a nonfiction book 96. read a self-help book 97. go skinny dipping in a river/lake/ocean 98. put change in someone’s expired meter 99. rescue a dog from a shelter 100. say “thank you” to a police officer 101. do something special do celebrate completion of 101 goals!!!