Saturday, September 29, 2012

Goodbye, VW Golf =(

When I graduated undergrad in 2004 my parents gave me two wonderful presents: 1) zero debt and 2) my beloved VW Golf:

My first car!*

This little car and I have covered a lot of distance together over the last 8 years:
  • countless trips from WI to NY and NY to MA
  • one of my friends learned to drive in this car - in Ithaca - in December!
  • moves from Ithaca to Boston, Boston to LA, and LA to San Francisco
  • in fall 2006, I had an amazing road trip solo from Boston to LA
  • 5 YEARS of LA rush hour traffic
  • I went from being 'single' (unmarried), to a wife, dog owner x2, and mommy x2!
Unfortunately, that last bullet means our family has outgrown this little car that I love so much.

We have been preparing to sell it (new tires, new battery, odds and ends repairs, etc). Then, last week I went and smashed in the hood (see below). Smooth, Lindsey. So, our time-table for saying good bye to the little golf was moved up a few months.

Rather than fix the hood only to turn around and sell the car, we decided to spare ourselves the aggravation and sell the car damaged. Between the insurance payment and the damaged sale value, we netted about the same $ anyway.

Even though this was an inevitable transition, I was very sad to say good bye to my car!

Bye bye, car =(
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Since it has been about a week since a post on the girls, here's a quick update.

Noelle learned how to open the 'Lazy Susan' cupboard where we keep most of the kitchen staples and started helping herself to whatever she wanted:

Mmmmm, raisins!

She also received a wonderful care package with both new and hand-me-down clothes. 
Happy Day!

Cora, on the other hand, has been doing a lot of this:

and this:

While not as entertaining as Noelle, she sure is adorable =)**

* That is some LONG, color treated hair. 

** Note that in one picture she's on a bed and the second she's on our couch. We can't get that girl to sleep in her crib for anything. Sigh. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Catching Up

Last week the girls' grandparents were visiting. Noelle especially had a wonderful time with all of the extra attention and outings. Every time grandma and grandpa asked Noelle if she wanted to go somewhere, she simply turned to me and yelled 'Bye!' =)

The girls with Grandma and Grandpa Hayes

Cora's one-monthiversary snuck up on us last week! She checked out a-okay at her one-month Dr. appointment; already weighing 12 lbs and 4 oz! She is also starting to pay more attention to the outside world. Here she is checking out the view from the kitchen window while getting her bath =)

One month old!

As she gets a 'little' older it is easier to see the differences in the girls' appearance. Babies change so fast! Cora is a little bigger than Noelle was and appears like she'll have a little more Hayes (vs Brock) in her. It looks like she has escaped my long face, at least!

Cora (left) and Noelle (right) at one month old

Noelle is a wonderful little helper with Cora. When she's not helping, she's either kissing Cora or taking care of one of her baby dolls. 

Mmmmmwah!

Tummy time together

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Noelle!

Noelle turned two today! How did that come up so fast?

Balloons!

The first task for the day was to see how much progress Noelle made in the last year:

37 inches tall - 6 inches gained in the last year!

Then, it was time to get down to business. The first present Noelle opened was a new outfit. Naturally, she started stripping so she could put it on immediately =)

Loves new clothes!

Powering through her loot =)

Some presents could be played with right away:

Our little Picaso

While others required a little work:

Some assembly required?!?

Fortunately, Grandpa had a little helper.

Here, let me get that for you 

Finally, the time came to enjoy her owl cake.

Who's two?

Owl sufficiently enjoyed!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Icky!

Alex informed me last night that it has been a week since the last blog post. I informed him right back that it's been a week since he went back to work. The girls are keeping me busy =) Here is an example:

This morning the three of us went to the grocery store. I was in the middle of putting groceries away when Cora decided it was meal time. So, Noelle, Cora and I settled down on the couch to watch TV/eat. A few minutes later, Noelle popped up, declared 'eat' and ran into the kitchen. I followed ASAP, putting Cora down in the swing, and found this:

Um, icky! (note the broken egg on Noelle's stool, behind her)

In the 20 seconds it took me to follow her into the kitchen Noelle got into the eggs, broke one on her stool, threw the shell away, and was already working on her second egg! Of, course, I grabbed the camera before stopping her =)

Cora was a little disgruntled about being displaced:

Grr. What happened to my lunch?

About ten minutes later, however, all was well.
Our little swaddle-breaker

Friday, September 7, 2012

Boo Boo

Alex and I keep (half) joking about the number of emergency room visits we'll have to take with Noelle. She is extremely strong and big for her age, completely fearless, and has no concept of what is actually dangerous - despite all of our warnings. Yesterday, we had our first TWO near emergency room visits with Noelle.

Injury #1 was sustained when she launched herself off a chair and landed head first on the sharp edge of the metal bed frame.

A boo boo like this deserves a juice box

Fortunately for the viewer, the bruise and swelling don't show up very well in the picture =) We were terribly alarmed at first because we didn't realize that, at this age, injuries swell (and then go down) extremely fast. Not two minutes after the fall she had an egg-sized lump on her forehead and we were on the phone with the Dr.! He assured us, though, it would likely go down just as fast and, in fact, a half hour later or so it did look much better!

Injury #2 came when Noelle figured out how to turn on the electric stove burner... and then touched it (I cannot even estimate the number of times we have prevented this and tried to explain to Noelle how 'hot' the stove can be). Fortunately, Alex was right there and was able to pull her hand away as soon as it happened. So, the only damage is a small burn.*

On Tuesdays and Thursdays for the next month or so I'm teaching a SAT prep class. When I got home last night, right before Noelle's bed time, she ran up to me and said 'boo boo', holding out her finger for me to kiss and make it better. Poor girl had a rough day!

Cora update: The little miss is continuing to do well. At her two week Dr. appointment she already weighed 10 lbs, 10 oz., having gained a pound and a half! I was shocked because 1. most babies are just getting back to birth weight around now, and 2. that's more then a pound higher then Noelle was at two weeks and Noelle was almost off the weight chart. Geez, someone please explain to my girls that growing isn't a race =)

Cora at two weeks

For comparison, here is Noelle at two weeks:
Noelle at two weeks

Do you think the girls look alike?

*Now we have to devise a way to either keep her out of the kitchen or prevent her from turning on the burners. Right now, I have little bowls covering the knobs she can reach (at least we'll hear her remove a bowl first). I'm considering just removing those knobs all together, since we almost never need all the burners at once.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Happy Labor Day!

Cora is already two weeks old. Yikes, time flies. Two weeks later, holding her little sister is still the highlight of Noelle's day:

Too cute =)

I am happy to hit the two-week-post-delivery mark, since that was my self-imposed rest period. Finally, this morning, while Alex did some work, the girls and I made it out for our first run* together.

The new and improved jogging stroller in action

Alex then gave me some cuddle time with Cora while he took Noelle to the park. Well, the park was the plan, anyway. They ended up at a toy store and came home with a full-body monkey suit for Noelle (better pics of this to come soon).

Our little monkey

Okay, so I thought that was funny. That is until I went in to check on a napping Cora and found this:

Our little monster!

Alex sneaked into her room, put her in the costume and got her back to sleep. Impressive! I almost died laughing. At least we're having fun with the kiddos, right?

After that, everyone needed a proper nap.

Daddy's Cora time

And, of course, what day would be complete without brownies?

The batter is the best part!

* I use the term 'run' liberally. Really, it was just a two mile run/walk =)