Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rocky Mountain Get-Away

Alexis and I took a weekend trip to visit our friends the Green family in Denver this past weekend. Brooklyn stayed behind with Daddy for some daddy/daughter bonding and awesome playdates with her besties. I have to admit that life was sooo easy carting around one child vs. my normal 2, but would never wish for that. I love both my girls, just nice to have a break from having 2 to worry about. Alexis and I had a great time. The flights were uneventful and Alexis slept the whole way on the way there and on the way home, enjoyed having her own seat. Alexis had fun with her boyfriend Noah. We went to the pool one day, the zoo, lunch in Boulder, shopping, sight-seeing, and most importantly enjoyed catching up with Keri, Rick, and Noah.



















Thank You Keri Rick and Noah for the wonderful weekend away! We can't wait to make it back for some tasty yogurt....in the meantime I'll work on some research

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Size Comparison

You just gotta laugh when you see this next picture. I had Brooklyn's carseat out to clean and when I re-assembled it my not quite big enough baby girl decided she was ready to be forward facing. She sat quietly like this for quite sometime.




I think she wanted to savour the moment because she knew it would be months before she'd be big enough for her new carseat.

Here's a more appropriate sized child for the car seat.







And then both of them trying to fit.




I'm preparing for my trip to Denver to visit my Bestie and when i went to go pack up the camera I realized that I haven't downloaded any recent pictures lately, in turn this Blog has probably been lacking from any decent pictures. The last few post had pictures from our phones....so anyway...here is a quick capture of the past month or so....
Deuce and Brooklyn naptime...




(we are WAY overdue for a new couch thanks to our furry family member)


A few weeks ago Brett , the Girls, and I enjoyed lunch downtown while running errands and while eating on the patio I noticed this....
(just for you mom!)




and how appropriate that the salon was next to this cute little coffee shop....



We also got to spend sometime time at the local Chandler Ostrich festival with some friends. And although we didn't see any of the Ostriches we did manage to enjoy many of the carnival rides....well at least Brett and Brooklyn did....









My own free time has been spent with this.....




Learning...





I should have paid attention in Home Economics. I haven't done too bad though. Made a few throw pillows fot the girls room and still re-decorating Brooklyn's room. Just trying to get a better hang of it. Have a few projects in mind....and my craft hobby has taken over the dining room...until I can convince Brett that I need a craft table and he needs to make room for it in the office the Dining room will have to do....we don't use it anyway....except on Thanksgiving!

The months of this year are just flying by. I've been able to pick up extra shifts at work to help out a little bit. It's sooo much easier to pick up a few extra hours or even a whole shift at the new Hospital....the 5 min drive to and from will never get old! I love the new hospital and all the people I work with. I don't regret anything about making the switch. I've even been able to work in their nursery and get my baby fix. One night, I started in the Nursery, was floated to ER and then back to my Unit to work with an ICU pt. I've even picked up a day shift.

So our days have been fun filled and packed at the house. So many things on the agenda all the time. And got sooo many more things to come.....keep you posted!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Trouble

I can tell already (I know I'm biased because I produced her) that Miss Alexis is going to be a heartbreaker.

I can't get enough of her big brown beautiful eyes.....and maybe it's because I'm her mom, but to me they're breathtaking...

She's gonna be trouble when she's older!

Stephenson girls had to keep busy without Daddy the past few days while he played in Vegas with his guy friends. He just got back yesterday and the girls and I were pleased to have him home. 3 days on my own with the girls is alot. Credit to all the single moms out there! Keeping the girls on their schedule and busy playing. We've taking advantage of every moment of the gorgeous weather. Alexis is totally walking now so it's easier to let them just play outside now. We've had lots of little projects going on in the house as well. Busy life at the Stephensons! Working full time, 2 little kids, and bare minimal childcare help....phewwwwww, I'm spent! Not complaining though because I wouldn't trade it in for the world.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dilemma

Brooklyn has given up naps now for quite some time....over the last few months. With that said you would think that a 2.5 year old lacking the naps would then have no problem falling asleep at night. Not our night owl. Lately it's been a struggle and she's been staying up way past us...I'm taking 11pm doing lord knows what. Brett found her the other night passed out on the floor next to our bed. So our dilemma is if we wake her up early in the morning in hopes that she will then be tired at night and go to bed at a decent hour she's then super super crabby in the morning. We also run into the battle of letting her nap because then she's super tired if she gets up too early in the morning and then ends up sneaking in a nap like this....

and then we know we end up with an all night party in Brooklyn's room. Even when she simply sneaks in a 25 min nap she's up way too late. So we don't encourage her to nap since I know it's just going to be a bigger problem at night. Up until a few months ago she was great about having a schedule and a routine, but lately it's not that way. We've even resorted to letting her watch her DVD player in her room to get her to settle at night since she's just a ball full of energy come bedtime. So my goal is to get her back on a routine, and get her back on a decent sleeping schedule....we just have to play around and figure out what works best with her in terms of when to get her up in the AM and when to start or bedtime routine.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Seize the Moment....

It's been my New Years resolution this year. To really take advantage of my girl's youth and innocence and enjoy every precious moment. I've been obsessed with keeping a clean and organized home and I don't ever want to look back on life and think I wish I spent less time cleaning my kitchen floors and more time with my girls. I struggle with resting after a long night of work and "parenting from the couch" as I call it instead of being right there on the floor with the girls playing barbie, stacking blocks, and putting puzzles together. I need to look at the box of play-doh and not think, I hate that its soo messy, it gets everywhere, so let's hide it (any parent of a toddler knows exactly what I mean!), but rather Brooklyn LOVES to play with it lets take it out. It's a struggle I have and a balance I'm constantly trying to work on. I want to look back at this picture, chuckle deep down inside,

and then think it took me 30 minutes to comb thru her mopped up nest and that was 30minutes of quality bonding time! And the outcome...so worth it....

I want to provide a loving caring home...have their favorite but most nutritious meals on the table for every meal...fatten my peanut up (17lbs 5 oz at her last week check up...up 12 oz in 6 wks)

Most importantly I want my girls to look at themselves in the mirror and know they were loved and cared for to our utmost ability.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Helping Hands....

Any Follower of our Blog would know a cause very near and dear to our hearts....

There are so many resources out there that many people are unaware of and I had forgotten about this one until just today when I was actually able to offer it to a patient of mine. I think it's big thing that I needed to share!

Know the saying every little bit helps? Well here's the truth behind that....
Cleaning for a Reason is an organization that offers free home cleaning service once a month to patients undergoing chemotherapy.


How awesome is that? My house is never as prestine and immaculate as I'd like it to be and I'm constantly cleaning. I'm sure there are many people like me and I imagine while undergoing chemo the physical energy just isn't there to keep up with the household chores. Props to the brain behind this organization!