Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014

Our poor little tree. The bottom lights burnt out. Still pretty though. 

We had a great laid-back Christmas this year. We didn't have many plans but anything we did plan on doing was immediately squashed by 4 people with the flu. Yep, we all got sick for Christmas. We still did our best celebrating and had a great time together. 

We started with traditional Christmas Eve pajamas and The Night Before Christmas reading. 

Christmas morning Brian went to check out the surf (what flu?) and Amelia made her way down the hallway to wake me up around 7:30. When she came in I asked, "Did Santa come?" and she said, "He did. Santa is my friend". What a sweet girl. We had very few presents because our girls are little and we are taking full advantage of that. We also had already opened up presents from my parents a couple of weeks ago.  We had some family and friends send gifts which was unexpected and so sweet. Amelia had a great time opening them and LOVED everything. She especially loved the books and coloring books.
 This pictures shall be entitled: Christmas morning bed-head.

The rest of the day was very low key. We made breakfast, snacked on junk food, took naps, Brian went surfing, and we Skyped with my family in Cali when they opened their gifts. Skyping during presents is becoming a new tradition since we haven't been home for Christmas since 2010. Yikes. One of these years we will get back for the holidays. We just tend to prefer to travel at odd times in the year instead of when everyone else is traveling. 

After all the downtime we decided we would have homemade pizza for dinner. We LOVE making pizza so why not do it for Christmas. I forgot to take pictures of the pizza, but it was our best yet. Amelia was clearly a good helper. 
I cleaned up the girls and tried to get some "Christmas" pictures. My attempt at cute pictures fell short. Colette was so sick (I actually edited the pictures because she is covered head to toe in a nasty rash). Amelia just wanted to read and would not even look up at the camera. 
When I forced them together this was the best I could get. We'll call it: The Christmas the Virus Hit. 

We have since spent the last few days sleeping, running few errands, a small trip to the beach (for fresh air), and enjoying our Christmas gifts. Crossing our fingers we can ring in the new year virus free. 

Happy Monday!!

ps// I can't wait to get my Christmas stuff boxed and put away. I love decorating for Christmas but I love the takedown even more. By the end of the month I just want the space back. Put that on my list of things to do today...after 5 loads of laundry...and a nap. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Colette: 21 & 22 Weeks

I have been taking the pictures on time but I keep forgetting to post. Every other week it is. 

20 & 21 Weeks
-Visiting with my parents.
-Sick sick sick (another urgent care visit).
-Sleeping in her own room!
-Found her voice...and it's loud. 
-Baby blessing. (more on that later)

Viruses have hit us this week. It started last week with Amelia. She started running a fever, runny nose, super crabby, and then I noticed some fever blisters on the back of her legs. Odd. I have never seen a rash or fever blisters on the body before. Fast forward a few days and Colette started to have a runny nose and a fever. We woke up Monday morning and she was covered in a rash. Head to toe. You can see in the 21 week picture. It is all over her body and its really awful looking. Poor baby. I went to Urgent Care and everything checks out just fine. She has a viral infection and apparently that can result in rashes. I had no idea. I knew about the obvious viral rashes (chicken pox, measles) but I had no idea a run of the mill virus can do this. It doesn't seem to itch but it does bother her and sleep has been rough around here. That's what caffeine is for I guess. 

In the meantime we have been laying low and having fun at the house. It's been raining (sad no white Christmas) so we have been playing with moon sand, play dough, markers, and all things messy. We have also eaten our weight in treats. Can't believe Christmas is tomorrow! Happy wrapping!

.::Merry Christmas Eve::.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Kicking Off Christmas

Warning: Picture heavy and wordy. 

We kicked off our Christmas festivities this weekend. We started a little early because my parents came to visit!! It was really fun because we celebrated our Andrus traditions together which we usually have to do over Skype. So much fun having visitors!

The main reason for their visit was Colette's baby blessing. (side note: Colette's name is one L and two Ts for those that are has been misspelled on almost everything). Anyway, back to the blessing. Brian did a great job with the blessing and Colette looked darling. Amelia wore the dress that I wore when I was blessed and Coco wore the backup dress my mom had for me. They both got to wear my old dresses. Hopefully I can do something crafty for them with their dresses. 
We ended up staying mostly local for their visit. I wanted to cram everything into 4 days but I was alone in that. Lucky for them I was also injured so I was fine with low-key. 

First up was lunch and walking around downtown Ogunquit. The town was having Christmas by the Sea so everything was decorated. While we were enjoying lunch it started snowing and it felt like a scene out of a movie. 
Pizza of course. 
How perfect are the little snow flurries and backdrop in this picture.?This picture is so Christmassy I wish I hadn't already sent out my cards. Well I suppose I wish that Amelia didn't have a mouth full of jellybeans. Let's just pretend she is amazed by the perfect flurries. 
Downtown Ogunquit.

We lucked out that the local parade was this weekend. We lucked out even more that the downtown is walking distance from our house. While Coco was sleeping (my mom stayed behind) we walked around the corner for a little hometown Christmas parade. 

Amelia was a doll. She waved to every person and yelled "Merry Christmas". Such a sweet girl. 
Mcdonalds was in the parade and handed out some creepy Ronald face. So 
naturally I made everyone pose with it. 

On Monday morning we held a mini Christmas celebration. My parents came with two bags full of presents, so I guess it was less mini than I had anticipated. Amelia was obviously thrilled. 
Amelia got Ana and Elsa dresses and has not taken them off. Oh and she has also been demanding the Frozen soundtrack in the background at all times. Oh and we all must sing and dance along. 

We had the traditional Christmas morning crepe breakfast. It was fantastic. My favorite breakfast of the year. Nobody can make crepes quite like my dad. Brian does a really good job but my dad has been making them for longer than I have been alive and they are professional status. Tastes like home. 

In the downtime, my dad and Brian were busy working on a project. It was actually my parents big gift to Amelia. It is coming out really great and I can't wait to share more details. 

We spent the rest of our "Christmas" day doing touristy things. We went to one of our favorite spots, Wells beach. This was also in celebration of Goose's birthday. He turned 4 this weekend and there is no better way to celebrate Goose. The weather was perfect and we had it all to ourselves. Well it was 35 degrees but for mid December I call that perfect. 
It was Colette's first time facing forward and her cheeks were so pink after from the cold. Cute little face. 
We also hit up Flo's hot dogs in Cape Neddick. I have passed it hundreds of times and it is ALWAYS packed. It is tiny, really basic (2 hot dog choices), and delicious. If you are ever in the area stop by for sure. Worth it. 
We ended the night with watching Frozen, decorating cookies, and staying up late playing games. Perfect weekend. 
Elsa dress. 

Happy Tuesday!

ps// 9 Days until Christmas!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Colette: 18 & 19 Weeks

18/19 Weeks
-Rolling over and over and over. 
-Reaching for and grabbing everything.
-Lots of baby chatter.
-Moved Amelia into a twin bed (a month ago).
-Celebrated first Thanksgiving.

I have been bad about updating the blog here. I would love to say it's because I am super duper busy being an overachieving stay at home mom but that would be a lie. I have been soaking up the Christmas season, coloring, making snowflakes, and being lazy with my girls. I did manage to take the pictures on time, I just didn't blog. Anyway, on to the next.

I had my very first real parenting scare. A little over a week ago I took the girls to Kittery Trading Post for a little shopping. KTP is a gigantic three story store with everything you can imagine. I was picking up a couple of gifts and I tend to give Amelia freedom when we go shopping. She always stays close. The occasional time she has wondered off I just follow her or Brian is with me. As I was checking out at the register she was holding on to the cart and Colette was in her car-seat in the cart. I turned to swipe my card, turned back around and Amelia was gone. I whipped around and saw her little head weaving in and out of the clothes racks. Since Colette was in the cart I couldn't fit where Amelia had gone. I made my way around and by the time I got to where I thought she was....she was gone. Legitimately gone. At first I was calm and just walked around but as the seconds turned to minutes the anxiety started to build. I started calling out her name and running around with a shopping cart frantically. I must have looked crazy.

After a couple of minutes I was trying to calm myself but then every worst case scenario started to run through my mind. The store is huge with a ton of exits and a ton of people. I ran over to the security guard at the door and told him what happened. He got on the phone to call the other door security guards and had me explain Amelia to them. Talk about a surreal moment. In my mind I thought, "just find a two year old walking around by herself!!" After he hung up I was waiting there...just waiting, while Amelia was still missing. Eventually my panic took over again and I left Colette with the door security. Not my finest moment either but I was sweating, crying, and hyperventilating. I felt that I needed to keep looking for her. I ran around the store for another 5 minutes. At this point we were at about 10 minutes of her "missing". 

This was the longest 10 minutes of my life. As I made my way back to the security guard to check on Colette another man approached me and asked if I was Amelia's mom. As if the puffy eyes and heavy breathing wasn't enough of a clue. The guard told me he found her and to come with him. It's funny because you would think I would feel immediate relief but it takes a long time to come down from this type of panic. When I got to her I said, "Amelia" thinking she must have been scared and she answered with, "oh hi mama, shopping". Oh awesome, you were just shopping...I picked her up and told her she can't wander off and some other nonsense that she doesn't understand. She could see I was upset though and sweetly said, "I'm sorry Mama". Apparently she has made her way all the way up the stairs and to the opposite end of the store. I guess she was in the market for a kayak...

Well so much for giving her freedom. Rookie mistake. We were lucky and I will not make that mistake again. At this point I am not above leashing her. It was so terrifying that I will totally take the disapproving glares over anything like that happening again. The best part was when I called Brian after to tell him he said, "well did you find her?".  Umm...yeah.

On to something more fun. Since we moved Amelia up to a twin bed we have started to put together Colette's room (she is still sleeping in our room). My inspiration for her space is from a map I used to have on my wall in college. Right now the room is very bare bones but I can't wait to get started.  

Right now the plans are:
-white trim
-3/4 grey walls (as in from the trim to 3/4 up the wall)
-1/4 mint walls (to tie into Amelia's room)
-mint inside of closet
-more shelves and hanging space in closet
-charcoal colored curtains
-large rug 
-world theme in the accents and decor. (globe, painting, etc.)
-DIY frame for the map

Lots of work but I would love for it to be done by the time she is sleeping in there...which should be soon. And by soon I mean after the holidays...everything is saved for after the holidays around here. 

Happy Thursday!!!

ps// My parents are on their way here RIGHT NOW! Can't wait to share the details of their visit. You know I sent them an itinerary weeks ago (cause I am annoying like that). Visitors are my favorite!