Snowshoeing with girls in-tow

We had a perfect day today.  Absolutely gorgeous weather, so we took off to the mountains.  We began our adventure with a snowshoe rental and headed to RMNP for a picnic lunch.  It was beautiful.  We hiked with the girls around Sprague Lake with snowshoes (our first time)!  It was SO fun. The girls LOVED it!  And so did we.  We also met some really cool people on our hike and stopped to sled with them a bit.  Here’s some pics from our day.


We love CO!

We’ve had some beautiful days lately.  Here’s a few pictures of our beautiful Friday afternoon, playing outside with the bikes.


Abby’s Walking

Here’s a few videos of Abby learning to walk!  It’s all happening so fast.  She’s walking most of the time now, unstable but so, so brave.  She’ll even take off running sometimes.  These videos are from a few days ago, but enjoy these first steps that she’s making.  Boy, our house is going to be busy!  The first video is kind of long with Abby walking at different points.  If you make it through the whole thing, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be around here.  Sophia can’t stand to not be the center of attention… Well, enjoy.

Ah, the irony

I just opened this fortune cookie for the girls.


Today is taking an extra measure of patience.  I’m not sure why.  It may be that Will and I have started getting up extra early to exercise, and we’re feeling the extra tiredness and soreness from that…  Or, maybe it’s that I actually tried to get something done this morning.  You know that box (or drawer, if you don’t move every 6 months like we do) of stuff that you don’t have any idea what to do with.  It’s stuff that you might need… or you could just throw away and never notice it’s absence… it’s junk, really… but the thought of throwing it away is just SO HARD.  But, it’s just random crap.  Well, we’ve moved so many times that we have acquired multiple junk boxes that never get filtered through, thrown away, or organized.

This morning, at an attempt to have our bedroom completely put together, I opened a box of junk.  Yes, the girls were with me.  And, if it weren’t for the constant questions, “What’s this?  What’s a _______? Why? Look it’s a ______.  What’s that?” I think I could’ve finished with a more positive attitude.

How does the constant questioning and jabbering on make me so angry so quickly?  It’s just curiosity.  But sometimes, it’s just plain stupid questions.  Like this conversation:

Sophia: What’s that?

Me: It’s an empty box.

Sophia: What’s an empty box?

I want to yell at her.  She said to me, “I’m trying to use my brain.” Oh, dear me.  You can see what kind of conversations we have here.

To increase my lack of patience, Sophia’s not my only needy little creature.  Abby’s constantly falling all over me, trying to learn to walk and falling all over everything else–crying and getting her feelings hurt all the while.  She’s such a sensitive little baby.  Precious, lovely and adorable.  But so sensitive.  I think she may be getting a tooth AND she’s in that weird place of too-tired-for-just-one nap but won’t take two.  I’m also trying to implement a more intentional schedule.  Sophia’s obsession with T.V. is getting “managed” as I’ve created the rule that we watch only 1 show a day as a reward for taking a nap.  It’s working gloriously, but I could sure use a babysitter…. 😉

Yah, so today, we’re going to stay home and organize… and play… and try to get through the day.  I need an extra measure of patience to enjoy these lovely, curious little people.

Nighttime Talks

Daddy is starting to put Abby to bed to help her sleep through the night and get rid of some Mommy-attachment issues… It’s working!  6 nights in a row, Abby has slept 12 hours!  WAHA!   Thank the Lord!  Anyway, now I’m putting Sophia to bed, and it has been refreshing and delightful to lay down with her in her twin bed and talk to her before I tell her goodnight.  This was our conversation tonight after we prayed.  How did she get so grown up?

Sophia: And pray for the princesses.

Me: Huh?

Sophia: And pray for the princesses.

Me: You mean, you want to thank God for the princesses?

Sophia: Yah.

Me: Okay.  Thank you, God for the princesses.  We love them.

Sophia: Thank you, God for the princesses.

Me: Sophia, do you know who God is?

Sophia: Yah.

Me: Who is God?

Sophia: Jesus.

Me: Yah, that’s right. Did you know that God gave us everything?

Sophia: Yah… my toys.

Me: Yah, that’s right.

Sophia: My dollhouse.  My cowboy… and piglet.

Me: Yes, He gave us all those things.  And Abby and Daddy and Sophia and Mommy.

Sophia: And my cowboy… and piglet.

Me: You like piglet a lot, don’t you?

Sophia: Yah, but it’s Abby’s piglet. I love Cowboy.

Me: That’s right… I think it’s time to go to bed now. I love you, Cowboy.  I love you, Sophia.  Good night.

Sophia: Mom, can we watch another video tomorrow?

Me: Sure, honey.  You can watch a video tomorrow.  Good night, Honey.

Sophia: Good night.


Sophia’s very first haircut

Sophia’s longish unruly hair has been driving me nuts for weeks.  Some days it’s adorable and curly and perfect, and other days it’s just darn crazy.  It seems to have nothing to do with whether or not we “fix” it.  It actually looks best right after she gets up from a sweaty nap.  Anyway, we saved $10, and I cut it myself.  My heart was racing with wild excitement the whole time.  I have never cut even a strand of her hair in now over 2 1/2 years!  I have nearly no idea what I’m doing, and I just imagined her 12 years old and crying that her world was over because “Mom” botched her hair.  I think it turned out alright.  Maybe a little shorter than I meant for it to be, but it was all grown out so unevenly.  Thank God for the curls to hide my amateur snips.  😉