Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lily Rolls!

Lily is 2 1/2 months old, and today she rolled over! Major milestone, Lils...nice work. She was lying on her little jungle gym mat, staring at her favorite bird, when she started scooting. Scooting soon became a side-lie and all of a sudden she had flipped herself over from her back to her tummy! She so startled herself by doing so, that she flipped over again in a matter of seconds onto her back again and burst immediately into tears. It was sad. And exciting. And she was scared. And it was more than this little 2 1/2 month old could handle in less than five seconds. But it sure made me proud. Way to go Lils!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Mother's Little Helper

I never dreamed this day would come, but in truth, on this day, Monday, September 14, 2009, Annie Pie Squiff Iverson was a whole lot more helpful to her mamma than in the way.
Praise THE LORD! (or PTL as we say in our humble home).
Here are a few of the many ways Annie helped today:
  1. She helped me do laundry by pushing all of the wet cloths I threw onto the dryer door into the dryer and then closing the door when we were all finished.
  2. She put away all her toys when I asked her to do so.
  3. She threw all the soiled dipes in the diaper basket (except the poops, I did the poops, of which there were many.)
  4. She found all the cloth napkins among the other dish towels and rags and picked them out so that I could fold them together
  5. She helped me make dinner, and an apple pie.

"Mother's Little Helper"
(y'all, this was my apron when I was little!)


Because I love them (it's weird, I know), and because these are particularly cute and beautiful, and because they belong to my girls, this post know.

p.s. No, both of my children did not break both of their legs...they're wearing babylegs! :)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Lily in the Water

Lily takes her bath.
This post is merely to document the fact that we do, (we promise, we do!) bathe Lily on a somewhat regular basis. But not that regular. Because seriously, she's just not that dirty!


Once upon a time, my friend Jen, who is really creative, took some adorable pictures of her precious boys in their matching aristocrat wool diaper covers.

Jen has a real eye for beautiful things, a wicked awesome camera, extra cute kids, and the ability to keep her aristocrat covers in pristine, unpilled, extra clean condition. The lighting in her pictures was perfect. The boys were edible. Since seeing her cute post on her blog, I've wanted to copy it, but the best I could do was Annie in a Disana and Lily in an Aristocrat on the couch in mid-afternoon lighting on a pretty blanket that didn't cover the whole background. And while my subjects weren't the problem, somehow, my photo shoot of the girls didn't turn out quite as ethereally beautiful.
Such is my life.
But I'm okay with that.
And gosh I think my kids are cute, so I guess they sort of redeem the whole failed experiment.

Annie? Lily? If you're reading this one day, know that I love you and I tried really hard to make the surroundings as cute as y'all, but you make it kind of hard since you're both so gosh darn enchanting! Dadgummit!

Love you two!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Easy Like Sunday Morning

In a tribute to the fleeting days of summer, the last weekend before Labor day and the final hour for wearing white shoes, Annie and Lils donned their seer sucker in shades of pink and green this Sunday. Daddy looked as handsome as ever in his pink button down (LOVE my honey in a pink shirt) and khaki trousers. Mommy tried her darndest to look Springy and cute too, but alas, as is typical in our little household of four, Mommy is usually the least of these when it comes to cuteness. Sigh. I am humbled. Moving on.

Daddy & Annie sport their pink.
Don't they favor each other?

Some Cousin Cuteness in the mix,
My hand to the right, protecting and supporting Lils-A-Belle

Here's our little family of four.
This is now one of four photos we have all together since Lily's birth. Sheesh.

Last one, all looking at the camera! Quite a feat for our family.

Bring on the Autumn Chill! My favorite season every year, and I've been forced to spend the past three of them in ORLANDO! bleh. However, we'll be doing some traveling this fall and I plan on taking lots of pictures of the flora, maybe some fauna and for sure the places we go.

Shaving with Daddy

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Splash Pad, a story as told in photos

This Saturday morning,

and Uncle Eric (Eh-ik, if you say "Eric" like Annie does)
took Cousin Noa and

Cousin Martha (Ma, if you say "Martha" like Annie does) and
Annie Pie to the Splash Pad far far away.

Aunt Sarah (Ay-Say, if you say "Aunt Sarah," like Annie does) was away on vacation with her friends in VA, and Mommy stayed home with Baby E. While Mommy and Baby E certainly missed being at the Splash Pad with everyone, they enjoyed their quiet time reading, cleaning the bath room, taking a bubble bath and taking a nap. We thought often of our loved ones at the Splash Pad, and wondered how they fared.

It seems Annie began the morning with some trepidation, or at least skepticism at the water shooting up out of the ground. Eventually...

this gave way to interest (at the least) and wonder (at the most).

Upon closer examination of said geyser-like-water-phenomenon, Annie looks a bit insensed

Noa, however, seemed to take the geysers in stride, (no pun intended) and actually enjoy them.
I love your zest for life, Noa!

And finally, Annie looks ready to leave, despite the delight the Splash Pad has to offer.
Perhaps we'll try again in a month or so.

Friday, September 04, 2009

He Giveth More Grace

He Giveth More Grace

He giveth more grace when our burden grows greater.
He giveth more grace when our labors increase.
To added afflictions, he addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials, He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our horded resources
The Father's full giving has only begun

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure
His power has no boundary known unto men.
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.

--Annie Flint

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Photo Shoot, Part Deux

I just

love that

Sqiff loves

her little

sister, Baby E,

so much!

I LOVE the Smell of Play-Doh

Oh yes I most surely do. I had forgotten how it smells. While there were no specific memories that came to mind today when Annie opened her new round of play-doh, bringing that soft, tangy smell into our little home for the first time, it was as though my whole childhood came rushing upon me in the kitchen this morning. And suddenly, I realized, I LOVE the smell of play-doh, if only because it sends my nostalgia sensors into overdrive.

Today's play-doh flavor was bright green...scary bright, please-don't-eat-this-play-doh,-Annie-bright-green. But it was fun and we used small cookie cutters to make some pretty shapes. We twisted into a bagle. And we formed it into a lovely green apple. Lovely way to spend morning, inhaling the sweet smell of childhood and watching my own child create her own style of beauty. Oh, how I love play-doh.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Go Cavs!

We hope at least some of our children will be UVA bound.
Thanks Auntie Lytle for Lily's cute Virginia onesie!

A Day In Photos

or, the last day of August