Thursday, December 30, 2010

vintage baby shower

Finally, finally getting around to posting the pictures from the vintage baby shower Cait and I threw for Marla and Fabienne. (As promised! And at least I got it in before the new year, right?! To hear the drama from that day, read this post.)

(For my technology-challenged friends, if you click on the images, they should open up bigger in a new window)



Our sweet little guest of honor, Fabienne Joy!




Appetizers. Menu included:
Rye Boat Dip
Cheese & Crackers
Veggie Pizza
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips
Veggies with Dill Dip
Hummus & Pita Chips
Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Baby Animal Crackers (so cute!)




Desserts:
Vanilla vanilla cupcakes
Clothesline Cake (I made the cake, Cait made the super cute clothesline)
Cream Wafers
Peanut Butter Cookies
Rice Krispie Treats


These are the most amazing little cookies!




We made a couple of banners from pages from old children's books.


Lemonade served in baby bottles with paper straws (so love these)!




We used a mismatch of assorted china (gathered from our collection, my mom's, and Marla's). Sweet little flower arrangements were done by my mom.


Most of the clothing and assorted decorations were from Cait. She has the most amazing vintage things!!






Marla got lots of sweet little vintage dresses for Miss Fabs to wear! I cannot wait to play dress up with her!


Cherie and her sweet little baby girl, Emma, born four days before Fabs (I think?)! They even wore similar outfits without planning it!!


Favors were inspired by these fabric pouches. Cait sewed them all up and I made sugar cookies to put inside. (My writing looks like a 5 year old's on that chalkboard - I hate it!!)


We had a photobooth set up and Cait loaded up this cute bassinet with fun things to wear for the pics!


We had a hard time getting the girls to join in on the photobooth (Hence so many pictures of me, Cait and my mom!). Some of the guys dropped in after band practice and we got a couple of them to pose for us!

We had so much fun planning and throwing this shower! Maybe Cait & I will be starting a business...(if we could only get a venue, money, and a nanny!)

xoxo Marla and our sweet Fabs

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry christmas

To you!


(picture by Caitlin)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Thursday, December 2, 2010

six months



Sweet little Levi had his six month check up today (we're a couple weeks past the 6 month mark though). This little guy is a great babes. Although he's been going through a grumpy/fussy phase the last week and a half, he's normally quite well behaved. Happy, smiling, go with the flow. He's been a good sleeper - just like his older brothers (as any good Pierce will be, right Fabs?). I love my little Levi and want to eat his cheeks every day!!

And here's the stats:
(I always say I have a small, medium and large with my boys. They've always stayed within their range for weight & height; however, Levi's trying to out do his brother and takes the cake for weight on the six month mark!)

Weight: 19 lbs. 15 oz.
Height: 29 1/4

Lincoln (at 6 months):
Weight: 18 lbs. 6 oz.
Height: 27

Malacai (at 6 months):
Weight: 19 lbs.
Height: 29 1/2

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

hello december

There is something so fitting about a good snowfall on the first day of December. Today we enjoyed a few snowball fights, sledding and lots of laughs. Cai's response as Mike & I threw snowballs at him - and both missed, "good job guys".





Tuesday, November 30, 2010

randomness

The boys got haircuts last night. It takes three of us to do this. Cait cuts. I bribe (with candy & movies) and hold heads. Mike bathes and de-hairs.
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Levi is sooooo grumps right now. (That was the understatement of the year, grumps doesn't even begin to describe it). Something is going on with kid. Don't know if it's teething, illness, food issues again (a combination of it all?). Five straight days of it. I'm trying to make it till Thursday when he has a doctors appointment.
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I wish when my husband got texts like this: Please pray for the rapture to happen now because I cannot take Levi's unhappiness any longer he would book a babysitter and take me out for the evening - or maybe even until Levi's phase passes. (And when he reads this - in about 2 weeks - he'll say, you should have just told me and I would have done it. And I know I should. But I don't. I just keep waiting to see if one day he'll be able to read my mind.)
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Chinese food always makes me feel gross & sick after eating it. And yet I keep eating it....what is wrong with me?
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I cannot believe it is December 1st tomorrow!! I'm excited to put up my Advent Calendar tonight!! Thanks again Auntie Marmo...you are the best big sis ever!
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While trying to take a decent photo of the boys, Linc said, "cheeeeeeese" throughout the entire shoot. Finally he was quiet and then declared, "the battery on my cheese just ran out." (Decent photo never happened)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

being thankful

" I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new. Shall I not call God The beautiful, who daily showth himself so to me in his gifts."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today I am thankful for:

my husband who got up with the boys
that my lil' sis and lil' brover are home
for the chance to hang out with family
for my new sweet little niece, Fabienne Joy!
that we are all healthy
the cute green chair from my Gramma that I am sitting in
and of course, these little munchkins:







"Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever."
Psalm 106:1

confession

I have an addiction to the world wide web. And to Mr. Google.

Somehow, during the wee hours of Monday morning, our cable line got ripped off of our house and ripped off the power line. Mike’s guess is that the line started sagging too low over the road and a semi went by and snagged it and ripped it down. I think it’s a good guess. (We did hear a loud noise that startled us awake early Monday morning – we thought it was Malacai throwing toys out of his crib). Which meant no internet Monday morning. Or afternoon. Or evening. Or all day Tuesday. Noooooo!!! It was brutal. All day Monday I had to contain myself from making harassing phone calls to the cable company. By Tuesday I had been lulled into a numb shock. I would constantly have the thought, “oh, I’ll just look that up & Mr. Google will give me the answer”, only to realize, he was gone!! Ah, dear Internet, what have you done to us all?

(And in case you’re wondering, I did not miss the TV at all. If it had been Wednesday night, it may have been a different story, but I felt no pangs of loss over no television. And we don’t have cable, cable TV. Just basic cable - like 5 channels. Just in case you were wondering about that too).

(Also – did we or did we not have a substitute gym teacher named Mr. Google in high school?? Or did we just call him that? Or am I totally making this up? Please, someone tell me!)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

a not so fun part of mommyhood

Is that you get no sick days. If you are sick, you cannot call in in the morning and then lay in bed all day. I never realized what a luxury sick days were before kids. Even if you have a stellar husband, like I do, who calls in to his job, you still are going to end up doing some ‘mom job’. Like nursing the babes. Or changing a diaper. Or preparing a meal, a snack, or a bath. Something will creep up that you have to do. And especially if said stellar husband is also sick. Then it’s really sucky.
We got this horrible stomach bug last Wednesday. My friend Steph recently went through it with her family (and I swear it’s so potent that while she was telling me about it in the church hallway on Wednesday night, we caught it and Malacai started throwing up at home! Just kidding Steph – you did not give it to us. I blame the truck grocery cart Malacai had his hands all over on Tuesday). I, of course, got it the worst and the longest. Because I’m just lucky like that. Because what’s throwing up a dozen more times after already throwing up hundreds in my lifetime? (Yea, that’s right, I did say hundreds). And why not throw a little chachacha into the mix too? (Yea, that’s right, I did just post too much information).

And the worst part of this sickness? No Fabs. I miss my niecey-noo sooo much!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

overheard

from the living room:

Lincoln: "Sorry for hitting you Malacai."
Malacai: "You're welcome."

Thursday, November 18, 2010

a long day....an amazing husband

Yesterday, Cait and I did a baby shower for Marla & Fabs. This was originally supposed to be October 29th, but Fabs wanted to actually be at the baby shower, so she showed up 4 weeks early and made it to the shower!
I do not take throwing a party lightly. Either does Cait. Way too many hours of planning and prep work went into this well before the day of party. So yesterday morning, I awoke with way too little sleep and way too much to do. First, I had to deal with the boys and getting Linc ready and off to school. (Which included doing the "Letter Box" for Linc's class - we always seem to get this box at the worst times!! And of course I don't do these things the day before, that would be too easy!). After running about the house madly all morning, fixing breakfasts, cleaning up milk mustaches, nursing the babes, feeding the babes, throwing clothes on the kiddos, doing homework, and making a few gallons of lemonade for the party, we were off to drop Linc off at school. I went in and was helping Linc with his coat & backpack and feeling quite pleased with myself for being so on time, when I heard a mom say, "I wanted him to wear that shirt for picture day". Are.You.Kidding.Me. It's picture day?!!! In all the chaos of getting ready for the shower, I had completely forgotten about picture day. Linc was wearing an old blue tee shirt and I didn't have his picture forms. I wanted to cry (I may have cried for approx. 3 seconds while on the phone with Michael). I grabbed Linc and we ran home (could not be more thankful for living around the corner from the school), I threw a different shirt on him, grabbed the form, ran out to the van, realized I didn't have cash for the pictures, ran back inside for the checkbook, realized we were out of checks, ransacked the drawer for new checks - where of course I couldn't find the next sequential checks, grabbed a random pack, ran back to school to now be the last one arriving for "picture day!". Picture day also meant standing around an extra 15 minutes to watch the pictures being taken. Perfect...because I don't have anything to be doing at home today.
Then after a lot of baking, arranging, preschool pick up, packing, and pleading for good behavior, we were off to pick up even more items from my mom, and then off to church to set up. And set up we did. It looked amazing. Cait has amazing things for decorations. It was hard work (my cheeks were so flushed by the time the party started I looked like I might pass out!). I will be posting pics very soon (I promise) of the shower.
My Michael is amazing every day, seriously. But yesterday I was especially thankful because he called me throughout the day to make sure everything was going okay. He offered to come home even earlier than he had already planned to to help with the boys. He came home early from work and loaded up my van. Then he drove me out to my moms and loaded up the already full van (and my mom's car) even more. Then he drove to church and helped us set up a few of the things while keeping an eye on the boys. Then he took the boys home and fed them dinner. And played with them. And put them to bed. Then he cleaned up the crib when Malacai threw up all over. And took care of the sick boy. Then he cleaned up the living room. And then he cleaned the entire kitchen. Seriously cleaned. I have been neglecting the house for the last few weeks (trying to be there for Mar, trying to plan parties, and lets be honest, some laziness), so things were out of control. He picked up, organized, did dishes, mopped the floor. So I came home to a totally clean kitchen (which brings me great joy). And then he helped unload the van. And then he did all the dirty party dishes while Cait and I unpacked and put away everything else. And then he cleaned up the crib when Cai threw up all over, again. And then he got Levi to fall asleep after I finished nursing him. And then he rubbed my back while we drifted off to sleep.
See? Amazing. I love him.

Monday, November 8, 2010

tricker treat

(For years I thought it was "tricker treat"...)

So last year I said that I wasn't going to do home-made costumes anymore because it was just too much work. And it is. Except I keep doing it. There's just something super cutesy about home-made costumes. There is a super rad picture of me and my siblings when we were wee lads and in our home-made halloweeney costumes and we just look super awesome. And you just want to hug my mom for being so cute & creative. (And I just had the best idea ever - next year, we re-create that! Haaa!! It would be awesome!). So, maybe someday my boys will want to hug me for being cute & creative??

Uncle Craigie - Good things come to those who wait. Sorry there is no baby frankenstein. Maybe next year??






                Papa                                                Pirate                                             Skunk {not so much handmade}

Sunday, October 24, 2010

lucky number seven

My seventh niece has arrived! Little Fabienne Joy arrived 3 1/2 weeks early...I think she just couldn't wait to meet Auntie Manda. Right now she's still at the NICU. Can't wait to have her home. I'm looking forward to playing dress up, learning how to braid hair, teaching her to bake, and having a little girl to cuddle!! The boys are super excited to meet their newest cousin, 'Babienne' as Malacai calls her.



Don't you just want to eat her up?! (Look at all that hair - she already has more than Levi!!) She's the cutest little baby girl I've ever seen!! And see, I'm already playing dress up with her! You can read more about the sweet little Fabs on Marla's blog.

Come home to us Faba - we love you soo much!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

a come back?

"Well here I am. I don't know how to say this.
The only thing I know is awkward silence."

Anyone know what those lyrics are from? It will shock my socks off if anyone knows it (without googling it) besides Sarah Kue. Thought it seemed appropriate for this blog since there has been a lot of awkward silence. Okay, maybe not awkward, but definitely a lot of silence.

To sum it up: first, the horrible pregnancy. Then the horrible recovery period (not so much from child birth, just one ailment after another. I seriously feel like I spent the six-eight weeks after Levi was born at some doctors appointment or another). And then? Just life and blog-laziness. Will I be back now? We shall see. Hopefully, since this is pretty much the only way I document anything going on with the boys. And it will force me to take pictures of my sweet babes. And maybe do some videos of Cai-guy while he still has his super sweet baby voice. The second and third children get so neglected when it comes to photos & videos.

Major events: Lincoln started preschool! He loves it. I love that it's right around the corner. I can pull out of my driveway at the time it starts and be there on time!


Obviously, the first day of preschool is a very serious event. And this picture pretty much sums up trying to do any photos with Cai. He'll pause for a half a second and then he's done.

My major event: Fall! I get to enjoy it this year. (I'm not in bed - puking & half dead). Yay!! So I'll be doing that (the enjoying thing - not the half-dead thing). Lots of pumpkins, lots of apple cider, lots of apple cider donuts, lots of crisp air and lots of leaf piles with these munchkins...



*photos fixed (I hope)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

welcome to the world

Levi Michael
May 19, 2010

8:55 pm • 9lbs • 21.5 inches



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

dear baby

today is the day. today we wait no longer. you're done cooking. my feet have swollen all they can. i'm tired of the pain. and you're late.

heading to the hospital now. hopefully this goes super quickly. and without drugs!! (ekkk!!)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

best blog post ever

This blog post makes me sooooo happy!!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

oh happy day

I realize with that title you might think I'd be announcing the arrival of our little bean. (And believe me, I wish I was...I really wish I was). But this is something I've been waiting for for even longer if you can believe that.

LINCOLN POOPED ON THE POTTY!!!!

I realize some may be grossed out by me writing about pooping on my blog - but um, well, it's my blog. And I'm really happy. And I don't write things in his baby book, so I've got to record it somewhere. It's only taken about a year. I believe we started potty training with him last March. And he was super amazing with peeing. Pretty much got it immediately, rarely had accidents, and is even sleeping through the night in "wonderwear". But the kid refused to poop on the potty. He asked for a diaper every time. And no amount of pleading, punishments, rewards or diaper-denial would work. (If we refused the diapers, he refused to poop. Which led to no eating. And some serious problems). But with number three about to arrive, I really didn't want three kids in diapers. So we took away the diapers, gave healthy doses of his pooping meds (which he's been on since a wee babe), and finally, finally, he did it! His first time was at Mimi's house while I was out shopping. He's only done it a few times, and it's still a battle, but at least we will not have three kiddos in diapers. (He doesn't ask for them anymore, he just waits and dances around for as many days as he possibly can...what a poop!).

Yay for Linco-Bean!!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

the lepers came

On St. Patty's Day some little Leprechauns - or Lepers as Linc calls them - came and turned our milk green. And the creamer. And the eggs. Lincoln loved it. Next year, the Leprechauns might want to do a bit more - these Irish boys can't get enough.

My new favorite St. Patrick's Day tradition:
getting green [mint] milkshakes from Olivers!






Not sure what they put in Cai's milkshake...
brain freeze Linc??

On the way home, Lincoln started getting a bit sassy because we wouldn't let him drink his milkshake in the car. Mike told him he needed to stop talking like that or he was going to get punished. Lincoln responded, "I just want to hit somebody". Malacai responded, "Hit me!".

I laughed the rest of the way home.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

down on the farm party

Sweet little Malacai Mitchell is now two. We celebrated with my side of the family this past weekend. Both boys are obsessed with everything farming, so we decided that a down on the farm party would be perfect for little Mully.
All pictures (minus the photo booth) are by my brother-in-law, Justin, a most amazing photographer. Thanks Just!





Our menu was:
- a veggie garden
- eggs (deviled)
- chicken (tenders)
- pigs (in a blanket)
- haystacks (cookies)
and my favorite:
- cowtails!!



Drinks were:
- lemonade
- sweet tea (southern style)
- soda pop



Vanilla vanilla cupcakes- yum (I spent way too much time making the cupcake toppers; but loved how they turned out)!
Lincoln was a little bummed that his cupcake didn't have candles in it.




My wonderful Michael came up with the photo booth for us. He set up a camera with a remote and hooked it up to the TV so you could see the photos as they were taken. So clever!

Such a fun party! Happy Birthday little Mulls!

(Stupid blogger messed up the sizes of all my photos! Ughhhh...click on them to make it a little bigger...)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

happy birthday lil peanut

I can't believe this lil guy is already 2!



Happy Birthday Malacai Mitchell!



Last year I was super motivated and blogged about his birth and made a birthday picture collage.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

just for lyndsay

So should I just start posting like I haven't been missing for months? Or should I explain that I spent September-December throwing up and mostly in bed; January fighting the gross stomach virus that hit everyone in my family - Linc & me twice (so lucky!!! because I hadn't been throwing up enough) and major head colds; February recovering and exhausted. So, so exhausted. And honestly, I just haven't felt like blogging. Any spare minute that I get, I usually spend napping.
But Lyndsay is anxiously waiting. And so this post is for her; so that when she clicks on my blog, she can't mutter "dang it" any more. Even though she'd probably rather see photos of the boys then our trip down to see her.
We made the trek down to the bustling city of Beaver Falls, PA a few weeks ago to hang out with Lyx & Andy. Craig even came in from Brooklyn and went down with us to surprise Lyx. Marla & Justin had the lousy excuse of being in New Zealand for not joining the sibling trip.
And for those that look at the pictures and think all we did for the entire weekend was eat, well, all I can say is pictures don't lie.


We spent lots of time chatting, playing games and drinking coffee. I had to put up these ridiculous pictures of Craig & me enjoying the cubans that Andy made for us. Soo good! (Lynz -I need to know what he put in them, I forgot). Aren't Lyndsay's mugs super cute?


Our super hip barista.


We happened to go down the day after Lynz's birthday, so it was nice to celebrate with her. I made her a red velvet cake (which almost didn't make the car ride down as you can see from the leaning cake - yikes!) and a pecan pie - two of her favorites. For some reason we never got a picture of the pie. (First time I ever made Justin's specialty)


Red velvety goodness. Lyx also had some red velvet cheesecake leftover from V-day.


We swear we'd still go visit the Grimm's even if Oram's wasn't in their town. Cinnamon rolls=best thing ever!


We went into Pittsburgh and walked down the strip and went into all kinds of cool stores. I was so excited by this olive bar. Who knew such huge vats of olives were out there??


We also saw some grossy stuff. Not so excited by this.


Street tacos. Prepared by a vendor outside the Mexican supermarket. Amazing!


Eating the famous Pitts-burger. Lynz takes this task very seriously.


Coolest cats ever.


We had our own homemade mexican dinner Saturday night. Please note the small black bowl. It's QUESO from DON PABLOS!!! Andy risked life & limb driving us there so I could get me some!! (There are no DP's left in NYS). What a brother-in-law, right?!

I love going to visit my little seester! I do wish my little siblings didn't live so far away, even though they provide us with some fun rode trips.

We'll see if I can be inspired to post again anytime soon. I think I hear my bed calling me...




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