Tuesday, August 31, 2010


My sister took this picture with her iPhone and I thought I'd share that this sling is my new best friend. I know there has been some controversy around them lately, but I have found this Hotsling to be great. Eva loves to be held and she loves movement, so it's perfect for doing that and still having two hands to help Soren or get things done around the house. I have used the Bjorn a few times as well, but more so for being out in public. I highly recommend finding one you are comfortable with if you are a mom of two (or more.)

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I turned the big 2-9 yesterday. I had a great day. It all started a few days earlier with the gift of an afternoon getting my hair done along with some shopping. I don't know what's more of a gift, the shopping and hair or the time to myself. Either way, I'll take both. :) When I walked in the door from my time away Soren came running up yelling "I made you a cake!" Sam made dinner and a cake and the next morning chocolate chip pancakes. Yep, one of my favorites. The rest of the day was filled with lunch with a friend, a wedding, and a night out with the girls. A friend of mine asked me if I was going to make a bucket list, you know, 30 things to do before turning 30. I had thought about it, but I don't know if any of them would really be that interesting. Maybe I'll think more about it and see what I come up with. Thank you for all of the birthday wishes, flowers and gifts, from a cupcake kit to Graeter's Ice Cream (you all must know I like food, especially sweets. :) )

Saturday, August 21, 2010

1 month

This is the 4th time I have sat down to write this post. I guess that is a picture of what life has been like lately. The moment I sit down to do anything other than caring for the family or house, I get sidetracked. As soon as one kid is done eating, the other is hungry. When one falls asleep, the other wakes up. When one diaper is changed another is filled. I only have time to write this now because Eva is sleeping, water is coming to a boil for dinner and Soren is watching a movie...Er, scratch that, movie is done and now Soren is asking for dinner.
Eva just turned a month old. Wow! Time flies by faster and faster. The first month has been a wonderful challenge. I'm trying to get Eva on somewhat of a predictable schedule, so I can better juggle her with Soren's schedule. Bed time with two cranky kids has not been fun. She has been such a great baby. I really can't complain. She loves to be held, maybe a little too much. But I know these days will quickly pass, so I am treasuring each moment we get to snuggle. She is awake more and more each day and I love the rare moments I get to see her smile. Those dimples just make me melt.
We have learned this last month how confused people are about Eva's name. Her name is Evalyn (Eh-vuh-linn) but we call her Eva (Eee-vuh). It made sense to us, so I guess we never foresaw any confusion.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Village...

"It takes a village to raise a child." I could not be more thankful for the people in my life that make up my village. I want to focus in on four of those people, my parents and Sam's parents. Sam's parents, Dan & Judy, have been wonderful in taking Soren for many afternoons and overnighters. Soren forgets to say goodbye to us half the time, he gets so excited to spend time at "Dit-Da and Ga Ga's" house. My dad came out for a few days and it was special for me to watch him play play-dough, take Soren to the beach, airport and out for ice cream. He also helped with projects around the house. My mom was just here for 3 weeks helping with the arrival of Eva. She was wonderful and did everything from watching the kids so we could sleep, she cooked, she cleaned, held Eva, played with Soren, and spoiled him with great gifts.
Sam and I could not be more thankful for all you 4 have done. There is so much more you do for us than mentioned in this blog post. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

I unfortunately didn't get a picture of my dad with Soren and Eva. :(


Janet and Eva

My mom was such a trooper!