Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Fun with Aunt Bibi. . .

Molly and Libby

My sister Libby (A.K.A., Aunt "Bibi") has one of the kindest hearts of anyone I know. She is always offering to help with my girls and gives up a day of her time every week (and drives across the city) to keep the girls while I work. I think without her, I would have lost my mind in the last few years. When I was pregnant with Molly she moved in with us while attending college and was planning to keep Molly when I went back to work full time. I had a change of heart (and a complete breakdown) when I tried to leave Molly to go to work, and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home for a while. Libby has sinced moved out and is now married, but still visits us several times a week. She is very generous with her time and means the world to all of us. I hope when she has children I will be able to somehow repay her for all she has done for me.

The girls get so excited when Libby is coming over, they greet her at the door screaming and jumping around. Libby loves to do creative and often very messy projects with Molly and Sadie, and they LOVE it! She just jumps in and lets them make a huge mess and they have a blast. This particular activity was painting pumpkins and using glitter. The painting only began AFTER she hauled the girls to three stores looking for pumpkins (which is a feat in itself!). You can tell from the pictures that they had a ton of fun!!! I'm just glad she decided this was a good activity to do outside :-). By the way, she got the idea from Martha Stewart---I wonder if Martha looked like Sadie and Molly when she got done painting her pumpkins????

Monday, September 25, 2006

Time with Daddy

Kelly is a 5th year surgery resident and typically works at least 90 hours a week. I honestly don't know how he does what he does, I have great respect for the man he is. He is not only dedicated to his job, but he is a wonderful husband and father. When he gets home from a 12-16 hour day, I know he is exhausted, but he still pitches in with the girls and makes the time he has with them really count. He only has 9 months to go and he will be finished with his residency and will be starting in private practice. We are greatly looking forward to having a little more control over his schedule and more family time. On this night, he and the girls curled up in the rocking chair and read before bedtime. It is rare to get a picture with both girls sitting down and being still (even though Sadie is making the goofy face that she makes in all her pics these days)--what you don't see is that Sadie got up about 2 seconds after I snapped this photo!!

Starting the blog. . . .

I have finally decided to create my own blog to chronicle the life of our family. I want to do this so that I can look back and remember all the details of my children's lives, knowing that the chances I will ever complete their scrapbooks is very slim. They are such a gift and I struggle every day to take time to realize that. Life is so busy and it's so easy to get priorities all out of whack, but at the end of the day it's these two angels that really matter.

Right now, Molly is 3 years old and Sadie is 19 months old. Their personalities are very different, Molly is very shy and reserved (more like her Daddy), while Sadie is more outgoing and extroverted (like her Mommy). The picture of Molly is from the day of her 3rd Birthday party, she's very excited to be three! Sadie's picture is from her singing debut on Molly's new keyboard (that Mommy had no idea had a microphone when we bought it :-) Do we have an American Idol contestant on our hands?