Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Todd's Grandma Uthof

Just last week I was wishing her a happy birthday and then we lost her suddenly and unexpectedly. Our trip back to Iowa on Friday will be with mixed emotions as we meet up with the rest of the family to lay her to rest. I was fortunate enough to get to know her over the years. She was emailing and blogging into her 80's and even had her own Facebook page. I was closer to her than with my own Grandparents. It says a lot about her that she was willing and able to navigate the technologies that would help her communicate with her Grandkids.

My favorite memory was when the family gave her her Christmas present several years back. Go figure that I was the only one in the room that had no idea what it was... a post hole digger... for their 80 year old Grandmother. I was wondering what planet I was on but as I would come to learn... this would be the perfect gift for her. Always out clearing snow from the driveway, mowing and burning yard waste on the farm... she just did what needed to be done.

We could always count on her to tell us what the rest of the family was up to. I'll miss being in the "know" and I'm sorry that she won't get to meet Adele.

Piggy Tails

Finally - enough hair for piggy tails;) I'm actually blogging from somewhere over the skies of the Midwest. On my way back to LA from Detroit. I love that they have wi-fi on planes now! Can't wait to see Todd and the girls.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Daddy Daycare

I've been trying all week to download this funny video of Veda jump roping and couting "Two, Three, Five.... Two, Three, Five." I can't get it to load so you will just have to imagine how funny it was. I won't be posting much this week. I leave for Detroit tomorrow and Todd is going to be alone with the girls. Of course the neighbors have them during the day but night time is the most challenging anyway. He is really going to be happy to have me home late Wed night!

Fri we leave for Iowa for the majority of the month of July. I have appointments in six states. I'm back to work in full swing!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Big Girl in her Bumbo

Funny Veda

After I drained the water from the tub tonight I left Veda in there to play while I tended to Adele. When I came back she had tucked all her ducks under the bath mat and was telling them goodnight. "Nigh Nigh duckies".

The other funny thing she did today was to bring me a bag of toys that she couldn't open herself. Usually she just says open but today she set it down in front of me and said "knock knock" while pounding on the bag. It gets the door open so why not the bag of toys? I like how she thinks.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Grandma Uthof

A shout out to one of our best blog stalkers. We know you are reading. We hope you had a great birthday. We love you.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Father's Day

We spent Father's Day driving home from Kel and Chris'. It was actually a pretty great day spent as a family. We love you Todd and the girls are so lucky to have a Dad that loves them so much!

Sweet Sweet Owen

I was pretty excited that Kel and Chris trusted Todd and me with Owen on Friday while they attended their appointments. I was warned that he was a little fussy but he put on a good show for me... I think he just likes me a lot. Well he eventually showed his true colors and man can that kid scream. The last night we were there we didn't hear a peep out of him in the middle of the night and were relieved to think that the new parents got some sleep... come to find out it was because Kel and Chris put him in the car at 2 in the morning and drove around for an hour so his crying wouldn't wake us. They are super parents and totally sleep deprived. It makes me glad that I'm over the 3 month hump with Adele;) Keep up the good work Mom and Dad... it will get easier!

Family Photos

We tried to get a good family photo...because we don't have one. We eventually had to use the banana as a prop to distract Veda.

Field Trip

Todd and Chris took Veda to the Science Museum on Saturday... she needed to get out of the house and away from the babies. I think it's finally starting to hit her that she's not the center of attention;) My favorite is the picture of her trying to play with the phone - which is actually wallpaper. I also like the fake airplane... good practice for our trip to Iowa in a couple of weeks;)

Friday, June 18, 2010


Grandma Didie will appreciate the photo with the vacuum cleaner - this is how she use to calm Kel when she was a baby. Owen was having a hard time calming down so we turned on the vacuum and he clamed right up. Adele enjoyed it too. Good thing Veda was already in bed otherwise we would have had a different kind of fit - she is terrified of vacuum cleaners!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Owie Here We Come!

It's a big weekend for us. We are headed to meet cousin Owen. I've been preparing all week for the 7 hour drive. Veda has lots of new toys and a new movie that will be revealed during the ride;) She has been practicing "Baby Owen" and I think she may have it down. Isn't this picture the best?! Photo credits to Laura Shivers and;))

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Adele is 3 months today!

I already can't imagine life without her... or before her!;)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Smarter than she looks

We are really enjoying all of Veda's new words. Everyday she surprises us with something new (today it was "whale") and we are able to translate a new word that she has been using for some time but we didn't understand (today it was the word "again"). Tonight I was entertaining her while she was taking a bath. She looked up at me with her serious face and said "stop singing."

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Boo boo

We were watching a movie the other night and someone got blown away with a shotgun. Apparently Veda was watching too because she kept saying "boo boo - boo boo".

Weekend Review

Todd was travelling all week again... this time Cincinatti - he left Monday and he returned late Thursday night. We enjoyed having him home for the weekend. Yesterday and today Veda got some pool time with Dad. Yesterday we took Veda and Adele to Shrek - their first movie. Veda lasted about half way through before she wanted to run around but she stayed close and the theatre was pretty empty so all in all it was a success... not a peep out of Adele. Last night Todd and I went on a date. It was great to have a meal out alone! This morning we took the girls to breakfast at the Camarillo airport... one of our favorite spots.

Sidewalk Art

Love the Crayola sidewalk paint. You can get it on anything and it washes off! Thanks Auntie Janice!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bathtime Fun

Veda found the new box of swim diapers I bought and said please about 100 times until I let her put one on for the bathtub. The sunglasses came in the box. She wanted to go potty before she got in the tub though so 30 seconds after I put on the swim diaper we were taking it off... of course she managed to get it dirty in that short time. You'll be happy to know she didn't actually pee in the potty so I didn't object when she threw the potty in the tub and tried on each piece separately as a hat. She exhausts me.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Voting Day

So in addition to being my first day back to work it was also voting day in California... only in California does your polling place have voting cubbies outside!! When Veda was the same age as Adele (exact same age to the day I think) I took her to vote for the first time (bottom pic). Today was Adele's turn (top).

If you're wondering how my first day back went... frustrating would be the word. I spent the entire morning trying to work out kinks with HR and payroll to get me up and running again in the systems. Let's hope tomorrow is more productive.

She's Quick

I turned around for a second and Veda immediately picked up the bottle on the table and started to feed Adele. Hey... she got it in the right hole. She might have just earned herself a new job... she was pretty proud of herself.

When I've Exhausted All Other Options

I put Veda in the car in the garage with her movies. No matter how big of a breakdown she's having this always shuts her right up. Veda won't let me put her clothes on in the morning and going to daycare in her diaper just isn't an option so we have a little wrestling match each morning which usually results in a tantrum. She might just be hanging out in the car while I get myself organized each morning... maybe I'll take a shower!

Swim Lessons

I've decided that this has not been money well spent. A couple of weeks ago I couldn't get Veda out of her swimsuit and now I have a hard time getting it on. She's freaked out by the water now... the instructor might be a little too agressive for this wee one. She is big on putting them under water and Veda does not like that game... perhaps with some time it will work but we are struggling right now.

Monday, June 7, 2010


The out of office assistant is officially turned to off. I've laid out all of my files and rewritten my to-do list to date. Tommorrow is my first day back to work. I'm thankful that I don't have to get up early and spend an hour primping and that I might not even shower tomorrow;) Really - I don't have any work clothes that would fit right now anyway. My first travel appointment is just weeks away and Todd is going to fly solo with the girls while I'm in Detroit. It's hard to believe it's been 12 weeks already. It makes me sad that I look back and the whole thing is a blur. I hope I'm not saying that when the girls turn 18;)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Daddy's Girl

Todd made Veda heart shaped french toast for breakfast... just for fun;)

More Peek-els

So Veda has a new favorite food...following in the Laabs foot steps, she loves raw carrots AND now pickles. Today I made her a hamburger for lunch. I added a slice of pickle to spice it up and she then pulled it apart and ate the pickle....she then said, more "peekles"....not sure how she knew what it was, but I think she likes them....

Future Pop Sensation?

A little Miley Cyrus to start your day...


Saturday, June 5, 2010

Dress Up

Thanks Nicole. We love our girlie girl outfit.

Fun in the Sun