Monday, March 30, 2009

Clare's Princess Party

Our little princess is three today!


We celebrated on Saturday with a small family party at our castle.


Clare has been excited for weeks about her party. We have been crossing days off of the calendar for quite some time.


The party was a success, with all three girls in good moods, and Clare feeling very "birthdayed."


She loved getting lots of presents. One highlight of the evening occurred right after she opened a present. Someone said, "Clare, what is that?" She emphatically and enthusiastically responded, "I don't have no idea."

We had a castle pinata that was supposed to occupy our time for a few minutes.


This is what actually happened. One pull and the whole thing came crashing down.


The kids enjoyed the candy, nonetheless.


These little rascals enjoyed the cake as well.


As cliche as it is, it must be said, I can't believe she is three!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Remembering...Part 3


Clare's first year flew by. I think she was probably about two months old when I started planning her first birthday party. Even Casey got in on the action, building me a giant cupcake to place in the front yard. I made a big cupcake cake, tons of cupcakes, cupcake shaped cookies for favors, ordered a cupcake dress, the list goes on and on. I had so much fun doing it, and was excited for the big day!



The party was a success...or so it seemed. Clare was in a good mood, looked adorable, and seemed to have a good time, although she didn't dive into her cake like I'd thought she would. Friends and family were there, and all seemed to have a good time.

Little did I know that the real "fun" would begin after the party. That evening I started feeling strange. My stomach was rumbling and didn't feel right. A few hours later, the bug hit, and it hit hard. Not long after, Casey succumbed to whatever "it" was. It was a nasty bug that left both of us totally drained for about 24 hours.

Over the course of the next couple of days, we heard reports of almost all of our party guests falling prey to whatever virus/food poisoning we had served up. Quite a party favor, right? Thankfully, Clare (and my grandmother) never got sick. We later learned that it traveled past our guests, which led me to believe it was a virus, but nonetheless, Clare's first birthday party will always be remembered as


"Cupcakes, Salmonella style."


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Remembering....Part 2

A look back at a few of Clare's "firsts"

First Bath

First Easter
As requested, First Bikini
First Spaghetti Meal

First Pumpkin Patch

First Halloween

First Christmas

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Remembering....Part 1

In light of Clare's upcoming third birthday, combined with the fact that I wasn't blogging during Clare's first two years, I am going to do a few posts this week remembering some special times with my oldest girl.

On Thursday, March 30, 2006, I checked into the hospital at 7:30 a.m. with Casey by my side. Soon the waiting room would be filled with soon-to-be grandparents. I was 38 weeks pregnant, and the day I was going to become a mom had finally arrived.


I had a great pregnancy and felt good for the majority of it. We found out we were having a girl when I was 20 weeks along, the Monday before Thanksgiving of 2005. After much discussion, we decided to name her Clare Morgan Eoff. Clare is my middle name and my maternal grandmother's middle name. Morgan has a strong history on Casey's side of the family, including his father, grandfather and sister.


My induction began on that Thursday morning, and soon labor was underway. It is a strange feeling knowing the day your child will be born. It isn't like in the movies with the frantic drive to the hospital in the middle of the night, but it definitely brings it's own sense of excitement. I think Casey and I knew our lives were about to change; but looking back, we had no idea how much life would change, nor how thankful we would be for that change.


Clare was born at 5:39 p.m., weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz. She didn't look at all like I expected. She had dark hair, and a lot of it, with olive skin. She was beautiful. And she was ours. I remember looking into her eyes and feeling like I had known her all my life.


Clare's birthday was such a special, monumental day in my life. A day that we will certainly celebrate in the next week!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rite of Passage

Clare cut her hair tonight.
It was up in pigtails, and she was getting ready for her bath. Sometimes we cut the rubber band that holds her pigtails instead of pulling it out. I was doing something with the twins, and I look up and see Clare with the scissors up to her pigtail. She managed to cut this much out before we got the scissors from her. Thankfully, it was hair at the back and on the underside, and I don't think it is too noticeable. I am just glad she didn't lop off the whole pigtail.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sweet Dreams

One of my favorite times of the day is reading books to Sydney (left) and Jane before naps and before bedtime. They are both so sweet and cuddly during that time.


Of course, Clare is never far away. She doesn't ever miss out on any of the action.


All of my girls enjoy books, but Jane seems to really like them.


I have said it before, and I will probably say it again, but I am loving Jane's curls.


The only thing sweeter than rocking and reading to one baby is rocking and reading to TWO babies!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Doctor Reports, Bath Time, and Playtime

Jane (right) and Sydney went to the doctor today for 15 month check-ups.


Sydney is still little, weighing in at 20 lbs. on the nose. She is 30 1/8 inches long.


Jane weighs more at 21 lbs. 5 oz and is 29 1/4 inches long.

Both girls got a good report, aside from an ear infection for Syd. I think next year we are going to try to purchase a 5 gallon jug of antibiotics to get us through the winter. If only...

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We typically bathe all three girls together.
Why do they insist on gathering at one end of the tub?


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The girls always enjoy playing on Clare's bed after bath time. With all three of them going different directions, sometimes it is hard to make sure all the girls are OK. Not to worry though, Clare knows CPR!


Friday, March 6, 2009

So Far Today.....

  • Sydney got a chocolate milk container....out of the trash can.
  • Clare spilled red juice on a tan bench.
  • Sydney took her diaper off during her morning nap.
  • Sydney put her lovey in the toilet.
And it is only 1:00.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Because Mamma Asked For More Pictures

My mom told me today that my grandmother requested new pictures.
Ask and ye shall receive.

Sydney

My almost three year old.

Jane

Clare and Jane were playing together after naps this afternoon. I grabbed the camera and was able to get Jane laughing at her big sister.



Sydney with her lovey. She loves her lovey.

Jane isn't walking yet, but she is making some good progress. Here she is making strides behind her car:




Check out all this hair. Soon I am going to have three heads of hair to fix everyday.
Jane-left, Sydney-right