Tuesday, November 11, 2014


We had a really fun day with Gus and Greta yesterday. In the morning we greeted them with a rousing and off-key rendition of "Happy Birthday," then taught them to answer "How old are you?" by yelling, "TWO!" My dad and Hassie were in town, and we had everyone over for pizza and cupcakes. All in all, a very low-key but wonderful celebration. Pictures below.

We tried to recreate the first year photograph series, but as usual they would not sit still in the same place, so we had to settle for individual shots.

Eric took some cardboard and cut out the number two for a photo prop, and you can see how much that impressed Gus and Greta. Greta kept pointing at it and saying, "Five!" which is actually pretty smart when you consider she was looking at the 2 backwards. No wonder she was confused.

 Eric and I got them brand new, exceptionally shiny low-rider tricycles. They were a huge hit.

 Photo credit Grandma Hassie.
Off roading
 Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle Stephen in party hats.

 Everyone except me.

Family portrait with Gris, our au pair. Gris will return to Mexico in February. After two years, it feels like losing a family member. We are so sad, but looking forward to spending these final months with her and excited to see what life has in store for this amazing woman. 

I took Gus and Greta in for their 2 year check-up (all is well) and was surprised to learn that there is not another well child visit until 3! So many things like this leave me feeling like I graduated to the next stage. We are so excited for our journey into the unknown!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Four Years

Yesterday marked the fourth anniversary of Seamus' death. It was a tough one because the twins are now older than he ever was (more on that later!) and my memories of him feel so much farther away as the twins start to surpass him in size and abilities. BUT... we are so grateful to have two year olds. I actually woke up at midnight today, looked at the clock, then the baby monitor, and thought, "We made it!!"

My Dad and Hassie are in town and we are planning a small get together with our family later today. I'm sure there will be birthday photos. Here's hoping the twins cooperate!

Thanks to everyone who has reached out and for all your lovely and kind words. It helps so much to know that others are thinking of Seamus, too.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Happy Halloween!

I don't think we will ever top last year's costumes in terms of raw cuteness, but I am doing my best to savor this Halloween, too because I suspect that this is the last time Eric and I will have carte blanche to choose their costumes.

We didn't take the twins trick-or-treating this year, but we had some friends over whose children were kind enough to do some recognizance for us so we know which houses to hit up next year.