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OUCH! and Lucie’s 2 month stats


One of the worst things about parenting is attending the immunizations of your child(ren). I begin dreading it days before we make our doctor’s visit. I’m probably more worked up about it than they are! {Although, I really try to keep my cool for their sake.} It is just horrible having to hold your child down while they poke them with sharp objects, all the while, they look into your eyes like, ‘how could you betray me like this?’ Not. fun. at. all.

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Lucie had her first round with her 2 month check up on Wednesday. She did well, but let me know that she was none too happy about the pokes in her legs. She’s been rather grumpy the past 24 hours or so too. :(

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On a happier note, she’s been growing like a weed! She’s currently at 12 lbs. 10 oz. and 23 1/2 inches tall. {I’m not sure if I ever posted her birth stats here, but she was 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 20 inches tall when she was born.} I could tell she was gaining in weight and stature but WHOA! ;)

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She’s a healthy little baby, praise God!

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Summer splashing

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Due to California’s drought, many of the splash pads have been closed this year. But, darn it!, it’s still hot here! The kids need a way to cool off during the hot summer months! If the splash pads have recycled water, I can’t see how that would take too much unnecessary (boy, is that relative!) water from other things.

We have discovered a few that are still open. One is about 10 minutes from our house and, bonus!, the little playground there is just as exciting.


A few days ago, while Lucie was taking her morning nap in the stroller, Eveyln and I explored the park and splash pad. We had it all to ourselves for about an hour! She had me going up and down the spiral slide with her repeatedly. (She’s not quite ready for it on her own.) I think we did it about 50 times. It was nice to have my hands free to play with her a bit. I miss chasing her around at the park due to the other little person in my care. In an effort to tire herself out more, she would loop around the bottom of the slide after we made it down, before running back up the stairs to go down again. {I opted out of the loop — just stuck with the stairs.}


We enjoyed the swings together too, making it fly as high as she was comfortable.



The splash pad opened at noon, early enough for us to enjoy a little time in the water before nap time. She was a little nervous at first, but began to rush right in once she had assessed the situation. {That’s her way of things. Smart girl.}

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The way these two love on each other just melts my heart. <3

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Best friends.

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Okay, it may be more Evey than Lucie. ;)

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Practicing push ups on her sister — look at how strong she’s getting!

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Evey loves to help haul her sister’s rock ‘n play into the living room after she’s finished her nap in the bedroom. She wants to help with everything she can.

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Every time it’s time for Lucie’s diaper change, Evey runs off down the hall to get her diaper and wipes ready for the change. If I’m too slow coming, she’ll bring them to me wherever we are.

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Chatting together. {They probably understand each other better than we understand them.}

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Nigh-night hugs. 

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Dance, Dance

Oh my, how this girl loves to dance! She’s been taking classes for about 5 months now and is really starting to participate fully. She practices her passés, sautés, and grand battements continually throughout the day.

The only thing that could make it better was twirling around in her very own tutu! A gift she received from her godmother at Christmas, it now fits her well and she loves to wear it every chance she gets.

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Moments {Vol. 1}

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Yes, obsessed with the ceiling fans. It’s a good time of year for that.

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This bassinet has been in Steve’s family for over 50 years. I’m not remembering exactly but I think Lucie is about number 40 or so to inhabit it. (Evelyn used it, too, when she was little.)

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Finally(!) we are beginning to see red tomatoes! Steve and I ate these two last night and they were every bit juicy and delicious. I’m especially looking forward to basil, mozzarella, and tomato salads — one of my favorite dishes.

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We joined some friends for Wee Ones Wednesday in Roseville last week. Evey was having a blast  playing with the mini-hula hoops.

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And, of course, she was a fan of the splash pad. :)

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The dot art was a perfect activity for little hands.

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This is how I wake up most mornings — sandwiched in between the two of them. They leave little room for their mama, but I don’t mind the cuddles too much. ;)

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Sometimes we barely make it to the end of lunch before our head hits the tray. This day she was attempting to use the chair next to her as a headrest while she munched the remainder of her sandwich.

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Oh how I love this wrap! And so does our little Lucie. Her favorite place to rest is right against my chest and this makes it possible hands-free.

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A sign of summer — the gin and tonic. One of our favorite hot weather drinks.  (We are huge fans of this French gin.)

A Weekend to Remember

I had the most lovely weekend with my family. It is one that will stay in my memory bank for life. It certainly filled up this quality-time-loving gal. Making memories.


We took a long-overdue trip to the coast to meet with extended family for a morning at the beach. Despite our late start, we made it there in good time.





Evelyn has had only a couple of trips to the beach. This is the first where she could actually run around. She throughly enjoyed splashing in the waves with her daddy, alongside her cousin, Danny, and his dad.






Fearless child that she is, she faced each wave head on, racing to meet it.



I held Lucie in our wrap where she stayed snuggled and (mostly) protected from the wind and sun. (Both the girls came home with a little sun/wind burn across their noses.)


Uncle Elliot brought his kite which the kids loved to “help” fly. (I’m pretty sure it would have taken them off with it if they had actually been allowed to hold by themselves.)


On our way home, we made a trip through the little coastal town of Sausalito. After meandering around for a bit, we sat down at an Italian restaurant for a refreshment, and ended up staying for dinner. {The pizza I ordered was one I want to remember for replicating at home: figs, pancetta, caramelized onions, and gorgonzola. YUM!}

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We made it to Sunday Mass at our parish for the first time since Lucie was born. (Last week would have been but, in our sleep-deprived fog, we forgot Mass started at 8, not 8:30, so we ended up at another parish since we were so late.) Evelyn declared “Yum, yum!” at the consecration of the Host, then raised her water bottle to indicate the chalice would be raised up next. The entire pew behind us was trying so hard to hold in their laughter! :) (They pay attention(!) despite how squirmy they are in their seats!)

We continued our family ritual of a treat at Peets and grocery shopping for the week afterwards that we started after Lucie’s arrival. It certainly makes the chore seem like not such an onerous task. I so appreciate my husband taking time with us on the weekend to do this. It is a great help until I get a better handle on traveling outside the house with two littles in tow. Plus, love the family time!!

After a delicious steak dinner, our movie viewing was interrupted by a double rainbow. Well, it was actually interrupted by a wailing newborn, but I stepped outside in an attempt to calm her, after I noticed the piercing light coming from the west and dark clouds gathered in the east.

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A winning combination for a rainbow. Sure enough, there it was. I called the rest of the family outside to see.

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While out there, Steve decided to give the lawn a little water…and Evelyn decided she would enjoy it too.

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This girl loves water. :)

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A neighbor walked by with her dogs to chat for a bit and captured this family photo for us. I think it may be our first one since Lucie joined us. (Minus that slightly awkward selfie one I attempted earlier on the page.)


Our Newest Addition

Since our latest post (which happened WAY TOO long ago), we’ve added a new addition to our family.

Meet Lucie Marie. She’s just as precious as can be!

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And, so far, not really an ounce like her sister. Is this good or bad? ;)

But they are already becoming fast friends. <3 Evelyn loves to spend time with Lucie and help me care for her. She brings diapers and wipes whenever the words are even hinted at. She rocks Lucie’s little seat to comfort her when she is crying. She brings over her lot of stuffed animals to entertain Lucie. And pretends to give her stamps on her hands with her wooden puzzle pieces. It is so dear when Evelyn comes close and gives Lucie a kiss on her little head — my mama heart just melts.

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Stephen has been hard at work both with his job at CalSTRS and maintaining his school work load for his MPA. Not to mention all that he does to help me at home! We were blessed with his presence for two, full weeks at home after I had little Lucie. It was a hard adjustment sending him back to work, for me and the girls. We certainly got accustomed to having him around all day.

I’m slowly adjusting to being a mommy of two. I love being home with my girls (although, there are definitely trying days). I thank God every day that I have the opportunity to be here with them. I have much to share on that front but I’ll keep it short for now. :)


I’ve been aching to get back on here and write more often. I have several friends who do much better than I at keeping up with their blogs, and it’s really starting to inspire me to make more of a habit out of this. I’m going to start with small goals — a weekly post — and see what comes of it. You may even hear from me more often. (And, perhaps, we can get Steve to chime in here every once and while too! ;))

A Taste of Christmas

The month of December flew by much faster than we wanted it to here. But there was much joyous anticipation of the Christmas season, followed by proper celebration.

We set up our tree on the very first of the month, eager to decorate for the season.

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We picked out a few new ornaments to adorn our tree, including a stitched house to remember the purchase of our first home, a flashy bbq to commemorate Steve’s favorite new hobby, and a wiry, red trike – Evelyn’s new favorite mode of transportation.


While decorating the tree, Evelyn scared entertained us with her dancing moves on top of a box and played with her new nativity set.



We were greeted with a snow day on the first Saturday in December (sadly, the only precipitation we’ve had all month). It was Evelyn’s first and she was thoroughly enthralled by it.






That is, until she touched it with her bare hands. :)


Evey didn’t get a chance to meet Santa last year so we took her to the Country Christmas in town to visit him this year. Aaaaaand this is how she felt about him.



Maybe next year.

She’d much rather be held by Gram, but who could blame her. :)


Evelyn and I attended a luncheon with her grandma and great-grandma (my mom and grandma) at a nice hotel downtown. We had a wonderful time dressing up and enjoying a lunch with some of our favorite ladies.



The dress Evelyn is wearing was mine when I was her age and was made by my mom. My mom brought some photos of me wearing it to share (unfortunately, I don’t have a copy on me now).


Steve and I stole a few moments one evening to drink egg nog together and decorate Christmas cookies. It was a nice at-home date.  :)

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Then there was the flu. (Which you don’t need to see photos of…..)

Christmas celebrations, up next!

Life Lately — Pumpkin Edition

We’ve been rather quiet here at Muffin Dome lately. My only excuse is this adorable toddler that I’m chasing around all day, refilling all the containers and cupboards she is incessantly emptying. ;)

Happy Fall!




The little pumpkin cap on her head is one of my first knitting projects. I’ve been working on caps lately and they are turning out better each time. It was fun to dress up our little ‘pumpkin’ for a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick her very first pumpkin!





We took a hayride out to the patch to pick our pumpkins. (I remember the same ride last year — it seemed a lot bumpier and I was afraid I was going to go into labor with our little darling in the middle of the patch!) We found the perfect pumpkins!!







This was Evey’s first Halloween (she came 9 days after last Halloween). A few months ago I picked her up a sleeveless blue and white gingham dress at H&M, perfect for the warm summer months. Then, when she started walking, her first pair of shoes were red Saltwaters. A light went off one day when she was wearing the two together. She looks just like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. A perfect Halloween costume!! So it was decided way back in July what she would be this year. And she played the part just perfectly. Except she got an update to her wardrobe for the colder months ahead….red BOOTS! (Which she absolutely adores and asks to wear nearly every time we go out.)





She couldn’t wait to get started trick-or-treating! She was tugging Daddy out the door the minute he returned home from work!





Much more fun than eating the candy was playing with it, pulling it in and out of the bucket, laughing so hard she was cracking everyone up!



Although, she did try out her first lollipop. :)




Stay tuned…more to come of our Fall adventures later!

The Many Faces of Evey

It might be best to get Evey’s 9 month portraits up before she hits 10 months on Monday. Here you go. :)



I was having a little fun with my new prime lens, taking some real close-ups.



It was great for capturing all her fantastic expressions.



I don’t know that she could handle a poker-face, but she’s good at the ‘stinker’.