Thursday, April 16, 2015

My favorite 6-year-old and 6-month-old!

These sisters adore one another! 
Here's a pic of Hadley and Savannah snuggling and acting silly in their 
jammies while I was folding laundry on the bed:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Life is Good

Grandma Judy with Hadley (6 months) and Savannah (6)


Day in the Park

Today Grandma Judy and I took Savannah and Hadley to a beautiful local park:

We spent about 3 hours playing on the playground, 
as well as riding on the train, kiddie boats, and carousel:

Grandma Judy and Hadley (6 months old)

At the park, we joined my lifelong friend Amanda,
as well as her mom Linda and 5-month old son Tyson 
(who is a month younger than Hadley):

It was fun catching up with Amanda and her mom! 

Amanda, Linda, Tyson, Savannah, Grandma Judy, and Hadley


Kiddie Boats

 Train around the park

Aren't Hadley's feet precious?!

Savannah with the book character Olivia the pig:


Saturday, April 11, 2015


Today Tal and I surprised Savannah by taking her to a small carnival near our house. She had a blast riding five rides and eating a treat.  It was beautiful spring day for some outdoor family fun!

Savannah was so proud of herself for riding the roller coaster by herself!

Hadley (6 months old)

Savannah's face says it all: pure joy:

On the Hang Glider ride, Savannah rode on her tummy!

Before heading home, Savannah ate a sno-cone...the perfect treat for a warm spring day!

Grandma Judy is here!

Grandma Judy (my mom) is here! She arrived today from IL. We haven't seen Grandma Judy in 6 months, and we're so excited to spend lots of time with her this week!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hadley is 6 months old!

Hadley is 6 months old! The last 6 months have flown by! I can't believe our baby girl has two bottom teeth and can roll over. She is starting to eat solids and can sit up unassisted for a few minutes before she topples over. Hadley recently discovered her tongue, as well as learned to sputter. We love you, Hadley V!

Take a look at how much Hadley has changed over the last 6 months:

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Easter Block Party

This morning our family went to the Easter Block Party at the church we've been attending for the last several months. The weather was chilly and windy, but we still enjoyed the free, family-friendly event with over 1,000 other people for a couple hours:

Savannah got an Easter egg painted on her cheek:

Eating cotton candy: 

There were 11 bouncy houses, 
and this inflatable slide was one Savannah's favorites:

Tal and Savannah

Hadley slept for an hour:

Tal enjoyed helping Savannah pedal the tricycle:

 Before we left, Savannah participated in the Easter egg hunt. 
There were eggs scattered on the floor in the worship area, 
and Savannah was allowed to pick up 6 eggs:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Settling In

Well, it's been almost two months since I returned to work on February 2. Although my heart's desire is to be stay-at-home mom, I have chosen to be a working mom instead. Staying at home with Hadley would require some major life changes, namely moving to a much smaller house and trading in our new vehicle. As a working mom, I try to have a positive attitude and be thankful that my income enables us to live in a safe neighborhood with great schools, save for retirement, and pay off our debt. 

I'm also thankful that I work at an excellent school that is only a mile from our house. It's awesome that Savannah attends Kindergarten at my school. I love waving at Savannah in the hallway, eating lunch with her in the cafeteria, and hanging out with her before and after school in my library. 

While I'm at work, I have peace of mind knowing that Hadley is in good hands. Hiroko and her daughter-in-law Yu take care Hadley, as well as 4 other teachers' children, in Hiroko's home. 

Hadley (4 months old at the time), Yu, and Hiroko

Being a mom is the best and hardest job in the world. Most days I struggle to balance the expectations and demands of work and motherhood, but I strive to be the best mom, wife, and teacher/librarian that I can be.

Our mornings and evenings are hectic, but Tal and I share responsibilities and work as a team. I wake up at 4:30 A.M., so I can pump and get ready before Tal, Savannah, and Hadley get up at 6:00 A.M. I dress the girls, while Tal loads our vehicles. At 6:30 A.M., the girls and I pile into the car. I drop off Hadley at Hiroko's house by 6:50 A.M. and get to school around 7:00 A.M. I open the library for students and staff at 7:15 A.M. 

While at work, I prioritize and start working on what needs to done the next day. To make this happen, I work hard. I work smart. I work quickly. I stay on task. My daily goal is to finish my work responsibilities at 2:45 P.M., so I can leave school and spend time with Savannah and Hadley.

The girls and I get home around 3:30 P.M. most afternoons. I make bottles and lunches for the next day. I spend an hour helping Savannah with her homework. Then, if time allows, Savannah and I eat dinner before Tal gets home at 6:30 P.M. When Tal gets home, we all put on our jammies and get ready to put the girls to bed from 7-8 P.M.

As working parents, Tal and I realize that our time with Savannah and Hadley is precious. We make a conscious effort to spend quality time with our girls and give them lots of love and attention. 

Sunshine Girls

For some reason, the sisterly photo below melts my heart: