2013 Project 52

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Little Lights Spring Performance

A couple of video clips from Alyse and Tessa's spring performance for the kids choir at our church.  This was actually the practice performance because they asked us not to take video at the real one, since it was during the church service and was being recorded by the church.  Just as well, since Alyse chickened out during the real thing!

In these clips, Alyse is front left (the one that isn't singing and has her fingers in her mouth) and Tessa is front right. 

2014-03-23 12.26.52 from courtney on Vimeo.

2014-03-23 12.29.48 from courtney on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sweet {Muddy} Moments

I'll be honest.  Times are tough with these two girls.  They fight.  A LOT.  Scratching, hitting, kicking, pinching, hair pulling -- the whole nine yards.  We're constantly working with them to get them to express their emotions in a better way.  It's a slow process. 

They can be so sweet and cute on their own, but their joint dynamic is usually pretty rough.

So when a moment like this comes along, I seriously get giddy with excitement.  Sharing, playing and giggling out of control together?  Yes, please!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy Birthday, Zaidy!

Nonna and Zaidy came to visit in early March, so we had an early celebration for Zaidy's birthday.  Daddy and Tessa made brownie bites in the Bakery Bites Express that she got for Christmas.  So yummy!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Tease

Who's ready for spring?
We *thought* this late February day was going to be our last romp in the snow...but as it turns out, Mother Nature would have more in store for us!

Not happy about the muddy knees.
And just like that, she's over it. There are puddles to jump in.

 Our funny, silly girl loves the outdoors!
And here's what our yard looked like a week later!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Loose Teeth

Just after turning 5, Tessa had two teeth that started to get really loose.  She wiggled them endlessly with her tongue, and finally, on February 7th the first one fell out!  Ok, maybe 'fell out' isn't quite how we should put it -- mommy had to intervene a bit!  Have you ever seen anyone so excited?

And then, just 9 days later, the other bottom tooth came out!  Gotta love her crazy faces! 

Her new look...at least for now.  She's convinced that a top tooth is going to come out soon (but I think she's going to be waiting for a while.)

Can We Go Snowin'?

Just like her brother, this one LOVES the snow! We've had a lot of it to enjoy this winter, and every time she looks outside to see the ground covered in white, she says "Mommy, can we go snowin'? Pleeeeeeease!?"

How on earth could I say no to this sweet face? 

Saturday, March 8, 2014


I'm bursting with pride over this little one today.  Yesterday, she read me several pages of Hop on Pop!  She has been working on reading the little BOB books for a while, but only here and there.  In her Pre-K class, she has really been catching onto her sight words lately, so I thought I'd see how she'd do with a little Dr. Seuss.
2014-03-07 16.44.48 from courtney on Vimeo.

Meanwhile, little sister wanted to read too.  She read "Cat in Cap":
"The Loose Tooth One":
and my personal favorite, "Walk On The Thing":