Oh, my big girl. She has resisted ponytails forever it seems, but with her hair getting longer and in this heat wave, she finally agreed. It doesn't hurt that she seems her nanny, Jasmine, and her good her buddy, Emily, do their hair like this, so it must be cool, right?!
Ok, I went a little crazy this week with the Ava photo shoots, but isn't she so darn cute? I had some professional ones done yesterday too at BabiesRUs, but don't have the prints yet - you'll have to wait!
Birthdays are our favorite thing to do these days - Ben and Lily don't miss a party! They totally get all the elements - friends to play with, fun new games to play, cake, candles to blow out, singing "Happy Birthday," balloons, giving presents, party favors. Ahhhhh. . . this is the life.
Here's Ben learning to hoola-hoop at Jad's 2nd birthday a couple of weeks ago (teaching credit to Chris Danek):
Will Ava be a thumb sucker? She won't take a pacifier, but she may be headed to life with her thumb. She loves it when she can find it, but her hand/arm control is not quite steller yet, so it often pops out of her mouth. In the Baby Bjorn carrier, it is right where she wants it.
Ben and Lily have new games every day that they play together. Some are cute and fun, others ...slightly destructive (such as yesterday, during their "nap" when they decided to pull all of the stuffing out of their pillows and make a sea of fluff on their bedroom floor - Mommy was not happy, even though Lily kept asking to make sure nothing had changed "Mommy, are you happy?"). Many of their games involve chasing each other around the house or outside. Like their butterfly game:
They played a calmer one this morning, reading magazines and showing each other the pictures (Lily's favorites pictures were a group of synchornized swimmers and the Geico insurance ad frog, Ben's favorite was an article on rock legends - he called it "music" because of all the guitar pictures). It is so much fun to watch them become good friends.
Can you believe it? 5 years have passed since I finished treatment (3 months of chemo and 5 weeks of radiation) and achieved remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma - this is the closest doctors will come to saying the word "cure." Hooray! It seems like a very long time ago and so much has happened since then. A new house, 3 kids, a business of my own. I feel very lucky to have all that exists in my life.
One of my fellow TNTers and chemo buddies, Jonelle, is running a half marathon to celebrate her 5th year in remission. For those of you not familiar with Team in Training (TNT), Jeff and I were very active in this organization before the kids came along and we did several marathons/century bike rides/triathalons to raise money for leukemia & lymphoma research and patient services. If you feel like celebrating 5 years with me and Jonelle, please help support Jonelle in her latest efforts with TNT. Thanks!
How time flies. Here is a new photo of Ava - 9 weeks old today! She had her 2 month peditrician's appointment last Friday and everything was great. Our only complaints - shots hurt and she won't take a bottle anymore. If that's all we have to worry about, we're feeling pretty good!
Nana Karin and Grandpa Steve are headed out today on their big RV trip to Missouri. We are sad to see them go and will miss them terribly, but are excited to hear all about their adventures. Read all about it on their blog. See you guys in September!
Here are our good friends, Dave, Marya and Aiden, who we spent 4th of July with this year, along with the Goulrup gang. It was Marya's birthday (Happy Birthday!) and she received the best birthday present - just two days ago her husband Dave came home from being on out at sea for 4 months (he is a super-star in the Navy). It was a surprise homecoming for Marya, as Dave was not scheduled to be home for another month. We are so happy they are reunited as a family and that Dave is home safe and sound.
Here are the Daddies - Dave, Steve and Jeff - heading to the 4th of July parade in Morgan Hill:
And here are the kids celebrating the 4th/Marya's birthday:
Me Too You is written by me, Linsey Krolik, and this is my personal blog. About me: Mom to 6-year-old boy/girl twins and their (surprise!) baby sister, who is now 3-years-old. Technology, business and media lawyer and entrepreneur. Partner at Silicon Valley Moms Group, handling legal, business development and advertising for the SV Moms Group network of blogs. Twin sister to Robin, who lives much too far away in Newfoundland, Canada. Community leader. Advocate for kids to think "outside the box." 9-year (and counting!) cancer survivor. Runner and aspiring yogi. Lover of life, travel, the outdoors and a good adventure.