Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Here's what I mean when I say that Bianca loves boots. She was 14 months old in this video.
Now that we have a mini-Bianca (aka Mia) I especially love these old videos because it reminds me what we have in store. :)
And just because I can't resist...here is new walker Bianca at 11 months. I love watching new little walkers. Their bow-legged steps just make me smile.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Two of the articles I'm working on right now involve lots of phone interviewing. In the past week, I've conduced a phone interview while Bianca made so much noise screeching and banging on her door during "quiet" time that a subway station would have been quieter. Another with Mia in the Bjorn making such loud spit-bubbles that I had to assure the interviewee that it was my baby, not my digestive system, making the offensive noises.
Today, at 1:15pm, just as I was getting B settled for quiet time, she threw up--twice. I had a phone interview scheduled for 2pm. What to do--cancel? Conduct an interview with a sick child on my lap and a bucket nearby, praying that she didn't give a repeat performance? I cleaned her up with one eye on the clock. In the end, she was so zonked that she was asleep by 1:45, but I still kept my ears cocked during my call, prepared for a speedy hang-up-and-hose-down if she got sick again. The interviewee (the GM of a fancy hotel) had no idea that 5 minutes before our appointment, I was elbow-deep in my child's regurgitated lunch.
Moments like these are so representative of my life. Pulled in a million different directions, sometimes hanging by a thread and always ready to turn on a dime--that's me, your average, everyday working mama. :)
Oh, and here's a cute pic of B modeling my Uggs, a few days back when she was feeling better. The girl loves boots!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Bianca asked to go on a picnic (which we do a couple of times a week these days) but for an extra-special treat, we took the BUS to the park.
Waiting for the bus...Biancs passed the time by singing "Wheels on the Bus" complete with hand motions and sound effects. :)
Afterward we stopped by the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park to smell the flowers. Bianca got to feed the fish in the Koi pond, a first for her.
We saw a seal at Owen Beach! You can see its little head and tail poking up.
Mia found her ears! :)
Friday, May 7, 2010
(OK, maybe I'm bragging a little.)
Growing up, I took it for granted, but now that I'm a mom myself, I'm in awe. Having TWO kids is crazy hard--how on Earth she juggled five kids, a legal career, homeschooling, and everything else, I'll never know.
8. Growing up, she sewed all of our Halloween costumes--and my prom dress.
9. When we were growing up and money and time were tight, she did all she could to make our birthdays special. I still remember her driving all of my friends to an ice-skating rink in Tacoma for mine, and that Barbie-doll cake she made for Kendra's.
Happy Mother's Day! YOU ROCK!
The Lundahl fam (Karen, me, Laura, Kendra, and Sarah) concluded our three-month Biggest Loser challenge on May 2.
Sarah was the winner with a 33-lb weight loss! I gave her a run for her money with 26 pounds lost...but I veered off course toward the end thanks to a daily croissant habit (I'm still losing--just not as quickly).
I'm so proud of everyone. The five of us lost a total of 76 lbs, and everyone lost some weight.
We're going for a Jared-from-Subway shot here with the loose pants. Sarah definitely needs some new clothes--hopefully her winnings will go toward a new wardrobe.
Here we are--76 lbs lighter as a group!
We also celebrated John's 20th birthday. I can't believe he's entering his twenties--I so vividly remember his birthday. All of the sisters were so excited. Not just for our new baby brother--our parents bought us each a fanny pack as a "big sister" gift (this was 1990, after all). Mine had multicolored leather patchwork. I so wish I still had it. But I digress.
Lots of love, baby bro! He didn't participate in Biggest Loser, because he could actually stand to gain a few pounds. And he's surrounded by food all day, which he eats with abandon. Some people have all the luck!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Not that I dislike gymnastics. But parent & child gymnastics is a workout for everyone involved. Probably even more for the parents than for the kids. And the class is a solid hour long. A bit long for her attention span--and mine.
But Steve is the one to take her to the classes these days, so it's actually not so bad for me. :)
Since this was the last class of the session, I tagged along to snap some pics.
She loves the back walkover station. She wanted to go over, and over, and over.
I was impressed with this little maneuver!
B was born to run and jump, and she's a natural at this stuff. She adores it. Are we our way to the Olympics? Time will tell. I'd still like her to try some different classes, but for now, we have a little gymnast on our hands. Can't wait for the 4-5 year old class--the parents get to sit and watch while the teachers do the heavy lifting. :)