Happy 2nd birthday, Belle-Belle!

28 Feb

Oh my lanta, girl. I love you so much. How have 2 years gone by so quickly?

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You are such a snuggle bug. My favorite thing is when you curl up in my arms (and you do fit so perfectly on my lap), pop your thumb in your mouth, and just sit with me. I could hold you forever.

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You make this family what it is, Belle. Fun, crazy, sassy, silly, spontaneous, and loving.  You dance without a care in the world and love to prance around in your underwear with your big sister!

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You are never the same. You are always changing. Yes, you have given me a run for my money with how drastic your personality can change during the day, but it does keep me on my toes and I value getting to know this about you. You know what you want and when you want it.  You love to be in control and so do I, so we definitely butt heads. Sorry baby, but mama is gonna win. :)

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You are such a polite child. You’re never without a “please” or “you’re welcome” or “thank you” close to your lips. You’re also very forgiving, especially with your big sister.

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Watching you be a little sister is amusing. You’ve begun to play so much better together. Most of the time, you are the leader of the two. You do love to listen to direction from Solace though and that’s adorable to watch. But when she agitates you? That’s when the screaming starts. (You gotta stop that baby, it hurts our ears!) You love to read together, play pretend (you’re always Elsa!), play babies, and with your Strawberry Shortcake dolls. But dancing together is your favorite pastime.

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You’re also a big sister now! I thought for sure you would have a hard time adjusting to not being the baby anymore, but you have embraced it head on. You love Roman so much. I love watching you give him kisses and how you want to hold him, but only for a few seconds. :) You love burping him or playing with his hair or just staring at him and telling everyone he’s your baby “Yomen.”

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Gosh, Belle-Belle, the things you do to my heart. I can’t handle it. Most nights after you go to bed, I want to snuggle in there with you. I could go on and on all about you and how I adore you. I love you so much, sweetheart. “Happa burfday teeuu yeeuu!”

Belle’s 2nd year recap!

27 Feb

Tomorrow is Belle’s birthday!

Wow, this girl is a firecracker. I’m not sure I even have enough words to describe her personality. In a nut shell, she is Jekyll and Hyde. Not kidding. She’ll be kissing you on the lips and within the same breath slap you across the face. She is the cutest little thing there is, but watch out because she does bite!

In her second year of life Belle:

*started walking at 15 months old
*has a lot of teeth. I honestly haven’t counted them
*is the sweetest socialite. she LOVES people
*is still a mama’s girl
*sucks her thumb and has a special blankie
*can finally come down the stairs
*loves, loves, loves to dance
*was potty trained at 21 months! (more on that later. she’s off and on)
*screams. just screams.
*sleeps for 12 hours at night and takes around a 2.5 hr nap in the afternoon
*has two personalities. sweet and mean
*loves to say “hi” to people
*reserves her hugs and kisses for when she wants to give them
*believes she is a ballerina princess
*loves to play pretend

February 28, 2014
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Happy 3rd birthday, Solace!

4 Jan

Goodness gracious. I have a three-year old. A 3-year-old!! All week-long Sol has been telling people “my birthday’s comin’ up!” Adorable. Then when asked how old she’s going to be, she holds up 3 fingers and says “January 1st!” Haha.

At 3 years old, Solace is a sassy, sweet, dramatic, loving, talkative, artsy gal. Her favorite things: singing, having her hair in braids, dancing, reading, hoarding things, listening to music, playing pretend, Frozen, and playing with her friends. She would wear a dress every day. She still loves her paci (therefore she loves sleeping so I think I am winning) and is in a size 4t. She does not have a favorite food unless z-bars from Costco count. She loves black coffee. Not kidding!

On her day, we went to breakfast at Shakabrah. Our waitress, Laura, (who is so sweet and loves our kids) put a candle on Sol’s pancake!

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The rest of the day was pretty chill. We were going to go to zoo lights that evening but I twisted my ankle and couldn’t walk for very long. Plus, it was so cold outside. The girls danced and read all day.

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For Sol’s birthday we (Nick and I and both grandparents plus a few aunts and uncles) got her a canvas teepee from Land of Nod. I was so so excited to give it to her! She wasn’t too keen on it at first. In fact, she refused to go inside for over an hour! But now, she loves it.

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We had a birthday party for her on Saturday. We invited all the little girl friends she talks about all the time. We had cake, cocoa, and popcorn! They all pretty much ran rampant the whole hour and a half. Sol was so jacked up on sugar, I think she was hallucinating. That will not be happening again for a long, long time (if ever!). Isn’t the cake from Corina Bakery just darling?

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Do you like how we can’t spell? ^ Come on, this was done in a rush 10 min before people walked in the door! Haha.

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Everyone singing Happy Birthday to Solace! She just loves this part.

Happy birthday, Sol-baby! We love you the most!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

4 Jan

Better late than never, right?? We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years! We decided to forego gift giving this year, so our Christmas season was stress-free. It was magical.

Nick and I attended a Mad Men white elephant Christmas party hosted by the Boyt’s. It was such fun getting dressed up with my man. And also hanging out with friends.

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My little Christmas pixie on Christmas Eve. Don’t you just wanna gobble her up? By the way, that was my dress when I was little!

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Solace met Santa this year at Costco. I guess it didn’t go so well. I feel worse for the poor Santa. He looks so sad and confused!

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Christmas morning the girls took a bath and then we ate cinnamon rolls and read the Christmas story from the Jesus Storybook Bible. Later that morning we watched A Charlie Brown Christmas. That movie takes me back to childhood. Ah, nostalgia.

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We hosted Christmas dinner at our house this year. I’ve never decorated a table for a special event before. Nick and I are usually more focused on the food and drink that we kind of push the aesthetics behind. It was really fun to treat our guests with good food and pretty decorations. We had potato soup, bread, salad, and chocolate cake. Not to mention cocktails.

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New Years Eve was uneventful. Nick spend it at First Night with a ton of bands and everyone else that lives in Tacoma! I spent it with Lisa, Brittany, and Paige, eating Indian food and watching Guardians of the Galaxy. It was peaceful and warm. :)

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree!

6 Dec

I love Christmas. Love, love, love it. I also love real Christmas trees. The smell, the look, and the picking out of the perfect one! This year we went back to the tree farm we went to 2 years ago.

Our best friends, the Sheets’, went with us. Our families together are crazy. We have the same amount of the same gender children in the same order and the same age. I don’t know how we found each other on this earth but I am so glad we did! It’s always crazy and fun together.

We were going to cut down a tree but we didn’t see any that were amazing and it was more expensive anyway. So we went back to the front lot and picked out a tree there. Also, once you buy a tree, they give you tickets for a little train ride. We loaded up our kiddos and sat in the train only to move 2 feet and then the train broke down! We cheered and thanked the conductor loudly. Our girls thought it was a great ride! Oh to be young and naive.

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Nick and I picked this tree and Solace said “No. It’s too tall.”

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Then she picked this exact look-a-like and said, “Yes, this one!!”

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It took us about 5 days to actually get our tree decorated. First we were missing our decorations, then we found them (in someone else’s house!), then the girls had a meltdown about decorating and then life. So I wound up finishing the tree by myself one evening while Nick took the girls out and Roman napped. It was blissful.

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2014 Thanksgiving fun!

28 Nov

Happy Thanksgiving! As I type this, Belle is upstairs in her crib singing/screaming “Let it GO!” and “Obey! Now!” I have so much to be thankful for. Including silly children.

We started off our day by having brunch with friends!

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So much good food to start off the day. I definitely did not eat lunch after this. We watched some Friends Thanksgiving episodes during nap time and Nick took a nap with Roman.

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Then we headed over to the Sheets’ for our dinner!

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After the kiddos went to bed, we played Poop Smoothie. Yes, it’s a real game. And yes, it is a blast.

I’m so thankful. I love the family I’ve been given and am privileged to care for. I love my home, my town, and my friends. I’m thankful for reminders from God that He is with me, especially when it feels like I am the most alone. I’m thankful for the amazing husband I am married too. I married up, y’all. He is too good for me.

Yep. I’m just happy :)

And now I have a son

17 Nov

Roman August Clark Laparra

November 8, 2014
8 lbs 10 oz
19 1/4″ long
9 hours of labor

Wow. I don’t even know what to say.

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I really struggled to get excited during my whole pregnancy about having a boy. I had no idea what to expect and I am used to girls. I am so glad I have a little boy. Oh my goodness. I can’t describe the feeling.

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I want to take him with me everywhere. I miss him when I’m not holding him. He is such a snuggler and he loves to eat. He’s had no trouble putting on weight! It’s really nice to have a baby that makes nursing easier!

Now he is one week old!

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We are all obsessed with him. Solace and Belle love him and have accepted him much more readily than I could have hoped. Especially Belle. I thought she would loathe another baby in the house, but it turns out, she is sweeter with him than even Solace!

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We have liked the name Roman since we got married. It was just about the only boy name we agreed on, besides his middle names, however. We have loved them for a very long time. August is Nick’s dad’s middle name and Clark is my dad’s middle name. We wanted to honor our dads but with a twist. :)

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We have been having so much fun with him. Now don’t misunderstand me, 3 kids under 3 years old is hard. Oh my goodness. I really don’t know how we will survive after my mom leaves! I’m trying really hard not think about it.

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I still can’t believe I have a son!

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