Sunday, February 1, 2015


Somehow January is over.  Until this past week we were kind of still waiting for winter to start.  It's been super cold, but not much snow.  A few highlights...

Emily started gymnastics and ski lessons, and is loving both.  (She just was moved up into the next class in skiing, and was one of the few kids to move from the bottom of the hill to riding the poma today... I'm a little proud of her. ;))  She's doing well in Kindergarten, and has started telling me more about what goes on there, which I appreciate.  Adara has been making me laugh, as usual.  She's been a bit more in need of mommy time lately, and has been more hesitant about school. though enjoying it once she's there.  She's also loving gymnastics, and this month has been the only child in her class, so it's just her and the beloved teacher with the gym to themselves.  She's been out on skis a couple times, and has also been really excited about the idea of ice skating (we've slid around on our boots a few times, and I finally got her out once on skates).  We also joined the aquatic center for the winter, and I'm trying to take them once a week to swim, which they love.  It's nice to put Alden in child care and have some time with the girls.

A few Adara quotes lately...
"Mom, why did God make snow?"  I talked enthusiastically about all the fun things we do in in the which she responded, "I hate winter."  

"I wish I was a mermaid, so I could swim underwater.  I wish I was a beast, so I could eat people!  Then you would have to get a new Adara.  Or you could just have the Eshbaugh kids."

We put her in time out during dinner, and she was really mad... she stomped and scowled and announced "No one can eat dinner!  No one can play!.  No one can talk!   No can even read!"

Laying like this on the couch an hour past bedtime, she calls to me, "Mom, you have any juice boxes?"

 watching Emily &  Mallory at gymnastics

 silly girls enjoying hot cocoa after ski lessons

 she doesn't nap often, but a few times lately she's curled up next to me on the couch and fallen asleep immediately 

 I found her taking selfies on the ipad with her toe

watching robins flit around a tree with bright red berries on a beautiful cold morning

 snow day dancing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

9 Months

This has been a big month of firsts for Alden!   

- first hair cut (daddy trimmed the long pieces over his ears)
- first teeth (two bottom front ones are through, finally!)
- just this week he's started crawling! and also pulled up to standing a few times
- first baby sign, "more" (although he prefers to yell and bang his tray to get this idea across)
- no more swaddle 
- started taking baths in the big kid tub

He still loves to growl, and the girls love that if they growl at him, he will respond.  He's starting to lose interest in nursing and continues to eat any solids I feed him.  He's still a charmer with his sweet disposition, rosy cheeks, and wide smile.  I've been snuggling him a lot lately, so aware that he won't be my sweet baby for much longer.

And tomorrow, Alden's first Patriots Superbowl! 

Adara found my new address stamp and claimed her brother.


BREAKING NEWS.  As I was writing this post, we found out Alden's newest cousin has just arrived into the world. :)  Nicolas Alan Orsatti we cannot WAIT to meet you!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas in MA

We drove to Westford on Christmas morning.  The kids opened presents and ran off to play.  In the afternoon, Brian, Becky & Granny came over from Brookline.  We walked around Grassy Pond in the unseasonably warm weather, and then GG, Auntie Cindy & Grant joined us for an amazing manicotti and ham dinner.

Uncle Nick as the troll

 my two mom's :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Early Christmas in Glenside

The weekend before Christmas, we met up with the whole Groves clan in Glenside for a great couple days.  It was so good to be all together, for the first time in a year (and the first time ever including Taylor!).  The Welches graciously opened up their second floor to us, so we had a nice base of operation just a few minutes away from Heather Lane.  We also saw a few friends -- I was able to steal away for breakfast at Elcy's with Katie, and Andy drove two+ hours from Annapolis to visit for an evening.  (So glad to have the Hanauers on the East Coast!:)

 what, your mother in law didn't request an elvis costume for Christmas??

One of my favorite traditions - Christmas Eve dinner in the living room, with the Greens (and this year, the Bohannons)
 I walked into the room as Adara was nodding off at the table, and stepped over just in time to catch her as she fell asleep and out of her seat.

 Alasdair walked in the front door to Adara holding a toy sword and announcing, I'm brave and I can kill monsters.  Daddy's a monster and I'm going to kill him.

 Everyone at New Life. 


Aunt Taylor :)

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas around here

Around our two short trips (more on those later), we've had some lovely Christmas time around here.  The girls and I made kissy cookies (Emily wrote on a form for school that one of her Christmas traditions was helping mom make kissy cookies, so I figured we'd better!), most nights after dinner we drank egg nog and listened to Alasdair read an advent reading from the star and light themed verse list he put together, the girls loved the computer advent game Granny sent, and Alasdair and I have tried to spend as much time as possible sitting by the Christmas tree and reading in the evenings.  

The day after we came home from Philly, we and the Bishops had a delicious brunch at the Crane's.  Their beautifully decorated house is just perfect for Christmas. :)  I took each of the girls to the Dollar Store to pick out a gift for her sister and a cousin, and we wrapped presents.  On the 24th we did our family Christmas, opened gifts and made pancakes, spent some time doing new crafts, and went to the CRC Christmas Eve service.  

Since then, we've been enjoying some extra family time.  It's so nice to have the space to do things like crafts with the girls, a hike in the snow, and our first board game as a family (Sneaky Snacky Squirrel:).  Looking forward to a few more days like that before we are back to reality!

 their gifts to each other

 last year and this year!

and the stockings were hung on the bookshelf with care :)

 dancing in the kitchen

Also, today I took Emily to Storrs Hill to check it out, make sure all our equipment worked, and to get our ski legs under us.   It's such a sweet little hill.  There isn't actually a true beginner slope, but this brave girl wanted to try the poma (and try it again after she fell, and then try it again after she made it to the top and got yanked into the air because I hadn't explained to her how to get off!).  She did a lot of "butt skiing" as she called it, but she had a great attitude and was thrilled to be out.