Friday, September 24, 2010

Videos Galore

Hey Grandparents (especially those in MICHIGAN who never get to see their favorite granddaughter), this is for you.

Seriously, I posted these just for you. So, you had better watch every one at least 4 times or I'm telling on you.

Here is Megan in her her ballerina pj's. Apparently, turning around in circles is something ballerinas do. (9/14/10)

This is the Megster getting creative with a chair. (9/16/10)

Jared taught Megan how to do "patty cake." We love how she anticipates every move. (9/21/10)

Lastly, this is Megan blowing kisses. I know you'll smile when you see this one! (9/24/10)

We love you!! (and that's for all grandparents, near and far!)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

News of the Kingdom

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The young Princess Megan has earned herself a new title in Roberts Kingdom. This delightful child has been consistent in her efforts to help keep the cookery clean. As a contributing member of the kindgom, she shall henceforth be known as
Little Lady Lickit.

Little Lady Lickit helps the maid with chores, as evidenced in the sketches below:

Cleaning the storage chamber:

Washing the light aperture:

Polishing the dish-washing mechanism:

It is rumored that Little Lady Lickit also cleans the floor, but that is yet to be proven by photograph.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Remember Virginia

September 18th, 2009 was arguably one of the worst days of my life. On this day, exactly one year ago, I remember the events that happened.

I remember taking that last-minte, overnight flight to Virginia that landed us in a hospital in a small town. I remember being eager to meet baby Jack, as we would name him. I remember crying for hours in the hotel room when she changed her mind. I remember the excitement of maybe getting him again, and the pain and ultimate heartache that followed after a week of chasing that little dream.

But, I also remember the good. I remember, while in Virginia, getting a call about a little girl who would be born in 3 weeks. I remember being so tired and worn from the loss of Jack, but the glimmer of hope we had for this baby girl.

So, Virginia, I remember you for bad and for good. I know, without a doubt, that you were part of the Plan from the beginning. You are where we felt a lot of pain, and you were where we first heard of the beginning of our joy.

But also, Virginia, I have no intention of ever seeing you again.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

why bein' a crybaby ain't always so bad

Today at church, Megan was a horrible-no-good-very-bad baby. She played well for about 45 minutes and then decided she was going to drive her daddy crazy. He promptly took her into the hallway.

She screamed so loudly in the hallway that Jared had to take her outside, as in, outside the building. As Jared put it, she was crying so loudly that it sounded like someone was "cutting off her foot" or "throwing her into a brick wall." If this is how she is when she's a bit overtired, I'd hate to see how she cries when someone really does cut off her foot.... (gross. that's never gonna happen. and, if it does, i'm gonna beat the snot out of the sorry bottom-dweller that does it to her.)

Anyway, while Jared was outside with Megan he took these adorable pictures with his camera:

Thanks, Jared, for watching our little angel (or, not-so-angelic angel) during church every Sunday. You're the best!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Our little BFFs

This post is dedicated to the wonderful Denise, Jane & Morgan...

Our little girls don't know it yet, but they're best friends. At first, they stared at each other, as best friends do. Then, they graduated to poking each other, as best friends do. From there, they moved on to grabbing clothes, hitting, screaming, crying, and pulling hair. If that's not enough to convince you they're best friends, they even crawl together, as seen in the footage below:

Was that cute or WHAT???

Here are some pictures to show you the elaborate and sophisticated way in which these two girls share their best-friend-ship status.

Here they are on a playdate, playing side by side:

They read books together (you can't see the book, but I promise it's there!):

They play together on monster bouncers at the park:

And, they ask us to take cute pictures of them with their daddies!

Way to go, girls! Your friendship is blooming. Now all we have to do is keep telling each of you that you're the other's best friend, and it will honestly happen. Right?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The Government should do something about this

I do not claim to be very political in any way. In fact, if politics come up in a conversation, I try to not say anything because I really don't keep up on things enough to have a valid point of view. I'm a single-issue voter (ok, two issues) and that's that.

However, I have found something which needs immediate attention from the government. Seriously, if they can bail out the bank business and car business, then they can certainly bail out something small, like- my vacuum. I think my vacuum is silly and I need a new one. But, I don't want to buy one myself.

What is wrong with my vacuum, you may ask?

I'll show you:

It's that instruction on front of the vacuum:

"Change bag when red."

Do you see that picture? At the moment I took the picture, the vacuum bag was overflowing. The instruction should have read:

"Change bag when red, but make sure you view the color window only while vacuum is on. This means that you have to bend down and look at it while you are vacuuming, which makes no sense. This will probably take you 3 years to figure out. Meanwhile, you will have a vacuum that doesn't work half the time, because, unknown to you, the vacuum bag will be full, even though every time you turn off the vacuum to look, it says it's empty."

Obviously, the government should have been overseeing the Vacuum business, making sure the instructions on vacuums make sense. This has not been happening. So, this post is my not-so-official plea to my lawmakers to send me a check so I can get a new vacuum.



Saturday, September 4, 2010

6 weeks and 45 minutes of hair

You may have read posts about Megan's hair before. In fact, I think I've been blogging about it since she was born.

Well, turns out, her hair is AWESOME. It's crazy, but I love it. No other race can get away with having adorable little puffs all over their heads. And, frankly, I don't think any other child with puffs all over her head is as adorable as our Megan. Our girl was born with a bushel of hair and it's only grown bushier since. I was scared it would be too hard to manage, but, luckily, with a little help, it's kinda fun and quite rewarding. One of those things that makes me feel like a real mommy.

My friend, Monica, over at In Plain English, graciously offered to let me watch her do her daughter's hair. If it weren't for Monica, our Megan would still be donning a matted fro. You should check out Monica's blog. She's an amazing woman, fabulous mom, & great writer! Thanks again for all the tips!

Step One: Give the Megster a bath, washing her hair with Olive Oil Shampoo & Conditioner (which actually smells surprisingly yummy!):

Step Two: Bring all necessities downstairs for hair-making session. This includes her hair-accessories-bin, hairclips, boar bristle brush, fine-toothed comb, virgin coconut oil & hair creme, among other things.

Step Three: Put baby in exersaucer & turn on Baby Einstein. Go ahead and judge me for allowing my child to watch the big black box.

Step Four: Wet her head with water & coconut oil, water & creme, or all three!

Step Five: Spend about 45 minutes brushing, wetting, parting, puffing (clarification: puffing, as in, making-puffs-out-of-hair-on-a-baby's-head; not as in huffing-and-puffing-and-blowing-the-house-down... in case you were wondering), and parting, combing, wetting and brushing each section, and again and again.

I can't wait until she is older and is able to sit still for more than 30 seconds at a time. It's hard to make straight lines in her hair with her bouncing up & down, moving around the exersaucer, & trying to grab the comb out of my hands. Also, her curls are so tight that it's hard to split the curls in half when needed. And through all of this, I have to make sure not to make her puffs too tight, pull on her hair, or break her brittle curls.

Unfortunately, her hair gets ridiculously messed up almost minutes after it is done. Megan tugs on her hair when she's sleepy and loves to decorate her hair with food. Also, she ruins it when she sleeps (for obvious reasons). It usually looks horrid by Thursday night, so it all comes out & she goes fro-style until Saturday morning.

This was the first week of hair-do (from this angle you can't see how bad it actually was)

Week 2 (the parts were not very crisp)

Week 3 (Q: does it even look any different than the other weeks?)
Week 4 (A: yes, each week the parts are in a different place, to prevent her hair from growing in a certain direction)

Week 5 (Q: is that a pizza hairstyle?)

(A: It used to be a pizza hairstyle, but Megan likes to "style" her hair with bits of tomato, strawberries, pickles, mac & cheese, and anything else she's eating. I guess you could still call it pizza; just not any type of pizza I'd like to eat.)

Week 6 (one of my favorites, and the parts are finally crisp!):

You might have noticed that all of these styles are mostly on top of her head. This is for two reasons: 1) She doesn't have much hair on the back of her head (from rubbing it off while sleeping), and 2) If I put the puffs on the sides of her head then it might hurt her while she sleeps. When she grow out of naps-- or at least uses a pillow-- I won't have to worry about that so much. Also, when she's older, I can take her hair out every night and fix it up all nice-n-purdy every morning. Right now I just don't think all that work would be worth it.

And, it's a good thing Megan's hair gets the Princess Treatment, because otherwise she'd be sportin' this crazy fro every day:
p.s.- For any of you out there with Princess Treatment experience, I'm happily taking suggestions.