Friday, February 25, 2011

Flashback Friday

Flashback to Halloween 2010~
Year of the Cheeky Monkey!

We carved our first pumpkin!

Look how excited Emma is!

Ben loved the slimy insides but Emma wouldn't touch it.  
Big surprise!  
Ben is such a typical boy and Emma such a girlie girl!

Mr. Jack o' Lantern!

Mama & Papa's Cheeky Little Monkeys!
The cutest monkeys EVER!

The Hawaiian Princess aka Great-Grandma Otteson

MAYBE next year Ben and Emma 
can have some Halloween candy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Spring is in the air!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Today, I never ever want to forget...

Ben and Emma gave each other slobbery, sweet kisses 
for the very first time!!

How cute is this??

Yes, Emma is sitting on Ben's lap in this little toy bin!

I never want to forget...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

15 Months Old

Benjamin and Emma are 15 months old today.  

What has happened to my babies?  
They have disappeared and been replaced by these
two very crazy, but adorable toddlers!

Happy 15 months, my sweet little Twinkies!
Mama loves you more every day!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I wish I could document every minute of Ben and Emma's life 
because every minute of every day is a moment 
I never ever want to forget!

But for this week:
Emma and Ben~

*give High Fives on demand!
*click their tongues!
*start dancing when they hear the Sesame Street theme on the CD player!
*get so excited to see their jackets come out.  Bye-bye time!

*But #1- I never ever want to forget  how much my children love to dance in their Papa's arms or how they smile and laugh when they see us kiss.  We are a happy family!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

This Valentines Day, 
may you always have a hand to hold 
and a shoulder to lean on!

Oh yeah, and may we all find that 
"Once upon a time,
Happily ever after"
kind of love!

Happy Valentines Day!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Sometimes, on day's like today, where Ben and Emma have run me ragged, I look at pictures like these taken right after their first baths at home and remember (and miss!) my little babes.  

I loved them then, I think I love them even more now.   
My sweet babies....

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


What did I say in my very first post?  
The reason I started this blog was so I could record 


Today I never ever want to forget:


*she puckers up her lips for a kiss
*she catches air when she jumps!
*she has her very own language!
*she loves to jump in her crib
*she still picks up one piece of food at a time
*she is so ticklish!  She loves for me to rub and tickle her feet
*she is beginning to be able to ride her Minnie Mouse car


*he is so proud of himself when he does something new like climb up on the couch.  
*he loves to sit in the toy tub 
*he will shut his door, cry, and then shut it immediately as soon as I open it for him.  This one is quite annoying for Mama!
*he shovels his food into his mouth-always has!
*he can walk backwards
*he is so busy during the day but at night after he has been put to bed, I can get a great cuddle!
*he loves to push himself around on his Mickey Mouse car


*say "nana' when I ask if they want a banana!
*click their tongue
*love to jump in their cribs
*still love to dance! 
*walk around with mixing bowls and their drum on their heads
*they sing!
*love Sesame Street music and they love Elmo!
*they hate the baby gate!  

My little sweeties are growing up a little more each day *sniff*.  I love them and adore them and (usually!) enjoy every moment of our hectic days together.  I am the luckiest Mama ever!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Flashback Friday

Flashback to January 10, 2009~ the day I became Mrs. "L".  It is so sweet to look back and remember that day! 

We were trying so hard not to laugh!

So worn out but so happy!

Patrice's sister Tanya and niece Allysa

February is called the month of love and I have to say that I have been greatly blessed to find this kind of love in my life.  I waited a long time for my Patrice to find me and ask me to be his wife and he was worth the wait! 

Two years down, Honey.  looking forward to forever!!