She's two!

Helena, you have the biggest personality. 
You are fearless and shy, super quiet and screaming loud, hilarious and super serious, needy and fiercely independent... all of those things and more all of the time.  
You remind me of a prism, all the colors and all of them are bright. 

These last two years have been amazing watching you grow right into the mix with our family, chasing after Eva and wrestling Theo.  You might even have some hair finally!  
We can't imagine our world without you.  

Happy Birthday Helena!
Love all of us.


Evidence: Made Up


Someone found my lip stain.
I like it because it lasts a long time... you know, it stains well.
It took the stripes on the back of her head a few days to finally wear off.

And that glare... yeah I get that a lot.  
I am still in training I guess, and not doing well.  Not doing well at all.


getting sauced

My Eva has been having some big emotions lately, especially when things don't go the way she thinks they should.   It is hard to be 6 and especially hard to be the oldest kiddo.  I know.

So Eva and I are in her room talking it out.  Working through a bad morning and trying to get the day back on track.  Theo and Helena were playing in the living room.  I could hear them.  A little giggle now and then, but no yelling or crying.  Things seemed to be going well.  

A little too well I guess.  Because then things were really, really quiet for way too long. 
I should have know things were going too well...

An entire, very full bottle of chocolate sauce.  It was everywhere.  The couch had puddles and the floor had footprints.  They were covered head to toe.  Helena's head had so much sauce that when Theo would put his hand on her head she would literally stick to him.

It took 4 bath towels to clean up the couch and floor.  I still keep finding sticky spots.

Good news, as Theo said, "Mommy we just taste so good!" as I was telling him to stop licking his sister.  And it make pulled Eva out of her bad mood, she laughed until she cried... eventually I did too.



Happy Happy Birthday Theo!!!
Wow buddy!
I seriously can't believe you're four years old,
but you are so awesome at being four - I think it is the greatest age ever.
You crawled into bed last night because "daddy was gone and I was alone."
So awesome that you are worried about me.

And the Minion shirt.
I think I need a uniform of them to keep you happy.
Kevin is your favorite and it is so cute how you know their names.  

You are such a little man now.
So kind, so curious and so loving.
Your big heart and sideways grin slays me everytime.  

Happy Four Years Little Man.
All our love.





First ballet recital.
The freckles were killing me.
And Theo choose his Aunt Carri's lap for his nap during the show...


my momma

photo credit: Miss Eva

I asked the kiddos what we should say to you today. And so you know, they are standing right here as I type and you better believe Eva is reading and making sure I type their words correctly!

You are the best grandma in the world.
You are a silly Grandma.
I like her so much.
I love her 200 million minutes loving.
I want to live at her house and we love it there.
Yayyyy Goggy Goggy. Yayyyy
Grandma does the best big hugs.
You make me the greatest peanut butter and jellies in the world.
They love you with their entire world and big heart.

They could go on for days and barely scratch the surface.  Thanks mom for being the best.  I love you with my entire world heart too.  Happiest Mother's Day to you.