Archive for the ‘Lulu’ Category

Art show!

Friday, April 5th, 2013

We went to an art show last week at the girls’ school. It was a fundraiser for the YMCA and you could “buy” your child’s art work for a small donation. Each class did some individual art work, decided on by the teachers). Rose’s class made stamps out of sea shells and Lulu’s class did pendulum painting.  There was a reception with snacks and music provided by two Berkley students.

While it was a little crazy and super crowded, the girls really liked that they had their own art up on the walls!

Lulu is 4!!!

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Like every year, I waited to do the birthday post until after they’ve had their annual check-up (which I think I didn’t do last year…).

height: 42.25″
weight: 38 lbs.

She grew 3 1/4″ since last year and gained 2lbs! That’s the good news. The bad (-ish) news is that she failed her eye exam. We (her father) noticed that she hasn’t been able to see certain things, like the numbers on the cable box clock. Sure enough, she had a hard time with the exam at the Dr.’s office. I made an appointment with a pediatric eye doctor for next month and most likely she will be getting glasses.

Other than that, she was a trooper all the way through her appointment, and especially when the two nurses came in and administered FOUR vaccinations. Poor kid.

We celebrated Lulu’s birthday a few weeks ago. We had another nice party for her at Grammy K’s house (I haven’t downloaded photos off of the card yet because our card reader died.) She was very excited for her birthday this year and couldn’t wait to have cake and open presents. I wanted to make a big deal out of it since she “got it” this year.

We got her a big girl bike.

This bike

The only problem is that neither of us has the patience to teach her how to ride it. We will, it’s just hard because she doesn’t seem to understand how to pedal. Or, part of the problem is that she just can’t see.

Over the past year she has learned and grown so much. I guess I will probably say this as every year goes by, but it is astonishing to watch it happen. Her first year of preschool was a huge success. She really came out of her shell, made friends, learned some gymnastics and really just became very social and outgoing. She has no issue going up to another kid she doesn’t know and saying “Hi, I’m Lulu. What’s your name?”

First day of school

Last day of school

Her teachers really loved her. They thought she was adorable, has a really funny sense of humor with things that she’d say and they always told me how amazed they were at how smart she is.

The end of the school year caught up to us really fast and I was a little sad for her because I knew that she would be missing it.

Lu in class before her first field trip to the Children’s Museum

In school, drawing a picture

It was kind of funny because the road leading up to the school is being developed with houses. Every week we watched the progress of one house, which was only a foundation when the school year started, and by the end of the year it was fully built and landscaped. I couldn’t help myself not to be sappy about it and compare to her during the course of the school year.

Swimming is still a Saturday morning activity. Her teacher is really great at pushing her to excel. She actually put Lulu up a level so that she could still keep teaching her because she thought she’d be held back in the lower level with a different instructor. She is learning how to swim without the comfort of the bubble. She still uses a noodle but she has swam the short width of the pool without anything, which is amazing.

She’s also learning to put her face fully in the water. She’s still working on it.

Some of her typical favorite activities are: playing with Play Doh, drawing pictures and doing puzzles (she must get that last part from Grammy Frazier. She’s a WHIZ and putting puzzles together!) She is into Curious George books and the tv show. Her favorite stuffed animal is Spike the hedgehog and she sleeps with him every night.

A portrait of Spike


She sometimes sneaks my iPhone away from me to play around with it. When I get it back I find a million pics that she has taken of herself. While a lot of them are sometimes just the top of her head, some of them crack me up and end up being keepers. (You can click on each strip to see it larger)

I could go on and on pointing out every little nuance, but I won’t. I will say that she has an adventurous spirit and a quirky sense of humor. She’s a generous and sweet kid and I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for her.


And of course, a look back:

fresh out of the oven!

Happy 1st Birthday, Lulu!


Happy 2nd Birthday!



4th birthday-sitting on Mom’s motorcycle

A peek at things to come

Friday, March 9th, 2012

The nice weather this week gave us the opportunity to get outside. I love when I see noticeable changes in the girls. I realize that they’re getting older and things will change, but I love when it’s obvious.

Last summer we played a lot in the grassy area next to the PEM. It’s smaller than the Salem Common (and I don’t have to chase them to the playground), it’s closer to our house (key while Lulu was beginning to potty train) and its quieter (less dogs/Tweens).

Anyway, while out the other day I was struck with the realization that the girls were playing *with* each other, not just in the same space. They were chasing each other, showing each other leaves they found and playing peekaboo around a tree.

It was awesome.






Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all warm & fuzzy all of the time. They’re siblings, they fight. Rose is an instigator. Lulu will be playing quietly, minding her own business, when Rose will sneak up on her and snatch whatever she’s playing with just so she can run away.

Or Lulu will use her size to her advantage and muscle something out of Rose’s grip. They each want whatever toy the other one is currently playing with, only to drop it in boredom not even 2 minutes later.

But they typically are very sweet and polite to each other. Rosie always wants to hug Lu. Lulu is always very generous to her little sister, offering her one of something if she has two. Hearing that exchange always cracks up up:

Oh, here you go, Rose.
Thank you Lulu.
You are most welcome.

You just can’t script that kind of stuff.




So effing adorable

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

I love this kid.

C’mon mumma! Let’s go!

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I thought I had 13 more years before fighting about who gets to drive the car home…


A day at the museum

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

This morning we headed over to the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) for story time. We used to go quite a bit last summer and for some reason it slipped my mind that it existed until recently. I remember the experience being a little harrowing last summer trying to wrangle both girls, but today we had a great time.

Suzy Magoozy read a story (complete with puppets) to a room packed with kids, and then the kids did a little dance to some music. Rosie was extremely engaged, she followed all of the dance moves perfectly (dance school is definitely in this kid’s future). Lulu had fun and interacted, although she was still shy and a little clingy.

They typically have a little arts and craft activity afterward the story (today was coloring hearts for Valentine’s Day). We had a quick snack and then we went back into the kid’s exhibit so the girls could run around and play with all the stuff.

(Oh and Rose actually let me put her hair up in a ponytail today. How cute is she?)

I think she has a drinking problem.

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I set a small goal recently to get the girls to drink less juice (1/2 juice, 1/2 water) and more water. I got some of those little 8 oz bottles of water, thinking that they would love the novelty of having the bottle and that it would be small enough for them to hold easily.

Well, it totally worked, except now I may have created a monster because now all they want is bottled water! Sheesh.





One lil sicko, two lil sickos

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

This past week has been a very long one. Lulu had the beginnings of a cold on Tuesday when I picked her up from school. By Thursday she was full on sick-pale, runny nose and watery eyes. I kept her home from school yesterday (a difficult decision for me to make. I really hate keeping her out of school). Lots of snot. Cough developing.

No matter how hard I try to keep Rose away from the sickness it finds her. Today she got bamboozled.

Both girls went swimming this morning anyway. But tonight they’re both wiped out & just…sick. My lap has been a rotating snuggle fest between the two of them. Maybe I need a bigger lap.




Friday, January 27th, 2012

Regular view:

Artsy view:

Drawing Daddy

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Two different interpretations of the same subject: Daddy

Rosie's drawing


one of Lulu's many pictures of Dad