Saturday, March 26, 2011

old friends, painted toes, and ear bling.

there are many important rites of passage that a young one gets to experience in their lifetime. if we are lucky, as mommies and daddies we will get to experience many of them with our babies. as much as i want to keep these little ones...little, i feel blessed and superbly lucky that i get to watch these babies grow up.

as a parent, i have been a part of and watched so many 'firsts' come to fruition. initially, we do all the fun firsts that come with planning for a baby...crib shopping, nursery decorating, and pre baby diaper shopping. if we can get through the quintessential and most important-may-the-earth-stop-spinning-if-we-don't-choose-correctly question...huggies or pampers? we will finally get to meet our baby for the first time.

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the moment when the earth most certainly did stop spinning and stood still and nobody breathed or made a single sound. the moment my heart was no longer mine. the moment when nothing else mattered but the sound of a crying baby and two beautiful brown eyes that seemed to know me at first whisper

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it's nothing less than magic. i've never been to heaven, but i have to believe that this is the way heaven feels...love and light and beautiful and insanely perfect.

and then they hand us our baby and i get to tell her that i'm her mama and that i love her so much. that may be my favorite 'firsts' of all time.

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first time i get to lay in my own bed and stare at the sweet creation in front of me for hours on end.

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the first of many times i will hear my mom say, "i think she looks like just me!"
(she did, mom :)

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first time she smiled while getting a bath!

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first halloween costume!

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first car ride to have dinner with all of our parents!

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first of many family pictures!

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first plane ride.

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first time meeting santa claus!

there are many firsts that we have celebrated. little ones and big ones too!

and we have another first to be excited about...

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peyton got her ears pierced!

and so did her cousin sophia!
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first, we did the most fun part of the whole process, because after this was a big rite-of-passage and we wanted to do it right, so we let the girls choose their favorite earrings. i gotta say, it took awhile...
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strawberries, blinged out peace signs, daisies, turtle, silver stars,... they were chosen and then tossed aside like a used q-tip. which ones would they choose?

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they looked through every case...three times. they finally decided on matching sliver stars! then, the sales lady talked us into another $25 dollar purchase in order to get free money to use later...we were sucked in like suds to a hungry drain.

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but our girls BEAMED, and so did we.

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i wanted to cry tears of pride at how peyton reigned in her emotions and was brave and "i didn't cry, mommy!"
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sophie and peyton strolled through the mall looking for more earrings, but we put our foot down at two pair each. instead watched as our girls ran into stores and tried on hats and scarves...acting like little teenagers ;(
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two cousins and two mama's who, 6 years ago and probably over a cup of coffee while discreetly nursing our little girls, dreamt of the day that they would just have to get their ear pierced at the same time! i probably said something like, "ohhh, i can't wait. yes, we will do it together!"

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and again i am reminded how fast time is going. yet, i am grateful for the reminder.

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so we lived it up and had a very special night with our girls and each other!
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a few days later...we got our boys together. and they get along like peanut butter and jelly!
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it's getting warmer, but we found a public splash park and the boys had lots of fun together being boys.
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then, i headed over to miami for less than a day to meet one of my oldest friends...one of my best friends from high school, renee.

we went to a comedy club where i drank two martini's: extra dirty, please. but her sister, vida whose kids i used to babysit when i was 13, let us pretend we were really young again and drove us to denny's for a late-night feast of nachos and mozzarella sticks. while fun...it's good i don't get out very often 'cause i really can't hang like i used to.

the next day. renee's mom (and almost mine too:) took a walk on the beach and talked about days passed. it was like going home again. it was like walking into my childhood home. it felt comfortable and safe. i felt really young, yet wiser. it felt so good.
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love you, renee, aldona, and vida! xoxo

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a few new recipes coming and this is one you don't want to try
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i will post this recipe and more in a few days...promise!

in the meantime, if you want to make killer french toast this weekend...
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go buy a soft french baguette and slice into inch or inch and half slices.
beat about 4 or 6 eggs with a cup of cream, some vanilla extract, a quick pour of orange juice (pulp optional), some orange zest (about a tablespoon), and 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.

dip the bread in the egg mixture for about 5 seconds each side. then, place bread slices in pan of melted two tablespoons each veggie oil and butter. cook each side to golden brown.

another option: sprinkling cinnamon sugar on one side of the bread before browning it.

enjoy it because it's soooo good!

i served it with watermelon and oven cooked/thick cut bacon brushed with maple syrup!

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i hope and pray that every 'first' will be as special and memorable as the ones we have had together so far.
hoping your days are filled with friends, family and some kind of muffin! muffins make me smile.

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and... a sneak peek for a beautiful girl and her baby boy and his grandma too!
i had such a fab time spending time with you three.
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15 comments:

Sharon said...

This post made my heart happy. =)

Kate said...

Hi Heidi girl
your posts always make my heart smile and stir my soul. beautiful beautiful and so very precious. Love the cozy to my toes feeling as I scroll through it all. Have a wonderful week. Thank you for the sunshine you bring to my life

xoxo
Kate

nicirae said...
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dig this chick said...

The ear piercing totally made me tear up! Ah! Beautiful stuff, Heidi. AND I really want to be on that beach soon. Soon.

Anonymous said...

Heidi, I wait oh so patiently for your posts....okay, not really so patiently. I love to see your awesome pictures....but the babies are growing up so fast!! Hurry back to Michigan!
Donna

Anna Ruth said...

What awesome pictures! The french toast was delicious!! Baylee is going next Sunday to get her ears pierced and I am already getting sad about it.

Amie said...

Yay for your big girl! How brave! I love girlie time with my girls as well. And YUM to that french toast. It's 2pm...perfect time to make some, I think.

Daniele said...

this was so sweet, love seeing the old pics! you're a mama after my own heart, I'm super sentimental about everything to do with my girls :) my oldest is only 3 and a half, so many firsts ahead...I feel like the luckiest woman on earth to get to be with my children on this journey of growing up. see there I go gettin all sentimental haha

Lisa Hewlett said...

SO CUTE! I love their little faces when they're sitting in the piercing chairs!!

Kelle said...

I love time warps! I remember those days and it seems like it was just yesterday I was vicariously living my mama dreams through Peyton. For all the times I pretended she was mine...cheers.
The picture of Sophie getting her ears pierced made me laugh. She looks completely freaked out. The ones of the girls choosing their earrings...swoon.

Angie said...

I don't often leave comments here but I adore your writing and the love you have for your family. Loved reading about Peyton's big day. What a big girl you have there :) I have 2 boys, ages 6 & 4 and a girl, 1 1/2. It seems far off for her to get her ears pierced but I know the time will be here in the blink of an eye.

Love ya...hope that doesn't sound weird since I don't know you!!

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

Kristine said...

aww, thanks for sharing the old(er) 'new momma' photos. so sweet. the firsts make me cry every.single.time. it doesn't matter what it is. i recently cried at a monster truck show! swear.
there is just something about that look in thier eyes. i hold on to it so tightly and never want to forget it. hence the three million pictures of...for instance...my son in front of Grave Digger. lol
the girls pictures are precious. what a wonderful bond they have...it really shows. such fun memories you are all making together.
i'll be trying your frech toast recipe. sounds devine.
xo
Kris

J said...

This one brought me back to waiting until my 8th birthday to get my ears pierced. Don't ask me why my parents randomly chose 8 as the right age? My girl hasn't asked yet but I am glad that we didn't do it when she was tiny because now it can be a rite of passage. Love your posts!

JennyCB said...

This is great, Heidi. I'm so proud of Peyton! Man... I was 6 when I got my ears pierced and I was so nervous, I secretly crept away and proceeded to quietly puke in the corner of the necklace display before I returned to get em done.
xo

The Manrings said...

holy cow... emotional....love love love looking at those pictures of you with your newborn and all the precious 'firsts'....looking back like that is so special!!!!!! happy for peyton's new pretty ears tool xoxo