Sunday, September 25, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

This One's For My Mamma

Thanks to my dear friend, Tiffanie Player, we have a more lively, more entertaining, and all round happier birthday song and dance in our family. And it's a lot funnier when the lady doing it is nine months pregnant (Clara was born not even a week after this was shot). I've sung it at the MTC with Tiffanie, on my mission in Alaska, at a Macaroni Grill for Tiffanie's birthday (I was pregnant then too. And it was the first time that Ben joined in), and various nieces' and nephews' birthdays, and even at a restaurant in Disneyland for my mom's 50th birthday (again, pregnant, and all of the waiters were jealous of my mad skills).  

So my Grandma Sunny's 70th birthday is coming up and since we can't be there, I figured the least we could do is post this highly entertaining rendition of "The Birthday Dance."

Just FYI, we were at the Shobuen Garden that is near our house here in Japan.  It's famous for its "shobu"-irises. And the little old Japanese people there that morning must be thoroughly convinced that we Americans are nuts. And I don't know how to fix the fact that it's all stretched out.


Clara is a very smiley baby.  Give her a little grin and she'll give back a thousand-watt smile. Neither Ben or I remember Ellie smiling so freely.  Today she even laughed at me as we were playing this smile-tag game of hers.
Notice that even her bellybutton is smiling at you.

Sleepy Heads

Sleeping babies are my favorite.

I was upstairs nursing Clara when I realized it was very quiet downstairs.  Clearly Eleanor was very tired.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Two Months

I can't believe it's already been two months since sweet Clara joined our family.  She's pretty easy going and even if she gets upset and calms down almost instantly if we hold her.  She's sleeping 5-6 hours at night pretty regularly, which makes me unbelievably happy. She's got a big grin and loves to share smiles back and forth. And she tolerates Eleanor's love quite well, since Ellie gets really excited and sometimes not to soft with her.  But she loves to give Clara hugs and kisses and tell her she loves her.  It's sweet.