cousins, snow, birthday & Großeltern

Four things today in this blog post:

1) cousins

2) snow

3) birthday

4) Großeltern

Let’s get started. This is my niece Madeleine.


She and Lance are just nine months apart and the age gap is really closing the older they get. They played so good together during our last weekend in Coudersport. We all had so much fun watching them interact now that they are both running around and talking. At Pop & Grammy’s they stacked blocks together and engaged in a rowdy game of chase, followed by an even rowdier scream fest. Thankfully not the crying-type screaming, but the super hyper, excited, lets-see-who-can-scream-louder type. You can only imagine the harmonies two toddlers can create. A little pitchy, but entertaining once you got over the initial screech and accustomed to the intensity of the decibel level.

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Then at Granny’s house they became co-conspirators and opened doors together and got into things they shouldn’t. Madeleine would point to a door she wanted opened (usually one that an adult had just closed) and Lance would open it for her. When that got old, Madeleine enjoyed taking her water from Lance. He would hold her sippy cup in her mouth, though never long enough for her to actually get a drink. Nevertheless, this “sippy cup in and out of the mouth” game went on for quite some time. I think he fed her at least 50 “sips” that day. Didn’t you know toddlers need repetition?!
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Little sister (and/or little cousin) just watched. Peacefully, happily watched. And grew, of course.


It was such a joy to watch them love on each other. They were seriously total buddies all weekend! The smiles tell it all.

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We are back home in Virginia now. As luck would have it, the snow followed us. Take a look at some of the pictures I took in the car ride home on Sunday. #justmyluck #donewithsnow

I’m glad to be home today… on my birthday at that. Time is flying by as I quickly pause (is that an oxymoron?) to celebrate 33 years. Before we left Coudersport, my Mom (true to form) baked Jan and I a birthday cake since his falls just eight days after mine. There’s not a whole lot else we can wish for this year. Life is good. My day is far from over and it’s already involved jewelry, flowers, and chocolate. When I woke up this morning Lance sang me Happy Birthday. Seriously, what more can I ask for?!


Last night before Lance went to bed I asked him if he was going to get me a present for my birthday. His reply: “Yes, I am going to get you a surprise and there is going to be a toy in it… for me!” Gotta love the egocentric mentality of a two-year-old.

Tonight we are celebrating my birthday with Oma & Opa who arrived from Germany late last night. They are beyond thrilled to meet our Vivian and reunite with Lance. We are so pleased to have them with us for the next few weeks, especially for our birthdays this year. No pictures yet, but there will be many photo opps to come!

Oh, and in case you haven’t figured it out, Großeltern, the fourth “thing” for today, is the German word for Grandparents. We are grateful for them!


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