Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween

This was our first Halloween with kids, or at least the first year we dressed any up. We didn't bother last year since Bailey was only 8 months old and it would have been very obvious we were taking her just so we could eat her candy. {Which is basically what happened this year too!} Jared and I aren't the biggest Halloween fans.  We do carve pumpkins every year, but we have only dressed up together one year  - way back in 2006 (notice how we look just a wee bit thinner...).
Jared was an old-time sheriff and I affectionately called my costume the "saloon slut."

This year we went back to my hometown to take both kids trick-or-treating at their Aunt Justy's new house. Bailey was the world's cutest little bumblebee, complete with stinger on her butt. Avery was our little pumpkin and actually tolerated the costume pretty well.

We put Bailey in her costume and then had the big reveal to Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Beaner.
Bailey sortof liked all the attention she was getting:

She laughed and laughed and laughed.  She thought she was pretty special (and I think Grandma and Grandpa agreed.)

We took both girls out to some houses up and down the street from Justina's. We weren't sure how Bailey would do trick-or-treating; usually she is pretty shy around people she doesn't know. She was pretty timid at first, but then she got in the swing of things. She would march right up to the door holding her orange pumpkin bucket and put her whole hand into the candy bowl. At one of the first houses, she looked at the bowl full of candy and took some from her own bucket to add to the bowl. [We really have a good grasp on this whole idea of sharing!] She signed "thank you" at every house we went to, so it was good practice on using her manners. However, we do need to work on her candy selection. I think it is an understood rule that chocolate trumps suckers or pencils every time {We gotta work on that for next year, Bailey.}  Avery meanwhile just hung out in the stroller and took it all in. She didn't even cry, and for those of you who know her well, that is quite an achievement in itself!

Later in the evening we all sat around Justy's house and talked and ate some Casey's pizza. Bailey provided the after-dinner entertainment. That girl loves to dance! Her favorite song right now is Nicki Minaj's song Super Bass. If she even hears me humming this song, she will begin to shake her hips to the beat. She dances in circles with her arms up and puts her hands on the ground to "get low." We're not quite sure how she knows to do these things. {We don't even get MTV with our cable package!} We didn't have the song that night, so we all just sang the chorus. Apparently that was all she needed. And her sweet moves got a lot of laughs. All in all it was an excellent first Halloween.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Meet the Solkos!

Let's get real.
You probably already know us.
Most likely you are our family and maybe some friends and we probably begged you to check out our blog.
But go along with it, okay?

I'm Vanessa.  I work as a nurse in Omaha. My husband Jared is also a nurse. We were married June 7th, 2008.

Since then we have added two little girls to our family: Bailey and Avery.

Bailey Marie was born February 19th, 2010. She came exactly 4 weeks early [and breech to boot] because that was the way she wanted it. And ever since then, she has expected us to realize that she is really the one in charge. Bailey was born with a right unilateral cleft lip and palate. It presented a few challenges during her first year of life, but in typical Bailey-fashion, she has never let it slow her down. Right now her favorite things to do are all the things we don't want her to do (ie: finding her on top of the dining room table). However, she makes up for it with the cute things she does, like calling my mom on my cell phone herself and then proceeding to have a "conversation" with her, saying BYE! at the end when she was finished.

Avery Josephine came into the world May 6, 2011. She was slightly more cooperative than her big sister. After being at home for a few days, she was admitted to the NICU for an extremely high bilirubin level and while there she developed a hospital-acquired blood infection. After 3 long, lonnnnggggg weeks, we were finally able to bring her home for good, and she has been a huge homebody ever since (believe me - it's true - we can barely leave the house - ever.) Right now she is approaching 6 months old and is a joy. She loves to laugh and stare up at her big sister {who is quite frequently trying to "help" hold her or wipe her mouth with a burp cloth}. Recently she showed her true self when I turned my back for about 30 seconds... I think we have a chocolate addict in the making.

That's our family in a nutshell. We like to cook and bake {and eat}, so there will probably be some posts of food we find delicious. We both like to take pictures, especially of the girls, so expect many of those. [Credit to Jared for the editing - definitely not my area of expertise.] So tune in periodically to keep up to date on Our Blessed Nest.