The story of Olivia Hope

Sunday, April 1, 2012


March is gone and I can't believe it! We've celebrated Gwen's fourth birthday, Olivia's second birthday, Lewis starting on solid food and ALMOST crawling and spring cleaning! Well, we didn't really celebrate the cleaning, just started it! Lots and lots of cleaning! I've been cleaning out every cupboard, bin, drawer, cubby, wiped down woodwork, washed windows and blinds and LOTS of de-dog-hairing the place! I love standing in a newly reorganized and freshly washed room and just soaking it all in! AH!

Gwen celebrated her birthday this year by having a birthday party with all of her little friends! We have never had a party other than family so I was excited to put her little "princess" celebration together! We had all her little friends dress up in princess (and two little princes) dresses and did the typical birthday activities! It was so much fun!

We didn't do too much for Olivia's birthday this year. I'm still trying to figure out what our tradition for her will be. We had our first year celebration for her last year when she turned one but of course I won't be doing all that every year. This year her birthday fell right on a trip to Lancaster so we didn't have too much time to do anything formal. We did go to the Angel Garden to light our birthday candle and sing "Happy Birthday" to her. I always enjoy talking to Gwen about her sister in heaven and welcome the questions she asks. She doesn't remember anything so I feel like we have to reexplain everything to her and how do you tell a four year old that Olivia's BODY is here and in the ground but she is actually alive in heaven! Lewis slept the whole time in his car seat but we made the most out of the time we had hanging out, saying "hi" to our other little baby friends there (our friend's children who are also there) and being all together. I didn't bake a cake because we had so much left over from Gwen's birthday just a week earlier so we went to Dunkin Donuts after ward to get a birthday donut!

Lewis IS in there!

Happy birthday, little girl!

Hanging out!

Lewis turned 7 months old yesterday! He's starting to do so many things that seem so grown up! I guess it's just his personality starting to show! He is scooting all around and getting up on all fours! He moves around but hasn't quite figured out the one foot (or knee) in front of the other method! We also started him on solid food last month! He does ok with it. I honestly thought he would suck it down but he, so far, has been kinda choosy about when he eats and when he doesn't. Oh he also got his first hair cut last month! As sad as Gwen was about it the "rat tail" is gone!!

bye bye rat tail!

It was a pretty good month!


  1. Okay... I don't really like you right now... with all your energy in the cleaning're amazing. I know. I KNOW - I have just as much time in one day as anyone else, but...

    You go girl.

    I loved reading your post... catching up with ya, nonetheless. Happy Birthday - to your sweet girlies. And my oh my, Lewis... have you gotten any teeth yet? Jayne has one for sure and is enjoying her food(s)...however the figuring out how to get somewhere? She needs you, boy!! You'll need to show her how it's done.

    1. You're funny! The cleaning thing is mostly because Our house is "tighter" than ever right now and I am forced to do it to make more room and feel better about the over all situation of living here for the time being! Besides, I don't have one in school yet and you do and that, I'm sure, sucks up a lot of extra time to your day! He does have two teeth!! We need to get those two together! What is your schedule looking like the next couple of weeks?