Tales From the Nursery

Tales From the Nursery: The Toddler Years

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Rissa’s 3rd Birthday Party Highlights

The birthday week is finally over! It was fun, but I’m wore out. And per usual…things didn’t go entirely to plan. BUT we made the best of it and our last minute changes worked


This is Three – Happy Birthday, Rissa!

Dear Rissa, Today is your birthday and it’s the first year you’ve really gotten into it (probably because you are three now). Three. I can hardly believe it. This sweet little baby we brought home from the


Princess Crowns and Mermaid Tails… It’s a Rissa Update!

Rissa is now 33 months old.  That sounds a bit weird.  I counted her age by months until she turned “almost 2.”  Then she was just “2 years old” until she turned “2 and


Baby Kisses are the Best

I remember the first time I received a baby kiss. It was soft, wet and it made my heart melt. Wasn’t even my baby. Unfortunately, I can’t remember who it was


Rissa Pretends to Be Me and Shows Off Her Somersault Skills [VIDEO]

Okay the title sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? Rissa is not pretending to be me while doing somersaults, but she thinks it’s funny to take over the video intro and claim to be


WW: Snack in a Box!

Rissa found a new way to enjoy snack time… She wanted me to join her. Bless her heart that she still thinks I can fit into a box. Can you caption this? Have a great rest of


What My Kid Does That Drives Me Crazy [Video]

I love my kids, but as my daughter grows into her strong personality there are some things she does that drives me crazy. Nutters. Completely bonkers. Sometimes she literally rubs me the wrong way.


WW: My How My Daughter Has Grown in 2 Years

2 years… It seems like only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital on the scariest drive of our life, which then turned into the longest night of our life.  I was


Sharing Birthdays

Like anybody does, it’s always fun to see who you share a birthday with. We got to do it again when Xander was born on December 8th. It’s funny. Aerissa is so dramatic and outgoing,


WW: Comparing Newborn Photos

I’ve been sharing a few pics of baby Xander on Twitter and Facebook and have lots more to come. It’s been hard to get a chance to get on our actual computers so


WW: My Happy Little Helper

While she does her share of pushing my buttons, Rissa is also a pretty good helper for me. We know I need it right


Is Rissa Ready for a New Sibling? [Video]

Later I’ll share more about how we helped prepare our toddler for a new sibling, but right now I want to focus on her thoughts as we get closer to the arrival of the


WW: Playing With Our New Camera

I mentioned in my last pregnancy update that we bought a new camera for an early present to ourselves. Both Brian and I have been having fun taking pictures with it. So far we


Taking Away Birthday Cake and Other Tough Mom Decisions

I had to take away birthday cake on my daughter’s birthday.  No amount of tears could make me change my mind, even as I silently doubted myself internally. Rissa just turned two years old.  I


Rissa Likes Eating at the Big M

I have to admit I’m pretty lucky.  My daughter is usually quite good when we go out to eat.  Well, good as in well behaved.  She doesn’t necessarily eat well when we go to a


Rissa’s First Time Trick-or-Treating [Video] #Halloween

Being a Halloween baby, you might be surprised to know that this is Rissa’s first year actually going trick or treating.  Sure, I dressed her up as an adorable little pumpkin last year, but


WW: Playing in the Leaves

I can no longer deny that it is fall with the leaves changing colors and falling to the ground.  This was the first year Rissa got to really enjoy playing in them!  She tried


WW: Napping in the Ball Pit

This week’s featured caption is… This what it must be like in a gumball machine… – Tonya What would you caption this?  I can’t even think of anything witty!


WW: Mail Me to Gramma!

I posted this picture on my Facebook fanpage and asked for captions… here are some of my favorites: There were several variations of “mail to gramma” which werejust too stinkin’ cute. Print out a shipping label,