Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We took the girls sledding for the second time ever today (the first time was on Sunday) and man, did we have fun!

We went up and down the hill with Mommy and Daddy (Abby in blue/yellow coat and Claire in pink coat)...And even a couple times by ourselves!

Abby kept waving and saying, "Hi!" which I think was her way of saying, "Look at me go!" What fun! Thanks to Grandma Gwen for coming with and taking such cute pictures!
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Lambert Christmas

Grandma Sharon and Grandpa Wayne came to visit this weekend...
and they brought presents!
They always bring us such fun things, like this dancing musical Snoopy.
(Abby is the one singing along so loudly in the first video.)

Sharon made the adorable jingle bell hats that the girls are having a blast with. She also made Ryan and I some amazing wool mittens. She's such a good seamstress!

Thank you, Grandma and Grandpa! We hope you come visit again soon!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Zoom! There goes November!

Well, hello there! We've had quite a fun (and busy!) November. It started with a trip to Eau Claire, WI the first weekend of November. Ryan and I go back there every year to help at the CTV annual auction. It's takes up the whole weekend, but is a lot of fun. The girls got to spend lots of time with Grandma Gwen and Grandpa Rich. They really loved playing at their house. That's Abby above pretending she's a monkey. They also came to visit us at CTV, where Claire found something that reminded her of Daddy...And Abby had fun running under an easel!The following weekend, we got together withSteph, Andy and Alex, as well as a couple of folks from Ryan's work, and went to 5 Guys Burgers and Chuck E. Cheese.The girls mostly stuck to the cars that rock back and forth, particularly the one above with Chuck E. Cheese himself (next to Claire), the CLifford one below (Abby driving)...And this school bus one (Cousin Alex at the wheel). The Chuck E. Cheese mascot came out eventually, too, and the girls were beside themselves with excitement. So cute!Daddy also built us a fort in the sun room, which we've gotten to play in a lot on these warm November days. Cousin Alex came over to play, too, which Steph, Andy and Ryan did some painting on the Mays' renovated house. (They added a whole second story! Check out their blog at http://andystephhouse.blogspot.com/ if you want to see the changes - it's pretty amazing!) Alex especially loved the fort and kept the girls entertained in there for a good hour. I loved having Alex over to entertain the girls for that long! I'm starting to seriously see the value (for me!) in having playdates.We got to spend Thanksgiving with our other cousin, Lily! Isn's she cute in her pink dress and new bob haircut? All three girls are sick (Claire has a cold, Abby a cold and an ear infection, and Lily a cold with a bad cough), but that didn't stop them from running around and laughing hysterically, especially when second cousin Blake crawled around them in cirlces.

That's been the Life at the Lamberts this November, and off we go towards December and Christmas! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

5 Things

My friend Amy answered these questions on her blog and "tagged" me in it, meaning it's my turn! So here I go...

1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Ten years ago, I was a Junior at UW-Eau Claire! I was living off campus with my friends Amanda, Kelley, and Deantichrist. I was waitressing at Shoney's and enjoying my English classes. It was an interesting and very fun year!

2. What five things are on your to-do list today?
1. Take care of my two crazy babies, who are getting over colds. This will probably involve some Elmo watching to ease us back to health and maybe a trip to my parents! We'll see...
2. Go to Target (of course. I'm always going to Target.)
3. Do dishes and otherwise pick up my house, but especially mop the kitchen floor.
4. Make spaghetti for dinner (this was on Amy's list, too!! Crazy!)
5. Approve timecards while the babies are napping.

3. Snacks you enjoy
In general, I just love snacking! Coffee drinks, if they can be considered a snack, are my absolute favorite. Other than that, I dig good ol' cheese and crackers lately, peanuts, and anything sweet! For a road trip, I absolutely must have Pizzeria Pretzel Combos, though.

4. Places you have lived
Brooklyn Park, MN; Eau Claire, WI; St Louis Park, MN; Bloomington, MN; New Brighton, MN; Woodbury, MN; and now, St Paul, MN!

5. What are five things you would do if you were a billionaire?
1. Pay off all of our debt, including our house...
2. Then sell our house and buy a new one.
3. Finally get a car that is newer than 10 years old!
4. Pay for a big trip for family and friends
5. Give some away to family, friends and charity, but save enough to live off of the interest!
(I've thought about this alot, so this questons was easy! Ha!)

Okay, the three people I'm tagging are Jill, Mama and Papa because there the only ones who I think read this on a regular basis! Anyone reading should feel free to post a comment and answer the questions, though. I'd love to hear what your answers are!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

What a perfect Halloween! It was Ryan and my first time taking the girls out trick or treating and we had a blast! Before we got to that part, though, we had lots of people to visit.
We had spent Friday night at Cousin Lily's house and had a great time playing with her. On Saturday, our first stop was to visit Great Aunts Pat and Joy. We weren't quite sure how we felt about wearing costumes yet, but we put them on to show them off (Claire above, Lily and Abby below).

Grandma Sharon made all three adorable Lamb costumes - amazing! They definitely needed to be shown off to more people, so we headed to Grandma and Grandpa Campbell's house next. There's Abby, Claire and Lily below posing for pics.
After all our photo shoots, Claire...
... and Abby had to rehydrate.

After a quick stop at my coworker Sarah Kurachek's house, where we also met up with our third coworker JV and her son Demetrius, dressed wonderfully as Mr. T, we headed home for some neighborhood trick or treating!
Claire (above) and Abby (below) got really excited about the whole thing. They loved wearing their costumes, carrying their Winnie-the-Pooh buckets, going up to neighbors' houses, seeing everyone else out in cute costumes...
...And of course, they loved the candy! They had a little bit more sugar than usual, which I think may have led to the in running around in circles in the living room once we got home. You can still see a Kit Kat bar in Claire's hand - caught in the act!
After we got that out of our system, we stayed up a bit longer playing with toys (Claire)...
Reading (Abby)...
And helping Daddy hand out candy.
It was really a perfect Halloween! Hope yours was good, too!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Fun (snow included)

While I'm sure most people did not enjoy it, the girls had a blast playing in the snow yesterday! They weren't quite sure what this crazy white stuff covering their little car was, but eventually got the jist of it and were running around squealing and saying, "Snow!"
Another recent discovery the girls enjoy that most people don't: washing dishes! We pull some chairs up to the sink, add warm soapy water, a few plastic dishes and they have a blast for a good 20 minutes. The girls love playing with the water (and the spray hose) and I love anything that holds their attention for that long.
I've also discovered that Claire is NOT a morning person. Lately, when she wakes up, she has to gather up everything in her crib before she'll let me take her out of it. This is how we ended up with Elmo, gorilla, puppy, and two blankets in our high chair the other morning.
We've also been having fun on little trips. A few weekends ago, we took a trip to Emma Krumbee's (about an hour away), where we looked at scarecrows, walked a rope maze, jumped in hay, rode tricycles, took a hay ride, and went down the big green slide. Here's Abby and I post-slide. Lots of fun!
Ryan and I also took a trip without the girls to Mt Horeb, WI, Troll Capital of the World! It was the weekend of their annual fall festival, so there were food and craft vendors all over. We also got to check out their famous mustard museum. Who knew mustard was so darn exciting?
It's been a blast running around and getting all our energy out before winter hibernation set in. Wake me when it stops snowing!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

September Softball and Scrappin'

We are trying to squeeze as much fun as we can into these last few remaining summer days! Ryan is on a softball team now (that's him catching above), so we began the fun by going to one of his games. Luckily, Ryan happens to be on this team with Grandpa Rich and Uncle Andy, so we got to see them play, too, AND hang out with Grandma Gwen, Cousin Matilda, Aunt Stephanie, and Cousin Alex during the game.
Grandma Gwen brought us some delicious raspberries from her yard - yum! We also loved running in the empty soccer field with Alex. So adorable!
We then took yet another trip to the MN Zoo (we are trying to use our membership as much as humanly possible). The girls rode the monorail for the first time ever and had a great time seeing the animals from this new perspective. And this past weekend was my personal favorite September event: Scrapbooking in Wabeno! I joined my friend Amanda, her mom Lynn, her sister Teri, and about 14 other wonderful women for a girls weekend away. We stayed at The Crystal Bell Inn & Spa in Wabeno and had a marvelous time relaxing, pampering, and of course, scrapbooking. I mean, seriously,
look at how much fun we're having! It was awesome and a great break from taking care of the girls (poor Ryan had them all weekend, but don't worry - he survived). I even made a scrapbook of the girls' first year, which I'm glad to finally have. Only 361 more days until Wabeno 2010 - I can't wait!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Summer Fun, Happened So Fast

Why hello there! Hope you have all been having a great summer. We sure have! Here's a bit of what we've been up to since my last post:
For a week over July 4th, the Campbell Family headed to my aunt's cabin near Birchwood, WI. It was SO much fun! We got to hang out, read, play, boat, swim, and all kinds of fun stuff. My sister's blog has a great post about it, but here are also a couple of pics.

We loved spending so much time with Grandpa, Grandma, Great Aunt Pat (above with Claire), Aunt Jill, Uncle Jason, Uncle Greg and especially Cousin Lily! Here Lily is below on the pontoon boat......and with Grandpa, watching Ryan and Greg set off fireworks for us. It was a great time, and hopefully the first of many annual family trips to the cabin together!

Next, we went to National Night Out in the beginning of August in these cute dresses our neighbors Jon and Katie got us. They have twins, too, AND a 1-year-old, so they are busy people.
Also in August, we got to go to two big celebrations in one weekend. First, my Aunt Joy and Uncle Joe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary! That's them below at their wedding, 50 years ago.

We all got together at their daughter Kim and her husband Larry's beautiful house to celebrate. There was delicious food to eat, pictures to look at, many people to talk to, and polish golf for Claire, Abby, and Lily to play.
The girls and I then headed to the Woyaks for a sleepover playdate. There wasn't much playing for the little ones when we got there because they all went to bed, but the growups got to play! The girls got some play time in the next morning and then we all headed to Uncle Greg's new apartment in the afternoon to celebrate the Campbell women birthdays: Mama's is the 14th, Jill's was that day (the 16th) and mine is the 23rd.Abby really liked the video game area of Greg's new apartment - she's just like her daddy that way! - and all the girls loved going swimming in the outdoor pool. Sadly, there was one casualty as Greg accidentally left his phone in his pocket when he jumped in the pool, but we managed to get past that and still have a wild and crazy time! And of course, it's not a birthday without presents! There were tons of good ones opened that day: gift certificates for me (exactly what I wanted), a Wii fit for Jillo, and pictures of the granddaughters for Mama. Hooray for birthdays!We also got a couple of visits from Grandma and Grandpa Lambert this summer. They came first at the end of June (above) - over their wedding anniversay no less! - and then again in August. It's always so fun when they come visit (lots of Settlers of Catan after the girls are in bed) and I love when the girls get to spend time with them. Of course, it just isn't a visit from Grandma and Grandpa without a trip to a chinese buffet - yum! Claire and Abby especially loved the jello. One of the main reasons for Grandma and Grandpa's August visit was the girls' baptism, which took place on August 23rd (my birthday!). Yes, most people don't wait until their children at 18 months old to have them baptized, but what's the fun in doing things the normal way??First Lutheran Church in Columbia Heights is a church my extended family has gone to for a long time, and since Ryan and I don't yet have our own home church, we went there for the Baptism. It was a very nice service and the church was so nice to us. The men of the church carved these very nice chests for Claire and Abby to each have to put in momentos of their faith journey, and the women made cozy blankets for each girl. Here Jill and I are with Lily, Claire and Abby in front of a door in the church that bears our Grandma and Grandpa Stinson's names.After the Baptism, Aunt Pat hosted a lovely little party so the family could get together and celebrate. We don't get all sides of our family together too often, so it was nice for everyone to be able to see each other and catch up. It was really a very nice day! By now, you're probably thinking, "Wow! How could you possibly squeeze any more excitement into your summer?" Well, it's just not summer without a trip to the MN State Fair! This year was extra exciting because our friend Val and her adorable daughter, Kendall (above), came all the way from Maryland to join us! Her husband (and our good friend) Jon couldn't join them on the trip because he's too busy learning to be a doctor. Whatever, Jon!Sean, Kari and Zach Shipman were there (above, on left) and so were Bob, Michelle and Jenny Dettmer. That's Jenny below, trying to look like she doesn't know the crazy woman next to her. Ha ha! Just kidding, Val! Val tried her first ever corn dog at the fair, which would make anyone giddy with excitment.We tried out the Reptile House, Dinosaur World, and the Butterfly House. Okay, well, I actually didn't go into any of those places, but the people who did thought they were pretty cool!
All in all, it's been a great busy summer! That about covers the main events. In between each event, we've stayed busy by running through the house with blankets...... playing in the bathroom sink......and talking about Daddy! Seriously, he's our new favorite topic. The girls love him so much! And who can blame them? Here's Claire expressing her undying devotion to a picture of Daddy.
Enjoy the last few days of summer, everyone!