a new print set and a spring sale

I have been wanting to paint a rocket for a long time!
So I finally did it.  I love the way it turned out and so does Noah, so that means it passes the test and has been added to the shop!

But to make it even more fun, I painted two more to make it a set.
Here they are:
the rocket

the moon and stars

a planet to visit

And to celebrate the much anticipated arrival of spring...
we're having a sale!

It's the Spring BOGO Sale!
All you have to do is purchase any PRINT that you wish, then tell me which print of equal or lesser value you would like for free in the "message to seller" section during checkout! Again, if you Buy 1, you get 1 FREE, buy 2 get 2 FREE, buy 3 get 3 FREE, etc.!!!

Just a note, this is only for single prints.
**Print SETS excluded.**
**Original paintings excluded.**
**Paper goods/cards excluded.**
So come visit the shop for some great savings!


Noah turned 3!

I can't believe my little boy is 3 already!
I know I say it too much, but time really does go by so super fast!
Noah's birthday was on April 1st.  He was lucky enough to have two birthday parties!  One at Grandma Eve's on March 31st with Abe's family where Aunt Kate made him this amazing under-the-sea themed cake that he's still talking about.  And where he got so spoiled with presents and attention... and where I forgot my camera.  
And one at our house on his actual birthday with my family.  We decided to do two seperate parties because I just had a baby and can only handle small crowds right now.  Turns out that two parties made this birthday extra special which is just what a 3 year old adjusting to a new baby sister needs.

So here it is in pictures:

Noah devouring his birthday cupcake

part of the crowd
we had a yummy pasta bar and cupcakes

Here are just a FEW of his many presents! 
(Thanks, everyone, for spoiling my kid!  It's so fun!)

lots of playdoh!  Noah loves this stuff

new crayons for the budding artist

of course... Lightening McQueen
(don't worry, his pants are wet because we spilled water)

also, of course... anything Toy Story

gotta have a new ball and bat for summer

and Mr. Potato Head was feeling lonely, so he got the Mrs.
(don't mind me, I'm on percocet!)

a toy camera (pronounced:  kwamwa) and phone

And so much more!  Seriously... so much.  Noah is such a lucky little kid!  He had so much fun playing for hours with his cousins, who take such good care of him!
He is so loved and spoiled by his aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents!  And the older he gets, the more friends and loved ones he aquires too! 
Abe and I feel so blessed to have all of you in our lives.  There is no better feeling than when other people love your kids!  Really!  It means so much to Abe and I, and of course to Noah. 
Thank you all for making this birthday so special for Noah!


Lola at two weeks

Although Lola is 3 weeks old today, I thought I'd share some pictures of her at 2 weeks old.

She looks so much like Noah did at this age.  I guess we know what she's going to look like... ??

At 2 weeks old, Lola was sleeping like a little angel all the time.  Only waking up to eat.

Now she's awake a lot more often and is usually not very happy about it.
But what a cutie!  Look at all that hair!

She's still so tiny!  At her 2 week check up, she was only 7 lbs.  I remember Noah getting so big so fast.  Maybe I'm just remembering wrong.  But Lola IS tiny!  She's very petite.  Especially her hands.  They are tiny with super long fingers.  She's so sweet and we're anxious to get to know her!



Wow!  Has it really been a month since I posted last?  Where did March go?  Well... I'll tell ya.
On March 12, this happened:

37 weeks pregnant
I know!  Scary.  But it had to be documented.

Then at 38 weeks pregnant, on March 19th... contractions started.
So we went to the hospital, where they abruptly stopped.
But when the nurse saw that I was 6 centimeters dilated and fully effaced, they decided to let me stay.

So after a full night of NO sleep... for me, this scary picture happened:

Then they were kind enough to break my water and
get things moving.
And things moved!
I was ready to push in no time and then three contractions later, this sweet little girl happened:

She is so pretty.

Lola Grace Carlsruh
Born March 20, 2011 @ 7:36 am
6 pounds 12 ounces
19.5 inches long

She has so much hair!  Every time the nurses would take her away for a test or something, she'd come back with a new bow in her hair.

But probably my most favorite moment at the hospital was this:

Noah sang Rock-a-Bye Lola to his new baby sister.
It was so cute, I wanted to cry.
And if I can figure out how to post videos on this thing, I will post it.  It is the sweetest thing to hear!

So March was uncomfortable and busy, as you can see.  The last two weeks have been quite an adjustment.  But I have a 3 year old's birthday party to post and 2 week baby pictures to post coming soon!