Thursday, December 31, 2009



Well, in an hour anyway :D

As I sit here, ready to say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 I can't help but look back over the last 12 months and remember the roller coaster that this year has been. There was bedrest for the entire month of April because of preeclampsia, something I hope to never have to deal with again, that eventually let to the early delivery of our little princess Stella.Her first 6 months were a little rough but she's become a sweet and snuggly little girl, even though she IS a princess and must have her way at all times.

In June, Steve and I celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary. The time has flown by...2 kids will do that though! I can't believe how lucky I was to find my soul mate and other half.

September brought a huge milestone to the Rotz household.....Luca started preschool!
He loves school and is really doing great. His teachers say he is a pleasure to have in class, follows directions well and is very good with the other students...he's not a hitter, bitter, pusher or meanie pants. We are getting ready to fill out his paperwork for registration for next fall, he'll be going 2 days a week and he's really excited. I can't believe how fast the time went with him. He turned 3 in December!!!

At the beginning of December we took our very first family Disney World!!! Luca had a blast and was on cloud 9 when he got to meet his idol, Mickey Mouse. We met (and got autographs and photos) of all his favorite Disney characters. He has asked about once a day since we got back when we will be going back to Disney. Hopefully in another year or so we can make it back with Luca and Stella...and baby #3 perhaps??

We had so many 'firsts' this year for both kids; rolling over, sleeping through the night, holidays, starting school...what a year! 2010 will bring with it many many more first for Stella and Luca, the biggest thing being Stella's 1st birthday!

So here's to a wonderful start to a brand new year. May it be full of wonderful memories and tons of laughter.

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Happiest Place on Earth

I realize I'm late in getting this post up...but better late than never! December 6-12 was spent taking the kids to Disney World for the first time. Steve and I spent our honeymoon there so it was interesting how different it is from the viewpoint of 'parent'. We spent months prepping Luca for the trip and he was busting at the seems as we headed to the airport that morning. He wasn't too keen on taking off his shoes at the security checkpoint and was really unhappy about sending his beloved moose 'Jolly' through the x-ray machine but all was made well by a chocolate milk and a yogurt from the Starbucks. We also made a pit stop at the gift shop so daddy could buy him a little airplane of his very own.

The flight went well and he really enjoyed the view from his window and his juice and pretzel snack. Stella was perfect, she ate then slept for the majority of the flight. When she was awake she happily sat an looked around or danced on my lap. We got in later in the afternoon so we decided to spend the first night at Downtown Disney where Luca managed to find a McDonalds! His first Disney meal ended up being a Happy Meal...go figure. We did Magic Kingdom on Monday so that Luca could meet all his favorites. We did a character breakfast with Winnie the Pooh and friends that was a huge hit. The food was great, the atmosphere was fun and the characters spent time at each table taking pictures and signing autographs. Luca was in heaven! The best thing was seeing his face when he first set his eyes on the castle though....
he couldn't believe his eyes! We hit each of the parks throughout the week but by far we spent the most time in Mickey's Toontown. Luca loves the race cars and Goofy's Barnstormer roller coaster. He also thought Mickey's house was really cool and in all he got to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald Duck, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Pluto, Handy Manny and Leo from The Little Einsteins. My favorite part of the entire trip was watching him run into the open arms of Mickey and Minnie...I seriously could have cried. It was a dream come true for him!

Christmas Countdown

So today is the 21st...only 3 more sleeps until Christmas Eve! We've done the Santa picture and are mostly done with the shopping. We are venturing out to the mall tonight to try and finish up for Steve's family and find a monster truck for Luca that he informed us on Friday that he asked Santa for (?!?!?) and we had no idea! It's so great that he's old enough to really understand and enjoy Christmas and Stella is fascinated with the lights on the tree. She's finally sitting up alone so we can get some cute pictures in front of the tree.

Christmas Eve will be a busy day for us. Mom and I will be making our annual Christmas cookies, with Luca's help this year! This will his first time using a cookie cutter, shaking sprinkles, etc. and I just can't wait. Neither can he apparently as he just asked again when we would make cookies! On top of cookie baking, we have our movies we watch every year...A Muppet's Christmas Carol being the favorite. Then that evening we'll be attending our first candlelight Christmas eve service at church, I'm very excited for that. Afterwards we'll come home just in time to leave a treat for Santa and the reindeer, check his status on NORAD, then hop into bed and hurry to sleep so he doesn't miss us!

Happy holidays everyone!

Has it really been 3 years?

Yesterday was a very special day in the Rotz home.....Luca turned 3 years old! Where has the time gone? I can very vividly remember the days leading up to December 20, 2006 as if it were yesterday. Going to the hospital because I started itching uncontrollably, thinking I'd go home with a prescription, getting the news that I wasn't only not going anywhere but I'd be getting induced (and not understanding the danger our child was in at the time) and crying because it was still 4 weeks away from our due date. A 3 day induction led to a c-section and 2 hours afterwards I was holding my precious baby boy for the very first time.

I remember how he looked and how he smelled, how tiny his fingers were and laughing at the lack of fat on his tiny frame and how it meant he literally had no butt! He was 5lb 13oz and 19in long, my miniature baby. I look at him now and am almost brought to tears remembering how, as a newborn, he could be held in just one of Steve's big hands. We struggled with nursing due to his not having much of a 'suckling' reflex and then my hospitalization for gall bladder removal when he was only a week old. He went home with jaundice, didn't nap for more than 15 minutes without being held and refused a was a hard first few months. Around 4 months though he found his thumb, started napping and sleeping through the night and was bottle feeding like a little champ, he had certainly caught up the lack of weight from birth.

Luca is an amazing child. Daily he both challenges my patience and melts my heart. He is a very sensitive and loving boy, he worries for others who are sad or hurting and doesn't forget a thing. He loves his family, especially his baby sister who he welcomed into the world with hugs and kisses and the offer of one of his cars, and is a bright and happy child. My world wouldn't be the same if Luca had not come blazing into it! He's a mover and shaker, loves to dance and sing and run and play and if every bit a little boy. To top it off he's just down right adorable. He's got the prettiest eyes, longest lashes and the sweetest dimple in one cheek that keeps me up at night, worrying about all those teenage girls that will be swarming our home in a few years!

3 years have gone by way to fast and before we know it he'll be grown up with a 3 year old of his own. Until then I'm going to snag every big hug, sloppy kiss and bad knock knock joke I can get!!! Happy Birthday little man!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Santa goes hi-tech!

I will write about our wonderful Disney trip soon, but right now I just have to post about the most amazing thing a friend discovered. There have always been personalized letters from Santa for the kids but now they can receive a personalized video message straight from Santa at the North Pole! I 'helped' Santa make one this morning and played it for Luca just now....the tears were close to flowing as I watched his little face light up when Santa said his name!

As of yet I have not figured out how to save it and am not sure I can but for anyone with kids will find this amazing and worth while!!!