May 30, 2010

Changes...

Back in the day, one of my favorite rappers sang, "Things changed, that's the way it is." Things have indeed changed since then. For one thing, I can no longer listen to that particular greatest hits album now that I am a parent and there is a moratorium on explicit lyrics. But I digress. Big changes are on the way for our family and our blog.

In a few short weeks we are expecting a new family member. Cille Beck Pourciau should be joining us sometime in mid-June. Since there will soon be a new occupant for our baby bed, Stella recently graduated to "Big Girl Furniture." One week while we were at gymnastics, Daddy and Pawpaw set up her furniture. When we unveiled the room to Stella, she totally ignored the furniture and went straight to her mini kitchen and started playing. Eventually she noticed the other changes...
Stella did not get the memo that there are no noonies in big girl beds. As a matter of fact, she uses her top nightstand drawer for noonie storage...

Here is Stella showing off her favorite piece of furniture...the kitchen she already had...

She did ring up a few folks to tell them what was going on...

Three happy Pourciau girls and Elmo in Stella's redesigned room...

Daddy and the giant chicken were pretty excited about things, too...

Those of you who know us well probably also know that we obsessively-compulsively monitor Stella as she sleeps (and have done so her entire life). Well, due to the death of our old monitoring camera and the fact that there now will be two girls to monitor/obsess over, it was time for an upgrade. My crazy husband has now installed built-in cameras complete with night vision in both of the girls' bedrooms. They can be monitored from any television in the house as well as via the internet, even on your portable device! Here is a sample of what the cameras look like...
Creepy, huh? I am soooo looking forward to using these during the dating years!

So, following lots of rearranging and installation of electronics, we are almost ready to welcome Cille to our family. The final frontier was our blog title. We toyed with the idea of beginning another blog for Cille, but decided that it made more sense to just change the name of our current blog and chronicle the lives of both girls in a central location. It is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to the address "A Streetcar Named Stella," but we are trying to achieve the impossible dream of parents everywhere and treat all our children equally. Thus, we are changing our blog address to www.OurLittleGirls.com, or www.PourciauFamily.com. You will be able to access the same content on either address, but we knew that for acquaintances and even friends, the spelling of our last name can be a bit of a challenge, so we wanted to go with something that would be user-friendly. I guess I should have listened to Jen long ago when she suggested "Pourciau Universe" as our blog title.

Along with the new name, we are also getting a blog-lift. Picture Joan Rivers, about 15 surgeries back. Our new title bar will feature a cartoon version of our family rather than the current picture of an almost-one-year-old Stella sitting on top of a streetcar. Watch for that change coming soon!

So, now that you know about all the changes that are going on around here, we would like to close by asking you to pray for our family as we welcome and adjust to these changes. We feel extremely blessed that God has trusted us with two wonderful girls and we're thankful that you care enough to support us on this fabulous adventure of parenthood. Thank goodness "that's the way it is."

Singing for Mommy

Next stop, BROADWAY!

May 29, 2010

Mommy and Me Gymnastics

This is a pretty long video clip, so you may have to be patient while it downloads. It is, however, proof that we are making progress in our gymnastics class!

Playing at the Park

This footage might explain why Stella and Cohen are not real big on seesawing...


Swinging gets great reviews, though.

Ignoring Mommy

Have you ever seen one of those kids who just will not pay attention?
Ha


Yeah, me neither.

What's your problem?

Last night Stella and I followed our normal bath time routine. We entered the bathroom together. She refused to take off her clothes. I eventually convinced her to undress. She refused to get into the bathtub. I eventually persuaded her to test the water, I think by telling her that she needed to get into the bathtub to be safe from crocodiles. Not my proudest moment in parenting, but hey, sometimes you do what works. Next, Stella played for about 30 minutes, during which she narrated all of her activities. This child could talk the ear off a mule. Finally we washed her hair and wrestled, or as I like to call it, washed her body. Now that I was exhausted from our match, I let out the water in hopes that she would get cold and want to get out of the bathtub. Oh, foolish, foolish parent. After 5 minutes of looking for fish in her now empty bathtub, I became a little more aggressive with my pleas for her to rejoin me on dry land. She looked up at me very seriously and asked, "What's your problem?"

I had no ready reply.

May 28, 2010

Nursery Rhymes

Who needs Your Baby Can Read?


Our baby can memorize!

May 27, 2010

What Nick Does

This is an old clip (from February) that we stumbled across of Stella telling Mawmaw a story about what Nick does.


Can't you just feel the excitement?

May 26, 2010

Sprinkler Fun!



Recipe for summer fun: Combine 1 sweet little girl, 1 rambunctious Daddy, and 1 sprinkler. Add water. Enjoy.

Our First Day of Summer

Monday marked our first official day of summer. What better way to celebrate than by hitting the pool and hanging with friends? After a lazy morning at home, and a great afternoon nap during which Mommy watched the LOST finale and sobbed (I love you, too, Jack!), Stella made her way to the Millet's backyard oasis... While on the other side of the neighborhood, we picked up a couple of extra kids. Hey, it's lonely being an only child! Back at our house, Stella terrorized poor Cohen by desiring way too much togetherness for a little boy. Here she is trying to force him to hold her hand...
Here is sweet Molly, happy as a pig in mud to be rocking a kitty cat in Stella's chair, and Cohen, trying to remember his mom's number so he can escape from Stella...
Stella, again with the affection for Cohen. This time it was an unwanted hug...
Snack time! Jello for EVERYBODY!

In spite of his early resistance, Cohen did offer to kiss Stella and hold her hand later in the visit. By that time, she was inconsolable and not interested in his offer. Poor kid, his lot in life is to be surrounded by beautiful, if somewhat moody, girls. I bet he's already praying for a brother.

May 25, 2010

Mudbug Madness

On Saturday, Stella went to her Mawmaw and Pawpaw's house to help them boil some crawfish. As you can see, she ended up doing most of the work... I asked Damon what he knew about child labor laws, but he gave me the standard lawyer reply: "That's not my area." At least she seemed to enjoy her work...
Stella was very excited about visiting Nick as well...
Every night at bedtime I get to tell an original story about "What Nick Does." Here is a closeup of the inspiration...
Stella even got to visit her granny that afternoon!

May 15, 2010

Thinking INSIDE the Box

So, how did you spend your Mother's Day? Thanks to Stella, her Mawmaw Shirley, Aunt Sheila, and Mawmaw spent a large portion of theirs inside a dryer box. Here's Stella, knocking on the outside of the "clubhouse"... Surprise!
Stella decided to try the clubhouse out for herself...
Here she is instructing Mawmaw on proper clubhouse etiquette...
Stella had lots of fun thinking INSIDE the box on Mother's Day!

May 14, 2010

Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?

One of Stella's favorite stories to hear is "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," so you can imagine her surprise when she found out that someone had been sitting in her chair! It was Pawpaw!
Thanks to Pawpaw's diet and exercise regimen, he did not break the chair all to pieces.

May 13, 2010

A Lovely Lapsit

On Friday of Spring Break we headed out to the library where we met up with Cohen and Lilly for Lapsit Story Time. We are huge fans of Lapsit, but we never get to go during the school year because it happens during the school day. Poor Stella. After Lapsit, Stella took shelter from the soggy weather in her daddy's raincoat... When we got home we had craft time! The theme of Lapsit was sailing, so we made a neat sailboat out of colored paper, a popsicle stick, and LOTS of "sticky tape." (The kit was free from the library-I'm not really that creative)
The artist was very enthusiastic about her creation...
Impressive, huh? It is actually on display in the Pourciau Gallery of Fine Art, a.k.a., our refrigerator door...
Stella even had enough creative juices left over to practice her coloring skills...

May 12, 2010

Pool Party at the Raney's

Last Friday, Stella and Molly spent the day with Mrs. Emily and Cohen. The Raneys really know how to have a good time. Most of the x-rated fun happened while I was at school, but I did make it home in time to attend Cohen's First Annual Backyard Splashdown and snap a few shots. These two girls crack me up. I want to sob everytime I think that before I know it, they'll be posing like this in their prom dresses... Their host with the most was a big fan of the popsicles I brought over...
Poor Emily tried to keep the peace between Stella and all the other kids in the pool. Stella was very assertive about taking her turn with the toys, and often decided that her turn needed to happen immediately, which transformed everyone else's "turn" into a brief second with the toy...
We can't wait for our next chance to play in the water with friends! Look out, Summer, here we come!

May 11, 2010

Enjoying Kirk's Free Time

On Saturday, Kirk used some of his free time to boil crawfish at the Spillway. Stella and I had so much fun at the event that we visited twice, once on our way to the airport to get Daddy and once on our way home. Here are Stella and friends, getting ready to dig in...(the beer was not Stella's, don't worry) Lori made peeling look like so much fun, Stella wanted to join in...
She was willing to peel, but wanted Lori to do the actual eating...
Later Stella had a good time taking care of her crawfish head "baby" swaddled in his paper towel receiving blanket while visiting with Mrs. Debbie...