"Being a family means you are part of something wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what." ~Author Unknown

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Being a Culley is exhausting!

Today we headed out around 11 to eat lunch and go see the Hermitage.  The Hermitage is a giant museum filled with paintings and all sorts of other stuff!  It's an all day event, but we couldn't leave St. Pete without seeing it.  It is not something you can go to and get back for nap.  Well, maybe if we had started a lot earlier, but our sweetpea likes to sleep in and I'm not messing with that!  Instead we headed out and decided we would take our chances with missing naptime.  Sofia is such a good girl!  She was happy in the stroller or in the carrier, and she also walked right by me too!  I was so proud of her.  So many people smiled and talked to her!  I wanted to say, "Hey, you get one of these right up the road!  Go pick one up!  They need you!!!".  Again, I restrained.  We had a great day walking and seeing the museum, and it was almost 6:00 before we got back to the hotel.  Our Sofie did so great, but fell asleep on the way back.  She woke up mildly cranky but we ventured down to the hotel restaurant for dinner.  She ate a big dinner and then I took away her cup of juice and it was meltdown!  We weren't bothered or surprised, she was more than entitled to her feelings!  Luckily we were done, so we paid and headed out.
Notice the face?  She knows when mark is behind her!

Winter Palace(one of the Hermitage buildings, the one we toured)

Look Mom!

The cutest display in the place, and the one I was most interested in!

All tired out!
Yes, that face was for me!  First time she's been mad at me, not the last!

We figured the rest of the night would be a bust, so we did bath and bedtime routine right away.  We decided to keep her up a few minutes longer though because we wanted to Skype with our big girls before they go back to school tomorrow.  All the sudden she got a second wind and was all fired up!  The great thing about this is that Mark was in the room!  Usually when I Skype Mark sits in the hallway so she will interact on the computer.  Yesterday if he was in the room she wouldn't even look up.  Tonight she was totally going about her business and even continued chattering when he sat behind us.  This is HUGE!  Pray it continues to improve tomorrow!  Have I mentioned how smart this girl is?  She repeats everything I say, and loves her books!  We go through them over and over and she repeats the words.  She says meow everytime she gets to a cat, and knows a few other animal sounds.  She also waves and says Hi and Bye!  We are so amazed at how quickly she learns!  Tonight my sister blew her a kiss and I showed her once and she did it!  I told you, genius!  Anyway, I'll leave you with some super cute pics of her brushing her teeth(which she LOVES to do!).  Sweet dreams:)



  1. Love to hear the baby steps she is making to loving Mark she wont be sorry. Glad all is going well and we cant wait to meet this little prncess. Be safe. HUGS

  2. awwww, great pictures! Like Mindy said, baby steps are huge!