Thursday, October 11, 2012

Emily was born second.

This morning was a morning like any rushing to get the girls ready.  I was actually on top of things and had everything ready to go this morning.  Which in my head meant that I could slack off.  And I did...until the last minute...leaving the same rush as always...sigh.  

Anyway,  I was doing Olivia's hair first, actually second because I had already done Abby's hair.  Shhh...don't tell Emily because this would make her argument invalid.  So Emily started fussing that she didn't want to be second.  And then Olivia thought it would be nice to point out how cool it was that Emily would go second, just like how she was the second one born.  Well, Emily lost it...a real crying, screaming fit about how she didn't want to be born second.  I wasn't sure how to reply.  I might have uttered, "ummm...sorry?"  We all know it didn't really matter - 3 year old brains in meltdown mode don't comprehend much of anything.  She got over it after a hug and then lost it again because I was going to put my shoes on and she didn't want me to.   

I guess this is what Jim feels like when he looks at me and says, "I can't imagine what it must be like to be inside that brain of yours."  So at least we know she comes by crazy honestly. 

Friday, June 1, 2012

5 years

Last year I wrote a letter to each of the girls on their birthday.  I sat down to write Olivia a letter on her 5th birthday - 5 years old!  That's huge - it's a milestone year.  I wanted her to look back on each of her birthdays and see how much I love her.  But the more I thought about it I realized that she won't have to look back and see how much I love her because the goal is that she knows how much I love her every single day.  She won't need to see it, she'll always know.

So this year I'd like her to look back and be reminded of who she was and the things she loved. So here are her answers to some birthday questions.

Olivia - 5 years old

What is your favorite color?  Blue
What is your favorite toy?  Barbie
What is your favorite thing to wear?  The dress I wore to Leslie's wedding.
What is your favorite fruit?  Canned pears
What is your favorite TV show?  Phineas & Ferb
What is your favorite drink?  Chocolate Milk
What is your favorite breakfast?  Waffles
What is your favorite thing to play outside?  Ride my bike.
What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas
What do you sleep with at night?  My purple bunny or pink doggy
Who is your best friend?  All the girls at my school.
What is your favorite animal?  Can it be pretend?  A unicorn.

Why didn't you ask what is my favorite bug?

What is your favorite bug?  A ladybug
What do you love about yourself?  That I'm pretty (first answer).  That I'm smart (2nd choice after we discussed that while she is beautiful there are so many things that make a person pretty and outside beauty isn't the most important).
What's your favorite thing to do with Daddy?  Cook
What's your favorite thing to do with Mommy?  Go to the store.  You know, when it's just you and me.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A chef

So to my baby girl, happy belated birthday (at least on this blog).  I love you beyond words and I am thoroughly enjoying watching you grow into an amazing kid.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Catch up

I've put off updating this blog because I have fallen so far behind so I'm going to update with pictures.

Emily received a "Tangled" wig for her birthday...Abby LOVED it.

Olivia built a car for school - they were learning about transportation.

Olivia completed ice skating classes.  She was bumped up to the next level for next time!

"Here, eat."

Hitching a ride.

Daddy's hat.

Motley Crew.

Ready for the sun!

The girls built themselves a fort in between their beds.

Ready to do some cooking.

Easter morning!

Abby's gift was this ridiculous beach towel.  I couldn't help myself.


At the egg hunt.

"I love these.  I want to eat them everyday!"  Me too, too.

May 8th - 5 years old!


Rollercoaster fun.

photo by Dancing Frog Photography

Abby is so very chill.

After her preschool recital.

Stuck.  For real.  I had to pull the red thing off to get her out.

Playing out back at Momo & Pop-Pop's house.

I'm thrilled that although we live in the desert, the girls have chances to climb trees and...

follow around frogs when we go home!

Pool season.

This is what happens when there is no water in the pool.  She just gets in the table.  Fully clothed.

We've discovered static electricity.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

A glimpse into the future

Emily has decided that since she is 3 she can now drive the car (kid car).  3 weeks ago she "couldn't" even steer.  Now she is making me terrified for the day she can actually get behind the wheel of a real car. Should I expect anything less from a daughter of Jim's?  Although I will take credit for the singing loudly and unabashedly while driving.  God help me!  Please excuse my finger for the first 30 seconds.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Emily is 3!

We can't believe you are 3!  Daddy, Olivia, Abby and I love you so much.  You are a whirlwind of wonderfulness.  You are so complex and thoughtful and yet very carefree.  You don't let much bother you - a trait I greatly admire.  You are quick to say that you are sorry.  You're pretty in tune with how others are feeling and are considerate - even sharing or thinking of others without being asked.  You enjoy so much about life and happily go with the flow (most of the time).  You love to cuddle and like to remind everyone that you love them.  You are such a sweet sister.  You always help me out and go talk to Abby and cheer her up if she's unhappy after her nap.  You wait very patiently for Olivia to come home from school even though you miss her very much.  You two do argue but always seem to resolve it rather quickly.  And you always remind us that even if we are mad, "we still love each other and, because we are all family!"  This isn't to say it's all sunshine and roses because you can be very stubborn and can throw a tantrum with the best of them.  Your tantrum dialogue sounds something like this, "I want somebody to help me! (cleaning up)," "I want you to do it (put shoes on, bring your plate to the sink, etc.)," and "Don't talk to me!"  You do seem to just want to be heard though - and once you feel understand you calm down pretty quickly.

You are hilarious.  You bring so much laughter to our lives.  Your expressions, mannerisms, and the way you say things are priceless.  You would rather not wear clothes or wear a nightgown, but you put together some really fantastic outfits that on initial glance may not work, but you manage to pull it off.  I'm come to trust your fashion sense.  You love your crazy hair and often do not want me to pull it up.  You love your gymnastics class and although I was nervous about the transition from the parent/tot class to the alone class - you have had no trouble adjusting.   You LOVE to dance and sing.  Although, and maybe I'll eat my words some day, but thus far you may be a bit tone deaf.  It doesn't matter though - I still love to hear you sing because you do it with gusto. 

In summary, you are a joy.  The last 3 years have been amazing and we are looking forward to watching you grow and enjoy what this life has in store for you.

Day 1

Happy 1st!


3 years old and thrilled about it!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Weekend trip

Here are some photos from a recent trip to Phoenix to meet my parents for the weekend...

Big happenings for little girls

In my absence from this blog a few major milestones have happened for each of the girls.

  • Riding a bike without training wheels!  To make things easier for her, Jim took the training wheels off her old bike, which is smaller so she wouldn't get as hurt when she fell.  And she did fall.  But she got right back up and now she's moved onto her big bike.  She is flying around and loving it! 
  • She's starting to read a bit.  Some words here and there.  I actually think she's reading more than she is letting on, but she's definitely close.  
She does normally wear her helmet.  
She had just hopped on her bike quickly and I forgot.

  • Done with her nummy (pacifier).  D.O.N.E!!  We finally stuck with it when we told her that the one she had was her last one and if she broke it she was done.  So it broke, and she continued to use it, while it was broken for about 2 weeks.  And I mean broken, it was basically like we cut the thing in half.  Anyway, she kind of kept forgetting to use it.  We had a few nights where it was a bit rough going to sleep, but now it's like it never existed.  It's awesome!

  • Walking!!!  Took off for good on January 10th. 
  • Climbing on everything.  We have little chairs for a little table and she likes to sit in them backwards.  She then decided to stand on them and move them next to the bigger tables so she could get onto those.  So we started putting all the chairs on their side - and now she has figured out how to pick them up and use them to climb on things again.  She goes all the way up the stairs by herself (with someone following her).  And recently Jim found her attempting to figure out how to get out of her we have to figure out how to foil her plans.  
  • 2 teeth - and only 2. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Christmas recap

Yikes.  I've avoided looking at this blog because of how long it has been.  But that's okay - I'm here now.  Here's a recap of Christmas.  I know it was long ago - but it will need to be included for when I make a book.

Trip to PA
First stop - Jim's house
Abby sick
Me worrying constantly
Emily often not wanting anyone to talk to her
Trip 1 to Urgent Care - for Abby - just a virus - awesome
Christmas Eve - party at Nan's house - drive to WC
Christmas Day - Abby slight improvement
Gathering with friends
Disney on Ice
Trip 2 to Urgent Care - Olivia - strep throat
Emily still often not wanting anyone to talk to her
2 day trip for Jim & I to NYC!
Bridesmaid dress shopping - found them - so pretty!
Family gathering
Back to Jim's house for New Years Eve
Pork & sauerkraut with family
Back to WC
Hanging on for the last 3 days.....

That was the longest trip we had ever taken.  Oh, and to top it off Abby did not have a good flight home.  Actually I did not have a good flight home...I'm sure she could care less.  But despite everything, is was wonderful to see everyone that we did see and spend some quality time with family.

This is how Abby spent about 75% of the trip.

And this is what happened if someone else tried to hold her.

Olivia & Pa

Christmas morning!

Not wanting anyone to look at her...

Hot cocoa with Aunt Leslie

Maybe next year we'll have a nice Christmas day picture of all 3...
Daddy, Olivia & Emily

FINALLY coming around...I think this was the day before we left.