Thursday, August 28, 2014

Turning One and A Not So Sunny Sunshine Birthday Party!

Sweet girl turned one a week and a half ago! We celebrated with a "You are my sunshine" party, during which it was only natural that a total unexpected freak monsoon hit. So our splash party was moved inside! At least we had a ball pit to move inside for the kids to play in!

Mommy and Lilleigh made her birthday cake with a number one on top out of sprinkles! And our sweet friend Katie made Adeline a smash cake shaped like a sun! Adeline ate her cake, but I think she was intimidated by the size of the smash cake. She just stared at it.

Just days before her birthday, Adeline started crawling! She had been army crawling for about a month, but she finally started using her knees to crawl! And just days after she began pulling up on everything! Adeline is now getting all sorts bumps and bruises on her head from falling over, but she's learning! 

Now that Adeline is everywhere, I have to watch her like a hawk! Earlier this week I found her (meaning I turned around from being 4 ft from her) in the laundry basket, head first, dangling, and laughing! And then yesterday I caught her eating Lilleigh's snake she made out of crayola clay, which is thankfully non-toxic! (Thank you, Watermark childcare, for ordering non-toxic supplies!) She's a mess. Keeping Momma on her toes.

On that note, Adeline has also started arching her back and throwing herself back more frequently. Lilleigh did this too, but maybe not as much? I probably just don't remember it. After being head butt last night by this darling and having a small busted lip, I'm ready to nip that back arching in the bud!

Something that has caught me totally off guard is how sensitive Adeline seems to be. On a few occasions, I have told Adeline (in my gentle yet firm voice) not to throw food or not to put something (small plastic ring, etc) in her mouth, and she has just looked down, stuck out that bottom lip, and burst into tears. Sweet thing! I'm hopeful that might make discipline easier, but given her temper she's already showing in her back arching, I'm really not sure! We shall see.

Still, Adeline is such a happy girl! Very content. She's definitely become more of a Mommy's girl and has had a harder time going to others in the last few months. But I am pretty sure once I'm gone, she's great!

Lastly, Adeline looooves her big sis and laughs and laughs at her! Whenever I say Lilleigh's name, Adeline lunges forward as if wanting to go to her or to find her. It is so fun to see them together! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Big sis update!

There are a lot of Adeline updates around here, but let's not forget who came first! #firstbornlove Today's post is all about big sis Lilleigh.

Sweet Lilleigh loves to dress up and sing! She also loves to dance and is signed up to take ballet this fall! Pink and frills. What more does a girly girl need? 

Being 3, she loves all princesses, but Lilleigh has been on an Ariel kick lately and keeps telling me she wants an Ariel dress. This weekend I found a great deal on our swap site on an Ariel dress. I told Lilleigh we could get it if she earned the money by selling some of her toys. She had to choose the toys and help me take photos to post them. She earned the money, and today we picked up the dress! Lessons learned - things cost money, earning money, giving up old toys for new ones, counting money, patience, the list goes on. She was ecstatic to pick up the dress today! Can you guess what she's currently wearing? 

This girl is also bright. So so smart. She picks up vocabulary quickly, loves animal cracker math (school mom), and remembers everything. She also asks a million questions a day. Okay so I haven't counted, but if I had to guess, I'd probably go with 246. My boy mom friends tell me I have it easy not chasing after boys. While my legs may not ache, my brain seriously hurts by naptime! Or "rest time" as Lilleigh calls it these days since most of the time she plays independently and doesn't nap. But you better believe we still have rest time. Did you read the part about all the questions? 

We are still on the homeschool track. I use a curriculum with Lilleigh called God's Little Explorers that I found online from a blogger. I have been so impressed with it, and Lilleigh loves explorer school! 

Lilleigh is a fantastic big sis! Adeline adores her. And though I frequently have to remind Lilleigh to be gentle, she is such a huge help with Adeline and loves her like crazy. I'm constantly reminding Lilleigh when there's a tiff (usually not wanting to share) that Adeline will be (and is) her best friend so she needs to be sweet. 

I am so crazy about this sweet 3-year-old! She is full of life and tons of fun! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Colorado: Together at the Homestead

We recently got back from a family reunion in Colorado! It was Brendon's mom's side of the family. Twenty-one people in all. We drove there (quite the roadtrip) and then stayed in Brendon's grandparents' guest house for the week. It was a lot of fun seeing everyone and having all of the little ones together! We took probably one million pictures (okay, slight exaggeration), and yet the little ones totally stole the lens... so sorry to those we didn't get photos of! {My cheeks are burning... sorry y'all.} I'll post a photo of the whole fam once we get those back!

How was the car ride? Adeline actually did really well that first TWELVE hour day, but after that she was done. Sweet girl. And I had tons of activities for Lilleigh on the way there, but on the way home, she pretty much watched the iPad the whole time. Next time I'd be more thoughtful for the way back too! I think I was spent also though. In fact, I actually needed some mommy time after the trip, so I hired our sweet college babysitter! Money well-spent.

Okay, onto the photos...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summertime update!

July was a busy month, so I am playing catch up!

In June, our 3-year-old friend Shepherd fell in a pool a drowned/ nearly drowned (not sure proper wording). He has quite the story, and miraculously (glory to God) survived and is his normal sweet self! It's a complete miracle. I won't go into the whole long story here, but you can read more on their Facebook page. Anyway we prayed like crazy for sweet Shep. So so thankful for the recovery he has made!

At the end of June we drove to Houston to celebrate my grandparents' 50th anniversary. I love these two! Their marriage has really blessed me, and yes, I tell them that. 

The first part of July is always busy with the 4th, our anniversary, and Brendon's birthday all jam-packed in that first week and a half. (Now that I've said that, our next child will totally be born in those first 10 days!) 

We celebrated 7 years on 7/7! We got a babysitter (Lilleigh's favorite childcare worker from church, Ms Jen. Lilleigh seriously loves her!) and went to grab pizza. We sorta "cheated" because we used Brendon's free Grimaldi's pizza birthday coupon on out anniversary rather than his birthday (and you should know that the two cannot be mixed... Ahem) but it was awesome to be able to go there childless! 

Three days later Brendon turned 30! He's so not into birthdays (despite the fact that coinciding with our anniversary is something he will never let me forget), so as much as I wanted to throw a huge party, I knew that would not bless him. Sooo we did a fun little birthday dinner out with some friends and celebrated his 30th and another friend's 29th. 

And let's not forget Cow Appreciation Day. Free Chick-fil-A? Yes please. And don't mind that some random guy thought asking his wife to take our photo meant we wanted him in it... 

We've had a full garden this summer too! 

We also led in Merge, our church's premarital ministry, this summer. It really blesses us to poor into others' relationships, and it encourages us to work on our own! We had a great table!

We just got back from a family reunion (Brendon's mom's side) in Colorado. It was so fun! We are recovering and exhausted. I'll post more pics from that soon. I'm hoping to get some family photos uploaded and emailed to me first.

We are now gearing up for Adeline's first birthday! Happy end of summer! Enjoy August!