Monday, October 19, 2015

Gorgeous fall

These last few weeks we have been taking advantage of this amazing weather that has captured the metroplex! The docket has been full and keeping us super busy - because we all know this weather doesn't last long! 

Lilleigh has been begging for months to ride on the Dart, which is our city's public transportation system. She specifically wanted to ride the light rail. So a couple weekends ago Brendon and I loaded up our girls and rode the Dart from our local light rail station (just a few miles from us) all the way downtown. 

Adeline thought the train was a little loud. 

Once downtown, we walked a block and hopped onto the trolley, which is always free, and took it to Klyde Warren park. Klyde Warren is this genius of a park located in the middle of downtown Dallas. It's located on top of the freeway. There's always lots going on - everything from a kiddie playground to an open lawn with live music and even yoga to food trucks lining the park. An all-around awesome place.

While this isn't a great picture, it's the best I have that captures the actual park.

Also exciting - Anabelle showed up at my house this weekend. Actually she showed up in my room as I was napping. Brendon said he walked into the living room and saw her standing there. Cree-py. But also awesome. Best surprise ever! It had been a rough couple days, and God knew I needed a surprise visit from my sissy! 

Lilleigh loved having Anabelle here too. She was immediately put to work pulling Anabelle around in her chariot! 

We had planned to go camping this weekend, but the campsites we wanted to go to were full. And truly we didn't care for a 2-hour road trip. So we came up with plan B... A backyard camp out! 

We may have all ended up in our beds. Because why be on a cot or the ground if you don't have to be? (Actually Lilleigh would've preferred to stay outside...) 

But as good campers do, we continued on the next morning as if we had stayed outside all night. A yummy campfire breakfast of pancakes was served by my awesome Eagle Scout hubby. The girls are already asking when we can camp in the backyard again!

Oh we've also been doing tons of outdoor crafts. Tons of painting, woodworking, and other DIY projects! Today I finished painting some signs, and Lilleigh helped me with our front porch decor! 

Next up - pumpkin carving!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Our girlies

These two girls keep their Mommy and Daddy so busy! In the very best way.

Lilleigh has started to stay up listening to audiobooks, reading books, or quietly hanging out with me during rest time. As long as she's quiet and has some time to herself (and Mommy has time to herself), I'm good with it. And for those of you wondering, she has been going to bed easier! I don't think it's solely just the rest hour thing though. I think it's also a combination of: the novelty of having little sis in her room has worn off; Adeline is in her trundle rather than sharing the big bed; and we started to be more firm on bedtime. So it's probably the perfect combo. Either way, bedtime has become easier. Does Lil still sing herself to sleep? Sometimes. :) Adeline is used to it.

Lilleigh's answers questions, answers, and stories keep me laughing. The other day I overheard her talking to her friend.
Friend: What's your Mommy's name?
Lil: Ashleigh.
Friend: What's your Daddy's name?
Lil: B-Bear.
{Of course, I was dying laughing in the other room. I texted Brendon and relayed to him the convo immediately.}

Lilleigh is the known question asker in the house. And Adeline has picked up on this. Lots of "why? why?" I really don't think it occurs to her to ask a question, so much as it is just fun to do whatever big sis does. And big sis asks questions, so little sis needs to follow suit.

Adeline is so very active. She's learned that in order to make the tricycle move, she needs to pedal. She is still hit or miss with how successful her pedaling is, but either way, I'm amazed she's figured it out! She is definitely a coordinated girly!

The other day as I was changing her diaper (potty training = a failed attempt... more on that later), she started kicking. I told her very firmly not to kick me, but that if she wanted to kick something that she could go outside and kick the ball when I was finished. Sure enough, a few minutes later she was out in the front yard swinging her foot in the air trying to kick the ball on the ground.

And you can't push Adeline too high on the swing or too fast on her ride on toys. We have yet to reach her limit.

I think I mentioned the potty training not going so swell before. Well, I've given up for the moment. Sometimes when we are at home, if she wants to wear panties, I let her. But I don't have high expectations. I do think developmentally she may not be there, but I also think her resistance has kicked in. I do wonder how she would have done had we started this in May when she originally expressed interest. But oh well. I'm betting this winter she will get back on the bandwagon. One can hope!

Last story for the day and then I'm off to nap while the house is quiet and everyone is "resting." About a month ago, we were getting ready to leave, and I was letting the girls play on the front steps and the walkway while I packed up the car. I opened the car door to let them get in their seats while I ran back inside for a sweater. That was all of 20 seconds. Max. No sooner had I grabbed the sweater than I heard Adeline crying hysterically. I ran outside to see exactly what I feared. Lilleigh had shut the van door on Adeline's hand. It was a total accident of course, though it was definitely sparked by a determination to keep little sis from stealing her seat. Thankfully Adeline was just fine. (I did call a nurse friend and our pediatrician to be sure.) Thankfully this story does have a redeeming moment for sweet Lil.

We continued on our way to the Nest, a moms event where I serve at our church. I checked the girls into childcare ("Training Ground") and went on my way. I did send Adeline with an ice pack and warned them that she may be off today after the morning's events. Adeline was having a hard time (aka she wouldn't stop crying), so one of the sweet teachers (who also babysits for us and knows our family well) went and got Lilleigh out of her class and brought her to Addie's, to help calm her down. And lo and behold, it worked! Lilleigh said Adeline just calmed right down and sat in Lilleigh's lap. She stayed in the class a bit to play with Addie and help her adjust, before returning to her class.

Love those sweet girlies! 

Monday, October 5, 2015

So we went camping with kids

For anyone who knows me, you know I hate being crazy busy, yet I have a tendency to become that way. It makes me crazy. Any who, this weekend was super busy, but in the best possible way! We totally crashed last night, and the girls are still asleep. Actually hubby is too...

On Saturday morning, Brendon took the girls to the local art festival, while I held a garage sale with a couple friends. A reason for Starbucks. Good. Decluttering. Good. Extra money. Also good. Then that afternoon Brendon and I loaded up our crew to go meet some of our favorite friends, the wonderful Widemans, to go camping! 

Lilleigh and Adeline were actually awesome campers. I'm not sure I should be surprised. Lilleigh is older and is just glad to do anything with our family - and with her sweet friend McKinley! And Adeline just loves being outdoors and doing anything big sister does! 

For the record, Sammy did actually sleep on the foocot with Lilleigh ALL night, which you would think was Lilleigh's dream come true, since she always asks for Sammy to sleep with her. But by morning, she was telling Sammy to get off her bed!

The next morning while the girls waited for breakfast, I put them to work doing nature drawings. We got a little homeschool in. Their nature drawings may have been of them roasting marshmallows by the fire with fairies, but whatevs. ;)

My Eagle scout hubby especially loved the cooking portion of this trip because he got to test out some of his new camping gear. And because experimental baking and cooking is his thing. Yummy blueberry lemon scones for breakfast, yes please.

After breakfast we went hiking. Adeline walked some, but Momma carried her most of the way, which I'm sure will make my muscles feel awesome later today.

Lake Texoma has awesome trails and also beautiful beaches, some rocky and some sandy. The girls loved it. Matt and McKinley almost gave Randi a heart attack scaling a cliff, but everyone is safe and sound!

Even Sammy and Trigger made friends. I needed to capture the moment, since we know Sammy does not often make friends when she is with her people. Guarding us is a very serious job. Trigger was in heaven.

Seriously such a wonderful and super exhausting weekend! We had the best weather and company!

I was asked advice for camping with kids. Since I'm such a pro, I certainly am the best one to answer this. However, with my two time kid camping experience, I will say knowing your kids is key, as is bravery. We knew Lilleigh would be fine, since she had been before and is pretty happy to go with any fun excursion. Adeline loves outdoors, so the only concern was sleeping. We went for it anyway, and she rocked it.

S'mores and yummy food are a given.

I would also say to make cozy beds and make sure you have a sound machine app, if your kids normally sleep with white/ pink noise.

Lastly, talk it up beforehand! Adeline talked about camping and her foocot for days before we left!

We may just try to squeeze in another camping trip soon! It's hard to think about right now, with sore muscles and lots of laundry, but I think we could do it...