Saturday, November 26, 2016

5 things i love

5 things I love about each of my girls.

1)  She is a friend to everyone.  We had a parent teacher conference the other week for Aubrey and her teacher had nothing but wonderful things to say.  But my most favorite is that she said Aubrey is a friend to everyone.  So proud!
2) She loves so many different things.  Star Wars, Superheroes, and just recently Harry Potter.  Steve gets her into all these movies and it's kind of "their thing" to watch them and get excited about them together.  
3) Her facial expressions - she's so animated and cracks us up daily.  Hearing her tell me stories of things that happen at school is the best!
4) She is smart as a whip and learning SO much!  She loves Kindergarten like crazy.  I love getting all the work she brings home and seeing her progress.
5) She's just an all around good girl!  We couldn't have asked for a better behaved, sweeter little girl to lead her pack of sisters. :)

1) Oh Katester!  Well first off, she has been such a champ ever since Aubrey started school in August.  She loves all the new mommy alone time she gets with her gone all day, but as soon as its Kindergarten pick up time - I'm as good as gone.  We do miss Aubs, but it really is nice getting to spend so much time with her with no distractions - well, besides baby sister. 
2) I know I have mentioned how much Kate loves Ella on here.  But it's just the sweetest thing to not mention again!  She constantly plays with her, loves to help me out feeding/"babysitting" her, and is just the best big sis.
3) Kate loves coloring, and sometimes when Ella takes her nap I'll get her jumbo size coloring book out and color with her for a long time.  She's really good at staying in the lines.  She is our little artist and I love when I'm lucky enough to get one of her sought after drawings. :)
4) She has taught herself so much.  I feel guilty sometimes because I worked with Aubrey a lot more with "preschool" stuff, but with a baby and school aged kid, it's hard to find the time that I had before. I've never once taught Kate how to write a letter, and somehow she has taught herself several!  Her handwriting isn't bad, either.  I'll never forget one night we were at dinner and she had crayons and a kid menu, we look over and she writes her name perfectly.  We never taught her and still have no idea how she learned.  
5) Kate is so fun.  She goes to a park and instantly makes friends.  She is the life of the party always and constantly makes us laugh with her cute, hilarious personality!

1) Baby Ella. Sweet, sweet, sweet!  There is just no better word to describe her.  She spends her days smothering us all in kisses, hugs, and just being a doll baby.  
2) She LOVES being on the bed/couches.  She turns into this whole new baby and and falls backwards, crawls all over and is a little daredevil.  It's kind of pain to watch her on there so she doesn't fall off but she's just so happy and cute it's worth it!
3) Whenever she is doing something she knows is naughty (like go in the bathrooms or play with the shutters), she stops and waves her finger saying, "No no no no!" with a big smile.  Except is sounds like "Dough dough dough dough!" 
4) She's a mama's girl.  Sure, it may be because I naturally provide her favorite snack (yeeep still a dairy cow over here) but I love being her sidekick.  I know we only have weeks left of nursing most likely (more like months if we're being realistic) and I'll miss it one day. 
5) She is such a piggy.  She still to this day has eaten everything that has ever been put in front of her.  So unlike Aubrey and Kate were!  I have no idea how she isn't my chunkiest kid.  Her love for food is real!

Feeling so grateful lately for my healthy, beautiful growing girls.  I love them so much and each of their unique personalities.  Being a mom doest come without challenges, but I know I'll look back on these days as the best of my life.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

ella's first steps!

After lots and lots of practice, Ella finally took her first few steps the other day! (November 7th).  I've been in the "she can take as long as she wants!" club her whole first year, but now that she's heavier to carry, I'm very ready for her to be walking.

She's still crawling all the time and only walks a step or two from the couch sometimes or if we are practicing, but I think she will be a full time walker soon!  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

flower girls!

Last Friday my best friend from high school got married! Aubrey and Kate were lucky enough to be flower girls in the wedding party, they were so excited and honored.  Everything was perfect, and not even a little rain could ruin a thing on their big day.  I really didn't take too many pictures - it was pretty dim lit in the venue and I didn't have a flash - but I did snap a few of the girls before all the wedding fun started!

They were so done with taking pictures at this point - I just told them to do what they wanted for this one! Haha!

Seriously the most gorgeous bride!!

They did a great job with their flower girl duties - even though during the ceremony Kate decided to keep kissing Aubrey and then tried catching raindrops with her tongue.  It was pretty hilarious - but here's to hoping no one noticed but me!

(Darkest, grainiest picture ever but glad we took one anyway!) 

So happy for my beautiful friend!  Nikki and I have been in such different stages of life since high school - I was popping out babies every couple years and stayed busy raising them while she went to nursing school and became an amazing nurse.  So thankful we have kept in touch and stayed friends throughout the past decade.  She is truly one of a kind and I'm so happy she found her Prince Charming!!

halloween 2016

This Halloween was one for the books.  We had lots of festive fun jam packed into the last few days - so much fun, but I won't pretend I'm a little relieved it's all over!  The girls wanted to be superheroes this year, so Steve and I jumped in on the theme (although Catwoman is a villain apparently) ;)

They aren't always this cooperative for pictures, but when I tell them to do "SUPER HERO POSES!" they are all about it!

I told her to look fierce and strong!  And she nailed it here. :)

And then immediately turned back into her goofball self. Love her!

Kate nailed her "fierce" look too!  

Work it, Katester girl!

Catwoman and her kitty!

She's made me a cat person.  I could die from her cuteness!

On Saturday night our neighborhood had a block party thanks to some awesome neighbors that organized it - the girls had fun running and playing with lots of friends - old and new!  

Yesterday Aubrey had her costume parade at school - Kate joined right in at the end!  I don't think any teachers even noticed. Ha! (I have no pictures from it, just videos I took.)

Before I had kids I had no idea how much work Halloween is for moms.  The girls had four separate Halloween parties/events that they got ready for!  Getting kids ready into their costumes with all the bazillion accessories, and makeup, and hair, and headbands, and tights, and shoes, and nails painted, and etc. etc. etc. is exhausting!  But after all the work of making all the behind the scenes magic happen....their magic happens.  When they trick or treat the night away running from house to house giggling along the way, playing with their cousins, letting them have just one more piece of candy, and watching them sort out all their candy like I used to do as a kid.  Watching all this and suddenly all the hustle and bustle is worth it, because their magic = my magic.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Photo a Day Challenge (August)

In August I participated in a Photo a Day challenge.  I didn't post them on here but I want to have them for when I get my blog book printed at the end of the year.  I loved taking pictures with my actual camera each day instead of my iPhone for once.  It really didn't take that much time like I thought it would.  I'm excited to do it again in December!  I didn't do a picture every single day (Aubrey started school which rocked our world a bit that month) but here are the ones that I did do.