Monday, August 22, 2016

daddy daughter date.

A couple of weeks ago, Aubrey woke up to a note from Steve asking her on a date, complete with "check yes or no" boxes.  She immediately circled "yes" and then throughout the day kept putting more and more circles over it.  Needless to say, she was beyond excited to go on a date with her daddy!

Now, Steve how always been the best gentleman on dates.  He showed up all dressed up (with an outfit Aubrey chose herself - pink shirt and all), with a bouquet of roses in hand.  She was SO happy!

They had a yummy dinner at Cheesecake Factory and went to the mall afterwards, (she even got a gift!) and they both had the best time.   

Whoever dates Aubrey one day (in the far, far, FAR distant future) is going to have some big shoes to fill.  

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

'twas the night before kindergarten.

Tonight I packed my first baby's first school lunch, set out her outfit and backpack, read her her new Kindergarten book, and tucked her in bed with a prayer.

I can remember when Aubrey was a baby and I would see "first day of school" pictures of other people's kids and sob (I'm super rational like that) because I knew that day would come too soon for me to bear.  And... it did.  It's here.  It's freaking TOMORROW.  If you knew how many tears I've cried about this day (The "K" world as I've called it the past few months), you'd probably bake me a cake.

I can't help but worry about so many things tomorrow.   Did I prepare her enough?  Did I teach her enough?  What if she sits alone at lunch?  What if she's still hungry after she eats her packed lunch?  What if she gets lost somehow?  What if she misses me?  What if her teacher is like Ms. Trunchbull?!  What if she comes home cursing like a sailor from words she heard on the playground?!

I always thought since I've been able to stay home for her first five years, I'd feel ready when this day came.  I spent all the time I possibly could with her, so I could face this day with peace knowing I didn't miss a thing, right?  Wrong!  I don't think any amount of time could make me feel ready for this new stage.  I'm just. not. ready.

But she is. She's so ready! And deep down, I know that's ALL that really matters.

Although I have so many mama-bear worries, there's also things I don't have to worry about.  I don't have to worry about her not being kind, because she is a sweetheart.  I don't have to worry about her not including others, because she is a friend to everyone.  I don't have to worry about her being disrespectful to her teacher, because she is a good listener and rule follower.  I don't even have to worry about her eating her treat before her sandwich, because I know she will remember I told her not to.  She is such a good girl, & I know she will do amazing.  

So now I wait for tomorrow morning.  My game plan is to try my best to keep it together in front of her when it's time to say goodbye.  I will have a big lump in my throat, but I will give her the biggest hug and kiss, tell her "remember who you are" and all that stuff moms are supposed to say and watch her walk away with her backpack the size of her whole body,  literally walking away from this amazing, way too short stage of her life and onto the next.  And it will be one of the most heartbreaking, bittersweet, yet proud moments of my time as a mom.

And then, because I'm me, will go bawl in the car.  And call my mom and cry.  And watch the clock all day like it's a ticking time bomb.  And circle the school parking lot two hours before school ends like a stalker.

I've got this.  Right??!

Man I'm going to miss this kid!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

8 Year Anniversary

Last Tuesday Steve and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  We got to spend the majority of the day together without the kiddos, (thanks to both our moms!) which was SO, so nice.

In the morning we went out to breakfast and then went on a short hike.  I'm so out of shape Steve had to push me up some hills, but we still had fun together.  ^^ Steve always wants to match me, it's so embarrassing. ;)

Later in the afternoon we had planned on going to the temple but it was closed for maintenance, so we went out shopping & to dinner at our favorite restaurant, Sutter Street Steakhouse.  Best food ever!  And most handsome company. 

So thankful that we made the decision to be together forever. The years just keep getting better with him! 

Ella is 10 Months!

Ahh, double digits today!  I'll skip the emotional "time is going by too fast" speech, because we all already know how I feel about that. (Sob!)  Ella is changing so much lately - especially just the past couple weeks. At ten months old...

She has sprouted her two front teeth.  They have a nice sized gap in between them, just like Aubrey had. :)  (As if she didn't look enough like her big sister, even her teeth are growing in like hers did!)

This baby is a CHOW HOUND.  She has never NOT liked anything we've given her.  She's also never DONE eating.  She usually has pieces of whatever we are eating for breakfast and dinner, and baby food as well.  She also always tries to grab her spoon and is a complete mess after each meal.

Has started babbling "Mamamama" - but of course only when she's whining.  Not ideal - but I'll take it!  She still says "Dadada" all day long, too.

She is becoming more and more mobile.  She still isn't crawling on her hands on knees, but she finally pulled up to a stand by herself the other day!  Not cruising along furniture yet, but I'm sure by next month she will be.

Still on her two naps a day schedule.  She gets up once or twice a night to nurse (eye roll), but it's only five minutes so I know it could be worse.  Plus I'm a spoiled mama and Steve goes and gets her for me and changes her diaper.

She loves music and bounces a little when a good song is on.  She also LOVES the piano, and will set there and bang on the keys for as long as I'll let her.  Perhaps we have a future Elton John on our hands.

She loves the dogs at my mom's house and if you say "Doggy?!" really loudly to her she'll say "Woo! Woo! Woo" Her version of "woof". :)

Still nursing all the live long day.  She has no interest in cutting feedings whatsoever!

If you say "Bababa" to her she'll put her mouth on her hand and make a "baba" noise right back.  Hard to explain but it's really cute!

She weighs 18 lbs & I forget her height.  I just remember the DR saying she was tall and on the light side.

Still rocking size 3 diapers & wearing 9-12 month clothes now.

She is starting to point at things.  She always gets a hoot out of waving at herself. :)

She is starting to be more playful with her big sisters.  She'll give them kisses, climb all over them, and giggle the loudest with them.  It's the BEST to watch.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

would you like fries with that?

The girls have been all about playing "restaurant" the past few months so when I came across these waitress costumes on Amazon a couple of weeks ago, I just knew I had to get them for the girls!  We had Grammy & Papa over for breakfast one morning last week and made our kitchen and dining room a diner for the day - 50's music playing and all.  The girls took their order, brought them their food, (I got to play cook for the morning) refilled their drinks, & even did some dancing on the side. ;)  They ended up getting a (way too generous) tip - it helps when you are this darn cute!

 Aubrey was cracking me up and taking her job SO seriously.  I told her I used to work at a diner many years ago which she got quite a kick out of.  She now wants to be a waitress when she grows up - let's hope she's a better one that I was.  I was TERRIBLE at it - dropping plates, forgetting orders - I always joke that waitressing is a harder job than being a stay at home mom.  Ha!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4th of July!

Our fourth was full of Summer fun - parades, swimming, BBQ, & fireworks!  

I'm always thankful to get to raise these girls in the best country ever.  

I was cracking up at how hard they had to concentrate to clink their sodas together.  No soda for these two, but they did get some grape juice so I wasn't a COMPLETELY mean mom.  To be honest, I can't  even drink regular coke.  I think diet tastes way better?  

I can't even handle Kate's sass.  (Like seriously.  Some days I don't think I can handle it!)

A few photos from our day..

Ella LOVES the water.  It was pretty cold (as far as I'm concerned, but I'm kind of a baby with water temperatures) 

Cousins + swimming = Aubrey & Kate's heaven!  Aubrey jumps in to the pool each time yelling "COTTONBALL!" instead of cannonball.  So cute!

My cute parents.

Realizing these photos are out of order but oh well.  Ella gave zero craps about sparklers and fireworks.  She was SOOO tired and stared blankly at it all. 

Roseville parade!  We started this tradition with our little family a few years back and it's something the girls look forward to.  Parades make me feel so festive!

They got so into it!

Happy Belated 4th of July!  God bless the USA!!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Ella Rose - 9 Months!

Can you tell these pictures were thrown together in about five minutes?  Hence the 9 looking like a G and flowers placed not so carefully?  Oh well.  At least I got it done!!

Ella is NINE months old this week.  This month has been the fastest month yet, with going to Hawaii, Tahoe, photography sessions, and just raising three littles in general.  I swear I just did her 8 month post a few days ago, but apparently it's been a whole month.  Jeez!

Ella continues to be the best little baby.  Her content personality and sweet nature makes me so grateful!  I can't imagine having our third baby be a handful.  

She is taking two consistent naps a day - one at 9, and the other around 1.  She goes to bed pretty early around 7, gets up once to eat a quick snack in the middle of the night somewhere, and back to sleep until 7.  

She is eating more and more table food and less and less baby food.  She has yet to not like anything -  but she LOVES holding an apple and going to town on it.  She also loves water.  I've tried to eliminate one nursing session a day but she just wasn't having it.  She wants to nurse before and after each nap, and then first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  I love my little "breaks" with her.  

She is getting quicker and quicker with her army crawling.  She still can't crawl on her hands and knees yet or pull up to a stand.  She's our little slowpoke in the milestone department.  She's in no hurry to grow up!  I'm hoping she'll hold out on walking too.  

Ella's hair continues to get fluffier and fluffier - sticking straight up always.  I love it.

She'll give us kisses on demand now - for Steve she bends her head down to get a "forehead kiss" - it's funny how she knows Daddy doesn't do the slobbery kisses.  It's okay though - I'll take 'em!  

Loves Patty Cake and giggles so much on the "Mark it with a B" part as I tickle her hand.  She thinks it's so hilarious.

She takes baths in the big tub now - sometimes I'll throw her in there with the big sisters, which they all LOVE.

Fitting well into her 6-9 month clothes, size 3 diapers, & I don't really know about shoes - she barely ever wears them.  I like those cute toes exposed!

She is the sweetest little love right before going down for a nap, after nursing her I'll just rock her and she'll look up at me, blink slowly, and stare at me, smiling here and there until her eyes become heavy.  They are my favorite moments with her.  How I'll miss this season of babies when it's gone!

I left her for 3 and a half whole hours on the day the girls had their dance recital.  It was the longest we had ever been apart.  She ended up doing just fine and even took a bottle of my milk when I was gone.  I was so proud!

I feel like this month flew by, and it scares me because I know that first birthday is right around the corner.  I love that baby so much - she is my dream come true!