Friday, November 17, 2017

MAUI - 9 year anniversary trip!

Steve and I took a week long trip to Maui (kid-free!) back in September.  The last time we had been to Hawaii we had Ella with us, and while that was a special and fun trip - there is nothing like having alone time.  We really didn't do a whole lot on the island - Road to Hana, paddle boarding, but besides that we just enjoyed eating out (such a treat with no kiddos!), read by the pool, took NAPS, or layed on the beach.  It was AMAZING.

Always our first stop after the airport - Geste shrimp truck!  THE best shrimp on planet earth and the crab mac salad is amazing as well.  We went another time on our trip too!  My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.

First rainbow of the trip - so beautiful!  I love all the hammocks around the resorts. 

Shortly after checking in we were unpacking and we saw that the girls had packed a ton of stuff in our luggage including this HUGE pumpkin decoration.  We could not stop laughing!  

SO green and SO blue!

We hiked up to a blowhole and this heart shaped rock.  SO cute!!

A large portion of our trip was spent right here, with a book and diet coke.  Heaven!

These pictures are way out of order, this was at my favorite black sand beach during our Road to Hana trip. 

I'm not very original with poses.

Our first three nights we stayed at the Westin, which was so nice.  But we didn't know what nice was until we checked into the Ritz Carlton for our last three nights!  Holy smokes, that place treats you like royalty!  And their private beach is the best.

I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it but it wasn't too hard at all!  

Our first time eating at the famous Mama's Fish House - AMAZING!

Ian State Park - so lush and green!

We went on a hike by the resort right on the water - so beautiful.

Steve insisted on taking this "Ariel" picture for the girls.

Free cabanas at the Ritz!

It's not a Hawaii trip without hula pie.  

That's it!  We had such a blast getting spend lots of time together with zero little girl distractions - but you can bet we ran home and squeezed those girls the second we could.  Ella was asleep when we got home but I got her out of bed anyways.  I swear she looked and acted older!  

Til next time, Maui!

Monday, September 25, 2017

the girls.

It's been way too long since I've updated.  That makes me so sad but I figured I better do an update before I forget all the cute things the girls do lately!

I'll start with the little one..

Oh Ella.  This past year has been such an adventure with her!
First off, her eyes have almost completely changed to green since last year.  It's crazy!  I've always loved green eyes (probably because her daddy has them) so I'm excited one of my babies got them.
Ella is so, so mischievous. Probably my naughtiest toddler out of the three girls. 
I have found her eating a whole packet of BBQ sauce, drawing all over all sorts of walls and furniture, (magic erasers are our best friend) dipping tea cups into the toilet and drinking it, sitting on top of the kitchen island chugging diet coke, and so, so many other tales.  
She was the easiest baby I've ever met and barely ever cried, slept great, & barely even had dirty diapers.  (The doctors said we got lucky and some babies only poop once a week!) so we totally deserved a harder toddler this time around. Haha!
Ella reminds us to say prayers every night before dinner by folding her arms and yelling at us "Mama!" and pointing to our arms.  She's super judgmental if we don't fold our arms during prayer, too.
She is obsessed with boats and constantly talks about them since our trip to Monterey.  I debated throwing her a BOAT birthday party but couldn't find any cute ideas.
She was my latest kid to talk but now she chats it up all day.  My favorite things she says are "Hold you!" when she wants me to hold her, "Shoo!" when she wants us to go away (although rude lol) and "1,2,3,9!!" 
When Kate was sick the other week, she wouldn't leave her side and kept snuggling her and giving her hugs and saying, "Kate, ok?"  They are becoming such little playmates lately and I love it.
For some reason Ella always loves this army hat in our dress up stash and is constantly wearing it and making us laugh.  
Her new favorite thing is taking off her diaper and running away from us naked and laughing.
She LOVES Mother Goose Club and finally will sit and watch something on tv!  She has had zero interest in watching cartoons (which I'm glad for) but she loves these cheesy songs so much.  Before bed when I rock her she makes me sing them all "Row row, Boat, Mama!" "Mista Sun!" 
At night before bed, she says "Bye clock! Bye show! (if the tv is on) Bye food! Bye friends!" etc.  Sometimes if we lay her in bed but she doesn't fall right to sleep, we let her hang out a little longer and she will just lay and snuggle on us as long as we let her.  I love it.
She loves to climb up on the top bunk bed and give us heart attacks.
She loves books, blocks, and JUST started liking her letter puzzles.  Aubrey and Kate knew all their letters, numbers, and colors by the age she is, and Ella only knows about 5 -6 letters.  Third child much?
She recently switched from calling me "Mama" to "Mommy".  
Anytime she sees a baby, or even a car seat or stroller she will yell "Aww, baby! Cute!!" 
She LOVES bugs and anytime anyone comes over she leads them by the hand and shows and tells them where she has seen bugs before in the house.
Ella loved watching Kate at dance class every week and would watch the video of her recital on my phone all the time.  She nearly memorized all the moves to Kate's dance from the recital and once performed it for us almost perfectly.  It was hilarious!
Anytime she gives us a kiss, she will raise her arms up after and yell, "WOOHOO!"  

Then there is Kate..

Kate is still the cute, sassy, hilarious girl she's been since day one.  
She started a kindergarten readiness class last month and it's her very favorite day of the week.  It's a little easy for her, but enjoys the social part of it and all the crafts they do.  I can't believe she'll be in kindergarten next year!
I took Kate on a date one day last month and we had our nails painted, got slushies at Sonic, and then I let her choose a toy at Toys R Us.  (Her birthday is right next to Christmas so I try to surprise her with treats every once in a while to spread out the fun!) She knew she wanted a water baby doll and chose a little black baby and named her Lucy.  She LOVES it so much and always gives it baths, takes it on walks, to the park, etc. I asked why she chose that one and she said, "Babies with brown skin are just so much cuter!"
She mentioned recently, "When you die, Mommy, I'm gonna marry Daddy!"
Kate requests lullabies every single night before bed.  She always wants "Blackbird" by the Beatles and her back tickled.  I will be so sad the day she doesn't want lullabies anymore!
Kate is always my right hand girl when it comes to baking.  We are always making brownies, or cake, or cookies lately and she is the best helper.  I call her my little "Katie Crocker"
Right when Ella goes down for her nap each day, Kate and I play games.  She loves her counting puzzle, her Ice Cream game, and Go Fish best.
At the nail salon, she started talking to the (vietnamese) lady in Spanish and said "Hola!  I speak Spanish too!"  I had to have a talk with her about how there's a looot more languages out there than Spanish and English.
Kate makes friends so easily.  She doesn't have a shy bone in her body. I wish I was just like her!
She is so kind and patient with Ella, and is my saving grace in keeping her entertained.  I constantly find them running around together laughing and playing.

And at last, Aubrey

Aubrey started first grade this year and as always, she just loves school!  She can read so well now - it's so cool watching your kid be able to read books.
She did have her first "mean girl" experience at the beginning of the school year - heartbreaking to hear someone not be nice to your child, especially when she is so sweet and sensitive.  But, she's a brave girl and all is well now.
Aubrey is still our girly tomboy - loves everything girly, but at the same time loves sports, Star Wars, and basically anything Steve shows her.  We joke that Steve doesn't need a boy because she shows interest in anything he'd ever want to do with a son.  Her and her dad sure have a special thing.
Anytime a slow or sentimental song comes on Aubrey will beg us to turn it off, "Please change the song!  This makes me cry!" 
Aubrey's friend's mom got engaged and was showing her her ring and Aubrey was SO confused that  she wasn't married already but had a kid.  She kept saying "I don't get it!" Oh, the innocence of children.  (Obviously we had a talk with her that not everyone gets married before having children)
Aubrey has a diary that she writes in often.  
At school she had an assignment to bring three things in a bag that she liked as a "get to know you" game. One thing she brought was a superhero doll since she loves superheroes.  She was telling us that it was her turn to show her bag to everyone and she had the doll "fly" up out of the bag with one arm up and said, "Super Giiirrrl!" Then she told us, "No one laughed when I did that.  But hey, I thought it was pretty funny!" We couldn't stop laughing when she told us this.  If only I were a fly on the wall!

I know I'm probably missing about a thousand things I'll want to remember, but I guess this is better than nothing!  Love watching these girls grow and develop their amazing little personalities.