Friday, December 27, 2013

15 months!

I can't believe our baby girl is 15 months old now!  So let's start with a comparison pic of both girls at this age:

I can't believe Sk had so much hair at this age.  Evie's is coming in more for sure, but now where near what her crazy sister had :)  I think they are tied for 4 teeth at this age.  And it is def. a tie for cuteness :)

Evie is so cute getting into playing with her toys these days.  She loves holding her baby (or any stuffed animal really) and patting it in the back and hugging it.  I would say her favorite thing to do is dance to music though.  She hears music and her booty starts shaking.  It is so cute.

She is slowly getting better about table food.  Girl loves to be spoon bed and still loves baby food (or oatmeal, applesauce  kinds of things).

She if sleeping through the night only with an occasional wake up having pooped or something…why would she choose to poop in the middle of the night???  Crazy kid.  So she goes to bed in the 7 o'clock hour and wakes somewhere in the 7 o'clock hour.  She is just nursing when I put her to bed now.  I didn't set out in the beginning to nurse her this long, but she loves it and I am thankful I was even able to nurse her at all, so I haven't been pushing her too fast to completely ween.   It has been special to get to do it and have that time with her.

She is outgrowing her 12 month clothing and starting to get into 18 month stuff.  Mainly because she is tall.

She loves to be held.  She is constantly reaching for me or Michael to hold her.  But she also loves to get down and walk around too, esp. if we are at stores or out somewhere…

She is getting really good at telling us what she wants.  She will point to the fridge if she wants milk.  Or point where she wants to go if she wants to go somewhere.  We can tell her to go get her shoes if we are leaving to go somewhere and she will go get them out of the basket by the door and bring them to you and sit down waiting for you to put them on her.  (And she loves her shoes…she would have shoes on all day if she could)  She can sign "more", "please", "thank-you", "all done", and "up".

She loves watching Praise Baby movies, but doesn't get into anything else really.

She loves bath time with her sister.  She loves to splash :)

We love her so much :)

And this is how she reacts sometimes if you take her paci from her when was enjoying it :)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Meet our gymnast :)

SK has been doing gymnastics this year and has totally loved it.  We got to go to her last class and watch and of course, take some pictures!

We are taking a break from the gym for the spring, but I am sure there will be more flipping at home to keep up what she has learned so far :)

SK is pretty fun these days.  We def. have our hard moments with her, but it is fun to watch her grow.  Yesterday we were getting ready for church and she had music on in her room and was dancing.  She said she was dancing the way the music told her to.  She said she was just letting it flow out :)  So so cute.

She can be quite difficult to wake in the mornings.  Girl would sleep in till at least 8 most mornings if we let her.  Some days she just has to get moving before then (for instance yesterday for church).  I go in her room and literally bounce her bed for 5 minutes before she really stirs.  Then we turn on music to get her moving :)  Most weekday mornings Michael is in charge of waking her, so I have fun on the weekends getting to go in her room and jump on her bed and act silly to get her going in the morning.

She is our little social butterfly.  She would be with friends 24/7 if we would let her.  She asks most days in the afternoon who is coming over for dinner.  Of course, her mom and dad are extroverts, so we like to be with friends too, so she is pretty used to being around friends a lot :)

If she could wear a skirt or dress everyday she would.

She loves movies.  We decided to have a fun family day on Sat. and went up to the dollar theater and saw Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.  We figured if Evie didn't make it through the whole thing it was only a $1 so not a huge loss.  It was a fun time for only $3!  I brought our own popcorn and water and we had so much fun watching the movie and Evie actually made it all the way through the movie.

I guess that is a little update about our eldest :)  We love SK to pieces and more than anything love seeing her grow into a child that loves the Lord and wants to honor him.  She fails daily, but I can see her heart gaining more and more understanding of how Jesus loves her and wants her to cling to him.  It is beautiful to watch.  I am thankful  :)

If I don't post again in the next couple of days, Merry Christmas, y'all!  May this week be full of joy and celebration as we celebrate the birthday of our King!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Catch up...

No time for blogging lately…but hopefully that is changing soon :)
Michael took his last final yesterday and now gets a much needed break from his studies!  This will be his first year to not take a Jan. term class so he gets a break until Jan. 24th (or something close to that I think).  We are excited for the break for sure :)  He has been so busy finishing out papers and preparing for finals we have barely had much family time and are looking forward to getting lots in the coming weeks.  We will still be working and support raising, so we won't be completely couch potatoes!
To celebrate being done, Michael took Sk on a date last night to the movies.  She was so excited and got all dressed up in her best dress, put on a little make up for fun, fixed her hair and then asked Daddy when he came home if he would get "handsome" too :)  So she helped pick out his clothes.  They headed off to the dollar theater to see Smurfs 2, but didn't make it through the movie since SK said she didn't like it and said it was a little scary.  Oh well.   At least they still got a date in.
Today I have big plans to clean our apt.  It has been put on the back burner for long enough.  Time for dusting and scrubbing :)
Now we have been doing some fun things too in the midst of these last few weeks.  I haven't been the best at taking pictures, but here is what I got :)

 There have been lots of snuggles with our loves and stuffed animals :)

 SK had her Christmas party at ballet.  This year she was in my class and I have loved getting to be her ballet teacher.  And she loves ballet :)

 We had a good snow last weekend and I went out to catch a few pictures and I got blasted with snowballs being thrown at me…
 This is the Christmas program at church, where SK sang "Joy to the world" with her class.
 Fun times dancing around in mommy's pointe shoes :)
My mom and her husband, Ed came up for a visit last weekend and 
Sk loved having lots of fun with them.

SO there is a little quick peak into our last couple of weeks.  We are looking forward to having a low key chill Christmas here.  No big plans other than games and movies :) 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving fun...

If you have seen my facebook pictures, you have already seen what we were up to for Thanksgiving weekend.  It was fun filled for sure :)
We started out on Thursday morning heading downtown to the parade.  This was our first time to go to it and I am glad we did.  It was freezing out, but we were able to go inside of a building and watch from the windows for some of it to warm back up.  They had some of the big balloons (so a scaled down version of the Macy's New York parade kinda...) and lots of other fun things too.

After the parade we headed over to the house that I nanny at and hung out with them for a bit.  They fried a turkey (they friend 1 early afternoon, then were going to fry 2 more for their dinner that night) and we got to partake in it right out of the fryer.  It was delicious and SK loved it too :)
We went home that afternoon for a bit to get some cooking done with Evie napped.  Then we were off to the Log Cabin on campus to enjoy a meal with a few other seminary families.  
While we have missed cooking and being with family on Thanksgiving the last few years, it has been always ended up being a very sweet time to be with other seminary families and celebrate all that we have to be thankful for during this season of life.

On Saturday we got up and headed to the Tree Farm to cut down a Christmas tree.  We were on the fence about doing it this year simply because of Evie's age and wondering if she would constantly be pulling ornaments down and all, but we decided it would be fun.  It was a great morning of picking out a tree.  SK had a blast weaving in and out of all the trees finding "the perfect one!" and "Momma, you have to come see this one!"  It was a blast.  We had some hot chocolate then headed home with our tree.  

That afternoon we were able to watch the game (congrats to the Auburn fans on the win... :)) and decorate the tree during halftime and after the game too.  

SO far Evie has only pulled off 1 ornament.  And when I called her name and said "no no" she threw it back to the tree :)  It was pretty cute.

Michael has 1 more week of class pretty much (classes end next Tuesday I think) then it is on to finals then a much needed break.  Woohoo!

Then there will be plenty of time for family games nights where I can see this pretty face a little more: