Monday, April 21, 2014

Random updates on a Monday

  1. We debated this season whether Ella was ready to try out soccer or not. I am so glad we decided to let her go for it. She is having so much fun and learning a lot. She has a lot of coordination and determination and it is so much fun to see how big she feels after being out there and learning new skills. Reese on the other hand is having fun but she prefers to pick flowers and come to the side lines to ask for a snack while she is supposed to be playing.
2. I am so so so glad that the temperatures are getting warm! We had 24 degree temperatures this week overnight but I really do think that may be the end of winter temperatures. I love that all of the neighborhood kids are out playing again most nights.
3. Most little girls, and some boys too, seem to be completely Frozen obsessed and my girls are no exception. They both watch the movie 10 times per week and luckily it is a really cute movie that I enjoy too and don’t get too tired of. Every day I am told that Reese is Elsa and Ella is Anna. I love that the story is about the love of 2 sisters and I hope it impacts my little girls.
4. Reese and especially Ella love taking pictures lately. So Neal and I end up with up to 40 pictures in a row on our phones that look similar to the below. At least they are entertained for periods of time.

5. We are planting a garden this Spring! My father in law is making some raised garden boxes and I am so excited to do this with my girls this year. I cannot wait to see how it turns out.
6. I am beginning to think Reese is almost done with naps, but the problem is that I am not done with them. I need that time. We have resorted to telling her that she has to have some rest time in my bed with a movie. It normally results in this so it is a win-win for all.

7. I cannot remember if I have mentioned before that we are having issues with Barkley jumping up on the counter anytime there is any sign of food up there. Well last week there was just a container that had had roast in it, no roast left, and she jumped up there and knocked off 2 platters that were up there that Neal and the girls got me for my birthday last year. I walked into the platters shattered in the floor. I didn’t talk to her for the rest of the night. I have to figure this out!
8. Lately Reese has been saying “no way Jose” often and Ella also wants to say this but instead she says “no Jose”. Neal and I laugh every time and she wonders why we are laughing at her.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

4 years and 2.5 years

Reese, you have become super skinny and still very tall. You are completely potty trained for months now, even through the night. You weigh 36.6 lbs (75th percentile) & you are 43" tall (97th percentile). You wear a size 6 for length but need about a size 3-4 for width so we have to make due as we can. You wear a size 11 shoe. You have beautiful light brown curly hair that has only been cut twice. You love to wear braids in your hair lately like the sisters on Frozen. You are finally agreeing to wear bows in your hair, sometimes. You and Ella fight often but you have a lot of love for your sister and you are always quick to protect her whenever needed. You adore the movie Frozen. You love Anna, Elsa and still love Rapunzel & Ariel. You love just about all princesses and have great hopes of going to Disney World one day (you don’t know it yet but we plan to take you there next Spring). You love Sofia the 1st, Doc McStuffins and Tinkerbell. You have begun to really like some movies that I watched growing up like Lion King and Beethoven. You still love your friend Reagan and always ask if we can have her come spend the night (not sure that I am ready for sleepovers yet). You love all things girly including makeup, dress up, high heels, fixing my hair and painting your nails. You say the funniest things lately and are absorbing all kinds of phrases that are hilarious coming out of a little girl’s mouth. You have been exiting the challenging 3 year old phase lately and have become a delightful little girl. You are very considerate and caring. We had your 4th birthday party at Boingo Bounce (you reluctantly agreed because you really wanted it at jump zone but that place stresses me out too much and I refused). The party was a lot of fun and lots of your sweet friends were there to celebrate with you Frozen style. I love you more than I could ever express and wouldn’t change my life as your mom for anything.

This is a photo of you trying to keep the nurse out of the exam room because you knew she was coming to give you a shot.


Ella, you are getting big so fast. You are such a cuddly and sweet little girl. You are tall for your age but still much smaller than your sister was. You are wearing a size 3t and size 7 shoe. You have done so well with potty training. You still have the occasional accident but are wearing panties during all awake hours now. You have entered the terrible twos with a vengeance. I have never seen such extreme fits as you have been throwing lately. You are so independent, which will serve you well one day but can be challenging as a parent when you are two. You insist on doing everything yourself even if you cannot quite do something and you will spend great amounts of time trying to figure it out. This is really cute and fun most times but when we have to be somewhere at a certain time it can be really challenging because trying to come in and help results in an emotional and sometimes violent fit. You are very caring and love to play babies. You love to watch Tangled, Little Mermaid, Frozen, Doc McStuffins, Monsters Inc., Elmo and Bubble Guppies. You love your friends from school and are so excited to go see Caroline, Katie and Emmy (others too). You have such a fun personality like your sister. Last week you transitioned to a big girl bed. You did this with no issue at all. It took your sister months to make this transition and you gladly began sleeping in your new bed the 1st night we put it in and there hasn't been a single issue. You are such a sweet big girl. I love you so much and am so glad that I get to watch you grow up. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New York, Baby

The girls have a book that Neal got them a couple of years ago on one of his trips to New York called New York Baby. Ella wants to read this book most nights before going to bed. She loves hearing about all of the things to do in New York. We plan to take the girls one day when Neal has to go for work anyways but want them to be a few years older. 

Neal goes to New York for work fairly regularly. I have gotten to join him for the weekend a couple of times in the past couple of years. I am thankful that my mom has come up to hang out with the girls both times. I know it wears her out but I really appreciate the time I got to spend with my husband and the girls love their Emmie time. This last trip I did a lot of shopping, eating, got a foot massage and saw a show. This is a picture of Neal and I at times square about to go into the Disney store to shop for the girls.

Ella is a complete mommy's girl. She loves her daddy but she definitely clings to me. When Neal goes out of town he typically prints a picture for each of us and writes a note to us. Mine usually appreciates me for the things I do and lets me know how much he will miss me. Reese & Ella's usually tells them how much he loves them and will miss them and says to be a good girls for mommy and to help me out. I forgot to give them the notes before I went up to NYC for the weekend so they ended up getting them about half way through his trip. The girls both wanted to bring their picture/note to school each day. I got a text from Ella's teacher letting me know that Ella wanted daddy to nap with her and she sent me this picture. 

I sent it to Neal and he loved it. The next day another teacher sent Neal a note letting him know how much she loved the picture and that she'd been hugging it all day and again wanted to nap with him. He got this picture.

The day before he got home she again sent him a text saying that Ella had wanted to make him a picture so they made this.

I am so thankful that their school keeps us updated with pictures and messages like these. It means a lot. That night before he came home I talked to the girls about how he would be home the next day and would be picking them up from school early. When I walked into Ella's room that next morning she popped up out of bed and yelled "my daddy home?". It was sad to have to tell her he wouldn't be home for another couple of hours but she was so excited to see him once he did get home. The girls have an amazing daddy and they really love him a lot, as do I.