Monday, December 14, 2015

Random updates on a Monday

Warning: this one is long!

1. These 2 hadn't seen each other very much since starting kindergarten so a few weeks ago we invited Reagan to a movie. Their love for each other is so precious and they had a great time together.

2. Reese's class did a project just before Thanksgiving that involved disguising a turkey so that it would survive Thanksgiving. When she came home with it she said she really wanted to do it with her dad so she had plans to dress it up as a football or golf boy. She then said she really wanted it to be a ballerina but she didn't think her dad would be into that. I suggested a razorback cheerleader since we are all into the Razorbacks and she loves the cheerleaders. Neal really got into it and I think it turned out adorable. He made it through Thanksgiving!

3. Ella and I have been playing with some sweet friends every few weeks. We have both enjoyed it and aren't these sweet babies precious?!?!

4. Ella is obsessed with growing her hair long. She has me take a picture of it from the back every few weeks so she can examine where it is and if she notices any changes. In this photo we are at a salon waiting on Neal who was getting a trim. Ella is getting a slight trim next week to even it up and to see if that spurs more growth.

5. Neal knew that I really wanted to take the girls to see Annie but with Christmas coming we decided not to spend the money. Well he surprised us and took us all out to dinner and to see the play, we didn't know until hours before. We all loved it!! Reese was getting sick and was running a fever by the end of it but still loved it and Ella danced and sang (loud) the whole way through.

6. This was year three of friendsgiving and it was again a whole lot of fun. The food was awesome and the friends even better. It is so much less stressful not to travel but I do miss family.

7. We bought a membership to our new children's museum, the Amazeum. It was so worth it. The girls love the place and we go all of the time. I have discovered that it is dead around 3 so I take them after Reese gets out of school. Since it's not too busy I can relax some and the girls have the place almost to themselves. We all love it!!

8. Nelson is back. He hasn't been too naughty or creative this year but this did happen. 

9. Our mall, which we never go to, has these ridiculous ride on animals that the girls beg to ride on since they discovered them the one time we went in the past year. Well a few weeks ago Ella fell asleep in the car while we were in Fayetteville so Neal decided to sit in the car with Ella while I took Reese to ride this giraffe. It brought her so much joy. However, she almost crashed into about 12 people. I better get Ella down there to do it soon too or I'm going to be in trouble (she doesn't know that this happened).

10. Weekend before last my family and us rented a cabin in Branson for a long weekend. It was really fun time spent with my family together. We all had a blast and the girls had so much fun at Silver Dollar City with grandparents, aunts and cousins. The park wasn't busy at all during the day so the ride lines weren't bad but by about 4 the place was a madhouse. I have never seen so many people in one place in my entire life. It was cold that evening but with that many people all pressed against each other it didn't feel cold. We stayed for the parade but it took over an hour to get a very short distance to the exit after the parade. The girls loved the parade but we likely will not be staying for that if we do this next year. Silver Dollar City is another thing we have really gotten our moneys worth out of buying season passes!

11. Ella had her Christmas program last week. Reese never really got into the program and barely sang while she was up there each year. With Ella only being 2 days a week I assumed they would put her on the back row and she would just keep up as best she could. I was surprised when they put her on the front row and she knew every word and was so into it. She was so adorable! I was so pleased with the program this year over past years and am very impressed with the fact that Ella knew all of the songs so well even though she is at school far less than half the time the other kids are there.

12. This guy decided to "help" me build the girls doll house that we are giving them for Christmas. He made the process take much longer but he thought it was great fun. Yesterday Reese came across this photo in my camera roll, oops. She had it figured out but I think I have convinced her otherwise (somehow). It does help that I was actually searching online for a dollhouse when I found Pickles so I told her those photos were from the online posts when I was looking for a dollhouse online and that I didn't find a dollhouse, only him. She was a bit confused but somehow it ended up making sense. She will put it all together correctly when they open this gift though...oh well.

13. Last weekend we took the girls to the Fayetteville square to see Santa and the lights. There were no tears this year! This is huge for Ella. The weather has been so warm which is weird in December but the square was beautiful.

14. Today is this amazing man's birthday. We are so blessed to have him and I hope we can make his day a fraction as special as he is to us. We love you!!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Mr. Pickles

About a month ago I got on to nwa yardsale to search for a doll house for Christmas for the girls (I broke down and bought a new one online yesterday). While on that site I found this instead. 

There was a family looking for a new home for their dog because they were moving and couldn't keep him. His original name was Razor. They originally were asking $400 for him (they paid $600) but it was harder than they thought to find a home and ended up giving him away. When I intially contacted them expressing interest the lady told me they had given him to a home that day. Well a few days later she contacted me telling me that family decided they were not ready for a dog and asking if we still wanted him. We said YES!! 

We renamed him, Mr. Pickles 😂. He is the sweetest, most energetic, naughty, funniest, cuddliest, most lovable dog ever. The girls love him!!

Barkley is not very playful but he has really broken her out of her shell. She has a lot of fun wrestling and chasing him. I think she has a lot of fun with him about 60% of the time and the other part of the time wishes he would just settle down. She loves having a companion though and I think she is getting good companionship with him.

This dog drives me crazy half the time but he is so cute and lovable. Today he pulled ornaments off of the tree, tried to eat Ella's slipper, stole a doll toy from Reese, stole the neighbor kids water bottle and ran off with it (all of the neighbor kids, myself & Neal chased him for it for 15 minutes...he thought it was so much fun), almost pulled my lunch off the kitchen table, pulled a loofa out of the shower & ran around the room with a gift from under the tree in his mouth. If I cannot get him to figure out how to bathroom outside and ultimately use the doggy door for it he is going to drive me insane but he has seriously managed to win us all over very quickly. We are all in love  with him and it is a lot of fun to have puppy shenanigans in the house again!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Reese got her ears pierced!!

Reese has wanted to get her ears pierced for a couple of years but has been way too scared. For the past few weeks she has been asking to do it and I could tell she was really serious about it. Ella has also been asking to get hers pierced for the past couple of months. This week we decided to let them do it!

I honestly thought we would get there and Reese would end up chickening out and Ella would go through with it. In the parking lot, on the way in, they made the decision that Reese would go first since she is the big sister. I was very interested to see how it was going to go.

They both excitedly picked out their earrings. Reese chose a light purple and Ella chose a bright yellow. Reese sat on the chair and they marked her ears (it took them a while to get them even because she kept moving, this made me a bit nervous). They then got in position and this is her anticipating the shot.

After it happened she froze in shock for a half a second and then burst into tears.

She says it didn't really hurt that bad but the sound of the click really scared her. About 20 seconds later she was grinning ear to ear and was so proud.

The girl cannot quit looking at herself in the mirror and is so proud. She is just the sweetest and I'm so glad she finally did it and is so happy about it. She hasn't complained once about pain, even when we cleaned and turned them tonight.

Her sister saw her crying and decided she is not doing this until she is 8. It is funny that their typical roles were reversed tonight. Ella has been so hard on herself for backing out, despite us assuring her that it is smart to wait until you are sure you're ready. I'm thinking it will be sooner than 8 but she's pretty sure about that number 😂.

I just love these sweet girls so much!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Camping 2015

Last year we braved camping with the girls for the 1st time since being parents. We had a lot of fun but were only brave enough to try one night. It went well so this year we decided to go for 2 nights. I am so glad that we did. We had so much fun!

We went with some of the same families as last year (minus 2 and the addition of 1). We camped at the same park and on the same site, Devil's Den. It wasn't as cold this year but still got into the upper 30's the 2nd night. We did get a new tent this year that we can fully stand up in and that fits 2 queen air mattresses. Ella slept with me each night and Reese slept with Neal. We managed to keep pretty warm in a tent with no heater.

I will say being there from the time we woke up until the time we went to sleep one whole day really made a difference. We went on multiple hikes, decorated walking sticks, painted rocks, threw rocks into a creek, colored, cooked a bunch of yummy food in a campfire, roasted marshmallows and went on a real nature hike with a park ranger (this was the absolute highlight for the kiddos). On the nature hike the kids got to learn all kinds of things about animal habitats, found a salamander, centipede, acorn, snail and saw multiple squirrels and birds. The trees are a bit past the gorgeous point but many were still really pretty. 

We had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A month with "Auntie"

First of all Reese decided to begin calling my youngest sister "auntie", it was Aunt Chelsea until about 6 months ago. Now both girls consistently call her Auntie and I think it is so cute.

We found out about 6 weeks ago that Chelsea and her husband were moving to Minneapolis. Their house sold in only 4 days and her husband moved up to start work the 1st of October and Chelsea had a project at work to finish up before she moved. So she needed a place to live for about a month and she decided that was with us. We were all excited about the extra time with her before she moved so far away, especially the littles.

We had a great month with Chelsea. It was really helpful to have someone entertaining the girls at times, helping to babysit a couple of times, helping with dishes and grocery shopping and even cooking a couple of times. The girls ate up the time and had so much fun with her.

We will miss having her so close but hope she loves her new home. We also look forward to visiting a new place that 4 out of 5 of us have never been!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Ella's 4 year old dr. appt & stats

The 4 year check up comes with the dreaded finishing off of kindergarten shots. Ella had been dreading this for weeks. I debated whether I should tell her about the shots or let her find out once we got there so she didn't have to worry about it beforehand. I decided she needed to be prepared and in hinds sight I am glad I did it this way. We have a book about going to the doctor and getting shots that we were able to read and she would talk about it every few days but in the end she did great.

This is her snooping through the doctors drawer.

& laying on the exam table before the doctor came in.

& hiding under the exam table after the doctor left and we were waiting on the nurse to come in to administer the shots.

& after she got her shots. She cried for about 2 minutes but then was just fine. She really was very brave about it. The best news is, neither girl has to have any more shots until they are 10!!

Ella is an all around healthy girl and I am beyond thankful for this. She weighs 35.2  lbs, which is 50th percentile. She is 41.25 inches tall, which is 75th percentile. She is tracking taller than most but is perfectly average for weight. Love this girl so much!!