Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kennedie's 3 Year Stats

Kennedie Danyelle at 3 Years Old

Weight: 26.5 pounds (7% still)
Height: 37 inches (43%- taller)

Swim Lessons Update....

So, last week Kennedie had her swim lessons.  I last posted about how she screamed the entire lesson.  I thought that it would help if I went in the water the next day {I hate being that parent, but I was this go around}.

Day 2.
 I told Kennedie that if she didn't cry I would stay in the water with her but she had to listen to Ms. Sandy.  We had also gotten goggles the day before and she was really excited about using these, so I thought they would be great incentive.... not so much.  She did ok.... and by that I mean she didn't cry as much and didn't make much, if any, progress.  (Lantz manned the camera this day {and Sawyer} and so there were no pictures.)

Day 3.
Lantz got in the water with her to see if he could help the process along.  Kennedie was okay with Daddy at first and even smiled with Ms. Sandy in the beginning, but then it went downhill and she started crying.  Once she started crying I'm pretty sure she didn't stop.  Kennedie was pretty upset, and I was a little sad that this was going so horribly.  She still cried most of the time and barely listened, but it was an inchworm of progress.  A few pictures from day three:

Day 4.
I started talking to Kennedie very early in the morning about her swimming with just Ms. Sandy that day.  I told her that Mommy would sit and watch but that she was going to have to swim by herself.  I let her pick a snack from the pantry and told her that she could have it after swim lessons if she swam by herself and listened to Ms. Sandy.  Kennedie and I showed up early to watch the lesson before us like normal & this time Kennedie seemed a bit less tense.  {Daddy & Sawyer were home with the dreaded stomach bug and so it was just the two of us.}  It started off pretty rocky with lots of tears and whining, but about halfway through the lesson she stopped crying and started to listen.  Then she started to swim/play beside another little girl her age and then she was having fun.... YES, you read that right-- fun!  I was so excited to see her actually listening and smiling!  It was so neat! Here are a few pictures from day four:

Day 5.
Well, I'd love to tell you all about it, but unfortunately Lantz & Sawyer passed on that stomach bug and so I wasn't there.  Lantz said she did great!  She talked about swimming all day long & she couldn't wait to go.  Lantz said she even walked in the water all by herself.  (This is HUGE because every other day we had pry her off of us to give her to Ms. Sandy.)  He said she smiled and laughed the whole time and had a great time.  Yeah!  I'm so excited that she ended with such a great experience!  Even though she didn't leave knowing how to swim (like I truly hoped), I'm just glad that in the end she had fun.  I think if we keep working with her on the things Ms. Sandy taught her she should be swimming on her own soon! Here are some pictures that Lantz took on day five:

All in all I'm glad that we exposed Kennedie to this swim lesson!  I'll hopefully be able to update by the end of summer to say she is swimming on her own!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Goggles & Generosity

LOVE this girl so much.  I'm so grateful that she continues to teach me about God's love over and over.

So Kennedie had a gift card to Kohls- not much like $6.  We were walking up and down the toy isle trying to decide what to get.  I kept showing her lots of different things and she was torn. She finally saw a pair of goggles & decided that is what she wanted {side note: hoping this will be some good incentive for tonight's swim lessons}.  The problem is that they were only like $2.50.  So Lantz & I quickly started telling her all the other things that she might be able to get with the leftover few dollars on the gift card.  She quickly says, "No, Sawyer needs a pair of goggles too."  So we asked her if she wanted to get another toy with her "money" or if she wanted to get goggles for Sawyer.  She went on to say that she wanted to get Sawyer some goggles.  She picked her sister out a pair and said, "Here you go Sawyer, now you will have some goggles too."

Melt my heart.

I sure did get tears in my eyes.

Lantz went on to explain what generosity means and how nice it was for her to share and buy something for Sawyer too.

At check out I bent down and told her what a nice girl she was and how sweet it was for her to buy something for her sister.  Kennedie then proceeded to throw her arms around Sawyer, give her a kiss, and say, "You're welcome Sawyer."

{At home I wanted to take a picture of both of them with their new goggles, but Sawyer didn't want anything to do with hers... ooops!  Oh well, maybe she'll like them more once she is in the water.}

Thank you dear God for using my sweet 3 year old to teach me about generosity.  May my hands and heart be open and willing to share more with others. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Swim Lessons

..... yep.  The pictures says it all.... it completely sums it up.

Kennedie had her first day of "real" swim lessons today.  It was a private lesson, so that was really cool, but to say she cried the whole time would be an understatement.  She screamed THE. WHOLE. TIME.  Ugh.  It was awful.

It's so weird.... she loves to swim and she's been so excited about these lessons, but it was like once we got to the pool she wanted nothing to do with getting in the water.

Ms. Sandy, her teacher, was awesome though.  She was so patient and kind.  It's kinda cool, Ms. Sandy is my old swim coach's daughter.  She's been doing lessons forever, and I'm so excited that she is doing Kennedie's lessons.

Kennedie is supposed to take lessons all week and by the end she is supposed to be able to swim all on her own..... we'll see if that happens.  Pretty sure we won't come close to that if tomorrow's lesson goes as horrible as todays.

Bless her heart.  I hope she can make some progress tomorrow {especially since I did pay to have her swim and not cry}.

Sawyer is 16 Months Old

{LOVE the above picture.  Pretty much sums up how we roll.  This was when I went to take Kennedie's 3 year pictures.... obviously I had no regard to what Sawyer looked like since she was not the subject of this photo shoot.... but isn't she just adorable bare-belly anyways?}

Sure can't believe how fast time is going.  Seems like she barely turned one, but I guess not. (16 Months was actually 2 days ago... I'm running a little late on this.)

Little Sister Sue:

- You have got the walking thing down.  It is definitely your main means of transportation. You are wanting so badly to run, but your little feet just won't move that fast yet.
- This month I would say that I've seen your "strong willed" or "stubborn" side come out more so than ever.  If you put your mind to something you will see it through or cry trying.
- Along with the above statement.... you are SOOOOO strong.  Sometimes you will be so upset about something that it's so hard to calm you down.  Sometimes I try to change your diaper in the middle of one of these rages, and it's practically impossible.  Your little legs are SO strong.  They will kick and wiggle and totally prevent me from doing anything with you.
- Along with that..... tantrums would be an understatement. Period.
- The coolest thing I've noticed over the last months is how much you love balls.  You've always liked them, but the last month you have taken to balls so much!  Especially since you are walking now, you love to kick the soccer ball.  You will walk from room to room just kicking it.  You love any & all balls.  Even the ACU Kadesh counselors that watched you at childcare commented on how happy you got when you played with balls.  So cute!  Maybe you'll be my little athlete one day!
- You still do not like it when anyone takes anything away from you... especially food.  You love your snack-trap & all the little goodies we put in it, but watch out if we try to take it from you. Sometimes it's like World War III trying to get it from you.  The other day we were at Chick-fil-a and you were finishing your sister's ice-cream cone, but you were not eating fast enough so it was melting and making a huge mess.  I eventually had to take it from you, and whoa.... so not a good idea.  You had such a melt down.  I put you on the playground to distract you.  It eventually worked, but it took a little while.
- I think you still have 12 teeth.
- Your eyes are still blue, but lately it seems not as bright.
- You still have your loose curls.
- You typically sleep from 8:45pm to 8:00 am.  You will sometimes take an hour nap in the morning, and normally a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  If you wake from your nap you have a hard time going back down and typically wake up your sister.
- You are a much pickier eater than your sister.  You don't really like fruit.... except bananas.  It seems as most meals there is always something on your plate that you don't like.  Boo. :(
- Your Bible class teachers talk about how much you enjoy class & how much you participate.  So fun!
- You still play so well by yourself.  You are pretty independent.
- You are not talking or communicating much at all.  Still just saying "mama" and "dada" and only signing: "more", "done", "please" and "bye-bye."
- You can point to your nose, eyes ears, and toes.
- You have been giving the funniest little faces to people lately.  So dramatic.  You make a little pouty face and kinda give a stare down.  They seem so fake, but they are adorable.

Sweet little one, you bring so much joy to my life.  Even when you voice your opinion and throw yourself to the ground my heart is still wild for you.  I love you more than I can even express.  I love watching your little personality develop.  My most favorite thing is still your little open mouth kisses.  This month I've noticed that you have tried to keep your lips together sometimes for kisses, but for the most part they are still little open mouth ones.  I know I don't have much time left to receive these, so right now I'm just trying to soak every single one of them up.  I'm crazy about you Sawyer Sue. May you grow to know not only my great love for you, but also our Father's great love for you.  

Sunday, June 16, 2013

"Oh- Hi the Dairy-O"

So I hate that my blog has become so sporadic.  Really.  I've wanted this to be a place to write stuff down as to not forget all the little every day things.  Unfortunately I feel like it's turned into a place where I just hit the highlights of life.  So in an attempt to capture more every day moments, here goes nothing.....

Lately Kennedie will sing random songs.  Sawyer has a wooden farm set toy that has a farmer in it along with different animals.  One day I sang "The farmer in the Dell" to her while we were playing.  Kennedie quickly picked up the tune to this song and she will sometimes randomly sing it.  I love that she can't quit get all the words perfect yet.  The last line of the song is "Hi-ho the dairy oh, the farmer in the dell."  She sings "OH-hi the dairy-O."  So sweet.  Sometimes it's the little things.

Oh, and from the above picture you should note that she LOVES playing with her baby dolls.  She is such a good little "Mommy."  The picture is of her & her "stroller baby" as she calls her.

Also, this morning we sang "It is well with my Soul, " and she was singing with all her might {even though she did not know the words}.  Loved that sweet Momma moment as I held her.  It was just the two of us.  Sawyer was in the nursery and Lantz was with some teens.  So sweet.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sawyer's 15 Month Stats

We went to the doctor a few weeks ago for Sawyer's 15 month check up.  She is a healthy little girl... and tall might I add.  Sorry I'm just now getting around to blogging about it.  I'll make up for it with a few picture.  :)

Weight:  22lbs & 6oz (41%)
Length:  32 & 3/4"  (96%)
H. Circum.:  18 & 3/4" (90%)