Monday, November 25, 2013

Circus

So we took the girls to their first circus last week.  We had two free kids tickets so we decided we'd give it a go!  It was nothing fancy, just a little traveling circus.  I thought that the girls may loose interest pretty quick {especially Sawyer} since it was two hours long, but they did great!  Sawyer was clapping after every act.  It was too cute!  Of course their favorite part of the show were the elephants.  Here are a few pictures:

With Daddy about to go in


Sweetness.

With Mommy.... of course something went wrong with K right as we take the picture.

We were there a little early to get out seats. 

Family picture

Exploring before the show.... I just really loved how they were holding hands....so cute. 






Little girls after the show in front of the circus sign 


All in all it was fun.  We made some memories!

Baby Bump #3


So not too much going on over here as far as baby is concerned {which is good} -- just growing.  My hips have started to hurt a little.  I guess just prepping for the little one's arrival.  I'm still taking my anti-naseau medicine, Diclegis, so I'm still feeling great.  Here's the growth of our little person:



I can't believe one week from today we go in for our sonogram to find out what our third little blessing will be.  We are leaning towards opening the envelope on our anniversary-- December 18th.  We'll see if we can hold out that long. :)

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Library Time

Something I've been wanting to blog about for awhile now is the library time that the girls and I share together.  Typically about once a week or once every two weeks the girl and I will load up and head up to the library for some music and movement time or for some story time.

The girls are so cute.  They really love being at the library and they especially love when we come home with a big stack of books and we sit down to read them all.

Here is one morning about to leave:



When we get there the girls like to play on the computer or do puzzles:



Then we typically get to go back into one of the main rooms for the story time or music and movement.  This would be where I show you a really cute picture of the girls listening or dancing around.  Unfortunately the girls were both attached to me that day in class and I couldn't  get a picture of them.

After the class we will typically fill our bag with lots of good books to read at home:


Overall we have an amazing time on our library days and I so enjoy our time together with just us girls!

Halloween 2013

Yes, I realize that it's almost December and I am just now posting about Halloween.  That's the way I roll.... especially when I've been super busy editing some pictures for lots of amazing people.

Anyways... back to Halloween.  This year we started the craze a little early by going to a pumpkin patch.  Kennedie's class went on a field trip to one and so Sawyer and I tagged along for the fun.  I'm not going to lie it was a little stressful with both the girls and no Daddy there to help.  I just kept thinking, "What am I going to do when we add a third one into the mix?"

Anyways, back to the pumpkin patch.  We feed goats and cows, we went on a hay ride, the girls went through a hay bale maze, they picked pumpkins, and we had a picnic lunch.  All in all we survived and had a little fun while we were at it.

First off they tried to take a preschool picture.  That didn't go over to great with Kennedie.  I have no idea why she was crying, but she was. Take note of the following picture:



But she warmed up eventually and took some with sister later on.  She's pretty cute:


Here are some from the rest of the day:
Feeding goats

Hayride

Playing

Picking pumpkins

Kennedie also got to go trick or treating with her class around the different classrooms at the church building.  I didn't get any pictures of that.  But, Kennedie and I did make some class treats-- some pumpkin poop.  It was pretty cute thanks to Pinterest.  I thought I got a picture, but unfortunately I guess I didn't.  

We had a super fun time this year at the Fall Fest at our church.  The girls both really loved it, and I'm not going to lie- I had a great time being Mommy and watching them have so much fun.  It was super funny to watch the girls get a piece of candy after the games.  We would tell the girls to pick one piece after playing a game, and Kennedie would listen so politely, and Sawyer would grab a huge handful.  We kept trying to explain to her, but she didn't get it at all.  Everyone of course laughed and let her get away with it because she was such a cutie.  She won't always be able to get away with it, so why not now?

 Kennedie decided that she wanted to be Tinker Bell this year.  I looked on Etsy for a cute little costume but couldn't find one that wasn't over $50 and that was completely not in the budget.  But, I also didn't want her wearing a cheap plastic one.  I finally decided I'd check Walmart for a cheap plastic one since I couldn't find one affordable enough, but those were like $30-$45 too. What?! No way!  So I went to the thrift store here in town and found a fairy costume for $2.99 and bought some wings at the Dollar Tree for $1 and her costume cost us all of $4, and you know what?  She was so happy about it!  Love it!  (Of course we had to add some pink pants and white shirt under because it was a little chilly.)  And we did a little Sing- Song eyelashes and threw the hair up in a "bun" and she was set!  Sawyer was the cutest little strawberry.  If she'd been in a patch I would have picked her because she was definitely the sweetest thing ever!  (We got her costume for free from some friends.)  Here are a few pictures from the night.  


Costumes!

Food & family picture
Games

This was a cute little "trunk or treat" stop.  A 50's station set up with picture spots & legit root beer floats.
Our 11th grade group did a trunk station.  Thanks to Pinterest our "mouth" turned out great:

And then here is a sweet little picture of Sawyer with some of her friends at church.  All these sweet little ones were born within weeks of each other:


On Halloween day Kennedie was so excited to go Trick-or-Treating this year.  We started the festivities off by going up to Bee's work to do some trick-or-treating in her office at the court house.  I thought there'd be just a few little offices with candy, but the girls really loaded up!  Every cubicle in every office had candy.  We only went through my mom's tiny section and the girls got tons of stuff.  I didn't get any pictures of that part though. (The capri-sun was a big hit from that stop.)

We then headed to each of the great-grandparent's houses for pictures and treats, and then to my parent's house.  We ended our evening trick-or-treating down our street & block.  To say the girls had fun would be an understatement.  It was a great night! 








Overall it was a great holiday with lots of fun memories!  I feel so grateful for my sweet family and the joy that they bring me every day.  

Friday, November 22, 2013

Kennedie is 3 & 1/2 Years Old



I can't believe that this beautiful little girl is 3 & a 1/2 years old today!  It's so weird that tomorrow she will be closer to being a four year old.  I'm so not ready for her to be this big.  Where or where did my itty-bitty newborn Kennedie go?  Although it's super sad to watch my little baby grow into a little girl it's also really fun to watch her grow and develop into her own little self.


My sweet little girl:

- One of the biggest things that has happened in your little life over the last six months is that you have started preschool.  You go to school two days a week and you love it.  Every morning when you wake up you will ask if you get to go to school today.  So sweet. (Your fist school pictures are below-- just the proofs, because we didn't buy them.)
- You've also started making friends without Daddy & Mommy.  It's been so cool to listen to you talk about your friends that you've made at school without playdates or Mommy or Daddy "setting" the friendship up.  Your best friend that you talk about every day from school is Molly.
- You still love to sit and read books.  You love to go to the library and as soon as we get home you will want to sit and read them all.  You still love to read your Fancy Nancy books.
- You are barely fitting into 3T clothes.... most are still pretty big on you, but 2T stuff is too small.
- You are wearing size 7&1/2 to 8 shoes.
- At Halloween it was so fun this year to watch you with confidence walk up and say "trick or treat," and then "thank you."  You also want to try a different piece of candy every time you get to pick a piece from the candy bowl.  You are trying to discover what you "like" and what you don't.  I love that.
- Your baby dolls are still your most played with toys.  You LOVE your babies.  All of them.
- Speaking of babies you actually understand more this time around that Mommy has a baby in her belly.  I have no doubt that you are going to be the best big sister ever.
- You have become such a good helper.  You will help fold clothes, clean up your toys, do dishes.  It's cute how you have become able to help.
- You have become aware about money.  You understand that you have to have money to get/buy things.  You understand you have to have a job to get money.
- You have really become so hot or cold with Sawyer.  A true sister.  You either want to play with her and love her so much, or you want nothing to do with her and get so annoyed by her.  Mostly you two play great together.
- You have started to understand distances-- that some places are further and take longer to get to than others.
- You have started to try to color in the lines.
- You have started to "learn" your letters.  You understand what they are, and that they make up words to read, but you still can't really pick them out.  Maybe the letter "A."  You like to practice them at night when we brush your teeth and use a dry erase marker on the mirror.
- You still love playing outside.  You still love to swing at the park and ride your tricycle.
- I think I can say with confidence that you are finally potty trained (daytime)!!!!  Yeah!  This process took so long and was by far the hardest part of parenting thus far for me.  You will now tell us when you have to "tee- tee" or "poop" and go all by herself.  You also sleep with panties on during your naps.  Night time you still wear a diaper.  You really want to wear panties to bed, but we are waiting on 7 dry night in a row.  You have had 3 or 4 at most.
- You are very distracted while you eat.  Your teacher has said that you tend to be the last one finishing eating and everyone has to wait on you.  You will just sit and talk or try to get up and down from the table while we eat.  Food is definitely not a priority for you.
- You still memorize your Bible verses very easily.  I've lost track of how many you have memorized, but you have also started to forget some of the earlier ones you've learned.
- You can retell some Bible stories now all on your own and it's very cute.
- When you say the prayer after you say "Amen," you immediately lean in for a hug of approval because you are so proud of yourself.  It's so sweet.
- You definitely have an opinion about how she wants to wear her hair.  Clothes I can pretty much still tell you what to wear, but you want to decide how your hair is done.
- You love to go to Bee & Cowboy's house.  When you know you are going to go you will talk about it for days.
- You understand that you go to the doctor when you are sick or when you need to get a shot.
- You ask "why?" many times a day.
- You still love going to Chick-fil-a and going to the store and getting a free cookie.
- You love to go to Bible class still and you have started going to Kid Zone during worship some. (The Joseph Bible story is one of your favorite-- you can retell about his mean brothers.)
- You still take about a 2 hour nap each day.
- Purple is by far still your favorite color.
- You love pizza!
- If you want something or think you "need" something you will talk about going to the thrift store to get it. (Ha!  This makes me laugh so hard, because you would think that it was the only place we ever shopped!)
- When you play you will get down one of your bags and "pack."  You will tell me all the time that you are going to "camp" or to your "parent's house" or to your "grandparent's house," but mostly you "pack" up lots of toys & blankets for "camp."  It's pretty cute.
- Every week when I take my weekly belly growth picture you stand and want to have your picture taken too. So funny!  You will tease and say that there is a baby in your belly too.

My precious little Kennedie Danyelle, I love you so much.  I can't believe that it has been three and a half years since you changed our lives forever.  You are the little girl that made me a Mommy and I'm so grateful every day to call you mine.  You are one of the sweetest and most fun girls I have ever met.  You are so compassionate and loving and gentle.  You have such a big heart and you care so much for others.  You are more precious than words could ever describe.  I love you so much and I pray that you continue to grow in the Lord and learn about HIS great love for you.  I love you to the moon and back sweet girl. 

School picture.  I promise your hair looked cuter in person-- it had a braid off to the side and a side ponytail.  You love side pony tails. 

School picture.  I promise your hair looked cuter in person-- it had a braid off to the side and a side ponytail.  You love side pony tails. 


Dressed for school

Belly shot.





Another belly shot picture.