Saturday, July 28, 2012


For date night, Josh and I went downtown and walked along the canal.
 You can rent paddle boats and kayaks, which is something we definitely want to do sometime.
There were so many cool things to see!

Downtown Indy is such an interesting place.  There are super busy, chaotic parts of town where you have a bunch of restaurants, shops, and historic monuments (very cool).  But then just a block away you have a quiet canal lined with benches and flowers.  It's almost like they're two separate worlds.

 I instantly fell in love with the charm :)

Oh, and the NCAA Hall of Champions sits right on the canal too.  (I thought you might be interested to know that, Dad).  I would LOVE to go in there sometime.

 Have I mentioned how much we love living here???

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Library Legends

We go to the library every single week.  Since we're there so often, the girls totally know our routine.  First, we return books.  Then, we go inside to the movie section to choose a video or two.  We typically wrap up our visit by simultaneously grabbing books of interest and playing with the cool toys.
So when it began raining on our way to the park this morning, I wasn't at all worried to make the library our Plan B.

Apparently, I should have been.  We are now Library Legends.  Or at least Summer is.
At first everything was fine and we zoomed through our routine like clockwork.  While we played in the children's area, a library worker opened a nearby door for a "Drop-In Play Date."  The girls were totally interested (which is rare) so we went in there to play instead.

The room was packed but the girls were having a great time taking turns putting magnetic letters on a board.  Until.... Kylie snatched a letter out of Summer's hands, and she didn't like that at all.

She screamed the LOUDEST, most ear-piercing, glass-shattering scream I have ever heard in my life.  The room went completely silent.  The kids stopped playing.  People walking by stopped to look inside.  Luckily, everyone laughed it off {probably because they were relieved it wasn't their kid}.  Anyway, I took that as our cue to leave :)

Unfortunately, the fun didn't stop there.  To quickly sum up:
  • The machine momentarily froze while we were checking out our books
  • During this time, Summer found an open door and ran out into the hallway, so I had to leave all of our stuff to go chase her down {Dad, it's not funny}
  • When it was time to leave, Kylie ran down that same hallway about 10 feet in front of me, which freaked a bunch of people out because they thought she was going to run out into the parking lot, not knowing that she always runs and waits for me at the door
  • When Summer and I finally got to the door {and after I reassured everyone that I'm not an unfit mother}, the girls fought very loudly about who would get to push the handicap button on the door.
I was very happy to get to the car and get those girls strapped in. WHEW!

But despite the chaos, I'm still grateful that I get to do this with them every week.  I love fostering their desire to read and learn.  I want them to understand that they're fortunate to have so many great things right at their fingertips.  I hope they'll always remember with fondness the hours they spent sitting on my lap reading their new books.
And I love that no matter how many times we visit the library, the girls never have a hard time finding something interesting to bring home.
To me, it's worth it.

Even if it means we're now Library Legends :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Our Week

 A few things from this week:
 2. Since the rain was super short-lived, we went to "The Blue Park" to enjoy the sunshine and beat the heat.
 Summer is quite the go-getter.  She has an "anything you can do, I can do better" attitude.

I worry about Summer trying to keep up with her older sister because Kylie is quite the daredevil.
Summer had a teensy mishap.  She got really excited about this springy rocking horse, started headbanging on it, and hit her face.
 Hey, it happens.
 She cut her lip, but within a few minutes she was back to her old self.
 3. We also did something kinda nerdy...

We bought a chess set :)  I've always wanted to learn and Josh was more than willing to teach me.  I actually really enjoy playing, but since I'm still learning, I feel like I need a nap whenever I'm done.
The set also came with pieces to play Checkers and we've attempted to teach Kylie.  For the most part, she understands it, but she would rather build towers with the pieces than actually play a game.
She also plays Candy Store with them.  I can still hear her saying, "Mommy, would you like a chocolate candy or a butterscotch candy?"

Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm Gonna Miss This...

In just a short month and a half, life as I know it will change forever.  At the beginning of September, Kylie will begin preschool and I will no longer have her at home with me 24/7.  I'm very excited for her, but it will be so strange for me to turn her loose.  She'll begin a new chapter in her life, as will I.

So before I blink, I want to record a few things that I love about life right now.  Years from now I want to be able to remember exactly what life was like at this stage.
*WARNING: This is LONG... but fun :)

1. Their imaginations. 
2. Our mornings.  On the days when Kylie wakes up first, I love that she comes into my room and snuggles in bed with me.

3. The laughter and silliness.

4. Their girly tendencies.  They both love wearing nail polish and "shiny" (lip gloss).

5. The way Summer literally clings to my leg anytime I'm standing.  

6. How Kylie refers to her sister as "Sums" about 85% of the time.
7. The simplicity of our lunches.  Kylie is happy eating either a bowl of plain pasta or a PB sandwich... NO jelly!  Summer prefers plain pasta, yogurt, applesauce, or cheese & crackers.  Not the most balanced meals, but they're tried and true.

8. The fact that they're both social butterflies in their own ways.  Summer is almost always the first to approach someone and say "hi."  Once she breaks the ice, Kylie sneaks her way into the conversation by spelling her name.  "K-Y-L-I-E.  Kylie!"

9. The wonder.

Our house is usually NOT that messy!  Josh was putting together a new dresser, while Kylie broke apart every piece of Styrofoam she could find.

10. The innocence.

11. The way Summer gulps down her entire sippy cup of milk each morning, then breathlessly announces, "All done!" (pant, pant).
12. Their grown-up tendencies.  Like how they can both turn on the TV and operate Netflix.  Or how Summer will say to me, "Hey Mommy!  How doing?" like it's the most casual thing in the world.  Or how Kylie will comfort Summer after I've told her "no" for something.
13. Kylie's sentences.  "Watch me I can do!"
14. Summer's dance moves.

15. Their prayers.  So sweet :)
16. The way Summer says, "No, Ky-yee, no" like it's all one word.
17. The friendship.


18. Greetings.  Whenever I come into the girls' room to get Summer from her crib, she greets me with an enthusiastic "Go morning, Mommy!"  (She'll also say that if she's been in her crib for a "nap" and I finally give up).
19. The fact that neither of them can tell time.  Kylie thinks anything in the future is happening "tomorrow" and anything in the past was "yesterday."  They also think that it's bedtime when the sun goes to sleep.
20. Summer's strength.  My brother refers to her as "Tank," and he's right.  She is one sturdy chick.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

Accidental Haircut

 Bad news: Kylie cut her hair.
Good news: It's hardly noticeable {thank goodness}.

Here's what happened:

This afternoon, I walked into Kylie's room to put a few toys away and I immediately saw this chunk of long hair lying on the floor.  I couldn't help it-- I gasped, covered my mouth and instantly started scanning her head to see where the lock was missing.  I then asked Kylie in a pathetic voice, "Kylie... did you cut your hair?"

She burst into tears :(  Between sobs she told me that her hair is too long so she cut it with her scissors.  Now she's scared the pieces will be short forever!  Poor thing.
 Sorry for the poor picture quality.  I really had to sneak that shot quick because she was SO not in the mood.
I knew something like this would happen someday but I think we got off easy.  The section she cut was so small that I still can't exactly tell where she did it.  And her hair is still long enough to be pulled into a ponytail and everything so it can't be that bad.  WHEW!

Anyway, she was sad about that for quite a while this afternoon but we were able to cheer her up:
And that little chart picked her spirits right back up.  Now instead of thinking about her haircut, she's thinking about what stickers to put on her chart.  By evening, she was back to her old silly self.
This is Kylie's new favorite game: start singing a song and let her insert a silly word. Summer loves it too!