Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Growing Up

The girls are growing up.  

That little fact really hit me last week when Kylie celebrated her fifth birthday.  How is it possible that she'll be starting kindergarten in the fall?  Or that she already has 2 slightly loose teeth?

I'm amazed at how independent they are.  Summer can sit down and entertain herself for long periods of time with zero help needed from me. 
(This is actually Kylie's hand, but Summer can do this exact activity on her own, too).
 Watching the girls sit at the computer-- and operate it properly-- just boggles my mind.
 Kylie can look at and interpret the instructions to her Lego sets all by herself.
 And Summer's "baby hair" is long gone.  I can do all sorts of styles with it now.
Every now and then I stop and think, "Where has the time gone???"  But with each new stage comes excitement.  Over the weekend we completely re-vamped the girls' room.  (I'll post more pictures of that when it's completely done).  Kylie was thrilled that she got to help put together the furniture.

 Now, instead of a pink toddler bed and a crib, we have bunk beds!  
The girls are SO brokenhearted, can't you tell???

When I have a rough day with the kids, I just think about how years from now I'll wish with all my heart that I could time travel back to this very moment.  I love watching them learn new things and gain confidence.  I love that I get to tuck them in every night and kiss their chubby little cheeks.  And just recognizing that they'll continue to grow up fast helps me to savor every second.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

FIVE

  I can't believe this girl is already five years old.  How time flies!
 
Kylie wanted to be a part of every aspect of her birthday.  She picked the theme {Kung Fu Panda}, the decorations, the meal, and the treats. It cracked me up that she plugged her ears the whole time the helium balloons were being filled.  The ones that she requested.
But she also helped carry everything out, which I really appreciated!  I loved that she decorated her own "birthday chair".... 
....and helped bake, frost, taste test, and decorate her panda cupcakes that she'll bring to preschool tomorrow.
She even allowed her little sister to be involved too :)
When I asked Kylie if she wanted a special birthday dinner, she said, "Noodles."  Seriously.  Plain pasta is still her #1 favorite dish, which just so happened to fit perfectly into our Kung Fu Panda theme.  I talked her into upgrading to Ramen Noodles while the rest of us had Panda Express.
 Summer was a champ at eating with chopsticks, let me tell you.
A huge THANK YOU to all who called, sent texts, mailed cards, and sent gifts.  You helped make the day super special for her.
A new "English D" shirt from GrandDad {since she outgrew her other one}
 A Tinkerbell painting set from Grandma & Grandpa Steorts
 
Um...this one may need some explanation.  On Christmas Day, Kylie received a small dart gun from her Uncle Kyle.  Ever since then, she has been quite the little gun enthusiast, which my brother is ecstatic about, of course.  So when Kylie asked for "a long dart gun" for her birthday, he was more than happy to fulfill her wishes.
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We're jumping for joy that you're in our family, too, Kylie-Poo!  Happy birthday, sweet girl.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

My Little Person

Now that the holidays are over, we're right back in the middle of our busy schedules: work, church meetings, preschool drop-offs, homework, preparing menus and grocery lists {yuck}.  

But while Kylie is gone at school for a few mornings each week, I get to hang out with Summer.  I adore her personality.  Don't get me wrong -- it's not always rainbows and butterflies with her.  She is very much a two-year-old.  Her favorite phrase is, "No, I do it!"  She can scream and squeal with the best of them.
But I admire her confidence.  I love her "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" attitude.
Our mornings together are SO busy.  We color.  We bake cookies.  We run errands.  We read books.  We listen to music.  We blow bubbles.... What can I say?  We're booked!


I appreciate that she is naturally very happy.  She can entertain herself for hours playing with figurines of any kind {lately, princesses}.  
 
But I secretly look forward to the moment each day when she hits her "wall" and becomes cuddly.  I love holding her close, making her giggle, and savoring the time that I am her whole world.
But all good things must be shared, right?  So here are some fun facts about her.

She:
  • Enjoys dressing up.  We often catch her wearing our shoes, slippers, hats, etc.
  • Loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Dora the Explorer, and any LeapFrog show.
  • Knows most of her colors, but still mixes up red and yellow sometimes.
  • Enjoys simple puzzles.
  • Will want anything you're eating, especially if it's dessert.  But lately she's been favoring grapes.
  • Wears clothes that Kylie wore last year.
  • Is fearless.
  • Knows how to push people's buttons....and often does, just for her own enjoyment.
  • Can blow her own nose, which is seriously impressive for someone her age.
  • Requests to play hide & seek every. single. day.
  • Generally refers to me as "Mom."
  • Has a song in her heart.  We often catch her singing to her princesses and dancing like no one's watching.  Her favorite song is "Tonight, Tonight"  by Hot Chelle Rae.  Seriously!
  • Has a love language: TOUCH.  She's definitely a clinger.  But she's totally cute :)

Monday, January 14, 2013

Getting the Sillies Out

 Tonight the girls had a major case of the giggles.  I just had to capture it!



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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking Back

Creating New Year's resolutions wasn't always a top priority of mine.  I felt that goals could be set at any time, not just at the beginning of a new year.

But when January of 2012 rolled around, I desperately wanted a fresh start.  Overall, I just didn't feel very happy.  It's not that 2011 was a bad year {we had a few setbacks, but who doesn't?} but I felt like I spent much of my time on the sidelines, waiting for life to get exciting.

So in addition to various resolutions, I created a motto for the year: Make It Count.

There are 24 hours in each day and I didn't want to waste a single second.  I was done sitting on the sidelines.  I was ready to be productive; ready to try new things; ready to embrace life.

Looking back, 2012 was a GREAT year.  It wasn't perfect-- we encountered the usual frustrations and setbacks that come with family life: sicknesses, injuries, tantrums :) But we sure had fun!  Here's a quick recap:

Celebrated birthdays/our anniversary
Spent quality time with friends/family
Played, played, played...
Tried new things
Explored a hobby 
{which, fortunately, helps me keep track of life's little "moments"}
So now, as we ring in the new year, I can't help but be excited about what 2013 will bring.  We're looking forward to making many more wonderful memories.  Happy new year!