Saturday, August 1, 2015

Turning 31

I turned 31 on July 13th! Woot! Woot! As the primary song goes "one year older and wiser too," I don't know how much wiser I am, but I like to think I'm getting a little smarter each year. 

I worked the night before and when I woke up the next morning, the girls showed me their birthday cards they made for me. I loved it! They also wrote and composed a birthday song using Dad's help and GarageBand. It was super sweet and made me laugh.

While Scott was at work, the girls and I played a cupcake game.

When Scott got home from work, I told the girls it was my inside out birthday. I turned 31 on July 13th! To celebrate this joyous occasion, we went out for frozen yogurt and then saw "Inside Out." Everyone went to the movie and I only half regret bringing Rex. It seemed weird not to bring him since we were all spending time together. He did has well as what you would expect from a one year old. I loved the movie! I love all the one-liners they had about how the mind works and the girls loved all the funny parts in the movie.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


I love summer, and I can't believe it's almost over. Paisley starts school in two weeks! It was an adjustment having all three kids at home - especially taking all three kids to the grocery store - but we survived. We've had a great summer and a lot of fun spending time together. 
Here's what we've been up to these past two months:

What's one word to describe the weather this summer? RAIN, and too much of it. On one occasion, I suggested to the girls to go outside and play in the rain. I figured they needed baths anyways, so why not get a head start. They had a blast singing at the top of their lungs and jumping in the puddles. One consequence of that suggestion was now anytime it rains, London wants to run outside.

Most of the summer has been spent riding bikes and being outside.

Paisley is great at using the balance bike but has no interest in taking her training wheels off. I'm convinced she would keep her training wheels on well into her teenage years if she could. Maybe over the winter months her training wheels might suddenly disappear (wink, wink).

Every morning after breakfast, the girls have journal time. The girls write about what they did the day before and draw a picture. It's been neat to see Paisley's handwriting and neatness improve. She writes most of the words herself and I help her sound out the words she doesn't know how to spell. I encourage her to write six sentences, but she usually ends up writing four. London has improved so much and can write the majority of the alphabet. I'm happy if I can get her to write one sentence before she's off playing. It's funny to watch the sentences they come up with.

We just finished up swim lessons a couple of weeks ago. The girls did two sessions of lessons. They learned a lot and it was a good motivation for them in the morning. ("Hurry girls! Finish your journals so we can go to swim lessons.") I'm sure they got sick of hearing that from me.

Paisley can float on her belly and back and can swim a short distance ALL BY HERSELF! This is huge for Paisley, my super cautious child. I loved her teacher for both sessions. She pushed and encouraged Paisley just the right amount, without making her discouraged or frustrated.

The girls have had so much fun playing together this summer. They definitely have had their fights and arguments, but for the most part they've enjoyed their time together. I love being a "fly on the wall" as I listen to the stuff they come up with.

This little guy is an official walker! Shortly after he turned one, he stopped crawling and started walking everywhere. I love his little arms in the air while he walks. Reminds me of a monkey.

After journal time, I spend time with each kid doing preschool/kindergarten stuff. They love this, because while I work with one, the other one gets to watch one episode of something. We work on letters, numbers, adding, subtracting, shapes, colors, etc. It's nice to have the one-on-one time with each child.

Family of five

Earlier this month we went to Tucano's for my birthday. Yippee! It was super delicious and we had a lot of fun. Afterwards, I wanted to take a picture of our family outside the restaurant. Now that we're a family of five, I've discovered it is very difficult to 1.) take a family selfie and 2.) take a picture where we're all looking and smiling at the camera. Here were our best attempts. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Goodbye to great friends

At the end of June, we said goodbye to some great friends we've known for the past three years - the Hansens. Kellen and Erin moved to Muncie because Kellen was in the family medical residency program. We love the Hansens! I think this was the first time our family matched up with and was great friends with everyone in the other family.

Paisley would often refer to Kellen as "Dad's BFF," which always made me smile. They have similar personalities and the same sense of humor. I always got a kick out of seeing some of their text messages - so weird, but so funny. (We all went golfing and the bugs were horrible that day. Check out the mosquito on the side of Scott's face!)

I love this girl and I'm sure going to miss her! Erin is kind, thoughtful, funny, and original. She has a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and is a great mom. She was always a great example to me. I loved talking and hanging out with her.

This is Bea, and ever since Rex was born, she took quite the liking to him. It took awhile, but Rex finally warmed up to her. I loved watching their little friendship. Bea loved to "take care" of Rex. Sometimes he was okay with it . . . other times, not so much.

Gracelyn and Paisley were the best of friends! These two loved to play together and always had so much fun. Halfway through kindergarten, Paisley switched schools and ended up in the same class as Gracie. The first day Gracie saw Paisley in her class, she ran and gave her a big hug! Paisley loves Gracie and will miss her.

London loved to play with Gracie and Paisley, but she also LOVED to play with Cole. Scott and I are convinced she has a not-so-secret crush on him. Anytime Cole did something for London, she would always have a sheepish smile on her face. Around Christmas time, I remember London talking about wanting to buy Cole a present. I know London's going to miss Cole.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fort Wayne Zoo

Summer is such a fun and busy time!
It's been awhile since I've blogged, so I'm trying to play catch up again.

One of the last things we did while Scott's parents were here, was go to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. It's a fantastic zoo, decently priced, and has lots of extra perks for kids. We usually try and go once a year.

My favorite animal is a giraffe.

One of the perks they have is a train ride. It goes out and around a lake. The girls were super excited and loved watching all the ducks on the lake. (I was so impressed with this picture! 7 people and  we're ALL looking at the camera.)

I love the kangaroo exhibit they have at the zoo. It's an open area, gated off, and you get to walk inside where all the kangaroos are. A couple of kangaroos had a joey in their pouch. One of them climbed out and hopped around while we were there. So cool!

I love this picture of Rex and Paisley!

This picture was easy to take and involved no fighting over letters! A win for Scott and I!
(And it comes with an extra bonus, can you find Ashley?;)

This picture has nothing to do with going to the zoo. Just an extra gem I thought I would toss in.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rex turns one!

Rex turned one on June 8!!! I can't believe how this year has flown by. We love our little Rexy and all the joy his fun personality has brought to our family. We had a wonderful day spending time together.

Paisley and London were our bakers and helped make Rex's cake.
(To be honest, I'm not totally sure what this pose is about.)

Rex LOVES balls, so we thought it only right to blow up some balloons for his birthday.

Crazy kids!

Paisley made a card for Rex and read it to him.

Our cute little boy.

Father and son.

We decided on a dinosaur cake. Paisley cut out the templates to make the head and tail. London helped stir the cake mix and turn the frosting green.

Rex is about to get his first taste of cake and he is oh so READY!

He actually dug right into the cake, but it took him awhile before he put any of it in his mouth. He kept acting like he was going to take a bite, but then didn't. The girls were pretty distraught while watching him and couldn't believe we were letting him do this to the cake. We probably should have prepped them better.

His finished masterpiece!
(We ate from the other end of the cake.)

At one year, Rex is . . .
Weight - 19 lbs. and 1 oz.
Height - 29 inches
Head - 18.75 inches

Some facts about Rex:
He's a master crawler, but is starting to venture out and take more steps by himself.
He's a great eater and will eat about anything I give him.
He sleeps 12 hours at night and is not much of a napper during the day.
He can crawl up the stairs no problem, and is learning to slide down the stairs.
He LOVES to throw things and has a pretty good arm.
He LOVES balls.
He LOVES to yell, especially at the dinner table or when Paisley is about to say something.
He LOVES to be chased, especially up the stairs.
HE LOVES peek-a-boo
He can successfully get himself off the couch.
He can say, "ma-ma" and usually says it when he's sad.