Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A day (or three) in the Life

Life with two toddlers.  Never a dull moment.  My hands are full and someone always needs me.  It's exhausting. But I never want to forget the normal, every day moments.  The ones that seem insignificant and routine. The ones that make me cringe. And laugh. And remind myself to take a deep breath.  And the ones that make me so incredibly proud to be their mommy.

Avery loves craft time.  If I ask her to do a project the answer is always yes.  Asher's still figuring out paints and markers and glitter and such.  He's more interested in making a mess tha  n making a masterpiece.  Which is why we paint sans-shirts.

Bath time is always entertaining. If I even mention the word bath Asher goes running.  He's still a water-lover which should make this summer really fun!

Meet Miss.Silly Face.  Her current favorite is crossing her eyes.  She's constantly asking me "what about this one? Do you like this face?"

I'm pretty sure this picture will end up on a graduation/marriage slideshow one day... If Avery's doing it, Asher wants in.  This includes princess dresses, baby dolls, aprons, etc. 

I'm registering this girl for Pre-K next week.  How did she get so big??  She dressed herself in this outfit.  She's currently obsessed with cowboy boots and even though this particular pair is 3 sizes too big she's crazy about them and always wants to wear them.

We're getting little glimpses of spring and loving the time outside! It's been a long cold winter for North Texas!

Happy 1st birthday, Eli!! You are such a big guy, I constantly have to remind myself you're  still just a pup. 

We finally have a playroom!! I love having all the clutter toys out of the living room and in their own space.  Honestly, they don't play in there as often as I'd like but when they do it's awesome!

It's a space that I don't mind being messy.  It's there for playing and building imaginations and just being kids.

They were pretending to be puppies at this point and were building a fence to keep themselves from escaping!

I love how this room turned out, it's probably my favorite room in the whole house right now. And so very messy!

Meet my baby-wearing, ballerina-twirling, hair-braided little girl.  She's pretty awesome :)

And of course... if Avery's wearing her baby in a carrier, Asher has to try too!

Her favorite game to play is puppy or puppy owner.  She was having quiet time in her room and tied all her puppies up to the kitchen with their own lease.  She was beyond proud of herself!

Popcorn picnic on a rainy afternoon. 

These are the best days!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


We had a nice little preview of spring last week!

These two love playing puppies.  They crawl, bark, retrieve balls.  It's pretty silly!

I can't handle how grown up this little guy looks. Avery may have slathered hand sanitizer all over his hair so we decided to make a little mohawk.  So handsome!

I'm so thankful Kristy was able to stop by with the kids while she was in town! We loved seeing the Erwins and miss our weekly play dates so much.

Yay for afternoons and evenings spent outside.  I'm so ready for spring and warmer weather!

He thinks he's so big.

And this girl... she really is looking so grown up!  We finally got her basket on her bike and you would have thought she won the lottery. She rode up and down the street laughing. 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ruffy and Emilia

We had the sweetest visitors ever last week! We loved having Stef and Emilia here.

Avery saw a picture of Brian holding Emilia on his stomach like this and just had to try holding her the same way.

Asher LOVES babies.  10 days later and he is still asking about her all the time.  He loved holding her and we had to pry her out of his arms a few times.  He was a bit of a baby hog!

This picture makes my heart so happy!

Ruffy joined our Thursday ice cream date at Chick-fil-A and got to watch some of Avery's dance practice!

Avery loved playing little mommy and helping change Emilia's diapers, give her a bottle and hold her.

Being an aunt is about the best thing ever!

Oh, and being a sister is pretty wonderful too :)

I'm so thankful for our time together! I know it's tough traveling with a baby and I'm so thankful they were able to come stay with us before Stef goes back to work. I could snuggle my sweet niece all day (if she'd let me!) It was so hard to say goodbye and our house felt rather empty when they left... can't wait to see them again!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mother / Daughter Tea

Every February our church hosts a mother/daughter tea party complete with fancy dresses, tea cups, brunch and great fellowship.  I'm beyond grateful to have the privilege of attending, to have a daughter and get to take her to special events like this. 

We snapped a few pictures in our coordinating dresses before we left :)

So excited our friends the Thomas's were there!

Avery loved craft time!

Learning about proper tea party etiquette and manners!

 I'm pretty sure the highlight of the day was the moment Rapunzel walked in! They had so much fun dancing and singing with her!

I'm so sad Avery's eyes are closed here but she was thrilled to sit on Rapunzel's lap! 

I can't imagine not having my sweet girl in my life.  The day I found out I was pregnant with her I immediately hoped for a girl (I can say that now because I equally love having a daughter and a son!).   Having a daughter has taught me so much about myself and I hope that even when she is grown we will always be so close.