Monday, December 10, 2012

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...

We've done several things lately to get in the holiday spirit! We went to Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs on Saturday to see their huge display of lights. The bad news is that you were in THE WORST mood and cried most of the time, so we don't have a lot of pictures of you!

Here's one quick one of you inside one of the displays. You were finally okay until you realized that the cookies were fake.

Once we got to the very end and you got cocoa, you were fine. Oh well, there's always next year! You did get to enjoy the train display.

The next day we went to our neighborhood Christmas party and you were in a better mood and had a great time. Here you are being read to by one of the elves.

It was so cute - I explained to you that we were bringing Santa a gift to give to a little girl or boy in need, so you marched right up to Santa to give him the gift. However, you thought you were supposed to give everything to Santa after that! You have him all of the crafts you made and even gave him back the candy came he gave you. Here you are admiring all of the toys for Santa's sleigh.

We've been having fun at home baking cookies and preparing for Christmas! I'm so blessed to be able to have this special time at home with you!


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

First Pony

Your hair is finally long enough to put in a pony tail! It looks so super cute and I think you like it / being off your neck and cooler.

This has been a busy month and I haven't written, but I've been busy chasing after you girls! I love my precious time with you!

I love being a family of four and all of the special moments we share.

From holidays to every day.

From vacations to staycations, you make my life fun.

And I love all of your firsts, like your first merry-go-round ride.

I also love showing you how to do things and spending time with you.

You make my life special! I love you!!


Saturday, November 3, 2012


You had a BLAST this Halloween and it was my favorite to date!  You were Minne and LOVED your costume!  After you put it on, we let you look at yourself in the mirror and you chanted "Minnie, Minnie!" over and over again and ran around with such delight!  It made my heart swell!

We went to a neighborhood Halloween carnival and then went to the church one. You had a lot of fun playing games and loved the bounce house and LOVED doing the cake walk (my favorite too).

On Halloween night, Daddy took you trick-or-treating.  This is a moment that I've dreamed of all my life and it made me tear up a bit to watch you two go.  You went to about 10 houses and then got a bit tired and the spooky noises were scary too, so Daddy took you home to sister and I who were passing out candy.  I'm so in love with you!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Kenzie's Visit

Your cousin McKenzie and her parents came for a visit and you had so much fun! She is easily your best friend which is so sweet. We went to a pumpkin patch which was a lot of fun. You and Kenzie loved holding hands.

We were joined by your other cousins too.

And of course, went on a hayride.

Then, we went to Uncle Bill and Aunt Janna's for Russell, Logan's and Daddy's birthday party plus fish fry. You were so worn out by the end of the day.

You and Kenzie loved playing with each other and were so cute together when playing dress up.

We will see them again soon! You miss her and have said "Kenzie Bye Bye". It's so sweet that you love your cousin so much!


Tuesday, October 9, 2012


So, you have nicknamed your sister "Happy". It comes from al of the comments I've made "That baby happy" or "That baby not happy" when she cries. It is just so cute the way you say it! You love her, but don't like getting too close to her for pictures - especially staged ones. And, I haven't been able to get you to try to hold her yet. You are starting to grow up, but still in some ways still my little baby (as you will always be).


Friday, September 28, 2012

First Cookies!

We made cookies together for the first time today. This is something I've always dreamed of doing with a daughter! We were going to make sugar cutouts, but I waited too late and so we made chocolate chip instead. You pulled up a chair to sit in so that you could watch me add the ingredients. Then, you tasted the dough several times! Then, I let you help me spoon them on the cookie sheet and then you watched them cook through the oven door. After they had cooled, I let you try one and (of course) my little Cookie Monster loved them! You are such a good helper! I am blessed!


Word World

You are saying so many words now, that I don't even bother counting anymore (praise God)! You are still in speech therapy 3 times a week and still need it for now, but you are seriously catching up! Here's a few funny and impressive things that you can say:

* You love to say "go" and love to pull on my hand and take me to what you want. It's usually the pantry where you go "knock, knock, knocking". You knock and say knock several times wanting in to get a snack.

* You have been saying "that baby happy" about your sister. It's too cute. I think "happy" is your new favorite word.

* You can say your colors and identify them. You are learning your letters and numbers too and shapes. We are really working on this hard at home. You have most animal sounds mastered and can identify most animals.

* You love to say "scat cat" when Sam is on our way which is at least once a day.