Monday, August 31, 2009
We've been talking about school for some weeks now and she's been excited to see all her school friends. I figured over the summer she would have forgotten about them, but she was quick to tell me just who she would be seeing...Ava, Jenna, Nicholas...and drumroll please...Miles!!!, her little boy friend (yea, I can't even bring myself to put those two words together just yet :)
Here she is right before we left for the Open House. Can you tell she's excited?
Here she is laughing and giggling after telling me a "school joke". She's just started figuring out how to tell silly jokes. Mostly by changing up the words to songs or rhymes, then laughing hysterically at her spoof. A contagious little laugh too, which only gets her going even more after seeing my reaction :)
And just for fun, a comparison - last year (18 months) and this year (2.5 years old): My little pumpkin is getting so BIG **sniff, sniff**
As we were leaving her school she told Lance and I, "that was SO MUCH FUN!" - wow, what a difference a year makes!! I still remember the tears (sobs, really) during that first month last Fall... guess I'll be the only one teary-eyed this time around.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
They have them separated by age with an enclosure for the big ones and one for the wee ones. Here's Grace checking out the big ones (it looks like they're right by her, but they're actually in a big pit). We even got to pet a "tiny one". Well, at least I did :) Grace enjoyed feeding this deer and the other animals there - that is until the mama llama grabbed the feed cup and all, then the tears started rolling. Cake time! Amelia and her brother, birthday boy Abram - so cute those two!! We had so much fun! Thanks for inviting us!!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
2. Grace thinks they're pretty funny too :)
3. How cute is this little toddler messenger bag???!!! 4. It's even PINK on the inside! 5. And those polka dots!! (another fave)
6. It's going to look even cuter with her name embroidered in pink on the front!
Can't believe her back to school Open House is this Monday!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Today as I was going over some life insurance paperwork to select a new policy, the topic of our own mortality became very real to me. Nothing like having kids to make you think of these things!
Please let me have many, many, many, many more years to love on these two sweet munchkins. Thank you for who they are! Please keep them, our entire family, and our friends safe.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Love you with all my heart, Hudson!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Being the girly girl she is, every couple of days for the last few months I would catch her in my jewelry pulling out earrings and exclaiming, "Oooh..these are be-au-ti-ful. I loooooove them, Mama. Wanna put them on me?"
So after talking it over, Lance and I decided it was okay with us to have her ears pierced. After all, we had talked about doing it when she was a baby, but then she was a preemie and then time just went by and on and on and on and we just put it off.
So today was THE day.
After picking out a pair - little pink tourmaline studs (October's birthstone...yes, even though Grace's birthstone is aquamarine...the girl is crazy about pink, what can I say?) - it was time to sit in THE chair. Getting a little antsy as Ms. Allison set everything up. See her hand? Even Dora came along for moral support :)
Sitting in Mama's lap worked much better. Getting the tiny dots all lined up. She did so well! First up was her right ear - she let out a tiny little cry and that was it. Then came her left ear - knowing what to expect I think scared her more than anything. But she didn't really cry out loud until Ms. Allison cleaned her ears a second time after they were pierced. She DID NOT like the alcohol swabs at all! Here's proof: A hug and cuddle with Mama made it all better. And as soon as that was over, she was off to pick out some new girly bracelets. Her reward for being so brave! So sweet - little piggies and little sparkly studs! Later at home she kept making her pouty face and telling me, "I got ouchie in my ear. Kiss it mama." That pouty face gets me everytime! Followed seconds later by "I love pink earrings!" My little pumpkin looks so cute in her tiny pink earrings!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Grace loves to help me bake and her little wooden cupcake stand is one of her favorite toys so I think this costume is pretty perfect! She's going to be one sassy cupcake cutie come halloween!
Now, onto Hudson's...Hershey's Kiss maybe? he, he, he
Can't wait to see my two little munchkins all dressed up!
We acted goofy by pretending we were going to jump in the fountain. And we missed you bunches! So glad you'll be home tonight! We love you!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Not only does the little pumpkin love monkeys, she can be one herself. She built a fort with her pillow and top sheet, figured out how to make No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed come alive, played hide & seek with Penny the owl, called mama to retrieve "dropped" lovies and what nots too many times to count, and a dozen other activities during nap time, none involving sleep of course. After an hour of this, my patience worn out, I declared naptime over.
Thank goodness we don't have too many days without naps :)
Who can stay mad at a face like this though? Especially when she's telling me all about animals "patching out" (hatching out), begging for one more round of Ring Around the Rosie, and loving on her brother while telling me he's got "chubby little eyes" :)
They won't be little forever, I remind myself. And one day I'll beg for days with no naps just to hold them in my lap a little longer and hear their sweet belly giggles all over again.
Friday, August 14, 2009
And favorite wagon award goes to...........the Anderson's! Love their ambulance!! Hudson and his cousin Davin, 3 mo. his senior, meet for the first time! Just hanging out ;) Grandmas and their grandsons And our attempt at a family photo to document Hudson's first time at a birthday party :) Happy 1st birthday, Preston!! We love you!