Friday, July 30, 2010

Aunt Theresa's Birthday!

Tuesday was Aunt Theresa's 20th Birthday so we had a little get together to celebrate! Some of the family and Theresa's friends came over. We had lots of food and played cornhole in the front yard. We had a really great time and it was nice celebrating with Theresa! We hope you had a great birthday and we love you very much!!!

Even Izzy and Tanner wanted to play!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

All About Izzy

Well Izabel has been potty trained and wearing undies for months and months now, I'm sure if I went back through the archives I could find the exact time! She's been really good at using the potty at home and out and about for at least six months, but she's still been wearing a diaper at nap and bedtime. I think it was probably more us not being ready than her not being ready for the last couple months. I really didn't want to rush to wash her favorite blankets between nap and bedtime and I really didn't want to deal with accidents in the middle of the night! But for the last few weeks her diapers have always been dry so last week we started giving her rewards if her morning and after nap diapers were dry. She would wake up saying she was dry so she could get a snack. This week she has been taking her naps in her undies and so far so good! Maybe in the next couple weeks we'll get brave enough to let her try to go through the night. Since she shares diapers with Tanner it's not a big deal but it's coming soon!

Our sassy girl!
I can't believe how big our baby girl is! It really is amazing how much of a little person she is and how ready for preschool she is! She starts September 7th and other than some separation anxiety that I'm sure we'll have to deal with, she is going to love it so much! She knows all her letters and numbers up to 20. We are working on letter and number recognition now and association. She knows all her shapes, even crazy ones like crescent, pentagon, and hexagon and finds shapes everywhere! It amazes us when she calls out these crazy shapes and we have no idea where she learned them (thank you Team Umizoomi)! She loves to help me make things in the kitchen and take care of her babies. It's so funny when we hear her putting her babies to bed and telling them to sleep late! I wish she would take her own advice!

We are still dealing with some serious sibling rivalry. Whenever I have Tanner she runs over and wants me to hold her too. She'll push him out of the way and hit him when she gets mad or frustrated. Of course we're working hard to correct that behavior and she spends a lot of time in time out, but it's hard when we know she just wants some attention. We are trying to work harder at giving her one-on-one time with one or both of us a little more often.

Sometimes we catch her being nice and make a big deal of it!
She's still pretty picky with what she eats and some days she really doesn't eat anything. I'm working on some more sneaky recepies so that when she does eat at least she is getting lots of good stuff. She only weighs about 27/28 lbs with her clothes and shoes on but she's super healthy so it's fine. She loves watching her shows but I've been trying to limit the tv time and keep it off more often. She does learn a lot from the show she watches (i.e. shapes) but I don't want her sitting in front of the tv all day. We love to go on play dates and to Ocean Breeze. She also loves hanging out with Aunt Theresa and everyone she meets is instantly her friend!

She wants to be just like Aunt Theresa!
She is, always has been and always will be a blessing and an answer to prayer. We love her so much we feel like we could burst apart. Noah lays with her at night now and they read stories and she always says to both of us "I love you back to the moon and back". I love that she adds the extra back in there even when she says it first!

Monday, July 26, 2010

HOT HOT HOT! (Weekend Update)

It has been so unbelievably hot here! I mean temps from 100 up to 109 degrees over the weekend. It's so hot the kids have been extra cranky and we're all exhausted. On Friday we headed to Ocean Breeze with Aunt Theresa, Candace and Drew hoping to keep cool. The water was nice and actually pretty cool but it was still way too hot and the pavement was burning our feet! Since it was so hot we didn't do much else the rest of the weekend but stay in the air conditioning.

Saturday me and the kids went to the grocery store which sounded like a good idea until I got home and realized I'd have to carry in all the loads of groceries by myself. Saturday night Noah and I went out to dinner and a movie with Candace and Matt. It was so nice to have a date night with them and we had a blast! We saw Inception on Imax and I definitely recommend it. I like movies that you have to think about and really work at understanding so this was right up my alley!

Sunday morning we went to church where Rebecca St. James was leading worship. I was so excited! I've been listening to her since I was in middle school and I used her devotional books in high school. It was a great service. We came home and ALL took naps and then just hung around the house the rest of the day. It seems like the temps are cooling down so hopefully we'll get outside some this week!
Happy Monday!!!