Saturday, September 4, 2010

Updates and Random Pics

Sooo...I know I promised updates and pics but I don't know where the cord is to download the pics from my camera and I hate posting without pictures. I finally sat down and got a few posts up so scroll down when you are done with this one and check them out. We had a nice summer with lots of exciting happenings but at the same time we had a lot of laid back days. It was a nice balance.

Izabel is so grown up now and I can't believe she is starting preschool on Tuesday! I don't know who is more nervous but we are also excited. She's never been away from us, my mom or a close family member so it will be interested when I drop her off Tuesday morning and try to get to work on time! We went to her open house last Tuesday and it really helped me and Izzy feel better about this transition. For the longest time she kept saying "I don't want to go to school, I just want to stay home" and even on the way to the open house she was saying "you're going to stay with me right? you're not going to leave!" When we got there she was really shy and clingy but after we started showing her around she started playing. By the end of the evening she didn't want to leave and we had to practically drag her out of there. They have some really cute stuff planned and her class only has 9 kids and 2 teachers so I think she'll be just fine!

Izzy and Tanner...please excuse the outfit, she was insisting on not getting dressed!
Izzy loves reading and her favorite books right now are The Giving Tree and I'll Love You Forever. She can recite each one and pretty much reads them to us now. It's so funny listening to her read the exact words as we turn the pages! She is doing real jigsaw puzzles now and she has gotten really good at every color, shape, letter and number. she also loves to color or paint on her new easel. She's even started saying some things in Spanish. She drinks out of a big girl cup but still doesn't eat very well. She just picks at her food. I guess she's going to stay little, not that it's a bad thing! She loves Tanner but gets annoyed by him very quickly. She's been using the big potty for months but now we are working on making her go by herself. It's still a bit of a struggle because she wants help with her clothes or wipping but she's getting there. She is completely out of diapers and pull ups. She's been sleeping in undies for at least a month now and she's only had once accident. She even wakes up to go potty sometimes in the middle of the night. She's started dressing herself and she can be really helpful around the house. I think she's really ready for preschool and she's going to do great!
Our little artist...again please excuse the outfit!

Tanner is more and more of a toddler everyday. He can almost keep up with Izabel now and they are pretty much the same size (although Izzy's a few inches taller). He really enjoys having a few moments to play by himself since his sister takes everything away from him. He babbles all the time and says a few words. He's started answering yes and no questions although the answer is usually no. Izabel calls him "buddy boy" now which is really funny. He likes to climb and best of all he likes to snuggle! Izzy was never a snuggler so I really enjoy anytime I get to snuggle with Tanner. His appetite has slowed down a lot and he rarely finishes everything on his plate now. He's gotten busy and has better things to do once he's full! He's shown a little bit of interest in the potty so I think we'll pull the little potty back out soon just for him to start being introduced. We have no plans to potty train him for a while longer but the dream of having both of them out of diapers is so exciting!
Tanner snuggling with Daddy
Sleeping during lunch
The next few months are going to be crazy busy but there will be lots of exciting things happening. I will try really hard to stay updated with lots of pictures! Enjoy back-to-school and the beginning of fall!!

Our 5th Anniversary

Noah and I celebrated our 5th anniversary weekend on August 20th. For our anniversary we were lucky enough to stay in the same condo at the beach as we stayed on our wedding night. My mom was planning on staying with the kids but she ended up being very sick. Luckily Theresa and Auntie Ann stepped in and saved our weekend so we could still go.
We headed down to the beach Friday afternoon and got settled in and then headed to the grocery store to get some snacks for the weekend. Then we got dressed and headed to the Melting Pot for dinner. It was my first time and I thought it was great. We had a really nice time. Then we headed back to the condo and turned on a movie.

The view from our condo!

We were both exhausted from a long week so it was nice to go to sleep and not get up until we wanted to. We turned a movie on in the morning and just lounged around for a while. We played games and sat out on the balcony people watching. Then we went swimming and water felt amazing. Saturday night our friends Candace and Matt and Candace's sister and her boyfriend came down to hang out. We went out to dinner and then out to Peabodys. I know what your thinking, I hadn't been to Peabodys since I was a teenager, but we actually had a really great time and it was nice to all be able to drink and not worry about someone driving home.

Noah people watching

Me and Candace at the club!

Sunday my mom was feeling better so my parents brought Izzy and Tanner down and Candace's parents brought Drew down. They played for a while and we went back in the water but it was cold from the overnight rain. Then Noah and I cleaned up and headed home. We had a great weekend and it was nice to relax and just be together. Thank you Mom, Dad, Theresa and Auntie for making it happen for us!

Princess Party

Izzy's friend Evie celebrated her 4th birthday a few weeks and she had a princess party! Evie, Izabel and Evie all dressed up as Disney Princesses and Tanner even got to be a dragon. They decorated crowns and had yummy snacks. I think the girls and Tanner had a great time!