Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Highlights from the week

Here are some highlights from our week:

On Monday Pat took the girls on a dinner date to Pizza Blitz. He really enjoys their dinner dates which is just another reason why he is such a good daddy. My mom (Mimi) usually meets them at the restaurant so it's nice they all eat together. While they went to dinner I got to take my favorite spin class which of course made me very happy. Any time I am able to take a class at the gym or get a work out eat lifts my mood and makes me a better mommy. 

Tuesday evening Sophia had her first dance class. She has been wanting to take dance for months but it just didn't seem to work into our schedule. Dance is on Tuesday evenings which is great because then Pat can see her too. We all got to sit in and watch her participate in class for a while and she was just all smiles. Isabelle was mesmerized by all the girls. We are thrilled that she had a great time and wants to go back. Lately Pat and the girls have been watching the movie, Dragons 2 which has really amazing music so during the parts of the movie with songs Pat and Sophia and sometimes Isabelle dance around the house. 

Wednesday I took the girls to the library. Sophia loves to play with their literacy centers and today I noticed they had a tool stand set up. Both the girls played with the tools for a bit and then I had to remove Isabelle from the tools because she kept trying to eat the tools, big surprise, right? 

I checked out a few books for us and one of the books was, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We read it once at the library but since we've been home Pat and I have read it many times. She calls it her "caterpillar book". This was one of my favorite books that I read in Kindergarten to teach the life cycle of a butterfly. I love how there are so many ways to teach her things while reading the book: life cycle of a butterfly, one-to-one correspondence, days of the week etc. She cracks me up because when I'm reading the book and gets to the part where the caterpillar eats plums she insists they are blueberries. While reading the book she's asked to eat strawberries, blueberries and oranges (because the caterpillar ate these foods). At least the food she wants are healthy.  hehe

I've also noticed the girls dynamics are changing. Isabelle is almost 10 months old. She is more active and eager to get into anything. She thinks any obstacle is something she can climb on. Just this morning I was helping Sophia get dressed and Sophia was laying on the floor and Isabelle decides it's a great idea to climb up on her sister and take away her blanket. Thankfully Sophia thought it was funny but that's certainly not the case all the time. Isabelle is just interested in whatever her big sister is doing and Sophia is not always happy to let this occur. 

Stay tuned for more adventures with Sophia & Isabelle...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Isabelle at 9 months

Here are your new tricks at 8 months old:

1- You learned to crawl on all four's
2-You ate your first mum mum
3-realized your love for avocados and strawberries. Although you still want mommy to feed you small pieces of strawberry instead of picking them up with your little two finger pincher grip (a new skill you have acquired).
4-You suddenly think your big sister is the coolest person in the world and that means you have to go after all of her toys and even go after her.
5-I love the way you "chew" your food by saying "mmm" it's just one of the *sweetest* things ever!
6-I love how we share an avocado together. You're so excited eating like a big girl you yell at me if I'm too slow at feeding it to you or if I walk away to get something. You have even gotten your sister to like avocado again because you think it's so delicious.
7-You love to take a bath and try to grab the bubbles and grab the water as it comes out into the tub. You don't mind water splashing you in the face like your sister does. I think this skill will make you a great swimmer and maybe even a triathlete someday. hehe
8-You love to pull up on just about *everything* including your big sister's trampoline, her rocking chair and anything else you can find that's near you.'

Here are your 9 month photos...

One of your favorite "toys" are socks! I don't know why but you love to crawl right over to a sock if you see one on the floor and play with it. 

She's so tickled with herself when she climbs up on her big sister's trampoline.

So, at 9 months what will be next?
Now you can feed yourself avocado with a spoon! 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Isabelle birth-6 months

Sweet baby Isabelle at 8 days old

Yep, this is the best photo I could take of her on her 1 month birthday. haha

At around 2 months old you started to sleep really well through the night. I even figured out a good nap/awake time for you which made you a much happier baby. :) 

At 3 months she started to grow back some of the hair she had lost.

Happy little 5 month old

Proud big sister and 6 month old.

New tricks:

You love...
  • rolling over
  • pulling on mommy's hair
  • taking a bath
  • playing in your exersaucer
  • laughing at your big sister and doggy
  • chasing your sister acting like a shark 
  • grabbing EVERYTHING

Wow! She's 6 months already. Time really does fly! At the same time it's exciting to see her learn new tricks and I just love her smiles and giggles. It's a joy to see the girls "play" together. Sophia has started this funny thing with her asking Isabelle to play, she'll say in an excited voice with a big smile, "So you wanna play?" Then Isabelle will just smile or laugh at her big sister. 

The months have been moving quickly but at the same time the days can be long. It's been quite a new adventure with two little girls. It's been an interesting transition to have Pat travel so much with his job starting when Isabelle was just 2 weeks old. He never had to travel for work and then on top of that now we had two little ones. 

I'm so thankful for God's blessings through this journey. Having support has truly been a blessing. Sometimes my father-in-law stayed with us while Pat was traveling and sometimes my mom. It was a huge help to have my niece stay with us two days a week over the summer. I'm very thankful for the people God strategically placed in our lives. So, here's a big heartfelt thank you to everyone that has supported us, prayed for us, brought meals to us, helped us, and encouraged us through this journey. 

Thank you Lord for blessing us with two little girls!

Fall 2014

Last swim at the pool

I love my Aunt Cara

Mommy/daughter time to give Scotty a walk one evening

Early dinner at the Brew'd Pub. Isabelle turned 5 months old that day.

My dinner date at Panera while Daddy was traveling for work. She was so good at Panera that day and we had so much fun!

My friend Brooks!

Hanging out on Carroll Creek

Middletown Heritage Festival

She sure does love Pony rides. She's been able to ride the pony a few times at Jumbos.

We love the animals!

Sophia enjoyed the hayride more than the pumpkin patch

Sunday evening stroll downtown

Fun at the fair

We visited the fair two times this year. The first time we went was late in the afternoon with G-Bob while Pat was traveling for work. I was pleasantly surprised that 3pm on a week day is an awesome time to visit the fair. I will have to remember this next year. Senior citizens get in for free before 3 pm during the week too which is awesome! We visited the animals and the tractors that day. 

Then a few days later when Pat came home from his work trip he and Sophia rode the rides. I'm not so sure who had more fun. lol Pat was thrilled that Sophia was up to ride the rides and was not afraid. I can only imagine how much fun next year will be! 

I think this picture of Isabelle is just adorable!

Sharing some fries. I owe you a sippy cup cousin Lila.

Ferris Wheel!