Thursday, October 19, 2017

Four years of pictures

She is growing up way too quickly. I can't believe how little she looks even in her 3 picture. And that baby. I barely remember that baby.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

School Pictures

These are just the proofs - I ordered the digital copies, but wont get them right away. 

Olivia was super sweet: 

And then there is Emma baby. If one photo captured her personality perfectly, it is this one:

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Olivia is Four!

The girl who made me a mama is four years old. She is just the best kid. She's helpful and hilarious. She picks out her own outfits and wears two different socks, but can't go to sleep if her PJs don't match. She cleans the playroom, takes her own showers, does her own laundry, and requests a cocktail at the bar. She's super sweet to her baby sister, and makes me 'keep an eye on Emma' when Olivia can't watch her for a minute. She's constantly planning parties and requesting to have her friends over: "lets build a fire and roast marshmallows and have everyone over." She would pick being surrounded by her friends than any minute of alone time. She's inquisitive and smart. She loves rainbows and unicorns, princesses and babies, pink and purple, and everything girly. But she loves adventure and ferris wheels and sports and climbing high. There is so much amazing packed into this teeny four year old - and I can't believe I get to be her second best friend (Emma is her first!). I love this little girl with all of my heart. I can't wait to see what life has in store for you, Olivia- but, please don't grow so fast. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Sweet Emma

I don't have a whole lot to say, but I wanted to share these sweet pictures of Emma. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

First Day of School

Honestly, these pictures were taken three days after school started, but I made them change into their first day of school outfits to recreate the moment. It's better than the 'third week of school' pictures we did last year.

Olivia was so sweet and did a great job.

Emma wanted to know what her sign said.

And is like 'wtf am I supposed to be doing?'

And then Dan asked her to show us her teeth so we'd get something that looked more like a smile. 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Emma - 18 Months

Where to even begin on Emma baby. She has such a personality and is talking so much. She's at such a fun age and I'm loving every minute of it.

Height: TBD, Second Kid
Weight: 19 pounds

She says yes and no with "uh-huh" and "un-uhn" and she shakes not just her head but her whole body when she says it. The cutest! 

She's been pretty clingy these past few months, but I love it. Although its hard to do things with only one hand, I love getting to hold her sweet little self. I asked her the other day if I could kiss her cheeks all day, and she bounced her sweet self up and down and said "uh huh." Obsessed with her.

Figured out why she is clingy. She has her molars. Poor girl only has 5 front teeth, but she now has her two top molars. 

She's walking and running and almost gets both feet off the ground when jumping. She's climbing and sliding and pedaling her tricycle and just wishes she was as tall as her big sister. 

She is OBSESSED with shoes. We have to put them away in her room or she won't sleep if she can see them. She puts them on and off all day long, wears her sisters, wear dress up high heels, and squeals with delight when we pass the shoe section of stores. 

She loves nail polish and will go pick out a new color and said "paint pink?" for me to paint her nails. 

She is hysterical. Olivia was whispering at the table about a popsicle so Emma wouldn't hear, and Emma looked at us and started whispering baby gibberish like she was part of the conversation and then she started cackling. She definitely gets social cues and loves to be part of the jokes. 

She has SO many words - and always says "play" or "outside" or "shoes" to tell us what she wants to do. Those are really her 3 favorite things to do. 

She's an adventurous eater. Tonight she destroyed some sushi, chicken dumplings, tuna tacos, and some pork. But she still tries asking for a cookie for dinner. One day, it might just work. 

She loves the color pink and any time we see anything pink she says "pink!" She will tell me 'shhh' if its bed time, Olivia is pretending to fall asleep, or overall I'm just being too loud. 

I have no idea how to do kid ponytails, so I make Olivia flip her head over and I do it that way. Emma will be upside down on her head going "pony" "pony!" because she wants a ponytail too. I don't need Emma to flip her head over, but I don't have the heart to tell her she doesn't have as much hair as her sister.

Emma has to tell everyone goodnight and she used to make a kissing noise in the air at us. But now she goes around and hugs everyone and kisses their face before bed. Olivia and Emma hugging and telling each other goodnight might be my favorite part of every day. 

Emma wants so badly to be big. We have a picture of Olivia at the same age washing her hands at the sink. Emma can't even see over the sink - she's so much shorter. She follows her sister to the bathroom, pretending to go potty, and washes her hands and insists on one sip from the water fountain and walking down all stairs (by walking I mean jumping / falling and thinking its funny that I catch her each step). 

We also joke that she's a sour patch kid from those commercials. She will hit you and then hug you with the sweetest hug. Or pull her sister's hair and immediately yell "aweeee" while hugging her. 

A few other stories from a few months back: 

When Emma first said "mommy" I melted, scooped her up, and kissed her. Now she says mommy anytime she wants me to hold her. "Mama. Mama. Momeeeee." The cutest. 

She took everything very literal when first understanding what we were saying. She was holding a cup of water and spilling it. I said "hey Emma, set the cup down." She looked confused, and sat down while holding onto her cup. :) Then she had a bubble wand and was trying to blow super hard to blow the big bubbles. I said "Emma wave the wand" - she looked confused again, and with the wand in her left hand she waved at me with her right. 

We still call her boopers, boop scoops, and cheeks. 

Emma baby - we just love your sweet and funny personality. You are so much fun - and incredibly cute at this age. I hope you never get bigger. I love your adventurous side, that you are up for anything, your stubborn little self, and your heart that is so much bigger than your teeny size. You are the best little sister, our favorite toddler and I couldn't love your sweet self (and those cheeks!) any more!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Destin 2017 part two

We are back from the beach and life is back to normal and we're so sad. We contemplated quitting our jobs and moving to the beach. My favorite place on earth. And it was such a great time with the girls with no work and being able to spend so much time with them. 

Next year we need to finagle 2 weeks off. 

Most of the sister pictures. Thanks Emma!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sharing a Room on Vacation

Olivia will be 4 in October and Emma is 18 months. Olivia has been begging for Emma to sleep in her room basically since she was born. And Emma has been loving Olivia's room recently. We have let them share a room at my parent's lake house - which was hit or miss. Mostly, we worried that Emma's crying would wake O up. 

The first night in Atlanta the girls shared a room and Emma cried on and off the good part of 5 hours. Olivia never woke up, and never heard her. Our fears were unfounded - haha.

So we let them share a room at the beach. This has been hysterical. I'm sure no one is sleeping - but we are all enjoying it.

The first night they giggled a bit, went right to sleep, and in the morning we woke up to more giggles. We came in to find Olivia in Emma's pack and play with her.

The second night we had to ask them to pipe down a few times, and in the morning I found Olivia laying on the foot of the bed, and Emma standing at the edge of her crib both watching Doc McStuffins. Olivia said she had found the remote and turned the tv on for them.

Night 3 Olivia looks at us and says, "Mama, if you hear Emma crying, don't worry, I've got her." SO SWEET - until we realized she didn't want us to come in. 

We heard tons of giggles, a few crashes, saw Olivia sneak out one step, and then sneak right back in, closing the door like she had been caught. I came in to find the TV on, the lights on, and Emma running back and forth with the loud patter of bare feet across the room like a wild alpaca that had gotten loose. She was squealing with delight. I asked Olivia how Emma got out and Olivia said, "I scooted her crib right next to my bed, and then I learned her how to get out." We were DYING laughing. 

After settling them again, and threatening them some, it was pretty quiet until we heard Emma: "ut oh" "ut oh" "mom-eee" "mom-eee" "ut oh". Went in to find Olivia sound asleep, and Emma with 4 pillows piled on her in her crib. Dan set up the go-pro in there before sneaking out to watch some of the madness. Olivia got up, unplugged the go-pro and went straight to sleep.

These girls are up super early and just laughing! We joke that Emma wakes Olivia up and goes "You wanna build a snowman sandcastle?"

These kiddos are too much. I love how much they love each other - even if they aren't getting a ton of sleep on vacation. Maybe, just maybe, they'll be ready to share a room one day. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Destin 2017 - part one

We are only two days in, but we have had a blast so far. The girls are true beach bums and could stay out in the ocean or play in the sand all day. I think we should move here. I love the beautiful clear water, the baby powder sand, and the fact that we are all off of work for an entire week. 

I set my out office and the last one entered said "returning December 26th" - it was time for a vacation!

We've had shrimp and lunch at the whale's tail and margaritas and made at least 13 sand castles and bought cheesy Destin shirts (and the snow globe Olivia shattered on the floor) - and it's only just begun. 

All in favor of more vacations say aye.