Friday, May 19, 2017

Five on Friday

1. That time we rushed through bed time and put the wrong shirts on the girls and didn't notice until the next morning.

2. Emma is the laziest baby and STILL wont hold her bottle.

Speaking of - I was cutting Emma's nails while balancing her bottle on my arm. I thought I was a rockstar mom, so I asked Olivia to take a picture. (She used Snapchat because thats her favorite app). 

3. Baby sisters can be so irritating.

But so cute too.

4. These acai bowls make my life. Fruit, nutella, granola, coconut, acai smoothie - obsessed. 

5. And last, but certainly not least. When Abby and I ubered to drinks on Saturday night. But I had to bring her a carseat to borrow. So we looked SUPER cool and it wasn't awkward at all. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday to when we had people over for Cinco De Mayo margaritas and Olivia had to juice 50 limes. #childlabor

Kidding - she got tired after 3 and I did the rest. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Easter 2017

We had a wonderful Easter weekend. The girls had an egg hunt and egg dying play date. Olivia chose their outfits.

How most of the pictures looked:

But we snuck a few good ones.

And then Emma needed a new outfit.

And she got that one dirty too, so she needed a third outfit for the egg hunt.

Some target dollar spot fun. 

On Easter morning, we started with Easter baskets from Mom and Dad. (The bunny was a little scary, so Olivia asked that mom and dad did the easter basket this year because "bunnies might scare us if they come inside our house.") These mini grocery carts were a huge hit!

Emma got a chocolate bunny, which she destroyed.

My second shoe lover. This girl! She has legitimately woken up from naps because she can see her shoes, but can't get to them. And she once slept with a pair of shoes because we couldn't pry them from her shoe-loving grip. This girl changes shoes every half an hour, and loves all of her shoes. It is too funny!

After church, we went to brunch and had a wonderful day as a family, enjoying the beautiful weather. 

Monday, April 24, 2017


I really want to blog more - I love having all of these memories written down. But then, once the kids are in bed, and the laundry is finished, and the kitchen clean, I just want to Netflix and chill, ya know? 

So instead of catching up, I thought I'd just pick right back up with what I remember. This weekend.

Friday we went to a food truck night. They had 8-10 food trucks, a big open field, a tree to climb, and a playground for the kiddos. We went with 3 other families and the kids had a blast. It also made Friday feel like a Saturday, and the weekend seem even longer.

Saturday we went for a run to a playground and ran back home. I've been running a bit with the double stroller, and I'll tell you, that 80 extra pounds makes it hard - haha. Then we went to the white water center. The girls had fun, but it was crowded, and I worried about Olivia falling into the rapids, so not really a place for them to run around. We grabbed dinner outside to soak in a few more minutes of the gorgeous weather.

Sunday we played in the toy section of Target for awhile before heading to Amelie's for lunch and Chuck E Cheese to avoid the rainy day. 

We had a few extra peeps so we made some peeps playdoh which was a huge hit!

And have you seen the Victoria Beckham for Target clothes? I'm obsessed. I got their Easter outfits there, as well as these adorable and so soft PJs for Olivia.

And, today, I had to get a picture of Olivia making the asparagus. We cook most of our veggies this way - super easy, so Olivia is in charge! Just a pan, some foil, and spray olive oil. Today was PJ day at school, and she celebrated a Firetruck birthday for a classmate - so she was decked out making her veggies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Emma Baby

Thought it was time for a little Emma update. She's walking everywhere. Only has two teeth. And gets a sunburn when Alexa even mentions sun. 

She says so many words - which is a big difference from Olivia. She says "Emma" "Milk" "That" "Koda" "Mama" "Dada" "Olivia" (ay-da-da) "dog" "hi" "bye" "airplane" "baby" "thank you" - and we are learning more and more each day. It took us awhile to realize she was saying "tank ooo" after we hand her things. This little one talks ALL the time, in full sentences. If only we knew what she was saying. ;)

She waves with her whole arm up and down, and does this sweet little motion, opening and closing her fist to say "hold me." 

She's stingy with those smiles and laughs which makes them all that more amazing. 

Her little hair is getting these baby curls in the back that are two parts adorable one party crazy - which matches her perfectly. 

She only wants to drink out of a big cup - no sippys for this chicka. Too funny because Olivia still uses a sippy cup. Emma has always wanted to be a big kid. So anything 'big' - she wants in. 

She is our adventurer. A better climber than I've ever seen. Insists on playing on the big kid playground. Climbs to the top, through the tunnel, turns herself around and goes down the big slide on her stomach feet first. When she flies off the end, she just laughs and goes to do it again. (She was doing this at 9 months before walking!)

Speaking of, she's definitely keeping us on our toes. I was RIGHT next to her and heard another kid scream. Worried it was Olivia, I looked up and Emma did two backflips down the stairs of the playground. I picked her up - thinking she had died, obviously - and she screamed bloody murder. I was trying to console her and she was pushing at me and I was all "I know that hurt Emma!" and when I couldn't contain her anymore, I set her on the ground, and she fiercely crawled away giggling. She was screaming because I took her away from the fun, not because she was hurt.

She's got skinned knees and elbows from trying to keep up with the big kids in the neighborhood - none of it phases her. Meanwhile, Olivia needs a bandaid if she finds a freckle.

Emma has given us a few other heart attacks. At Christmas, she ate a broken ornament and was smiling, drooling blood. She unscrewed a drawer pull and had it in her mouth (who knew you'd need to baby proof that!) and ate a starlight round peppermint before she was 6 months. Emma!

She is so content to play by herself and loves to use the toy in the 'right' way. She colors on paper, makes food in her kitchen, stirs pretend bowls, puts spices on her food, stacks blocks, pushes cars, feeds babies, and applies her make up. I even found her with a paintbrush putting on eyeshadow. She watches everyone and knows how we use things and mimics us. Daycare is always talking about how she is one smart baby!

She just lights up our life, is the best addition to our family, and has her big sister's heart. And makes sure we're watching her constantly

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sweet Sisters

I can't remember if I have shared any of these pictures. 

I also can't remember what I had for breakfast.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Years 2017

We went to Blair and Brett's in Greenville again for NYE. Now that its March, I don't remember what happened :) - but I do know we didn't break into her house, set off the alarm to dispatch the police at 2am, or break anything. (Why do they keep inviting us back?)

But we had a blast, and it was a house full of people and 3 small children who slept through the loud noises. And then had the entire house awake at 7 am with train noises. 

We took a few pictures right before heading out town. 

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Falcons Family Photos

They lost the Superbowl - what a bummer of a game! But at least we got to play. Also, we decided to take a "#1" picture in case they won the Superbowl, I could post it right after. Olivia held up the wrong finger. 

..or she hates family photos?

..or she knew the outcome of the game?

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paci Free

Our big girl is paci free (a few years later than we should). We are so proud of her! I knew we should have taken it away earlier, but thought, with Emma coming, that it would be hard for her to see Emma with a paci. Of course, Emma didn't take a paci. But no one was sleeping well, that I really didn't want to mess with it. She only used it at night, and never had a lovie - she would just hold her pacis. 

We told her for weeks that she'd have to give it up at some point, but we would wait until she was ready. We showed her pictures of "pacifier teeth" in google images. She'd always get concerned about "those fire teeth."

Then, I remembered how successful the big bed was, because we read a book about it. So I found a couple books: "Bye bye binky" and "Pacifiers aren't forever." We didn't make a big deal about it. Just read the books as we would any other book. Then we changed the subject.

On day 5, she said she wanted to get rid of her paci. I was shocked and offered to put it inside the feet of a build a bear, so she could still hold it. She said, "no mama, I want to put it in the trash." (The book mentions it going in the trash). She did and slept fine that night.

I, however, felt so sad about her pacis (the things she loved most in the whole world) being in the trash. A couple of her friends had the pacifier fairy come trade the pacis for a gift. So I wrote a note from the fairy about how she was taking the two pacis to babies who didn't have any pacis and they would be loved by the babies. And I left a candy necklace and an Olaf puzzle. 

I should have known .... "How did that fairy get inside my house?" Umm, she didn't, she dug through the trash outside. "Were they girl babies or boy babies?" One of each? "I wanted them to go to girl babies." Girls, definitely girls.

Our little skeptic went to school where everyone cheered for her, and shared their own experiences of what the paci fairy brought them. She was a believer! And told everyone she ran into. 

We told her we were so proud of her that we would get her a present at Target (anything she wanted!) on Saturday (a few days away). The next night was hard. But I reminded her about the target gift, which helped. And the book says for them to do something to keep their mouth busy like kissing stuffed animals. She asked the next couple of nights, but never asked again! And slept fine.

When we were headed to Target she said, "I'm going to pick out a real live bunny!" Dan goes, "Thank god you said 'at Target.'" She found a $72 dollar car that was for a doll we didn't own. After pushing it all around the store, I finally convinced her the $10 bubble machine was SO cool and we headed home with that. 

I am so proud of her and how this was a non-event. Thank goodness for books that give her ideas that didn't come from mom and dad. ;)