February 28, 2014

Our life in bullet points

*The great princess adventure
When I was younger, Ami my older sister, took me to Beauty and the Beast on ice. She told me to get dressed up fancy and didn't tell me where we were going. Actually I think she lied about where we were going and then I was surprised when we ended up at the show! Anyway, It was a special memory I will remember forever. So I knew we had to pass that tradition on to my girlies with their aunts. Well, Disney Junior Live was in town with Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.... so it was the perfect opportunity for the girls to go on a "surprise princess adventure" with their aunts. Aunt Ami, Aunt Chloe, and the girls got dressed up and were told they were going on a princess adventure but they didn't know where. I was NOT allowed to go with them. No mommies allowed. Ha! If you know me, I'm kind of obsessed with being there for everything with the kiddos and this was one of the first times I wasn't, so it was weird for me. But I'm glad they went and had fun and I hope the girls remember the memories forever! Here are pictures before they left for the show... dressed in princess gear of course!
*The dentist
The girls went to the dentist this week. This was Lidia's second time and Carly's first time. Carly's teeth looked perfect, which I assumed because she's obsessed with brushing her teeth so her teeth stay white. She will call you out if she thinks your teeth are yellow.. ha! But little Miss Lidia has two cavities that she has to get filled next month. Poor thing. The dentist told her "no more candy" and she is following directions! She tells everyone she sees that she isn't allowed to have candy anymore... good girl! :)
*Activities
The girls are both still in dance and doing great! But since we are members of the YMCA, we can sign up for classes for really cheap! So we decided to put each of the girls in their own separate class this winter. The classes only lasts about 6 weeks so it's great for this loooong winter that we are having! Anyway, Lidia was adamant about swim lessons, and Carly gets to do a tumbling class! It's great to have them in their own classes and a little bit more independent from each other.
*Health
Our family had been healthy with no sickness for almost a year! So, we knew we were due for some sickness to hit us. And it did. All of us got a 24 hour stomach bug one weekend. It went away just as fast as it came though, so that was good! Besides the quick bug we got, Lidia had been complaining of headaches for several weeks so I finally took her into the doctor, since they were becoming more frequent. Turns out she had a double ear infection. Not only was it an ear infection, it was "the worst infection I've ever seen" according to our pediatrician. She said her ear drum looked like a balloon and was about to burst. Luckily it did not, and we got her on antibiotics quickly.
*Lidia
Speaking of Lidia, she turned 4 1/2. She thinks this is a huge milestone. But really, her school just celebrated her half birthday (a month late, I might add... ha!) since her birthday is in the summer. BUT! She got to bring in treats and wear a ribbon, and she thought she was hot stuff. Apparently 4 1/2 year olds are completely different from 4 year olds and eat different things too. Who knew?! Speaking of turning older, I attended a parent meeting for kindergarten last week. I teared up 4 times throughout the whole thing because I'm crazy and not ready for all of that. So yeah. Kindergarten? Almost 5 years old? Who is this BIG GIRL?!
*And other stufffff
We went to a Valentine's Day Party at church with all of our friends...
We celebrated Collin's pirate birthday party at the bowling alley....
... and did the normal hang around the house, be crazy and obsessed with each other stuff too!

February 05, 2014

Currently...

Mourning:
The Bronco's Super bowl loss.
But seriously... that was pathetic.
(...and these pictures were taken two weeks before the Super Bowl at Matt's birthday party to watch the AFC/NFC Championship games. At least the Bronco's showed up to that game)
(and yes, Carly is wearing a summer dress at a restaurant when it's freezing out. At least she showed up in her Bronco's sweatshirt?)
Anticipating:
...lots of snuggles this week.
We have, yet again, a lot of snow coming our way. Vacation anyone?!
Listening to:
The Frozen soundtrack and Chippettes soundtrack.
All day. Every day.
Thinking about...
Kindergarten and Preschool.
Did you know registration for both start NOW?!
So much to do. So much to think about.
Both girls were born in July, so they will both be the youngest in their class.
Should we put Lidia in Kindergarten this year and have her be the youngest?
Or keep her back and be the oldest? (and tallest... by far)
Which preschool should Carly go to?
We LOVE Lidia's preschool so it'd be a no-brainer for Carly to go there, right?
Wrong.
If Lidia goes to Kindergarten, Carly could go to preschool at that elementary school which would make drop-offs/pick-ups easier.
Should Carly go to all day preschool?
Should I change around my work schedule so the girls wouldn't have to have any before/after school care?
Ahhhhh. Someone make these decisions for me!
 
Excited for...
THIS!
The girls have no idea they are going to this show this weekend!
Their Aunt Bubba bought them tickets, amazing tickets at that, and we are surprising them with the show!
I can't wait!

Planning for...
A busy February!
Dance classes, swim lessons start, and Valentine's day parties for both church and school for the girls!
Hopefully many more pictures of the girlies with their friends...
Thankful for...
these two.
....and my husband.
And our family, our friends, and our wonderful life.
I don't say it enough, but we really are happy, healthy, and blessed.

January 31, 2014

A-Z of L&C

The ABC's of Lidia at 4 years, 6 months old:
Apples, yogurt, soft shell tacos, hotdogs, chicken nuggets, and pancakes are a few of her favorite (food) things.
Oh, and cake. Cake tops... well... anything.
Best friend is Carlyl, of course. Also, Austin and Peyton from preschool.
Church and crafts are some of her favorite things to do.
Dancer at Dance-A-Cross studio for the 3rd year!
Embarrassed often, Excited easily, and Enthusiatic about everything.
Frozen. Frozen, Frozen, Frozen!! (the movie. need I say more?!)
Goes to preschool 4 days a week, for 3 hours per day and LOVES it.
Helper. Loves to help momma with everything; cooking/cleaning/etc. She also loves when she gets to be a helper at school. It's all she talks about that week!
Intrigued by everything!
Jokester. She LOVES to hear and tell jokes.
Kind-hearted
Loves to play games. Her favorites are Guess Who and Jake and the Never land Pirates game.
Memorized how to spell Lidia, Carly, Britt, Matt, Papa, Daddy, Lulu, and more... plus the entire alphabet. 
She can also count to 100! (100 with assistance, 30 with no assistance)
NFLfan and the Broncos biggest fan. She knows so much about football, it's pretty crazy.
OCD/Overachiever
Pinkalicious series are her favorite books, pink is her favorite color, and posing for pictures is a favorite too.
Question asker. So many questions!
Really tall! Wears size 6 clothing and size 12 shoes! She's over 95 percentile in height and weight.
Swim lessons start in February
Teachers names: Mrs. Keller, Mrs. Adams, and Mrs. Frye. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Adams.
Upbeat and energetic... ALL.THE.TIME.
Very friendly. She's THAT child that talks to and plays with everyone anywhere we go.
Wii sports extraordinaire
X,Y, & Z... Yeah, I've got nothing... :)

The ABC's of Carly at 3 years, 6 months old:
ABC's. She knows how to say/recognize all the letters of the alphabet. She knows how to write her name, but has trouble with writing the letter R. She also knows how to count to 20. 15- 20 are sometimes hard for her but she's doing great!
Best friends are Lidia and Papa. Apparently I'm chopped liver.
Coloring. She is obsessed with coloring. See the picture above? There is always a color in her hand!
Dance. This is her first year of dance and she loves it! She has the cutest gymnast/dancer body ever.
Eats: EVERYTHING. Pretty much. Sometimes she can be picky, but she's usually a great eater!
Funny. SO FUNNY! The things that come out of her mouth are ridiculous! Just the other night she said, "that's music to my ears!" I never know where she comes up with this stuff.
Goes with the flow. She's kind of on a need to know basis. She doesn't have to know every little detail like a certain older sister of hers... ahem :)
Hide and seek is her favorite game to play. You will always find her hiding under a blanket. Always.
Invincible! Or so she thinks. She is still a little daredevil, crazy person.
Jesus. She prays to Jesus before bed each night, and her new thing is to sleep with her small bible at night. It's adorable.
Kisses. She LOVES to give kisses. She kisses arms, legs, hands, cheeks, mouths, clothing. She loves to show affection.
Little sister syndrome. She's got it! All the hand me downs are hers and she follows in her big sister's footsteps in everything they do.
Make-believe. She is so creative and imaginative. Watching or listening to her play and make believe is so fun.
Not a fan of taking pictures. At all.
Opinionated, Optimistic, and Obedient. HA! Scratch the last one :)
Purple is her favorite color. Always and forever.
Quirky. What kiddo isn't?!
Reserved. She always says she's "shy" when she is around people she doesn't know.
Singer. All she does is sing. She sings instead of talks. Don't be surprised if she's a famous singer someday!
Terrible three's. We have had our fair share of terrible three's this year but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel!
Un-dying love for her daddy. She has become the biggest daddy's girl ever.
Very good at sharing. I think this has to do with her over-bearing, "not so good at sharing" sister.
Wears 4T clothing and size 7/8 shoes.She can still fit in some 3T clothes also. She's very "average" when it comes to height and weight.
X, Y, and Z... once again, I've got nothing!
See? She does not like taking pictures!

January 23, 2014

These two...

So it's almost the end of January already... how did that happen?!
 2014 has already shaped up to be a pretty fun year!
First off, we took a little trip to see these pretties...
THE TWINS!
This reunion was long overdue and the four girls had the best day together!
 
(Lidia is the tallest and she is 4. The twins are little nuggets and 6!)
Even in 2014, these two little pretties continue to be little diva monsters.
 In the past couple weeks/months, several different people have commented to me about how close these two are.
And yes, yes they are as close as they seem in pictures.
Don't believe me?
Let me tell you this story I shared on Instagram...
 
Carly walks out of dance class crying...
"Those children (yes she said children) are dancing with my sister and they are better than me!"
Ten seconds later, Lidia walks out of dance class crying...
 "I can't dance without my best friend, my sister!"
 
...  and then this picture followed....
These two, I tell ya.
...oh and then there's this picture...
They are crazy about each other.
I get asked if they fight.
Yes, sometimes they fight.
They actually used to fight ALOT.
Now, not as much.
 
But just so you don't think we are crazy people obsessed with just each other... we have other friends too!
Brooklyn playdates, twin playdates, preschool playdates, and Aunt Chloe playdates.
...and of course they love their mama.
Unless they are put in timeout and a certain little four year old says...
"I'm not gonna be your baby with I'm a grown up anymore!!"
Okay?
Sorry?
I didn't know how to respond to that... insult?
At least she loves me and says she's my baby when I take her swimming?
... and when I buy her a cape, take her to the library, and apparently the dentist too? Who knew?!
... and of course sledding.
But anyway, this post is all over the place.
It's really about nothing other than my cute, kinda spoiled kiddos that are best friends for life, that seem to get mad at me a lot.
Such is life, right?
They have it so rough, these two...
Maybe I'll have something more interesting to talk about next time...
Maybe.


January 06, 2014

2013 Holiday Happenin's ~ Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

On Christmas Eve, we stayed around the house most of the day. I let the girls open their gifts from my dad and my grandparents during the day. I figured it was a few less Christmas presents we had to haul later that day. So the girls opened a few presents, and it's safe to say that Carly's face was priceless after seeing the Doc McStuffins toy. She LOVES Doc McStuffins.
Then at 4pm, we went to the Christmas Eve program at our church.
After that, we were already packed up, so we headed over to Lulu's for the night!
It's tradition to stay at my mom's house with my sisters on Christmas Eve.
(Even though I try to break tradition sometimes! I've only succeeded once :)
(silly Stompeez she just had to have)
(kisses from Aunt Bubs)
(taking pictures of Lulu on their new Leap Pad)
When we got to my mom's house we had dinner, played a bit, and then opened our annual/traditional Christmas ornaments and matching pajamas for the girls!
Lovin's from Aunt Chlo.
New yearly ornaments!
Then we left out cookies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer! Lidia wrote Santa a letter too!
Then we watched for Santa on the computer. When the girls went to bed, he was flying over the ocean... so they hurried and tried to fall asleep fast so he wouldn't skip our house :) I wish bedtime were that easy every night!
Then we woke up bright and early (ahem... 6am thanks to Aunt Bubs) on Christmas morning.
The girls took our annual picture on the stairs... they were sooooo excited!
I'm glad THEY have to take pictures on the stairs, and I don't have to anymore!
Well actually they still take a picture of us sisters and Matt too.
 I just don't want to scare anyone, so these pictures of the girls will do! Ha.
Then it was time to see what Santa brought!
In our family, Santa brings little stuff in the stockings and only one present.
Sometimes the present is big, sometimes it's small. It just depends.
This year Santa brought a baby doll stroller, carseat, and high chair!
Then it was present time!
They got so much amazing stuff this year!
But this Stuffie was Lidia's favorite.
 
After presents, we had a yummy quiche breakfast, played games, ate Subway for lunch (another tradition... we LOVE Christmas traditions) played some more, and took naps!
...and yes, we stayed in pajamas all day.
It was amazing.
:)