Saturday, July 28, 2012

This kid...

Kendall. At 3.5 years old, she's constantly outsmarting us and is usually two steps ahead. I'm not sure if that speaks to the speed of her mind or ours. lol

I picked her up from daycare to read on her daily talk sheet that she was a little emotional and didn't listen well. I also read about Kendall taking off on her bike during their walk.

We chatted a bit on the way home.

Me: Kendall, were you naughty today?
K: ummm, I was a little bit good today.
M: that's good, but were you a little naughty too.
K: *goes on to tell me how she used her manners two weeks ago*
M: did you take off on your bike?
K: I just had to get back to the house first.
M: well, if you don't listen when riding your bike there, you won't be able to ride it.
K: I'll just ride my bigger bike at home. She doesn't know what we do here.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sugar High

Sunday we went to a local parade.  The girls had already gone to one with my mother in law, so they were seasoned pros at this.  Kendall ran to grab her big sand bucket with full intentions of filling it up.
I had gone out for a run earlier in the morning, and it was really nice out.  As soon as we sat down at the parade, with the first float that came, so did the sun.  It got H-O-T.  The girls were sweating, but that didn't stop them from picking up and eating way too much candy.
Kendall was pretty excited to see all of the stuff she could grab.
Sydney had a better approach.  She mostly sat at the curb, and then just took her candy out of the bucket.  I see a future of Sydney being in a supervisor role while instructing Kendall to do the work.
After some lunch at great-grandma's house, we hit the church grounds for some games.  Kendall wasn't in the mood to go, but Sydney had fun!  We may need to work on her throwing skills before next year.  Good thing bean bags are soft, when they go the wrong way!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Play and Learn

If your kids are like mine, the minute you try to start making dinner, they're all over you whining for food or to play.  It's nice to have them close but....occupied. :)  

Sam over at Livin' the Good Life came up with a fun solution.  She has an adorable etsy shop, where she has a ton of cute products.  One of those are these adorable, hand painted wooden alphabet magnets.  You've seen letter magnets before, but these are different.  Your child's name will stand out in their favorite color!  Kendall is starting to try to spell and write her name {and everyone else's!} so it's a really fun way to get to do it together.

As you know, Kendall and Sydney's name wouldn't be able to be spelled out with traditional magnet sets due to the extra L and Y needed.  Sam thought of that, and can add in extra letters.
We received the box for Kendall's and Sydney's sets, and they were instantly excited.  Not only did she have their names in their set color coded with their favorite colors (green for Kendall and pink for Sydney), but she also went the extra step to color code the address label on the box for each of them.  Kendall instantly grabbed hers and said, "This was is green and that's my favorite color, so it must be mine!" :)
The girls first had a ton of fun just looking at all of the letters and naming the letter and the color.
Up next was adding them on the fridge, where they were proud to spell their name.  Since only the letters in their name are the color (green for Kendall and pink for Sydney) it aids them to be able to find and arrange the letters.
I was very impressed with the quality and attention to detail on these.  I know I will keep this in mind as a fun gift for a kid's birthday or holiday gift.  There is nothing better as a mom than seeing your children learning as they play.

If you're interested in finding out more on these fun sets, check out her etsy listing HERE and tell her we sent you. :)  

Disclosure: We received these products to try out, but all opinions and disclosures are mine.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Big 3-0

Today I'm 30.  30!!  It seems so crazy to me.  Didn't I just turn 25, like yesterday?  Wow.

In my 20's I:
- got to legally start going to bars
- graduated college
- started my first "real" job
- got engaged to the love of my life
- moved into our house
- married said love of my life
- had our first precious baby girl
- had our second precious baby girl
- leave my first real job for my second

It's been a busy 10 years!  I used to always think 30 seemed so....old.  Matronly.  Boring.  But, truth be told, it couldn't be better.  I am a pro at the 30s now that I have been a member for about 14 hours.

If I were to sit down and make a list of everything I wanted out of my life, I pretty much have it all.  I feel like some of the pressure I felt to get to the next big step is gone.  While, yes, there are still many more big changes coming our way, the important stuff is all here.

I get to fall asleep next to, and wake up every morning to this guy.  {ignore the drink in his hand, mmmkay??}

Just as fabulous, I get to spend my days loving up these two little ladies.

We have our health, and lots of love, and it really doesn't get much better than that.

So, I may have a few grey hairs sprinkled in and some creeky old knees.  I'd still say 30 is looking pretty darn good to me right now.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Snoring Sydney

Sydney's latest thing has been pretending to be sleeping.  She'll close her eyes and giggle, and then pretend to snore.  I tried to get it on video, but once again she made me have the facetime camera on.  In between each "snore" she'd break into a giggle fit.
If this doesn't put a smile on your face leading into the weekend, then you have a heart of coal. ;)

Monday, July 2, 2012

Our weekend through my iPhone.

About a month after I bought my new camera, I lost the battery cover.  The warranty was running out, so I sent it in while I still could.  What was supposed to be 2 weeks (which was still horrible) will now be 3-4.  Apparently they need to fix the speaker and microphone too??  Anyway, here are some quick cell snapshots.

Thursday night, the girls and I went to watch daddy play softball.  They watched him for about 30 seconds and spent the rest of the night playing on the playground.  They got to meet up and play with their friend Reese!
I posted last week about finding Kendall sleeping in random places in the mornings.  This marked night four of it.  I love that not only she gets up and falls asleep in the hallway, she takes about 7 blankets, pillows and stuffed animals with her.  And then shuts her bedroom door.  
Saturday, Kendall was being silly putting her  underwear on her head.  Minnie Mouse had a flower on her, so Kendall said they were flower girl panties.  Ever since Kendall was a flower girl in Lisa's wedding, everything is flower girl related.
Saturday morning we went to the bank to discuss financing for building a new house {more to come on that fun news later}.  After that we hung out at my parents for a couple hours and then went to Walmart.  That night, while in the bathroom giving the girls a bath, I noticed my dress was see through and everyone behind me got a lovely view of my underwear.  Thanks, mom for giving me a heads up!!!
Like the rest of the country, this week has been HOT.  Sunday morning we decided to pack up and head to the lake.
All in all, I'd say it was a pretty darn good weekend.  Add a four day work week into the mix, and I'd say life isn't too shabby right now. :)