Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lucy Comes to Dallas

I was absolutely thrilled that my friend Lucy was coming into town for a visit. As a background- Lucy and I met in High School, we were both Juniors and we met in our school gym during a pep rally (we were in the "other" gym- the one for students who didn't want to participate in the pep rally). I was that girl who didn't care about my school sports teams, and never went to a high school football game. Now as an adult and living in Texas- the football capitol of the world right?- I'm thinking one day, I'll make my way to the bleachers and watch a High School football game. There's still time.
 Anyway, off tangent- we were introduced by a mutual friend and I immediately thought Lucy was nice. We talked more over the summer since we had mutual friends that year. We didn't have any classes together but we did have lunch together and that is really where we got to know each best. Our group of friends in High School were odd. By odd,  I mean there were a few girls I knew closely in our group who were fun and nice but others in our group were downright mean and judgemental. Lucy and I took that time when we felt out of place or didn't care about their opinions and ran off somewhere else. We always managed to make our way to the movie theater. So, we've always kept in touch all these years which has been awesome. We've made plans to meet every year. Lucy lives in LA and last year I went to visit her as a pre-baby trip. It was a blast and I ate so much food! That's another thing that binds us as friends...good food.

Our last night together we ate out at an Italian restaurant. 
I had searched for fun things to do in Dallas and since we are in the great state of Texas, I thought it made perfect sense to take her to a place where cowboy hats, boots, real bbq, and cattle were. So we headed to the Fort Worth Stockyards. Every day they have what's called the cattle run, where a herd of cattle are brought out and walk down the main street. I'd say there were about a dozen or so. It was short and sweet but completely authentic.





 We picked a perfect time to go since there weren't many people. The girls were able to run free and enjoy the sights and shops without the worry of a crowd. We had delicious burgers and raided the candy store.



 They had a petting zoo that the girls loved. I was surprised at how comfortable the girls were to let the animals eat out of their hands. They were awfully smelly and hungry- the animals, not the girls.

On one of our last evenings out with the girls, we grabbed pizza at Cane Rosso and then hit up an ice cream truck that specializes in bubble waffle cones. It's really rich so we steered clear of that to avoid a disruption in the girls bedtime routine. 


 On our in between days while Daniel was a work Lucy and I made homemade Korean dumplings. They were so delicious and so time consuming to make. It was fun to make, talk and jam to music while a major storm passed out the window.
 Whenever Lucy and I get together it is essential that we see a movie or two together. We saw Get Out and The Promise and we took the girls and saw Boss Baby. I was blown away by Get Out. I couldn't stop talking about it days after. Boss Baby was really fun too and it was Brielle's first time at the movies. She did amazingly well sitting in her massive reclining seat munching on popcorn. I forgot she was there most of the movie by how quiet she was, eyes wide with anticipation and awe.
 One night Lucy and I went out on the town to meet with one of her clients who lives in Grapevine. We visited Trinity Groves and bought cake from one of my fave spots, Cake Bar. We also went to The Arts District and bought some chocolate and walked around. We were starting to feel tired so we decided it was time to go home. It was getting close to 11 p.m when we almost got on to the freeway and we looked out our window and spotted a long line of people going into a restaurant. Upon further inspection we realized it was a taco place called the Velvet Taco. We both looked at each other and simultaneously said, "Tacos!" I pulled into the parking lot right away and we waited in line. We are both pretty particular about our tacos and we both agreed that these were amazing!! I can't wait to go again. It was so darn good.


 At the mall in Grapevine with the girls. They enjoyed going on the carousel and of course, we did some shopping.

Overall, it was an awesome visit. We were all sad to see  Lucy leave but we are anticipating a trip next year. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Soccer

We signed Arizona up for Spring Soccer and she is loving it. The great part about soccer is that all of her friends from church are on the same team. It's a team made up of boys and girls and it's been so fun to watch them play. I came with an expectation of seeing them just run in all kinds of directions and not really go all out or care about the game. I've been pleasantly surprised as a number of the kids on her team are really good. There are others that make me laugh each time I see them on the field because instead of looking for the ball- they are admiring the plants or the sky. Arizona loves to play but she isn't the fastest runner. A number of times she has said that she can't kick the ball because there are too many kids around. She isn't one to get in the middle of the action, but I can see she has determination and wants to try harder every time she gets on the field. They've already played two games and have lost both. Their practices are on Monday nights at 5:45- right after her ballet practice. Her games are on Saturdays and she has 5 more to go. At this age group of 4-5 year olds, it isn't about the score as much as it is about the fun they have, the exercise, and teamwork. It's a good thing all of the kids get along with each other and love to be active. I just love watching Arizona play. I think I'm slowly becoming a soccer mom. Ha!







Easter

We had a beautiful Easter Day with our family. I was so excited to get the girls into matching dresses and they looked so beautiful. Each year as the girls have grown, they have been so excited for the next holiday. We had an egg hunt with friends a few weeks before Easter which was a lot of fun. This year, Arizona and Brielle received books, a flower pot, gardening gloves, and a chocolate bunny.

  It is truly a blessing to know that our Savior loves us and because of Him we can live again. I love our eternal family.







Adeline is 9 Months Old



                                          


Our sweet baby girl is 9 months old. She is truly a sweetheart and a happy baby. I could not have asked for a more calm and sweet girl. We had Adeline sleeping in our room for 7 months until I had enough and banished her to a crib. The decision was hard for me at first as it always is with each kid but as soon as I do it, I wonder why I didn't do it sooner. We had Brielle sleeping in a crib and that was fine because she couldn't climb out, but every morning we were greeted with a screaming upset child and I had had enough of that too. We also were debating what to do with Arizona- would we get a bunk bed for the girls, would we move Arizona to the guest bedroom and let her sleep in the big bed, essentially with each girl to their own room? It was a lengthy discussion and we decided on the latter. It made sense to give them each their own room for now and when guests come over, Arizona could sleep on the floor with Brielle. So, first night Adeline is in the crib- on the other side of the house from us- she cries out a number of times in the night (according to Daniel). I don't hear a thing because I am practically dead to the world since I've been sleep deprived for the past 7+ months (Let's not forget those months of pregnancy where I barely slept as well). As the nights progressed she slept longer and longer without waking and crying and I got longer than 3 hours at a time of sleep. I was feeling like a new woman! It's amazing how a good nights sleep can change your mood entirely. She has been sleeping thru the night and she is our first to do so at 8 months. The other girls were a year old. Like I said, she is our sweetheart of a baby. It reminds me too of her baby blessing where it says that she will be kind to others and show empathy. I truly believe that she shows that now by the way she looks at me and by letting me sleep.

Adeline also loves food. We are doing baby led weaning, which means she eats everything our family eats and she tries to feed herself. Here as well, she is my easiest to feed. She loves everything I've given her and not once has she spit out or gagged on something. Her ultimate favorites are bananas, any green veggie, and eggs.

Just in the last few weeks she has started to crawl. She is so excited and I am becoming a crazed momma over it. I feel like it's harder this time to let her roam free because there are so many more dangers. One-we have a bigger house. Two- the older girls leave everything out, every small thing is on the ground and Adeline puts everything in her mouth- so I fear she will choke. Three-We have hardwood floor- so her face has hit the ground pretty hard a number of times. This poor girl will just need to figure it out and I will just need to be vigilant at a distance.



Some other things she likes:
chewing on paper, rides in her stroller, storytime at the library, pulling on hair, rubbing her snot on my shirt, playing with bowls, cups, and measuring spoons, eating puffs, chewing on shoes, and watching her older sisters play.
Her stats: Weight- 18lbs. 12 ounces in the 50%
               Height- 28 inches in the 75-90%
We just love our sweet girl.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

March Happenings

If there is one thing I love the most about Dallas, it's the Winter and Spring. The weather is perfect and we make it a point to go out to the park each day. We are so lucky to have a park in walking distance (and by close I mean across the alley and thru someone's backyard close). Often times we are playing in the yard and the girls will hear other kids yelling and know that it's so easy to get there. We have also been blessed with a walking trail nearby and the community has put in a lot of volunteer hours to make a nature trail. It will feature a butterfly garden and a beautiful walking path with freshly planted trees. They encourage neighbors to come out and help plant and beautify the path. We are excited to get the girls out and helping soon. Here are some pics from our everyday adventures to the park.






Arizona and I also made it out to see Beauty and Beast. We both loved it so much and I was proud of her for sitting in her own seat for most of the movie. We can't wait to see it again.




Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Day

We had a low key Valentine's Day this year and I loved it. There was no pressure to make over the top gifts for the kids and Daniel and I didn't get each other anything. Well, he did surprise me with roses but it made more sense to buy me bouquet and from that bouquet grab two roses from the girls. Yup, call us cheap, we're okay with that. We made our way out to Chipotle for dinner- another way of saving money- sort of. The girls are signed up for a reading program and with reading a total of three hours, they earned a free meal at Chipotle. I think it was more of a good reason to get Chipotle for me. They barely ate any of their food, but they made it up by eating donuts as a treat. They received money  from their grandparents and with that money they wanted to buy donuts. We also watched The BFG (part of Arizona's reading came from reading the book with Daniel).





We have had beautiful weather days and that calls for more outdoor play time. I love watching the girls play with each other, and hold hands. I love to eavesdrop on conversations between Arizona and Brielle where she explains how things are done. Arizona takes it upon herself to be a teacher and Brielle soaks up all the information. They really are the best of friends.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Adeline is 6 Months Old


Our baby is 6 months old!! I can't believe how quickly time flew by with this little one. When I had just Arizona at home, I felt like my days were so long. I think I figured out why that is. Having just one child- you're entire focus is on this one kid who doesn't talk to you, who needs attention 24/7 and sometimes you just feel like bedtime will never come. With a third child, I'm able to do more while the older kiddos entertain her. It also helps that my older girls want to go to the park and playdates with friends and that fills the awake time of our baby. It might also be that this time around as a mother of three- I've gotten used to this. Going from one kid to two was simple for me. At first it was scary to try and balance it all but I was more confident when it came to nursing and understanding my baby's cues. I was hoping it would be the same with a third, but man, did the transition from two to three rock my world. Each girl had different needs and it didn't help that we just bought a house and were in the middle of a move. And....lets not forget that I was dealing with a kidney infection and mastisis weeks apart from each other. It was rough. 
Adeline has been our easiest baby though. She is so content and happy and at 4 months- she became the smiliest baby. With the other girls- we had to work for those smiles. We just look at Adeline and immediately we get this cute open mouthed smile. 
 The girls enjoy being her big sister and love greeting her in the mornings and post nap. She flails her arms around them and Arizona is the only one that can truly make her belly laugh. They don't call her Adeline but have given her the nickname of Baby LuLu. Its stuck and Daniel and I have caught ourselves saying Baby LuLu when trying to get her attention.

 She is the best shopping partner and best outdoor companion. When the girls want to go to the park, she is happy to sit in her carseat and watch everyone run around. This was her first time in a swing and she loved it. I see many more park dates in our future.

 Arizona was a toe sucker, Brielle couldn't even reach her feet, and Adeline has discovered her feet recently. It's been a great way to keep her entertained.

 I should also mention that Adeline is working hard on her core muscles. This is how you will find her most of the time. She just wants to be part of the action. Work that core baby! She has recently started to sit and that has given her a new perspective which she really enjoys.


 Adeline's stats are: Weight- 16lbs 14 ounces and her height is 27.5 inches. She is tall for her age and is in the "normal" range for her weight. None of my babies have ever been super chunky but both Brielle and Adeline have measured taller. We love having our sweet LuLu in our family. She is a great eater and started eating solids a few weeks ago and loves everything so far. She doesn't sleep thru the night yet, but none of my other girls have at this age anyway- so my expectations are low. Sad for me and my sanity, but I'm used to it. I am working on getting her down to two naps a day now which has been so much better with our busy schedule. We are always on the go and have so much fun with a house full of girls. We wouldn't have it any other way!