Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Bring on Summer

The summer heat is getting real now and that means more time around the water. We have a new splash pad down the road from us that we really like and the girls have asked to go many times. Its nice because there is this shaded area for me and Adeline, a spot where she could crawl to and play with the water. The girls like to go back and forth from the water to the playground and everything is so close to each other that I don't feel like a frantic mother wondering where they went. Texas summers are no joke, so its a good thing we have free access to fun cool down activities. 



 I wanted to post a picture of AZ's last soccer game group photo. Her last game was in mid May and it was a windy and cooler day. We were short a few players so AZ played most of the game. We noticed that as each game went on- she got more confident. She kicked the ball more and went for it(not aggressively) but still not totally fearful. We are thinking it will be good for her to do soccer again in the Fall. She enjoyed playing with her friends and I loved that the parents were easy going about it. I guess I should consider myself a soccer mom now.






Mother's Day With 3 Girls

It was a wonderful Mother's Day with my three beauties and my amazing hubby. We have church at 9 so I didn't get to sleep in necessarily but I woke up to a wonderful breakfast made by Daniel. We had waffles, bacon, strawberries and homemade whipped cream. It was delicious. Adeline slept in which made our breakfast experience very low key. She likes to throw food on the floor now. It is not fun.




The girls got me chocolates which is exactly what I wanted. You can never go wrong with chocolate. We had a very low key day of church, napping, and spending time with one another. I love being a mom and having these three girls in my life has made me so happy, tired, and at times crazy. It is really a fun adventure with them and I'm looking forward to many more Mother's Day with them.










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.