Thursday, October 19, 2017

Preschool, Soccer, Firsts, and More

September was a month of fun. Daniel and I noticed that Arizona's bottom tooth was loose. Now, I don't care much for loose teeth. It's a fun first but I will not be the one to pull it out. I told Daniel that it's his job as a parent. It took about two weeks for it to come out. With a small tug on her tooth, Arizona pulled it out on her own. She felt accomplished and at school, her teacher and classmates sang her a song.  

 We went out to a concert on Sept 11th. We danced to The Fitz, The Tantrums, and One Republic. It was a perfect night out with our friends and each other. Daniel and I also saw the Piano Guys in Concert and that was amazing. Those guys are seriously so talented.

Preschool co-op started the first week of September. Seven of us moms switch up every week to teach the kids. I took on the first week of teaching and was excited to get the kiddos together to learn. There is something about 3 and 4 year olds and the things they say. We had a couple of meltdowns- one from Brielle of course, but all in all it was a success. The kids meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 9-12. Our theme the month of September was Our Amazing Body, and for October- The Changing Weather. 

Oh yeah, and this is a big first for Brielle- she pooped in the potty! She is officially potty trained and we are so proud of her and filled with relief that we don't have to deal with diapers anymore. You go girl! We celebrated with Andy's ice cream. 

Soccer season has started again and Arizona is getting better each time. Last season she was hesitant and this time she is going for the ball more. We talked about defense and we have noticed that she puts her arm out blocking the opponent. We love rooting for the Kangaroos. There are 7 games in the season and we are heading into the 5th game this coming Saturday. We won one game and have lost the others. It's great to see the kids work together. We love watching them play. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

August Happenings

August was a whirlwind of fun and firsts. I celebrated my 31st birthday in the most awesome way. A week before my birthday, my friend Sadie came to Dallas and "surprised" me. Now, I put surprised in air quotes because I had a feeling something was going down. Months before, her hubby Gabe had texted me wondering if I would be free around my birthday for a visit from Sadie. I was over the moon excited and told him to send her over. There were no confirmations of this visit so I wasn't sure if it was still happening. So when she came knocking on my door- I was excited and flustered at the same time. So many thoughts ran thru my head about what we needed to do with the little time she was here and just processing the fact that she was standing in my living room. It was awesome! It just so happened that our friend Kristy from Schaumburg was moving into the Dallas area that same weekend. Score!! So, in true Sadie fashion, she suggested we surprise her. We drove up on Saturday morning to her house, went out for Torchy's tacos and just chatted about life. It was a fabulous visit.
On my birthday, a group of my girlfriends and I went out for tacos and dessert. It was a great way to celebrate with people I genuinely have fun with and do what I love most- eat!
Earlier in August, we went to Brielle's cardio appointment. Each year, she needs a checkup on her heart to see if she is progressing well and that her heart valve is flowing the blood properly. She did great initially but then started to freak out once the ultrasound portion started. All in all, she looks great and we will go back next year in hopes for a more successful thorough visit. 

10 years seems insane to me. I remember waking up the morning of my wedding day and having a mini panic attack and now here we are 10 years later celebrating us. We had kept in mind for a long time to make a 10 year trip and decided on an East coast trip to see the Fall colors. On the day of our anniversary, we went to Pappa's Steakhouse. It just so happens that Dallas Restaurant Week is the same week as our anniversary, so we get a discounted meal and it was delicious. Man we look good!

My first born is officially a kindergartener. I can't believe it. We have been prepping her for kindergarten the entire summer and the day finally arrived. She woke up so excited and ready to start. We attended the library back to school party, and meet the teacher. I was so happy to find out that she got Mrs. Archer. She is so sweet and has been teaching kindergarten for 17 years. I love picking her up from school each day and hearing all about it. She knows everyone's name now and her best friend in class in Kennedy. She has transitioned from no school to full day kindergarten with such ease. She wakes up excited and ready to go. She is great at following the rules and reminding me of things that I need to do so her day at school runs smoothly. I really lucked out with this one. She is a dream.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sister Birthdays

The two youngest girls have birthdays next to each other in July. Adeline was born on July 28th 2016 and Brielle was born on July 29th 2014. We celebrated Adeline on the 28th with a cupcake. We hadn't given her many sweets before her birthday so we assumed that a rush of sugar would be a yummy surprise but she was not having it. Now she loves sweets and I have to hide by chocolate cashews from her.
Adeline was our latest walker from the older girls but started to find more interest days after her first birthday. She is more independent now and loves to explore her big sisters rooms. She LOVES to eat. I really don't know how she manages to fit all of the food/snacks I give her throughout the day. SHer favorites are blueberries, rice, and watermelon. She will try most everything as well. She is no longer nursing and finally sleeping thru the night. Her naps have become more consistent with one in the morning and one in the afternoon. As a third child she is along for the ride to soccer games, ballet, and school drop off and pickup. Thankfully, her attitude toward her carseat is better and I think she's gotten used to being a passenger along for the ride.

                         Adeline's 1 year old stats: 20 lbs 10 ounces- 45%; Height: 30"- 80%

                       Brielle's 3 year old stats: 31 lbs 13 ounces- 75%: Height: 39.5"- 90%
When we came home from Illinois, we planned a fun donut party for Brielle. She is a sweet, rambunctious, full of energy, defiant and so expressive middle child. She is true to her role as middle child as she loves to copy Arizona and be close to her with playing, sleeping and even going to the bathroom together. She is also very sweet and caring to Adeline. Now that Arizona is in school, she has played better with Adeline but gets very excited when Adeline goes down for a nap so she can watch her shows. She loves books so much and is excited to pick out what she wants at the library. She still loves her doggie and has introduced a new doggie named e-guy (no idea where she got that name from) into the mix. She is still potty training where some days she loves her diaper while others she can't wait to wear her Paw Patrol underwear. We will get there with her someday. Like I said, middle child woes.


 We had the kids come her party in bathing suits to splash around in the backyard first. We grilled burgers and hot dogs, had a donut cake and as a special surprise, we had a face painter. The kids loved getting fun characters painted on their face and were bummed when we had to wash it off the next morning for church. No surprise that Brielle had to get a doggie painted on her face.