These two are thick as thieves. We found a really neat alphabet app that Caroline loves. Lately, she's been wanting to climb into our bed, get under the covers, and "play letters with Daddy." Caroline adores her daddy and he adores his little girl.
Six weeks into this year-long project! Some days I love the shots I get, other days they're just ok. I am so glad I am picking up the camera to shoot every day and catching moments that I otherwise might have missed.
It was a pretty hot Saturday morning when we went to the farmer's market. We tasted and bought some yummy peaches and walked down to the end of Main Street to see the trains. Caroline would have stayed all day, but her cheeks were turning pink and it was just way too hot out.
Grampy came for a visit and brought Adon and Gabe along. We had a great time playing Wii, running in the sprinkler, looking at airplanes, going out to eat (and waiting a long time for a table), and just hanging out and spending some good time together.
Caroline is eager to help out with chores. She wanted to help Daddy take out the trash and recycling. She did her job well, two Nighnys in tow and all.
"It's the perfect wheel!" she said over and over as she examined the tricycle wheel. We looked at each other wondering where she learned that phrase. It must be from one of her "shows," we concluded. She did not want to give Daddy the wheel when it came time for its turn during assembly. She clung tightly informing us, "It's the perfect wheel, it's the perfect wheel." We eventually convinced our passionate, newly two, Caroline, that we should put the wheel on the tricycle because she would have a lot of fun riding on it. Even after "the perfect wheel" found its new home on the tricycle, almost tearful cries of "want the perfect wheel, want the perfect wheel" could be heard resonating in the halls.
With Caroline's "help," assembly took a little longer than planned, but it was finally time to gear up in her Minnie helmet and take the tricycle for a spin. "The perfect wheel" turned out to be a little squeaky, but hearing the wheel turn as she rode down the hall only completed the picture. The Minnie helmet quickly became a required accessory not only for tricycle riding, but also for coloring at the table, watching tv, eating, and reading.
Julia had her breakfast SUPER early and went back to sleep. So, instead of going back to bed after she ate, I stayed up and enjoyed the dark, quiet house all to myself for a while. But, first coffee...
I sipped on my coffee and unloaded the dishwasher before I sat down to my usual..a bowl of oatmeal and the morning Facebook headlines.
Paul was busy fixing his breakfast just as the sun was starting to come through the back windows. He made his usual...three scrambled eggs, a bagel, cream of wheat, and a cup of coffee. Caroline joined him soon after and had her "bagel-and-ceam-cheese" with juice.
Munchin' on bagels, sippin' on coffee (or juice), and chit-chatting with your Daddy is the best way to start the day!
Click on over to Hannah's blog to see what breakfast time is like at her house in Utah.
Good morning, birthday girl!
"Go Shoppin' at Target"
Lunch & Nap
...I wasn't surprised when you asked for a quesadilla for lunch...that's what you have most days. You always take a single bite out of each piece and then eat the rest. You are very methodical. You have been so helpful and are learning to carry your plate to the kitchen and put it in the sink. I'm so proud of you! After lunch, it was nap time. Julia and I came to get you when you woke up. Julia loves to play with you!...
Picking up Daddy from Work
"Birthday Party Balloons" & a Special Delivery
Dinner & Dessert
...We had a long day full of fun so we didn't get to assemble your new tricycle, but we'll do that soon! Reading stories together on the couch was a great way to end the day. Sweet dreams! I love you so much, Caroline Grace! Happy Birthday!!
All the rain we had this spring caused a lot of flooding. On Memorial Day, we went out to the lake to take a look. Everything was under water...parking lots, picnic tables, and playgrounds. To Caroline it was just one giant puddle for her to "splish-splash" in. She was a little disappointed when it was time to go. That girl LOVES water...just like her daddy!
Caroline loved playing in the water. Julia loved watching Caroline. Fun was had by all! Oh, and those rash guards...seriously...so cute!
Visiting Grandad and Mums means lots of outdoor adventures and fun at the lake. Caroline's favorite game (taught to her by Grandad) is "Splish-Splash." Find some water, hunt for rocks, and throw! She'd play this game all day if she could. Good thing there's no shortage of rocks on the shore. Julia has fun too, enjoying all the cuddles and chit-chats.
We went to visit family over Easter weekend. We had a super early morning flight and didn't quite make it in time so we just missed the final boarding call. We had a few hours before the next flight out so we ate some breakfast, Caroline watched Super Why, and Julia slept. Daddy loved taking the girls on the plane. Caroline made friends as we walked down the aisle to our seats, telling everyone (we're) "on the plane, on the plane..." She loved looking out the window. Julia slept. Both girls were great travelers!
We had several snow and ice days this year. It doesn't take much for these Texans to celebrate a little winter weather! Caroline had so much fun playing outside in the cold. She explored the snow and ice and had a great time running around. Snowballs, of course, were a big hit. (If it involves a ball, Caroline is happy!) She didn't even mind having cold hands.
Julia Kate arrived on January 6, 2015 at 8:26am. She weighed 7lbs 14oz and was 20" long. We were surprised by her head full of dark hair! Grandad, Mums, and Uncle John David came to visit. Caroline got to meet her little sister, although she was more interested in climbing on the bed and sharing Mommy's snacks. We are so excited to have Julia in our family!
We had a nice, relaxing Christmas complete with hot chocolate. We spent the morning in our pjs playing with Caroline as she enjoyed her gifts. We ended the day with some Settlers of Catan. Paul built the longest road I've seen...all the way across the board! It was nice to spend the day together as a family of 3, soon to be 4. Next Christmas Julia will join in the fun!
Paul loves Caroline and Paul loves to kayak...so this was just a perfect afternoon! Caroline had so much fun paddling around with Daddy in the kayak at Lake Grapevine. After the first go, she was ready to get right back in. Many, many water adventures are ahead for these two!
Caroline helped Daddy sweep the leaves. She had fun "munning" (running) through the pile, crunching and exploring the leaves. Mommy pulled her around in the wagon for a while and she was having so much fun she did not want to stop! She's cute even when she's not so happy. She would have stayed outside all day if she could.
Caroline loves to be outside! One of her favorite things to do is take Daddy by the hand and drag him out the door. She would spend all day in her ming (swing) if she could. She loves all kinds of weather and wants to go out no matter what. Even as an infant, being outdoors was a favorite activity. Daddy is looking forward to all the fun outdoor adventures they will have together. She truly has Coppin blood!
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