We started doing some preschool with Caroline this fall. Her favorite song is "Little Bird, Little Bird" by Elizabeth Mitchell so we thought that was a perfect name for our school. Caroline calls it "Little Bird Pretty School" :-) She loves climbing up into her big chair and working at the table with me. She is eager to learn and loves trying new things. I'm excited to see her growing!
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.
With my little helpers in tow, we tackled the dishes and laundry, made the bed, picked up, and vacuumed. It was a busy day, but I enjoyed working together with my girls.
Head over to Jen Faith Brown Photography to see how she documented chores, then continue on to check out the rest of the blog circle.
We were getting ready for church one Sunday and Caroline was watching me put on makeup. I showed her how to do the blush brush on her cheeks. There's just something so special about having a daughter. I'm looking forward to a lot more moments like these as she grows up.
After visiting my sister and her family, Grammy and Grampy took a detour to stop by for a short visit on their long drive back home. They came early in the morning so they brought breakfast...donut balls, according to Caroline. Wish they could have stayed longer, but I'm so glad we got to see them for a little bit!
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.
In July, I joined a blog circle and we documented breakfast time. This month our blog circle is documenting what getting ready looks like. Be sure to check out Stephanie's blog next.
Getting ready is always an adventure with two little ones. It's just more fun to play and move and wiggle and run. And the diapers...oh so many diapers.
Julia's getting pretty quick. She's been starting to crawl so any chance she gets, she's on the go.
Getting ready usually requires a trip to the dryer to find clothes. This time, Caroline left as quickly as she came, leaving Nighny and Another One Nighny behind.
Caroline is becoming quite independent. She still needs some help with her clothes, but she loves to brush her teeth herself. She's actually getting pretty good at the back-and-forth brushing motion. She always informs me "Caroline first" when I ask her to go brush. Mommy finishes up just to be sure we keep those teeth clean and white!
And what girl doesn't need to spend a little time on her hair! Oh that beautiful, red hair!
Head on over to Stephanie's blog to see what getting ready looks like for her!
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!
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.
...because sometimes you just need to get the camera remote out and have a little fun!
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!
I love saying "my girls"...makes my heart happy! There's just something special about having daughters. I am blessed to spend so much time playing and laughing with them. It's not easy work, but being Mommy is the most rewarding job I could have.
We had fun trying out my new camera remote. Caroline thought it was a lot of fun and I got to be in some pictures. I'm learning more about editing in Lightroom and had some fun with these shots. :-)
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!
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