Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunshiney Days

The sun is out and wow, does my Pacific Northwest heart become grateful.

This was just this morning. Playgroup at Olympia Family Theatre. These kids are too sweet!

Love them.

We walked to the park and then Deanna and I took the kiddos to lunch at 5th on 4th - YUM.

 This was last week - Maggie and Elyse picking "flowers". So cute!

Spring fair in Puyallup with Anna. Ice cream and dock dogs.

We loved watching these happy pups!

Puyallup Spring Fun Fair - Dock Dogs from Courtney on Vimeo.

This horse had a pink tail - Elyse was in love.

The horse's owner asks, "How old are you?" She holds up four fingers - "I'm two!"

Last weekend - Chelsey and I took the kiddos to the Seattle aquarium. Elyse got cranky near the end. I don't know why, but I think these pictures are the best. Parents never care - "Go ahead - take the picture!!"

My photos aren't clear, but I still wanted to show you this - she loved chasing the puffins.

The octopus was so cool - but she did not like him. I wasn't allowed to get close. I wasn't allowed to touch the starfish either. My bossy girl.

The pretend one was less scary, I guess.

Beecher's for lunch - YUM!

 We found the gum wall by accident! Adrion's turn to be sad.

I let Elyse add my gum to the wall. She thought it was gross, but not too gross to add mine!

On a not-so-sunny day a few weeks ago, Elyse, Marcie and I did some shopping at the mall. And, got talked into a train ride through the mall by the little one. What we wouldn't do for her!

And she took a ride in a rocket ship.

Just hanging out in my princess crown. It was Eula's birthday (her stuffed dog's name for the day).

 These are the kinds of pictures I find on my phone or iPad.

My iPad takes the worst photos ever, but sometimes I find cute ones I still must share with you.

Wilson had climbed up there himself.

And yesterday... We found her in just her panties, socks and sequin hat. She was pretending to be a mama cat.

And our real kitty was enjoying the sun too - handsome boy!

And some messing with Libby.

Elyse now draws people - like this.

Happiness is making up lots of waffles to store in the refrigerator. Elyse's favorite!

And some mornings when dressing yourself - you must take your princess dress off before eating your breakfast. Her idea - not mine.

Happiness is my friend, Lora. We got to see her at her garage sale. Elyse got to come home with a giant Barbie house and a bunch of Barbies to go with it. Lora and I were giggling over these weird Bratz dolls that look like they've had work done. I need to work on my "duck lips".

We've had great times lately enjoying ourselves. What about you?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Little Updates

We are definitely past the constant changes of baby and toddler-hood. Everything slows down at about two and a half.

If we are close, you have probably  heard me joke that I am plan to keep Elyse in a crib until she is 18. No big hurry on transitioning to a big girl bed here.

My friend Heide (parent of four) told me early on, "It is not IF she will climb out of her crib, but when". So, we waited for it. And waited for it. And she never did it! In her crib she has stayed.

She is a good sleeper anyway and this combined with an early wake-up of chatting and then going back to sleep - we have had many happy "sleep in" mornings to enjoy.

My personal advice - if your child isn't climbing out of their crib, it doesn't mess with your potty training and they and you aren't ready, they are fine staying in their crib.

At three and a half, we finally took the railing down. It just seemed like a fair time as any. She sleeps once in a while in our spare room and stopped falling off the bed (and it is much taller).

When I got home from work, she had to show me and told me her bed was "broken".

And then she thought it was cool. No big deal! I've been watching her on the monitor and she might get out to get a book or baby quickly, but gets right back into bed. On this particular day, I purposely left the blinds open so she could read before going down.

Another milestone - her first (or secondish) haircut. She actually had her first haircut at 13 months. We saved the hair, she got a sucker - all the cool stuff. It was just a bang trim and she had a couple more by Jennifer. Then, we stopped cutting her bangs and we never cut the rest. People would ask, "When are you going to cut her hair?" Kind of like the crib issue - I didn't know - just when the time was right.

After three and a half years of clips, elastics, ribbons and barrettes - it was time. One too many tangles had left the ends of her hair a little too straggly. Bill and I had overlapping appointments already - we thought it would perfect to add the Missy!

She wasn't too into it, but a little bribery, watching Frozen and holding Daddy's hand made it all better.

The tangly before.

Frozen makes it all good.

So does Daddy holding her hand.

This picture freaks me out - she looks so grown up.

The end!

She did so great - big girl! I didn't actually take an after picture. It really was just a trim and mostly just noticeable to us. Definitely still long and pretty.

 In another random happenings, Adrion spent the night with us a few weeks ago.

These two are very sweet together.

Someone (I will let you guess) can get a tad bossy however.

We celebrated an achievement with her and let her have one of her Valentine treats (curses to the parent that gave out fun dips!). Funny.

I'm surprised those fingers still aren't green!

Speaking of Valentine's Day, we had fun making hers for her friends at school.

She's been hit with a few bugs since the new year, but KNOCK ON WOOD, most have been short lived. Here was one day she awoke from a nap and we were going to a birthday dinner when she said her "mouth hurt" and she had a temp of 101. And - we suddenly weren't going anywhere.

Here is a day playing princesses in her room.


This robe kills me every time.

Glorious morning hair.

This is really digging back in the photos. This was back in January - play group at our house. Jaxin and Carson joined us.

Have I shared this already? If so, that's OK. I just love it. She is reading the Paleo Diet to Mama Kitty on Libby's bed. The. Best. Ever.

 And in true randomness - this is Chevy Chase, I mean Grandpa Brad! True awesomeness!

Speaking of this photo - it was displayed at Grandpa Keith's memorial service in February. Hard times.

At the reception after the funeral, there were cookies...and Uncles who easily hand out cookies... equating to good times for Elyse.

That is probably my most random post in a while, but had to catch up!

Currently, the girl is obsessed with going on an outing in our travel trailer. It is just now getting warm enough so we will have to plan that. She is so obsessed that I let her take a nap in her sleeping bag on the floor of her room just to get it out of her system. And her nap was at 10:30 a.m. because she was so into getting her hands on that sleeping bag.

Funny girl. Love her.


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