Jun 29, 2011

Trail.

There's this trail just a block away from our house. That leads us through tall grass and under a canopy of maple trees. Our girl loves it here.
She dances and sings while spinning with her hands up in the air -- mesmerized by the green ceiling above her. Thin beams of sunlight try to peak in between the leaves while the heat is mellowed by the shade they provide. We are excited to reunite with this favorite place of ours as the summer slowly decides to come out to play.
{Had to snap these pictures with my phone. We had an impromptu visit to the "forest" and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture it. Next time I'm taking my camera!}

Jun 27, 2011

While momma washes the windows.











We get them dirty for her to wash again!

It's a good thing they're so stinkin' cute! ;0)

Jun 22, 2011

Ten months old.

Another month just flew past us and Cooper is now only two months away from turning one!And how scrumptious is he? His chubby cheeks, his thick hairs {that grows so fast -- already ready for haircut #3!}, his long eyelashes, his sweet personality, his big open mouth kisses, his squeals and kicks of excitement, his babbling, his big toothy smiles, his speedy crawling, his playfulness, his curiosity... the list goes on. We love this boy so incredibly much!
Man, we're blessed! : )

Jun 9, 2011

Summer.

Yesterday felt like summer. Not the weather. Definitely not this weather, but something about yesterday felt good.

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I started the day with a 5AM walk/run around the neighborhood. The birds were chirping, cows were mooing in the distance, the sun was shining, the air was fresh and crisp and I was happy. When the alarm clock went off I wanted that extra half hour of sleep so badly, but knew if I just got up and moving I'd feel better. And I did.

As I finished my little jaunt through the nearby pasture and along the trail that is umbrellaed by maple trees, I couldn't help but feel in awe. In awe, of this amazing life I have. It felt good to take a step back from the daily hustle and bustle. And maybe that's what I love most about summer.

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I love how things start to slow down during the summer. Each outing feels a little less crazy and everyone seems to be so low key. Simple meals, simple outfits, but tons of fun to be had!

We finished the day off yesterday by stopping by the store to grab a pie to take to Isabelle and Cooper's end of the year BBQ at school. I should have made something, but honestly, I didn't mind. It just felt nice to be celebrating the end of the school year and I wasn't going to let my lack of preparation get in the way of my littles and me enjoying a simple celebration.
And she loved the strawberry pie she picked out.

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Summer is right around the corner!

I'm looking forward to lazy weekends spent at the lake. Watching the kids splash in the water, building sand castles, and soaking in the sun.

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Dear Mother Nature: Please feel free to let summer out to play! We're ready and waiting patiently. Thank you!

Happy Friday my friends!! Any fun summer plans you have?

Jun 3, 2011

An Isabelle update.



Wow! It's been quite a while since I've given an update on our little sweetie. As Isabelle gets older, I find myself not giving the fun little updates on her like I did when she was a baby. I'm much better about giving updates on Cooper. Maybe it's because when they are babies they have checkups every few months, they are developing new skills like none other, and hitting milestones on a regular {sometimes daily} basis.




Over the past couple of months Izzy has been such a little sponge -- sucking the life out of, well, life and soaking everything in. She's always been very observant and excited to learn. You can always see her little wheels a crankin' inside her head. On June 13th she will move up to the junior preschool classroom at school. She is so excited and ready for it. She's been transitioning into this classroom spending mornings or afternoons in with the big kids and has absolutely loved it! I'm excited for her, but it also makes me a little sad. I felt this way when she moved into the toddler room. It's just so hard to believe how quickly she is growing up -- she's becoming such a big girl.






Some of Isabelle's newest accomplishments/updates:



  • She is beginning to learn addition. She'll hold up two finger on one hand and one on the other and ask, "Mommy, what does two plus one make?" I ask her to count them out and she'll exclaim, "Three!" Then she says, "I know a good one. What does three plus three make?" And we go over and over this. Changing how many fingers we're holding up and counting them one at a time. So fun!

  • She loves to sing and dance.

  • She is recognizing letters everywhere. If someone has a shirt with words on it she'll point out certain letters. She also loves to be quizzed on what letter words start with. It is the cutest thing as she sounds out the beginning of the word and the excitement she shows when she gets it right.

  • Her imagination is hilarious. It is so fun to watch her play independently and hear the stories she makes up with her toys.

  • Just this past week she's started to say, "Hat and hat rhyme!" or "Ball and ball rhyme!" We then go through words that actually rhyme. She doesn't fully get it, but I'm sure it won't be long.

  • Her favorite movie is Tangled.

  • She's becoming more adventurous when it comes to trying {and liking} new foods. She loves all fruits, most veggies, and yogurt. We have to push to get her to eat meat, but she is starting to like chicken breast and roast.

  • Her favorite color is still pink.

  • She loves playing dress up {her new thing is to dress up for her "wedding"}, with her babies, and drawing.

  • She also loves to play with Cooper and keeps a great watch on him. Sometimes she's a little too bossy, but it's still pretty cute.

  • She can spell her name and pretends to write it.

I could go on and on... all in all, she is growing like a weed and learning as much as she can. It's so fun to have a toddler and to watch her as she develops into her own little self. Speaking of, I'm being beckoned to a tea party!