Saturday, July 27, 2013

My girls are 3?!?!

 This was back when Charlotte and mommy had our date. We went to Target and showed those folks how to wear hats like models!
 
 We went to the Castle Park too and Mommy got sugar!!
 
 Cant say how much I love this picture enough! I even ordered a 24x24 canvas print of it. Love it

 Boy did they have fun when poppy bought a huge pile of sand! HA!
 
 We took an impromptu trip to Georgia for some cousin attention last month. They loved it! We all did!
 
Love it when they play together. I think this is Mia and Bean... ha
 
 They love their sandbox.
 
 This is Mia RUNNING to ONE of her birthday presents this year (we went seriously overboard). But this was a last minute purchase. A good friend of ours moved to D.C. and couldn't take their swing set so we bought it for a steal! Had to get it and I think Mia is super excited about it!
 
 But Abbi NEVER disappoints when it comes to awesome reactions to things. This was her when she first saw the swing set. HA! Love that girl!
 
Grandma and Grandpa surprised the girls (and daddy) for their birthday this year! We loved having them here for our week of fun (and rain)!  

 Jared and I bought big fireworks and shot them off on their birthday this year. They loved it! No one was scared but they did cover their ears because it was so loud. They loved them!

 Fireworks in our raincoats because it RAINED the entire week of their birthday! Poo!
 
 My Red White and Blue girls on their birthday. We did a red, white, and blue theme this year. Embraced being born practically on the 4th. Thought I should probably get it over with, seemed inevitable. Turned out super cute though!
 
 Our big present this year was this bounce house (which may I say is still in our living room and being enjoyed daily!) It totally rocks and was worth every penny. They love it!

 Here is our attempt at a cousin photo. Natalie and Nick were able to be here for the girls' birthday and we were so excited. However, by this point the girls were completely overwhelmed with people and excitement and toys and were totally moody. That's Mia in the middle refusing to look at the camera. HA! Gotta laugh right?!
 
 Our sweet neighbor Aunt Jeanie gave the girls the most awesome costumes. Abbi loves loves loves this dress and wears it daily, multiple times. Shes so funny!
 
 Mia loves the Tinker Bell costume the most!
 
 And my only semi girlie girl Charlotte loves the doctor's coat! She also has a Tangled dress that she wears but she like to keep her options open! HA! Smart girl!
 
There's something I just love about this picture. Its Mia with a bucket catching water from the sprinkler in her rain boats and diaper. Its so country. And real. And happy moments. Its beautiful because it really feels like my life in a snap shot. My sweet girl just enjoying the beautiful weather outside. Perfection.

We are THREE! YIPPEE!!!

YEAH! We made it pass the terrible twos. I have to say though, the threes seem pretty rough so far. HA! But I say that laughing because I absolutely love this age! Its the best! They are so funny. They can remember and understand so much that it surprises me sometimes.. I love that they have each other. I love that they are the most wonderful part of my day. I just feel like I could explode with happiness some days. And of course I find myself wanting to run away from home other days. HA! I think (hope) most moms feel that way SOMETIMES. They are still in their cribs, which I am actually sort of proud of.. and we still have 2 hour naps 98 percent of the time. They love nursery at church and that has been a huge blessing moving to this ward.

 The three things that I am now fearing and facing and dreading since they were born are 1. potty training (AGH!) 2. transferring to toddler beds and 3. ditching naps. They honestly should be potty trained by now. They are all ready and use toilet at least once a day. I just am having a hard time wanting to commit fully. Knowing that there will be accidents and messes, ect... Diapers just seem easier right now, more expensive but easier. I know I know... LAME! Im gonna do it! I promise. And toddler beds, well don't even get me started on that. Cribs still work perfectly fine and Since they share a room, yeah cribs will be just fine for a little while. Some days I think naps are a life savor! Who lives without naps?! Other days I think naps ruined the entire day. Its tricky but I can see naps fading in my future and Im sick to my stomach about it. Those two hours are a high commodity to me. It will be a sad day when they are over...

A little bit of info on each of my three very different girlies.

Abigail- My "gooey center" girl. She is absolute gold in her heart which is a killer combo with her amazing good looks! She loves to wear her princess dress and have me call her Princess Abigail. She is a creature of habit or repetition. It makes her feel secure and safe much more than the other two. She LOVES to read. I mean LOVES it. She memorizes the stories I tell her over and over and I find her telling herself the story sometimes by herself in her room. She is still a 100 percent daddy's girl. He can get her to eat anything with his Jedi mind tricks. Its amazing. She is still really shy around people she isn't familiar with. She just needs more confidence in herself. Something Im working on a lot lately. She says "I can't do it, I'm too little" too much for my liking. Got to get her out of that.

Charlotte- She is my adventure  girl. She is curious about everything and loves being outside. She loves helping poppy pick vegetables in the garden or playing with bugs or getting into dirt, no matter how hot it is. Nothing scares her. I mean fearless! Except, of course, when I have to clean out her latest scratch with peroxide. Then you would think I was cutting her leg off. She can be a bit dramatic about it. She loves to jump into the pool, dive or splash and will literally try ANYTHING I ask her too. I love her curiosity and independence. I love her nature to be outside doing something rather than being entertained. She has a tender heart too. Just a bit more wild than my other girls. Right now she is in a screaming phase. Like just bloody murder screaming, more so during naptime since she isn't asleep as quickly as the other ones. Makes for a frustrated momma. We are working on it.

Mia- My fairy princess. My girlie girl. She freaks out if she has dirt or anything foreign on her hands. She loves to dress up like Tinker Bell or a princess and make us call her "princess Mia" or "tinker bell Mia" She is a wonderful mother to the other two. If someone is crying she will say "You okay sweetie?" She is mostly over her biting phase (thank goodness). She has the funniest sense of humor. We have like a million inside jokes and we can just laugh and laugh with each other about them. She's acts like she is 3 going on 14.  She is my most picky eater, especially meat. She loves to help me clean. I will give her a wet wipe and that girl will go to town wiping down toys, the floor, the windows, anything. HA! Gotta say I love my clean freak girl!

Right now we are having more temper tantrums lately. But honestly, its not that bad. We will go DAYS without anyone being in time out. And then one day it will be just Mia in timeout all day long. HA! We are working through it. I love my girls and cant believe its been three whole years with them in my life. I will post a photo post and I am working on our birthday interviews which we started this year. Just asking them questions on their birthday each year to see how different their answers are as they grow. Should be fun to keep up with! Happy Birthday my Angels!!!