Sunday, January 25, 2015

Great Weekend with the Kids

This past weekend was a 3-dayer for us, and we had all three kiddos, which is always nice. Sophia and I got a chance to spend alot of time together. We have discovered a few things we have in common these days and both mutually love - Cupcake Wars and musicals. So, we watched Cupcake Wars at home and went to see Into The Woods one day also! Sophia is honestly one of the most positive and upbeat kids/people I know. It's really refreshing being around her!!
 
 
Not sure why, but it's taken my daughter up till now to discover the goodness that is cereal with milk. Usually, she just eats it dry. Well, we had cereal for dinner on this evening (don't judge me!) and she had two bowls. For those that don't know, cereal is my absolute favorite food in the world. I am glad to see her following in her mom's footsteps.


 
And in other news, this handsome almost-teenager got his braces off! And he got this awesome new peacoat. This kid is so cool - I am loving watching him transform into the wonderful young man he is growing in to!
 
 



Thursday, January 8, 2015

4 Year Olds - New Levels of Independence and Insight

We've reached a new level of independence in our house. Having a four year old has been so neat - along with her new found freedom to do things on her own, we've enjoyed having very cool conversations and tonight, we actually played a board game to completion that she played on her own. Candy Land is GREAT for four year olds! We also started learning about good sportsmanship. She lost a turn and went off a sulked and pouted. We told her people don't like to play with people who aren't good sports! Her dad, to prove a point, got "upset" when he didn't get his way and threw his cards on the ground. She said, "Why did you do that, dad? We don't act that way!" and picked his cards up off the ground. She said, "Don't worry, you'll win next time!" It was so good to see that she was getting it.
 
 
Not super sure why she felt the need to bundle up, but she did.
 
Avery is at an age where she can change her clothes completely by herself. This is amazing - as long as I set her clothes out, she cleans up her dirty clothes and puts on her new ones. I can't tell you how liberating this stage is for a parent! Well, I guess you if you have kids, you know. She is also brushing her hair completely by herself and does a good job. She can't put her hair in a ponytail, but she does brush it.
 
 
The other amazing thing she is doing on her own - brushing her teeth! Santa brought her a new electric toothbrush that helps her with this. We still supervise, but she can squeeze the toothpaste and brush completely on her own and usually does a great job!
 

Avery went to her four year check up and had a great visit. She is 3'8 (100th percentile for height, not surprising!) and 48 pounds (97th percentile. I am pretty sure she weighs more than my 9 year old). Avery is currently wearing 6x clothes and size 12 shoes. She is my tall girl, for sure! She is learning how to spell and write her name in school. She can identify letters and some numbers very well. She LOVES to play make believe. Right now, her favorite toys are any that she can make interact with each other, like dolls, Barbies, or her Disney princesses. She loves to dress up and does it all the time. In fact, I think it was a motivation for her to learn to dress herself when we told her we weren't going to help her change her clothes 14 times a day, that she needed to learn to do it herself! Avery loves music and just loves to sing. She will learn songs all the time and request them when we listen in the car. Her favorite thing to watch right now is Ella Enchanted. She loves this movie. It seems like she wouldn't be interested in it, since it's not animated, but she loves it. She is starting to learn to control herself better - we talk a lot about controlling your outbursts in a positive way instead of throwing a fit. She's not perfect, but is getting so much better.
 
We also had an interesting thing happen over the weekend. I've mentioned on my blog before that I've kept pictures and scrapbooks from when Jason and his ex were together. I don't think they have those things at their moms and it just didn't seem fair to me that the kids would never get to see pictures of when their parents were married and happy. Sophia especially has been asking questions lately, so I asked if she wanted to see pictures of her parents on a trip? Of course, she loved looking at this! I love that she gets to see this because she doesn't remember her parents together. I've always been prepared for the kids to ask questions about it, but never really prepared for how Avery would feel when she realized her dad had been married to someone else. I don't think she really understood why Bubba and Sissy were only here sometimes instead of all the time. But after Soph was done looking at the scrapbook, Avery picked it up, and with a look of disgust said, "Dad, why were you with that lady?" We both smiled and Jason said, "That's Sophia and Jordan's mommy. I was married to her before I was married to mommy." She closed the book and literally slid it across the room and told us she didn't like that one bit. That's was pretty unexpected and kind of funny to watch.
 
Life is never boring in our house!
 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Evening View

The kids have always loved to lay on Jason. Avery is certainly no exception.
 
They have a long history of snuggling on the couch...
 
Of course, they don't look exactly like this now...
 
 
She's grown just a bit.
 
It still melts my heart, just the same.
 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Family Pictures, Fall 2014

I just realized that I never shared the gorgeous pictures that Amanda Wells Photography did for us this year! We loved the way they came out and I can't wait to do it again!
 































 
Once again, we love you Amanda and thank you for the great pictures!

2014 In Review

Avery spent her first full year in big kid school! She has loved learning new things and comes home every day telling us of great things she's done. In the fall, she started at a new school and goes four days a week. We will keep her in this school until she starts kindergarten!
 
 
 
 
I got my Real Estate license and became a licensed Realtor!
 
 
It has been an entirely new experience for me and I am so glad about this new phase of life!!
 
Jason and I got to go on two trips together this year, which is a huge blessing and we are so excited to be able to spend that time together. We celebrated four years of marriage in Las Vegas and went to the beach in Fort Lauderdale!
 
 
 
As a family, we took our first long road trip to the Grand Canyon!! We had such a great week of time together.
 
 
 
I did a lot of decorating for our house this year!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
We got to spend the summer at Hawaiian Falls this year!! And mom got a great tan (which is gone, boo) Avery also learned to swim with no floaties!!
 
 
 
 
We celebrated three birthdays. We have a 12 year old, a 9 year old and a 4 year old!
 
 
 
(Jordan went paintballing, no picture to show for that!)
 
We did our last year of trick or treating with all three kids. Next year, we will have a teenager. (Sob)
 
 
We also spent the last year for a few years with all three kids for Easter. It has always fallen on our weekend, but I think next year, it won't. (Sob)
 
 
We also took lots of family pictures this year....
 
 


 
It's been a wonderful year for us and we are so thankful for all of God's blessings in our life. On to 2015!!