Saturday, October 31, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Long overdue

I've been meaning to post about the girls for months. They are so funny. They love to play together and laugh together. They also love to torture each other; Ada smothers Kate with her love, and Kate takes Ada's toys and runs away with them, often making Ada cry. They love it when I vacuum and run around screaming and laughing. Here are some updates on each of them:


-She's becoming more independent and opinionated all the time, but I've decided that I like three better than two. She still throws tantrums, but they come less often and they're less severe. She's also becoming more obedient.
-She LOVES wearing dresses and skirts. She wants to wear them every day. She changes her clothes about four times a day. She still loves to wear her swimsuit cover-up, princess dresses, and her Halloween costume. Another favorite outfit is a small blanket tied around her with a sash around it.
-She loves preschool and Joy School. She has fun with the other kids and she is learning lots of new things. This will get a post of its own.
-Her new favorite show is Yo Gabba Gabba. We don't have Noggin, but we can watch it On Demand. This means she watches the same three episodes for a month or so at a time until they change. She sings the songs over and over again (as if they weren't annoying enough to get in my head on their own) and always wants me to play Yo Gabba Gabba with her. Although it is annoying and weird, it's addicting. I actually like it.
-Every day she wants me to role play something with her (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Yo Gabba Gabba, princesses, or anything else that comes to mind) except I am the only one talking. For example, I will be Mickey and Goofy talking to each other and she tells me what to have each of them say. This gets old really fast!
-I have written down some more gems of things Ada has said lately. She just cracks me up!

*While talking about the letter she learned about in preschool: "'Fairies' starts with 'f'. Magic fairies that set things right."
*While building a block tower: "It's a big one that makes dreams come true!"
*Ada: "Ladybugs don't have eyes." Me: "Then how do they see?" Ada: "They just put their eyes under a door or something."
*Ada: "We need to go feed a baby." Me: "Whose baby?" Ada: "Just one in a town called 'The Artist States'.


-Her vocabulary is taking off. She says new words every day. Some words that she says a lot are daddy, mommy, Ada, Abby, Ella, Minnie, Elmo, hi, bye, light, cheese, kitty, and ball. She has recently started pointing to everything and saying either "sat?", "uh-sat?", or "oo-sat?" She's either asking, "What's that?" or "Who's that?", depending on what she's pointing to. And Tyler swears that once she picked up a pair of Ada's underwear and said, "Ada diape!".
-When we ask her questions, she shakes her head and says, "Uh-uh", even if the answer is yes. I once told her to say "yeah" instead and she emphatically said that for the the next few minutes.
-She is a climber. She climbs onto the coffee table and dances around on it. She climbs onto Ada's stool in the bathroom and goes through the drawers. She climbs on the little chairs we have downstairs. This means she has fallen down a lot, but that doesn't detract her from doing it again and again!
-She's a picky eater. She rarely drinks milk. Her favorite foods are fruit snacks and the marshmallows from Lucky Charms.
-She loves her mommy. Tyler and I left town for over a week and she was passed from relative to relative the whole time. She did well, but she missed me a lot! She has been SO clingy since I've been home.
-She wakes up around 6:30 every morning (she woke up at 4:00 one day last week). Bad news for me. This is bad, but I usually put her in her high chair and turn on a show so I can get a little more sleep.
-She loves to play with the toilet. Disgusting. If we leave the door open, she'll go in and either repeatedly flush the toilet or lift up the lid and put her hands in the water. It is bad news!
-We didn't teach her this, but for the last several months every time she sees letters she will say, "A, E, E, A!" or some combination of those two letters. It's very cute.
-Although Kate is not yet 20 pounds (19.2), we put her in a forward-facing car seat at 15 months. She loves it. Every time we leave somewhere, she gets a big smile and says "WEEEEEE!"

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Summer camp and swimming; Amusement parks and anniversaries

I don't have pictures for this, but Ada went to a week-long summer camp in August. A friend in the ward did it and Ada loved it! She learned about something different every day and made lots of crafts. She had fun being away with her friends, and I had fun taking a break from her.

We pulled out the cheap little pool a lot this summer. One day we'll have to upgrade.

Tyler's work has a Lagoon Day every year where you get free passes for the whole family and a free dinner. At the dinner they have a drawing for some pretty sweet prizes. Last year Tyler won a Nintendo DS, but this year he came away empty-handed. The girls and I swam at Lagoon-A-Beach with Jordan and Morgan, and they even watched the girls for a while so Tyler and I could go on some rides. Ada loves Lagoon. I'm glad we can go for free once a year, because I don't love that place like I used to.

Ada loved the bumper cars, but all she could do was drive in circles

On the merry-go-round with Morgan's sister Katie. We had to wait a whole turn just so Ada could ride on that stinkin' pink pig.

Somebody had a meltdown...

I won two stuffed animals in one game of darts

Tyler wasn't so lucky playing Spill the Milk

Kate loves her new toy

Cutest thing ever to see them ride together on this

Finally, Tyler and I celebrated our 6th anniversary on July 31. Tyler's mom was so nice to take the kids for a night. We got a couples massage (highly recommended), ate at Olive Garden, and rented 'He's Just Not That Into You'. I kind of liked it, Tyler not so much. The best part was sleeping in and getting bagels for breakfast. Such a good weekend!

Thus concludes our crazy summer. Phew.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Parties and parades; Family reunions and fireworks

Tyler's mom threw a Fancy Nancy party for all the girls. It was fun to dress up and eat fancy things.

Rachelle and Shelby

The food

Ada at the little girls' table

Ms. Nancy herself!

The big girls' table

So if you know me, you should know that I don't enjoy parades. Never have. Tyler took Ada up to the Layton parade on the 4th, and Kate and I stayed home and slept.

Every summer, Tyler's dad's family gets together for a reunion. This year we went to a church in Bountiful. There were tons of activities and games for kids and big people alike, as well as a big lunch. This is the only picture I have, but I had to document the fact that Tyler had a broom and was actually sweeping. I like this shot of him too. :)

I don't have any fireworks pictures, but on the night of July 3rd my family all met up at Eaglewood Golf Course to watch fireworks. We think this might become a tradition since it's in our home town. I don't think we watched any other fireworks except for the grocery store kind from the front porch!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cabins and camping

An acquaintance of my dad's invited our family to stay up at his cabin for a weekend. It was fun to get away and spend time together.

Ada and Ella in their "bras" and panties

Kate is just cute

Putting on a show in their little sisters' dresses

My mother refused to join us for a four-generation picture

We decided to try our hand at camping and went to the ward campout. Ada slept very well in her new princess sleeping bag. Kate...didn't sleep so well. She woke up around 5:00 and didn't want to go back to sleep. That was why we decided not to join Tyler and Ada at Echo. I guess Kate wakes up quite often in the 5:00 hour at home, so I shouldn't have been surprised.