Friday, July 24, 2015

Here I am!

Why have I not been blogging you ask? Really it's because of the pool.  My ladies and I wake up and we pool.  We do some shopping, come home and pool. Kris gets home from work and we pool.  I live an exhausting life :-P

I really am enjoying this maternity leave to the max.  The girls are too, especially when they tag along with me to Michaels in my endless quest to buy supplies to bring my pins to life.

I don't know about you but I am obsessed with these new, bigger, glittery eyed beanie babies.  I want to own every single one.  Parker agrees.

Does everyone remember the internet sensation that is Grumpy Cat? 

Yeah, this guy!

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Well Teagan is obsessed with cats. Grumpy cat is no exception.  This toy was actually quite fitting this day because man oh man was she in a grumpy cat kinda mood.

After our Michaels trip and pre-pool party, the big ones kept the little one company.  Please note that Parker and Teagan are in matching outfits. As much as I love them looking like twinsies, I had no part in this outfit decision.  This was 100% Parker.

P is in charge of her wardrobe.  This makes me cringe sometimes.  Assert your independence, sure, but we have multiple discussions that just because you have a pink shirt, a pink skirt, and pink leggings and just because they match doesn't mean they all belong on you at the same time :)

I am happy to report that she is getting better with styling her four year old self and her two year old sister too.  Every morning Parker's mission to to match with Teagan.  Somehow they have a bagillion matching outfits so it's pretty easy.  Matching happens at bedtime too.  No wonder I constantly get asked if they're twins.

And just because I have girly girls who wear dresses day in day out doesn't mean they don't like exploring the fab trails in our sub.  That is until the prickly weed attack their legs and all hell breaks lose.

We got over that real fast though.

Out of the woods and back into master bath for a little makeover sesh.

With a bow to match :) 

Yes, one day my sweet love.  You too will be in frilly dresses, with a face full of makeup, hiking on the trails.  But not too soon!!


For now you will picnic with us at the local park.  We didn't plan a picnic this day but after an hour or so of playing, then walking to the other park, then trying to walk back to the car sans double stroller, it was basically child torture.  Their little legs needed some down time. True mothers always carry days worth of snacks.  We could have survived in that park forever.  Quite the possibility the way they were acting about walking 100 more feet.

It's 10pm now and all kiddos are tucked in their beds. Up next is something that's not on Disney Junior then off to bed.  Night!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

A delayed birthday present from Emerson to me

Another day, another tummy time torture session.

Not today, mama.  NOT today.  I'm ending this now.

With a nice, perfect, flawless ROLL!


Now every time I lay her on her tummy, plop, she's on her back almost immediately.  Neither Parker nor Teagan liked to roll at all so it's really neat to see Emerson roll over and over and over again.  Though I hope she's not getting any ideas of rolling all over the house.  Immobile children are much easier than those that can move and find mischief ;)

Emerson is 2 months old!

Slow down, girl.  Seriously, slow down!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Random happenings

If you know Teagan, you know she is a whole pile of goofy.  I present you with Exhibit A.  This kid!

Emerson on her first ride in the BOB.  Girl loves her some stroller.  And I love being able to take nice long walks with an infant.  I'm used to being snowed in with little ones!

This is how E typically prefers stroller trips.  Knocked out for the bulk of the ride.

I've mentioned it three trillion times but we really do love our subdivision an unhealthy amount.  Cool parents, cool kids, and always something going on.  If we're not swimming in our pool, we're having a bonfire next door.  Like this night.  Parker dressed herself in formal, marshmallow roasting attire.  I'm quite sure the majority of guests were under dressed.

If we're not making smores next door we're having movie night at our house, complete with a build your own sundae bar and delicious ice water.

Our family and friends have been enjoying the hell out of our swimming pool.  As it should be with how much that thing cost! Cloudy, chilly, sunny, roasting, it's all pool weather. Nothing beats those summer days hanging poolside in your own backyard, right E?

Emerson actually prefers stretching out the most and practicing moving her arms and legs.  Getting ready for her first unassisted swim I'm guessing.

Even when we're not swimming, we're in the house ready to swim at a moments notice. Bathing suits sure make summer attire easy for the girls!

Emerson is in LOVE with her bouncer if you can't tell.  This is her seat for family meals.  Works well for now!

These little tricksters hopped out of the pool after they had enough swim time and went in the house to change.  The changing was taking a tad too long so when I went in to check I saw them huddled up with the Kindle (which we typically limit access to).  Busted!

One of the funnest summer evening activities of the summer is back.  Wild Wednesday's at the zoo! Live music, pizza picnic, good friends and great weather made for an enjoyable trip.    Enjoyable and insane as we had five kids with us ages four and under :O


Emerson's first motown music experience.  Doesn't seem impressed but I tell you, the band was pretty solid.

My cuddle bug.  I'm doing the exact same thing right now while double fisting freezer pops.  Miss E had her two month appointment today and shots to go along with it so she is feeling less than comfortable right now.  Those shots are just the worst :(

Kris has been off this entire week and it's been nice to have him hanging out all day every day.  Tomorrow we might head over to the country fair to check out the farm animals, carnival rides, pig races (for real) and fireworks.  We checked it out last year and it did not disappoint.  Well, there were jail workers setting a play area up early in the day but that's probably to be expected at a county fair...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Recital Time!

One of my favorite times of year. No, not Christmas.  Or cider mill opening weekend.  Or the first day of a Disney vacation.  I'm talking dance recital time!

The day before the recital was parent observation so I got a little sneak peak of the big show.  Words cannot express how proud I am of Parker for listening to the teacher, nailing her moves and truly enjoying the entire experience.  Dance breaks for the summer for us but she'll be in it again in the fall.  Probably ballet, though I think hip-hop could be sort of fun too :)

And what I'm most excited for is little Teagan.  She will be old enough to join in on all the fun! Poor thing has been asking to dance week after week for months now.  The first time we put the tutu and leotard on her will be one of the best days for T.

Dance besties for two whole years :) I think they are all pretty proud of their shiny gold trophies.

Dress and ready to go.  2pm recital time is pretty brutal for us since Parker is still an avid napper.  But she made it through with flying colors and only crumbled at the end when I went backstage to pick her up.

Teagan loves being goofy for pics now.  I wonder who taught her that...(looking at you, Parker!).  And in true Parker fashion, she is closely monitoring Emerson.  This girl and her nurturing heart :) 

I've never mentioned that I love having three girls, have I?!? 

T at it again.  Woops, where is Emerson??

There she is!
 And of course we needed to snap some ballerina poses before we left.

My poor tired princess!

All smiles now though now that Emerson is around.  Yes, we brought our 7 week old baby to a 3 1/2 hour dance recital and yes, she did just fine.  Only cried a few times here and there but with the sound of the music you couldn't tell at all.  I couldn't imagine her not being a part of all this fun, plus I couldn't let that fun, frilly dress go to waste now could I ;)

While we couldn't video the actual recital, we were allowed to video the rehearsal.  So here you go!

Plus another one from her parent observation day :)

I don't know who loves dance more.  Me or P!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Phone dump

Let me list all local outdoor creatures that I tolerate: Deer.  Baby deer.  Bunnies make the cut too. If you're not on that list I want nothing to do with you.  That includes you, Mr. Caterpillar.

And you, you dirty nasty TOAD

My sweet Parker.  The girl that refuses to wear anything but dresses.  The girl that throws a fit when I insist that she wears biker shorts under her dresses to cover up her undies.  The girl that always has to pick out her own accessories, loves makeovers, and curtsies.  All that princess like behavior apparently goes well with bugs and their friends.

All I know for sure is that wherever the girls get their fascination of outdoor creepy things it's sure not from me.

I'm more fascinated by using our selfie stick whenever, wherever.

I mean look how cool it is! Oh the things that I can get excited by now...

Maternity leave during the spring and summer is clutch.  Why did no one ever tell me to stop having fall babies?! The ability to take walks, play outside, and enjoy our pool all with a newborn in tow is simply the best.  I shudder to think how my mental state would be if I was stuck inside full time with three wee ones during the cold, dark and dreary winter months.

Our mornings always start out with a show, cuddles and bowls of cereal.  The cereal, without fail, ends up anywhere but Teagan's mouth.  Why she asks for this morning snack when her ultimate plan is to make sure our nice things get trashed is beyond me.

Parker's iPhone pic below :)

While it is summer, we still do have the occasional rainy day.  Easy to embrace though.  Even baby Cinderella gets in on the fun.  "Mommy, put baby Cinderella in my belly."

You will never hear me ask for Emerson to be back in my belly though.  I'm much more content having this girl on the outside.

On the radar this week is...I really don't know.  Living in this world called maternity leave is much different from what I'm used to.  Lazy days in and out, with nowhere really to be.  No work, preschool is out for the summer, dance and soccer are over.  Sounds like we'll be pool bums!