Sunday, February 22, 2015

Updates on the Girlies

Since Lex just had a birthday and Mia is growing up more every day, I thought it was time to share updates about them.


- This girl has an incredible memory!  Sometimes she reminds me of things we've done like 6 months ago that I had completely forgotten about.  This is a blessing and a curse-- If I tell her something I absolutely have to follow through, or she'll remind me that I haven't!

- Her Spanish is continuing to progress.  She knows that she has to speak to DJ in Spanish, and she's really good at that!

- She is not a fantastic eater.  She loves spaghetti, cheese, peanut butter, rice, and chili.  To get her to eat any fruit or vegetables I have to put it in a smoothie.

- She still loves Disney Princesses.  She knows all their stories and can tell them to you.  She also knows the songs and loves to sing them!

- Her favorite colors are pink and purple.

- From the time she wakes up in the morning til the time she goes to bed, she wants to be in a costume.  She has a LOT of princess dresses, and she changes in and out of them all day!

- She knows a lot of Primary songs, and it's so cute to hear her sing them!  She has great pitch,

- She is still an outside girl, and wants to be at the park or on the trampoline as much as possible.

- She is an awesome big sister to Mia!  They fight, of course, but honestly Mia initiates it more often than not.  Lex loves having Mia to play with most of the time!  They're best friends.

- Her favorite toys are her kitchen, her doll house and her Doc McStuffins check-up clinic.

- She is convinced the Brigham City Temple is HER temple, and gets offended if we ever say it's "ours."

- She plans on being a "miss-a-may-wee"  (missionary), and tells you that missionaries teach about Jesus, the temple, and families.  She is convinced that she's going to serve a mission with Mia.

- She is SO excited to be having another sister, and tells me all the time how she's going to share her things with Pyper.

- She is so very funny.  She's witty and silly and she makes me laugh so much!

- She loves doing craft projects!  If you give her a bottle of glue and something she's supposed to glue together, she'll go to town all on her own.  I love how independent she's becoming!

- She is an all-around awesome kid!  I love her so so much and don't know what I'd do without her in my life!


- This child is a handful!  She's always getting into something.  It's hilarious and frustrating all at once.  She's so curious, and I know it's just that her little brain is developing and she needs to explore new things.

- She is tiny as ever.  She mostly wears 12-month clothes (she's nearly 17 months old).  At her 15-month check up she was less than 19 pounds (3%).  I don't remember her exact height but the percentile was in the 70's.  Her doctor told me that her language skills and her mobility was more on track with an 18-month-old than a 15-month-old.  She's a little smarty pants, and wants to make sure she keeps up with her sister!

- She talks SO MUCH.  She can tell you pretty much anything she wants, which is really helpful!  She will say anything that you tell her to as well, like a little parrot.  She talks way more than Lex did at her age, which is saying something cause Lex has always been a talkative little thing!  I absolutely credit Lexsi for Mia's good language skills-- having a sister only 20 months older than you that talks to you and around you all the time is definitely helpful in developing your vocabulary!

- She has surprised me by knowing songs that I never intentionally taught her.  One day I was singing "I Am a Child of God,"  and she was singing the last word of each line.  So cute!  A couple days ago the same thing happened with "I Love to See the Temple."   These are songs that I never sat down and taught her, but we've sung them enough around the house that she's picked them up.  I love that!  She also sings "Sunbeam"  ("suuuuuun  BEEP!"), Wheels on the Bus, Popcorn, Snowman, Let it Go, Once Upon a Dream,  Shake it Off, the Doc McStuffins theme song... and I'm sure there are more but I don't remember.

- She is obsessed with dressing up, and especially loves accessories.  Necklaces are this girl's best friend!

- She knows where her facial features all are, along with her hair, hands, feet and belly button.  She'll point to the proper body part whether you ask her to find it in English or Spanish.

- She has a pair of Converse All Stars, and she is so in love with them.  She wants to wear them all the time.  This morning she threw a huge fit because I wouldn't let her wear them to church.  DJ put her church shoes on and she cried and cried and took them off, then grabbed her Chucks and insisted, "SHOES!!!  SHOES!!!"  In the end she went to church barefoot because I put my foot down and told her I wasn't going to let her wear Chucks to church.

- She loves Lexsi so so much, and always wants to be with her.  She does start fights some times, mostly if Lexsi is spending time with Me and Mia gets jealous.  She'll come over and say, "MINE!"  and try to push Lex away from me.  Hopefully this phase passes quickly, since she's going to have to deal with a newborn in the house in a few months!

-  She is an EXCELLENT eater.  She'll eat anything I give her, and especially loves fruits and vegetables.

- She is incredibly dramatic.  If she's upset. she lays down on the floor face-down and cries.  So silly.

- She has one of the most infectious smiles I've ever seen.  It's incredible!

- Mia is just amazing to have around.  She is funny and smart and fun to be with.  She brings so much happiness into our family!

These two girls are the best!  I love seeing them grow and develop, and I love that we get to add another little girl to the mix soon!

Catch Up

It occurs to me that I have been the WORST at blogging.  Really.  And so, here is a fast catch-up of the last 4-ish months!

We dressed up as characters from The Wizard of Oz for Halloween:

We let the girls paint their pumpkins for the annual Kaiser pumpkin contest (Lexsi won the $20 first prize!):

The girls love playing with Daddy:

We went to Lovell for Thanksgiving and experienced fantastic driving weather, delicious pie, lots of snow to play in at Mammie and Papi's house, and had fun being with family:

In December we decorated for Christmas:

Basketball season started:

Lexsi helped me sew stockings for Grammie's mantle:

Mia made fantastic messes:

Lex made her own Nativity set (she calls them A-tibidies):

We went to more basketball games:

The girlies got dressed up for Christmas Sunday:

We spent the week of Christmas in Provo at my mom's house.  Meg and Josh were both in town with their families (something that hasn't happened in years!) so we had 11 kids with ages ranging from 1 year old to 9 years old in the same house!  It was wild and fun!  We took some of the kids to a BYU game that week and stopped for lunch first: 

We opened presents on Christmas:

The girls loved playing with cousins (here are Cougar and Mia):

We had family pictures taken:

We went to MORE basketball:

Mia got her first hair cut!  I cut about 4 inches off the length in the back-- it was just a mullet!  It made me sad to cut so much length off but it really did need it.  It looked much better after.


The transmission went out on my car at the beginning of January, so the girls and I have been doing a lot of this:

Lex plays in my kitchen on a daily basis, which I'm totally okay with. One day I was downstairs and called up to see ask what she was doing.  She responded, "I'm just making trouble!"  Sure enough, she had found a 1-pound box of corn starch and dumped it everywhere.  It was a nightmare to clean up (and I still find it falling out of the cracks in my table), but such is life!

I painted my front door on a whim one day.  My house needed a pop of color!


Mia decided that accessories are the coolest (and bibs count as accessories in her mind): 

We've gone to the park nearly every day this February!  Talk about great weather!

More fun with Daddy:

I took the girls to Temple Square one afternoon and forgot a stroller, so Lexsi walked over 2 miles that day!  She's a trooper.

We've been staying up too late to watch basketball:

And more basketball... the girls were making "snow angels" on the court after a tournament one night:

And I made Pyper her first blanket:

And now I feel sufficiently caught up.  I'm going to try to take a page out of Ranee's book and blog once a week (probably Sundays), because I hate the thought that I'll forget the fun day-to-day things that are happening in our lives!

Lexsi's Doc Party

On February 7, we had Lexsi's 3rd birthday party.  We went down to Provo to have it since most of our family in Utah is there, and also because my mom's house is awesome for accommodating a crowd!  I had SO MUCH FUN getting everything ready for her party, and it was great to see all the little girls enjoying it!

My mom made this cute, "Pin the band-aid on Chilly" game (which, unfortunately, we never actually got around to playing!):

She also made this fantastic game, which is basically a huge "Operation" type game.  Lambie has different "diseases"  and the girls had to pull a candy out of each area with the tongs:

Instead of cheapy party favors, I decided to have make the girls all Doc dress-ups and let them wear them and "diagnose" their little stuffed animal "patients":

I made them each a "Big Book of Boo-Boo's,"  where they write the diagnosis for their patient:

Each of the bigger girls got a lab coat (a white t-shirt cut down the front with felt "buttons" hot-glued on), as well as a Doc headband:

They all got "stethoscopes" (made from headbands, ribbon and felt), and everyone got a Doc bag to keep all their things in:

Just a few pictures of the decorations:

Here are the girlies in their Doc uniforms!  Lexsi is so lucky to have so many girl cousins close to her age!

Mia has recently become obsessed with dressing up, and you could tell she felt SO cool to be like the big girls!

Lex got LOTS of presents, which was so fun for her!

And here she is with her Doc cake!  

And this is because, well... she's three.  And it's funny.  And one day she might be mad about me sharing this, but it's real life, people!  Things aren't always pretty and perfect!

Before all her friends came for her party, we gave her our present.  I was SO excited about it, because this doll house was mine when I was a little girl!  Meg and I used it, but not as as much as we probably would have if we had the right-sized furniture and dolls for it.  I lucked out and found the perfect furniture and people, and I've been having a blast playing it with my girls!  My mom actually refinished the doll house, and it was quite the project!  I'm so grateful for her hard work to make such a fun toy for us to enjoy!

Here's what the doll house looked like after being in storage for MANY years since Meg and I were done using it:

And here it is now:

And here's the interior before:

And after!

Here's Lex when she was opening all the people and furniture for the house:

We LOVE the doll house!  It gets used every day by both girls.  It is so awesome!

Since we celebrated Lexsi's birthday party a week before her real birthday, the festivities just kept on going!  We had a Valentine's Day party on Friday the 13th for all the young kids in our neighborhood, and had birthday cupcakes there.  Then on her actual birthday (Sunday the 15th), we had brownies and gave her a present from my Grandma and Mammie.  It's a Doc McStuffins check-up clinic, and it's so cool!  It has lights and sounds and lots of parts that go with it.  It's another toy that both girls use daily.  I was so excited when I found it, because the normal price is $75, and it was on clearance for $30.  The day I found it it was an additional 25% off, so it was just over $20-- the perfect amount to combine birthday money given from Mammie and Grandma K.!   

DJ assembled it while Lex was napping, and Mia broke it in for her!

I'm a big fan of making birthdays a big deal-- I want to celebrate the people I love most!  I feel like Lexsi's birthday this year was a total success!