27 October 2014

Monday Funny

From Sloan:

"Mommy, if you drive on the side walk, then it's called a  'side drive' "

From Piper:

Me:  " Say, ma-ma ma-ma "  Piper : "Pah - Pah"
Me:  " Say, da-da da-da "     Piper:  "Pah  - Pah"

Maybe she is trying to say her own name? :)

23 October 2014

Sloan 3.25

Sloan is still our very funny girl. Witty. Her biggest struggle in school is using her inside voice, but she gets that both from of us.
Sloan loves taking care of her baby sister and her dolls. She is so helpful and does her chores daily. Puts away her clean clothes, clears the table after dinner, helps set the table,  serves the food on the plates, can bathe herself and brush her own teeth (though sometimes I do help a little), and can even put herself to bed, though don't let me fool you. Sloan is the QUEEN of procrastination, especially when it comes to bed time.

Sloan LOVES going to church.  The other day I heard her talking to God. I asked her to repeat it. She said "God, i love you love you love you soo much." I then asked her if she wanted Jesus in her heart, to which she replied, "I already have Jesus in my heart".
I hurt my back the other day and Sloan cuddled close to me and prayed for me to feel all better. She really has the biggest heart and is so compassionate.  She and Rick were watching a movie "All  is Lost" with Robert Redford. SPOILER ALERT: At the end, he almost dies and gives up, and she exclaimed, "That's SO SAD". And then just as she was saying this, he was rescued.  She really gets life.

Sloan also LOVES going to school. One day her teachers were talking about vacations and asking the children where they get to go for vacation, and without hesitation, Sloan emphatically answered "I get to go to SCHOOL"!

At school she is learning a lot. She learned about the state of North Carolina. She has science once a month on Fridays. IN August she learned about flowers and their parts and how the bees and butterflies distribute the pollen. In September, she learned about the life cycle with smaller animals eating bigger ones. This month she learned about camouflage. Her teacher told me that Sloan does a great job listening and following along to the lesson whereas some of the 3's have a harder time holding their attention spans. Sloan loves to learn, most of the time. She also loves to play and be silly.

Sloan has a very good memory. She will often remind you of something that you might have told her but then forgot. "Mommy, remember you said after school i could....." Of course she is right and then i will always do as promised.

We spend a LOT of time playing make believe. Sloan likes to make food and soups for us to taste. She will whisper to you "You just pretend to taste it, OK?" She makes banana soup, chocolate soup, alphabet soup, - it's all the same, a bowl or pot, rocks and dirt, and maybe some water. Sometimes it's just a bowl full of air. She will go through the actions of cooking the soup and then serving it.

She also likes to play in the garden. Run up and down the driveway. Sloan likes to let me win. She will tell me she wants to race and then deliberately run behind me in order to let me win. I love that she recognizes that everyone wants to be first some times and that it is ok. Does this mean she isn't competitive? Possibly. But it sure does speak volumes about who she is.

In September, we went to China grove for a family reunion. She also got to ride Great Papaw's tractor which she loves to do!

She also got to see her Papa, and I think she has him around her little finger

Sloan was able to see her cousin Cadence too. They're about the same size now. I think Sloan is leaning on the couch in the picture where she looks smaller. (here are the pics from LAST YEAR and then the previous two years )

She also had bike day at school where the kids ride their bikes around the circle. We brought her big bike for the first go round, but the slope was a bit too scary for her (after having a recent crash in the driveway) so between sessions I drove home to get her little bike.  She recently told me that her friends told her it was a baby bike, and I asked her how that made her feel. She said she didn't care because her bike WAS little and she had fun riding it.  I am so glad this didn't hurt her feelings. She was way too big for her bike, but she felt safe, and that is all that matters.

Sloan is also taking Ballet after school on Thursdays. I will likely sign her up for a real ballet class in November. Ballet is a great foundation for coordination and balance, even if we don't   she doesn't choose to play sports later on.

We are busy preparing for Halloween. Sloan is helping me make her costume this year as she has expressed a desire to learn to sew ! I have let her help me sew a zigzag stitch on a cloth diaper (i.e. burp cloth) and she was very proud. She held it up and asked to if she could do the other side, when i showed her the other side was already done, she found this very cool . If she keeps the interest, she might be getting a small sewing machine this Christmas, though I might wait another year. She is still fairly young.

Sloan's favorite food was broccoli but it is now sushi. She will often ask if we can go eat sushi after school.  I usually go to my favorite place and get it "to go" because I enjoy our living room picnics. We don't eat sushi quite as often as we eat broccoli, but i think both are her favorites. She eats Salmon sashimi the most and sometimes super white tuna (escolar). 

Favorite Snack : Squirrel Apples with peanut butter and raisins. (Swirl apples from the apple peeler/corer)

Favorite tv show:  Daniel Tiger.
Favorite Movie: The Little Mermaid
Favorite Song:  She said "Let it Go" but she also said, Ariel's Song. Often in the car she sings this part (slightly off key).

What does Sloan want to do when she grows up??  Wash Dishes :) We can't wait!

Sloan's favorite outside activity?
At home it is painting with water on the sidewalk (though she also likes to play in the yard and make believe the area under the low lying tree branches is a house and garage)
At school she loves to swing! Though she comes home with a fair amount of sand in her shoes so I think sandbox is also up there.

Sloan's favorite inside activity?
Painting with Mommy, and Dance Party with Daddy.

Funny Quotes:
Our home is like a MOVIE GATOR.
me: what?
You know a MOVIE E-GATOR
Oh, you mean movie theater :)

Sloan came to my office and I let her help me write her name on her name tag. As i guided her hand to make the letters, I asked her to say them, "S" "One" "O" "A" "N".. I found this quite funny and totally cute. Yes a one and a lower case "L" do look very much the same.

Sloan calls a clock a "tock" and Sophie the giraffe is called "trophie".  She is still "Sloan Biolet Beeman"

Sometimes Sloan will have bad dreams, and will cry out. One night, I went into her room and she said, "I was having a night mare" I hugged her, took her to the bathroom, and then told her, just try to think about puppies and kittens and you can sleep. She thought for a moment and said, "Mommy, some kitties and puppies will BITE me!"  I laughed a little to myself and adjusted, OK Sloan, just think about NICE puppies and kittens.

Sloan is such a sweet compassionate child. She aims to please (most of the time), takes pride in doing her chores and cleaning up after herself, as well as taking care of herself. Her personality takes over the room as she exudes beauty both inside and out. She is confident in herself and cares about others. WE think that Sloan is pretty great. She has a good moral compass and picks up on social cues quite well.

17 October 2014

Life Goes on, for now

We are just trudging away, day in and day out. Work/School, sleep, repeat.
Having said that, we are managing to fun here and there. Ok, we have a lot of fun. Every. Single. Day.

Sloan is adjusting to her new classroom quite well, and enjoys her classmates. She has learned a lot of letters and sounds and enjoys reading books with me. At nap time she will read books to herself and it's always very cute to listen in and see her interpretation. Some of the books she has memorized, but others she makes up words based on pictures.

We are busy getting ourselves ready for Halloween! Don't my girls look pretty with red hair and afros?

We spend every other 2nd and 4th Sunday swimming at the indoor pool at my work as these are the only times it is open for Family Swim. (We aim to put Sloan on the swim team next summer even though she will only be 3 for the majority of the season.) We are both quite confident that she will do well and if not, we will not pressure her.
Now that the days are cooler, we like to go to the park for family picnics and let Sloan practice riding her bike, she has actually gotten quite good at it, minus a few scrapes and crashes (still in training wheels). She also has a balance bike, but we are alternating practice with each. Right now she favors her princess bike with streamers and training wheels. This past weekend she took three laps around the track which is a mile (obviously this is not a traditional track) She likes to go "medium" and fast and I'm finding that I have to jog to keep up with her when she goes fast.

We have a bike trailer that holds both girls that we plan to hook up to my bike so that I can start biking with the family. We are not sure when Piper is old enough to come along, but something tells me we should wait for her to crawl and sit up on her own.  It makes me nervous to bring a baby along on a bike ride

I played soccer the other day. It was the first time since I got pregnant with Piper. My touch was amazing, like butter really. The ball stopped exactly where i wanted it to (right at my foot) and my distribution in the short game was spot on.  My long game has a way to go, but that will come once I build up some endurance and strength.  I don't think I'll ever really retire from playing. Not until my legs give out. Needless to say, my teammates were impressed with the fact I had only played 4 times in 4 years. I have been too busy to play, but am anxious to get the rest of this baby weight off. 10 lbs left to go! A fun fact though, I currently weigh less than I did upon entry into college :) Back when i could run two miles in under 14 minutes...

Rick and I went on our first date since Piper has been born last month (yes it seems like that took a while, but it's hard to get this mama to leave her baby's side) and enjoyed a fun evening at Ruth's Chris, his favorite restaurant. It was nice to get away for a few hours alone and laugh and talk. We didn't even mention the kids (much).

a few weeks ago Piper, Sloan and myself fell ill to a cold.  Then Rick got sick. He is such an amazing father and husband and besides working very hard, has also spent his time cooking and cleaning for us as we heal. Lots and lots of sneezing for me. Coughing for the girls. Half a box of tissues gone, you get the idea.

Work is going well. I have been thrown into several computationally difficult projects and am finding that I really do enjoy my job. My degree is coming in handy after all.

We work, we play, we live.  Life goes on. for now.

06 October 2014

Sweet P: Five Months Old!

Happy five months to our baby girl! Piper has very pretty eyes and the BEST smile! Her hair seems to be coming in, but I am used to waiting for hair.

Piper is crawling /scooting backwards. She can get up on all fours and then pushes herself backwards. She can go as far as the furniture allows.  She also turns circles and i'm often finding her turned the opposite direction in her bed.

She also does this:

Piper LOVES her big sister and daddy. I often catch her smiling at them trying to get them to interact with her. Piper loves to talk and sing. Sometimes we call her baby Pterodactyl as she squawks.  One of her new "tricks" is dropping a toy, or pushing it out of reach and then screaming because she wants it back. I suspect Piper has a little bit of a temper, but for the most part, she is a patient baby.

Piper likes to do this thing where she rolls to her side and then grab onto her exercise mat. She also enjoys eating anything made of fabric. She loves to suck on her blanket, bibs, socks, and clothes.

Piper weighs 21 lbs and is around 27" long. She is wearing size 12-18m clothing. As of now she is wearing the clothes that Sloan wore after her first birthday.

Piper moving herself off the mat

Rick and Sloan decided to push Piper around in a doll stroller.  At first I was opposed, but they all seemed to enjoy it. It was quite funny.

Piper is as sweet as can be, her teachers LOVE her because she is such a good baby. They are constantly raving about her. She hardly cries.

After a long bike Ride

ha i'm just joking. This is Sloan's helmet. Piper is not quite ready for riding in the bike trailer yet.

I have started feeding Piper solid food. So far she has tried sweet potato, avocado, and green beans. She has eaten everything. I wanted to start her around 6 months, but I went by her cues. Piper has been watching us eat and really interested in food, so we went ahead and started. I don't feed her every day, but i figure a few extra bites of vegetables at bedtime can't hurt. Her first reactions were a bit typical,
YUCK MOMMY, what IS this ??
 but now she really enjoys eating whatever I place on the spoon or in front of her and can even feed herself small bites of squishy food (because obviously I wouldn't give her anything that could pose a choking hazard)

I have made peaches, mango, carrots and green beans for the freezer.  I really do enjoy making baby food. Especially because last night for dinner, all three of us had green beans and sweet potato. Making the same dinner for everyone is so much easier than making separate meals.

The other morning I overheard Sloan asking, "Piper, do you want a raisin?" How very sweet of her to share, but I then explained to her that just because Piper can eat *some* food doesn't mean she can eat all the food.

Piper is such a joy. The girls adore each other and i'm so grateful that they will grow up with each other. Having a sister is a great thing.