17 October 2016

Is it October already?

Let me start by saying, WOW how the time has flown by. We have been so incredibly busy lately.

In June we went to Spain for 10 days without the children and it was such a great time! In July we celebrated Sloan turning FIVE and finished up her second year of swim team! She did amazing and swam an entire lap in around 47 seconds, and was even able to swim an entire lap of backstroke without quitting or turning over! Our girl is doing amazing! Now we have moved from swimming to gymnastics and the kids are really enjoying it. Did I mention Sloan started KINDERGARTEN in SEPTEMBER? Where did the time go?

But back to our story... In August we drove to Columbus Ohio where Rick was working a gig for seven weeks, and up to Cleveland  to see my college roommate and best friend. We also visited the Columbus Zoo where we rode a CAMEL! 

At the end of August we went to Myrtle Beach for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday and had such an amazing time at the Kingston Plantation Resort. They have a little splash pad/ water park perfect for kids Sloan and Piper's ages. 

At the end of September, we flew to Cabo San Lucas Mexico for a short week, spent with Rick's parents. It was a wonderful week and a perfect end to summer, even though it was technically the first week of Fall. The kids spent most of their time swimming in the pools, and it was a great refreshing week!

The second weekend of October, we flew to Chicago for a wedding. The kids had a fabulous time and so did the grown ups! we LOVED visiting Chicago and hope to go back for a visit another day. Congrats to Adam and Rachel Snow!

Now we are back to the daily grind and we welcome it. Things have been so crazy busy, especially those 7 weeks Rick was away (we did see each other 5 out of 7 weekends so it wasn't horrible, but doing the day to day on my own wasn't a walk in the park either, especially with our new schedule!)

Next post will recap Sloan's birthday and then I will have to pick up where i can!

03 June 2016

23/24/25 months old :)

Who can keep up with this fast growing baby? I sure can't.

Here are the highlights. Piper is GREAT at jumping and a little daredevil. if she falls and or crashes, she will get up and exclaim, "I'm OK". Yesterday Sloan fell and Piper asked, "Are you ok, Sloan?" which was very sweet. Then she ran to me and said, "Mommy, sloan is OKAY"

Piper likes to DIVE onto things like the couch, the bed, and the swimming pool. She is so fearless! She had the best time at Disney world for her birthday and wasn't afraid of anything!

For the longest time, Sloan was prononounced Noan. Now it's SHOAN. getting closer.  Piper's lower back right 2 year molar has erupted! only three more teeth to go!

Piper is such a fish. She is undaunted by going under water and losing her footing. She eventually finds her way back to the surface. I have always said I was part mermaid, so I suspect this is why my children are also part fish.  When our pool opened a few weeks ago, a neighbor commented that she was so happy we were back at the pool as she really enjoyed watching our little fish swim. Piper is likely one of the few two year olds out there without floaties on full time. I hope that she can swim from the diving board to the wall by the end of the summer. (update on this below)

Piper knows a ton of songs and often requests them in the car. She loves to sing all things frozen. She usually has to recite three prayers at dinner time, ending with "In Jesus' name, Amen"

Your favorite books are "I love my Mommy" "I love my daddy" "Frozen Fever" Any flap book (barney and elmo),

Great Papaw passed away on April 19th, this is a picture of you and Mimi before the funeral.

Sometimes you let us put your hair in pigtails

This is a photograph of your school picture, which was adorable, despite your strep throat.
Taken on Easter Sunday 

Piper enjoyed Easter, sang up front with the children, and liked hunting for eggs. 

Now Piper is 25 months old and can SWIM!!  As of yesterday, she showed us that she can jump off the wall and swim all by herself. Of course she doesn't go super far, but it won't be long before she is jumping off the diving board and swimming to the wall by herself! 

Piper likes to say "Play with me mommy" "Sloan's not sharing, share with me Sloan", "mommy what you doing?" "What's that?" and "I want to do it"

She also says "I doooooooooooo" and it is adorable! She also says "This is going to be SO fun" and "I am so excited!" over and over.

We are taking her to Sesame Street Live Dance Party tomorrow and got the VIP tickets so we can meet Elmo. i am super excited to see the girls reaction and can't wait to post pictures.

31 May 2016

Sweet P is TWO!!

Dearest Piper,
I missed updating your 23rd month of life, I do hope you are able to forgive my sparse postings. We have been so busy as of late. Your great grandfather, whom we loved dearly, unexpectedly passed away in April, and prior to that we had Easter and other stuff.

But let's talk about YOU! Wonderful you!

You LOVE being the center of attention and will often act out to get us to look your way. You are very silly, but also a serious child. You like to say "Silly Piper" or "That is so silly". You speak in complete sentences.

You potty trained sometime in February or March and rarely have accidents.

You talked about your birthday for an entire week prior. "It's MY BIRTHDAYYYYY" you would say, quite emphatically.

Here is a picture of you on your birthday morning when we gave you your presents... you received a Princess Anna dress from Frozen Fever, a Frozen Fever read along book with CD, a card from Mimi with Elsa on the front, another book, and of course, our trip to Disney World!  We also gave Sloan the Elsa dress from the Disney short film. We didn't want her to feel left out, and after all, the short is all about Anna's birthday!

You LOVED the 2 candle and wanted to hold it all day.


PRESENTING... The birthday princess!

We took you to Disney World for your birthday and spent the day at Epcot in your Anna Frozen Fever dress. you LOVED wearing the dress and insisted upon carrying your birthday candle, Elsa card from Mimi, birthday hat, and your new Frozen Fever Read along book for most of the day. We managed to sneak them away from you at some point and distract you with other things like, seeing Mickey Mouse! This is how we started the day at Epcot!

And Goofy!!

Minnie mouse was a favorite. You even kissed her nose!

Next, per your request, we went inside the Big Ball (aka the Epcot Ride).

We did the Ellen energy ride, which i would highly recommend skipping to anyone going to Disney. We went out of curiosity as well as passing time until our reservations.
We had lunch reservations inside Akershus Castle at Norway. This location of Epcot will soon house a Frozen Attraction, or so we are told. 
When we arrived, we met Princess Belle! 
Then we waited for some food and played around while more REAL PRINCESSES came to our table!

Aurora, when she discovered it was your birthday!

Next came Cinderella!

Then Snow White! The kids love this one!

And finally, Ariel came, with her legs!

We took a few pictures outside the future Frozen attraction. It was getting hot outside and I knew these dresses already lasted five hours and were about to get thrown off!

IN true form, here you are, just after taking a picture in front of "Grass Anna and Elsa"

We then decided to go around the world and try all the rides.

We let you and Sloan pick out ONE thing for your birthday...
Naturally, you chose umbrellas, which would come in super handy the very next day!
Piper took a nap while Sloan participated in a show in Italy. She got to throw a soccer ball into the net and she did it! Next Sloan and Daddy went on the America ride while Mommy and Piper walked around Japan. This is where Piper woke up and we tried to take a fun picture where you can see the Epcot ball through the red pergola. I took Piper's hat so she was not having it and just generally a bit fussy.

Next was France. You can see daddy is still holding that pink hat
Finally, after a few stickers from the perfume shop, we are back to all smiles.

Epcot also had a few playgrounds; we were happy to sit while you two ran around!

And then another!

Afterwards we rode the Figment Ride. It is always so much fun!

Outside of the ride, are the jumping water gardens. You are signing more because you wanted to get wet, even MORE wet!


Finally we leave the park! We had a great day celebrating YOU Piper Claire!