Saturday, August 30, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 14

Week 14 - the LAST week of Summer 2014.  Of course, we are still having summer weather, but this was the last week before school started.  2 years ago, Mackenzie took swimming lessons for two weeks and at the end of the session, we went to eat ice cream to celebrate.  When we started swim lessons back in January we knew Mackenzie would stop lessons just before school started and since about that same time, Mackenzie has planned a trip to eat ice cream after her last lesson!  So, Monday was Mackenzie's last swim lesson for the year, so that afternoon we went for ice cream!  They both devoured their ice cream and Miranda and I tried not to focus on them since we couldn't eat any! :(
On Tuesday, Mackenzie lost her first tooth!  It just came out while she was talking in the car. ;)  It's a bottom tooth and very tiny!  When she told me what she wanted to write to "Buttercup", Brandon told her to ask her where she lived.  Luckily, the toothfairy brings pictures of her house as she travels bringing money to all the children! ;)
Wednesday was our last "Hoop-lah".  (That's the silly name I kept calling it because I'm weird like that.)  We went to a favorite small waterpark that is geared more to smaller kids.  Friends of our met us there which made it even more fun!

It's not fun unless you can eat cookies at 10:45 in the morning! ;)

Little cuties!

They are all looking down, but they're all in the picture! ;)
Meredith didn't remember the last two times she went to the water park because she was 10 months and 22 months, so this was her first time to go down the slide by herself.  She really liked it and went a lot while we were there!

Thursday and Friday was spent preparing for Meredith and Miranda's birthday party, so no pictures!

Then Saturday evening after the party, Mackenzie and I had a Momma/Daughter date (our first since Miranda was born) at a pottery painting place.  She chose to paint a puppy and then painted the whole thing by herself.  It's very bright!

Mackenzie got to bring her dog home that evening because she used acrylic paint, but I chose to use a glaze, so I don't have mine back yet.  Here is my owl after I finished.  It will deepen in color and be super glossy when it's finished.  I should be able to pick it up in the next day or two!

So, our summer is over. :(  We had a great summer and I cannot wait until next year when Miranda is walking!  I would say I can't wait to start planning our fun, but we have a gazillion other things to think about between now and then! ;)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Birthday Meredith!

This little girl is 3 today!

She is so funny and sweet and silly and caring.  She loves to dance and sing and she loves her sisters!  Happy Birthday Meredith!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 13

Yep, school has already started, but I'm determined to document the last two week of our summer!

Miranda really likes bible class.  Especially since I stay in class with her! ;)  Eventually, I might have to do a "tough love" morning, but since I'm teaching this next quarter, I guess we'll deal with that in December! ;)

We watched one of our friends from church a couple of days during this week and on the second day she was here we painted outside...with our feet and hands! ;)

Meredith thoroughly enjoyed painting herself!

They are in bathing suits because the easiest way to clean up outside paint is to hose them down and let them swim in the baby pool!  Miranda just hung out while we painted.  The morning before we also spent some time outside (blue striped pajamas).
On Saturday, we let the girls play on the playset with the sprinklers on.  They thought it was pretty fun and the big slide went super fast with water on it!

oh, and Miranda learned to drink from a straw.  She LOVES our morning smoothies.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Miranda!

It's been one year since Miranda arrived early.
One year since we experienced the NICU.
One year since we fell in love with another daughter.

Miranda is a pretty good mix of her two big sisters at that age. She's shy like Mackenzie was and serious like Meredith was.  But the two of them can make her smile and giggle more than anyone else!  She's very much a momma's girl, but smiles and reaches out for Brandon when he comes home from work.

It's been a crazy year, but I've loved it!  Here's to year two being twice as much fun!  Happy birthday sweet girl!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 12

Apparently during the twelfth week of summer, I didn't take too many photos.  I've been pretty sporatic with my picture taking this summer anyway, especially with my good camera.  Since I usually have a baby on my hip, I've been using my camera phone a lot more.  I can't seem to take very good photos on my phone which is most likely operator error, but it's all I can do when we are out and about.

One of the "exciting" things we did was go to the dentist! ;)  I told the big girls that the dentist had new rules that didn't allow mommas to go back with the girls when they were having their teeth cleaned.  This is not true, but I wanted to see if they would do better without me as most kids seem to do.  And you know what?  They were excellent!  I didn't hear a single cry or scream (Meredith)!  Meredith even let them do x-rays!  The last visit 6 months ago involved crying from both girls (only a little for Mackenzie) and absolutely no x-rays from Meredith.  I know the girls are 6 months older now, but with how Meredith acts sometimes I knew the visit could be bad if I went back there.  So while Miranda and I hung out in the waiting room...

the big girls were being big girls and came out with big smiles and good reports!  We are definitely going to do that again!

We played in the pool and with water balloons!

We also met some old friends at the pool to swim.  Mackenzie has really come a long way since 2 summers ago or even last summer.  This year she has played with new friends very easily and hasn't been shy.  She hadn't seen our friend in about 18 months and they played great and swam all around the pool.  I also enjoyed catching up with my friend who is about to have her third girl too!

And on Saturday, Brandon took the girls to our neighborhood's "Lego Club" which is just a place for kids to come play with legos for an hour.  After going there for the last 30 minutes, they went to the store and bought a set of legos and played some more at the house.

So, not a spectacular week, but still fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 11

We've really packed a lot of activities into each week.  I try to do at least one "big" thing each week and week 11 was no different.  This time we tried a new play place that had just recently opened for kids ages 6 and under.  It was basically a warehouse with a bunch of dress up stations and play areas.  It was pretty crowded, but the girls had fun.  I only had my cell phone with me, so the pictures weren't great, but here are a few of the good ones.

They stayed in the store a long time.  We have a lot of the same play food at home, but do not have a cash register, so they really liked this.
Pretending to be an astronaut!
It's blurry, but the costume was cute.
These horses and zebras were cute.  You push down on the pedals and it moves it across the floor.  Meredith was too nervous/scared, but Mackenzie went back to this area several times!

The huge magnet board was fun for all three girls!

The plasma cars and ride a long toys were a big hit, but there were only a few, so they were hard to find a free one.  Meredith managed to secure the purple one!  They loved them so much that Brandon and I decided that's what the big girls would get for their upcoming birthday.

Miranda even had fun riding on a little bouncy toy.
So did Meredith.

Overall it was a fun morning and we'll probably go back another time.

Later that week we picked up the girls' reading trophies for the summer reading program at the library.  It was Meredith's first trophy, so she was super excited!

We met some old friends at a splash pad near our old house and the girls made some "new" friends even though they were old friends we just hadn't seen in a year!  Meredith is not in the picture below because she was finished playing and had already changed clothes.  It was a great time for me too, since I got to visit with my friends too! ;)

Miranda crawls everywhere now and crawls fast!

And to cap off the week we went to my parents' house to swim.  I forgot to post this picture, but here is another moment when Miranda is just too tired to give any smiles for the camera!
Summer is almost over!  Only a few more weeks to blog about, but only this week to enjoy and make the most of!  Lastly I'd like to leave you with Miranda giggling!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Swimming and Water Balloons!

A couple of weeks ago, I filled up the little inflatable pool again for the girls.  I also pulled out the water balloons since they had never played with them  before.  At first, I couldn't fill them up because Miranda was being a little needy and insisted on me holding her, so they "filled them up". ;)

Once Miranda went down for a nap, I had some time to fill up 20 or so water balloons to throw.

They really had fun and threw them at the grass, trees and the playset.  Not at each other, which is just fine since I wasn't really wanting to deal with crying children because water got in their eyes, hair or their skin!  Oh the drama  that can happen with a 2 year old and 5 year old! ;)  So, we were all content with breaking the balloons on the ground.

Meredith loved playing with the water hose and apparently found it fascinating.
That is until she saw a bug "or something". (her favorite phrase right now)
I LOVE that I captured that on my camera.  It shows how she really responds to EVERY THING that doesn't go her way - screaming and freaking out.  The very reason we didn't throw balloons at each other! ;)

Before her crankiness and nap, Miranda was content to chill in her exersaucer for a little bit.

The water was a little cold!

"Why do you keep taking pictures when it's just soooo hot and humid and I'm super tired?"

Fun in the pool!

I LOVE getting action shots of the girls.  They loved jumping and swimming in this little pool.  It was especially a great size for Meredith!

They went back and forth over and over and over and over! ;)

Another great summer activity and we didn't even have to leave the house! ;)
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