Saturday, August 29, 2015

Meredith is 4 years old!

4 years ago, Meredith arrived right on her due date - on my first official day at home as a "stay at home mom."  For 4 years, she has blessed our family in so many ways.  She makes us smile and laugh every day with what she says and does. 

At 4 years old, Meredith...

-doesn't nap at all unless she's had a super tiring day.
-wears size 5 clothing and size 10.5 shoes.
-sleeps with 4 "loveys" - small blanket (original lovey), baby blanket, small stuffed kitty and stuffed Horton (elephant)
-is a super picky eater and pretty much only eats chicken nuggets and peanut butter and jelly.  Well, that is pretty much the only protein she eats.  She likes most of your basic fruits except blue berries and will eat green beans.  I've been able to get her to eat star shaped pasta with spaghetti sauce, but not actual spaghetti.  You know, because that would be too easy.
-loves dessert and asks for it after every meal. ;)
-says "reNember" instead of remember
-gets breakfast, lunch and dinner confused and asks for lunch at breakfast time
-is super quiet in school and bible class (according to her teachers), but loves to be loud and throw fits at home. ;)
-loves gymnastics!
-likes swim lessons, but LOVES her swim teacher.  She is regressing in swimming again, but I'm sure we'll get back to swimming better again.
-likes to watch youtube videos of kids playing with toys, opening toys, putting on makeup or adults making cakes.
-hates having her hair brushed and cries the entire time (makes mornings fun!)
-hates going into other rooms by herself...asks Miranda to come with her so she doesn't have to be alone
-LOVES her sisters very much, even if she fights with them sometimes.
-smiles and tells me she loves me at least 6 times a day. ;)

Happy 4th Birthday Meredith!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Summer visit with Granny & Papa

My Papa was sick back in May but then appeared to be getting better so we visited them on the first day of Summer. Then, he got sick for the next 2 months! Everyone was finally better, so the girls and I visited again at the beginning of August.  Food is always involved and Miranda loves to sit at the big table (despite her serious face).

Playing with the dog is a must.  Poor Penny, I think the girls are a bit much for her.
She does get out of her kennel for a little bit, but Miranda's afraid of her, so they just look at her through the kennel.

We had to go see the cows too, so that means a trip in the truck.  It was probably close to 100 degrees out and the girls insisted on being comfortable in the truck, so they put a blanket (and I think a pillow) over their laps for the 15 minutes we were in the truck.  Silly girls!
Silly Miranda!
She's got some sort of candy or food on her face.  We are always snacking at Granny & Papa's.  That's just what you do!

Granny reading a book to the girls.

Another great visit.  Now that school is back in session, we'll have to go on weekends, but that's ok.  Can't wait for the next visit!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friend playdates

We've had several playdates this summer, but I've only taken pictures of a couple.  For one of them, we had a 9 month old baby join our group. ;)  Mackenzie was very interested in playing with the baby, since she didn't have a friend her age at the time.  She kept bringing her toys to play with.
Miranda wasn't too sure about the baby.  She laid in front of her and stared at her for a while.
 Then, I realize she was slowly taking her toys back! Ha! ;)

With 6 girls under 6, silliness ensued!

Meredith can be fairly cranky and shows her age often, but I LOVE it when she smiles!

A few weeks ago we went to one Mackenzie's school friends house.  Thankfully, all 4 of us were invited and the little girls loved playing with the big girls. 

Miranda liked the doll toys! ;)
I think Miranda probably had the most fun or maybe she's just the only one I took pictures of! ;)

I think Miranda needs this horse for Halloween or just dress up!  She loved it and looks so cute!

It's kind of nice that I'm behind in blogging.  Now I can reminisce about our summer since we are already back in the swing of our school schedule.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Miranda is 2!!!!!

2 years ago was a crazy time for us, but I am so thankful that it brought little Miranda into our lives!  She has quite the personality - at home.  Most people think she's very quiet and calm, but that is just for show when she's around other people! Ha!

At home she's talkative, laughs, fights with her sisters, throw fits and shows every extreme of emotions!

She's an independent eater and wants to do all by herself!

She likes to do what ever her sisters are doing...

 Unless of course, she could care less about what's going on! Ha! ;)

She gets in troubles and follows through with discipline...sort of. (she's supposed to be in the corner!)

Again, with the all by herself - even painting!

She loves gymnastics and is becoming more adventurous!

She's also a teenager that doesn't want their picture taken! ;)
And of course - she LOVES to have fun!  This is a smile that not everyone gets to see!  Now everyone knows she really does smile! ;)


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Butterflies and a Museum!

In my summer recap post I mentioned our trip to the Museum of Natural Science, but I felt it needed its own post!  The scheduled playdate was to meet at the butterfly center, but I thought the girls might like to see the rest of the museum, so we went early (even meeting another friend) and took a quick trip around the other exhibits.

Checking out the pendulum.
They loved all of the large screens.  Go figure!
Then it was time to see some dinosaurs!

I laughed when time and again, the kids were drawn to the "TV" screens while there are dinosaur fossils all around them! ;)

However they really did like seeing all of the fossils.

This shark/whale/fish mouth was huge!

And then at some point they realized all the screens/pictures related to the fossil exhibits!

I thought the trees were really cool!

The kids thought the shark diving cage was the best!  It's hard to see, but they had sharks "swimming" on the screen in front of them and they had fun pretending to swim away from the sharks.

That's a big squid and clam!

Up to this point the kids (3 girls, 2 boys) had been running around saying "ooh, look at this", but when we walked into the precious gem collection and especially the vault, they calmed down and looked quietly.  I think the lighting definitely helped slow them down.  They liked looking at the jewelry, but apparently the darkness "hurt their eyes", so we walked out.  ;)
Finally it was time to meet another friend at the Butterfly Center!
The two that aren't smiling, rarely smile for group pictures! Ha!

I don't know what we saw in this tank, but it was probably something gross! Ha!  this part of the exhibit had roaches, spiders and other insects.  Not really my thing. ;)

Miranda and a friend decided to take a science quiz.  ;)  We laughed when they actually answered a question right.
The butterfly chrysalis' are always interesting.
Some of the them had just opened and their wings were still wrinkly.  So cool!
Searching for butterflies!
This is a moth because its wings are laying flat while it is at rest.  Butterflies keep their wings up when they are resting. 

No butterfly, but I love the flower!

This is one of my favorites!

Meredith did fairly well outside with bugs and other flying bugs, but I think she preferred these butterflies! Ha!
Meredith and her friend sorted some blocks...

...and as soon they were finished, Miranda ran over to do her own sorting!

Like the dinosaur bones vs. tv screens, the kids seemed to like this play area more than the actual butterflies! 

The museum was pretty crowded once we finished the butterflies, so we had to sit on the floor for lunch.  It reminds me of the many field trips growing up sitting on a museum floor (including this one) eating lunch!
After lunch, Mackenzie really wanted to ride the dinosaur!  So funny!

Not very expressive, but she had fun! ;)

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