Thursday, February 23, 2012

Valentine's Day

I realize that I am really late in posting this but better late than never right?

We had fun celebrating Valentine's day this year.  Isabel and Will had to make the difficult decision of which valentine cards to pass out to their friends.  Isabel was excited to actually get to write her own names on the cards this year and Will was just excited to decide which card went to which friend.  They both enjoyed a Valentine's day party in their classes at school and came home with bags full of candy.  Remember when you just passed out those little valentine's.  Now candy is a must.  When did that happen??

Josh and I got to enjoy lunch together on Valentine's day and then our night was full of Isabel's gymnastics/dance class and dinner with the kids.  We did get the kids a few fun Valentine surprises...

Our little man is all about superheroes these days (which makes me laugh since he has not actually seen any superhero movie) so he was super excited about his superman shirt

 and his spiderman mask

Our girly girl has been asking to wear one of my necklaces every day recently so we got her a new heart necklace and a cute new spring dress
(since Isabel only wants to wear dresses every day I have decided that 98% of the spring/summer clothes that I buy for her will just be dresses. I'm all for less drama while getting dressed)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Isabel's top 5 at 5

I saw this on a friend's blog and thought it was cute so I'm stealing it. :) 

Isabel's top 5 favorite things, activities, people, etc at age 5....

1. Barbies, princesses, doll house, my little pony:  I know these may seem very different to you but they all go in the same category with Isabel.  She plays with all of them in the same way and often mixes them together.  Didn't you know that barbies are friends with my little ponies and princesses can live together in the dollhouse with the doll house family?  I love watching Isabel play.  She is so creative and imaginative!  She will sit in the floor in her own little world talking to her barbies, making them talk to each other, or setting them up in an elaborate scene.  These little dolls have their own little school, dance class and church on a regular basis.  They drive around in cars, sit on the stairs to get their pictures made and even get sent to time out if they misbehave.  Isabel can never be bored as long as she has a barbie or some little doll with her!!

2. Writing, drawing, painting:  I am so thankful that so far, Isabel loves school.  She loves learning about different things and often comes home to explain it to Will and me.  She also loves practicing her writing and learning to read more and more.  Isabel also loves all things arts and crafts.  She has always loved coloring but in the past few months she has become quite the little artists.  I am always amazed at how well she can draw things because I am terrible at drawing!  Over the years, her people have evolved from heads with arms and legs to people with detailed hair, specific outfits, eyelashes and even bows and accessories.  Like most things, she is a perfectionist when it comes to her creations so I now know to give her plenty of time to complete her masterpieces!

3.  Dancing and gymnastics:  Isabel has always been one that loved to entertain by singing and dancing.  She still does that sometimes but spends more time practicing her gymnastics these days.  She loves her class that is a mixture of dance, gymnastics and cheer leading.  The perfectionist in her causes her to practice like crazy to get better at the things she knows she is not great at yet.  Her bridges are great, cartwheels are getting better and her "kick-ups" will be handstands some day soon.  I'm so proud of her and the effort she puts into it. 

4.  God and Jesus:  I have prayed regularly since I was pregnant with Isabel that she would know God early, understand His love for her, and live her life for Him.  I am so thankful that so far she truly seems to grasp some pretty difficult theological concepts and genuinely loves God.  Isabel will tell anyone that asks that God and Jesus are her best friends.  (she also loves to correct her little brother if he says someone else is his best friend). She loves going to church and reading her bible and is even living out some of what she learns.  I can't tell you how many times she has heard that someone is sick and immediately tells me that she wants to pray for them.  And then she does!  I pray that this love will only continue to grow and grow.  I know God has big plans for my little girl!

5.  Her family and friends: Isabel is definitely a people person.  While she can be shy at first around people she does not know well, she quickly makes friends and becomes quite the extrovert.  Right now we have entered the stage where only girls are her "best" friends.  The differences between boys and girls are big for her and she only wants to do girl things with girls!  Unless of course it concerns her daddy or brother.  She will jump right in and try to play football and wrestle (although she usually decides pretty quickly that she doesn't like it and will decide to cheer from the side).  Isabel has always been a daddy's girl and I pray that she always will be.  She also loves to do girly things with me which I love.  Even though they fight like crazy sometimes, she loves William and can be extremely protective over him.  Isabel loves people big and I love that about her.

At 5, Isabel is sweet and caring.  She is sensitive, dramatic, and emotional.  She is ALL GIRL!  She is quick to help others and loves being a "little mommy" to any children younger than her.  She has a deep respect for rules and tries her hardest to obey them.  She believes justice is very important and is deeply upset if something happens that she does not think is fair.  She is smart, a perfectionist, and can be pretty stubborn.  She misses nothing and remembers everything!  She challenges me, frustrates me and brings us so much joy! We love her so much and cannot wait to see what God has in store for her.

  *height: 43.75in (75th percentile)
  *weight: 41 pounds (60th percentile)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Isabel turns 5!

Somehow my baby girl has turned 5! Although it may be have been a little sad for me, Isabel was nothing but excited.  She referred to herself as "the 5 year old" all day and constantly pointed out the things she could do or reach now that she was 5.  My 5 year old definitely keeps us entertained!  While it is a little hard to see proof that my baby is not actually a baby anymore, I am also looking forward to all of the fun things I can do with my big girl as she grows up.

I feel like we have been celebrating Isabel's birthday for weeks...probably because we have!  We, of course, celebrated a little more on her actual birthday.  She woke up at 6:45am (which is very early for her) because she was so excited she could not sleep anymore!  That excitement lasted all day!  She had fun playing with Grams that morning and then got to pick where we would eat lunch so we all enjoyed lunch at Steak-n-shake.  Isabel immediately informed our waitress (and everyone else that we came in contact with all day) that it was her birthday!  That night we went to family night at Chick-fil-a and then played at My Gym...basically Isabel's perfect night.

For each birthday my mom gives Isabel a new angel that I collected when I was a little girl.  I love seeing my little girl get excited about getting then now!

We had to look in the blog book to see all the pictures from when Isabel was born

I had to do a little photo-shoot with the birthday girl before lunch.
Isabel never minds having her picture taken and is always ready with a pose!!

I love that sweet smile!

My little man got a little jealous of the attention on Isabel and wanted to take a picture too!

can you feel the love?

Monday, February 6, 2012

4 Inventions Needed for Raising Young Children

At Jenn's request, I have decided  to make a contribution to the blog that I actually originally set up about 5 years ago.  I would like to use this opportunity to lobby for 4 devices that would make raising a child much easier.  If someone would kindly start production on these, it would be greatly appreciated.

1. The Booth Divider

The Scenario: You've been there. It's you and your three year old sitting in a booth at a restaurant about to enjoy a meal that they probably won't eat based on the fact that you chose the kids don't eat free night. As you get your food you are once again reminded that your child has no sense of personal space at all.  Each bite you take has the possibility of being dropped in your lap because you have somehow become part of a right triangle with the booth and your leaning child making up the rest of the sides.  You are sure that there are about twenty square feet of free space on the seat, but you wouldn't know because all you can see if a giant ketchupy face two inches from ruining yet another of your shirts.

The Solution: A portable Plexiglas wall that will keep you separated from the ketchup monster.  If you have been in a taxi or perhaps the back of a police car then you know what I am talking about.  As a bonus, I would suggest we add one of those glove hands that you can reach into and mess with stuff on the other side of the glass.  How else will you be able to jam that expensive food into the mouth of the child?

2.  The Play Bubble

The Scenario: You child seems to have an inability to resist tackling your other child.  This increases when you are on the phone, cleaning, or generally breathing in any way.  If only there was a way to ensure that the children kept their hands off one another.

The Solution:  The play bubble.  Think about the bubbles that some kids with poor immunity live in or travel in.  If you had one of these for each child, all that they could do is bump into each other and roll around.  No more tackling, ever.

3.  The Painometer

The Scenario:  Your daughter has injured herself again.  Given the level of crying she has either chopped off her own arm or fallen into a vat of acid.  After kicking down the door because it seemed like the emergency kind of thing to do, you discover that the cause of the screaming is the discovery of a hangnail that could one day become mildly irritating.  And what about the times when you enter a room to a crying son who is sitting next to his sheepish looking brother and the plastic golf club.  How long should time out be for the kid who thought it would be a good idea to go Braveheart on his brother with a sports recreation device.  If only we had a way to see with what velocity the kid was able to employ with the golf club by determining just how much pain was inflicted on his brother.  (Also, it would be great to know if golf was a sport that could be ruled out or encouraged.)

The Solution:  Imagine a thermometer type of device that you could put on the child's forehead that could gauge the level of pain that the child is actually experiencing anywhere in his or her body. What if the device could actually pinpoint the location of the pain for when your screaming child forgets which arm his sister pinched but is sure that he is in the most pain ever?  Instead of needing to head to the ER for head trauma, you can discover that the crushing headache your daughter appears to be experiencing actually came from your daughter combing her hair too hard and that the pain went away twenty minutes ago.

4.  The Mommy Mask

The Scenario: Your child probably does love his daddy, just not when he wakes up at night, wants someone to fill his cup, or wants someone to do anything other than tackle him.  The dad gets up in the middle of the night to check on the fussy kid and when he gets there, it appears that once again, the child needs the magical touch of his mother.  If only there was a way to never hear "no, mommy do it" again.

The Solution: Every mother should be required to sit for a mask molding before having their child.  This would be a mask that the father can put on when he knows that only a mother's touch will do.  If you are concerned that the child will be able to tell the difference between a mom body and a dad body, you're giving them too much credit and you have already lost the war.  These are the same kids who not long ago thought that you literally removed their nose at a whim and who you can also distract from anything remotely upsetting by saying let's go get slushies.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Is it still winter?

It is crazy to look at the my posts from this time last year (like this one or this one).  We had a lot of snow and there were a lot of snow pictures.  This year, not so much.  It has actually been over 60 degrees multiple days this week.  I'll admit that a day of snow would be nice but I'm actually ok with the almost-spring-like weather.  If it means we get to play outside, we are all happy!

we almost forgot how much fun it is to swing in the backyard!

Bubbles have always been fun but now that both Isabel and Will can actually blow the bubbles themselves it is even better.  I don't feel like I am going to faint after 10 minutes of bubble fun! :)

Isabel is always ready to pose for the camera