Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day was sweet and simple again this year.  I'll be honest...it just isn't that big of a deal around here.  I think "gifts" is probably last on the list of love languages for both Josh and me, which works out well. A couple of days before Valentine's Day I actually stopped to look at some cards thinking I would at least get Josh a card.  After looking at a few I realized that it would make him happier if I didn't spend the $6 on a card for him.

However valentines are still a big deal at school. Both kids picked out their valentines to pass out to their class and worked hard writing everyone's name on them.  I think this is the first year that both kids could do all the writing completely on their own!

 Isabel and her "mailbox" that she made to take to school

Will picked power ranger valentines this year (and some added candy of course)

working hard writing his name and his friends' names

My sweet girl on Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Celebrating our girly girl

Instead of a big party this year, Isabel decided to celebrate her 7th birthday by inviting 3 friends to a new kids salon near our house.  The girls got to have their hair, nails and make-up done.  There were also dress-up outfits and karaoke.  A perfect description of all things Isabel loves!  She talked about the party for weeks and was so excited when it was finally time!

Isabel insisted on making the cupcakes instead of buying some.  Her initial plan was to have pink cupcakes with chocolate icing.  However, since Will was horrified with this idea and devastated that he would not be able to eat any cupcakes she switched to fun fetti cupcakes with both pink and chocolate icing!

The morning of her party started with snow!  The grass and roads were actually covered pretty quickly but luckily the roads were clear in time to get to her party.  You gotta love snow in the south.

Loving the outfit she chose to wear! There was plenty of twirling happening!

Getting her hair done....

Looking beautiful with LOTS of "fairy dust" in her hair
(that didn't come out even after multiple washings)

Their dolls had to be dressed up as well...

Lillie showing off her beautiful nails.

Ava the performer entertained us with songs from Frozen

Hardest part of the party for the girls......letting their nails dry!

Showing each other their manicures

My sweet girl looking way too old with make-up and earrings!

Ready to blow out her 7 candle

 I'm so thankful for Isabel's sweet friends.  Unfortunately one little girl could not come at the last minute but these 3 girls had a blast (Grams, Nana, the girls' moms and I had fun too.  Josh and Will were in charge of bringing the pizza and then they gladly stayed out of the way)

Isabel got clothes for her doll and a new necklace and earrings!!!

After we got home Isabel opened presents from Grams and Nana.  I love seeing her with the angels I got each year when I was a little girl.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Isabel is SEVEN!

Seven years ago this precious baby girl made me a mommy.  I had no clue just how much my life would change. I had no idea what would be harder and what would be so much better. Recently I have been talking with some friends who have children who are 4-5+ years younger than Isabel.  In hearing their issues, concerns and even funny stories about their kids, I have been reminded of our own stories from when Isabel was younger.  In a way it is fun to "relive" those times.  It is easy to forget how Isabel used to say certain words that were totally incorrect but so funny.  It can be easy to forget how difficult bedtime was for Isabel when she was about 2 and a half and how I wanted to pull my hair out every.single.night for months!!  Until I'm reminded I forget how much she loved to sing and dance and how terrified she was of all men, the Chick-fil-A cow and the huge stuffed gorilla at the library.  Because it has been a while, some of these things are even funny now (although they definitely were NOT at the time).  It is also nice to look back and realize how far we have come.  In a lot of ways, parenting this 7 year old is so much easier but there are still plenty of new things to worry about. Instead of worrying about how to stop tantrums, I get to worry about her relationships with friends at school and whether or not I think she is getting the best education that she deserves.  Plus she is getting way to close to the teenage years!!!!

At seven, Isabel is smart, funny, and beautiful inside and out.  She can be super-silly sometimes but can also easily be quiet and serious when she needs to be.  She is doing so well at school and gets along with her friends pretty easily.  She is still a big rule follower and sometimes has trouble remembering that she is not always in charge and not responsible for reminding everyone around her of the rules! :)  While she has become much less fearful, she is still hesitant of trying new things or being in a new environment. She is an amazing reader and usually determined to figure things out on her own.  Although she still gets frustrated if she cannot do something perfectly the first time, she is less of a perfectionist than she was at a younger age.  She is a thinker and I always wonder what is really going on in her mind. She is a precious girl and I am so thankful for her!

Her birthday started out with her favorite...donuts!  Josh got up early to get her favorite kind and Isabel was so surprised when she saw them since it was a school morning.  She actually asked if Max the elf was the one that brought them! :)

She was excited to be at school on her birthday.  She got to go to the office to get a birthday ribbon taped to her shirt and then I came to have lunch with her.  She loved getting to pass out birthday cookies to all of her friends!

After school we waited for Josh to get home.  At 7 Isabel has a lot of great qualities but she is far from patient!!  I think her gifts were worth the wait though...

Will was super excited about the reusable stickers and scenes he picked out for Isabel (I choose to tell myself it is because he really loves to give instead of the fact that he got one too and couldn't play with it until she opened hers!)

Along with a couple other little things (frozen barbies) Josh and I got Isabel a canopy for her bed.  Her reaction was great.  She was so so excited.

Will, however, was not so excited.  This was his reaction!  He was very sad that he didn't get a canopy thing for his bed too (ok so maybe we are still working on that better to give thing)

We ended the day celebrating Isabel over her favorite dinner of Cracker Barrel pancakes!  Overall I think she enjoyed her day and we enjoyed celebrating our precious 7 year old!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Holes in her ears!

Isabel started asking about getting her ears pierced a couple of months ago.  I had told her at some point that I got mine pierced on my 7th birthday and of course she remembered.  As her birthday got closer she remained insistent that she wanted to get her ears pierced.  I'll admit that I doubted that she would really go through with it but she totally surprised me.  We celebrated her "birthday eve" by getting them pierced today after school.  She was SO EXCITED!!

I had tried my best to explained exactly what would happen so she hopped right up in the chair and sat perfectly still while the lady made purple dots on her ears.  Then she decided on purple birthstone earrings.

As they got the "guns" ready she got a little worried.  I quickly stood in front of her and held her hands while daddy distracted her by being silly.

The ladies counted to 3 and it was over.  Her eyes filled with tears initially but she was ok.  As soon as she saw herself in the mirror she was much happier!

Now she is just beyond happy with her pierced ears and somehow looks way more beautiful and grown up. I'm so proud of her!! I cannot believe my baby will be 7 tomorrow!!