A Party Fit for a Princess

Everly’s third birthday was simple and perfect – we celebrated with just our closest family and friends at my parents house on her actual birthday, which happened to fall on a Saturday.  We kept the day easy with pizza, beer, and princess cake (of course) and the kid couldn’t have been happier.

That morning after breakfast and a few presents, I treated Everly to her very first manicure and pedicure at this little kids’ salon at the mall.  It was the silliest thing ever but she just LOVED every second of it, and I can’t say I blame her.  She picked out pink for her tootsies and sparkly red for her fingers, and giggled during her leg and foot massage.  She also had her hair pulled up into a little braid, chose a pink glitter heart for her cheek, and picked out Cupcake-scented perfume.  It was adorable seeing her so happy getting dolled up before her party.

Amelia decided to start walking that day, so Everly politely let her steal the spotlight for a bit, only to take center stage as soon as she put on her new roller skates and had Kyle take her for a few spins around the house.  After opening presents and eating plenty of cake and ice cream, the sky cleared up and both girls ended up in the pool with Gobble (pictured, yes).  We finished the day with a chicken sighting in the backyard (one of the neighbor’s escaped the coop and Everly helped in the rescue efforts).  It was a perfect day for a third birthday party, fit for a little princess.

Love,
E

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3 Years and 9 Months

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Someone needs to tell these girls to S L O W it down with the growing already, because clearly they are not listening to my pleas.  I feel like I just brought a teeny, swaddled Everly home from the hospital, blinked, and then I was bringing an even teenier, swaddled Amelia home to join us.  We just had our 3 year and 9-month checkup with our pediatrician and as expected, everyone is doing fantastic.

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At 9 months, Amelia weighs about 19 lbs 9 oz (68th percentile), and measures 2 ft 5 inches (93rd percentile).  She’ll be tall just like Mom and Big Sis.  She still has those sparkling blue eyes and the softest, golden hair.  We started calling her Milma (compliments of Gobble) or Milly.  She has her two bottom teeth and she’s been working on her top two teeth this week – any day now!  And…

We officially have a walker!  Amelia started walking about a week before she turned 9-months – which is crazy!  And like a true sister, she decided to start walking at her sister’s 3rd birthday party in an attempt to steal her thunder.

Lately, this kid LOVES her food and sometimes eats her older sister under the table.  We started pureed foods at 6 months and I’m pretty sure by 8 months we were exclusively on regular food – she’s  such a little foodie!  She likes pretty much anything – her favorites are blueberries, bananas, noodles, toast, corn, and anything Everly seems to be snacking on.  Speaking of her sister, these two girls are all about playing with each other lately.  When they’re both  awake, our house is filled with the squeals of two giggly girls, just as I always suspected it would be.

At 3 years old, Everly is super imaginative and playful.  A her 3 year checkup, she weighed 36 lbs and measured 3 ft, 3 inches tall.  She started preschool this week and has really been doing wonderful and thriving.  I have to admit I was nervous about starting her in a school setting so early, especially since she has never been in daycare, but after this week, I know I made the right decision.  Everly comes home refreshed and content and has so much to tell us about.

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Listening to her favorite song on the way to her first day of school.

Listening to her favorite song on the way to her first day of school.

We are so happy and proud of her!  She loves listening to reggae in her Daddy’s car – her favorite is “A Message to You Rudy” by the Specials.  Some of her other favorites are going to the park, playing dress up, taking care of her bears, getting her nails painted, baking anything, and going to Orange Leaf for frozen yogurt (she seriously asks us every night).  Oh and her little sister, she won’t go to bed without giving her a big kiss, and usually asks for her first thing when she wakes up.  These girls are my heart.

Love,
E

Three.

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I can’t believe this one is THREE.  It seems like just yesterday I was dreaming of what she would be like as I wished the weeks of pregnancy away in anticipation of meeting her.  And now here she is, Three years old, a doting sister and the darling daughter we have always wished for.  Not a day goes by that I don’t thank God for choosing me to be her Mom.

Dearest Everly, you are our greatest adventure.  I wish you all the happiness and love in the world.  Happy, happy, birthday, my love.

Love,
Your Mama & Daddy

Summer

I think my last post touched on the fact that Spring was finally here… Well here we are well into June and I’m finally getting around to posting again. With the warm weather, the girls are loving being outside as much as possible.  Whether it’s swimming, swinging, or exploring, we try to get out as much as we can!

Everly is loving the water these days! Give the girl a pool or a watering can and she’s as happy as can be.  We had a rainy Sunday and Everly decided to suit up in her snow boots and rain coat, and armed with Uncle Kyle and her princess umbrella, she was perfectly content heading out in the wet weather to search for puddles to jump in.  Besides adventuring in her big backyard, she’s looking forward to turning THREE in August and starting preschool later this summer!

Amelia is just the happiest, most joyful little soul.  She is constantly cracking up at her sister, or flashing these huge smiles when you catch her eye – she just makes my day!  She is so close to crawling and is always on the go.  The kid can clear the length of a room with a handful of body rolls, squealing with laughter the entire time.  Such a stinker!

We’re counting down the days til our family vacation in Destin next month!  We’ve been going to the same beach for the past three years and it’s definitely a family tradition that we plan on continuing each year with the girls.  Check out our pics from Destin 2012 and Destin 2011.  We can’t wait!

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Love,
E

Lately

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We’ve been venturing out as much as possible lately, now that the warmer weather has finally found it’s way to us.  I usually rush out the doors of work as close to 5 as possible and hurry home with the kids to meet Marty.  I usually put together a quick dinner, clean up, and have just enough time left to load the girls up in the double stroller, harness the dogs and hit the neighborhood for a walk at the most perfect part of the day.

If there’s not enough time for that, we’re happy enough to explore our big backyard, as long as we get to enjoy some fresh air, hear the birds chirp, and catch a glimpse of the sun creeping down over the horizon.  Spring is finally here.

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Everly usually goes straight for her swing, which she has just about outgrown…  Otherwise, she’s exploring elsewhere or peeking through the garden looking for things to collect.

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She recently discovered the trampoline, which obviously was a huge hit!

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And Mila is absolutely enamored with all of her surroundings when we’re outside.  She loves the cool breeze, the chatter of finches through the bamboo, and watching Everly lead the way, taking it all in while tucked tightly against me in her sling.

It’s raining this weekend so we’ve got some indoor activities lined up and spring cleaning to do, though we are all looking forward to much more outdoor time soon.  Here’s to many more summer adventures!

Love,
E

Easter Weekend

Note to self, a 2 1/2 year old that wakes up at 6:30 on Easter morning and fills up on jelly beans and chocolate milk will turn into this by 9 am…

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However, with a little sunshine and fresh air, things will turn around before the day continues.   At least long enough to take a decent sort-of family picture.

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What a beautiful Easter it was.  Filled with family, food, and lots of Easter goodies.  Ev and Amelia both made out like bandits from the Easter bunny.  Ev’s basket had bubbles, a sun hat/sunglasses (for the beach!), a bunny, and a Cinderella doll.  Amelia’s little basket had some new binkies and soft teething toys, though she was much more interested in trying to eat my hair.

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Whenever we’re around my family, Everly always gravitates to Kyle.  Whether they’re kicking a soccer ball around, or swinging, she is crazy about her Uncle! 🙂

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Seeing all the little cousins hunt for eggs was adorable.  Everly did pretty well this year and had a blast, of course.  And the weather was superb!

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Everly just loved her dress and didn’t stop twirling through the grass all day long.  Even long after we arrived home and were winding down from the day, it took some coaxing to get her to change and hang her dress up, grass stains and all, after a well-deserved day enjoyed in it with plenty of magical memories.

Love,
E