Monday, February 24, 2014

3 months of JUNE!

*I have mixed feelings about this picture. On one hand I LOVE how cute it is, on the other I hate how old she looks. I think it's because I propped her up so it looks like she can sit up, but she's still too young to do that. She cannot sit up yet, thank heavens, I want to keep her little.

My June at three months:
  • 14 lbs 
  • 24 inches long
  • cooing all day long. It's the best sound!
  • happiest baby ever- wakes up smiling & cooing
  • laughs every time I wipe her chin or chest = WAY ticklish!
  • will not laugh or coo or "talk" for the camera, she's not a performer just like her big sister.
  • getting nice and chubby- baby rolls, knuckle dimples, rubber band indents on her wrists, and even CHUBBIER cheeks
  • does "crunches" all day long. She puts her chin on her chest and tries to sit up. We change the words to the song from Frozen and sing "She's just a bit of a sitter upper..." to her.
  • first vacation: weekend in big bear and it was awesome. She slept her longest stretch so far on that trip, from 11pm to 6:30am! SEVEN and a HALF HOURS! On this trip she went on her first hike, saw her first snow, and had daddy feed her her first bottle- she drank 3 ounces! (We didn't want her first bottle to be the day I went back to work, just in case she wouldn't take it. Luckily she did great- one less thing to worry about!)
  • first trip to Disneyland - she slept in the sling the whole time. I felt like a rockstar because I was so outnumbered but we still had a lot of fun because my kids were little angels. (They must have known our passes were about to expire and I was on the fence about renewing them right away.)
  • first trip to the Children's Museum - slept in the stroller the whole time.
  • first trip to the zoo. We went to the Santa Ana Zoo. We ate a packed picnic lunch on the bench that overlooks the camel exhibit (like we always do), saw the live animal show and rode the train (the train that Harvey DID NOT want to get off. He ran down the tracks crying "NOOOO! I wanna wide da twain again!! I not done!!" At which point the workers had to chase him down to get him because it's not safe to be on train tracks and I had a newborn in a sling and a 5 1/2 year old girl that was freaking out that her brother was going to die. That's when we left.)



Friday, February 21, 2014

Wendy's FIRST (and second) Day of Kindergarten!

So, I didn't think I would be so emotional when Wendy started kindergarten, but I was a WRECK! Like baaaaad. I even get a little embarrassed thinking back on that day. On top of it all, I forgot the camera was on the manual setting and all the pictures of my baby's first day of school came out extremely over exposed. The picture above has been edited to make it as dark as possible without distorting the image. SO... we took some pictures on her SECOND day of kindergarten.

These are some images from her actual first day of school. Wendy was SO SO SO excited! She laid out her clothes the night before and labeled her backpack (the my little pony one she picked out herself). We were ecstatic when we found out she was put with the best kindergarten teacher in Brea (probably in all of Orange County). It was also comforting to have some friends from church in Wendy's class. 


Just like the first day of preschool, Wendy was brave and independent, I was a blubbering mess. I kept it together as best as I could for Wendy's sake. She ran right in the classroom, found her name on her assigned desk, and started coloring the picture that was waiting for her there (Harvey got to join in the fun too). The parents stood around, reluctant to let go and waiting for further instructions from the teacher. When it was time to leave, the kids took their place on the carpet and the parents slowly filed out. It was hard, but she did great. I'm so incredibly proud of her for her eagerness to learn, grow, make new friends and try new things. I love the confidence she has developed in herself in these short five years of life. (Then I bawled the whole way back home).

AND the second day of school... 
(just as excited as the first day:)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

2 months already!

June at 2 months old
  • 12lbs, 15oz
  • 23 inches long
  • cooing & "talking" now
  • smiling ALL the time, all i have to do is make intense eye contact with her & smile big and she smiles right back. she has a faint dimple on her right cheek and when she smiles, her eyes smile more than her mouth does- like two little half moons
  • first trip to the beach! we went to Huntington on Dec. 30th! she slept the whole time in her sling.
  • went to her first (and second and third and fourth) movie. The Hobit, Hunger Games, then Saving Mr. Banks and Frozen. The little sweetheart slept the whole time. We went to early showings so the theaters would hopefully be more empty. I love movies and was going through with-drawls with all the good holiday films that came out while I was in newborn hibernation. 
  • favorite way to be held is on my right shoulder. she's got such a strong neck and holds her own head up already. she loves to look around. my favorite part of holding her on my shoulder is that she always sucks on her little fist. she did it right out of the womb, but has stopped because i swaddle her fists down & stick a binki in her mouth. so it warms my heart a little because its the only time she does it anymore.
  • also loves to lay flat on the couch or bed - she prefers to be sprawled out  

Friday, January 24, 2014

Back to School Feast

This fall, my first child started elementary school. The occasion seemed deserving of something special, so we copied NieNieDialogues and the night before school started we had a special "back to school" feast for family night (however, on a MUCH smaller scale than Mrs. Nielson). As a mom I feel like it is part of my job to make special days special. It makes me feel good to be able to pull it off. 


The theme was simple: apples and chalkboards. I pulled from what I had and didn't have to spend a penny! Wendy & I made a crown for each person with their first initial on it. We used black paper "chalkboard" place-mats and wrote each person's name and educational status at their seat. Harvey wouldn't wear his crown, I don't think he had a clue what was going on (I kinda hope he didn't or he probably would have felt left out). I made Wendy's favorite dinner: hard shell tacos with beans and rice, then we APPLE pie for dessert.



After dinner, the festivities continued. We had a little lesson about the importance of an education and Ryan gave Wendy a father's blessing for the beginning of the school year (just like my dad used to do for me). It was a very sweet and tender moment for me. I feel very blessed to be married to a man that can do this for my children. I might have cried a little bit. After the lesson, we had Wendy pick out her new outfit for the first day of school (I pulled some options out of the 5T - 6T tub of hand-me-downs and cute clothes on sale I purchased in the next size up) and had her do a fashion show for us with some music on in the background. You can see her dancing pretty hard on that ottoman. I'm pretty sure the song "Gangnam Style" was on repeat. My kids love that song more than I'd like to admit. But it made for a very fun night!  All in all, I feel it's a tradition I can easily keep up and one that will make the special things in life special for my children.

*look at those moves! don't mind the partially finished renovation in the background