Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Birthday Miranda!



It's been one year since Miranda arrived early.
One year since we experienced the NICU.
One year since we fell in love with another daughter.

Miranda is a pretty good mix of her two big sisters at that age. She's shy like Mackenzie was and serious like Meredith was.  But the two of them can make her smile and giggle more than anyone else!  She's very much a momma's girl, but smiles and reaches out for Brandon when he comes home from work.

It's been a crazy year, but I've loved it!  Here's to year two being twice as much fun!  Happy birthday sweet girl!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 12

Apparently during the twelfth week of summer, I didn't take too many photos.  I've been pretty sporatic with my picture taking this summer anyway, especially with my good camera.  Since I usually have a baby on my hip, I've been using my camera phone a lot more.  I can't seem to take very good photos on my phone which is most likely operator error, but it's all I can do when we are out and about.

One of the "exciting" things we did was go to the dentist! ;)  I told the big girls that the dentist had new rules that didn't allow mommas to go back with the girls when they were having their teeth cleaned.  This is not true, but I wanted to see if they would do better without me as most kids seem to do.  And you know what?  They were excellent!  I didn't hear a single cry or scream (Meredith)!  Meredith even let them do x-rays!  The last visit 6 months ago involved crying from both girls (only a little for Mackenzie) and absolutely no x-rays from Meredith.  I know the girls are 6 months older now, but with how Meredith acts sometimes I knew the visit could be bad if I went back there.  So while Miranda and I hung out in the waiting room...

the big girls were being big girls and came out with big smiles and good reports!  We are definitely going to do that again!

We played in the pool and with water balloons!

We also met some old friends at the pool to swim.  Mackenzie has really come a long way since 2 summers ago or even last summer.  This year she has played with new friends very easily and hasn't been shy.  She hadn't seen our friend in about 18 months and they played great and swam all around the pool.  I also enjoyed catching up with my friend who is about to have her third girl too!

And on Saturday, Brandon took the girls to our neighborhood's "Lego Club" which is just a place for kids to come play with legos for an hour.  After going there for the last 30 minutes, they went to the store and bought a set of legos and played some more at the house.

So, not a spectacular week, but still fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 11

We've really packed a lot of activities into each week.  I try to do at least one "big" thing each week and week 11 was no different.  This time we tried a new play place that had just recently opened for kids ages 6 and under.  It was basically a warehouse with a bunch of dress up stations and play areas.  It was pretty crowded, but the girls had fun.  I only had my cell phone with me, so the pictures weren't great, but here are a few of the good ones.

They stayed in the store a long time.  We have a lot of the same play food at home, but do not have a cash register, so they really liked this.
Pretending to be an astronaut!
It's blurry, but the costume was cute.
These horses and zebras were cute.  You push down on the pedals and it moves it across the floor.  Meredith was too nervous/scared, but Mackenzie went back to this area several times!

The huge magnet board was fun for all three girls!

The plasma cars and ride a long toys were a big hit, but there were only a few, so they were hard to find a free one.  Meredith managed to secure the purple one!  They loved them so much that Brandon and I decided that's what the big girls would get for their upcoming birthday.

Miranda even had fun riding on a little bouncy toy.
So did Meredith.

Overall it was a fun morning and we'll probably go back another time.

Later that week we picked up the girls' reading trophies for the summer reading program at the library.  It was Meredith's first trophy, so she was super excited!

We met some old friends at a splash pad near our old house and the girls made some "new" friends even though they were old friends we just hadn't seen in a year!  Meredith is not in the picture below because she was finished playing and had already changed clothes.  It was a great time for me too, since I got to visit with my friends too! ;)

Miranda crawls everywhere now and crawls fast!



And to cap off the week we went to my parents' house to swim.  I forgot to post this picture, but here is another moment when Miranda is just too tired to give any smiles for the camera!
Summer is almost over!  Only a few more weeks to blog about, but only this week to enjoy and make the most of!  Lastly I'd like to leave you with Miranda giggling!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Swimming and Water Balloons!

A couple of weeks ago, I filled up the little inflatable pool again for the girls.  I also pulled out the water balloons since they had never played with them  before.  At first, I couldn't fill them up because Miranda was being a little needy and insisted on me holding her, so they "filled them up". ;)



Once Miranda went down for a nap, I had some time to fill up 20 or so water balloons to throw.

They really had fun and threw them at the grass, trees and the playset.  Not at each other, which is just fine since I wasn't really wanting to deal with crying children because water got in their eyes, hair or their skin!  Oh the drama  that can happen with a 2 year old and 5 year old! ;)  So, we were all content with breaking the balloons on the ground.

Meredith loved playing with the water hose and apparently found it fascinating.
That is until she saw a bug "or something". (her favorite phrase right now)
I LOVE that I captured that on my camera.  It shows how she really responds to EVERY THING that doesn't go her way - screaming and freaking out.  The very reason we didn't throw balloons at each other! ;)

Before her crankiness and nap, Miranda was content to chill in her exersaucer for a little bit.



The water was a little cold!

"Why do you keep taking pictures when it's just soooo hot and humid and I'm super tired?"

Fun in the pool!

I LOVE getting action shots of the girls.  They loved jumping and swimming in this little pool.  It was especially a great size for Meredith!


They went back and forth over and over and over and over! ;)



Another great summer activity and we didn't even have to leave the house! ;)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Summer Recap: Week 10

Week 10 was super fun because my aunt and cousins drove down from Utah for a visit.  Mackenzie was 3 years and Meredith was 3 months old the last time they visited, so we were all excited to see each other.  On Monday, my aunt Rhonda and my cousin Chloe came to our house to spend the night.  Mackenzie and Meredith were so excited about a sleep over and asked me constantly when they were going to get to our house.  Once they arrived we talked, colored and played my little pony.  Then we went to dinner and Mackenzie was really excited when Chloe (age 15) sat in the very back of the car with her, since she's usually all by herself.  After dinner, Mackenzie insisted Chloe watch an animated princess movie and Chloe was kind enough to sit next to her and watch it even though it's not a very good movie.  Then it was bed time, but it was still fun because Rhonda read FOUR books to them before bed! ;)

The next morning I let Mackenzie and Meredith bathe in my big bath tub for the first time to keep them occupied while "the ladies" (per Meredith) slept.  They left that morning, but we went to my grandparents' house on Thursday to get one last visit before they returned to Utah.

On Saturday, Brandon took the big girls to the movies.  Mackenzie was so worried they were going to be late or miss the movie.  I don't know why she thinks this since Brandon and I are rarely late for things.  We gave her a timer so she wouldn't keep asking and she carried around for 3 hours until they left.  The funny thing is I had to find the timer when it went off because they had already left...one hour before the movie!  Miranda and I enjoyed a little nap while they were away, so fun was had by all! ;)

And somewhere in the middle of all that, Meredith had some chocolate covered pretzels!

 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Strangers

I didn't really mean for a whole week to go by without blogging!  As most strangers point out to me "I've got my hands full." ;)  I love strangers.  It's pretty interesting running errands with the girls and hearing what people say to us.

"Still trying for a boy, huh?"  Because I guess our life isn't complete with just 3 little girls.  I'll let you in on a little secret...we are content and perfectly happy with our three girls.  No boys needed.  Not gonna happen.

"Can you call me when they are in their teenage years? I'd like to see how that's going to work out for you."  The high school/college age checker at the grocery store said this to me.  He said our house was going to be crazy with three teenagers.  Yes.  Yes, I imagine it will be.  Of course he immediately talked about parties and sneaking out, which bothers me that people assume that all kids will do that.  I didn't.  I'm not saying my kids won't, but why does everyone have to assume that.  Kids can be good.  My girls will turn 13, 15 and 18 in 2026.  I suspect Brandon might have installed doors on the office by then to isolate himself from the crazy girls! ;)

As I said previously, I get "You've got your hands full."  A LOT.  And considering usually I have a baby in one arm and am carrying a purse or reusable shopping bags or high chair cover or ALL 3 plus holding hands of one or both big girls, I would say that statement is pretty spot on.  However, I wouldn't have it any other way.  I LOVE my girls and would gladly have my "hands full" than not.

"Save up for the weddings!"  Another favorite to hear from people older than I am.  Usually those who have recently paid for a wedding.  I know.  They are coming.  But, I think I'll save for their college educations first. ;)  Although, my parents paid for both simultaneously, so I guess that could happen and with three girls 5 years apart there will probably be someone in college while someone else gets married.  Either way, we'll worry about that in at least 15 years!

Of course, my most favorite phrase from strangers are "Those sure are pretty girls."  I completely agree!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Swimming at Moshi & Gapa's

 Last weekend we went swimming at my parents' pool.  When we first got there, we thought it might rain, so the girls were content with just putting their feet in.  This is one of my new favorite pictures!
But then, after lunch it was fairly sunny so they went swimming.  Silly me - I forgot to bring my swimsuit, so the big girls swam with my parents.  Really, it was quite nice since it gave me the opportunity to take pictures!  I realized I had forgotten my swimsuit when we were about half way there and when I told the girls I wouldn't be able to swim, Meredith recommended I swim naked.  Um, no.  ;)  I told her that was not happening, but then she asked if she could swim naked.  I told her she could swim naked, but she I would have to put sunscreen on her little white booty.  She changed her mind - thank goodness! ;)

All smiles!

Meredith was a little fish and LOVED swimming and jumping in the pool!

Miranda was a bit tired so she was content on a towel for a little while,
but then...
Gapa kept squirting Meredith before she jumped and would cause her make some pretty funny faces.
But then, they were on the same team and aimed the squirt gun at Moshi and Mackenzie!
Jump! Jump!

Here are some videos of her swimming and jumping!  She's really getting the hang of it. (Please ignore my loud voice and laugh!) ;)

The girls were a little bummed we had to leave to go home, but I told them Moshi and Gapa's pool never closes, so we'll be back even if school starts in a few weeks!
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