Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Bubble baths

I still bathe all 3 girls together in one tub.  Bath time is NOT my favorite, but occasionally I let them have a bubble bath. ;)  I also felt the urge to take pictures of them.  These aren't all of my photos since I'm not going to post improper pictures of my girls.

Miranda likes bubble baths, but her biggest issue is wiping her face or nose with her hands when they are covered in bubbles.  The other night she wiped her mouth and then when she got bubbles in her mouth she stuck out her tongue and continued to wipe her mouth to get the bubbles out, only to wipe more bubbles on her tongue!  Silly girl!

Mackenzie's favorite thing to do is make bubble beards.

And then, her sisters follow suit.

Speaking of putting bubble hands in our mouths, Mackenzie and I thought it was pretty cool to pretend to put her fingers in her mouth and give crazy eyes! Ha!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall visit to Granny & Papa's

A month or so ago, we went to Alvin/Friendswood to visit my family. My indoor girly girls were fascinated by the lizard on the back porch.

Well, I think Meredith liked it.  Maybe. ;)

Miranda thoroughly enjoyed sitting in Granny and Papa's laps.

Of course, the girls insisted Penny come out for a visit.  However they excite her so much that she had to sit in Granny's lap.

Also, per tradition, a boat ride with Captain Papa!

Miranda was cautious at first and sat right next to Granny.

She also said "cows" every time we passed them. ;)

They were all smiles on the boat!

Sweet Mackenzie!

Taking turns being the captain!

They even let Miranda be the captain. ;)

Again, as tradition, we have to feed the fish.

After Granny & Papa's we went to Moshi & Gapa's house.  Gapa made the girls day when he made them a fort behind the couch.

Such a cutie!

Can't wait to visit again!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Busy, Busy

My time has slipped away way too quickly!  I had no intention of waiting this long between blog posts, but it happened anyway.  Last year, I don't recall having something to do every single day of the week, but I think maybe we did.  Anyways, this year we also have something everyday.  I LOVE being busy and I don't want to give up my bible study or gymnastics and swim lessons for the girls, but sometimes I just don't feel like I can get everything done.  That's probably because once I get home from our morning activities I tend to veg afterwards until it's time for a school pick up. :/  It's amazing how I can feel busy and lazy at the same time! Ha!

Mackenzie has had a great year in school so far.  Her PE teachers send home monthly challenges that we are supposed to do as a family.  Last month we had to do 500 push ups and SHE did them, but I only did 2 or 3 days worth.  This month the challenge is 500 minutes of walking/running.  So far we have 90 minutes logged and I really do mean WE.  Since the weather has been nice the last couple of days, we've been walking home from Mackenzie's school.  Yesterday was a bit hot for me and the 2 mile round trip, so I've decided we are going to have to wait for 70 degree weather before we walk home again! ;)

Meredith seems to be better with school this month.  She's pretty emotional most mornings in general, but she's getting better. ;)  She likes school and her teachers tell me she's perfect at school, which is awesome.  She and I are working on speaking kindly to each other because we both tend to elevate each other and make things worse quickly. :(  Again, I'm admitting that I am just as responsible for the raised emotions we both have.  Motherhood can be hard. 

Last night, I pretty much ignored a big "blowout" between Mackenzie and Meredith because I thought Meredith was overreacting since she screamed and cried at the top of her lungs.  I was getting Miranda ready for bed and called Meredith to me and sent her to her room to calm down.  Brandon came into the room and he figured out that Mackenzie had pushed and unintentionally scratched Meredith with her pencil.  I looked at Meredith and saw the scratch on her chest.  So, that brought on a discussion about the boy who called wolf, since that is exactly why I didn't respond to her cries when she was truly hurt.  I felt awful about my reaction or lack of.  Don't worry, Mackenzie was also spoken to about pushing.  It was decided that no one messes with anyone while doing homework and we ALWAYS come get a parent if someone is disobeying the rules. ;)  I'm looking forward to many more years of this same conversation!

Anyways, that's 2 weeks and now I need to go edit photos so I can actually do a post with pictures because that's all most care about! ;)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

September Miscelaney

I'm slowly catching up with my blog posts, but wanted to make a catch all post with some miscellaneous photos from September.


I'm pretty sure she's too big for her old car seat!  They were all being silly one day and switching car seats.  Mackenzie and Meredith's seats are virtually the same, so the only fun in switching is sitting in Miranda's seat.
Cutie before school - she loves first grade and her teachers.  She's growing her hair out to donate to kids who need wigs.  She probably has at least 4 or 5 more inches to go since she wants to cut it shoulder length when it's long enough.  She has 2 pairs of tennis shoes this school year, so she switches out a week at a time of wearing them.  The other pair is pink and would actually match her outfit in this picture, but since it was a "purple week", she wore her purple shoes. 

Silly girl still loves to color with sidewalk chalk.  More importantly, she likes to color HERSELF with chalk!

She likes gymnastics, but I don't think she's that confident in herself, so she gives up easily and asks for help.  She's still doing better than I would have at her age!

She's also still taking swim lessons and doing better.  She had her "downhill" moment in August/September when she was panicking and thinking she couldn't swim, but she's going uphill again and improving.  Like her teacher said, you never know with her - some classes she's awesome and some classes she's struggling.  On a particularly good day a few weeks ago, she told her teacher "I was freaking out because...."  I don't remember the reason, but at least she realized she was freaking out. ;)

She's struggling with school this year.  She was super excited to go back, but she's gotten clingy again and says she's going to miss me every morning before school and starts crying.  One morning I had to leave her crying (almost screaming), so I tell her every school day that she can either be dropped off at school crying or happy, but I'm dropping her off no matter what.  I can usually change her attitude by the time we get there, but crying is still involved at home.  Yesterday we told her that this is her last year she'll be going to school by herself and that seemed to help.

We haven't see rain in a while, but the day in September when it drizzled, she was sure to wear her rain coat!
Also, Meredith still loves all things kitten related.  She was excited about this outfit - kitty ears, kitty shirt, kitty skirt and shhh....kitty underwear! ;)

She's in a big bed!  It's a little taller than we thought it would be, but she loves it.  She sleeps with pretty much all of her stuffed animals and SIX baby dolls, but she sleeps through the night and doesn't get out of bed until I come get her, so that's fine with me!

Swim lessons - not a fan, but still does well.  The lollipop reward is a constant reminder! ;)

She loves shoes and left the house one day with two left feet!  Different shoes, different sizes, but apparently they both fit her! ;)  The picture on the right is when she had a fever after their birthday party.  We went to the HEB clinic like this. ;)

She can be sweet and cute one minute to completely shy the next.  The picture on the right is how she sat for an entire meal when I met my friend for lunch one day.  She did not want to sit with us at the table, so she sat for an hour (at least) on the floor.  Thank goodness it was an early lunch and the floors were clean! ;)

That's a wrap for September, with the exception of homeschool activities which I'll blog about soon, I think. ;)
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