Elliana’s first haircut



I gave Elliana her first haircut last week. She’s getting her first haircut just a few months after Avery got her first hair cut =) Its kind of fun to have a kid who has hair before her 2nd birthday! Here are some pictures of her first cut. I took about a 1/2 inch off the back. She was beginning to grow a mullet!

Animals


This is just a cute short video of Elliana. She has started to imitate animal sounds so I thought I would capture it on video. When she does the elephant sound, notice the arms always go up in the air. That’s supposed to be the elephant’s trunk raising when she makes the noise =)

Turning 30


Its official. I have left my 20’s. It was a great time though. My sweet husband, who knows me so well, planned the perfect family weekend for me. Over the years, we’ve discovered Brent likes gifts but could care less about cakes, cards, or having a special day. I, on the other hand, am completely opposite. So this year, Brent may have pulled off my favorite birthday ever, complete with a cookie cake (my favorite)! He more than succeeded in making my 30th birthday one of the best memories I have.

Elliana


I’ve been waiting to post about Elliana until I could get some good pictures of her doing the things she loves to do, but she won’t sit still long enough (if that gives you any idea of what she’s like)! Elliana is our little sweat heart who continually keeps us laughing. She loves reading books and you’ll often find her in front of the book shelves reading all the books. She gets so excited when I sit on the floor and tell her that I’ll read a book to her. She goes running to the shelf and picks out her favorite books, runs back to me, and crawls in my lap to read. She’s not one that you can just describe pictures to either. She wants you to read every page and she sits there enthralled while you read.

She is also my little climber. Determination is the adjective I would use to describe her. She will find something to climb and work at it for 30 minutes until she can teach herself how to climb it. She’s figured out how to climb into the bathtub, onto Avery’s bed, up the ladder on the play equipment in the backyard, onto the couch, and everywhere else I don’t think its safe for her to be =)

She loves to play and play hard, but she’s also a cuddle bug. She loves to hug everyone and love on all her friends. I love that she’ll just climb into my lap and lean against me and cuddle for a few minutes. How can you have a bad day after a few minutes of cuddling with your baby?

Summer is Here


Friday we spent the day at NRH2O, a waterpark here in town. For Elliana’s birthday, grandma and grandpa got us season passes so we can go all summer! When we got out of the car and Avery saw the park, she started jumping up and down screaming “I see it, I see it, I see it!” Its so fun to watch the pure joy and excitement on their faces.
The top picture is of me with the girls going down the slide. Its interesting because this year Avery is a bit more aware of danger and so is hesitant to do anything by herself. On the other hand, Elliana is miss independent, has no clue water can be dangerous, and was rather annoyed that I wouldn’t let her go down the slide by herself. Interesting dynamics =)
The 2nd picture is during lunch. The park lets you bring coolers in so we were able to bring our own lunch and have a little picnic.
The final picture is of the girls playing in the water. The alligator squirts water out of his nose and Avery was waiting for the water to squirt and get her all wet again. Elliana was waiting some what patiently for her turn. We’re working on the whole sharing thing =) And just for the record, Elliana has to wear that many layers at the pool b/c of her kidney problems and the medicines shes on! She won’t be the dork at the pool forever =)

Brent’s new toy


On Friday we decided to go ahead and buy a scooter for Brent. If you know Brent, you know he had a spreadsheet full of info about how much money we’ll save in gas and insurance if we got the scooter. He researched bikes all week and test drove a few Friday morning and then ended up getting a great deal on this bike. We’re keeping the Accord for right now, but if the bike works out, we’ll probably end up selling the Accord and just having one car. So far he’s loving it! He even taught me to drive it last night and it was a blast. In this picture, Avery is sitting on it but no worries, she never got to ride it =) Mommy isn’t that nice! The first thing she said Saturday morning when she woke up was, “do you think I’m big enough to ride daddy’s new bike now?” I told her maybe when she’s 5 =)

Avery


So one of my goals as a parent is to get to know each child as well as possible. I really want to study them and find out what makes each kid tick. So I thought I would blog about each kid this week. Below is all about Avery at this stage in her life. She loves to color, swim, and play with dolls. If you do any of those 3 things with her, she feels like a princess. She also obeys quite a bit quicker if you have spent time doing one of these activities with her. I guess she feels loved and so reciprocates by showing us respect and obedience. Below I’ve posted a couple pictures and a video. The video is of Avery coloring and telling me all about what she wants to do today. I hope you can hear it! She is talking all about a white trampoline at a big swimming pool that she wants to jump on today. We’ve never been to a swimming pool with a trampoline at it before so who knows what made her think of this! Yesterday she wanted to go to the “moon” place with her wagon and it was purple and pink and white. Who knows what that is either!! Her imagination is incredible these days =)

Our Cruise

Brent and I went on our first vacation since our Honeymoon. This summer is our 5th anniversary and we both turn 30 this year so we decided to bite the bullet and just go. My parents were gracious enough to watch the girls for us, and we had a blast. I have to say that I wasn’t sold on the idea that we needed a vacation, but I knew Brent really wanted to go so I helped make it happen. I am so glad I did. We go on date nights every other week, and we have a lot of fun as a family, but its just not the same as the fun you have without kids on an extended vacation. We got to be adventurous, lazy, silly, and totally irresponsible for a week and it was wonderful. It was such a great reminder to us about who we were before kids. I never want to forget that. After 3 years of being pregnant and nursing, it was needed. In the midst of the beaches, the ocean, the zip lines, and the rappelling, I remembered how to let go and just enjoy life.

Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day was bittersweet this year. I took the girls to Texarkana to my parent’s house on Mother’s Day. We ate a wonderful brunch with my parents and then I had to say good bye to the girls for a week. Brent and I were going on a cruise and the girls were staying with my parents. As I’m getting ready to say good bye, I realize that I’ve never been away from Elliana before and only been away from Avery for 1 night when she was 8 months old! Needless to say, I was a mess. As I was sobbing and saying goodbye, Avery crawled into my lap and said, “Its okay to be sad mommy, but try not to cry on the boat. Have fun with daddy.” Talk about role reversal! So with my 2 year old cheering me on, I said good bye to my babies and drove home. On one hand it was difficult to leave them, but on the other hand it is so fun to watch them grow up and form relationships with their grandparents. This is definitely a mother’s day I won’t forget.

New Car Seat


Elli loves being in her new car seat! Its still a little weird to have 2 kids facing forward.

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