Wednesday, March 31, 2010


My girls LOVE to take baths.  They especially like to take them in our master bath in the "big tub". 

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


The other day the girls helped me get the mail and I usually give them each a piece they can carry.  Alaina happened to get the Oriental Trading catalog.  She proceeded to come in the door and lay down to read it.  I thought it was adorable!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

All Things Paige

 Yesterday I was taking Paige to the bathroom at Pizza Ranch. As she was sitting there, she said, "Cameron stands up. He doesn't sit down. He has a long butt like Daddy!" 

I Don't want my children to be happy!

I actually read this post a couple weeks ago.  It is an amazing post written from a mom to her kids about why they won't have college funds because they are adopting a little girl.  While we are not adopting, though I'm really not opposed, this mom has some really good thoughts.  After reading it again today, I wanted to share it, because, like her, I don't want my kids to be happy.  Not in the sense that most of the world views happiness.  Read it HERE.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Swim Lessons

My girls BOTH had swim lessons this week.  I regretably forgot my camera each and every day.  Bummer!  They take private lessons from a college gal that goes to our church.  Alaina loves the water and truly isn't afraid of going under.  She still has SOME fear, but not enough to inhibit learning.  She spent the week learning to kick, jumping into the pool and going under the water, and trying to learn to blow bubbles under the water.  The main objective is for her to go under enough that she learns when the appropriate time is to hold her breath.  She does well, and was so exhausted every day that she was asleep by the time we left the parking lot.

Paige was my superstar.  Last December, when she took lessons for the first time, she wouldn't even get her neck wet.  We finished that week with her able to walk on her own in the water with the water up to her chin, but there was NO WAY she would willingly put her head under.  By Thursday this week, she was willingly jumping in with her head going under water.  Today, while Alaina had her lesson, she was showing me how she puts her head in, and opens her eyes,  She learned the chicken, airplane, soldier kick.  She is still nervous about floating, but has come a LONG way in a few short lessons. 

We should have a great summer at the pool!

Monday, March 15, 2010

All Things Alaina

 The other day we were all in the family room and Paige took something from Alaina. Not unusual! Mark and I were talking so I didn't correct it right away. Alaina started SCREAMING. She starting hitting things around her and clapping her hands together in frustration. (It did make us chuckle.) She then walked over to Paige and walluped her. She had tried her best not to take her frustration out on Paige, but just couldn't contain herself. They both ended up in time out! 

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Little Artist!

Paige brought me this picture today.  She LOVES to draw and would even prefer to draw over coloring.  I'll try to explain this picture as close to what Paige said as possible.  In the middle is a rabbit, the circles on at the bottom are the WonderPets and they came to save the rabbit.  The rabbit is in a car in the mud.  She's is pretty creative and is always bringing me pictures like this.  I just happened to have the camera right by me this time.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Firsts for each!

Alaina brought me a hair rubberband on March 5 (the day she turned 23 months) and said, "Hair, hair."  I asked if she wanted me to put it in her hair and she said, "Mmm hmm", as only Alaina can.  So I obliged.  This is the first time her hair has been in a pony tail and the poor girl still looks like she has no hair.  Her hair is SLOWLY growing from the back forward.  I at least had to document that she did have a ponytail before age 2.

This is Paige doing her very first cartwheels.  I think she does a really good job for only being 3. 

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I wanna. . .

hold your hand!
Alaina has been wanting us to hold her hand while she eats.  I'm not sure why.  It started one morning when she refused breakfast and instead pitched a royal fit.  I could not figure out what set her off and she was totally inconsolable, so I set her in her booster (still screaming) and offered to hold her hand.  She immediately calmed down and ate her breakfast.  Since then, at least one meal a day she asks for my hand, or Daddy's if he is home.  She will let go to take a drink or if we need to do something, but wants it back as soon as we are done.  It really is too precious and we can't refuse her.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

All Things Paige

I asked Paige where the TV remote was because it wasn't where I left it. She replied, "It's on the fridgilator. I put it there so Lainey couldn't get it." It was on top of her play kitchen. I love the way she comes up with new words. 

Videos of the girls dancing. . .Warning! Family interest level!

This is Alaina "dancing" to Go Fish!
This is Paige dancing to Go Fish!  I take no credit for how Paige is dressed.  I always let her pick when we are at home for the day!
This is Paige reading during quiet time.  She didn't know I was filming her.  You'll probably need to turn your volume up if you want to hear her.

"We're going hunting, Momma!"

Paige helped Alaina and herself get dressed, then proclaimed they were going hunting!