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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a wife to Mark and Mommy to my two girls. I love Jesus! I am a stay at home mom who loves thrift shopping, especially garage sales. I blog not for others, but for my girls, so they have can have the memories forever.
The man of the house. He is a man of God who loves his family. His quiet strength holds us together. He is my best friend and the best Daddy our girls could ever want. He is the ultimate handy man and will tackle any project. I love how he loves our girls and how he is their Prince Charming. It is an awesome thing to see the way their eyes light up when he walks in the door. He is my rock and I love him more and more each day.
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Paige's Lost Teeth
10/18/11 - First lost tooth: O (#24)
11/6/11 - P (#25)
Alaina is all spunk and nothing but spunk. She is content to entertain herself and does so mostly by getting into things she shouldn't. She is stubborn and cannot be swayed from what she believes in. She loves to dance, play with her babies, and be outside. Alaina doesn't walk, she runs. She adds so much personality to our family and her smile is contagious.
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Our easy going Maltese/Japanese Chin mix dog who is perfect for us. Gotta love her underbite!