Sunday, April 14, 2013


The girlies are seeming so old to me lately.  Emme seems to be 14 not 4 half the time and our little Stell Bell had decided to cop quite the "tude" lately.  She is definitely a little sassafrass at times and I have to decide whether to laugh or yell at her for being a stinker.  Recently we got bunkbeds in March and they are loving those.  They both sleep down on the bottom for now, I told Emme she can move up top when she is a tad older.  The bottom is a full so they have plenty of room and they actually like being with each other.  I just can't believe how big they are getting and I look at them thinking "weren't you just a little baby?"  They constantly are making us laugh everyday with their questions or comments on things.  They are awesome with Madden and are saying all the time, "Come on Dad he's just a baby!"  They really look out for him and he is pretty spoiled by the attention. 

Emme is really into Superheroes still, loves Spiderman and Batman the best.  She also has started a Hello Kitty obsession kind of out of no where, we haven't even watched any show or movie of it.  She is doing great in school, we continue or work on her sounds and letters since they take awhile to click for her.  She is always considerate to adults and students in her class and always willing to help others out.  She loves coloring and art is probably her favorite activity, I'm always amazed at that pictures she draws and the detail in things.  She will be doing another year of preschool next school year since we have decided to wait to send her to Kindergarten when she should actually should be attending and not test her in.  While I think she would do great off the bat, I don't want her to struggle later in either the work or confidence in being the youngest in the class.  I really think the gift of time will be good for her and hopefully for her confidence in high school etc. 

Stella like I said is quite the sassy girl lately.  She always makes us laugh with the looks she gives or little quips she has.  She has being going to an art class at the library weekly with her Nanny which she loves.  She tends to be very shy around alot of kids or withdrawn so I think it is good practice for her before she starts preschool in August.  She will be in the same class as Emme and I think it will be good for her to go with Emme for a year before Emme moves to Kindergarden.  Stella is really into the Fresh Beat Band lately for shows and she loves to color and do art.  She is very good with letters and sounds and she seemed to just pick these up without me working with her much so I think it comes more natural to her.  We are working on the sounds of the letters now so she can hopefully be reading in the next year or two.  We also do alot of counting with our flashcards almost daily.  She is super excited to be starting in August for school with Emme.  They both have been taking dance classes for almost a year now and they have a recital coming up in June this year.  They love dancing and Stella especially always requests music to dance to around the house. Our girls sure do keep us on our toes!

Madden 15 Months

Our little guy has taken off on two feet full time since my parent's visit.  He has been taking steps since 12 1/2 months but he decided he needed 3 months to want to walk full time :) He is similar to Stella in that way, they both took their sweet little time on deciding when they want to be mobile.  Now is is on the go all the time and I'm so glad he is fully walking everywhere because he loves to be outside with the girls playing and it's hard to let them do that if they aren't walking full time.  In the beginning he was very proud of himself everytime he would take 6 or 7 steps and he would clap every time he did it.  Now he gets around awesome and is pretty sturdy.

He continues to be super picky about trying new foods but he is getting alittle better.  It's mostly with fruits, I think it's the tartness he doesn't like but I have discovered if I make a fruit smoothy, he will drink that and it's a good way to get the fruits in him since he will only eat applesauce or a banana cut up at this point, however he did eat a few apple slices the other day so we are making progress.  He loves green beans like they are going out of style, still a fan of avacados, not into milk so I have to get him several things of yogurt a day to get the fat content in him.  He loves cheese, water, crackers, grilled cheese, chicken, hot dogs, bagels (anything bread of course), oatmeal, he eats craisens here and there and he started eating cucumbers on occassion too. 

He is by far the most dramatic out of all the kids so far, if he gets told no or yelled at, he will put his head in his heads and cry or his little bottom lip will quiver and his eyes start to tear up, so cute though I must admit!  I'm loving the stage he is at right now, other than the little toddler tandrums here and there.  He is so much fun to watch and be around, he has the hardiest laugh ever and he is constantly saying new words, laughing at himself and the girls.  He loves to push any button or switch he sees and loves all the remotes of course.  He has discovered sticking out his tongue alot and he can show you where his head, hands and toes are.  He can say the usual Mama and Dada, Marley, hi, thank you,Papa, Grandma, Grandpa, Gabba (from Yo Gabba Gabba-his favorite show ever, oh joy!) and it seems like every day he is saying something else.  He loves to dance and chase after the girls and he talks all the time in his own martian language and he really thinks he is saying something.  He likes to go around the house and yell things and call for the girls except he can't say their names yet.  He is a huge cuddle bug which I'm so glad for since I would be heartbroken if he didn't like to snuggle.  Love my boy!

Spring Time Business

Spring is here and we sure have been busy.  We had my Mom and Dad as well as my Aunt Diana and Uncle Jimmy here from Wisconsin towards the end of March.  The weather was ideal and we took them to a Milwaukee Brewer's spring training baseball game, went for a pontoon ride at Bartlett Lake (which was amazingly beautiful), went to tea at a tea house in Carefree and the guys checked out a car show in Surprise.  Vacation always goes by too fast.  The girls had so much fun with their Grandma and Grandpa, it was really hard on them when they left.  It seems every year is harder because they are older now and aren't as distracted as easily to get over things.  We CAN'T wait to see them in September when we visit Wisconsin.