“Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things." Robert Brault


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Madelyn is Four!

I cannot believe Madelyn is now four years old. To be honest, it's a little sad to see Madelyn and Avery growing up so fast. I do not have babies anymore, and I wish I could go back and redo it all. Not because I have regrets but because my time with them has been so precious to me, something worth reliving.

And although this new stage is hard for me to accept, I am so excited to see what the future brings as they grow. Madelyn is such a great kid, and God has given her such a sweet and kind heart. She truly wants the best for others and she cares deeply about others feelings.

She, like me, loves rules. She likes to know the plan. No surprises for her. And although it drives her daddy crazy (and probably her sister), it is part of who she is and I love it.

Just a few other things about Madelyn:
She very rarely goes anywhere without wearing a princess dress. 
She loves sugar- candy, cupcakes and chocolate.
She does not shy away from bugs, small animals or dirt.
She does not forget anything she sees or hears.

I love this sweet girl and pray continually that God uses that heart of hers for Him. I honestly couldn't ask for a better four-year-old!










Thursday, June 26, 2014

Avery Kate is Two!

Wow, it's hard to believe that Avery Kate is two years old today! She has been such a joy to our family.

Avery and her sister, Madelyn, could not be more different, but they share a very special relationship. Avery copies everything Madelyn does (and knows how to push her buttons when she wants to), and Madelyn loves to play to role of Big Sister. It's funny how the differences in personality are seen at such a young age. At this age, when Madelyn was quiet we would find her around the corner reading a book. When Avery is quiet, we know she is up to something sneaky - definitely not reading a book!

Avery is an extrovert like her Daddy; she is energized by social interactions and LOVES the attention of strangers. She is hard to win over, but when she has made her mind up about something she is all in. She didn’t walk until 14 months but has decided on her own that she wanted to potty train and 23 months. When we went to the beach recently it took her awhile to warm up, but once she did she was in love and never wanted to leave. 

 I love this little girl with all of my heart and I am so blessed to watch her grow up each day.






Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Life Lately

Wow, it has been awhile since I last posted. Of course, I could give a million reasons as to why . . .

Since the last post Avery has  officially become a walker. She started taking steps at 14 months, but since it wasn't her quickest mode of transportation, she still chose to crawl. But soon after turning 15 months, she decided one day she was only going to walk and has not turned back since.

She is still all emotions. When we are out in social settings, she smiles and waves to all that pass, but when she is not getting her way, she has quit a temper. She only has two emotions - it is all or nothing with her (sounds like someone else I know). All smiles and laughs or all tears and screams.  I do love my little pistol and wouldn't change anything about her.

Madelyn continues to march to her own beat. She knows what she wants and will go at whatever measures to get it. She is shy when in new situations, but she can be outgoing and silly when around friends and family. She is a really great kid. I honestly could not ask for a more easy going, resilient three-year-old. Don't get me wrong, she definitely has her moments, but those are few and far between compared to her sister.

We spent the past weekend at Berry College visiting Uncle Mike. The campus is beautiful and the weather was amazing. Eric and I got up early to hike to the House of Dreams while Nana and Granddad watched the girls. It was a special day - the campus means a lot to us - it's where we got engaged, got married, worked and have spent countless hours outside.

All in all, we're loving this time of year!






Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pattycake

We have been talking about having a third child, but a couple of weeks ago both of the girls were sick and I told myself I was done. Then I watch something like this, and it makes me want to have four more, or at least just one more . . .



Monday, July 1, 2013

Madelyn is Three!

My "little" girl is now three and what a great year we had with her. We were able to see a whole new side of Madelyn once Avery joined our family. From the start she had an innate need to care for her little sister. She gets such a joy at making Avery happy (and, yes, even making her mad sometimes).

Earlier in the year she started to potty training herself, which was the perfect expression of her personality. She is very independent and knows what she is going to do and when she is going to do it. Her favorite phrase seems to be "I do it by myself!" From getting dressed, to getting in her car seat, to brushing her teeth -- this girl wants to do everything on her own terms.

I always know what I am going to get with her - she is always content with life and very even-keel. She doesn't give up easily and always follows through once she puts her mind to something. Never getting mad or frustrated, she just keeps on until she has success.

This girl definitely marches to her own beat. She is my adventurous little tomboy and I love her more than she will ever know.

Happy third Birthday, my sweet girl!