Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Preschool Gal

Eden started preschool last week, August 19th.


So far, she's so loving it!

I thought I would be really sad on her first day... but then... I wasn't.  I definitely felt my heart squeeze as I walked out of the classroom that first morning (which, by the way, she didn't even notice), but mainly I am just so excited for her and this new chapter in her life!

For three and a half years, we've barely been apart.  It's time for her to go out and have a little life without me.  To do things away from my eyes.  To make friends that aren't just the sons and daughters of our friends.  To start carving her own path in this world!

I walked her into the classroom that first day... she found her name on a table, sat down and started working on a puzzle.  She did not care in the slightest when I walked out.


It's definitely weird for me to not know exactly what she's doing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8-12, and on the first day, I was a little shocked when I picked her up and they just opened the door and put Eden in without giving me a play-by-play of the morning.  Okay, I knew they weren't going to give me a play-by-play, but it was still a little jarring for me after personally witnessing pretty much every single thing she's done in her life.

I love picking her up and listening to her describe her day!

me:  So what did you learn in school today?
Eden:  God's rules
me:  Oh!  And what are some of God's rules?
Eden:  not to break his rules and don't run fast!

me:  So who all is in your class?
Eden:  There are two boys and five girls.
me:  What are the girls' names?
Eden:  Harold, Harold, Harold, Harold, Harold
me:  Oh, really?  All five girls are named Harold?
Eden:  yep!

Eden:  Mrs. Machala has a TV that comes out of the ceiling!
me:  huh?
Eden:  She has to stand on her tippy-toes to get it out.
(I figured out she was talking about a projector screen.)

It's going to be a fun year!  I'm so excited about all the theme days and field trips that are on the calendar.  The biggest thing she's done so far is take a "me" bag to school.


Her six things that I helped her pick:
a seashell for her love of the beach
a leotard for gymnastics
a stuffed horse for her love of horses and riding
a picture of her dogs, Daisy and Green
a family picture
a baby bottle because she likes to play with her baby dolls (I actually suggested she take one of her princess figurines or a crown because if we are home, chances are she's wearing a princess gown and insisting that we refer to her as Princess Eden, but she was adamant about the baby bottle.)

Also, I'm super excited about getting to spend some one-on-one time in the mornings with this cutie:


In other Eden news, she got her EARS PIERCED!  She's been increasingly intrigued when watching me put in earrings and kept saying she wished she "could have earrings like that".  I explained to her that she would have to get holes in her ears and that it would hurt, but she was still into it, so my mom, my grandma and I took her to get it done the week before school started.  My mom bought her her first little pair of earrings.

I was so proud of her.  We made sure she understood that it was going to hurt, but she climbed up into the chair and sat there so bravely.


And yes, she cried.


But we whisked her out of the store and rushed next door to a frozen yogurt shop, and then she was alllll better.


By the time she was done with her frozen yogurt, she was 100% back to normal and so dang proud.


Yep.  I'm not sure when it happened, but somehow my baby went and grew up on me.

Eden ready for Meet the Teacher night

I plan to snap an iPhone pic of her every morning before school (though today is only Day 4, and I already forgot this morning!)


I am so proud of her and just love watching the little person she is becoming.  I am so thankful that God chose her for me and me for her! :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Ila - 10 Months!


My girl turned 10 months old on Monday.  Whaaaa?!!  We've started discussing plans for her 1st birthday party, and that is just craziness!

At Ila's 9 month check-up a few weeks ago, the doctor was very excited that Ila is BACK ON THE CHARTS!  She is currently weighing in at the sixth percentile!


However, her head is measuring in the 87th percentile.  The doc is a little concerned about the giant difference so we have another appointment next week so the doctor can check her head again.  The doctor has never met Dustin.  I'm pretty sure if she did, she would take one look at his humongous head and just be like, "ohhhhh....".  So Ila - teeny-tiny with a giant head apparently.

Ila's army crawling days are long gone, and she crawls for real now.  She wants to stand alllll the time.  Which is a problem sometimes - like when I'm trying to pull her in a wagon or give her a bath.  She doesn't understand why she can't stand up in a wet, slippery bathtub.  She can walk herself along a piece of furniture as long as she doesn't let go.  This past weekend she climbed all the way up our stairs by herself (with Dustin right behind her).

She hates the word "no".  I have to use that word a lot lately - like when she tries to eat dog food or pull a knife out of the dishwasher (she thinks the dishwasher is super interesting, and when I have the dishwasher open to load or unload, it's like a moth to the flame).  She is so good, she ALWAYS listens and stops whatever she is doing.  But she makes sure to let me know her displeasure and yells (baby cuss words I'm pretty sure) and makes mean faces at me!

She is sleeping through the night again!  YAYYYYYYYY!

She is still completely addicted to her paci.  On a recent drive home from Matagorda, it somehow got misplaced.  I thought she could just deal without for the two hour drive, but no!  NO NO NO!  I sped to the nearest Walmart and bought her a new one so that we could have some peace in the car!  Oh dear.

I still consider her a mama's girl, but she's not as desperately attached to me as she once was.  In fact, on Monday, she spent the day with my mom while Eden and I had a Mommy/Eden day, and my mom said she was perfectly happy the whole day!  Yayyyy!  That's the first time I left her in months, and I'm so excited that it went well!

Oh, and she likes the beach now!  The last time we went, she was perfectly happy crawling around, getting all sandy!


She has spent the majority of her time this past month in swimming pools.  The only place to be during a Texas summer.  She just floats around the pool all content while we swim.


She had a couple of firsts this month.  Her first boat ride:


And her first time on a horse:


Still adorable this month:



Friday, July 10, 2015

Ila - Nine Months!


Hey!  Get back here!  I wasn't finished!


There we go!

So this month, Ila decided that she doesn't want to sleep all night anymore.  Girl wakes me up MULTIPLE times a night these days.  I'm tired.

She has six teeth - two on bottom, four on top.

She can repeat "bye-bye".  She tries at least.  It's more "I-I".  Dustin doesn't think it counts.  I think it does.

She army crawls quick as lightning.  And you can tell that she's soooo proud of herself!

She can pull herself up to standing now.  She has a few bumps and bruises as a result of her standing... and falling.


She is starting to eat some solid foods, and she loves scrambled eggs.  LOVES.  If I don't feed them to her fast enough, she YELLS AT ME AND HITS ME.  HITS ME!  She's a little feisty.

She is into everything.  She army crawls around destroying my house.

I don't know why people think newborns are hard.  No.  That's easy!  They just lay there.  This?  This is when it starts getting hard.  She's mobile, she's a little tornado, she's a HUGE mama's baby that wants her mama and only her mama pretty much 24/7.  The girl plain wears me out.

But I wouldn't trade it for anything.  She's my adorable, teensy-tiny, sweet little Ila Bug.  She loves to snuggle and give slobbery kisses.  And as Eden says, "We love her alllll the way to the SUN!"

And even though sometimes when we're at a party or out to eat with friends there's a small part of me that just wants to be able to hand her to somebody else for a while, I really do truly love that she only wants me.  I love it when somebody reaches out to take her, and she turns into me, grabbing my shoulder and laying her head on my chest to stay with me.

Also, she's super cute!  And her little giggle makes my heart burst.







 Ila wasn't really feeling the 4th.


P.S.  Dustin turned 30 last week.  (And I turned 29, but we won't talk about that!)  Here he is with his girls on his birthday.

(Eden has a My Little Pony temporary tattoo on her cheek.)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Life of Eden


I write an update for Ila each month, but it's been a while since I've written about just Eden.  And I need to; she's changing and growing and maturing at lightning speed!

She's so wonderfully weird, as three year olds are.  You know, like dancing all by herself at weddings.  And barking as we go up and down the aisles of the grocery store because she's pretending to be a puppy.  Or saying her nightly prayer as "tweet tweet tweet tweet tweet" because now she's a bird.  I love it.  And I encourage it.  It's so sweet and innocent and I want it to stay like this for a really, really long time.


She is the biggest chatterbox!  And it's so hard to believe now that once upon a time she was a late talker.  Because now she doesn't shut up.  Ever it seems.  She talks our ears off.  Even when she watches a TV show or a movie, it's all "Look how cute Little Foot is!  Why is his name Little Foot?  Where is Little Foot going?  AH, a Tyrannosaurus Rex, hide me!  Why is Little Foot sad?  Why is Little Foot sleeping there?  Look Mommy, look at Little Foot's tree star!"  (She loves The Land Before Time - she's still into dinosaurs!)


She loves dinosaurs, princesses, trains, animals, flowers, the beach, going on wagon rides, fishing, golfing, swimming (as long as she doesn't put her head under water... she does NOT like that), riding on the Ranger, reading books, horses, going to gymnastics, playing hopscotch, watching movies, watching Mickey Mouse, Doc McStuffins, and Bubble Guppies, swinging, puzzles, coloring (she just recently got into coloring, and now she's constantly coloring pictures to give to everyone we know) stickers, story time at the library, the list goes on and on...

She loves everything.  Really.  When I give her her vitamin in the mornings... "I love vitamins!  They make me big and strong!"  When it's time for her to take a bath... "I love taking a bath!  I love being clean!"  When I ask her if she wants a squeezy yogurt for snack time... "I love squeezy yogurts!"  When I ask her if she wants to walk down to the mailbox with me... "I love checking the mail!"  I kid you not, one time she told me she loved bathrooms while we were in a public restroom.

My favorite?  "Mommy, I love God.  I'm going to tell God that I love him.  (looks up to the sky)  I LOVE YOU, GOD!"

 outside The Children's Museum a couple of months ago (Susie made her sweater... love it!)

She has never met a stranger and loves everyone that she meets.  I know because she told me, "I LOVE EVERYONE!"

She told me the other day that she wants to be a vet when she grows up.

at Train Fest back in April

So let's talk about that puppy up in that first picture.  That's Green.  So back way before we ever went to Alabama, I named Ila's puppy Blue (keeping with her water theme).  Eden immediately went and picked up a puppy and said, "And this is Green".  And I was like um, sure, whatever.  I kinda just thought that she was being silly and didn't realize that she was seriously picking out a dog for herself.  But after that, anytime I said anything about Blue, she would start talking about Green.  I wasn't really sure how to break it to her that she wasn't keeping a puppy - she was so excited and everything - so I just kept ignoring the situation.  The evening we got home from Alabama, she immediately went to Green and started telling her how much she missed her!  I realized then that I was in trouble.  I could NOT take the puppy away from her at that point!  I should have addressed it in the very beginning, but I didn't, I let her think for weeks that she was getting a puppy.  So I told Dustin that we had to keep Green too.  (FORTUNATELY somebody who was originally supposed to take a puppy backed out.)

So, uh, for those of you keeping count, that brings our total to SEVEN dogs.  We're being featured on the next episode of Hoarders.  So now Eden has two dogs of her very own.


Daisy and Green in Eden's room

Eden gets to fall asleep every night with Green next to her, but I sneak back in after Eden is sleeping and take Green out since she's not completely potty-trained yet.  



Eden goes to bed every night at 7:30.  Which is ridiculous because it's still completely light outside. 

We still spend Tuesday mornings at gymnastics.



And she also started horseback riding lessons a few months ago!





So far, so loving it!

Also (this was super exciting to me!), she has enough hair now to pull all of it back into a ponytail!



We've been golfing.  Putting her Easter present to use!

 I think her golf clubs are so dang cute next to Dustin's!







^^^ The blow pops were my Mother's Day present from Eden!  :) :) :)  Dustin asked Eden the day before what she wanted to give me for Mother's Day, and her answer was "lollipops!"  Dustin took her to the grocery store so she could get them for me.  Notice the H-E-Buddy sticker - Eden LOVES the sticker that she gets at the grocery store check-out every trip, so I thought it especially sweet that she came home that day and gave it to me!

On the Friday before Father's Day, I took Eden to the Dollar Tree, gave her a basket, and told her she could pick out three presents for Daddy for Father's Day.  I told her she could choose anything in the store and to think really hard about what Daddy liked.


The only input I gave was when she came across a fireman's helmet after she already had three things in her basket.  She was so torn about which three things to keep, so I assured her that the helmet would never ever fit on Daddy's head.


"But it fits my head!  Can I have it?"


"No.  We're shopping for Daddy, not you!"

After she had settled on three things, I took her to the gift wrapping aisle, and she chose a bag, a bow and tissue paper.  Then we chose a balloon, went home, put the present together and hid it in her closet.


Of course as soon as Dustin came home from work on Friday afternoon Eden said, "Daddy, don't look in my closet!  There's a present in there for you!"  The rest of Friday and all day Saturday, Dustin kept messing with her and telling her he was gonna go look in her closet.  "NOOOOOO!!!!", she would scream!  On Saturday night, Dustin started walking up the stairs and called out, "Eden, I'm walking up the stairs... I'm going to your closet..."  She FREAKED OUT.  She came running and threw herself at Dustin's legs, wrapped her little arms around one of his legs in an attempt to hold him back and burst into tears.  So sad.  So hilarious.  "Dammit Dustin, STOP messing with her!"

On Sunday morning, Eden ran into our room.  "Mommy, is today the day to give Daddy the present?"  "Yep!", I told her.  She ran and got it and was SO DANG HAPPY AND EXCITED to climb into our bed and give it to Dustin.  Dustin's Father's Day gift:


The bat and baseball were a set.  She was most excited about the plates.  She was very proud that we used them for both breakfast and lunch that day.

I'm happy to report that Kitty-Cat is still going strong!


Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the trampoline that Eden got for Christmas.  It died a tragic death during one of the many thunderstorms we've had; it flew over our deck and landed in a crumpled heap in our pasture.  

Annnnddddd, she is officially all signed up to start preschool this fall!  She's going three mornings a week.  That's all this mama could handle for now, but I'm super excited for her!  She's such a little social butterfly, she's gonna have so much fun!  I can't wait to go school supply shopping (woohoo watercolors and glue sticks!), and we already have her first day of school outfit picked out!

My little baby is growing up, y'all!  

 our dewberries that we picked last month

 funny faces



 combining two loves... being a princess and her garden (we've been having a hell of a time staying on top of the grass situation in her garden thanks to all the rain we've been getting!)

 Dustin's parents gave her an inflatable water slide for Easter.  She's been having a blast!

 We went and visited my mom and Mark last week, and Eden attended Vacation Bible School at their church.  Here's Eden before her first day.