Monday, February 18, 2013

On the Go!

We better watch out! Pretty soon we are gonna have a walker on our hands!! There she goes....

Pushing her baby doll in the stroller!!

I guess she really wanted to go bye-bye, because she even put herself in her carseat! This child keeps me on my toes, that's for sure! But, seriously, have you ever seen anything cuter in your entire life??? Her smile just makes me melt....and she knows it, too!!! :)

Just Jenny

As I said in one of my previous posts, I am going to try and document each of my kids' lives a little better. Lately my blog has turned into "The Sophia Show". Which is great that I am documenting her milestones and her growth, but I have two other children who also need their lives documented. So, I am hoping to do a post about each child at least once a month. I'm starting with Jenny, since she is the oldest.

Jenny will officially be 7 1/2 on February 30 (if February 30 actually existed). It's a good thing we don't celebrate half birthdays, because I'm not really sure when we would celebrate hers.

Anyway.... She is in the 2nd grade. She is a wonderful student, and almost always does very well! She got all A's and one B on her last report card, and she also got a 100 on her last math test! She just finished addition and subtraction of 2 and 3 digit numbers, and she just started adding and subtracting money. She is also learning about complete sentences, punctuation, and parts of a sentence. She is reading above her grade level. In science she has learned about states of matter, animals, and outer space.

She is currently involved in a program at church called Awana. She is also involved in Girl Scouts. This is her third year. She completed her first two years as a Daisy, and she is almost finished with her first year as a Brownie. I am the co-leader of her troop. We are going on our first camping trip in May, and we are both very excited!!

Jenny is a very sweet, loveable young lady. She is also an AWESOME big sister!! Seriously - she is probably the best big sister I have ever seen. She helps Aiden, as much as he will let her, and she is great with Sophia! She and Sophia already have a very special bond that only sisters can have. I pray that they will always be close and that they will grow up to be best friends.

Out of all three of my children, Jenny is the most loving. She loves attention, and loves to be hugged and loved on. She also likes when I do things like write her a special note in her school agenda or send notes with her snack at school.

Jenny isn't at our house all the time, but she is just as much a part of our family as Aiden and Sophia. We love, love, love having her here at home! We all miss her so much when she is not here - especially Aiden and Sophia.

That is pretty much everything going on in Jenny's life lately. I am looking forward to documenting her life more often!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! I never know if it is spelt Valentine's with the apostrophe, or if it's just Valentines. Oh well, you all know what I mean.

Our Valentine's Day was so much fun! Jaime and I always get the kids a little something to recognize the day, and he and I usually have a nice dinner at home after the kids go to bed. This year, Jaime had to work a double shift on Valentine's Day, so it was just the kids and I for most of the day.

A few days before Valentine's Day, I helped Jenny and Aiden with their Valentines for their friends. Jenny chose Fun Dip Valentine cards, and Aiden chose Power Rangers Samurai. Jenny took her's to her friends in her class at school, and Aiden took his to his friend's in his class at Awana. Aiden even wrote his own name on a few of his! After writing his name on the first two, he said his hand was too tired and I had to finish the rest. At least he tried, and I thought his handwriting was very legible for someone who hasn't even started school yet!



On the morning of Valentine's Day, the kids woke up to a table decked out in Valentine decorations, and a few treats for each of them. We have never done a Valentine's breakfast before, but I have seen other people who do it, and I always thought it would be fun. So, this was our first year doing it, but I think it is going to be our new tradition. We had red pancakes and eggs, and each of the kids received a stuffed animal, chocolate (Sophia got cookies), and a balloon.


Keeping with tradition, we made our annual Valentine's cupcakes! This was probably my last year making them with just Jenny and Aiden. Next year Sophia will be almost two, and I'm sure she will want to help!

Aiden even made Jaime and I a little Valentine at Awana the night before!
It's strange how years ago my Valentine's Day was spent out on a date, maybe out to dinner and a movie, and we spent all of our money on gifts for each other. Now, here we are, six years and three kids later, and our Valentine's Days are spent with the kids making memories! Honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way! I am thankful for a husband who understands that and who agrees that making memories with our children is more important than any gift he and I could ever buy each other. I am thankful for a husband who makes me feel loved and adored every day, not just Valentine's Day.


Saturday, February 16, 2013

A New Look!!

As you can see, my blog got a little makeover recently! Jessica, from Diamond Doll Design, gave my blog a much needed facelift. Sophia's beautiful face has been added to the header, and all of the pictures in the header have been updated. I asked for something bright, but not too bright, and I am very pleased with the results!

I am still tweaking a few behind the scenes things, and trying to get all of the posts organized into categories. I also need to update the About Us section and a few other sections. So it is still a work in progress.

At the top, under the header, there are several icons (an envelope, a Facebook icon, Twitter icon, etc.). The envelope is one you can click to email me, the second one you can use to subscribe to my RSS feed (for Google Reader), the Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram ones are links to follow me on any of those sites.

She also made a "Grab Me" button for y'all to use on your blogs, websites, etc. to link back to my blog if you'd like. It is on the left hand side of the blog. :)

I am hoping to start blogging more often. If you look over at the archives, you can see that my blogging has become less and less frequent. I want to get back into the habit of blogging more often! This serves as my scrapbook and is a way for me to keep track of all of the things going on in our lives. I love to look back at posts from last year or the year before just to see what was going on at that time. It is crazy how quickly I forget things!

I have a few new things I am going to try so that I can keep a more accurate record of each of the kids and the things going on in their lives. I also hope to make this more of a journal for myself.

All of that to say, I hope you all like the new look of my blog, and I hope you all enjoy what you read here! If you are looking for a new blog design for your own blog, I would highly recommend Jessica from Diamond Doll Design. She is fast, affordable, and easy to work with! Tell her Katie from The Quiroz Family sent you! Happy blogging!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Father Daughter Dance 2013

Jaime and Jenny went to the Girl Scout Father/Daughter Dance again this year. It is so much fun going out and picking out her dress and helping her get ready!! I hope they will continue this tradition for a long time.

In the side by side pictures, the pictures on the left are from February 2011 (Jenny was 5). The ones on the right are from February 2013 (Jenny is 7).

High Chair Straps

I had to order new straps for our high chair. I'm not even sure how ours went missing?? We must have lost them when we moved. Anyway, the point is, I had to order new straps. Obviously, it is a good thing I did. I can't even leave Sophia in her high chair so I can use the bathroom or anything without coming back and seeing her like this....

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Baking a Cake with Aiden

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to bake. It is something that Jenny and I have been doing together for years, and Aiden helps us most of the time too. We usually just use the baking mixes from a box, but we have baked things from scratch a few times too.

A few weeks ago I purchased some cake mix and had planned on baking it with Jenny and Aiden. Our weeks have been a little crazy lately so we just never found the time to do it. I had kind of forgotten about the cake mix, until last night when Aiden pulled it out of the pantry and asked if we could make it.

Honestly, I had 1000 other things I "needed" to be doing instead of baking a cake. But I just couldn't tell him no! He had been waiting so long to bake it, and he was so excited. So, he and I baked a cake last night! He added all of the ingredients himself, all I did was stir it, put it in the oven, and remove it from the oven.

He did a great job, and enjoyed eating the cake. I even let him have a piece of cake for breakfast this morning.

Sophia is 10 Months Old!

Dear Sophia,

You turned 10 months old yesterday!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe how close you are to turning one! I already have a date set for your birthday party, I just have to start planning!! :)

You have grown up so much this month, you seem like less like a baby with each passing day. You are all over the place, and there is no stopping you! I can't leave the room without making sure you are in a safe place or that someone is there to keep and eye on you. You still army crawl, but you have started crawling the regular way too. You are getting closer to walking on your own. It's just a matter of getting over the fear of letting go of the table or whatever you are holding onto.

You wear 9-12month clothes, a size 4 shoe, and a size 3 diaper. I think you weigh around 17lbs. You have 4 teeth, and you are getting 4 more. 4 teeth at once seems rough, but you handle it well!

You had a double ear infection this month, but antibiotics cleared it up. You ended up being allergic to the antibiotic (Augmentin), and you got a rash. Benadryl cleared it up.

You got a first cousin this month! Your cousin Allie was born just a few days ago! You haven't met her yet, but you will tomorrow. We have already decided you will have to look at her from a distance since you LOVE babies so much! I think you might be too rough with her given the opportunity. I can't wait for the day y'all can play together!

You are so sweet! You love to give us kisses and hugs. Sometimes you even do it without us asking. You wave bye-bye and try to say bye-bye anytime you hear the word bye. You also love music! If music is playing you will sing and dance. It's so cute! You say "Dada", "Daddy", "Mama", "Aiden", "Baby", and "Bye-Bye".

You sleep every night from 9:00pm-9:00am. You usually take one nap a day, between 1:00-3:00pm. You have decided that you don't like baby food anymore. When we give it to you, you usually only take a few bites and then you get mad. You have had lots of table foods so far, but your favorites are: peas and diced carrots, brown rice, asparagus, avocado, Cheerios, graham crackers, mashed potatoes, and of course, anything sweet.

You are really starting to get to such a fun age! We are just having so much fun watching you grow up!

Love always,

Mama and Daddy

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