Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Butterfly Effect

Sparkle's new home in our lemon tree
Chris holding Sparkles
Waiting for him to come out
McKenna and her Sparkles

About 3 weeks ago McKenna was given a caterpillar to take home in it's own little bug house. She had learned at school that it would turn into a butterfly and she had so much fun watching the metamorphosis. We watched the caterpillar eat all of it's food. She would say every day, "He's getting fatter and fatter!" She chided her sister whenever she tried to touch the bug house, "Don't Adeline you'll kill my caterpillar." Eventually he made his cocoon or chrysalis-whichever bug terminology you prefer. It was an exciting day and we waited patiently for the butterfly's arrival. Of course we were in San Diego when the butterfly made his first appearance, but Daddy made sure to take good care of it until we returned. McKenna was entranced and she named him "Sparkles"-her name of choice for just about everything. On Sunday McKenna wanted to release him and we agreed-mostly because I didn't want it to die in it's bug house. She loved watching him but when we opened the cage she was leery. Only Mommy or Daddy could touch it. Sparkles couldn't fly so well-we'll blame it on Adeline. He kept flipping up side down and just couldn't get the hang of it. He even fell in our pool and Daddy had to rescue him twice. We decided to let him live in our lemon tree and we told him goodbye. I hope he is still alive-it was a nice experience Sparkles.

San Diego Madness

After McKenna's Ballet Recital-Adeline had to wear a tutu as well.
McKenna, her cousin Rylan, and their teacher Ms. Jenny
She loves dance!
First day of pigtails:)
McKenna celebrated Dr. Suess' Birthday at Preschool
Skipping on the beach
Running away from Aunt Jessie
This was as good as we could get.
Love my sisters!
Block Tug of War
McKenna lives for this experience-although I think she is outgrowing Sesame Street
I can never seem to capture a good picture of the two of them.
Adeline wanted nothing to do with Shamu.
Adeline with Aunt Jessie
The Girls and I on our recent San Diego trip during Spring Break-Poor Chris had to work:(
We had fun going to Sea World, and going to the Pacific Beach boardwalk by my sister Rebecca's house. It was stressful I'm not going to lie but we had fun. Does it make me a horrible mother if I hate sleeping in the same room/bed as my children. I didn't have one restful night the entire time-I guess I'm spoiled.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Summer 2010

McKenna's favorite part about SeaWorld-Elmo and Friends
Adeline with Grandpa Wright
Tradition-We have three years worth now
Waiting so patiently for Shamu
Took these at my Aunt's cabin-wish I had the better camera

Adeline loves this-I think Daddy does too:)
McKenna came out of her bedroom with ensemble put together
Riding a pony at This is Place park in Utah-highlight!!!!
Riding the carousel at Hogle Zoo
Such a sweetheart in her stroller-anytime really.
Thought this was funny since she has a puff stuck on her chin.
First day of preschool-she chose the outfit-oh well.
Being sneaky under the table:)
I can't believe it has been since McKenna's birthday party that I have written in here-so sad, but I am just busier than I used to be. We have almost survived summer here and I cannot wait for Halloween because it is usually at that time that it feels like fall here. We had a great summer with trips to San Diego, St. George, and Ogden but I'm glad that we have been home for a while. McKenna is now in preschool three days a week and loves it and loves her teacher. I miss her while she is gone but I actually have time to get things done while Adeline is taking her nap:) McKenna is one sassy 3 year old and she does not forget anything I or Chris say. It keeps us on our toes that is for sure. The other day I was telling her that I was getting frustrated at her lack of listening skills and she said and I quote, "Mom I don't like your bad attitude." Chris was in the room and started laughing, which made me laugh-what can you do? She told on him the other day saying he wasn't being a good example to her sister- a lot to live up to:) She is very independent and loves to help care for Adeline. She is a great big sister except for the fact that if Adeline has something, McKenna will grab it and then offer Adeline something else. This was all fine and dandy up until a couple of weeks ago when Adeline started screaming when McKenna took something from her. Needless to say McKenna is starting to realize that Adeline is becoming more than just a little baby. I can't believe how fast time has gone but Adeline is almost 10 months old and I feel like she was just born. She is crawling all over and loves pulling herself up to stand. She is going to be walking before I know and I just want her to stay little. Such a change from McKenna who I just wanted to grow up. I think that Adeline will be like McKenna in that she will talk to anyone. She loves waving hi and byebye and will clap her hands when anything exciting is happening or if she is listening to a really great song. She has even started dancing a little to music she likes. I have been busy being the new Primary Secretary in our ward, but it is very rewarding. I like knowing that I have responsibilities away from home and that I have to be organized-trying anyway. It has also given me the opportunity to get to know the children in our ward better and they are just awesome. Chris has been busier for the last two months, he took over the Queen Creek store as the manager. It has been a great blessing to our family, but it hard having him work a little more. Life is good though and I am so thankful for my wonderful family of four:)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Happy Birthday McKenna Part 1-and other stuff too:)






I cannot believe that my McKenna is going to officially be three this Sunday-where has the time gone? We had a wonderful family party for her this last Saturday. She was throughly spoiled by everyone and loved every minute of it. Chris made about 15 pizzas-thats right I said made. He has some mad pizza making skills and we enjoyed every variety-my favorites were the bbq chicken and just plain old cheese. We then enjoyed just watching McKenna gasp as she opened every present and then she would look at me and say "Can I open another one?" Her favorite presents by far were her doctor kit and a squishy caterpillar-who would have known? We then enjoyed the best Tinkerbell cake ever(I made it) and some vanilla ice cream. She is going to have a little friend party this Saturday so I will post some pics from that as well.
McKenna is....
A flirt-she is already into kissing and chasing boys
A great big sister-she loves her Adeline (Adelion as McKenna calls her) and frequently climbs into bed with her to make her smile.
A great debater-She can argue just about anything and can manipulate you into changing your mind just by smiling at you.
An elephant-McKenna does not forget anything ever-I think she gets that from me:)
A crack up-She makes me laugh every day either from her stories or her made up songs. She loves to dance and play dress up and take care of all of her animals. Peachy Bear still rules supreme:)
A wonderful daughter-Chris and I are so lucky to be her parents. She is in my opinion the coolest almost 3 year old ever.

Other news...
I turned the big 30 a little over a month ago and my wonderful husband completely surprised me with a party at one of my favorite restaurants Joe's BBQ. It was great to be with family and close friends. He spoiled me rotten that day and I loved it.

Adeline is now 6 months old today!!!! She continues to be one of the happiest babies ever and I love her to pieces. She now has two teeth which is crazy because McKenna didn't have any until about 10 months. She just started on baby food and so far I think her favorite is sweet potatoes. She can roll over from her back to tummy and then she will just chill on her tummy f0rever. She is a content baby whereas McKenna was in a rush to do everything. Adeline is almost sitting up by herself and has really started to grab for everything. She is laughing and cooing and saying her ba's and ma's-she needs to say MAMA first!!!! She is just a joy even with being a little cranky with her teeth. Still no luck with the bottle-I'm kind of just giving up at this point and accepted that I will probably be nursing her for a lot longer.