Friday, May 24, 2019

Tulip Festival 2019- Ride Night.

Tulip Festival was a great one this year! Lucy and Ellory seemed old enough to understand and enjoy it this year, which was super fun. We had pretty great weather for it and thoroughly enjoyed all the festivities! 

We went for a walk with Elizabeth and Will (my SIL/nephew) before it all started and checked out the tulips, watched them set up the rides, and played at the park. 

Love this picture of Norah and Will!

Daddy and his girls- the tulips were so pretty!

Climbing in the big wooden shoe.

Everyone was very excited for the rides! We did the carousel first. Kley doesn't like rides and I love them, so I luck out and get to take the girls on all of them!

Norah's preschool ended a couple weeks ago, but she ran into a couple friends while waiting in line and they were so excited to see each other. It was adorable.

Giant slide time! I told Kley taking the girls down the giant slide is one of the top ten things I've ever done with them. ;) They loved it so much and it makes me so happy to see them smile in delight!

Lucy and Ellory went home with Kley earlier and Norah stayed and rode a couple extra rides!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Mother's Day 2019.

We had a great Mother's Day! It doesn't really look like it from these pictures, but it was a good day. The girls refused to take a nice picture with just me (big daddy's girls over here), so we tried the tripod and automatic timer. We didn't end up getting any that were super great and I didn't realize until after it was all done that there was a big smudge on the lens from the girls touching it, so that's why there's a blurry spot in the middle of all the shots. Oh well, right? 

Norah didn't smile for any of the family shots, and then out of nowhere requested a solo shot. :)

Norah's trying to get Ellory to smile- looks like she's choking her. Oops.

We went out to brunch and supper with Kley's family, so I didn't have to cook lunch or supper, and I also got a nap in the afternoon because all three girls gloriously slept at the same time. Being a mom is one of my favorite titles and the best job in the world. Norah, Lucy, and Ellory, being your mom brings me such joy.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Norah recently.

Norah is 4.5! She's growing up into a delightful and beautiful girl. She only has a few preschool sessions left before summer break- the year went so quickly! We couldn't be happier with how it went. We thought it would be harder for her than it was, but she has enjoyed it a lot and is eager to go each time. Her teachers say she has grown a lot socially, in engaging with others and interacting peacefully/cooperatively, which is awesome and the main reason why we wanted to send her to preschool. Her teachers have been very sweet. She has also done 3 year old Sunday school again this year (to be in with her grade level; she is old for her class) and Kindermusik, and both of those have been great too. Kindermusik is 35 minutes alone and the parents join in for the last 10- it's a wonderful class and she's learned a lot about music!

Norah is a protective sister and always makes sure they are safe outside. Overall they play quite well together as sisters. Occasionally Norah is a pest, as older siblings can be sometimes as the bigger/older one, but it's so sweet to watch them together having fun. She goes back and forth between who she plays with more, and it's fun to watch her capitalize on their interests, like she reads more books to Ellory and chases more with Lucy, which is what they like! Norah can have some sass when she wants and very occasionally throws a big tantrum or has a time out, but overall she is well behaved and a good listener.

Norah is a pretty good eater, but sometimes needs encouragement to eat more, and definitely needs encouragement to take her vitamins! She loves noodles most, and often requests a turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch. She would eat way too many chips if we let her. We try to have limited screen time and we monitor what she watches (mainly just the PBS app), but she likes her screen time (also just to have down time), and I'm amazed at how much she learns/retains. She'll spout things sometimes that she learns, like Celsius and Fahrenheit. Norah loves to play outside and wants to be out often, especially playing with our neighbor friend Elizabeth. She loves to swing, go to the park, ride bike, scooter, chalk, and sand box. She has been really into rhyming words. She used to ask a lot what rhymes with something, but now will tell us her own words that rhyme. She can make pretty extensive towns, cities, buildings, etc. She can identify 1-10 and some teens, and can count to 29 (and then usually goes 2011, 2012, etc.), knows all her shapes and colors, writes her name (still practicing writing N the correct way instead of backwards), and loves to pretend write (like scribble notes, but goes from top to bottom and left to right). She has had good pencil grip for a long time. She can identify about half the alphabet and knows that letters make sounds, but doesn't connect which sound goes with which letter yet. It's fun to watch her drawing advancement as she draws people, but she usually only draws one at a time- I can't wait for her to draw a family picture! She has an excellent memory and is very good at retelling stories.

Norah's favorite toys are baby dolls for sure. She also loves to color and do crafts, which usually involves creating something with paper, colors, scissors, and a glue stick. Norah's night terrors and waking to go to the bathroom have lessoned a lot, though still occasionally happen. Norah rarely naps anymore, but does great with having a rest time in her room. If she does nap (a couple times a month), it takes her awhile to fall asleep at night. Sometimes she still calls us by our first names (still don't know why she ever started that), but encouraging her to call us mom and dad. She says funny things sometimes, like she said one day that Troy Bolton was her boyfriend, asked why Ellory had an eye mustache (referring to her eyebrows), and said that Heaven would be better if it had Tulip Festival. She's really excited for that coming up in a couple weeks! Norah enjoys the activities she's involved in, but she also is a homebody and says she misses her bed every time we sleep away from home. She also loves to have pajama days when we don't have to go anywhere!

Norah, being your parents is the best. It's stretching at times, but the greatest thing we've done and brings so much joy and light. We love you so!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Royal Princess Ball.

Norah and I had lots of fun at the Royal Princess Ball! It was so cute to see tons of little girls running around in their princess costumes. We went with our friends, Madison and Ainsley, and it was fun to watch them together. They were so excited and their eyes lit up when we walked in. Norah was braver than I thought she would be going up to the princesses!

They had story time with Anna, craft tables around the sides to decorate a crown, and then just had lots of different dances where each princess came up and sang a song from their movie and you could dance along with. (It was funny because it wasn't an actual Disney sponsored event, so they couldn't use their names or sing the songs, so the characters actually sang over the background accompaniment, and their names were things like Snow Princess and Mermaid Princess on the brochure instead of Elsa and Ariel, for example. But none of the little girls cared or even noticed that!)

Ballroom dancing with Cinderella.

Lots of twirling!

Dancing with Aurora.

Norah and Ainsley! So fun to watch your kids get older and develop friendships. Norah has many sweet friends already from preschool and church. The girls had been waiting for this princess ball for months and were just giddy driving there!

Elsa is who they wanted a picture with the most!

Norah, you are the sweetest.

I made the classic worst mistake and waited until the end to try to take a picture with Norah when she was really tired, so this was the best we got. Thankful for an afternoon together with my girl!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Easter 2019, part 2.

We had an awesome time at Howell's, which is really a pumpkin patch but they did an egg hunt this year for the first time, and we all loved it! It was beautiful weather, we found some eggs and redeemed them for a prize (which was a sucker and some corn to feed the goats, which was seriously the best prize ever to the girls. I love this young age where a sucker is still an amazing prize). 

Our egg hunters!

Aunt Kayla had a break from college, so it was fun to spend extra time with her too.

Feeding the goats! Ellory is the biggest animal lover, so she went right up to them, and Lucy and Norah held back a little more. Norah was braver this time and fed them a little bit in the end!

Norah loves their tire swings! And thankful for wonderful grandparents all around who play so well with the girls!

They have this bathtub train ride that's my favorite. The girls love it, and who doesn't want to go in a relaxing ride sitting in a bathtub while looking at beautiful scenery with great weather?

They had pony rides too! All the girls loved it! Unfortunately Kley missed this outing because he was golfing with his dad/BIL, but it's probably for the best because he's allergic to horses. 

The Easter bunny wasn't supposed to be there at the time we were according to the schedule, but he was and Norah said she wanted to say hi to him. 

We went to Keaton and Rose's church Sunday morning and they had a massive egg hunt!

Easter baskets from Grandpa and Grandma! Norah was thrilled with M+M's, Ellory loved her Frozen book, and Lucy wanted to open her bubble wand immediately.

Easter photos!

Norah must have learned to strike a pose at preschool or something; she thinks it's hilarious!

I feel like it's usually still chilly over Easter, so I planned for warmer outfits, but it was quite warm that day! But they looked adorable and I love having three girls!

Happy Easter! Incredibly thankful for our Savior and that He died and rose for us!