Monday, July 30, 2012

The past week in pics

I've been snapping away as usual, trying to capture these fun little memories...starting with a community group fun night at the Rollerskating Rink!! Literally, for 3 years, EVERY single time we have passed the Roller Rink, John David says, "I really want to go there!" It's kinda become a running joke. Well, his dream finally came true last Wednesday. And it did not disappoint! 

 busting out a little arabesque
 Now this was the real winner of the night! Lyla figured out that she could stand on these things, and JD and I just took turns pushing her round and round. She had a BLAST and did not want to leave!! Of course, she has talked about it every day since.
 On our way home, we checked the mail and Lyla got a letter from Cookie!! You should have seen her face light up when I handed it to her! Getting mail is SO fun. :) She opened it "all by myself" and squealed with glee when she saw her own little pinkalicious tags. It doesn't take much to make a girls day. She felt so special. Thanks Cookie! :)
 Just about my favorite sight ever...actually using her "reading corner" to read. :)
And she's real into pretending to read. My favorites are the books I've read so many times that she's memorized, and I feel like she actually IS reading them. Nothing cuter.

 Lowen tried Rice Cereal for the first time ever last Thursday. Of course, Lyla then wanted her own bowl of cereal. I had good intentions of doing it every day, but I haven't done it since. :)

 She decided she'd rather just chew on her fingers
 It got a little messy :)
 My lounging girls

 HAPPY girl to finally have an exersaucer to play in (Thanks Katie!!)

Thursday night we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Katie and Andrew's, and then the adults actually visited on the patio while all the kids happily played in the playroom all night (and Lowen slept on their bed). A true miracle, for sure!! 
 We are loving the Olympics around here! Lyla officially wants to LIVE in her leotards.
And we've got a mobile girl on our hands! I placed her on her back on the activity mat, walked away for 10 seconds, and came back to find her on her tummy, under her bed. 
 Last Friday, we went to Lokomotion with Patrick, Lacey, John William, and the Hills in town from Dumas. John David and Lyla rode bumper boats and go-karts, and we all played a round of putt putt golf. Although we ended up staying up entirely too late, it was SO much fun. 
 the first hole of the excited
 the last hole of the sad. 
(we won't mention the fit she threw that resulted in the girl letting her keep her golf ball. nice lesson learned.)

On Saturday night, we went to George's to see Boom Kinetic. One of our friends from community group plays in the band, so several of us went to watch them. We decided we are officially too old for such things. :) Although I had so much fun with these girls, my ears were ringing the rest of the night and I almost fell asleep in church from staying up WAY past my bedtime. :)

Sunday after naps, we went to Sarah Boyce's parents house to swim, grill out, and watch the Olympics. Good ole American summer night.

they were real into making funny faces

Lyla kept walking around on her toes like this. Pretty impressive!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Picture Catch Up

Another night at Concert in the Park...

she loves blowing bubbles :)
Showing little sister how to dance :)

Lyla had her first Dentist experience and she did AWESOME! In fact, she begged to go back for several days. I'm pretty sure she thinks it was Disney World. She got to watch The Little Mermaid on the ceiling, and got a princess ring when we left. She had been complaining about pain in her mouth for several days, so I made her an appointment...turns out it was 2 big canker sores. Poor baby. She inherited those from her Mommy and Cookie! And we KNOW how badly those hurt! She truly was pitiful for a few days (especially when she tried to eat) but thankfully they are all cleared up now, and the Dentist said her teeth look great! Thankful that she loves the Dentist now too!
This is an old random photo off my iphone...we stopped at Five Guys Burgers on our way home from Florida, and it was SO GOOD. Plus, Lyla's smile is just the cutest in this pic. :)
 She's getting too big!!!
Taking a little nap on Daddy. Nothing sweeter.
 Lyla wanted in on the snuggles as soon as Lowen woke up (or maybe she woke her up by climbing up there...that's more likely)
 We've created this terrible, yet wonderful habit of pulling Lowen in bed with us when she wakes up in the early morning hours. It's just the sweetest!!
 Aunt Ali and Uncle Cody brought this dress back from Mexico for Lyla...and look who fits in it now!
 My little Senoritas
 She loves using Daddy's beard as a lovie. And, yes, they look like twins here.
 Friday morning, we had a playdate with tons of sweet friends at the Bentonville Splash Park.
 just waving at a random passerby

a few of the other Mamas
This sweet girl hung out in her carseat the entire time. NOT ready for her to be mobile. I'm really enjoying this age because I know it will all change! :)
 Right next to the splash park is both a snowcone stand and a crepe place. So, Lyla's lunch consisted of a "Barbie" snowcone and a strawberry nutella crepe. Clearly, Lyla was happy about this. Mom of the year, I know.
 Lovin' some tummy time!

She can sit up on her own for a few seconds at a time. Love it when they master this trick. She hates lying flat on her back.

Hope everyone's having a happy Saturday! John David is riding his mountain bike this morning, so I'm about to take the girls to eat Donuts. (We've GOT to get back on the Paleo Train!! Maybe tomorrow.) :)