Friday, February 17, 2012

The Princesses and the Potty

 We are officially crossing potty training off of Kate's list.  Woo-hoo!!!  After months of singing, dancing, candy, bribes, and reading special books, Kate decided that she was a big girl. Bye-bye pull-ups.  Hello talking to everyone, everywhere, anytime, anyplace about big girl panties.  Can I just tell you that we have been doing some serious celebrating ... mainly with the selection of princess beauty products pictured below.  You go, girl!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Celebrating Kate

I love a reason to celebrate.  (Sometimes we don't even have a reason, we just celebrate!)  We spent a whole week celebrating our sweet Katey-lou ... here it is in pictures!

Birthday breakfast

Birthday lunch ... Kate's choice :o)

Daddy surprised Kate at lunch!

Time for presents ... Will was so excited to give Kate this princess tent

I think she loved it!

How many birthday wishes does one girl get?

What a gift this sweet girl is to our family!

And now, the Minnie Mouse party

More candles?

We love birthdays!

Pin the bow on Minnie

Kate loved making everyone dizzy

It's your turn, Pops!

Mama played too!

Are you ready, Mimi?

Now it's time for Musical Chairs

Everybody found a spot this time!

Pops has a serious competitive streak

But, Will was the champion

Some new spring clothes from Pops and Mimi

Mimi made Kate a special book!

Happy 3rd birthday Kate!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Will on Wednesday

 He's back!  We're going to try to do better about our "Will on Wednesday" posts because I love hearing what he has to say and I hope you do too!

Love is ...
something that you can never let go.
being nice.
being a good friend.
acting good. 
when my dad plays with me.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Look at me ... I am three!!!

Kate at three ...
  • is fiercely independent - It's a blessing and a curse.  She can dress herself top to bottom, but it takes a while.  She insists on opening & closing all doors (the garage, car, stores, and at home), but she doesn't always move as quickly as I'd like. She wants to make her own lunch & clean it up - can you picture the mess?
  • loves to dress up - her tutu and "Prapunzel dress" are favorites, but you can also regularly find her sporting a fireman's hat, police badge, or race crew vest (thanks to Will's old dress up trunk!)
  • has moved on from her main imaginary "friend" but often talks to people that I can't see ;o), especially when playing with her baby dolls or playing store
  • is always in the mood to dance ... anytime, any place
  • thinks she's as big as her brother.  This may, on occasion, drive him a little bit nuts.
  • is an excellent shopper. Unfortunately, for her father, she is perfectly content to peruse every. single. aisle. at Target.
  • is still not potty trained.  Oh, she can use the potty, she just doesn't always choose to.  She may just be the exception to the rule that all those sweet ladies say "Well, I've never known anyone to show up to high school in diapers."  Ugh!
  • loves to paint, play outside, read books (her current favorites - that we read at least 3x a day are Tea for Ruby by Sara Ferguson and an Elmo search and find), and she loves her mama ( I hope that lasts!!!)
  • she's not so crazy about dr. appointments (although she recently did fantastic at her first dentist appt!), naps - starting to slowly give them up!, or any person in a costume - this one hasn't changed in her 3 short years of life!
  • she is an encourager.  Kate spends a large part of her day saying things like ... "Daddy, you know what?  You're handsome."  "Will you're my best bub."  "Mom, I like you."  I'm pretty sure her love language is Words of Affirmation.
  • makes us laugh every single day - I can't imagine this life without her.  What a gift God gave us on February 4, 2009

In her own words ...

What is your favorite color?  blue on your shirt

What is your favorite food?  little orange cuties and peanutbutterjellies

What is your favorite toy?  bubba's basketball

What is your favorite tv show? Barney & Caillou

What is your favorite animal?  A zebra, a elephant, a monkey, or a rooster ... what's the rooster say, Mom?

What is your favorite song? Jericho (Joshua fought the battle of Jericho) and the B-I-B-L-E

What is your favorite book?  Ruby (Tea for Ruby by Sara Ferguson)

Who is your best friend? Kaylee and Ella and Baylee

What's your favorite thing to do outside?  ummm ... tennis racket

What do you want for your birthday?  I don't know, a present?

What do you want to be when you grow up?  Ariel

What's your favorite thing about Daddy?  When daddy stays with me at home

What's your favorite thing about Will?  play with him when he be happy - Mom, can we eat peanutbutterjelly?

What's your favorite thing about Mommy?  when we go at the swimming pool

3 things Will loves about Kate
1. She's funny
2. She laughs a lot
3. She changes her mind a lot
3 things Daddy loves about Kate
1. I love the way she dances.
2. I love her smile.
3. I love that she tries to catch the ball with her hands still by her side and her eyes closed.