Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A starfish - swimming lessons

Caroline took 2 weeks of swimming lessons at the beginning of June. She took the lessons at Columbia College. Caroline is very timid about most physical activities, but has always been wide open in the water. This year that hasn't changed. 

She was the youngest in her 3-5 year old class having turned 3 two weeks before class began. She struggled with some of the tasks, but she was definitely the most eager. 

During the first lesson, the coach explained the next task and she got so excited she dove for the noodle. Well, it wasn't her turn and she missed. The kids sit on the side of 4 ft deep water so she went well underneath. Thankfully 2 lifeguards watch her class and they got her out quickly. She didn't miss a beat and came out of the water laughing. Every lesson after that, we talked a lot about waiting our turn!

You can see that my pictures are from quite a distance away. Parents were not allowed on the pool deck. It was hard the first day letting my 3 year old be so far away with strangers in the pool.

Waiting by her sign to line up and go into the pool room. The 3-5 year old class was called Starfish.

Caroline learned a lot in those 2 weeks. And she's quite positive she is an awesome swimmer, though in reality, she is still a supported swimmer. However, she can swim a good distance supported only by a noodle. And, she is doing awesome at getting her feet above the water to kick. I was very impressed with the swim lessons at Columbia College. We really enjoyed it.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Wednesday nights

This post is very overdue. From January to May, I taught the 1st grade choir at church every Wednesday night. We learned the musical "Spend Awhile on the Nile". It was a blast and the kids did awesome, but sure made for interesting Wednesday nights.

Every Wednesday night, I would race out of work to pick up the girls. From there we would race to Wendy's where we would go through the drive through for some dinner. We would then head to church. At church, I would take the girls to my classroom where we would quickly stuff our faces with chicken nuggets, Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and fries. And then, for about 10 minutes, Caroline got to be on the....

stage =)

dancing her heart out...

This is as close as I would let her get to the microphone. She is singing into it =)

Through the whole experience, Caroline's love for the musical surprised me the most. She learned every word and a good bit of the choreography. She wasn't old enough to participate, but loved watching the other children. Next year, our church is starting a preschool choir program. I'm so excited she will be able to participate.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Video: Girls playing

Caroline made up this game for her and Lucy. Lucy loved it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Video: Daddy's home/Shaking head

Also, in honor of Father's Day.

Video: Braves fan

In honor of Father's Day and the Braves game that we attended.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Video: Another peekaboo

Here's another peekaboo movie. Can't get enough of it.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Video: Lucy in the walker

Caroline used to love to ride on the back of the walker. Lucy also loved it when Caroline did that.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Video: Silly Hiccups

Video: Playing Piano

I found some fun videos so I'm going to be posting them the next few days. The girls love to play our piano.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Lucy's Canvas

Caroline has a beautiful canvas that has hung over her bed since she was born. The canvas has a verse on it that was precious to me all during my pregnancy and it is a verse that I pray over Caroline.

I wanted the same thing for Lucy. Picking out the verse was a little harder this time. "Lucy" means light. So I searched through my Bible and found the verse below. Adam and I thought this would be a great verse to pray about for Lucy - that she would let her light shine so that others would glorify God. So I sent it to my friend Jessica over at The Painted Canvas. Jessica made Caroline's canvas.

And Jessica created this:

We love it and Caroline has already memorized it. Now we will begin teaching it to Lucy!

Lucy is 11 months

In less than a month, Lucy is going to be 1! I'm still pinching myself. I remember her birthday so vividly. And the flood of reflections and emotions will continue for the rest of this month I'm sure.

Lucy is still EVERYWHERE. Caroline has been taking some swim lessons this month and it is such a challenge having Lucy there. There is nowhere that she can crawl and sitting in the stroller is not an option. Whew - by the end of each 40 minute lesson I am one tired mama because I spend the whole time trying to distract her from the fact that she can't get down and crawl. I bounce her and throw her in the air and tickle her and repeat.

The changing table is her least favorite place right now. Wow, she hates it! Pretty much anytime she needs to be still is awful for her.

Lucy can stand for several seconds on her own. Her legs are getting very strong, but she prefers to just get down and crawl. She is a busy girl!

Lucy is saying several new words this month: "dup" (up), "dlldll" (Dolly), "bah" (bath), Daddy, Mommy, bye-bye, "thannn" (thank you), and "dis" (this). She is pretty good at repeating sounds and words. One day when Aunt Amber was in town, Caroline kept calling for her, "Aunt Aaaaaamber!" and Lucy would immediately follow saying, "Aaaaaaaaaa!" 

Lucy has started bringing us books to read to her. She loves books right now, but she usually only sits still long enough for you to read the first page. 

Lucy is a mama's girl right now. If I am home, then she is not happy unless I am holding her. Mama's hip is her happy place. In general, her separation anxiety is bad right now. She cries like the world is ending if Adam or I drop her off somewhere. And Lucy is still picky about her bottles. If she is sick or teething, she may or may not take bottles while I am at work. Luckily she is older now, I don't freak out about it if that happens.

She loves snacking on veggie fries, graham crackers and cheerios. She usually eats table food at dinner time - chicken, rice, noodles, or whatever we are having. 

Lucy is mostly in 12-18 month clothes. She is wearing size 3 shoes. 

Lucy's laugh is still so loud and infectious. I love hearing her laugh and seeing her sweet dimples!

Here are some pictures from this month:

Fell asleep on the floor in Sunday School.

Cheesin' with Papa. I love her mischievous face in this pic!

Making music at EdVenture. She loves this thing.

She was awesome at crawling up the stairs and sliding down the cushiony slide.

Hiking through Sesqui.


Twisting and turning in the grocery cart. I had the strap around her pretty tight.

Caroline wanted to push Lucy. She pushed her all around the store.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Lucy's nursery

This post is way over due. Here are a couple of pictures of Lucy's nursery.

The nursery has morphed a little over the last several months. At one time there were beautiful bumper pads and a quilt hanging on that crib, but when Lucy was about 5 month old I found she had pulled all that down and was sucking on the bumper pads. So - those are now in the closet. About a month ago, I added the teething guard as Lucy started using the crib as a chew toy. 

The bedding is the same as Caroline's was. Handmade by Lucy's Nana. We decided to accent it with a different wall color - Seafoam Green. I love how playful and feminine the wall color turned out to be. It is hard to find a girly green.

The white letters were a Christmas gift from Aunt Alli. And the canvas above the crib was made by Jessica at the painted canvas.

The canvas will get it's own post, so for now, I'll show more nursery pics. 

Lucy has enjoyed looking at and playing with these 2 canvases over the changing table. In fact, half the time, the bottom canvas has fallen behind the changing table because Lucy grabs at it so much.

There are 4 wall canvases that Nana made with the fabric from the bedding: a flower, a frog, a dragonfly and a butterfly.

To the left of the crib, is a beautiful toy box that my dad made for me and my sister when we were little. It's a perfect match for Lucy's room and has a cute elephant decal.

Then, of course, we have the glider and night table. Many, many hours spent in this glider.

 And finally, we have the bookshelf. Lucy's is about half full. Caroline has the exact same bookshelf in her room and it is stuffed to the max. So between the two girls, we have a lot of books. The girls love them and so do we!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

What had happened was...

This happened:

So this happened:

And this happened:

Not quite, but almost. Adam and I had planned to get Caroline a Dry Erase board for her birthday. Just a few days before, Caroline decided to write her name on the wall. We then had to face the question of whether or not we REALLY wanted a Dry Erase board in her room or not. We took the risk and still gave her one. Hopefully, this will serve its purpose.