Friday, January 27, 2017

23 months

We have had another language explosion since Christmas--she has become such a big girl (and she will say that too). She says throw away, Charlotte come too, Right here, Stay here, Anymore, "Now"! 

She is really using the potty a lot and will sometimes tell us when she wants to go. She is so funny--she likes her privacy already. She wants us to cover her with a towel when she goes (usually only the white towel will do) or she will pull the shower curtain around her.

She has gotten into Peppa Pig and loves to jump in muddy puddles. She doesn't get to watch a lot of tv but she enjoys her preschool pre videos and doc mcstuffins, Mickey Mouse club house, and the lion guard. She also went to her first movie, Moana. We made it nearly to the end. 

She loves to sing and has started to sing songs on her own. She can do the ABC song (skipping several letters of course) and Wheels on the Bus. She's also pretty good at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Everybody Wants to be a Cat (or everybody be cat, to her) from Aristocats.  I love hearing her sweet little voice.
She also loves to read by herself. We will read her a story and then she will want to read it back to us. I'm really impressed with her memory--she remembers the stories and can tell us what happens on each page even if we haven't read it to her recently.

 She is going to school 4 days a week now, since her wonderful Nae Nae is going to have a baby soon ("Baby Becca"). She seems to enjoy it although she is very tired by the end of the week. I bet she will get used to in another week or so. She has also started going to music class at school and she LOVES it. She told me that they "marched" the first day and then the next week they sang Jesus Loves Me. She likes to sing the part about "They are weak but He is STRONG". She adds a little growl to that last part. She also goes to Singing Sprouts again, or "shimmy" as she calls it, and is SO happy. This year the theme is God's Creation and so far we have learned about the stars and moon which she loves! 
I can't believe she is about to be two--this past year has been so wonderful and gone by so quickly!! I have had fun planning her party and I think it's helping me keep from being a weepy mess! 


Christmas 2016

We were SO looking forward to this Christmas since Charlotte was older and could understand it more. Here is a look!!

Just like last year, Charlotte really loved the tree! Unlike last year, she decided that it was a "mess" and she needed to "clean it up". She really enjoyed it and spent a lot of time rearranging the ornaments. Some of her favorites were "circle" and "mommy's car". 

Charlotte got to go to a party and meet Santa and "Old ady" as she called her. She enjoyed the cookies and listening to a story.

Brunch at Blu to celebrate Daddy's birthday with Mama and Papa B. Papa B got mistaken for Santa!

Decorating the school tree with her little classmates. 

Charlotte's class Christmas party. The babies were so cute! Charlotte was out of school for a whole month and even though she missed school very much she enjoyed her time at home. She started sleeping until 9am, got to go to Mommy's office several times, and got to spend lots of time with her Nae Nae before she goes to have her baby. It was a really sweet and special time before a big change for us all in January. 

We are so lucky to have such a sweet and fun Smith and Bailey family! Charlotte loved the tacky sweater party, but mostly enjoyed playing with her big buddy Henry. C wasn't exactly tacky, but Daddy won first prize!

We all really enjoyed Christmas at the Falls! Charlotte got to ride the train, make an ornament, meet Santa, and visit the petting zoo. Of course, we all loved seeing the lights!

We also enjoyed our drive through River Country Campground to see the lights. We had to drive through twice so Charlotte could say hello to the blow up minions. Afterwards we got frozen yogurt--it's starting to be a tradition!

We had a fun morning having brunch with Santa! Charlotte was a little timid, but she decided she liked Santa when he gave her a sucker. 

M and Charlotte started their own tradition of making gingerbread houses. Charlotte got to decorate it however she wanted. 

We had our annual Pancakes and Pajamas breakfast with Uncle Day Day and Aunt Megumi on Christmas Eve. Charlotte was allowed to open one present, but she wanted to open them all! 

After Christmas Eve Mass, we had dinner at Aunt Susan and Uncle Bruce's house, followed by presents! Charlotte had a great time playing with her cousin Brooks and opening gifts. 

Charlotte was very excited to learn that Santa and his reindeer would be visiting. She and daddy sprinkled reindeer food on the yard (and she told Sonny "no no" so he wouldn't eat it) and then she left cake and milk for Santa by the fireplace. She would look up the chimney and say " 'mon Santa--cake--milk!"

Christmas morning was so much fun! Charlotte got a roller coaster (which we learned a lesson--don't give the big present first or she won't want to play with anything else), dress up clothes and shoes, and puzzles and coloring books, amongst other things. It was such a sweet and exciting morning for just the three of us. 

After opening presents at home it was time to go to Momsie and Pop's for brunch and more presents!

After a nice long nap for us all, it was time for dinner and even more presents at Mama and Papa B's house. Charlotte loved the little table and chairs they had painted for her. 

As if that wasn't enough, we had Christmas again the day after with my grandparents and mother's family. It was a really sweet day and since Charlotte is the only baby she got lots of love and attention. Looking back it was all the more special because we didn't know we would lose my Granddaddy two weeks later. I will be forever grateful that we were able to share that special day with him and that he got to know his great granddaughter. 

Even though Christmas is tiring and I'm usually ready for everything to go back to normal, this year was a little bit extra special. I don't think I will ever forget it honestly, and it reminded me to never take a single day, holiday or not, for granted.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

2016 Year In Review

Time sure flies when you are having fun!! Here is a look back at this past year!

We took Charlotte to West Palm Beach to have her portrait made. It was a fun little trip for our family.

We celebrated Charlotte's first birthday with a "Some Bunny is One Party". It was such a sweet day, one of my favorite days ever. 


22 months

 This month has been a big one in my opinion. Charlotte has all of a sudden started speaking in "sentences". Not real adult sentences of course, but baby sentences. "Shimmy shake me ball nose!" That means "I would like to sing the song form singing sprouts (shimmy) called "can you shake along with me" (shake me) and I would like to put the ball on my nose" (the song says put your shaker on your...insert body part here). These very rudimentary sentences came out of nowhere one day and still surprise me a little!

 She also uses the words "come" and "go", although not always correctly, and she uses "me" and "too" sometimes.
Lately she has become miss independent. "Ah-dit do it" is the phrase heard most often around our house these days. She wants to dress herself, carry things herself, and so most everything herself. This has been hard for this type a mama to work with but I am trying to let her learn in her own way. Sometimes this independence has forced me to choose my battles quite frequently. On Forrest's birthday we went to surprise him at lunch and Charlotte refused to wear anything other than her fairy princess dress up dress. I know that I cannot indulge her every whim but I'm trying to strike a balance between letting her be herself and discipline. Of course, it didn't matter what she wore that day so I let it go, but if we had been going to church, I would have made her wear something else. Also one week she decided to start whining and fake crying in attempt to get her way (let me tell you how well that did not work with us).

She still really loves to color and dress up, and she loves playing with babies and make up. She loves to read and sing and play hide and seek and find "tunnels" to hide in. She is a busy baby and we love seeing what she comes up with. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

21 months

Charlotte turned 21 months on Thanksgiving! This year we did a little something different for the holiday--our family of three went to the beach! My oh my how relaxing it was! There was no crowd, the weather was perfect, and we just did what we wanted when we wanted. It was a great way to recharge our batteries and spend some quality time together. 

 Charlotte loved the beach as usual, and luckily it was warm enough for her to play outside in her bathing suit. She kept finding it and bringing it to us saying "suit on, suit on!" 

She really wanted to be in the water which was pretty cold, but she would stand at the edge anyway. 

There is an indoor pool at our building so she did get to swim. Now that we are back she is still asking to be taken to the pool! She loved collecting shells this time and wanted us to hold them all for her.

 I love seeing her little face when she discovers something or when something delights her and there was no shortage of exciting discoveries at the beach. This age really is fun because everything to her is new and exciting and she shows it.

Her talking really picked up this month. She has started to say "all done", "did it!" "oh no" "clean it up". She is using adjectives regularly now as well-- "big bite" "bad cat" "nasty mess". She has started to call us mommy and daddy rather than mama and dada and every now and then she calls herself "Ah-dit" rather than "ad-di". Slowly but surely we are getting closer to her saying her own name correctly. I just love listening to her little baby voice and especially love her own little sayings. For example, when she wants you to pick her up she will hold up her arms and say "baby". It's precious!!

Right now she likes playing in "tunnels" and will crawl into the tiniest of spaces! Forrest has arranged some old furniture into "tunnels" for her to crawl through and under and she absolutely loves it! She will run up to one of us saying "tunnel tunnel" so we all have to go upstairs and play. It is so fun to watch her joyfully play! Now that it is cold outside and since it gets dark so early we can't really play outside much so I like that she has a way to run around a be active indoors. 

She really is an active little lady who doesn't like to sit still for long! That being said, however, she really does like to sit and color (she especially loves to trace her hands and feet, or for someone else to) and she enjoys having us read to her. She likes to choose the book herself and she is really into the ones that have things on each page for her to feel, so we are working on feeling words like fuzzy, rough, smooth, etc.

We are looking forward to Christmas with her this year--everything will be so new and exciting to her! I'm looking forward to her picking out the tree, seeing all the lights, and understanding what presents are. The magic of Christmas doesn't last forever, so I'm wanting to hold onto all of these memories as tightly as I can!



Friday, November 4, 2016

October fun

October was a crazy fun month for us all! Here is a quick look!
Charlotte went to her first bama football game! It was homecoming so she had quite a full weekend of fun! You can read about it here

Fall picture day!! 

Chattanooga weekend in lieu of our Disney trip

Is there anything more southern that a child in a cotton field?

Dancing on the tables at little bridge marina! 

Fun in her first bouncy house! 

She loved riding her first pony!! 

She has loved playing with papa Harold's new kitties!! 

School falls fest with Hadley! She had a big time in the bouncy house and on the big slides. 

We spent another great weekend in Tuscaloosa for the Alabama versus Texas A&M game. C got to go to the quad, tailgate, and even see her auntie M! 

We had a fun although crowded experience at boo at the zoo. C dressed as Alice in Wonderland and enjoyed the train ride. She will tell you "train, tunnel, piders" (on the train we went through a tunnel and there were spiders). 

Pop and Forrest carved pumpkins for Charlotte. I thought she would like to pull the goo out of the middle but that was a big fat no! She has had a big time playing Pop and Forrest against the other and telling them that she likes the other's pumpkin better when they ask her. 

Halloween was a big big day for our little Tinkerbell! We loved going to her Halloween parade at school and she was especially excited that daddy was there. She got very into trick or treating when she realized that she got candy in her "can-y purse". She would take it all out and then carefully put each piece back in.

After school we made a quick trip to daddy's office--the team had dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. 

That night we had a few friends over and went trick or treating in the neighborhood. Forrest dressed up the golf cart and we hit the road! 
Wow--are you tired? We love doing these fun little things as a family. I think they definitely broaden Charlotte's learning and hopefully help her grow!

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