Friday, August 16, 2019

July 2019

July was a hot but fun month! 

We kicked off the month and celebrated the 4th of July in Asheville with Forrest’s cousins Aaron and karina. It was a fun trip but frances was very difficult. She did not sleep well and was grouchy the whole time and made things very hard. We werent sure why she was unhappy but it definitely was not fun and we decided not to go to the beach afterwards lest she act the same way. Being a baby is hard and so we try to roll with her needs. We still had fun on our trip and did so many fun things! Here is a look: 

On the way, to give the girls a break from the car, we stopped at chunky cheese in Knoxville. They of course loved it!! C loved the games and frances loved the little rides. 

We went to the nature center and enjoyed watching the animals. Frances lost paci and I spent 45 frantic sweltering minutes searching for it and thank goodness found it. 

Charlotte participated in the neighborhood parade and threw rose petals. It was just her and another little boy but it was sweet. Afterwards we played at the castle playground before going back and cooking burgers. 

That night we watched fireworks and Charlotte got to do her first sparklers. 

The next day we stayed in and relaxed but went to the grove park inn for dinner and exploring. 

The next day we took a super fun bus kids comedy bus tour. We were proud of Charlotte for telling a joke she made up on the microphone (why did a cow cross the road? To climb a tree). The. We had lunch at wicked weed brewing and really enjoyed ourselves. 

That evening we enjoyed exploring the biltmore grounds. 

We were very happy to get back home and have frances back in her regular routine, although we stayed pretty busy. 

Charlotte and I went to the fancy Nancy tea party at the library. She loved getting to dress up!! 

Forrest and I wnjoyed rafting with friends in Tennessee. We stayed the night and really had fun! I was nervous but we never fell out. 

Charlotte enjoyed camilles unicorn party and is declaring she also wants one. 

Mama and papa b got some new sod and the girls loved playing in the sprinklers on sundays after lunch. 

Frances learned to “smile” on command this month. This was the last day of summer school. The girls seemed to enjoy going and it gave me one morning to myself to get things done! I cleaned out the Christmas closet and several other necessities. Charlotte enjoyed   with the 4K kids but they must have talked about going to kindergarten because she has been talking about how nervous she is to go next year. We are trying hard to talk about it often and to do what we can to make her feel comfortable. 

I was worried that 4 weeks off would be hard on us but we so enjoyed the time together. I loved being home with them all day! Some days we were busy and run errands and others we played all day in our pajamas. 

Frances decided she was interested in the potty and will tell us now when she needs a new diaper. She hasn’t used the potty yet but likes to sit on it and follows Charlotte when she goes. Maybe she will potty train sooner rather than later?! 

We celebrated cousin macey at her pool party for her first birthday. It was the cutest thing. None of the babies would cooperate for a family picture so here is the best we could do! 

One Friday we went to las brisas with Rachel and Isaac (as is their usual) and had such a great time. We carried the party home with us and the girls played in the water and had a ball!! 

That Sunday we celebrated Margaret welches 1st bday. I love that they will grow up and be friends. 

That night we had dinner at moms as usual and akiko and chony came! We always have fun when they come. They brought the girls gifts which were of course a hit! Our cousin Stephanie also came as she stayed with mom while she was doing her pa rotations. 

Charlotte continues with tennis every Tuesday this summer and really got the hang of it! We were both so proud of her. She went from zero idea what she was doing to being quite confident! 

One fun thing about Charlotte is that she thinks he can make toys by magic in a cabinet. Every now and then we sneak something in there so when she decided to do a spell she will find a prize. One day she “made” this scooter and was beside herself! I k ow it won’t be long before this imagination of hers starts getting more grown up but right now it’s one of the things I love about her the most. Her heart is just so sweet. 

We had another fun play date with Becca and Harper and the girls spent most of the time dressing up. They put on just about all the costumes when they are here together! 

Frances has started to “ask” to get dressed up now and isn’t she just the cutest thing!!?? 

The girls had fun playing with papa Harold kittens one Sunday before lunch. We love getting to spend time with him and uncle tommy who is living with him right now. 
Frances turned 16 months old and is seeming more and more grown up. However she still wants her bottle, really is clingy to mama, and loves her paci. I’m in no hurry to have her grow up, but I am trying to teach her when she will be still to learn. She knows heart and star and green, yellow, red and blue. She has no interest in letters it seems but knows a few. She also knows number 1. I love when she does her animal sounds and “sings” her songs. She loves to read the hop hop book and her favorite songs are the wheels on the bus and head and shoulders. She still loves shoes and climbing and now likes to throw clothes in the washer and trash in the trash can. She blows raspberries to say no which is sort of rude but also hilarious. She thinks Charlotte is the best and wants everything she has and sometimes pulls her hair. This month she started saying “‘more more” and “pool”. She also loves to play outside but it has been so hot we really don’t u less we ride the golf cart or go to the pool. Charlotte has all of a sudden started to pick her up which she usually loves. They also like to push each other (yes each other) in the doll stroller. They typically play really well together and I am getting to wear I can leave them to play for a few minutes on their own. 
Charlotte had a really great summer. Aside from school and tennis she did pony camp and a day of gymnastics camp and swim lessons one week. She also was tutored twice a week by mrs Billie and is learning to read! I am so proud of my big girl!! Mrs Amy also came once a week to give her a Spanish lesson. She was a busy girl but she loves learning and trying new things. During her break from school she started sleeping until 10 and I just let her. She wouldn’t take naps those days so while Frances napped she and I would usually rest and watch tv together. It was a special time for the two of us that I really enjoyed. 
We are looking forward to August and the start of school even though I will miss them so much. 


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