Tuesday, June 9, 2009

One more for the week

Okay so no pics today, but Chris is off this next week so I don't know how much computer time I will get so here is a quick update. Peyton has decided that she does not want to sit in her chair in the bathtub. She's a big girl. She doesn't need a chair she can sit right in the middle of the water! Or so she thinks. I am going to have to buy a mat for the tub so she doesn't slip as easily. It's my own fault though. Avery was at her Mi Mi's house over night so I thought Peyton would enjoy taking a bath in Mommy's big bathtub. I got in with her to hold her up so she could play. I didn't want to actually get in the pool outside. She loved it. She is a little water baby. Those how have seen her know that she just kicks those arms and legs none stop! She had the biggest smile on her face. She just laughed. So the next night I put her in the little chair thing and she keeps sitting herself up and trying to roll out. So Peyton and Avery took a bath in the big bathtub together. Both the girls loved it. Peyton was kicking and splashing so then of course Avery started. They were very cute. Speaking of Avery being gone. Peyton was very excited to have all the attention for a little while, but she began looking around for her sissy. At one point she saw Avery's pic on my cell phone. She smiled her huge whole face smile, started laughing and talking. I am pretty sure she missed her sissy. She entertains Peyton so much. I can make her laugh, but not like Avery. Which is very sweet. When we got Avery and Peyton saw her she just grinned and strted kicking her legs and talking.
So today we went outside while it was still some what cool. Chloe (our dog) and Figaro(the cat) have become quiet the friends. They chase each other and play. Figaro will attack Chloe and Chloe will attack Figaro, all in play. They are fun to watch. Avery gets the bright idea to slide down the slide with Figaro in hand. The next time she took him up (I figured if he didn't like it he'd show her) Avery just tossed him down the slide. I told her not to do that again and she said "He likes it". Poor kitty, but he has never purposefully scratched her or bit her so I figure he doesn't mind too much. Today he also got shut in the oven (no not the real oven, Avery's play oven). So I had to explain to her that he needed air and that she could not shut him inplaces like that. The next place that I found that Avery had put him was her play dress up chest. It is card board and has holes where you pick it up with. I told her to let him out and she said "It has holes, he can breath. He was sleeping" Leave it to Avery to find a loop hole. She is too smart sometimes. We really have to be careful what we say around her, because if there is a way around it. She will find it. Yes sometimes she does go against directly what we said, but a lot of times she will find a way around it. While you have to laugh at her for being so creative, independent and smart, she still disobeyed, but in her eyes she doesn't see that she disobeyed she just found another alternative. Like when Amanda was down in Athens a few weeks ago. We were in the study looking at pictures on the computer. We had turned the lights off so we could see better. Avery didn't like that, she couldn't see. After me telling her we were not turning the lights on and whinning and crying and throughing herself onto the floor did not work she decided to take matters into her own hands. She leaves the room and a few moments later we hear this loud noise coming down the hall. My mom, Amanda and I looked at each other. They asked what Avery was bringing down the hall. I replied "there is no telling" and Amanda said "I bet she is bringing something to help her turn the light on". As soon as she said I knew that is what she was doing. Here came Avery walking into the study with the step stool dragging behind her. She unfolded it right under the light switched. Climed the two steps and turned on the light climbed down and turned around smiling. We all were laughing. My poor dad, I don't even know if he had any idea what was going on. It is times like that it is tough. On the one hand she was very smart and creative and solved her problem on her own and while it is histarical, she also disobeyed what I said. So I am trying to discipline her but at the same time fighting trying to hold my laughter in. It is worse because she knows she is cute and she did something funny. Oh the joys of being a parent, but it is one of the best jobs in the world. Most of the time it is not a job at all.
One more thing before I go. I am now 25!!!! Yay! Yesterday I took dinner to a couple that is friends of ours that just had their 2nd son last week. Seeing him and seeing Peyton. I just can't believe that a little under 5 months ago she was like that and now she is smiling, laughing, rolling over, standing with a little support, getting up and hands and knees, etc. I am so glad she is growing and everyday is more fun with her and more fun with Avery and more fun with the two of them together. But it just flies by so fast. It seems like yesterday I was going through all this with Avery. I am defiently blessed and thank God everyday, even the days when I feel like all I am doing is disciplining a stubborn 3 year old, that He has blessed me with such a wonderful family (all my family) friends, my husband and my two daughters. I could not have imagined a better life. So on my (day after) birthday I want to tell everyone in my life, friends and family how much you mean to me and I am so blessed to have you in my life. You all help mold me into the person I am. You challenge me (even when I don't want to) to be a better person. You hold me accountable (even when I don't want to). You give me guidance, support and love. I just want to say how truly grateful I am that God has placed you in my life and my childern's lives.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Playing in the Crib Together


Quick Trip

For those of you who don't know Chris works 7 days in a row working 12 hour shifts, but then he has 7 days off. It really works out nice. The weeks that he is off we just spend time together as a family and the weeks that he works I get a lot of things done around the house once the 2 girls go to sleep. This past weekend Chris and I decided to take the girls on a quick trip to Galveston. And Amanda as you read this "I don't like Galveston now that you aren't there!!!:(" So by quick trip I mean one night! We decided this because we had planned to take the girls to Florida this summer but after memorial day the prices went up $100 a night! Well we already told Avery that we were going to the beach sometime, so she kept telling everyone she was going to the beach "tomorrow". When she told us that she was going to the beach "tomorrow" on Thursday we figured why not just go to Galveston. Well we had it all planned. We were going to get up and leave by about 8 in the morning and get their around lunchtime. Of course Avery (our alarm clock) who normal comes in demanding breakfast between 6:30 and 7 sleeps until 8:30! Needless to say we didn't get off until about 10:00. Then with a 4 month old and a 3 year old we had to make several stops (mostly for the 4 month old). Houston traffic was as always very fun to drive through. We didn't get to the hotel until about 4 and didn't get to the beach until 5.
Finally we were on the beach! Peyton and I sat on some towels under an umberlla while daddy and Avery went in the water. Avery enjoyed it. She ran in the water and jumped when the waves came. She and daddy went out together. Then about 15 minutes into it a wave came a splashed her in the face. She was done. She no longer wanted to play in the water, she wanted to play in the sand. Just to inform everyone Avery has gotten in this phase where everything stings her eyes. Not that I am saying the salt water didn't sting. So Avery cam ashore and played in the sand.
Meanwhile Peyton and I decided to venture out into the water. Peyton was amazed by the waves and watched the water as it rolled in and out. She kicked the water and seemed to be enjoying it, but alas the wind picked up and that was the end of that. She was no longer in awe of the water. All she wanted was to be out of the wind. We ended up staying on the beach until about 7. Periodically getting in the water. Avery mostly played in the sand, buried daddy, and looked for sea shells with mommy. Peyton took a small nap on the towel and returned to the water for a few more minutes of water torture :) or should I say wind torture. I only say that she did not like the wind because when we returned to the hotel we got in the pool, which was surrounded by the hotle so no wind. She loved it! She smiled and laughed and just kicked her arms and legs. She is a little water baby. Avery as always enjoyed the pool and even put her floaties on and could go into the deep end without being held. Avery would splash and jump and squeal and Peyton would just laugh and squeal too. We went to the Rainforest Cafe to eat then I ran into Wal-mart to get a few things. While I was there there were a couple of guys (young) who decided to get into a fight right at the front doors. I stayed in the back of the store (the girls and Chris were in the car). I thought "great, I am going to get shot here in the Galveston Wal-mart" :). It is kindof funny. So we finally got to the hotel. Avery I forgot to mention claimed the top bunk. There were bunk beds. They were very narrow. I didn't like the idea of her sleeping on the top but it had railing that was long enough to cover her whole body. They were narrow enough that if she had slept on the bottom she would have fallen off more than likely. So Avery continously told us she was sleeping on the top. So she did. Chris put her in her bed and she had a huge smile on her face! She still talks about sleeping on the top and she wants her own bunk bed so she can sleep on top.
The next morning we got up and got out on the beach at about 8:30. We were there 15 minutes maybe and Avery starts crying. She was in the water so we asked what happened. She told us that she stepped on a rock. Her crying got louder and louder. Chris picked her up and put her on the towels. At this point she was screaming and holding right above her right ankle. We kept trying to look at her leg, but she litterally kept flopping down and rolling while holding her ankle. She would get on her hands and knees then just flop down. I felt so bad for her, but it was kind of funny to see her moving like that. We realized she was stung by a jelly fish. That was the end of our day at the beach. We went to the pool and played then went home. That evening Avery told us she liked the beach and wanted to go back, but she didn't like the jellyfish. She asked Daddy to get on the computer and show her where the jellyfish were so she wouldn't get stung by one next time. I thought was pretty smart of her. That was our trip to Galveston, short, but very exciting!