Winter is here early this year!! It's Nov. 18 and the snow days have already begun. We celebrated this morning with chocolate chip pancakes (with some crushed candy canes from the Christmas parade thrown in the mix) and Christmas music, followed by turkey hand paintings and a play date with your cousin Zoe. I was thrilled that you wanted to stay home with me instead of going to Ms. Abby's house as usual (I always fear the day when your mom is no longer the coolest). Here are a few pics of our fun...
Fall has come and gone quickly this year. October was insanely busy with school, PT conferences, and tons of parties and events but we tried to also find time for enjoying the colors, playing in leaves, painting pumpkins, pumpkin dances (about a million times), and pumpkin anything and everything else. It's funny how in the DR I would really miss fall (though I did bring Halloween to the orphanage there which people were all out CONFUSED about), but now that we're here I would trade my pumpkin spice lattes in a heartbeat to be back in Latin America... ahh maybe someday.... but when in Michigan, do as the Michiganders, so that's we've been doing. Here are some photos of our Fall fun...
|Halloween doughnuts at Krispy Kreme|
|Mama Kenya date at Koiesters|
|Fall Craft at Nana's house|
|Pumpkin ball game|
The week of Halloween you were at Uncle James and Auntie Lisa's house for Abram and Auntie Pam's birthday party, and fell and split your forehead open. I can't even explain how much I hate watching these kinds of things happening without being able to stop them and how scary it was watching blood stream down your face. It made for a very rough week (throw in two 14 hour days of conferences that week, a pie the teacher assembly, Halloween parties, and 9 hour road trip to Indiana that weekend too - your mama was seriously losing it). You also had an allergic reaction to the steri strips so you had a very nasty looking head wound going on... people actually thought that on Halloween, your head wound was part of the costume (cause I'm the kind of mama that would dress her toddler up in a ladybug costume with a tutu and paint on a head wound). It was FREEZING this Halloween so we only made it to a few houses, but you were super excited that we did. We spent the rest of the night eating JB's pizza and doing the pumpkin dance with your friend Asher at the Holleman's house.
|Looks like a band-aid but that is your bare forehead looking like that..|
|Mama was a domino at school with all the staff|
|With Asher who was Super Mario|
So what else is new? You are growing up!! You've been telling me lately, "I'm not a baby anymore Mom", which makes me fight tears every time. You blow me away with something new everyday and make your dad and I crack up with the things you say. You come home from daycare now and call us into the living room saying "Mom, Dad, come sit down for circle time" and choose who will be your helper (alternating between me, your dad and your dolls). Then you teach us the alphabet and ask us about what the weather is like. You also say things like "just try to be patient Mom" or "no toys at the table Dad". One time you even ran to your room when you got upset with your dad and announced "I'm running away" and starting packing your backpack - not sure where you learned that one!? Can you please stop growing up??? Every time we're cuddling, singing and playing together, I just wish I could freeze time and hang onto those moments for forever....
|Sleepover night with your cousins|
|All ready for church after your sleepover|
|Mom and Dad at the wedding in Indiana|
|More fun with cousins... having a princess party!|
|Hanging with family after church|
Okay chica, well you're about to wake up soon and I promised we'd go build a snowman as our last snow day activity today, so just one more fun fact before I close this out. Kenia Cass (the beautiful lady I named you after) is playing professional basketball now in Nicaragua and is trying out for the WNBA. How cool is that?? It just goes to show that with hard work and determination, we can do anything we put our minds to (I am reading a book called Mindset by Carol Dweck right now with my book club at school and am all about it - please promise to read it someday?).
Here are a few more random photos from this fall 2014....
|At cousin Gavin's truck themed 3rd birthday party|
|Always loving Santa|
|Teacher's night at the Air Zoo - we got to go for free! :)|
|With Auntie Megan at Uncle Bradley's ginormous extravagant housewarming party|
|New Bitty Baby doll from the Ward girls|
|Play date with Sawyer|
|Reading our favorite bedtime story - The Awesome Book of Love!!|
Love you girl - to the moon and back!!!