27 January 2013

Little Sister Turned ONE!

Just a couple days after Big Sister was baptized Little Sister had her first birthday on January 9th! We just had a small cake from Nothing Bundt Cake and sang happy birthday to her. She's only one after all! I gave her her present a few days before because when it came in the mail she saw the box and got really excited about it.

She took her first steps right around 11 months, but it sort of took her a little while to catch on to taking more. For a few weeks all she would take was 4 steps and then fall down. Just in the last week and half she learned how to stand up from the floor and then her walking really took off! She's been unstoppable this week and now she won't even let us hold her hand when she's walking. She's too grown up I guess! She has said mama, dada, hi and all done, but doesn't really anymore. It's like one's she's mastered it, she doesn't want to do it anymore. It's been the same with waving, clapping, and signing all done.

She is such a joy to have in our family. She is rarely upset but does have her moments, of course. She sleeps well and still takes two 1 1/2 hour naps. She loves toys and will play by herself fairly well. She will play longer if I'm in the room too so sometimes I'll just bring my phone or knitting into the bedroom and watch her play. She loves shaky, rattle toys--a first for one of our kids and knocking down towers.

She is a great hugger and slobbery kisser and really does love to be held. She is the first one of our kids to take a pacifier and really loves that too! I'm thinking about taking it away but can't bring myself to do it. She only gets it at naps and bedtimes so it's not a lot, but I still feel like we need to start getting her off it. She is also the only baby to take a bottle. I stopped nursing her about 10 months--after we came back from New York my milk supply never recovered so I had to wean her--so we are working on getting her off that too.

One other thing, she loves the bath! It's pretty funny because a couple months ago we put her in the big tub with Mr. Smiley and she screamed bloody murder. The next couple weeks bath times were torture until I thought "maybe I'll sit her on a washcloth." It worked! So she sat on a washcloth for a couple times and then once she got used to the water I took the cloth away and she has been happy in there ever since. Now she begs to get in the bath every time we are in the bathroom.

I can't tell you how much I love this little person that came into our family just over a year ago. As you can see I take lots of pictures of her because she is just too darned cute! I didn't know it was possible to love someone so much. When she smiles my heart melts. When she laughs I just want her to laugh more. Her joy is contagious and I hope she stays this way forever! I love you Little Sister!

Big Sister's Baptism

We are so proud that Big Sister decided to be baptized a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Jan 5, 2013. It was a happy day for her dad and I. She was surrounded by lots of family and friends to make the day special for her. Her dad baptized and confirmed her. After the baptism we came back to our apartment complex and had an after-party in the clubhouse. It worked out really well! I made 3 soups (creamy potato, tomato basil, and a white bean chili). They were all really yummy! Then we had salad, rolls and tons of cookies! I didn't get any pictures of the food, bummer... Her cousins from Arizona came, all her grandparents, a great grandparent, her friend Caroline with her mom, her friend Marion with her mom, and lots of friends from the ward. I think overall we had 65 people there. A lot of people love Big Sister!

Big Sister and her cousin who got baptized the week before

An attempt at a family picture. It was really sunny outside. 

All dressed in white!
Some of the "J" family that came from Arizona
Big Sister's Grandma and Great Grandma
I think this is all the "J" family that came. (Minus the grandparents)
Mr. Smiley 
Big Sister and her two cousins. The one in the middle is 6 months older than Big Sister and the one on the right is 12 months older than her. 
It was such a special day and we are glad that we could spend it with so many people.

23 January 2013

Mr. Smiley Funnies

Mr. Smiley is in the prime funny quote stage. Here are some of them from the last few months:

Nov 11, 2012 Me: Your tie is awesome sauce
Mr. Smiley: No it's awkward sauce.

Nov 16, 2012 Me: We need to go to the dollar store. 

Mr. Smiley: And get some dollars? 
Me: I wish, kid. I wish.

Dec 3, 2012 MS to Little Sister: I won't hit you anymore LS. 

In his LS voice: you won't? Yay! Hooray for MS!

Dec 4, 2012 (I told him I was going to make Little Sister a bottle when we got home and then we would have popcorn) MS: If you make Ashley a bottle first I will die. If you make me popcorn first I won't die. If I die I will see all the bad guys.

Dec 19, 2012 Me: I'm hungry 
MS: What you want? Some toast? 
Me: sure. 
MS: I will make you some toast!
He is always so willing to help and be kind!

Jan 11, 2013 In the bathroom-- MS: now it's time to buy a new bathtub!Me: What's wrong with the one we have?MS: Then we can put milk in it! That would be funny! And then we could put it up there (points to halfway up the wall) and I could take a bath way high up! Then we would need a ladder and I can climb up and get in the bath. That would be funny!

Jan 14, 2013 (Me struggling to lift a very heavy suitcase on to the top shelf of our storage closet) MS: Mom! You are awesome!

Jan 15, 2013 MS after his bath: Are we going anywhere today? 

Me: we might go to Trader Joes. MS: I don't any to wear pants anymore. I want to wear shorts. And not a warm shirt.
He was getting so tired of being cold every day! We didn't end up going anywhere so he could wear his shorts and t-shirt.

Jan 19, 2013 MS: When I'm a dad I can have a car and it won't work but I will smash it and then it will work and I can drive it on the snow!


And here's a couple from Big Sister:
Dec 27, 2012: Sullivan Nutcracker! 
We'd been watching Elf. She was meaning to say Son of a nutcracker!

Dec 29, 2012 (Whispering to her cousin in the car) Guess what? I've been to the bathroom in the Temple. 

I can't wait until Little Sister can talk so we can continue to be entertained!