Lil' BallerinaLily started dance after Labor Day and Thursday has become one of my favorite days of the week! I love seeing her in her dance clothes and she loves it SO much!
It even worked out one week that we were able to grab an early dinner at one of our favorite places - just the two of us!
So Long SummerThe warm weather has stuck around so it seemed like summer was here to stay. You won't hear me complaining about it though. Lily has been very particular about her clothes for at least a year now. Her taste consists of dresses, dresses that "go out" when she spins. They can have only girly colors, no black or blue (I'm not sure how I got that black leotard on her in the picture above). So basically, the tackier, the better. And she absolutely does NOT like to wear pants or long sleeves - those are for boys. I have been forced to fight this battle over the last few weeks but I am thankful for extended nice weather!
Just the other day Lily tried to convince me to fill her little pool because summer had come back. It didn't take long for her to realize it wasn't quite that warm ;)
We have gone through a few transitions over the last few months. Lily started asking to do things and "take Cora to Grammie's". So we had our dinner date as well as a movie date and I worked on making Cora's nap time a time to do big girl activities and after a few weeks things were back to normal. Cora on the other hand, she is such a stinker. She gets so upset - she throws things, including herself on the ground. Sometimes I can't help but laugh but I try to ignore it and it's only escalated to her to being put in her crib (as the pediatrician suggested) one time. She loves Lily but she doesn't like her to touch her. I think this probably came from Lily carrying her around when she was younger which didn't look very comfortable. So basically, they are siblings; they love each other most of the time with a few sticky moments in between.
"Mommy, where's your phone? I need to take a picture of Cora. She is so cute!"- Lily
Later I looked through my phone and realized this is what she was doing! Ahhh!
Parenthood has changed me in many ways, one of them being my feelings about Halloween. Now that I can dress my children up in adorable costumes, it has become one of my favorite holidays! And as always Grammie came through in the costume department. Lily initially said she wanted to be a butterfly (BORING!) but after talking a bit she decided coordinating her costume with Cora's would be fun. She decided on Little Bo Peep. She was so excited about it when people would ask what she was going to be she would say "Little Bo Peep", then jump up and down yelling, "and Cora is going to be my lost sheep!". And were they ever cute! Surely, we won't be able to top this next year!
See! Lily touching Cora = Cora screaming
Cora is probably whining and pushing here.
The last few years we have gone trick-or-treating with our friends and this year, without knowing it, our costumes kind of went together. If Little Bo Peep's lost sheep was lagging behind then she turned into a pilgrim with her native american friend!
Lily Turns 4!My baby isn't a baby anymore. We've been saying it for a while, but now it's official. I set my alarm the morning of her birthday so I could inflate balloons to fill her room but I set it for the wrong day so I wasn't able to get them finished before she woke up. (I always thought I would be the type of mom that woke up early, before my kids but I am NOT. Cora will sleep 12-15 hours and Lily usually isn't an early riser and if they sleep, I sleep!) So while she was in the potty I filled the living room.
She celebrated with Grandma Christie
We had birthday breakfast!
Grammie came over for our annual Thanksgiving pie making marathon. Lily loves to bake and pies are one of her favorites!
We finished the day with a big celebration with all of the Stier cousins at Camp Christie!
Lily got a Hatchimal. We knew nothing about them but all of the kids went crazy over that thing!
ThanksgivingAnother successful Thanksgiving with the Stier's! There was an obvious and major void in our day but we managed to make it through relatively emotionally unscathed due to the chaos that ensues when we are all together. Papa Jon came through again this year with a magic show and face painting. I wish I had more pictures to share but nobody had time for that!
We did another balloon release for Grandma Christie just before dinner. We talk about her all the time and I am realizing everyday how important that will be in keeping her memory alive for our small children. She will always be a part of everything we do!