Sunday, September 25

Soccer Mom Coming Right Up

^^^ P and Scarlett and of course Lu. ^^^
^^^ Lucy really wanted to be part of the team. ^^^
^^^ The first play of the game..... P takes a good hit to the eye. ^^^
^^^ Daddy makes everything better. ^^^
^^^ Lu decided it was a good idea, to take her shirt off during the game. ^^^
^^^ Sissy was a great water girl. ^^^
^^^ That smile. ^^^
^^^ The highlight to P's morning. ^^^
^^^ Grandpa is the best cheerleader. ^^^
The time finally arrived for P to be on her first soccer team.  I never played soccer growing up, but always loved the sport.  I couldn't wait to sign P up for the game and as an added bonus, P's good friend Scarlett is on her team.  

The funnest part was taking P to the soccer store and letting her pick out her very own soccer ball and shoes.  She of course had to have everything PINK!  She was so sad that she didn't get to wear a pink uniform.  That night she wanted to sleep in her uniform and shoes and couldn't wait to wake up and play.

We didn't really have any expectations.  We just wanted her to get out there and have fun.  P has never been much of a runner or one to show aggression, so we didn't know how things would turn out.  We practiced some passes with her and basically told her to try and get the ball.  As the first whistle was blown, she went straight for the ball and took a mean hit to her left eye.  She immediately ran over to us and was in tears.  I don't think she expected to get hurt out there.  It was so sad, but after a hug and kiss she decided to give it another go.

She stood back and by back, I mean way back.  She wasn't about to make contact with anyone or the ball for that matter.  However, she did get a good workout and had fun running up and down the field.  After a few minutes in, she ran over again and was exhausted.  The poor thing had sweat dripping from her forehead.  She told us she was tired and just wanted to drink her water.  We kept trying to get her back out there but she preferred the side lines.  She eventually got back out and ended up having a great time.

The highlight to her day, was running under the tunnel.  She kept asking us to make another tunnel for her to run under.  She loved having the support of her grandma and grandpa there!  She is so blessed to have so many cheerleaders.

I wasn't sure she was going to want to play again, but she has been asking to put her cleats on ever since and can't wait for her next game!
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Penelope's First Day of Preschool

 ^^^ She was soon excited! ^^^
Penelope was beyond ready for her first day of preschool.  Last year, I wasn't ready to let her go, but this year I knew she was ready.  She has always been so eager to learn and knew I had to let her spread her wings.  
I didn't think it would be one of those moms, that got teary eyed, but the day of her preschool orientation, I found myself tearing up, as I looked at her little cubby.  As I stared at her name, it surprised me as the flood of emotions hit.  I didn't want her to see or anybody else for that matter, so I pulled myself together.  Taking her to that orientation, made all the difference.

When it came to her first day, she was ready to go and couldn't get out of the door fast enough.  The night before we had made it a memorable evening.  We let her pick her favorite restaurant to have dinner.  There was no hesitation, as she picked Broilers.  Dinner was followed by frozen yogurt (pink with sprinkles) and the highlight, a fathers blessing.  

It was such a tender moment for me as a mom.  I looked over to my sweet P, with her legs dangling off the chair and her father placing his hands on her head.  I became a little choked up, as my childhood promise, to myself came true.  I married Tyson who honors his priesthood and has been able to bless my children's lives, because of that.

P woke up and put on her new outfit.  She was so excited to wear her backpack.  I couldn't wait to get her water bottle and snack all packed for her.  We took her in and she went right to her cubby and placed her snack and backpack inside.  I gave her the biggest squeeze and hug.  Knowing she is in such good hands and that she was excited, made all the difference.  

Lucy and I had to do some retail therapy and found ourselves at Target, while we waited for the time to pass.  I couldn't wait to pick her up and hear all about her day.  She handed me the cutest little handprint with the sweetest poem.  I again got choked up and couldn't wait to hang it on our fridge.  It's going to be hard for me, not to want to save every art project. 

I am so excited for this new adventure in her life.  I love that she loves to learn and know she will go far in this world.
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Lucy Two Years Old

Dear Lucy,

I can't believe you are two years old!  Where has the time gone?  It seems I have been saying that since you were born.  You are growing into the most adorable toddler.  I fall more and more in love with you every day.  I am obsessed with your squishy body and the way you wrap your chubby little arms around my neck, when giving me hugs.  You give the absolute best kisses, with the perfectly puckered lips.  Your personality is bursting and we wouldn't have you any other way.

I had written this letter, right before you were about to turn two, but for some reason it got deleted, so I'm playing a little bit of catch up.  Over the past few months your vocabulary has taken off.  You are talking up a storm and we can't get enough of your tiny little voice.  It's seriously the cutest little sound and I secretly hope it never changes.

At two years old your favorite things are, Thomas the Train, Daniel Tiger, feeding yourself yogurt and rice, shoes (flip flops in particular), grapes, picking out your own drink at Target, going on the swings, while at the park, Target, anything Frozen, backpacks, your grocery cart, your cousins, giving GiGi her treats, Diet Coke, going to dance and of course your kitty!  

You want to do anything and everything that your sister is doing.  You are so in love with her, even though you two definitely have your moments.  It was the sweetest thing, when we dropped sissy off to her first day of preschool.  You didn't know what to do without her.  When she arrived home from school, the two of your cuddled for over an hour.  I had never seen you do that before.  It melted my mama heart.  You are so good at sharing with your sister and want to make sure she always gets a snack or treat, when you are getting one for yourself.

Whenever you hear music you dance and wiggle around in your carseat.  I think we have a little dancer on our hands.  I couldn't believe how quickly you caught on to tapping your heels and toes and leaping over objects.  Watching you dance around in your little tutu, is too dang cute!

We were recently in Sacramento, with the intentions of going apple picking, but you had other plans for us.  You ended up having a UTI, which put you in the hospital for three days.  As hard as it was watching you be in pain, I LOVED the quality time that daddy and I got to spend with you.  You refused me to leave your side and I couldn't get enough of it.  We slept together in your hospital bed and watch movies and cuddled for three straight days.  We really bonded a lot and am so grateful you are now feeling healthy and happy.  You showed us how strong and brave you are.

You say the sweetest prayers and sing, I Am a Child of God and I Love to See The Temple.  I love watching you grow, not only physically, but spiritually.  You are the most darling little girl, with the tiniest little curls, that hang off the ends of your hair.  You are the best addition to our family and we feel beyond blessed to get to be your parents.

Happy Birthday baby girl!


Mama and Papa
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Sunday, May 1

Spring Photo's and An Update

We were lucky enough to have some Spring pictures taken by my wonderfully talented friend Stephanie Ryan.  Her talent seriously blows me away and helps me strive to improve my photography each day.  Family pictures seem to always be a bit stressful.  Trying to coordinate outfits and get us all ready and out the door on time.  

This time around wasn't too bad.  I swung by Target the day of pictures and found these darling white/twirl dresses for the girls, Tyson wore what he had from work earlier that day and I luckily found a dress that afternoon on a whim.  Gigi had been perfectly groomed only a few days prior and it all seemed to come together.  It was also really fun to be able to go to the location, where I love taking my clients for pictures.  I cannot wait to print these out and plaster our walls.  I have hardly any photos around my downstairs and it's about time I change that.
I decided it might be fun to do a little family update, since I hardly get on this blog anymore.... tear.  I just can't find the time.  The girls are getting bigger each day and don't want to forget all the fun things that they are doing and saying, at this stage of the game.
Penelope is our little or should I say, big sweetheart.  I seriously cannot get enough of her tender and kind personality.  She is very aware of everyones emotions around her and always wants everyone to be happy.  She is very cautious and is always looking out for Lucy.  Anytime we cross the street to get to our car at the gym, she makes sure that Lucy stays close by.  She is an excellent eater.  She still has a texture and gag issue going on, but as long as we keep her bites small, she will eat just about anything.  She's still obsessed with her chocolate milk and mac n' cheese, but she also loves broccoli and carrots and asks for them daily.  Her speech has improved so much.  She talks all day long and sings the most random cutest songs ever.  She loves face timing her uncles and her Mimi.  Her dance recital is coming up and it's been so fun to watch her progress over the past year.  She's the youngest in her class and is constantly making faces at herself in the mirror half of the class, but manages to pick up most of the steps.  She will ONLY wear dresses, if we can somehow get her into anything else, she frowns and tells us she is not a princess anymore.  She loves everything girly.  I took her for her first pedicure the other week and it was a crack up watching her kick back and relax.  She peeled all the polish off, no joke, ten minutes later, but we had a good time nonetheless.  Target is her favorite store and chips are her new jam.  She wants to take them everywhere with her.  Before going to bed we read Matilda to her.  She's can't get enough of that book and says "THE TRUNCHBUll" in the silliest deep voice.  P is in LOVE with our missionaries.  Her favorite thing is when they come over.  Watching her blink her eyes and flash her grin at them, only gives me a taste of whats to come in the future.... She's hilarious, snuggable, and everything else in between.

Lucy bug is our wild child.  She definitely inherited more of the Brown genes than P.  She cracks us up on the daily.  We call her our chubby girl.  Her legs and belly are out of this world and I secretly hope they last forever.  She looks pregnant, the way her belly button sticks out.  She is obsessed with shoes and socks.  She begs to have the socks piled one on top of the other.  She still needs her kitty when it comes time for bed or when she is sad.  I die every time she shoves it into her mouth and walks around like it's a dog toy.  Lucy screams with excitement anytime we pull up to her grandparents house, aunts houses's or Target...... sad I know.  Each Thursday when I drop P off at speech, we head over to the swings.  She loves soaring high and screams when the time is up.  One of my favorite things is watching her rock and feed her babies.  She will shhhhh them and put them to sleep.  Each time I pull our the vacuums she follows soon after with her toy Dyson.  It's too cute.  She loves interacting with other kids.  This one has no fear.  It scares me to death anytime I think of this summer and of her out by the pool.  She is constantly on the go and has so much energy.  When she's willing, she gives the cutest kisses and snuggles.  Somehow with her picky eating habits, she still maintains her chubby frame.  I try to get her to eat, but she would rather throw her food at us or the floor.  She refuses to let us help her eat.  Her hair is getting so long.  When it's wet it goes past her shoulders.  I can't bare to cut off her curls.  Her vocabulary blows my mind.  Hearing her jabber is a music to my ears.  She's our feisty, free spirited lover girl and just can't get enough of her.

GiGi who is now no longer covered in stickers from our photo shoot, is still as sweet as can be.  She puts up with our crazy girls and my lack of getting her out.  Her favorite thing lately is to run out of the garage and make her way down to our neighbors house, who happens to have a golden doodle that looks exactly like her.  Tyson is great about getting her out on bike rides with the girls.  She still begs for food like she is a starved stray and will cuddle you and lay her head on your lap until you give into feeding her.  We love our fur baby and happy she puts up with us.

Tyson is our hard working papa.  He is such a great provider and never complains.  He loves getting off on the golf course and trying to figure out how to drive our boat.  It's a learning curve for all of us.  He recently got called to be the ward mission leader and in my opinion is a rockstar.  The Elders love working with him and I have benefited from his example.  He's dedicated to all that he does and we are so lucky to call him ours.

Me/Janessa still busy teaching zumba and taking photo's.  I recently decided to sign up for a spring triathlon and now wonder what in the world was I thinking?!?!  I have started training and can't believe how out of shape I am when it comes to swimming.  I about died the other day in the pool.... not really, but almost.  It's about five weeks away and am nervous beyond belief.  I recently got back on my bike again and have loved the way it challenges me.  I am serving in the Cub Scouts and am with the Wolfs.  I have a blast with them each week.  Next week is my first experience with the pinewood derby.  Wish me luck!  I also cooked two meals in the past two weeks.  Sounds terrible, but is awesome considering my track record.  Tyson was a happy camper.  

Life is good and busy, just the way we like it.  We are looking forward to traveling to Arizona in a couple of weeks and touring the Grand Canyon for the first time.  P starts swim lessons next week and hopefully will have a little swimmer on our hands, so we can have some extra hands for Lucy.  

^^^ I could snuggle this little bug all day long.  I am constantly telling her to not grow up, in which she replies, "But then I can't get married in the temple and have children."  Okay fine, you can grow up sweet P. ^^^
 ^^^ Her cheese is my favorite. ^^^
 ^^^ They are constantly wrestling. ^^^
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