Monday, June 30
Sunday, June 22
Dear Penelope -
You are growing up to be so big and strong! You have taken off in the growth department. It has been so much fun to watch you learn and grow over this past month. You mimic everything I do. It is sometimes scary. I can only hope and pray I am teaching you the good things of life. You are such a great helper. Each time I change your diaper, you can't wait to take it to the trash can. Wiping and cleaning the floor has become your new obsession.... I wonder where you get that from. You are a total ham when it comes to meeting new people. You put on that most adorable smile and make sure to show off your monkey sound and that big belly of yours, by sucking it in and out, as fast as you can. You have discovered the new found freedom of feeding yourself. Each morning you want to be left alone to watch a show, while you eat your yogurt or oatmeal. Books and baby dolls are your favorite toys. You bring me book after book and how can I refuse to read them to you. You know each and everyone and have a special dance and sound for each one. You are always wiping your baby or trying to feed her your food. I seriously cannot wait to watch you with your new baby sister. Each time I ask you where your baby is, you point to my belly blow on it and give it the best kisses. Having a bow on your head at all times has become a necessity. You pat your head over and over again if yours has gone missing. I have tried clipping a bow in, but you prefer the headband. Swimming lessons have become the highlight of your week. As soon as we pull up you scream, because you know what's coming. You have absolutely no fear of the water whatsoever. I'm pretty sure you will be swimming in no time. You love your Peek A Boo apps on daddy's iPad. It's so fun hearing you repeat the words that are said. Your favorite animal sounds to make currently are moo and oink. Each time we pass the cows on Shepherd, you give them a moo and quick wave.
Over the past few months you have become much more clingy to me and your papa. Nursery is getting more and more difficult. I'm not really sure what to do. Hopefully time will work in our favor and you will be running to nursery. You still enjoy going to the gym and your My Gym classes. You are an active little girl who keeps us on going. You test our patience and push our limits, but in the end leave us feeling more love than we ever thought possible. Your determination and strong will are going to take you far in this life. We are your biggest fans and love watching you learn and grow. You brighten our lives and add so much joy.
Mama & Papa
Wednesday, June 18
Today we celebrated our favorite guy! I have been waiting for this day to arrive for what feels like months. I wanted to do something extra special for Tyson. He does so much for our little family day in and day out. I decided a few months back that I would get in contact with thirty of his closest friends and family and ask them to say a few words about him. As each letter came trickling into my email, I became more and more overwhelmed with emotion. Each letter was perfect, describing all of the wonderful memories and characteristics that have touched so many peoples lives. I felt humbled just reading each one. I could hardly sleep last night, knowing he would finally be able to read them for himself.
With the help of Cara and my mother-in-law, we were able to sneak in and decorate his office last night. We had so much fun!
This morning, Tyson of all days decided to wake up super early. I was trying to stall time all morning long, so that he wouldn't beat me to his office. I went about my morning dressed as if I was going to teach Zumba. He had no idea I was freaking out inside. Luckily I was able to beat him out the door and arrive at his office just in time, to witness the surprise.
Seeing the expression on his face made all the stressing worth it!
^^^ P was of course, obsessed with the balloons. ^^^
^^^ Grandma Betty even made it for the surprise. ^^^
Tyson's mom was sweet enough to wake up at 5:00 AM to make Tyson and his co-workers his favorite blueberry scones. They were delish!
^^^ P loved being able to go visit her daddy at work. ^^^
Shaver Lake is quickly becoming my favorite getaway. It's a swift drive up the mountain and has all the amenities I could ask for. Tyson's aunt and uncle are always so gracious to offer their cabin. It's beautiful and has the comfiest beds, not to mention the killer surroundings. I am a girl that loves nature and Shaver does not disappoint. My favorite part is when the camp fire smell comes bursting through my car windows. I love rolling the windows down, turning up the music and letting nature grab ahold of me.
Friday night we went out for pizza as a family. This pizza has a ridiculous crust and oodles of cheese, my favorite! Us girls stayed up painting our nails, while the boys watched some good old television.
Saturday morning we took advantage of the beauty and went for a nature walk. It felt so great to get away from all of the distractions of the world. GiGi was in heaven, being off her leash, free to roam.
^^^ Gosh I'm LUCKY!!!! ^^^
^^^ P was all tuckered out and fell asleep on Ty's shoulder. It was beyond sweet. ^^^
Later that afternoon we hit the lake. Our friends Shaun, Brooke and sweet little Cash were kind enough to come up and bring their wave runners. P took her first ride. She wasn't real sure about the experience, but at least no tears were shed.
^^^ We share the same respect for our Diet Coke. ^^^
^^^ Again, GiGi couldn't get enough of being FREE! ^^^^
That night our other friends the Brown's made the trip up, with their triplets. We enjoyed a delicious BBQ and each others company. We are truly blessed to have such incredible friends and family. This weekend was just what I needed.