Wednesday, November 9

Miss Penelope is FOUR

Dear Penelope -

Oh my goodness big girl, you are FOUR years old today!  Hip hip hooray!  You have been counting down the days for months now.  We have been celebrating you all month long and wouldn't have it any other way.  You are sooooo special to this family.  This world just wouldn't be the same without our sweet P!

Three has been one of my all time favorite ages.  We have done so many fun things with you and have enjoyed watching you grow leaps and bounds, over this past year.  Your personality is beyond sweet.  You are a go with flow, easy peasy girl.  You are my little buddy, who prefers being nestled in my lap, reading a book and sipping on cocoa!

You have so many favorite things right now.  I think that's one of the things I love most about you.  You get so excited about everything, especially the little things.  You find so much joy and happiness out of each and every day.  Doc McStuffin's is your all time favorite character.  Noodles, green apples, celery, carrots, Oreo's and Starburst are your favorite foods and snacks.  Pink is still your favorite color and you insist on wearing a dress at all times, in which to qualify, must twirl.  Your favorite movie is Matilda.  Daddy and mommy read you the book and you have been fascinated ever since.  To fall asleep you have to have your pink silky and a baby doll.  

Speaking of sleeping, you have found your way into our bed and haven't looked back since.  I always swore I would never let me kids sleep in my bed and you can attest, that didn't last long.  In all actuality I love it.  I sneak into bed every night and nestle into your perfectly round cheeks.  I thank my lucky stars you were sent to our family.

You started pre-school and have learned so much.  You speech has improved incredibly and only have a few more weeks left.  I am so happy you love your teacher and all of the new friends you have made.  Watching you in dance class is so much fun.  I love seeing you in your element.  You posses so much talent and I hope you always know and remember that.

While driving in the car or getting ready for bed you love to have stories told to you.  Your daddy and I do our best to come up with some elaborates story about rainbow gummy bears and stories about Gigi ate mommy's See's candy.  It's hilarious how you can hear the same story over and over again and never tire.

The relationship with you and your sister is overwhelmingly heart warming.  You are always looking out for her and making sure she is safe.  Hearing the two of you laugh at one another is one of the best sounds.  

You are so smart with one of the best memories I have ever known, you are such a good listener, helper and everything else we could ever hope for.  You say the sweetest prayers and know that you are a daughter of God.  I know you will go far in this life and look forward to what this next year bring.

We love you sweet birthday girl!


Mama and Daddy
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Tuesday, November 1


I look forward to Halloween all year long!  It's one of my mom's most favorite holidays and has had a rippling affect on me.  I didn't get around to decorating our house this year, because of the upcoming move.  It was strange to not have witches adorning my mantle and spider webs covering my front porch.  

We still managed to fit going to the pumpkin patch in and hanging a few odds and ends around the house.  I couldn't handle being a total Scrooge.  The one thing we failed to do however, was carve our pumpkins.  Every year we put it on our list, with high hopes that we will get around to carving.  Alas, we have now gone six years of marriage without making as little as a dent in our jack-o-lanterns.  We are clearly not that sad about it.....  The girls on the other hand thoroughly enjoyed painting their pumpkins!

The start of Fall has brought out all the delicious smells, baking, soups. Trader Joe's cornbread and candy galore.  I just love this time of year and this Halloween did not disappoint.  We attended a handful of parties, had our fare share of dressing up between my High Fitness classes and all of the fun activities that go along with the holiday.  

I had originally planned on Lucy wearing P's swan costume and tried to keep things simple with Penelope's request to be a kitty.  We took the girls to dance and as soon as it was time to slip Lucy into her costume, she broke down and not just a little melt down, we are talking full on outburst.... scenery issues.  There was no trying to convince her.  It was so sad..... she hated the ruffles in her face and I couldn't seem to get the costume off of her quick enough.  It was too late to find another costume, so into the costume bin I went.  

Luckily, Lucy made out for the sweetest Belle and looked darling as she twirled and spun around, everywhere she went and I couldn't get enough of P's kitty nose and whiskers.  I think my favorite thing of all was after P fell asleep she still had her whiskers on.  Oh how I want to cherish these days.

We had our annual Halloween get together with all of our friends and family.  I always leave with a belly full of yummy soup and my sugar tooth well satisfied.  Watching the girls go from door to door is just my absolute favorite.  They are so sweet and being their mama just makes me soon happy.

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Friday, October 21

The North Shore and PCC

Yesterday we made a day out of visiting the North Shore.  It was a blast.  We knew it was going to be an all day event and prayed the girls would do well.  They impressed us once again and were amazing.  We visited the temple once more, ate plates full of shrimp at Giovanni's, inhaled Matsumoto Shaved Ice as well as Teds Bakery pie and enjoyed the incredible sunset as the waves crashed against the black rocks.  We definitely got our fix of sugar and beauty! 

One of our favorite past Elders, Koa Mo'o called his grandmother, who lives on the island and was able to help us get tickets to the  Polynesian Cultural Center.  She was the sweetest woman and we feel so lucky we got to meet her.  

Tyson and I loved our first visit to the PCC over six years ago and couldn't wait to take our girls.  We knew they would love all of the vibrant colors and especially the dancing and music!  They stayed entertained from start to finish.  The night show was even better than I had remembered and couldn't help but dance along to the beat of the drums.  The Polynesian culture is so neat to me.  I'm happy my girls were able to experience the sounds, food, dancing, games and so much more that make up this amazing culture.  

Oh my goodness it's going to be hard to leave this place!

As an added side note, I almost lost my camera.  That would have been sooooo bad, seeing as I have a ton of family sessions when I get home.  Thankfully I realized it early on and it was right where I had left it.  I'm the worst!

And now a million pictures, that make up our day at the PCC!
 ^^^ I think I might have the cutest niece ever. ^^^
 ^^^ Shaka. ^^^
 ^^^ I wasn't lying when I said kitty goes everywhere with us. ^^^
 ^^^ Incredible. ^^^
 ^^^ My beautiful mama. ^^^
 ^^^ Squeezing our the coconut milk. ^^^
 ^^^ I can't even.... ^^^
^^^ The things we do to entertain our children. ^^^ 
 ^^^ Cap is our favorite, he's hilarious. ^^^
 ^^^ Elvis was the man. ^^^
 ^^^ Get in my belly. ^^^
 ^^^ Private lessons for miss P. ^^^
 ^^^ Showing off her new tattoo. ^^^
^^^ Can we please take a moment and admire Cara's guns. ^^^
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