Obviously, blogging has been way on the backburner with all the craziness of Brian finishing his Ph.D (hopefully in December! Fingers crossed!) and our big move to Maryland. I've cut way back on all media lately and it's been really nice. But I'm starting to feel like I'd like to get back into it, so here is an old post I've had sitting around with some cute pictures of the girls from Summer 2013.
I realized I never posted any pictures of Elizabeth's 3rd "Cowgirl Princess" party. I think they are actually still on my camera. I'm so bad at downloading pictures off it, it isn't even funny. I was able to steal a few from my sister's new blog though, so happy to share to cuteness!
I broke down and let her have some non-healthy cake. Ha!
My Dad got her first official Disney princess dress. HUGE hit. She still wears it almost every day. She's pretty much always either naked or in a princess dress this past year.
Her first bike from Brian's parents!
These are the goats we got our milk from this Summer. I've mentioned in the past that we don't drink store cow's "milk", but the raw goats' milk was amazing and didn't give me any problems whatsoever.
They had ponies, horses, kittens, and chickens at the farm too. Such a fun experience each time we went.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Elizabeth. I still love going in to see her sleeping each night.
This is another favorite picture of Elizabeth. She wanted to "finger paint" :) This pretty much sums up the personality of our little free spirit!
Charlotte when she was first sitting up with some help around 6 months. Now she is ALL over the place. She is into everything!! I can't count how many times a day I pull little objects out of her mouth that she somehow finds after I think I've cleared everything. I found her halfway up the stairs once before I had any clue she could climb stairs. She is drawn to outlets like a magnet. I'm pretty sure she gave herself an electric shock yesterday. It's a full time job keeping her alive lately! Oye!
I started solids with Charlotte around 6 months and she took to it like a hungry duck to water! She's loved everything so far, but actually prefers veggies to fruit. She especially loves feeding herself. I'm not doing any dry cereal or grains with her. Babies don't have the enzymes to digest them until their molars come in, around 1-2. In fact, we're going gluten free as a family. I found an amazing new doctor that confirmed my thoughts on how much damage it does to the body.
Elizabeth came to me one day and took me by the hand to show me a picture of "Mommy princess!", one of our wedding photos. She was sooo excited about it. I asked if she wanted to see Mommy's "princess dress". The rest was priceless.
Blew my mind right off to see our daughter in my wedding dress!
Blew Daddy away too...not in a good way ;)
Charlotte still kills everyone that meets her with her smiley sweetness.
My favorite picture of her of all time at 8 months old.
We braved a trip to North and South Carolina this Summer for Brian's grandpa's 90th birthday and a vacation with my family on Hilton Head. This was Charlotte's first time in a big girl carseat and she loved it. There were some hairy moments where all 4 or us were crying or wanting to cry, but overall the girls were wonderful and we had a blast!
Bad parenting 101: About 8 hrs in on one leg of the trip, Elizabeth got out of the car to go to the bathroom and didn't want to get back in (understandably! I wasn't thrilled about it either!), so I told Brian to run and get her a munchkin to bribe her back in. Worked like a charm.
Hilton Head was fabulous!
Summer is looong gone. We just played out in the first snow of the year two days ago here in Ohio! I am hanging low with the girls at my Dad's house so Brian can focus on just finishing his degree in New York. He's starting his new job in Maryland the first week of January. We are really excited about this big change and are hoping it's going to be a much better life for our family. We still don't know where we're living down there yet. Hopefully we'll find a place when Brian and I go down (as a Mommy and Daddy's night away! Yay!!) the weekend after Thanksgiving. Looking forward to getting back together as a family soon. And really looking forward to the holidays this year with the girls and our families!