Haven got her first big girl doll a few weeks ago when she was going through the crying phase. She earned it for working hard one week and being a really good helper. She has taken her doll everywhere and I think it really helped with her separation anxiety. We even made them matching spring shirts. By the way, Haven's crying phase ended after a really tough 3 months. She is going places happily again and that makes all of us happy.
However, now whenever we go to the store she thinks we have to get new accessories for the doll and now Jovie has one too. They have been good little mamas for their dolls and I feel like I have two, new children to take care of.
Bethany was ready to get her ears pierced and Haven wanted to go watch. On the way, Haven asked if she could gets her done if she thought she could be brave. I called Jeremy and he said yes.
Bethany was super brave and didn't shed a tear, so Haven thought she could handle it.
She was being very brave, until....
the first earring went through and her face turned back into a 6 month old.
Luckily, the nice lady was able to finish and Haven only cried about 5 minutes.
Then, she was happy and loved them, especially the bag she got with her cleaner and new earrings inside. These girls look so cute with their bling.
We had lunch at Zoe's.
Then we let the kids run around for a few minutes in the grass and Jensen ran out into the street and scared us all to death, so we left. :)
Jovie really wanted her ears pierced too. She loved walking around Claire's looking at all of the fun stuff. I told her we should wait until she is 5 for her ears, so we will see if she can wait that long.
We are so excited about spring. We have had a cold winter. Not just a few cold days, but lots of super cold days. Even tonight, it is still supposed to drop to the low 20s. We have had a few gorgeous days, luckily the past few Saturdays.
Amber sent me this pin (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/398850110721715864/), the colors, designs, and styling is beautiful. Jovie brought home a huge sheet of finger paint today, so we made our own version of this garland.
This spot in our house gets amazing afternoon sunshine, which means whoever is sitting toward the window at dinner time can't see at all. Maybe this garland will help with that situation until the leaves come back on the trees.
Our creative girls wanted to make a puppet theater and our creative neighbor boys wanted to make a fort. The girls one. Mom and Dad helped too. They were thrilled and played with it for a while. Now it is on our back porch waiting for the warm days to come consistently for hours and hours of outside play.
Me- I feel like I am coming out of the baby fog. My spirits have lifted. I can focus on tasks. I'm enjoying my kids more. I'm ready to spend some extended time away from the kids with Jeremy. I am loving having personal training sessions at the Y. She is pushing me and it feels good. The kids are enjoying the Y too. I'm contemplating starting a garden this year. I'm just not sure where the best spot is here yet. At our other house, we had the perfect garden area and I can't figure it out here yet. I've been reading my books I got for Christmas and have two more coming soon. Also, I have been watching the "When calls the heart" series on Hallmark and I love it. I have met a lot of new moms, kids, families over the last few weeks and have even gotten to share our story of moving. It has been so refreshing and exciting.
Jeremy- He has been going to the Y too and found a group of guys that play basketball in the early mornings! That is really an answer to prayer.
Haven- She hasn't cried for us in the last few days when we have dropped her places! She has been swinging from a rope in our woods! She loved playing with lots of girl neighbors over the weekend! She is getting so big and is such a good helper. She has been coming to our bedroom a lot in the night and slept with us for some part of the night pretty much for the last week.
We had two visitors this morning.
She is in love with daffodils this year. She made this beautiful necklace all on her own today!
Jovie- This little 3 year old stinker, has been a mess recently. She has been sick, tired, and whiny. She talks in a babyish voice and barks orders. We need to start some stricter discipline with her soon. I can't believe we are at this point with her because she is so sweet and mannerly. I guess she is just getting smart and testing the waters.
Jensen- I weaned Jensen completely on Jovie's birthday. We had gotten down to just nursing at nap and bedtime, but it was time. He slept so much better last week. Now he has a cold and has a molar coming in, so he has been waking at night again the last few nights. He is climbing on top of tables, picking up heavy things, and talking constantly. He reads stories, blows kisses, mimics sounds, sings "let it go," and is using lots of words. This week he started saying: Pop, this, that, mama (for anything he wants), and Jake.
We started this blog when Haven Noel was born on December 9, 2008 at 32 weeks and 2 days. We have been so blessed to watch her grow and now she is a big sister to Jovie Patricia. She was born on February 24, 2011 at 35 weeks 2 days. Both girls were little peanuts, but absolutely perfect. Jensen Phillip was born on November 28, 2012 at full term and we thank God for that miracle. We love God, our family, traveling, sports, and laughing.