Monday, July 10, 2017

Evelyn and Olivia's 2nd Birthday

Happy Birthday Evelyn and Olivia!



Today was your actual birthday (see 24 months post here), but since we had the massive jungle party a couple weeks ago, things were pretty low-key today. Madi and I started off singing you Happy Birthday with candles in your favorite treat – Cinnabon.


Afterwards we got dressed and went with my friend Tricia to one of the water parks called Bilgah. The girls had a lot of fun playing in the water and laying on the lounge chairs before taking naps in the car on the way home.





We spent the afternoon playing outside in the backyard on the trampoline and swings before eating pizza and watching a movie. We sang Happy Birthday again with Daddy after dinner and blew out the candles on this little cake (decorated by the proud big sister) before Madi’s show that she put on for all of us. 


[Real life - only Evelyn ate a piece of cake. Madi got sent to her room for arguing and being disobedient before dinner which resulted in no cake and stubborn Olivia refused to finish one bite of pizza and kept saying "no pizza, no cake" after we explained to her she wasn't going to get any. Just in case you thought the day looked a little too picture-perfect, ha!]

By the end of the day Evelyn was saying Happy Birthday to everyone and it was precious. It’s easy to take for granted how quickly the time does fly (although the days can seem long) and I loved seeing these sweet memories on my Timehop today. 







Happy 2nd Birthday our beautiful and fun Evelyn and Olivia!

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Evelyn and Olivia: 24 Months

So this is it – the final monthly update on you two! I know that I will be glad when I go back to these, but they far from capture all of the things that I wish I could hold on to forever in your growing up. It’s cliché, but it does happen so quickly!

- Both of you are still waiting on our upcoming flight to the US for your molars (or so I assume since that’s when your big sister always choose to get new teeth!)
- You are both saying so many words and sentences and asking questions based on your surroundings. You are picking up on so many things around you and understanding so much.
- You know some basic colors (pink, purple, blue, yellow).
- You both love play-doh, jumping on the trampoline (Evy is getting off the ground, but Liv isn’t quite yet), sandboxes, and swings.
- You are both still taking one nap a day and will regularly ask to go for “paci nap” not long after lunch and walk yourselves up to your room.
- Both of you are still showing signs of wanting to potty train, but we just don’t have enough stability this summer with our US travels to dedicate the time needed to properly work with you.


Evelyn Grace



You are our spunky, friendly, peace-making (most of the time) little girl. You usually give whatever toy your sisters want to them even if you were playing with it first. You love to laugh and we’ve found your secret ticklish spot and take advantage of it regularly. You prefer Daddy to Mommy and found it hilarious to say “I love you Daddy” when I asked you to say “I love you Mommy” in front of our guests. (And because you got such laughter in our reactions you find it hilarious to do it now every time! ;-) ). You are such a joyful and fun daughter and you love to play with your sisters, read books, play play-doh, jump on the trampoline, swing, and do basically anything your big sister Madi is doing (even if you are too small).

Happy 2nd birthday sweet girl!

Love,
Mommy


Olivia Ann



You are full of attitude and sass (obv from your Daddy). You are quick to turn away help or hugs from strangers if you don’t want it as you prefer to tackle things on your own first. You are happy playing with play-doh and dice and legos by yourself for hours. You love to cuddle, play in water, and love pandas. You have started playing imaginary games with Madi and she’s quite entertained to have a partner. Your current favorite is pretending the grass is lava and climbing up the slide. You walk with pep in your step and we wouldn’t trade your personality for anything. You are hard-headed and stubborn and once your mind is set to something there’s no changing it. You are great at climbing and have copied your big sister in holding the two cribs and using your feet to climb the wall.

Happy 2nd birthday sassy girl!

Love,
Mommy

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Fourth of July 2017

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!




Today was pretty uneventful - as expected for a Tuesday when you're an expat and your husband has work like usual. We look forward to celebrating America's Independence on US soil again in the future, but for now are thankful we are able to call America home. And are even more thankful that in less than two weeks the girls and I will be flying to the US for a whole six weeks!!

It's been over a year and a half since we've been back and are l-o-n-g overdue for a visit! I can't wait to see friends and family, shop Target, eat Chick-Fil-A, and use a double grocery cart at Sam's Club. #expatdreams

And because I was able to snag super cute photos of the girls this morning (under the bribery of gummies obviously), here's a couple more of these sweet sisters. ❤️



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