Friday, August 28, 2015

Sici & Me {24.5 months}

{zoo day}

I know I will appreciate recording a few thoughts about what life looks like currently in these Sici & Me posts.  The first one I wrote was six months ago, and wow, you have changed so much!  This picture shows what our days look like now that you are two years old!  First, I switched out the diaper bag for a back pack so I can be hands free at all times.  Next, you'll notice the tennis shoes that I am wearing because we are always on the go!  And finally, you LOVE to be outside.  This picture is from the zoo which is one of our favorite places to go.  And I must admit all the fresh air is nice ;)

A typical day for us looks like... The schedule has definitely changed in six months.  We wake up at 8 a.m., and I now focus on getting myself ready and forgo the morning chores.  We get out of the house every single day around 10 a.m. for a couple hours.  Six months ago I could run errands and that counted as our activity.  But ever since you turned two, you require at least an hour of physical activity or you will not nap!  Playgrounds have become our friend these last couple of weeks.  I try and have you home for lunch at 12:30 p.m., and your nap has now moved to 2:00 p.m.  I noticed that you do really well with an hour of down time at home before your nap.  After a morning out and about, you prefer to play by yourself or have me read a couple books to you before our afternoon car ride (which still puts you to sleep.  Hallelujah.)  You nap anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours.  Most days you finish your nap in my arms on the couch.  I really do love these cuddle times with you.  I could just eat you up - especially when you nap because you look so sweet.  Dinner works better at 6 p.m. now and bath time is at 8:30 p.m.  Bedtime is at 10 p.m. (I guess I'll sleep when you go to college.)  Overall, you are sleeping SO much better now.  Only 1-2 night wakings per night vs. the 4-5 wakings that were the norm at 18 months.  I think it is safe to say those sleepless nights are behind us!  I am so glad you are getting more rest now, and mama sure has benefited from it as well!

Something new... You are talking in sentences!  You are communicating so well and every once in awhile you will put five words together and blow me away.  When there is something you don't want to do, instead of  saying "NO," you say, "mama do it" or "daddy do it."  When you want to be held you say, "hold her" and it melts my heart when daddy is at work and you ask where he is by saying, "Daddy hold her?"  The funniest thing is when you tell me to sit by you in the backseat of the car.  "Mama, sit right here!"  And that right pointer finger gets me every time!  

Something old... You are still so thoughtful.  You don't like anyone to be left out.  You make sure mama, daddy and mae mae are all taken care of.  When I tell you Jesus loves you, you always ask if me and daddy are loved too.  Or if you really like something that I've given you to eat, you always offer a bite to daddy.  I love your tender heart!

Your favorites are... You love your matching game!  I've started to set out more educational activities for you to play with and you are really enjoying them.  And you love to sing!  I love to hear you sing along with me especially when you sing the last word of each line.  When your sweet voice chimes in, it is the most precious thing I've ever heard.

We are looking forward to... Cooler temps for the next month!  Since we spend most mornings outside, the next month or two should be perfect playground weather.  I want to enjoy this active stage with you as you explore and go on adventures every day.  

What I want to remember... The little things.  How you can now climb into your chair by yourself for meal times and how you pick out your outfits and pjs every day (you love dresses by the way).  The way those four little canines (that have finally poked through) look so cute when you laugh (you now have 16 teeth!).  How you ask to wear your tennis shoes every day because you correlate tennis shoes with playgrounds.  The way you say your little yellow dog's name, "Biscuit!" And how you never miss a thing!  You are an observant one, that's for sure.  I can't wait to see how your personality continues to grow.  You are truly a delight!  I still love spending every day (and night) with you.  xoxo, mama.   

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sienna Turns Two! {A Pineapple Princess}

{party prep}

When planning Sienna's pineapple birthday party, I wanted an activity that most of her two-year old friends would enjoy while keeping them engaged.  Since Sienna loves her Kindermusik class with Ms. Karen each week, I thought she would be excited to have a class at her house for her party.  And the response couldn't have been better!  All her friends had a blast dancing and playing instruments to Hawaiian music.  She still talks about when "all the people come over" and waves her arm to show me.  It is the cutest!  This little girl definitely enjoyed her 2nd birthday party.  So much so, she didn't nap for the next two days!  But hey, who needs sleep when you're a pineapple princess?

{breaking out the hula hoops}

 {partying like a pineapple}

 {opening presents}

 {reading her new llama llama Red Pajama book}


{daddy, i need you to open this right now!}

{it's not a party without a Cinderella princess dress!}

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sienna Turns Two! {A Pineapple Party}

Sienna turned two this month and we celebrated with a pineapple themed birthday party!  Since pineapples are so trendy right now,  I found lots of DIY party ideas on Pinterest.  A few of my favorites were gold pineapple centerpieces, free pineapple printables, and a pineapple vase with fresh flowers.  I kept the food simple this year with BBQ Chicken Sliders, mac 'n cheese, fresh fruit and Sici's favorite salt and vinegar potato chips.  I splurged last fall on a 10" pink Mosser Glass cake stand and I must say, it is gorgeous!  Since I used it for the centerpiece on the food table, I didn't have to spend a lot on flowers.  Top it with a pretty cake and your ready for a party!

{cake by Sweetlee Done}

{pineapple sugar cookies} 

{snack cups} 

{drink station} 

{food table}

{pineapple coloring sheet as party favor}

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Bucket List 2015

{neighborhood playground}

The great thing about these little years is that we don't have to worry about summer ending anytime soon!  It makes me sad to think how soon kids go back to school these days.  But we still have lots of big plans for the month of August - the most important includes celebrating this girl's second birthday!  Since summer always seems to fly by, this year we made a bucket list of things we wanted to do.  I think it really helped us to enjoy each week and savor those summer activities that seem to pass by so quickly.  Here's a snapshot of what we've been up to these last two months: picking peaches, pool school, story time at the library, swimming with friends, outdoor movie night, eating popsicles, Food Truck Fridays, Kindermusik, swinging on swing sets, visiting The Pink Palace, dancing at the farmer's market, eating a Jerry's Sno Cone, and feeding giraffes at the zoo.  Sounds like a fun summer to me!

 {Food Truck Friday at the Dixon Gardens}

{Pool School} 

{story time at the library} 

{feeding giraffes at the zoo}

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