Wednesday, August 19, 2015

A Visit From Grandma and Pop

Grandma and Pop Chapman were in town the last 10 days helping with the girls while our nanny is on vacation.  Mostly they just got worn out every day by our two Tasmanian devils we like to call daughters, but we did manage to get out and have a bit of fun.  We even got a babysitter and went out, all of us adults - for the very first time since having kids.  We went to Stella's Fish Cafe, which I'm pretty sure is my favorite rooftop restaurant in the cities.

We also took an afternoon trip out to Stillwater, which I love.  We hadn't been there since Lyla was Evie's age now, which was crazy to think about.  The girls had plenty of candy and ice cream and didn't run around like fools at all.  ;)

- K
















Monday, August 10, 2015

Let The Good Times Roll

I keep seeing these back to school photos on Facebook from my Denver friends, and it shocks me to think Fall is right around the corner.  Here in the arctic wasteland school doesn't start until after Labor Day.  We like to hold on tight to these dwindling warm summer weeks and try to forget that school and sweaters and snow are right around the corner.  Even though my kids aren't even in school I still somehow have to fight that "August=school=summer's over" mentality I can never seem to escape.  Minnesota is kindly helping me out by being extra hot and humid, just to make sure I don't have any relapses.

But seriously, we've had the best summer ever over here.  Every weekend has been better than the last, and you can see it on our babies' golden skin and sun-kissed hair.  The last couple of weekends were full of lakes and bounce houses, ice cream and rides, and most importantly - Elsa and Anna.  Can't wait to soak up every last ounce of the season!

Here are some pics!

- K





babe alert


these two are the cutest

i mean, the hair - obviously, but how adorable is that profile?!

they thought it was hilarious to run (bike) through the sprinklers after we got back home



look at that smile!


she's playing it cool here, but she totally loved it


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Three AND A HALF

Today was Lyla's half birthday - my first baby is three and a half.  It's funny, the words alone seem so insignificant.  Three and a half.  Three is still such a small number, and really three years is a short amount of time.  The first three years of our marriage flew by, and the three years we dated before that.  The three years of college I had before we met flew, and every other three year period. 

But the last three and a half years of my life have been the furthest thing from insignificant.  And in the last 6 months my girl has changed so much.  She's losing her toddler and gaining so much big kid.  She's officially in kid sizes (back when she was a baby I literally thought I'd die the day that happened) and she's obsessed with being big like mom to sit in the front of the car and drink coffee.  :)

I look at sweet Lyla and I see such a mix of baby and big kid.  Her best friends in the neighborhood are 5 or 6 years old.  She's got an opinion on every little thing, a wild imagination, and could care less about fashion other than princess dresses and cat shoes.  She's an amazing biker (with training wheels) and the fastest on a scooter with as little fear as ever.  But just as quickly as she'll wipe out, hop up and run off to the next stunt without a second thought, she'll come running to me with a big Mama!, wrap her arms around my leg and ask to be held or cuddled, and I'm reminded of what a precious, tender little thing she still is.

To celebrate her stealing my heart for 42 months in a row we went to the Barbie Dream House again (she's been talking about it since we went for her 3rd birthday and it was every bit as exciting as the first time) and stopped at the Disney Store.  The girls were a couple of dolls - we had such a blast.  I am one lucky girl.

- K

I took these pics of L today before we left for the mall.  I don't know why she was so obsessed with the globe, but man is she a cutie.  :)


Curtsying :)


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Amusement Parks and Movie Theaters

Last weekend we got to cross off two major summer bucket list items - our local amusement park, Valley Fair, and Lyla's first ever movie!  Which also turned into Evie's first ever movie.  Which was not the best decision on my part.

On Saturday we packed up first thing and headed to Valley Fair with our neighbors and their two kids.  We got there as soon as they opened and made it all the way to mid-afternoon with four kids and zero meltdowns.  If that's not a miracle, I don't know what is.

We started out in Snoopy Land with all the kiddie rides, and Lyla was able to ride just about everything.  Evie wasn't able to ride much, in fact she only rode one ride.  I have to admit even my tummy had butterflies on that thing, and that tiny girl sitting next to me was just leaning as close to me as she could get, silent the entire time.  After it ended she started crying and I wasn't sure if it was because it ended or because it happened.  I'm pretty sure it was the latter.

After Snoopy Land we headed to the water park area and hit the splash pads, lazy river, and wave pool.  Lyla and Graham, the 5 year old across the street, were too cute all day - always looking for each other and riding next to each other on rides.  They all had such a blast, and did I mention NO naps AND no meltdowns?!

At one point we ran into this little marching band that came out playing "I'm So Fancy".  We saw them again and they were playing "Uptown Funk".  Lyla was Hooked with a capital H.  She could not get enough of this little band.  One of the girls gave her a high five  and told her to dance with them - and that's all it took.  She immediately hopped out of her stroller and shook it with them for the rest of the song.  She was in heaven.  She never mentioned them again that day, but the next morning she woke up crying - which is not the norm.  I went in her room and cuddled up in her bed and she started talking about the marching band and how she missed them.  Apparently she had a dream they came to our house and she got to dance with them again.  I think we have a little marching band-er in our future.  :)

On Sunday I told Ryan that he could take his little daughter on a date to her first movie - which she has been talking about for months!  And then I got all jealous and begged to let Evie and I come too, promising to watch Evie if she didn't handle it well.  Surprise, surprise - the 16 month old didn't want to sit for 2 hours in the dark.  But she actually did pretty well, all things considered.  And Lyla had a ball with her popcorn and lemonade.  Next weekend Ryan actually gets to go on that date to see Minions.  More on that later.  :)

- K