Our life has been calm lately. We spend it mainly working out, going to work (Dave), and the girls going to school.
Finley's teacher thinks she is ready for pull-ups. She has used her potty here and there.
I hate having m&ms in the house because I eat them!
We met some old friends for lunch on Monday.


Taking The Plunge

This weekend was fun and busy. We watched the Texans lose in a very embarrassing play off game and the kids played with all of their new Christmas toys.
Today we went to the Towne Lake Swim team Polar Bear Plunge fundraiser. The neighborhood is just starting a team and Dave wants the girls to join it eventually. We can't do it this year because we will be gone three weeks in the summer.
When I signed up I thought we would causally just kind of walk in the lake. Nope, that's not how it worked. First, it was mostly men and we had to jump off of the dock into the lake.
The kids were the ones waking in the lake.
I was calm until the countdown when I realized I had to jump in a cold lake. My friend Anna saw my look of fright and grabbed my hand so we jumped together. It honestly was not that bad. After the initial shock, you just start swimming to the shore.
Later in the day we moved all the girls rooms around. We moved Finley into a big girl bed in Isabella's old room. We moved the twin beds into Sophia's room for Isabella and Sophia, and we moved Sophia's full bed into Finley's old room. We now have two guest rooms.
I ordered two twin memory foam mattresses on Amazon. The girls got a kick out of taking it out of the box and watching it expand.
Finley is obsessed with me giving her Elsa braids!
Finley and I matched on Friday.
I've been hitting it very hard at the gym. Have worked out 6 out of the last 7 days!


Finley Kathrine

- Such a fun 2 year old!
- Smiles more, but makes you work for it.
- Likes her sleep
- Is obsessed with chocolate milk
- Is an ok eater. Her favorite foods include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apple sauce, and ice cream
- She went through a phase where she didn't want to wear pants.
- During the winter months she is obsessed with her white boots.
- She will tell you proudly tell you her BFF is Charlotte Mary. They are truly Lavergne and Shirly
- The good news is that if either of them hit at Mother's Day out, they only hit each other.
- Finley loves ballet! She is so tiny, but one of the best in the class (or one of the best who listens to the teacher)
- She loves reading books with her mommy.
- She loves Sophia the First and has watched Frozen a million times.
- She has peed and pooped a couple of times, but is not really interested in potty training 
- Of course I made the mistakes of buying pull ups, so when she finds them she will demand to wear them
- She takes naps about 50% of the time.
- She loves going to the playground
- She is my only daughter who will currently wear a bow and like it!
- She still wants to buckle her own car seat
- She will throw a screaming fit if you don't do it her way
- When she is serious, you can just see the wheels turning in her head. She is very smart
- She is very much a mamma's girl. She will spend every second that she can with her mom
- She loves to draw and play with her sisters.
- She loves her talking Cookie Monster
- She repeats everything Charlotte and her other friends say.
- She is very calm. She does not run around and get into messes like many of her friends.
- She is a little class clown. She's not as obvious as her sister, her's is more undertoned
- She loves taking baths 
- She can count to 10, sing the ABC song, and sing twinkle twinkle 

Sophia Elise

- She is one spunky 6 year old.
- She loves kindergarten and loves riding the bus.
- She is obsessed with sea turtles (not to be confused with ninja turtles)
- She is a class clown!
- She knows 99% of her site words an is a member of the 100 club (she can count to 100)
- She loves to pick out her own outfits and her mommy usually vetoes 25% of them 
- She is always smiling!
- She is still not a morning person, but a late owl like her daddy.
- She was the only one who wanted to go to the movie theater with her dad to watch the new Star Wars movie
- She loves playing upstairs with her toys. She will spend hours playing with blocks, Barbies, and stuffed animals.
- She is a pretty good eater and loves sushi, pizza, and ice cream.
- When my friends see her at Rennell (at lunch, in the library) they always say how well behaved she is.
- She loves bugs and insects
- She is pretty good taking care of her fish (although she was disappointed she didn't get a real turtle for her birthday)
- She is a social butterfly.
- She loves being outside.
- She enjoys reading sight word books and working on her homework with her dad.
- You can be mad at her but then she will smile and your heart melts.
- She decided to dress up in her fancy red dress for school pictures.
- She likes downloading free games on the iPhone.
- She is a girlie girl who likes having her nails done, but at the same time is happy in mud.
- She is the smallest in her class but has been growing. She wears a size 4 pants and 5 shirt.
- She likes trying to play in my make-up
- She is such a good friend to her classmates and generally a happy, sweet, funny girl.
- She is very smart and creative.
- She will gladly fish out an old bib and put it on even though she is 6. 
- She loves spending time with her cousins.

Isabella Caroline

- 7 years (always reminds us she is in her upper sevens)
- Still my typical oldest child. She is serious and a rule follower.
- She loves school and is doing very well in Mrs. Smith's 2nd grade class at Rennell.
- She's in the Gifted and Talented Program and makes good grades.
- She has such a cute laugh.
- She is protective of her sisters and is a very kind person in general.
- She loves to read, draw (especially fashion drawings), and play games.
- She is sensitive and gets along with others.
- Her favorite foods include pancakes, chicken fried rice, and mint chocolate chip ice cream.
- She loves watching Project Runway and Project Runway Junior with her mom.
- She is still an early bird.
- She is good at doing her chores (unloading dishwasher and cleaning up).
- She is a homebody and will prefer to stay in on a Friday night and eat pizza and watch movies.
- She enjoys going to church on Tuesday nights in preparation for her first communion.
- She gets a kick out of the fact that her bus driver looks like Santa.

- She has lost 3 teeth so far, but might have to have a few pulled to make room in her mouth- the dentist has already said she will need braces.
- She enjoys Legos 

- She gets claustrophobic (we found this out when visiting an aircraft carrier in Corpus Christie)
- She hates visiting the dentist. She is not a great patient.

- She is such a creative, smart young lady!!! She loves arts and crafts.
- She is still the shortest in her class, but she does not let that bother her at all 
- She loves hanging out with all 11 of her cousins. This is especially true when they fix her hair.