kennedy is four

What a big year this has been for our Kennedy Jane!  This girl is gentle, kind, compassionate, and I love watching her grow and learn.  Kennedy continues to LOVE babies and will sit and play with a baby the whole time we're having a play date.  I'm hoping she likes her baby brother as much!

Books: Harry Goes to Day Camp, Ten Tiny Fairies, Fairytales, she also loves when I make up stories for her.

Foods: Brussels sprouts with bacon (this is what she requested for her birthday dinner!), pizza, salad, fishy crackers, ice cream sandwiches.

Games: Playing "family" with whoever is around, board games, princess laptop computer, taking care of babies.  Kennedy plays pretty well by herself these days and often will go into the playroom and be lost in a game for long periods of time.

Kennedy can identify and write most upper case letters.

Kennedy started preschool two days a week in September, and it's been mostly good.  She has one of her best buddies in her class and loves the activities, but she has a hard time remembering how much fun she has there when we're getting ready in the morning.  We're going to stick with it through the end of December and decide if we need to try something different.

She's my big helper while Violet naps.  We cook together (although this has become less common during pregnancy), and work on other big girl projects.

This girl is such a joy to hang out with.  As she gets older, we have been having more mommy daughter dates and have been able to do some really fun things together.  For her birthday, we had "girl time" and got our nails done, went to the mall, and went to Yogurtland (all her idea.)  We wore matching outfits, and she realized we had forgotten to put on lipstick as we were leaving the house.  Seriously, this girl kills me.  She is growing in her faith and has many questions about sin, the holy spirit, the trinity, and it's such a joy to get to teach her and watch her blossom.

baby brother

Surprise!  I'm currently 35 weeks pregnant with baby number 3.  It was a big surprise to all of us.  A "how did this happen?" sort of thing, but here we are, and we are really excited :)  I'm a total space cadet and didn't realize that I was pregnant until I was eight weeks, so this pregnancy has gone by particularly fast.  Our baby boy is due on my sister's birthday, but we're having we have the baby before the end of the year for tax reasons ;)

violet is two

Happy Birthday to our Vivi!  Violet is hilarious, fun, and good spirited.  She is an encourager and a peace maker.  This girl has so much spunk!  She speaks really well for her age, and provides entertainment for us all with her stories and songs.  Also, I'm obsessed with her fine, straight, super blonde hair.  It just kills me!

Height: 35" (90%)
Weight: 27lbs 4 oz (75%)

Books: Richard Scarry books, How Do Dinosaur books, Ladybug Girl

Foods: We took Violet off of dairy about 5 months ago, ad it seems to have really improved her rash. Bummer is, she totally loves dairy, so it's limited her diet quite a bit.  She still loves ribs, french fries, watermelon, hamburgers, and ketchup on EVERYTHING.  
Songs: Old McDonald which she always ends with "All through the town."  It's amazing.  The Wheels on the Bus.

Games: Leap Frog School toy, dressing up like a bride with her sister, going for "walks" with her baby stroller around the house.
Violet meeting Think at a friend's birthday.  

Places: Twinkle Twinkle kids cafe and Kids Concepts- both indoor playgrounds

This girl is a brave little thing.  She will go down big slides, jump off of things, and climb all over.  She still isn't always very aware of the space around her and frequently bumps into things because she is so enthusiastically throwing herself around.

Violet adores her sister and they play so well together.  They will actually sort of play make believe together.  Violet is usually the baby and will crawl around or be pushed around the house in the doll stroller.  It's just in time for the new baby to come!

Violet is still sleeping like a champ in her crib.  Her early morning wake up is a bit of a bear but I can't complain about her naps or the night time sleep.

Violet and I did a Mommy and Me ballet class while Kennedy was in preschool.  It was so much fun!  She loved doing "tippy toe twirls" and the teacher gave them a special prop every week to use like a crown, wand, doll, or feather duster.

She still does the "cheeser" smile so natural pictures are hard to come by these days.  But I sure love that face!!!

Miss Violet, what a blessing from the Lord you are to our family!