I love this day every year. Its the opening day of dove season. We all get dressed in our best camo for lunch with cousins and then Jim and the oldest kiddos go dove hunting. Its a great day for everyone. These are just a few pictures of our day.
This is it! This is the last time I will ever have a two year old. It is hard to believe yet she is going out with a bang. These are trying days! Long days! Tiring Days!
My littlest girl is two years old I can’t say that I love this age but it is fun to watch you learn something new every day. I love the excitement in your eyes when you master a new skill. You love to say “watch mommy.” I love hearing you say new words and watching you communicate with your big brothers and sisters.
I love your hugs, those you give me and those you share with others. I love your kisses. I love that when you wake up in the morning, the first thing I hear is your little voice calling, “Mommy? Mommy, come in my room! over and over until I get you out of bed. I love that when I call your name you yell “yes?”
What do I want to remember about you being two? Everything! I don’t want to forget anything, but I know I will so I am going to try hard to record it all hear so that when we look back I will say “ Oh yeah, I do remember that.”
When we put you to bed we sing songs that we never sang with the others:
Clean Hands Dirty Hands
Jesus loves me me me (Jesus loves the Little Ones Like Me)
You love to touch tongues with mommy. You love swimming!
You are so so so very verbal! Your sweet voice can get you in a lot of trouble! You have started telling people “I not like you (them)” which is a very mean thing to say to people.
You crack us up because you have given everyone a nickname and we answer to them:
Jacob or Jakie
You finally have favorite books: Piggie Pie Po and Moose Tracks
You enjoy cooking for daddy: “Whatcha like, sir?”
I must admit: some days it feels like it will never end. The fit throwing, screaming, crying for no reason. Can’t go to a decent restaurant because she may decide (more than likely) that she doesn’t want to sit in her chair and eat, she would really like a tour of the restaurant. Difficult to run to the mall or in a store because she doesn’t like strollers or liked to be held throughout stores. Grocery shopping is just a neverending blur of “OUT! I want to hold you, Mommy!” But here’s the thing. I know someday it will end. I’ve seen it happen four times previous.
And I will forget what it was like to have a two year old around.
Two year olds are into EVERYTHING. They will go through your cabinets, and throw things from counters. They put band-aids on EVERYTHING. They need Band-Aids for everything. They grab pens and write on walls. They pick up books and rip pages. They grab a handful of toilet paper and then take a walk through the house. Every time you turn around, they have something they shouldn’t have. Except every once in awhile, when they climb in a box and think it’s the best thing ever and it keeps them entertained for a full minute. That’s a miracle moment.
Two year olds love to learn things. They devour books and have been known to sit quietly and look through books for, literally, minutes. This is after you have been cleaning up after lunch and your heart drops because it’s so quiet and you just know the entire living room has become a two year old’s canvas. But then you discover that, no, it was books. Books (or a Kindle) were keeping the two year old happy! And you do a happy dance yourself, because there is really nothing sweeter than a two year old’s voice singing “Farmer in the DALE” while reading the same book.
Two year olds are the cutest things you will ever encounter. They will point out newfound discoveries. And it’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever heard. And you will swear this is the smartest two year old you’ve ever been around, but it’s really because you can’t remember your other kids ever being two…because you were to busy having other babies! Or they really are geniuses which will come in handy later. Then they will look at you and put their chubby little hands on your face and giggle, and you will think to yourself: THIS is the cutest age ever. And quite possibly it is.
Especially when you lay them down in their crib and you know very soon-oh so very soon you will no longer lay this last baby down in her crib. You will not sing before bedtime. And they give you a thousand kisses and want you to keep rocking but eventually you lay them down and tell them good night. And as they are lying there in crib, you realize that two year olds are the most frustrating beings on the planet, but they are so deliciously sweet too. And you know that they don’t actually kill you, they will eventually grow up, and walls will be clean and books will be in one piece and things that get put on counters will stay on counters.
I’m trying hard to capture what it’s like to have a two year old. I never want to forget how exhausting it can be, yet rewarding at the same time. Caroline Joy is a true blessing to our family. Each day may not be filled with joy, but I can’t imagine our family without this spunky surprise!
This is a wonderful bond that is growing each and every day. They are having so much fun together these days. Sadie has been a true life saver. She will take Caroline out and ride her on the four-wheeler or walk her around the pond. I’m so glad that Sadie is a little momma. It has been a true blessing to this momma.
And just like that she turmed seven She has wanted a ninja turtle party for several months. We spent one afternoon making masks for everyone and then we bought swords for the guests to have during the party. It was a total success!!
This girl loves all things glitter, song, drama, dance, dresses, and superheroes. She is some what of an eclectic little thing. I call her my bohemian child and I love every bit of her free spirit. She amazes me!
My first born girl, you love very deeply. You owe genuinely. Your entire personality is genuine. You are a lover of many things. Cheese being your favorite. You keep us laughing with your genuinely honest conversations that we can’t help but chuckle at most of the times. Here are a few example just so we don’t forget:
She just came down stairs and said “daddy the falcons are playing my favorite sea creature.”
Daddy, when I’m older can we invite a lot of men over here and who ever works the hardest, loves Jesus the most and prays the best we will pick to be my husband.
AK: Daddy how does salt water get in out bodies so we can cry?
Jim: Baby, we have tear ducts that make our tears.
AK: But daddy ducks are to big to get in our eyes.
Mommy why do boys always drive girls wear them when they’re in the car?
Anna because that’s what boys are supposed to do they are gentlemen.
why do boys do things when girls can do all of those things by themselves. That is what a boy in my class does. He always pulls my chair out.!
Are you hungry? AK: “My stomach tells me that I’m not, and my stomach tells me that I am.”
Ak: mom your eyes look really bad.
Me: I know babe I don’t have make up on
Ak: are you going to put make up on so your eyes don’t look so bad?
Ak: What will people say if you don’t put make up on your eyes?
She has waited six long months for this special birthday date. He has her heart and mine too! We are so blessed to have this man in our lives. Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! Daddy, one day she’ll ask for Natalia’s instead of Salsa’s!
I swear she was just born yesterday. But I see her face and listen to her speak her big words and realize that I am mistaken, she really is seven…
Today is Wednesday! It’s seems that every.single.Wednesday lately she has decided to turn my world upside down while I try to school the other children.
First, it was this
She dumped TWO full bags of cereal on the kitchen floor while I was helping the boys. The funniest part was all the other kids kept walking by and grabbing a snsck… Like it’s normal for us to have piles of cereal on the floor in the middle of the morning.
Next, we started potty training so on Wedenesday of our first week she decided to poop on the stairs because stairs look just.like.a.toilet. Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that event.
Today, this happened
I was helping AK with math and some how Caroline found my beads. She dumped out thousands of them. When I moved her, I found MANY more. She was picking up as many as she could get in her fists and throwing them. She said “fun”
All I wanted to do is help AK with math:) guess we should work on counting beads today?!?!
God, I can’t do any more than I’ve done. I’ve disciplined and tried to train him to do what is right. I can’t control this child’s heart or his behavior. Please soften his heart and work in his life. Please loosen these knots that I cannot untie!