Monday, August 15, 2016

Potty Training

Yesterday Hadley, who is 22 months old, went pee-pee in the potty THREE TIMES! She lifted up her dress and then pointed to her diaper and the potty. For weeks, Hadley has been showing signs that she ready for potty training. She takes off her diaper and hands it to me. She pulls at her diaper and says pee and poo. We are so proud of our big girl!

I used my phone to snap this pic of Hadley's first time going potty: 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Trash Can Enclosure: Part 2

Tal finished building our trash can enclosure more than a week ago!

Before our trash cans were visible from the street:

A couple weeks ago, Tal dug four holes and set the posts:

Next, he built the platform and ramp for our trash cans:

Then, Tal installed the rails and lattice: 

Tal still needs to cut down the posts and fix the landscape border, while I need to finish painting. Then, I will be back with a reveal of our trash can enclosure!

Lego Research Study

Yesterday Savannah loved participating in a Lego research study with seven other girls who were 7 years old. During the 45-minute focus group, Savannah played with Legos and shared her thoughts about the products. At the end of the session, Savannah received two boxes of Legos and a paid incentive. 

Then, last night Savannah used the money she received from the Lego study (as well as the money she earned for having good behavior at school and doing chores at home) to help buy herself an iPad Mini. Savannah is looking forward to taking her iPad to school on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) days and using it for educational purposes!

Kidz Bop Concert

Tal and Savannah had a great time on their Daddy-Daughter date tonight! They went to the Kidz Bop concert at a local outdoor amphitheater. Savannah loves Kidz Bop because they take out the inappropriate content and language from contemporary, popular songs and sing them with family-friendly lyrics. Savannah enjoyed spending time with Daddy and singing along to some of her favorite songs! 

At the concert

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Riding High

The joys of childhood...riding on Daddy's shoulders!

My Greatest Blessings!

Tal, Hadley (21 months), and Savannah (7) after church

Tal and Hadley

I love the picture below of Savannah wearing the same pink floral dress when she was 18 months old:

Everyday Moments

These random iPhone photos are dark, blurry, and untouched, 
but they capture everyday moments from the last couple weeks that I want to remember forever.

My 3 loves walking into Home Depot

 Hadley finally has enough hair for a crazy hair day!

Savannah was so brave when she had a mole on her chin removed at the dermatologist's office:

Grandma Barbara came to visit us last weekend!

Hadley loves buckling the straps on her turtle toy!

Thanks to Tal's mom for watching Savannah and Hadley last Friday night, so Tal and I could have an impromptu date night. At 6:30 P.M., Tal and I decided to go to the 6:50 P.M. (and opening night) showing of Jason Bourne. Tal and I enjoyed the movie and spending a couple hours together!

 Hadley was so proud of herself for climbing into her baby's stroller:

Hadley pointed to Grandma Barbara's picture in our downstairs hallway:

While I was putting away laundry, Hadley climbed into my bathroom sink and smeared Vaseline, lotion, and make-up on herself and the mirror. I had to give Hadley a shower and clean up the was no fun!

Playing in our backyard

Hadley is a daredevill! She loves swinging on top of the playset:

During Savannah's last week of summer vacation, she spent 3 days in my library. Savannah also helped her 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Smith, get ready for the new school year. Savannah stuffed and put labels on folders for Mrs. Smith:

Savannah started 2nd grade last week, and we discovered that her sneakers were too small for P.E. class on Wednesday. Savannah asked Tal to take a picture of her new bright and sporty sneakers that she got today: 

Below are the collage canvases that I created and ordered for my mom and niece Mya to remember their stay with us in NC a couple weeks ago:

Mya's Canvas

My Mom's Canvas

Monday, August 1, 2016

Savannah's First Day of 2nd Grade!

 After four fabulous weeks of summer vacation, Savannah was excited to start 2nd grade today! She was ready to get back into a routine, see her friends and teacher, and hang out in Mommy's library before and after school like usual. Savannah's classroom is on the second floor this year, so she is looking forward to being one of the big kids. Savannah is going to rock 2nd grade!

On her first day of 2nd grade, Savannah said she:
*dreams of being a mermaid
*enjoys tumbling and swimming
*loves pink and purple
*loves to eat chicken tenders
*wants to be a teacher when she grows up


1st Grade

2nd Grade

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trash Can Enclosure: Part 1

This week Tal started building a lattice enclosure for our trash cans, so they won't be visible from our street.


He dug four holes and set the posts:

Next, Tal framed the platform and ramp:

Then, today he installed the planks on the platform and ramp for our trash cans:

This week Tal will work on installing the rails and lattice for our trash can enclosure:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Vacation: Part 6 (Adventure Landing)

On Friday night, our family (along with my mom and niece Mya) had a enjoyable evening at Adventure Landing. Mya and Savannah played the arcade games and then rode the go carts with Tal. After Adventure Landing, we ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant!

This is my last summer vacation post! Our family has had a fun, adventurous, and relaxing week with Grandma Judy and Mya. We hugged them goodbye last night, and we look forward to seeing Grandma Judy again in October!