Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Guess What?!

We are officially diaper free at our house!!!

Dani has been potty-trained for a week or so now.  But last night she informed me that she didn't like pull-ups, and slept without one last night, and kept her underwear on. She has only had one accident in the last 2 weeks.  But she is excited to be a big girl!  She was super easy to potty train.  Day 1 and 2 were the hardest, but after day 3, she was pretty much done.  My easiest one yet!  

One funny fact: When Dani has to go #2, she has to have it quiet.....she will shush you if you are not! She has to concentrate.  It is hilarious!  Sometimes I make noise just to get her all worked up!

BYU pow wow & Hoop Debut

 Charley's old hoop/fancy regalia was getting a bit small, so it got passed down to Gabby. Which meant that Charley got a new one!  I am a little proud of it!  It has an Omaha design on it!
 And the back!
 Gabby getting ready to dance.


 And Dani made her hoop debut!  She has come with me the past few practices to hoop class, and said she wanted to dance. So we let her.  She mostly just wanted to spin and dance.  I had to tell her to pick the hoops up.  But when she did, she just spun with the hoops in her hand.  However, she did make two formations.  I think we can call that a success!


And of course, Charley. She looked cute in her new regalia.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sewing projects


 I was cleaning out the girl's closet, and came across of ton of the girls old baby blankets.  Some of them were from when Charley was born, some were made for the girls, and some I bought.  But either way....all of my girls used these blankets. And for some reason I had a hard time parting with them.  I decided to make one big blanket with them.  I cut them up and sewed them together. And now I have a cute throw blanket that I will have forever.
This weekend is the BYU pow wow. For some reason it sneaks up on me every year. And every year I am scrambling last minute to get the girls regalia's ready.  And this year was no different.  Gabby and Dani could fit into one of the old ones that we had.  But Charley needed a new one.  This is my Omaha inspired hoop outfit.  I just finished it.  I can't wait for Charley to try it on!  Next thing I need to learn how to make are moccasins.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More Princess Ball Photos




The school had little photo booths for the Dads and Daughters at the Princess Ball. They handed out the actual photo, so I had to scan these in, and are a bit blurry.  But here are some pretty pictures of my pretty princesses! 

I know I haven't posted much lately.  We are busy with life!  

Ben and I are training for a marathon.  He joined a Biggest Loser competition at work, and decided the best way to motivate him to work out for the competition was to train for a marathon.  So we have both been doing that.  It has been hard, especially with 3 kids trying to fit in long runs.  Our Saturdays are spent running....one of us will go, and then the other. Once we get to our really long runs, we will probably get a babysitter so we can run together a few times before the actual race.  Ben is doing awesome by the way! He has lost a lot!  

Charley is reading up a storm this month.  During the month of March, her teacher challenged all of the kids to read 100 books.  We are only 18 days in, and she only has to read 6 more books to reach her goal.  She has probably read way more.  She stays up late reading most nights in her bed.  But the catch to the challenge is she has to read to an adult. 

Gabby is doing great at preschool.  She is working hard at trying to read, and sounding out words.  Most days, after school, her clothes come off and a dress up dress goes on.  (She doesn't like to wear her clothes on underneath, because that "isn't pretty").  Some days she will have on a different dress every 20 minutes.  She has also gotten it in her head that her bathing suit is also a dress up item!?  She is still full of personality

Dani!  She is still as stubborn as ever!  But she is too cute to get mad at.  She has been telling me she has to go to the bathroom more and more lately.  Which I know she is ready to be potty trained, and probably wants to be, but I can't decide if I am ready.  However, yesterday I forgot to buy diapers at the store, and we are out.  So I guess today was the day we start.  So far, so good.  I am trying really hard not to pressure myself and having her be so perfect at it so fast.  I am ok with taking my time......I can have my baby just a tiny bit longer. 

We are looking forward to heading out to NC for spring break!  We wont be able to head out there this summer like we normally do. So we decided to head out during spring break.  And we got lucky that most of Ben's siblings and families will be able to make it out there too, for at least part of the week.  Today it snowed....BOO!  So the nice warm sun and sandy beaches will be very much welcomed!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Princess Ball

 All three girls, Dani trying to pose like Gabby. 





 Daddy and his pretty dates
All three girls. 

I love our elementary school.  This past weekend the PTA put on a "Princess Ball" fundraiser.....aka....a Daddy/daughter dance.  The girls had heard about it at school and were so excited to go.  Charley had her dress picked out for weeks before.  We spent Saturday afternoon getting the girls ready.  They had a blast, and I'm pretty sure Ben did too!



Friday, February 21, 2014

My little models

 All the girls in the little photo shoot.
 Charley is in the Grey and white, and Dani is in the teal and white. 
Gabby 


The girls have done this a couple of times.  And we do this because the lady who owns the store is a good friend of ours!  So far the girls have modeled for her maxi skirts, her leggings, and this past week she had the girls do a photo shoot for some pants with some ruffles. And in the next few weeks she wants the girls to do a shoot for her new bathing suits she designed!  She is a very talented lady!

NYC







Back in January, Ben and I went to NYC with Calvin and Courtney.  This was supposed to be my 30th Birthday trip.  I didn't get to take one when I actually turned 30 because 5 weeks before I turned 30, I had Dani.  And there was no way I was leaving my tiny baby to go on a trip.  Plus, recovering from Dani was extra hard.  So we waited, and finally went.  And ever since Cal and Court lived in Utah, we have been talking about doing a trip together, and it just happened to work out to where they could come!  It was a blast.  We went to two shows (Matilda and Pippen), walked the Brooklyn Bridge, went to the Met, hanks to my little brother who lives there!  He took us to a couple cool places!  And it was nice to be able to see him.  Oh, and we ate a LOT....really, we ate a TON!  But it was oh so good!  And we also bought me a purse on canal street....one of the good ones, where I had to follow a little Chinese lady 5 blocks off of Canal street and pulled out some pictures from her pants.  And then when we did the exchange it was so fast.  It was a crazy operation. 

We went all over NYC....We really did pack in a lot, and it has only been a few weeks, but I forget everything that we did.  I do remember eating at one cupcake place, and then hoping on the subway to eat at another cupcake place to compare the two. YUMM!  We were also able to go to a sacrament meeting before heading back home.  

And our little girlies were safe and sound at home with my mom! The girls had a blast with Nana. 

**The pictures were all taken by either Ben or Courtney!  Thanks!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Charley is 7!





I just got home from our ward baptisms.  I was getting a little teary-eyed just thinking that this time next year, my little baby will be in that room getting baptized. It is an exciting thought, but very scary at the same time.  Seriously, who would have thought time really could go this fast.  And really, do I look or act old enough to even have a daughter that old!? haahaa!!  We did a little birthday party the day before her actual birthday because her grandparents and aunt/uncle and cousins were here.  My mom got me a cake pop maker, so Charley helped decorate some cake pops instead of a birthday cake.  It was a cute little idea, and they were easy to make.

On her birthday we didn't do much.  But today, Saturday, we took her, Gabby, and a few of her friends to the hair school for the princess package (hair, nails, and make-up). And then we took them to lunch.  I was in such a rush this morning trying to get everything ready for me to go to the baptisms this morning, I forgot my camera for the salon.  I wanted a picture with her and her friends, but we just got one of Charley and Gabby after they came home.  They both like the pink eye shadow, and purple nails!  What a big girl. I am blessed and grateful to be the mom of 3 amazing and beautiful little girls!

The week after Christmas
















My parents, and sister Jordan came to visit after Christmas, alone with my other sister Brooktynn and her family.  We spent the week hanging out. We did a lot of shopping, but we also spent an afternoon playing basketball and letting the kids ride bikes in the church gym (one of the perks of being Primary President....I get a key to the church), and another afternoon at the Dinosaur Museum, and getting ice cream. A good time was had by all!