three

So… I am a little behind on blogging, but I have good reason! My son was born back in October and we have been busy loving on our two littles. I am back from maternity leave and ready to share.

My little Violet turned three back in November and I’d like to just brag on her for a moment. I took these back in November and she has grown even more in these past few months. She turned three, became a big sister, and a preschooler.

So many emotions run through me when I look at her gorgeous face. She made me a momma and she makes me a proud momma everyday. She is so independent, smart, sassy, sweet, sassy (as the day is long), and funny! Vi is a problem solver through and through, she is always trying to put things in their place, find the right fit, and trying new angles. I really love that a one of her new favorite things is jigsaw puzzles. It’s really cool to watch her work them and do them with her.

These are a few of her favorite things: unicorns, kittens, tiny little toys to hold onto, being our official chocolate taster, baking, school, jigsaw puzzles, restaurants, spicy drink (sprite), Incredibles movie, recognizing the letter “V” everywhere, road trips, spaghetti, anything pink, jumping in puddles, swinging, going to the mall and zoo, ballet, paw patrol (Marshall & Rubble), burritos with chips and salsa, and getting her brother to laugh.

Watching her become a big sister just melted my heart. She is so sweet and caring with Arlo. Seeing them play and interact together bring me more joy than they will ever know. My heart is so full! Vi can get Arlo to laugh and he hears her voice and will start looking for her now. Uggh, the best! I am so excited to see them grow together.

Happy Birthday Violet, we adore you and wish you many more wonderful birthdays to come and may the dear lord bless you! <3

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Violet - 2 years

In TWO the Wild

Our little explorer is TWO! How is this even possible?!? I didn't think this year could go faster than her first, but it sure did. Somehow, I woke up to a toddler going on 15. It's always "I do it" and "no mommy". I am so NOT ready for this stage to be over. Snuggling her a little tighter today. 

Vi loves to climb EVERYTHING and recently has even climbed out of her crib and into a toddler bed. It doesn't stop there, she can open her door, so I often am greeted with her climbing into our bed around 6:30am, or "mommy, wake up, I'm hungry". Takes after her momma, always ready for a meal/snack! ;)

Some of her favorite foods include any Italian dish, chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potatoes, popsicles (you gotta hear her say it though), shredded cheese, apple sauce, pretzels, cookies, eggs, cheese toasties, and Chocolate pudding "chocolate cake". Vi loves going on walks, exploring, reading in "mommy daddy bed", running from me in the store and putting things in the cart (aka shopping at Target), all animals (but especially dogs), bubbles, cooking, painting, watching Paw Patrol, Dory, and Moana. She even started singing and dancing, which is just awesome and so much fun! We can't seem to get in enough trips to the library, park, and zoo. 

I could go on and on about my sweet, smart, gentle (most of the time), bossy, sassy, cuddly, ornery (as all get out) little girl. Vi, you are our world and have us wrapped around your finger. I'm pretty sure she knows that already! :) One look at her, with those emotional eyes and chubby cheeks, and I well up with love, pride, and tears of joy! It is an absolute honor to be your momma baby girl! <3

P.S. Is there anything cuter on little girls than denim and knee socks? Something about this classic look gets me every time! <3

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Guess WHOOO turns ONE today?

One year ago today this little lady made me a momma, it was certainly one of the best days of my life (in second place is the day I married her daddy)! I am so very thankful and blessed to be her mother, to watch her grow into the beautiful person she is, and take part in her life. This past year has been exhausting, sleepless, overwhelming, FUN, joyful, exciting, and most importantly filled with more love than I thought was ever possible. We started to refer to this year as being the "year of the owl," and it fits her so well. She is my nosey night owl, she gets it honestly. She has us wrapped around her little fingers (rightfully so) and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love waking up every morning to see her smiling face and cubby cheeks. I look forward to nap and bedtime, not for the quiet (ok maybe a little), but for the snuggles and cooing that I know will go away all too fast. I can't believe a whole year has passed, people say it, but time really does fly. Please slow down baby girl, I can't get enough of your giggles, sweetness, and sass. Happy First Birthday Violet Mae, daddy and I love you to pieces! <3

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