Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Frozen Birthday

We had a small family party to celebrate Karsten's 2nd birthday and the "theme" was Frozen. Of course.  I mean really. What else would work for this Frozen-obsessed toddler? 

I decorated a table and placed some of the characters from Frozen around our house and that was pretty much it.  When Karsten saw the table, her face was priceless. 

"Is that Anna!?! Is that Elsa!?!"

I had to put some movie quotes on there too.  Of course Kevin and I are probably the only ones that "got" them since we can quote the entire movie...

This girl can be shy, but she LOVED it when we sang Happy Birthday to her. 

And opening presents was hilarious. She had to stick her head inside the bag to see if she got everything.

Karsten got a doll set that had both an Elsa and an Anna doll in it.  Kate, of course, "helped" Karsten open her presents and when she pulled out this particular one she said "Karsten! We EACH got a doll!" Ha.

Loved her expressions!

My Grandmother stayed with my parents last week when she had to leave her house due to Hurricane Matthew.  She had never been to our house and we were so thankful that she was able to celebrate this special day with so much of our other family.

Love my family, and love this little girl that we celebrated. Can't believe she is TWO!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Happy 2nd Birthday Karsten!

Today Karsten is two. Exactly two years ago our family changed in the best possible way, and we didn't even have a clue!

Karsten was already 1 day old when we found out about her.  On October 6, 2014, our daughter was  born, and we didn't even know it.  But God did!  He knew His plan for her at the beginning of time and knew that she would be our daughter and Kate's sister.

We just knew we were praying for a baby; God knew we were praying for Karsten.

What an unbelievable two years it has been, and what an honor to see this snuggly little baby grow into a sweet, funny, loving TWO year old! I'm so thankful to be her Mama, and thankful to be able to watch Kevin as her Daddy and Kate as her sister.

So - what is she up to now?  Here's a quick little rundown on Karsten lately...

1. She can count to 20, most of the time. Occasionally she'll skip a few numbers but is pretty consistent!

2. She knows her ABC's and we didn't teach her! Pretty sure Kate taught her this. Yay for big sisters.

3. She can spell her name... and Kate's.

4. She can identify a few colors: red, pink, blue, yellow and orange.

5. She loves, loves, LOVES her bunny.  We actually have 3 of the same bunnies now. One stays at Nana's house, one is at our house, and one is a backup in her closet (just in case).

6. She still sleeps with her paci. This is the only time she gets it, and I have great plans to take it away from her very soon, but for now, she gets the paci. And we get to sleep. So it is a win/win.

7. She wears size 2t clothes and is in a Size 7 shoe. She is still in Size 4 diapers. (As a comparison, Kate was in Size 5 diapers when she turned one.)

8. She is still so tender hearted! Just telling her "No" causes her to bust out in tears like her world is ending. You'd think she would be mad at you for saying no, but she just wants to be picked up and cuddled.

9. We have started doing time out with her in the last 6 months or so, and she is serious about time out! She sticks that nose ALL the way in the corner and doesn't move.

10. She has recently started showing an interest in books. She has always liked books, but it's been in an independent kind of way. Until recently she's always just wanted to flip through them on her own and look at the pictures at her own pace. Recently, she has really started letting me read to her while she listens to the story. I hope she find a great love in reading!

11. She is still a mama's girl.  She loves me, and loves for me to hold her. And of course I love it too. One of my favorites is being at church and having people come up to talk to her.  She will look at them and say "My name's Karsten" and then point to her arms, where she is holding bunny and say "This is Bunny" and then point to me and say "This is Mommy".

12. She loves to swim, but of course now it is finally too cold for that. Kate got a 3 pack of speedo goggles recently, and Karsten LOVES to wear them around the house.  She will leave them on for hours.

13. She is still obsessed with Frozen everything - Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven, and even Prince Hans. Obsessed. Enough said.

14. She loves to sing, and it makes me so happy to hear the songs she sings.  A few nights ago on our way to church, we had the radio turned off so we could talk. Kevin and I were having a conversation and from the backseat I hear Karsten sing out "Thank you, oh my Father, for giving us your Son and leaving your Spirit 'til the work on earth is done."  Gotta love hearing your kid sing about Jesus! (The song is Redeemer, by Kutless.)

This is the girl that made us a family of four.  She our sweet, tender hearted, dramatic, Frozen-obsessed little girl and we love her so much!  Happy birthday to this TWO year old!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Little Gymnast

Because of the Rio Olympics, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Ali Raisman and crew, I'm sure that gymnastics signups are at an all time high.  Every little girl wants to be the next super star.

So to add to the craziness, what did our family do?  We signed up Kate for gymnastics! What else? 

Truthfully, she didn't get to see too much of the gymnastics during the Olympics because it didn't come on until 10pm.  I really feel like NBC failed on this. I mean, don't we want to encourage our kids to get active and move?  But typically each night, the Olympics didn't really come on until 8pm, which is Kate's bedtime. 

Even though she kept saying she was going to karate, she was SO excited for her first gymnastics class.  

This was just a trial class but she enjoyed it so much, we went ahead and registered her for Tuesdays at 6:30 going forward. 

And while Kate LOVED the class, little sister spent the entire hour wishing she was a little bit older!

I'm sure this sweet girl will be out on that floor too before I know it! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, Monday

Can I just say, the fact that it is not 90-something degrees and we can spend the evenings outdoors again is completely AWESOME.   And I think the kids enjoy it just as much. :) 

Here is our little Harry Potter-in-training.

And both girls love to try to climb trees. Unfortunately, we don't have very many good climbing trees in our yard. 

When it's Karsten's turn to "climb", she just walks over to the tree, looks back at you and says "Help me out!"

We even broke out the chalk. 

These two girls have my heart. I thank God for them daily, and am so beyond-words thankful that He chose me to be their Mama.  I don't deserve them, but I'm so glad to have them.


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