Saturday, August 31, 2013

Last Days of Summer with Leo, Daddy and Summer!

Joe loves the backdrop of hops!

Beer bottle art provided by Leo.

A day at the zoo.

Cousin Jacob visits.

Leo loves his older cousin!

Leo is a leader in his class.

They really do love each other!

Silly goofballs!

Handsome hubby!

We soak up as much sunshine as we can because we know that it is going away soon!

Shaking those hips!

She really is a vision!
I got an i-pone. I guess this will become fairly obvious with the photos. I love having the phone doubling as a camera, complete with the very awesome Instagram filters! This comes in handy since I haven't been using Photoshop since our computer crashed and we had to replace it!

The big recent news is that Somerset is potty trained!!!!! It officially happened in the month of August, just shy of her third birthday. What a relief! She still wears a diaper at night, but I don't count that!

Leo also met his kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Ramey. She is young, pretty and oh so sweet. I am guessing she may be his first big crush. We are so happy that he will have such a nice teacher to start his school career.

Leo is now obsessed with Pokemon. He trades cards at the gym with the big kids. This kid is super motivated to get new cards, so we reward him with cards when he does chores. Works like a charm.

Leo is really starting to get the hang of reading. He is in the early stages of reading and I think a light will switch flip soon and he will be a full fledged reader. Once he puts his mind to something, he can always achieve it. Leo is amazing. Really, he is the smartest kid I have ever met and I expect great things for him in life. He is also super motivated to achieve goals. Mark my words...Leo will be an incredible adult! With his intelligence, drive, charisma and natural leadership skills, he will go great places.

Our little Summy girl is going through a stage. She is caught between little and big girl. She wants to be both. She often acts like a 13 year old girl. She is all drama and cries at the drop of a hat. She is going through a mommy-phase and only wants me, which hurts Joe's feelings.

That being said, she is so cooperative in group settings. When she is left in the care of others, she is always perfectly mannered and plays so nicely with others. I predict that she will be a very good student who is adored by all her teachers. She is sweet, spunky, verbal and smart. I just want to eat up her cuteness!

I love reading Summy books. She is really enjoying Fancy Nancy, and I think we have read every Pinkalicous, Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony book in existence. Side note: Leo loves My little Pony  (the tv show). He really love Pinky Pie. I think this is future black mail material...he he!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

I'm Back!

Oh holy heck! I can't believe I have been away for so long. I feel a tremendous amount of guilt for not keeping up with this blog, which is so important to me! Life happens though! In the meantime, Leo turned 5, Somerset became a little girl, Joe got a new job and I finally was able to quit Williams Sonoma to pursue my soap making dreams. Also, I will have more valuable time...for things like the blog!

Since Leo turned 5, he has become a chess player. He loves chess and is getting quite good. We take him to chess club every Monday and he is not only learning the game, but also good sportsmanship.

Leo also was in Little League this Spring. His team was the Indians, and even though he was a year younger than most of his tream mates, he did awesome. Not only did he demonstrate great athleticism, he was also an encouraging team player. He has a fantastic attitude that will take him far in life.

He continues to excel at Math. recently, he noticed that it was 10:47 a.m., He knew we were having lunch at 11:30 a.m., so he told me that lunch would be in 47 minutes. He is seriously, ridiculously smart!!!

He is excelling at Karate too. He is a model student and definitely the leader of his Tiny Tigers class. All the kids look up to him. He is a real leader. He just graduated to his purple belt.

Leo is still extremely loving towards us. He has gotten much easier as he matures, but we still struggle with him testing his boundaries. He wants to be a big kid so badly. When we go to a park, he wants to play with kids at least twice his age. He has very little interest in his peers, unless they are already friends. He does make friends easily. He is charming, charismatic,  funny and positive.

Somerset is sweet and loving. She plays with baby dolls and acts like she is me. She will have me ("Grandma"...yikes), babysit while she goes to work or shops. Oh boy! She is caught in the middle of wanting to be a big girl and wanting to be a baby. She likes to have me wrap her in a blanket and pretend like she is a baby. She acts sweet and docile as a baby, so I usually comply.

Somerset loves all things girly. She like brushing our hair, pretending like we are sick kitties that need to be taken care of, making soap like mommy.

She loves Strawberry Shortcake, Pinkalicous and My Little Ponies. Really, it is my dream come true after reading Star Wars books for years. I love it!

Somerset remains spunky. She likes to play with Leo's friends and feel included. They are usually very sweet to her. I know that she may be the annoying little sister right now, but some day, they will have crushes on her.

Somerset is just starting to play with other kids. Older girls really like her and take her under their wing. 

She is not taking to potty training as well as I had hoped. #2 is a constant issue, but we are in underwear and I refuse to go back to diapers. It is quite frustrating, but this is just a moment in time. 

She remains, in my opinion, the cutest little girl I have ever seen. She has a smattering of freckles on her nose now that just kill me and Joe. Just when we didn't think she could get cuter, the freckles appeared.

Joe started a new job on Con-Met in Vancouver, WA. After a year long job search and several job offers, he has found a happy home there. He is thrilled beyond belief and I am so happy for him. He LOVES his new job. What a relief.

I started really selling my soap. The business is slowly taking off. I sell at a shop, farmer's markets etc....but I have a blog for that, so enough about that.

We are really just loving the summer. I make sure the kids play as much as possible outside every day. We have so much rain here, that we really try to take advantage of the sun while it is here.

Really, we are just enjoying life. Things have been great and they just keep getting better. :-)