Life gets crazy... hectic, over-scheduled, and it's a sink or swim mentality for me right now in this season of life. Always telling myself "the days are long, but the years are short".
I was skimming through pictures from this year and it made my heart hurt to know I haven't been more proactive about taking pictures of the girls in their "natural state", doing the things they love most and me bookmarking these moments in time. With that, one afternoon last week, we headed outside for some neighborhood exploring... letting them run wild, throw sticks in the pond, and us savoring the last bit of goodness we could before the leave start to change and fall comes.
Wanted to post a little update about my two gals and everything they are into these days:
Caroline Cate || 3.5 Years Old
My big-hearted girl with the sweetest disposition I ever did see. You are genuinely kind, a snuggler by nature, and have a vivacious spirit that I hope will continue and grow. You are inquisitive, and talk non-stop and it amazes me how much you soak up the world around you. You are always asking me questions, and LOVE to learn... reading, working puzzles, playing dress up, tea party, and painting are favorites as of late and you love anything girly. You started ballet class a few months ago and instantly took to it... to see you in your little leotard and skirt each week brings me so much joy and you love seeing your teacher Ms. Maureen while running into the house as soon as you return to tell me all you worked on in class. You love your little sister most days, but are still infatuated with your best friend Annie at school and you two seem to do everything together which makes my heart happy to know you've found a sweet friend while attending MDO, too. Your favorite colors are blue and purple, love to drink "fancy" lemonade, enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon with popcorn and a movie, and love to get dressed up everyday, especially when you can find a maxi to wear. Favorite foods include yogurt smoothies, chicken nuggets, edamame, big pancakes that daddy makes on the weekends, and "banilla" ice cream with sprinkles for a special treat.
Carson Elizabeth || 2.25 Years Old
WILD CHILD...sometimes it scares me because when I see you, it's almost like looking in the mirror to know that I am going to get paid back for all the years my parents couldn't get any sleep. You may look charming and innocent on the exterior my little firecracker, but you are a force to be reckoned with and I know you are going to be a BIG handful for your daddy and I. Forever a mama's girl with the desire to ALWAYS have me by your side, you're my mini me, though you look identical to Mimi from her baby pics. You have the loudest giggle in the world and that BIG grin melts my heart, hence why I am a pushover when it comes to disciplining you...yes, terrible twos are a thing at our house right now and it's something fierce I tell you! You are talking ALL the time and you're starting to put more and more sentences together... way to go little bit! You are always two steps behind your big sister and emulating her is your favorite thing to do. Thankfully, she is always your advocate and forever helping you using the potty, cleaning up, getting dressed, and assisting you with reading books each day. Favorites include pasta [still], peanut butter sandwiches, fresh watermelon, raisins, granola, popsicles, and anything that's super messy... because you love bath time!
Thankful for this season of fun and everything that's to come this fall... many weekends spent with family and loved one celebrating all sorts of special occasions, pumpkin patches and fall festivals, and savoring the time we have together baby girls. Mama loves you the mostest in the WHOLE world!