Thursday, October 9, 2014

in pictures . a pretty happy preschool graduate

May 22, 2014
Preschool Graduation.

It's funny to think that a day like preschool graduation would hit you so hard. I mean it's preschool after all....but I think for me it really hit me how fast time has gone by since we welcomed Katy to the world.

I always say it, but Katy is defiantly one of a kind. I can't say enough what a neat person I think this girl is. Of course I am sure that you would chalk that up to the fact that I am her mom. But I think if you met her you would get a feel for what I am talking about.

Although Katy is scared to death of anything Halloween, and is sensitive....she is also one of the most thoughtful and caring people I know. She is always so kind to others, she is beyond excited when she can meet someone new and is instantly "best friends" with them (at least in her that I mean complete strangers we meet at the park and are bound not to ever see again). She has a huge heart and an interest in learning anything that will fit in her head.

When we moved up to Bountiful I was not expecting this is where we would end up, as we had looked at 40+ houses pretty much all over the valley. Everything fell into place, as it should, but we found our selves moving at the end of August and all of the preschools around here were full. I was feeling pretty desperate when I found Mrs. Bri. She has been teaching for over 7 years (I believe) and had recently moved her family back from China, where her husband was in the military. She decided last minute to start her preschool up (something she wasn't sure about since she had just barley moved back). Boy am I glad I found her. We had a good experience in her last preschool...but if you know Bri then you will understand that she would BLOW any other preschool right out of the water. She was incredibly amazing and caring and is beyond gifted at what she does. I have never seen Katy more excited about learning and going to school. She had a great bunch of kids in her class and they were able to do the neatest things.

Katy was especially excited about all the Chinese she was learning. She said it was her favorite country, ha ha! At the end of the year I felt so strongly about her love of Chinese that I opted to put her into the Chinese Emersion lottery for a school that we are just barley out of bounds for. Unfortunately she did not get in, but I am grateful for all that she learned with Bri and for our experiences there. I am blessed to call her my friend.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

little miss independent

Katy is my little miss independent. She makes me laugh how old she is getting, and also makes me want to cry when she is constantly telling me that she doesn't need any help with she can do it herself.

Having a kid like Katy is a dream come true. In the morning, she gets her breakfast, sneaks the iPad and watches shows until someone gets up. This of course is on the mornings I am at work. With Steve on a graveyard schedule he usually stays up late even if he isn't working and we always try to let him sleep in when we can.

Something else that has been happening as of late is her spunky and funky attitude. Something I absolutely love, and something I have a hard time with. I read somewhere that everything is a phase, that's it. It's just a phase. And although it's hard, sometimes, for pregnant and inpatient Amy to remember...all I have to do is LOVE her through the rough patches. Just like everyone get's potty trained - everyone eventually figures themselves out. Katy is shaping up to be a pretty cool cat. I can't wait to see what the next few years makes of her.

These were taken a while ago, as there is now a set of bunk beds in her room. I do love all her hanging art work...that has made it's way to the hallway. And I love how, no matter what, she needs a glass or bottle of water by her bed in case she needs a drink while she's sleeping.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

life with littles

3. Unplugged Play (for mom)

I've been thinking a lot about how I can improve my parenting skills. It may seem funny to say that I feel like I am melting in the summer heat (because it's SO much hotter so many other places)....but I find that we are inside more and that we tend to gravitate towards "shows" watching (as my kids call it).

When I was a kid I had creativity spewing out of my ears. I was always making and creating things. I loved getting the magazine Hearth Song, and would long for chances to ask for presents from there. Once I got a pack of colored bees wax, and I would spend HOURS making figures. Mostly animals. I also had a knack for sewing...something my mom instill in me (she is a fantastic sewer).

I look at Katy and I see me. She can spend endless hours painting and cutting paper. I helped her sew a dress for one of her dolls, and I can tell she is going catch the sewing bug. That is, of course, as soon as I feel brave enough to give her free reign of a needle and tread.

I have been thinking of creative gifts to give to my kids this season and with Katy I am loving the idea of getting some creative books to help her get excited about making and creating her own things. Hopefully we can find ways to unplug more and get creative.

So for her birthday and Christmas I am going to get these books, look through them, find my favorite ideas, and box it up with all the supplies to create a few of the projects contained within. I know she is going to go gaga over them. It's probably just as much of a gift for me as it will be for Katy.

life's full of surprises

The circus arrives without warning...and sometimes, so do babies. 

I can hardly believe that we will be drafting another player for Team Beardshall, but this circus is set to perform January 5th. And with my track record (of having babies early), this poor kiddo is probably going to have a Christmas birthday. 

Sometimes unexpected surprises are the best kind. I can honestly say I am very excited to meet this kiddo, but I'm a bit scared to be outnumbered. I'm also anxious to see how our family dynamic will change. I can only imagine good things are in store for us. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

iphonography . never stop exploring

Will will always be my little dare devil, okay...he may have convinced me to help him up on the ledge of the basement window...but can you blame me? His "peease" and "geee you" are killing me lately!