We sure were busy this month! Even though there are fewer days in February, there's not a shortage of pictures & updates for you today.
We started out the month with Lindsey's blessing,
We also took Lindsey to the little piggy doctor because her pediatrician was a little bit worried that she had clubbed feet. The little piggy doctor gave us the thumbs up & said she should be okay. He gave us some stretches to do for her to help, though.
We took some cute pictures to add to our Valentine's Day card,
Paige made her first snowman,
I discovered that I have the best little helper in the kitchen,
She helps me make dinner almost every day now, which is good because I have been trying to be more organized & trying new recipes. I can use all the help I can get. :)
Paige graduated from DDI (speech therapy) & will be starting preschool soon,
It was such a bitter sweet day when we had our final visit with them.
bitter: she's growing up so fast!
sweet: she's come such a long way & made so much progress because of DDI!
bitter: she had some amazing girls helping her, and we are so grateful for them, but we will miss them so much!
Paige was a fabulous big sister this month (each day she gets more and more interactive with Lindsey & is always so willing to help!). She even made sure Lindsey had company one day. :)
She also invited Lindsey to a party in her bedroom.
On Valentine's Day, we decided to hand deliver the valentines to some of Paige's grandparents. So we prepared them...
Took one to Great Grandma Tippets, then Grandma Tippets (at school)...
We took a lunch & reading break at grandma's house...
Then we took one to Great Grandma Smith & Grandpa Brunson. It was such a busy, but fun day. Everyone was so surprised & excited. It was so cute to see everyone's reaction. I meant to get pictures of every visit, but of course I forgot. Doh!
Later that night we went bowling as a family. It was Paige's first time bowling & she beat me!!! We had a lot of fun.
Then the next night, I got all purtied up because Rick & I went on a date. A real, live date. You know, the kind where you don't have to take the kids along with you??? (our first date since baby Z was born). We had fun. Oh, and we got a shake. Our fave.
Paige also had her 3rd birthday this month. Last minute, my sister invited us to Jump Around Utah since her kids were out of school, so we went to play. Paige had a blast & I'm sure she wishes she could live there.
We had a special dinner that night & made a special cake. Paige picked out red velvet with sprinkles (I didn't even offer her the sprinkles, but she got so excited when she saw them at the store, I couldn't resist). She even helped me make it. It was pretty tasty (thanks to this frosting recipe), if I do say so myself...
She also got spoiled by her extended family & got some really fun toys. Including a snow white dress up outfit, complete with the headband, crown, bracelet, necklace, earrings, rings & mirror). She loves the mirror. My favorite part is the headband. I could die every time she puts it on. She is so cute.
A few days later Paige got sick, it's always so sad to see her not active (since she's always so busy). I loved how she had to have her 'friends' lay down with her since she was bedridden.
She also had a rash this month. The doc said it was a viral, contagious rash. Yuck. Including the rash, Paige has been sick 3 times since Lindsey was born. Super sad for Paige, but I've been so relieved that Lindsey didn't get any of them.
We also, um... maybe tortured Baby Z a little bit...
She does THE cutest little coo's and she's been smiling and kind of laughing - it's so close to a laugh, I probably could get away with calling it a laugh, she's trying so hard! I feel so lucky to have 2 of the cutest & sweetest girls around. My life is so good right now (I wasn't trying to brag... I promise!). I am just loving every second of it. I hope I always love life this much.
The baby weight hasn't been as easy to lose this time around. So, I've been trying to be so good - eating right & exercising (you know, cuz I have so much free time on my hands...), and it's finally starting to make a difference. A little difference, but I'll take what I can get!
Oh yeah, and I learned how blind I am this month. So we went and bought me some spectacles. Just call me four eyes. Or nerd. Or smarty pants will work too. 8)
And lastly, Paige started PRESCHOOL!!! Oh my goodness. She is loving it! It's a really weird adjustment, but I am so excited for her. They will be helping her with her speech there, so that's a bonus, too.
My camera battery died (won't charge) this month & I am so bummed since I just got it. At least it happened after the Valentine's Day pictures. :)
All in all, we had a really busy and fun month.
Next month we are looking forward to better & warmer weather! I can't wait to be able to take the girls on walks again.