Louise: 4.10

New things she’s saying:
“On it.” For example: “Louise, can you wash your hands before dinner?” “On it.”
“Nailed it.”
“Certainly”DSC_0454

She has started wanting to go overnight without a pull-up, which we’re excited about. She still has accidents but she’s gone one night without any, so I’m hoping we’ll be fully potty-trained by her 5th birthday!DSC_0465

She was sick over the weekend and really milked it. She was complaining that her stomach was hurting, and when she finally threw up, she had a smug, satisfied face, like “see? I told you!.” It was pretty funny (although not super funny considering she vomited for eight hours).

Louise’s big girl room update, part II

There were a few things we wanted to update in Louise’s room as of last fall, which were:

  • Put box springs under her mattress
  • Move our mirrored nightstands to her room
  • Get a couple of sheepskin rugs for the sides of her bed

I’m happy that we’ve completed everything except the nightstands! Moving those into her room is contingent on when I can find new nightstands for the master bedroom, and I’m not sure how long that’s going to take.img_6133img_6134

This room should work for her for a good while. I’m thinking the only other major thing we’ll do in 5-7 years is exchange the canopy for a desk.

Winter break

Along with a Spring Break (that occurs in April), the girls get a Fall Break and Winter Break from school. This past week was their Winter Break and the whole family banded together to have a fun time with the girls!

First things first…they both needed hair trims. I took Celine after school on Thursday and Louise on Saturday. Their hair definitely looks better – and Louise’s has far less tangles now!2-20-17-celine-haircut2-20-17-louise-haircut-celine2-20-17-louise-haircut

Grammy and Grumps arrived in Dallas on Saturday evening and came over Sunday morning for some fun. They babysat the girls on Monday and Tuesday while Mike and I went to work. Monday was the Perot museum…I think they had a good time!2-20-17-perot-12-20-17-perot-2

Tuesday they traveled out to Grapevine Mills mall and hit up Build-a-Bear, the Rainforest Cafe, and the carousel. I think Celine was a little overwhelmed at the Rainforest Cafe and came home with a story about how the gorillas were scary. But Louise loved it!2-20-17-grapevine-mills-12-20-17-grapevine-mills-2

Wednesday was Grandmas turn to hang out with the girls. She stayed at our house for the day.2-20-17-grandma

The girls spent the night at their house on Thursday night which was great for Mike and me, and then my parents dropped them off around noon on Friday.

Saturday was shaping up to be a beautiful day so we decided to hit up the Arboretum. When we got there we discovered the Children’s Garden doesn’t open for another week, but we still had fun walking around, eating our lunch, and dancing to music.2-20-17-arboretum-12-20-17-arboretum-22-20-17-arboretum-3

I was taking Celine to the restroom when I heard an older couple say, “looks like we’ve got a dancer!” I turned around and saw Louise by herself in the middle of the stage, dancing away. Nobody seemed to mind!2-20-17-arboretum-4

That afternoon, Louise helped Mike make cookies. We bought an adjustable table for our Super Bowl party and it’s come in handy for things like this! Looking at this picture, I wonder why Louise didn’t wear her apron…2-20-17-baking

By Sunday the girls were pretty restless, and an attempted trip to the park ended in a busted lip and some tears. Mike took the girls to school this morning and said they seemed pretty ready to be back in school. Us too!

It was a fun break and as always, I’m so happy the girls have grandparents they can spend time with.

Louise: 4.9

Just a regular month with a big girl!dsc_0412

She received a glowing review at her parent-teacher conference which was good to hear. It was cool to hear that she is comprehending and speaking in French, since we can’t really monitor that at home. She’s on the cusp of reading and they’re working hard at school to get her there. We’re working on it at home too!dsc_0415

She’s back at the swimming lessons and getting better at it each time, putting her face under water and kicking like a champion. I’m looking forward to warmer weather when we can put her skills to the test!dsc_0420

Louise: 4.8

It’s like a switch flipped and now we have this grown-up girl on our hands. (Do I say that every month now?)dsc_0415

Her thing is saying “I already know that.” As in:
Me: “Louise, we’re going to New Orleans today!”
L: “I already know that, mom.”
or
Me: “We’re going to Mariano’s for dinner tonight.”
L: “Dad told me that this morning; I already know that, mom.”

Such a know it all! 🙂dsc_0417

She is getting jealous of the attention we’re paying to Celine regarding potty training. We’ve gone back to giving her a (small) piece of candy when she goes poopoo because otherwise we don’t think she’d ever go out of protest.dsc_0419

Christmas day, from Louise and Celine’s cameras

One of the presents we bought the girls were Vtech digital cameras. They’re cool because they actually take photos and videos, so the girls were totally into it. (They are also rubber which means they basically can’t break, so that’s nice too). The photo quality is nothing exceptional but the girls didn’t care a bit. Just being allowed to have their own working cameras was enough!

Here are the photos the girls took with their cameras. First up, Celine. She didn’t fully comprehend the concept of pushing a button to take a picture so most of her photos remain in her head. But she did take a few:100_0005100_0008100_0027100_0032100_0040

Next up: the expert. Me and/or Mike were common subjects for Louise.

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…along with the other kids, and selfies.

Of course the other family members made appearances!