Sunday, November 22, 2015

thanksgiving program

 Heidi's school put on a Thanksgiving program program last Thursday.  Her school is so incredible and I am absolutely thrilled that we picked it for her to go to.  I am also reminded constantly of how grateful I am that she missed the kindergarten deadline.  She is learning a lot and she is taken care of and loved so much while she is there.  Makes this mama heart very, very happy.

The program was so adorable and Heidi did a fabulous job!  The songs were so cute and the decorations were adorable.  Savanna and Caimbree did a great job sitting quietly and watching their big sister.  They had a book fair after and it was fun to go check it out and we let the girls each pick a new book.  They couldn't wait to read their new stories.  It was a great night and it was so fun to see our Heidi on the stage.

Friday, November 20, 2015

best daddy

I was going through pictures in my phone and found this one of Jeff and Caimbree.  Caimbree is by far the biggest daddy's girl I have had and she has her daddy completely wrapped around her finger.  When he gets home she will run to the door with her arms stretched up for him and always wants to sit with him and cuddle.  He had a high fever a few days ago (don't worry, it's just influenza...again...and yes, we had the flu shot. Thankfully it doesn't seem to be nearly as horrendous as it was in January so far)...anyway, so he was laying on the couch and she went over and found him and snuggled up next to him.  She is the only baby I have had that will actively search for her daddy just to snuggle him and he can't get enough.

Jeff works so hard for all of us and I don't think we tell him enough how much we love him and appreciate him.  He leaves for work extra early just so he can get home at 5 instead of 6 so he has an extra hour with the girls. I know it's not easy waking up an hour earlier than you really need to.  He consistently puts our needs before his own and will do just about anything to put a smile on the faces of his girls.  He is also getting his MBA and it's not easy.  He works on it every night after the girls go to bed and stays up long after I go to bed.  It's going to be a rough two years, but I'm proud of him for trying to make sure he can always provide for us.  He makes sure he is at every important program, recital, open house, family activity, etc. even if it means working extra hours the next day or going in even earlier.  I don't know how he juggles everything on his plate.  No matter how tired he is, he tries to make the girls laugh and plays fun little games with them.  He is also patient when they are "helping" him with whatever project he is working on around the house and tries to teach them and explain how he is fixing or building something.  He constantly tells the girls how much he loves them and always encourages us to go do fun things together as a family.  We are all so incredibly lucky to have such an incredible man to love.  I think tomorrow we are going to let him sleep in extra late and hope his body can heal.  We love you, Jeff!

Monday, November 9, 2015

family pictures 2015

 This is a total spoiler for Christmas cards, but here is a sneak of our family pictures.  I have to limit it down to 20 but I am having a hard time figuring our which 20 to have on the CD.  I thought she got a lot of super sweet individual ones of the girls and of course I loved the location at one of our favorite places...Montgomery Bell State Park.  I haven't mentioned how much we love it here lately have I?  Anyway, I sure love my sweet girls and love that they were mostly cooperative.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

air show

 There was an air show at our local small planes airport today so we took the girls.  They also had a car show and you could take a plane ride and there was a bouncy slide.  We mostly just looked at the planes and cars and the girls thought it was so fun.  They really wanted a plane ride but we didn't have cash...maybe next year.  The best part for them I think was the school bus ride.  There was a bus that shuttled you on a two minute ride from the parking lot to the actual airport.  They were ADORABLE sitting on the seat together and happily singing "The Wheels on the Bus".  Everyone was smiling at how cute they were saying with excitement, "I can't believe we get to ride on a bus!"  I'm so happy the girls keep me remembering all the fun little things in life.  They sure help us fill our days with smiles. We are excited to go back to the air show next year!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

savanna at three

 Oh my goodness do we love our funny little three year old.  Savanna has always had the most hilarious personality.  I can't believe how fast she is growing up.  It seems like yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital and trying to figure out how in the world to get her to sleep more than two hours at a time at night!

*Savanna calls herself "Zanny" although if you ask her what her whole name is she will say, "Savanna Rie Hunger".
*Her nicknames include Zanny, Zanny Zoo, Zanneth, Zanzibar, Savanna Banana
*Savanna is adored by Caimbree.  Caimbree seems to know she is the one to tease and giggle with and is always watching Savanna.
*Savanna has a heart of gold.  She is the first one to notice if someone is sad and try to make them feel better.  She is very observant of emotions.  She is also the first one to ask Caimbree if she's okay if she fell or is sad and does whatever she can to make her feel better.
*Savanna has a lot of energy.  She is always moving and bouncing around.  She has a hard time sitting still for very long.
*Goes to bed around 8 and wakes up around 6.  Takes a 2-2.5 hour nap around 12:30/1.
*When Savanna is tired, she makes life kind of crazy.  She doesn't handle being tired very well.
*Loves, loves, loves the trampoline.  She especially likes to run around the trampoline.
*I cannot believe how fast she runs!  It is hilarious to watch her little legs zipping along.
*Always up for an adventure,
*Cracks us up with the funny things she says.  For example, we were at the lake and she says, "I toot at lake!  Not wet toot. Normal toot" and has a huge grin while she is saying it.
*Gets so much joy out of the smallest, simplest things in life.  She has the biggest grin and her eyes just twinkle.  It's hard not to enjoy life with her around.
*I consider her to be a free spirit.
*So incredibly forgiving.  Nothing seems to bother her for very long.
*Doesn't like vegetables at all but eats salad like a champ.  Go figure!
 *Savanna is a really good eater but likes to turn up her nose and say, "Ewww" before almost every meal...just to get a rise out of us I think.
*Can be very impulsive.
*Loves to play at the park.
*Carries her bunny "Princess Bob" everywhere she goes.
*Savanna is very, very independent.  It makes life easier and more difficult at the same time but I absolutely love that she has a desire to do it all herself.  She has been dressing herself for a long time and basically potty trained herself.
*If you tell her to do something, she will make sure to do the exact opposite.
*Starting to talk a lot better, but we understand her a lot more than others do.
*She gets so many comments about her curly hair.  It fits her personality so well.  I can't imagine her without it.
*Very, very left handed.
*Strangers never get to see the real Savanna.  She is usually kind of shy and acts grumpy around people she doesn't know very well, which is a shame, because she has the cutest personality.
*Oftentimes in the day out of nowhere she will say, "Love you too, mom."  Melts my heart every time.
*Requests oatmeal for breakfast almost every single morning.
*Can count to 10 and knows quite a few of her letters.  It's hard to know exactly how many because she likes to tease and say the wrong letter just to get a rise out of you.
*Savanna is always trying to make people laugh.  If she can get a laugh, she will do it over and over again.

Savanna is such a fun, spunky little girl.  
I love how full of life she is.  Her smile and excitement
for simple things make us all enjoy
life a little more.  She is an excellent big and little
sister.  I cannot even begin to imagine life without
this fun, bouncy little bean.

We love you so much, Savanna Marie!
You are such a joy and keep us laughing daily.
Thank you for choosing us.
We love you, we love you, we love you!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

celebrating savanna

 We had a great time celebrating our favorite three year old!!  It was a fun, busy day!  Savanna woke up pretty excited about her birthday, although she was pretty tired from waking a little too early.
 Savanna had been requesting frog cupcakes for about a month.  They turned out pretty cute, although next time I think I would keep the eyes in with toothpicks or something so they didn't keep falling off.
 Savanna loved being sung to at every meal and blowing out candles.   She was especially lucky to have grandma here to celebrate her special day.
 Savanna's face in these pictures really captures her funny little personality.
 She was excited about her gifts and was so cute to share with her sisters.  Birthdays are just so much fun!

 She got some super cute outfits from grandma and modeled them for us.  She even let Caimbree wear her new clothes.  Today our neighbor came by and brought her a fun baby doll.  She has been hauling it around and singing to it while simultaneously playing with her other gifts. We have had so much fun celebrating our little Savanna girl.  We love her so very much!

Monday, November 2, 2015

happy birthday, zanny zoo



 Happy 3rd Birthday, Savanna!
We love your happy, carefree, spunky personality. You have a heart of gold and we could not imagine a life without your funny sense of humor or smiles.

We love you,we love you, we love you and we can't wait to celebrate YOU! 

Happy Birthday, baby girl.