Wednesday, May 20, 2015

11 months

 Yesterday marked 11 months for Caimbree! In one short month my baby will be one.  The first year really does fly by so fast.  We love this little angel more and more every day.

*Waves if she hears anyone say, "hi"
*Good little eater and will eat whatever we are eating or baby food
*Still super easy going
*Still making the most serious little faces
*Crawls all over
*Goes through phases where she will pull herself up on things, but doesn't seem to show that much interest in it
*Wiggles like crazy when you are trying to get her dressed or change her diaper
*Naps at 9 and 12:30.  Goes to bed between 7 and 8
*Tries to put shoes on if she finds a pair
*Loves watching her sisters
*Loves to be on the trampoline with the big girls
*Absolutely adores being outside
*Gets really excited and kicks her legs when she sees animals
*When Jeff gets home she reaches for him and hangs with him for about 10 minutes and then wants mom again.  It's cute because she is excited to see him at the end of the day
*Seems to do just fine when other people take her, as long as she isn't tired or hungry
*Still refuses bottles and sippy cups
*If she happens to get anything to come out of a straw, the second it goes in her mouth she panics and spits it out
*Loves to read
*When she is sitting on the floor and wants attention she will cover her eyes to play peek-a-boo
*Mimics your actions
*I can't think of a time or place where I have gone somewhere where someone hasn't either commented on her cheeks or how easy going she is
*Has 5 teeth, almost 6 (2 bottom, 2 fangs, and 1 front)
We love this little Caimbree girl so very much.  She is just so fun and easy to be around.  I cannot imagine how we ever got along without her.

We love you Caimbree!

Saturday, May 16, 2015


 We spent the weekend in Chattanooga.  When we moved out here we decided we were going to try to use the weekends to see and do everything we could because we don't know how long we will be here...although we hope it is for a long, long, long time of course.  It's just that last time we thought it was going to be forever so we don't want to get our hopes up I guess.
 Anyway, we had a great time!  We left Friday when Jeff got home.  We stayed the night in a hotel, which the girls still think is the coolest thing on the planet.
 We drove around Chattanooga in the morning checking it all out.  There are so many things to do there, but we decided to take the incline up Lookout Mountain.  The girls wanted to go on a train so this was what they wanted to do.  Caimbree absolutely loved the little ride and so did the big girls!  It just wasn't long enough for them.  It was a beautiful ride.
 The view from the top was pretty incredible!  The girls loved looking from the observation decks.
 I think Caimbree was pretty enthralled with the whole thing.  Well actually, she seems to be happy and enjoy wherever we go.
 We went on a little hike at the top and checked out a little civil war history.
 I love this picture of my little Zanny Zoo.  Oh, and now she calls our place the "rental house".  Oh my hilarious.  She insists on wearing her "running shorts" wherever we go now.  So cute.
We were going to go to the Tennessee State Aquarium but it was quite pricey and we decided we didn't have enough time to really justify spending $100.  There was a cool area with pools of water that kids were playing in and it was so fun for them and it was free so it was a win all around.  They did not want to leave.  I think we might be doing a little swimming this summer!  It was a fun weekend and we had a blast checking out Chattanooga!  We hope to go back again sometime soon.

Monday, May 11, 2015

the latest funnies

The baby books are in a box in the garage, but there are some funny things Heidi said in the last week that I don't want to forget.  I can't write them in her book where I keep a record of them, so I figure if I write them here I can at least remember and add them to her book later.

Heidi: Have you seen my brown sandals?
Me: No, I haven't.  Have you checked your closet?
Heidi: They're probably in some random box in the garage.

Yeah, we have a lot of "random" boxes.  Ha ha.

While on the trampoline this morning:

Heidi: Mom!  Don't jump that high!
Me: Why?
Heidi: Because I'm fragile.

Getting off the trampoline the other trampoline the other day:

Heidi: Mom, can you help me down so I don't get my pants wet?
Me: Sure
Heidi: Okay, take me off like a tropical fruit.

I wasn't sure how exactly to take her off like a tropical fruit, but I gave it my best shot.

Right before bed last night Heidi said she had to go out to the mailbox to "get something".

Me: There's no mail on Sunday.
Heidi: Oh, I know.  It's something else.
Me: What?
Heidi: Savanna's necklace
Me: Why is her necklace in the mailbox?
Heidi: Because she was throwing a fit and I told her if she didn't stop screaming I would put her necklace in the mailbox and she didn't stop screaming.

In case you're wondering, I have never once threatened putting any of their things in the mailbox to get them to behave--ha ha ha.  I was laughing so hard I couldn't even discipline her for taking it upon herself to mother her sister.

If she doesn't want to do something she always says "insist me".

Me: Get your shoes on and we can go for a bike ride around the lake.
Heidi: If you insist me to go around the lake I will.

Heidi refers to the house we live in as the 'rental house'...always.  In every.single.situation.

Me: Should we go home?
Heidi: You mean to the rental house?

Heidi: I just put the crackers in the rental house.

Heidi: Did you pick up another key for the rental house?

If anyone asks her how she likes her house she always says, "It's a rental house."

When the washer flooded she said, "I can't believe all this water is on the floor in the rental house!"

When she has conversations on her little fake phone she saying things like, "Oh yeah, yeah.  Well, we're just in a rental house for now."

And if, heaven forbid, Savanna does anything like bump into a wall Heidi is the first to say, "Savanna!  We don't OWN this house!  It's a rental house!  You need to be careful."

Cracks me up every single time I hear her say "rental house".  What 4 year old knows they live in a rental house?  Apparently Heidi.

And Savanna...

On Sunday in sacrament meeting Jeff was holding my hand.  Whenever Savanna saw, she would push Jeff hand away and start holding my hand.  I guess she was a little jealous.

There were tic tacs in the diaper bag and of course Savanna found them.  She kept calling them "Tic Toes."  We were laughing so hard.  I guess she was thinking tic-tac-toe.

Monday, May 4, 2015

two and a half

 Happy half birthday to our little Savanna girl!
On Saturday she hit the 2 1/2 year mark...crazy!

She is learning and growing faster than we can keep up.

*Calls herself Zanny
*Will do just about anything if she thinks it will get a laugh
*Her hair is getting curlier and curlier by the day.  It goes halfway down her back but curls up to her shoulders
*Loves to do whatever Heidi is doing and be wherever Heidi is
*Knows just how to make Heidi mad
*She is the best big sister to Caimbree.  Whenever Caimbree wakes up from naps or in the morning, Savanna is the first to rush over to her saying, "Morning hug!  Morning hug!"
*She wants everyone to "watch" what she is doing
*When someone is sad she is usually the first one to try to cheer them up
*Doesn't sit still for very long
*After lunch she has been going in her room and putting  
 herself down for a nap
*When she wakes up in the morning she says, "Good nap!"
*Calls Caimbree "Maim"
*Has a major sweet tooth
*Starting to talk a lot more and we are enjoying hearing all the funny things that cross her mind
 *Loves to do hair.  She loves brushing my hair and Heidi's hair
*Loves baby dolls
*Very adventurous
*Terrified of all bugs
*Throws a fit if she thinks there is anything in the tub with her (a little piece of dirt or grass and she is jumping out of the tub)
*We hear, "No, self" A LOT
*Will say the opposite of whatever you say
*Likes talking on the phone but has been known to hang up after a few seconds
*She has such a tender heart
*Nicknames include: Zanny Zoo, Zans, Zanzibar, Zanny Fras, Curly Sue

We love, love, love this spunky little girl!  It seems like yesterday she was born.  Happy half birthday, Zanny Zoo!!  Our lives would be so very boring without you!  S

old timer's day

We lucked out to be here for a fun weekend the first weekend here together as a family.  It was "Old Timer's Day" and there was a parade in the morning.
The girls had so much fun watching the floats, tractors, bands, and horses.  They waved and danced the morning away.
Savanna loved showing the necklace and sticker she got to all of the horses.  It was so funny.  "Look ,Horsey!!  Sticker!  Look, Horsey!"

Savanna also enjoyed the police cars and kept waving and saying, "Hi Cop!  Hi Cop!"  We were laughing so hard!
Caimbree seemed to enjoy her day at the parade too.  She didn't get a nap, but she was happy as could be...seriously, I don't know how to explain how much I love her easy going nature.  It makes things so much easier and more enjoyable!

It was a super fun first weekend here in our new town!

enjoying the outdoors

We promised the girls a trampoline when we moved and once we got settled in our house, we made good on our promise!  It has been so much fun and the girls have been outside jumping all day long.
There is a lake with a path around it and we are trying to go every night after dinner.  The girls walk or ride their bikes and Jeff and I take turns running.  Hopefully we can get back into shape soon.
Heidi loves to ride her bike and Savanna loves to try to catch her.  The girls also enjoy watching the ducks and geese.  We are enjoying our evenings together at the lake!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

a new place to call home

 We made it to our rental Sunday night.  We had no utilities so we stayed the night in corporate housing where Jeff had been staying.  Monday morning we went and got all the utilities set up while we waited for the moving van.  The movers came around noon and got everything situated and beds set up for us.  We are keeping a lot of stuff boxed up in the garage while we wait to build or buy something permanent.  I spent the week unpacking and organizing and had it all pretty much done by Thursday.  We have been walking around and exploring our new area.  One thing we can all agree on is that is absolutely breathtaking!  We are loving the green scenery that surrounds us and the beautiful weather only adds to it.  One reason we wanted to live in Tennessee was for four, milder seasons and the hope of being outside and active as a family more of the year.  So far, that has definitely been the case!  We spend very little time in the house.  We got the girls a trampoline and we are on just over an acre of land.  We are also discovering places to run and hike and bike.  I am excited to make memories with our girls here.  I have good days and lonely days and I feel a little out of place still, but overall we are doing just
 fine and the girls are adjusting remarkably quickly.  Heidi and Savanna now share a room and Savanna has graduated to her big girl bed.  The only problem we have been having is earlier wake ups.  Savanna tends to wake up around 6 and start calling for Heidi.  A conversation I had with Heidi about it had me laughing so hard.

Heidi: Why does Savanna have to wake me up so early?

Me: I think she is just so excited to see you.

Heidi:  Well, she needs to just lay in her bed and quietly dream about me.

 We also found a little cat on one of our walks.  The girls are hoping the owner wants to give the cat up so they can have it.  It is a really sweet little kitty and seems to enjoy the girl's attention.

We are also getting used to seeing a few more bugs.  Savanna smashed a caterpillar and Heidi got so mad!  "Savanna, how could you?!  You deaded it before it could become a butterfly!"  We are trying to teach Savanna not to dead everything ha ha.

Now we are on a quest to find a piece of land to build on or to find a home we can move into.  We are so glad we are renting for now and are starting to get a feel for the area and Jeff's commute.  He is loving his job so far and comes home from work happy and excited about his day and the things he is learning.  We are happy to be all together as a family and are looking forward to this new experience!