Somehow a harsh winter, snow, ice, and frigid cold is made better with a few nights of family fun. Gail's sister, Patty, visited in January. It had been several (we think 5!) years since we had seen her. So it was a special occasion with Aunt Patty for sure. She was meeting Lily and Molly Kate for the first time.
Then we celebrated Kathleen's February birthday at our house. Always a fun time when we get the whole family together!
I'm not sure why they were flexing?
The birthday girl and the boys...oh and Sophie
3 year olds and royalty
"happy birthday to you.."
rapunzel and a fairy. in a constant state of dress up
Donny's tradition of taking his pint-sized valentines on dates continued. Ava picked lunch at Glory Days (she was actually home sick with strep, can you tell?). Sophie selected Ruby Tuesday for lunch on one of the snow days. Lily wanted a strictly dessert date and picked a frozen yogurt shop near us after dinner one night. Donny took his regular-sized Valentine, me, out for a movie at the Alamo drafthouse. It was our first time there, such a cool idea. You can eat and drink while watching the show.
Very blessed with this man I love.
I snapped a few pictures on V-day in their red and heart attire.
Here they are making their Valentines. With the big snowstorm that hit, they all celebrated with their classes a few days late.
Sophie picked sticky bugs
Ava picked cards with dogs and Bible verses
and Lily went with Sophia!
Molly didn't get a date this year, but she still wanted to make an appearance in the blog post. A few days after she turned 9 months, she decided it was time to show us her stuff. For the past few weeks she has been crawling up a storm. She gets into trouble faster than any baby I remember. I'll find her tangled in cords, pulling up on unstable toys, stuck under furniture, and then one afternoon she removed the floor heating vent and fell halfway (face and one arm) into the vent! Her face was all bloody from the sharp edges. Lily came to get me yelling "emergency", but Molly wasn't even crying until I started with the mom hysterics (which naturally must occur in a situation like that). Don't be worried, now that I know what she's capable of I am doing better "lifeguarding".
Caught my two middle sisters in the bath together last night. While Sophie can also shower herself she's perfectly content to sit in the tub with her little sis and plop bubbles on her face to send Lily into a fit of laughter. I love how each girl has a special relationship with each sister. This week I had a variety of combinations home together (thanks to Strep hitting at staggered times). Sophie is always leading Lily into some sort of "adventure", and they are always giggling! I was laughing so hard during bath time that I could barely keep the camera steady and my settings weren't right so they are half blurry anyway. Still sweet moments I cherish with my two look-a-likes. I didn't realize I had Ava serving as backup paparazzi and snapping my picture with my phone as I took theirs.
Ava and Sophie are both playing their first season of basketball this winter. Ava is playing on the girls' 2nd grade team with the county, and Sophie is playing Upward kindergarten co-ed. They play in gyms about 20-30 minutes apart, and the games are usually within an hour or happening simultaneously on Saturday mornings. Donny is coaching Ava's team, which means I take the little girls to Sophie's games. Throw in some Saturday long runs and that means I'm waking in the 4's to get #12 to the gym in time for tip off. The good news is that they absolutely love the sport of basketball, so it makes all of the shuffling worth it. We have awesome grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, sisters and friends who cheer the girls onto victory. Neither of the teams keep an official score on the scoreboard, but that just means a lot of mental math is going on in our 5 and 7 year old's minds. Win or lose, they grow in skill each game, have a blast and run a TON!