June 20, 2012

Big week...big, big week.

Oh goodness...what a week these girls had.
What a week.
For starters, my little lovey..she is full on walking.
Yes, it only took her 5 days shy of being 14 months, but if you saw her now...one would never think that she "just" started walking.
I must admit...even though I wanted her to walk so badly so she could enjoy some of the things, her sister was doing...
a small piece of me died.
Dramatic, I know.
But, Oh so true.
Another big thing happened in our family.
She is now in a big girl bed. I had talked to Walt for a while about making the transition. If you know Eloise, you know how strong willed she is. She IS her father's child. I thought this was going to be a LOOOONG drawn out process.
You know, like the paci was, and like the bottle was.
But this...NOPE.
Took down the "crib" portion of her bed, and
Yes, I've peeked in on her like 15 times a day during her naps...
and yes, more drama...
another small part of my died along with that as well.
And...Big day Sunday...
Father's Day.
This year, Eloise gets it.
We practiced for an entire week.... "happy father's day, daddy."
We colored cards, we made daddy something, we even got up extra early to get daddy kolaches
mommy...oh, she was SO UPER DUPER nice...she MOWED the lawn for daddy.
She did this during NAP TIME.
She thinks she deserves wife of the year.. haha.
But of course, what did the husband say?
"Did you weed eat too?" "You know, it would really help me out if you did this next Friday."
gotta love him.
Both girls coloring daddy's card.
Eloise was so proud of the "mushrooms" that we made for daddy.
We got the idea out of family fun magazine.
We made mushrooms out of clay,
and put them on the lid of a tall container,
we then filled the containers with daddy's favorite candy.
And we made a card that said..
"daddy, we think you are a real "fungi!"
I thought it was quite hilarious.
And eloise and emerson LOVED throwing glitter all over the card.
Here is Eloise getting ready to go wake daddy up...
Emerson is on momma's hip. This is why she isn't in the picture.

Oh look, daddy is so happy to be woken up so early.
Look how into father's day, daddy is.
He is so excited.
All of his girls couldn't wait any longer.
the mushrooms E made..
yes, some look like sombreros...it was the best we could do.
she wanted the candy.
daddy is finally waking up a little bit.
Emerson is so proud of the dots she put on the mushrooms
Daddy telling Emerson, thank you.
Kissing his baby girl...
And Eloise insisted that Daddy give her a kiss on the cheek.
she's getting too big.

Then we got all dressed up for church.
Eloise is smitten by this man...
but she still won't smile at the camera...too shy.
and this one, had to take a picture with momma...
because we are still experiencing some separation anxiety, and she wanted nothing to do with daddy at this moment...
and she clearly wanted nothing to do with the nursery at church..
as the was about the 4th time in a row we have been paged out of church for her constant crying.
Oh little lovey.
Daddy with his girls...
the two reasons he was celebrated on this special day!!
and I said this was a Big week..
we had our first sleep over!!
The girls and I went to spend the night with my bestie, Sarah.
Her husband was out of town, and Walt was working late.
Eloise was SO excited...she couldn't contain herself ALL day.
all she wanted to do was take a bath in Aunt Sarah's tub, and use the rubber duckies..
and she wanted to build birthday cakes,
and have tea parties...
while Sarah and I were eating dinner, Eloise brought over her "pretend"
cookies, cake, crackers and ice cream.
Needless to say, we were full after dinner!! :)
Eloise couldn't wait to sleep in the bed with Momma and Aunt Sarah...She made sure to let me know she was going to sleep on Aunt Sarah's side.
We all laughed a lot.
and we ALL had a fabulous time loving on each other.
and it was nice to have girl time and just talk.
and it WILL be done again...SOON.
here is my big girl, in her precious sleeping bag.
She claimed she was ready to go night night, and would sleep until Aunt Sarah and momma went to bed, but...
she decided Aunt Sarah was a little more comfortable :)
and Emerson had the time of her life
can't you tell by this face?!!
How blessed our life is! And we are reminded of this every single day!!

June 11, 2012

I so excited!

it's summer...
and I wish I could say we have been doing A LOT of this...

BUT, unfortunately, the Bass household, was struck, once again...
by the stomach bug..and we were down and out for almost 2 weeks.
we were completely fine and dandy just in time to go and visit our cousins that came in from North Carolina.
The last time Eloise had seen her cousins was 18 months ago...
so, this meant that Emerson had NEVER met them.
The ENTIRE car ride up to Dallas Eloise kept saying,
"I so excited to see Cousin Claire!"
"Momma, I so excited!"
Of course, she was excited to see cousin Jack, too...actually...that girl fell completely in love with him.. (something about her and "older" boys)
But she was SO excited to play with a GIRL... her COUSIN, her AGE!
Nichole was staying at a friend's house, so we packed up and went over there around9 in the morning and stayed and played ALL day.
WHAT a fabulous weekend we had. The kids had SO much fun together...
and I reveled every minute of it.
And of course, I had a grand ole' time chatting it up with my sis.
and I so appreciate Jessica...she let up sleep in her house, eat her food, play in her back yard.
This past weekend was perfect...
and I was so glad that Eloise was
"So excited"
I was "so excited" too!

Claire and Eloise, warming up to each other..
didn't take long for these two cuties to realize that they had tons in common
The big girls, walking to the park
so happy to be together
Uncle Walt and Jack, having a heart to heart.

"Here, Claire...here's your hat."
Eloise trying to show off to Jack and name all of her colors.
sweet cousins
WHAT? Sno cones!
What a treat!!
look at those two precious babies!!
ahhh...wish they could play together all the time!!
the 3 girls
(yes, eloise had taken off ALL her clothes)
this girl LOVED the trampoline...
she was a natural!
I see gymnastics in our future!
Look! Mid Flip!
You go girl!
swimming away
Claire obviously does a MUCH better job at "cheesin"
as they were walking up Claire said, "wait for me, Eloise..ok?"
I LOVED hearing them talk to each other.
finally warming up to "Uncle Graham" and giving him a high five
and a hug!!
I love this picture...
the kids got out Bingo...and were honestly trying to play it with two, 2 year olds..
Eloise definitely looks annoyed in this picture...
like they weren't calling out her letter and number or something...
like she really knows!! :)
seriously? This is the BINGO crew...too precious
and after a great dinner...we had to have a sweet treat...
the girls LOVED it!!

look at this one...she LOVED the treat...
LOOK at those TEETH!!
I had a lady tell me the other day she had some chompers on her...
who cares...she's still beautiful!!
and then it was time for our goodbyes...
which I hated..because it was too quick.
Love my big sis..and my littlest love, LOVES her too!
Uncle Walt thought Claire was the sweetest thing he's ever met.
sweet baby Claire, giving miss Emerson some kisses
best friends for ever and ever.
and the goodbyes were sad.
I hated it...
the trip was too short.
So...how do we cheer up a little girl that was saying the whole time in the car that she missed cousin claire?
Stop by Bush's chicken and have a picnic on Baylor's campus, of course!!
That makes everything better!!
this one loved her first taste of friend okra..
my kind of girl, I tell ya.
Eloise looking at the Baylor bear with a new friend.
Daddy telling Eloise all of his college stories..
He was telling her that it would make him the happiest daddy in the world if his girls went to Baylor one day.
and I just had to share that this little love is now facing forward!
We JUST hit the 20 pound mark...so she can finally have a big girl car seat..and it took a while, but she now LOVES it!!
what a great weekend!!
Psalm 68:3
"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful."