January 21, 2015

Cooking Decorating and Ornament Painting - Christmas 2014

I honestly can't remember when we started this tradition but it is one I love the most!

We don't usually have a ton of Christmas parties to attend or gatherings to show up at so we have a nice cousin Christmas cookie decorating and ornament painting party.  The kids have come a LONG way since the first one we had.

Tate didn't get in on the action much but he sure is cute and he tried to eat the paper!

Handsome Loper boys


The cookies were delish and there were not many left over!

Thanks Holly for hosting and always getting this tradition together. 

January 20, 2015

8 Year old Stats and Such

So, Big Sister had her 8 year old check up yesterday.  I'm glad to say she's only been to the Dr. a few times this year. I think we might have finally built up some immunity.

The Dr. said she was looking and doing great.  Although we fight like cats and dogs and she never seems to mind me, she is a great kid.  MOST of the time.  I love that girl to pieces but some days, well, it's hard.  It's real.  It's NOT pretty.  We fight over what clothes she wears and how it 'makes her look fat' (her words, NOT mine).  We fight about shoes.  We fight about homework.  The struggle is real my friends. 

And even though it's not always sunshine and rainbows, I still love her.  She has the biggest heart and wears her emotions on her sleeve. Ok, both sleeves. And her shirt.  And that's ok!  She is usually a good big sister, except when she is pestering like her Papaw taught her.

Her bloodwork was fine, her BP was good.  She weighs 88 pounds and is in the 95th percentile for weight. She is 53 inches tall which is 4 feet, 5 inches.  She only has another 8 inches before she meets and passes my Mom!  This puts her in the 90th percentile. 50 inches is average for her age.  I think her sister is on track to be tall too!

So overall, she is good. She is healthy. She is smart.  She is alive and well.  Not everyone can say the same thing.  For that, I am thankful.  Watching her grow up is a joy, well, most of the time.  She is unique and marches to the beat of her own drum!  She is obsessed with anything Annie these days.  She loves to watch TV and movies but has quite the imagination when playing outside.

Before I know it, she will be moving out for college.

January 12, 2015

8th Birthday

Today is Big Sister's 8th birthday. So technically at 4:39 pm, she will be 8 years of age.  It has sometimes crept by but overall it has flown by.

I will have to say that this year has been the best year BY FAR.  Granted, she has the sassy attitude of a 16 year old, but she's a great student who is on the honor roll and is the GATES program.  She is FULL of life and never wants to stay at home but always wants someone close to her.  She doesn't like being alone and thrives on being the center of attention, aka, THE LOUDEST.  And yes, no clue where that comes from.

She had a great sleepover with 3 of her friends before school started back from the holidays.  This was our first time having one at home. Man, it was loud. But super easy on my part as she planned every minute of it and just told me what to buy for food and drinks!


 She also told me she wanted a cinnamon cake for her birthday cake.  This did not go over as well for her friends but she and her sister were elated! 

They played games.

She opened a few presents. I really debated about this.  She's given away her presents from her parties since her 4th birthday.  Since we weren't doing anything big, I decided it was ok this year since she would only get 3 things.  We talked about it and since she was already doing another good deed, we agreed it was ok.  But, after Christmas this year and her somewhat ungrateful attitude, I almost regretted that decision.

However, she got 3 great presents that she is still using.  She got tons of art and drawing supplies.

She got basically the Charades version of Heads Up. Which they played that night.  It was hilarious.  

She got markers and suncatchers.

The sketch book above she used this weekend to start her 'book.'  She's not been allowed to watch TV or play on her tablet since mid-week due to aforementioned attitude so all weekend she was forced to find something else to do.  She started writing and illustrating a book about a bad boy.  She has her table of contents and the first 2 chapters done.  I'm seriously impressed with her skills.

And these color on slipper with a BFF journal and more markers.

 It was a miracle that only 1 small thing got broken as there were MANY pillow fights and dances! As you can see from the pics, they were NEVER STILL.

Then they had a 'fashion show.'  I have no idea who this girly girl was that night but it was funny!

Even though this first-born of ours drives us bonkers most of the time, she's pretty special.  She has a HUGE heart and made one of the biggest decisions of her life this year.  She was saved back in April and baptized in May.  There is NOTHING better than knowing the salvation of your child.

She is also the BEST big sister. She is a TRUE big sister and loves to pester.  Most of the time, she does it just to irritate her sister.  But when push comes to shove, Little Sister will tell you 'Sissy' is her #1 girl!  (Even though it comes out as guuwl).

Happy 8th birthday my sweet girl.  I hope you lose that attitude and find your manners again.  

May the year of 8 bring great joy, wonderful friendships, fun times and a TON of laughter and smiles.

I love you, forever and ever and ever!

She made me take the above pic of showing how she 'wasn't sure how to show she was 8!'