Thursday, August 14, 2014

July 4, 2014

We were so excited for Independence Day this year! 1. It is my favorite holiday. 2. It was Gwennie's first time celebrating. 3. We were all just super excited.

I woke up early, and decided to walk to where the parade would be and set up chairs for our group. I did this around 5:00 am, and though the spot was incredible, I didn't think about the sun so we were being scorched. Luckily, everyone was just happy to see the parade regardless of the impending sunburns.

When I got back home, I made breakfast for J, and we waited for Gwen to wake up--that girl is a sleep-er in-er. The parade was supposed to start at nine, so at 8:30 am we woke her up and got her dressed, and we went on our way!!!

We didn't last the entire parade because the sun was so intense. There was a storm coming in so the clouds magnified the sun, and it was just painful! When we got home around 10, we had a snack and Gwen went back to sleep for her nap.

We have had the best luck in going to Winslow for fireworks, but driving with Gwen at night is miserable. She likes to see what is going on, but it's too dark. The car light can be on, but it overheats, and we just would rather do anything else other than driving her around at night. Since Winslow is 45 minutes away with the show starting as soon as it is dark enough, we decided to stay in Flagstaff and watch from the country club.

We went with the Valdes family and the Kelly family to the country club, set up some chairs and talked and played. Finally, the huge storm rolled in, and we were getting rained on. We stayed for a good while, but eventually is started pouring, so we ran to the car and got hot cocoa and ice cream instead!

Normally, an Independence Day like that would really leave me wanting more, but this was absolutely my favorite. The more I grow up, the more I realize that plans don't always turn out, and the best way to handle that is to make the best out of it! I could have been sad about not seeing fireworks, but getting ice cream and cocoa with friends was way better. Running out of the golf course because your getting dumped on could leave me cold and upset, but instead it was a total adventure! I'm glad to be able to roll with life. I hope I keep getting better at that.

Gwen in her 4th of July duds!

She konked out from the excitement and heat of the parade!

Susie and our family. We rushed into our car after getting rained on. We were SOAKED!!

Month 4.

In Gwen's 4th month of life, she learned how to roll from her tummy to her back, and from her back to her tummy! She is quite the roller, and she always looks for claps and smiles from us after she does one because we have effectively conditioned her using Pavlov's ideas.

Gwen has found her toes!!! She now helps us change her diapers by holding her toes, and she also helps with bathtime, ensuring we get all her bits clean! It's insanely cute.

Mini has learned how to fall asleep by herself. She will eat, and then we will wrap her in a blanket and put her in bed. She'll talk to herself a bit (she tells herself how nice of parents we are, duh) and then she'll be out! It's fantastic! She still falls asleep at night while eating, but we don't mind that.

Gwen is officially a fish. Jake got a new job here in Flagstaff, and they sent us all to Tempe for training. While he worked, we swam every day, and then we'd swim when he got home as well! It was so fun, and this babe of ours is a mermaid in the making.

The babe doesn't fit in 3 month clothes anymore. There are a few 3-6 month outfits we can squeeze her into, but mostly she is in 6 months.

A little more of the sides of her hair has fallen out, but it is being replaced by white blonde hair, which I 100% approve of.

Gwen discovered her tongue, and life will never be the same. When she smiles, she uses her tongue. When she kisses, she commits to Frenching. That tongue is just always out, and it is so cute.

She has a few best friends. She loves to play with Will, Ella, and Cora. She LOVES cousin Ridgey.

Nothing makes Gwen happier than waking up. She also loves when J gets home from work. She will smile and smile and smile, so naturally she follows him everywhere. . . she is his mini, after all.
She LOVES moving these chunky thighs!

I feel like she's saying, "Do you like my romper, Mom?"

Swimming wears a girl out. PS! This picture of Gwen looks like my mom!!! Siblings, do you see it!?

Again, post swimming.

Gwennypoo likes to hold her own bottles.

This melted me. Gwen has never been one to fall asleep with things in her hands, but she did like this!!

Mini ignores us when she's mad at us for trying to feed her when she's hungry. . . moody.

Just being fabulous.

Swimming in Tempe. The pool is on the roof.

Gwen mean-muggin' because she's the best swimmer ever.

My sister sent me this to show our babes' resemblance to us. I died of cuteness!

G lately likes to hang out on her side. Endless options.

Her motor skills are getting to be less shaky, so she can sometimes reach her mouth!

This is Gwen. She passed out on my mom's bed. This is 100% comical.

She constantly is sticking out her cute tongue!

Blurry, but still so cute! She is always happy.