Monday, February 10, 2014

Carlie's 21 month update

Carlie is now 1-3/4 years old! I can't believe our little surprise miracle will soon be two! How in the world is that even possible? These days, Carlie's talking up a storm. We came up with a list of about 100 words and phrases that she says (mostly recognizably, though sometimes Mama is the only one who understands her) and she continues to amaze us with her displays of what she understands. Carlie can correctly name all of her colors (though she once in a while mixes up yellow and blue for some reason) and most of her shapes. She's really awesome at sorting activities, which was a total surprise one day when I went over to help her do a puff-ball sorting activity that I had set up for her & lo and behold, she had finished it herself! Carlie is in the early stages of learning to spell her name (when asked to spell her name, she says, "C-A, mama!"), but if you ask her what her name is, she'll tell you Bubba Scholl, which is her translation of Carlie ISABELLA Scholl. What a little nut! Mama was also really proud when a fellow mama at story time (whom I later found out was a speech pathologist) noted how verbal Carlie is and how well she communicates!

Carlie has grown 1.5 inches since her last update, making her about 33" tall & she weighs about 25 pounds (up 1 pound, so she's thinning out a bit!). She is mostly wearing 24month-2T clothes, size 5 shoes, & she just graduated to size 4 diapers. She still LOVES to eat and really is not very particular, though truth be told, she doesn't really like sandwiches and will likely just eat the filling out of it when served one!

Carlie is obsessed with everything that has anything to do with kitties. She will excitedly jump and exclaim, "Rawr-Rawr!" anytime she sees a cat in a book, on a show, or even on clothing. In fact, when we went to pick her up from the play room at church recently, she had two kitty toys, one in each hand - and the time before, she had the helper read her the same cat story over and over again. The girl loves her cats!

Car-Car also loves to look at books. She's perfectly content to sit on the floor and search for "Rawr-Rawrs" on her own, but she also loves to be read to. Her favorite stories right now are "NuNu Rhymes" (Nursery Rhymes), "BED" (Ten in the Bed - she loves to sing the 'Roll over' part) and "Dumpy Doo" (Humpty Dumpty). Besides her "Marie RawrRawr," Carlie's other favorite toys these days are "DooDoo" (Dory) and the dollhouse. She loves to put all of the play characters down for naps.

Haddy and Carlie are currently obsessed with the Frozen soundtrack & can be heard quoting and singing it randomly while playing (as you will see in the video below). It's pretty funny to hear Carlie spout off, "Go away, Anna!" and singing her rendition of "Let it Go" complete with hand motions and dreamy stares into the sky!

Another new development with Carlie recently has been CLIMBING! Carlie loves to climb on everything now - up on the bar stools around the kitchen island, up onto the ottoman (where she then likes to jump!), up into her high chair by herself, onto Haddy's bed to jump (which resulted in a broken bed when they both joined in on that together!), up and down the stairs - you name it, she'll climb it!

Our baby's not so baby anymore!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Hadley is THREE!

I can't believe that our Hadley is REALLY three years old! It is so surreal that she has been a part of our home and our family for that long - it seems like only a moment ago, I was agonizing over her months upon months of sleepless nights...and now we're daily agonizing over giving her the freedom that she needs to grow and learn, but the structure and discipline she needs to be kind and loving.

At her 3-year-check up, Haddy did an awesome job!  She stood on the big kid scale and height stand and really liked having her blood pressure taken.  She answered all of the doctor's questions and was really such a super star (right up until the dreaded flu shot - but then she only cried for a second when Super-Nurse showed up with a Nemo sticker and saved the day!).  Hadley weighs 28.25lb (25th percentile) and is 36.75" tall (40th percentile), 25th percentile for BMI.  Haddy also made her first trip to the dentist about a week after her first birthday!  She was a rock-star and the hygienist loved how chatty Hadley was.

Hadley is our sassy and precious live wire.  She loves to dance and sing.  She loves to make up words to songs with whatever pops into her head at the moment (like her Daddy).  She loves to be with people.  She loves to swing, and jump, and climb.  She loves Nemo, Doc McStuffins, Daniel Tiger, and Monsters Inc.  She is so intelligent and loves to ask questions.  Haddy hates to have her hair fixed and doesn't really like to take naps (even though she needs them).  Haddy loves to go to swim class & splash with Carlie in the tub.  She is daily learning how to be a good and kind big sister.  She is a pro at using the potty (and almost diaper-free at night)!  Hadley loves to push the limits and test the waters.  She loves to be sassy and fresh, but she can also be an awesome snuggler.

We love you more than you will ever know, sweetheart.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Hadley Rebecca Scholl!! 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Scholl Sisters' 2013 Disney World trip!

From October 3-8th, our family went on a quick long-weekend trip to Disney World. It was both Carlie's first trip to Disney World and her first trip in an airplane (aside from doing both in-utero!)! Both girls were just awesome! Even though there was a lot of waiting in lines or waiting for meals, changes in schedules, & sleeping in unfamiliar quarters, the girls really did an amazing job! Haddy didn't have a single potty accident (which we were so worried about, but SO proud of in the end!) and the girls really had a great time.

Carlie wasn't a big fan of the characters, but Hadley absolutely loved them! Her favorites, I think, were Tigger, Mary Poppins, and Alice, but she was pretty star-struck over Minnie Mouse, too! Despite Carlie fussing and crying when the characters came nearby, she called after Minnie and Pooh, saying "BACK!" after they left, because she decided that she wanted to admire them from a short distance again!

The favorite ride for both girls was definitely Nemo, though they also really liked It's a Small World (especially Carlie) and the Triceratops Spin. We also took them to see a couple of shows (Nemo the Musical & the Disney Junior show) and Hadley especially enjoyed those (though Carlie did love MinnaMinna and DOC in the Disney Jr. show).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

We have a winner!

The winner (drawn by the birthday girl herself) was commenter #1 Jessica! Shutterfly should be contacting you soon with your $50 winnings code! Thanks everyone for playing along!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

It's time to order your Christmas cards! And a giveaway!

It's that time of year again! Christmas time means time for celebrations, time for togetherness, time for giving, and time to start snapping pics and scouring Shutterfly for your favorite card to send out to friends and family!  I LOVE collecting and displaying my Christmas cards in our foyer each year.  I do treasure each of the photo cards that we receive & keep I most of them displayed on my refrigerator well into the new year.

As in years past, I've been asked by Shutterfly to review their new Holiday Card Collection and photo gifts and I'm more than happy to do so (hey, they give back to me, so it's the least I can do!)!  I've ordered from them for the past three Christmases for both our cards & our calendar gifts and have been more than pleased with the result, particularly the 5x7 stationery cards! They also have some new card options for their 2013 collection, including tri-fold 5x7 styles, as well as the ability to customize the back of the cards with various designs.  Their new styles are so varied that you're sure to find something that suits your fancy, including contemporary, whimsy, classic, merry & bright, religious, & photo basics.

I love the way their site is set up, because I can easily navigate and view only the type of cards that I'm searching for!  I can select the size (5x7) and also choose the number of photos that I would like to include. Christmas card selection this year is going to be particularly challenging, however.  Usually, I like to find one with four photos so that I can include one of each girl individually, as well as a photo of them together (that's the challenging part!!!), and then a family photo, but my girls just don't stop moving, so that does make things somewhat difficult! 

I'm a big fan of the solid-color backgrounds that really let the photos stand to find the perfect photos...let me show you a few of my favorites (but keep reading through to get to the giveaway info!)!
This particular card has color options to add even more pizazz!
This card has a very "natural" feel to it & would really let the faces in the photo stand out!
I love the grey with the black and white pics!
I love how the black makes the photo POP on this card!
I love the "country" feel of this one with the berries and branches, but the classy look of the script.

Obviously I had a hard time choosing just a few of my favorites to show you!  There's just so much to love! The newest designs just seem so sleek and contemporary, but still timeless and traditional at the same time. 

Ok, and now here's the part for YOU! The contest! Shutterfly has graciously offered to give one of my awesome readers a code for $50 off your total stationery & gift order plus free shipping!  To enter, all you have to do is click through to the Shutterfly page and comment with the name of your favorite holiday card!  The contest will end on Tuesday, November 26th & I'll let the birthday girl (Haddy!) choose the winner that day before bedtime! Good luck & happy card-hunting!