Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sloane is 3!

Sloane Taylor,

You are now 3 years old! We have been blessed with another year with you! You are funny, energetic, sweet, quirky (at times), bold, free-spirited, creative, sensitive, and intelligent.

We have learned a lot about you this past year. You have a great imagination and we love it! You have asked daddy to play hotel or swimming pool or house so many times. You have asked him to “twirl” with you, saying he is the prince and you are the princess.

I have had a chance to be more of a “mom” to you the past few months not working as much. This has truly been a blessing getting to spend more time with you. I will never regret it!

We have watched your boldness come out, once again, with another move this time 8 hours from Nebraska.  You've had your usual “go with the flow” attitude, attacking each day with joy.

You have been a sponge recently…sometimes taking in too much. You have copied comments that we’ve made and surprised us with many. “Stop freaking out” being a favorite.

You have learned to memorize many verses that daddy has taught you on the road in the early mornings. You initiate praying and thanking God for many blessings. We love seeing you grow to learn more about Jesus!

These next few months we get to watch you take on a whole new role as a BIG SIS! You are going to be wonderful! You are truly a blessing, sweet pea! We love you and adore you and are thankful for another year with you!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sloane's 3rd Birthday!

For Sloane's 3rd birthday we wanted to do something special! It turned out to be the same weekend we needed to be moved out of our apartment, which made it a little complicated. We decided to meet the Swanson's in KC to pick up the trailer for moving and also celebrate Sloane. The Swanson's made a reservation at a indoor water-park hotel which was perfect for a 3 year old:) 

Sloane was easy to please....she talked about going to the "party hotel" for a couple weeks and made it clear that she wanted 3 balloons and a cake. She had fun picking out a bubble guppies cake:) Before we left, I took her to a mommy&me salon to get a pedicure and she was very scared. We ended up going to build a bear to get a my lil pony instead:) 

At the end of the weekend, Swanson's took Sloane back to NE to share her with my parents for the following week so we could get moved. They had to travel back on her birthday, which was hard for me, but also so awesome that she got to be with all 4 grandparents to celebrate. 

Birthday breakfast

Such a goofball 
Loving the cake for breakfast:)

Friday, May 23, 2014

7 Months

7 Months

Baby Boy, 

This month has been a busy one moving into a new place. We are so excited that you will have your own room! We are going to fix it up and do a sports theme for you. I hope you'll like it! You are still continuing to kick/move a lot in my tummy! It is such a great feeling to know you're in there:) We are nearing the end stretch...I just can't believe we will be meeting our little man real soon!  Keep growing strong! See you soon! 


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Iddy Biddy Soccer

We started Iddy Biddy soccer with Sloane this spring and overall it was very fun! Sloane was one of the youngest in her group (age 3-4), but we were able to sneak her in early (she's almost 3). There were quite a few ups and downs throughout, but the ups sure made it worth it. Mike and I had a blast seeing smiles and improvement following the coach's instructions. It was definitely a great thing for a little one to learn. Soccer was definitely a great sport to start for necessary motor skills of a kiddo so little(running, jumping, kicking, balance, coordination).  

It was a great learning process for Mike and I how to parent/encourage a little girl in sports. The first day we watched a little boy accidently trip Sloane while running and her confidence get crushed. She did so much better when we were encouraging and giving her positive feedback throughout. 

There were the uninterested "dandelion pickin" days, where Mike and I were both frustrated. We did realize it is quite a lot to expect from a 2 year old! They were followed up by good days of Sloane doing everything coach asked without our help. Mike and I have dreamed of the days ahead going to sporting events to watch the kids. Hope this is just the beginning:)  Overall, it was an awesome experience and just so stinkin adorable!:) 

This was the very first day of soccer, and it got rained out. Plan B hang with Cousin Roman. We had fun watchin Rome after Sloane's games too! 
Sloane is excited to have a baby brother soon!
On the way to soccer, Sloane is jammin out to Rocky. Getting her mind in the game....Daddy's idea:)
Had to throw this in....pickin dandelions:) 

Daddy was Sloane's favorite "encourager."

Had to score goals to get "juice". Awesome on a hot day!

Completely exhausted after each day!

Love her face here..."It's just so cold mom." 
Love these two...she sure loves her daddy!
One of Sloane's favorite parts was the running. 

Dribbling the ball to pick up candy....what 2 year old wouldn't love this?!:)

Goofball.....head on the ball:) 

Givin coach a high five!
She loved her trophy!