Lizzie is a morning person. She would be up at the crack of dawn if we let her. To keep my sanity we have a clock that tells her when she is allowed to leave her room in the mornings. Rarely do I get to wake her up so I try to remember those quiet moments before she hits the ground running. The plus to getting to wake her up is that she is a snuggler and wants lots of hugs as she is waking up.
I never get a chance to take photos of the girls during karate class since I am in class at the same time. Thankfully the studio has been great about taking pictures. This photo says so much about Taylor and karate. She is so determined and focused in class. I love seeing her grow so much in confidence and skill this year. Don't mess with my karate girl!
I know... you are shocked to even see anything new and now I've hit you with three pictures in less than a week. I'm not even sure Chris knows about this, but the girls love to snuggle together. They started fighting about 10 minutes after this photo was taken but for 10 sweet minutes they whispered secrets, giggled, and drove the cat crazy with their wiggly feet under the covers.
Lizzie loves rocking her own style. When she took some old tissue paper and ribbon and made this bow I just smiled and asked how tight to tie it around her chin. She proceeded to wear this out in public for the rest of the day/night. Somehow I think she would do well in with big hats at Derby Day or in England for tea parties.
My kids don't know how to take a picture without doing a few silly faces to go with it. Sometimes the silly faces end up being my favorites. The bottom left hand corner is what Taylor thinks is her "Mad" face. Ha! She doesn't look nearly this cute when she's mad and I have many hours of listening to her scream as a baby to know what her mad face looks like.
Lizzie loves her pretty dresses and boots. From what I've heard it's because she likes to look pretty but the boots are easier for playing, jumping, splashing in puddles, or whatever else she needs to do.
Turning seven means discovering a love for science, wondering how the world works, loving the ability to expand your knowledge by opening a book, building confidence with karate, wanting short hair, loving blue jeans and jean shorts(after years of hating them), wearing shoes with laces that you tie, having several best friends, getting irritated when your little sister wants to hang out with you and your friends, wanting to be a teacher and going to Texas Tech like your Aunt KK to become one, loving green apples, needing corn cut off the cob and apples sliced because your front teeth are missing, loving the outdoors, creating all kinds of new inventions in the craft room, hunting with Daddy, imagining with your little sister, still wanting songs at bedtime from Mom, and just being the sweet girl she is. I love seeing you grow up Tay!
I started this blog a little while before having Taylor, but having kids really defined this blog. This is my digital scrapbook of them as little people and my backup in case something happens to all our files of pictures. For a while I actually did a weekly log of what we were doing and unique things about each kid. Taylor turned seven and reality hit that I don't feel like I've documented her life like I used to. She had me read the shutterfly book I made about her birth and I love pouring over each picture. I loved remembering each moment or trying to recall the parts that are a bit fuzzy since I had just finished having major surgery(a c-section). Sadly I won't forgot getting sick in front of all my family members(in-laws too) as the spinal tap wore off. Reliving those sweet memories made me want to rush onto Shutterfly and make each year that I haven't finished yet or sat down to do. I want to be able to take that visual journey with her anytime she wants and remind her of all the silly, frustrating, embarrassing, and loving things she did as she grew up. Until then I will settle for this collage to remind me of how my girl has grown over the years. There are two pictures from when she was three(middle row, left and middle pictures) but the rest are one from each year around her birthday from birthday until seven.
I try not to be shocked anymore when Lizzie comes down the stairs in random outfits. On this day it was more cuteness than a wow factor. Lizzie hasn't been in dance for over 9 months, has no desire to take dance class, but does find the need to full dress in dance gear every so often and request music videos. I sat back and watched as she rocked her little tutu off to Taylor Swift, Meaghan Trainor, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande. This girl likes her music and dancing makes her happy.
I was reminded this week of how much other people enjoy these emails and pictures when the girls 94 year old great grandmother kindly commented that she missed seeing their pictures. I didn't even know my father-in-law was forwarding them on to her. Her comment made me think about how I may see the girls everyday but some of our friends and family don't. Plus I know that years from now I will not remember why Taylor stopped to give me her sweet smile or why Lizzie was doing something adorable. So my loved ones, here is the girl who started it all giving us one of her sweet smiles that I love so much. Happy Taylor Tuesday on Thursday!
So I never got you a Taylor Tuesday or Elizabethursday, so here is your Sister Saturday. Love these too goofballs! I asked them to smile and got this. Funny how they do this without even talking to each other.
After a few requests they allowed me to have this one too. As much as I like seeing their sweet smiles, I love their goofiness more. I feel bad for my friend that is going to be taking our family pictures soon. Who knows what they are going to come up with for her.