Tuesday, August 28, 2012


preemie reunion sisters

Saturday was the annual preemie reunion, which I always love to go to because I want to show Myla off.  This year, Myla loved to go to it because they had prizes and dancers and fun things to do.  Kinsley had a great time too playing in the swimming pool full of water and looking for babies.  The girls got matching flowers on their arms and Myla did some crafts and played some games.  We only saw two of our nurses this time, but they both were excited to see us and thought Myla was beautiful.  They still check in on her health (can’t take the nurse out of the person even if they are at a luau) and are very happy to hear that she is “normal.”  It was a lot of fun for all of us.


first day of pre k (1)Myla started her first day of pre-kindergarten on Monday, and while it wasn’t quite the kick in the stomach for me as last year, she didn’t even seem fazed.  In fact, I went to kiss her goodbye and she said “okay, mom, bye!”  Her teachers (Ms. Jelly-bean and Ms. Teddy-bear) seem very nice and totally interested in each kid and she has a couple of friends from last year that are with her too.  I still rushed to go pick her up, and true to Myla form, she didn’t tell me a thing about her day.  But she did get a sticker for listening, so I guess that is a good sign!  She's the smallest girl in her class so far, and yet so big all at once.

And Check-ups

too tiredKinsley had her 18 month check up on Monday – 18 months!? – and it was the first time with her new doctor, so she tried hard to be impressive.  She climbed up and down the stool, talked and didn’t even cry when the nurse gave her a shot.  She’s gaining fast on Myla – 32 1/2 inches tall and 26 pounds 12 ounces.  Her doctor thought she was perfect, healthy and happy – and yes, impressive.

Myla had a check-in with her eye doctor and I’m proud to say that after almost five years, we have finally been released!  Her eyes were 20/20 and she has no signs of cross-eyes or lazy eyes, which is seen a lot in preemies.  They thought that her eyes were beautiful blues – but of course!

We've been very blessed with these two girls.  And had so much fun in the process.  They certainly keep us on our toes!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Floppy hats and pretty shirts

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Our little girls are such… girls sometimes.  They love to walk around and wear necklaces, or dress up as Cowgirl Myla and Sheriff Kinsley.  We’ve had many pretend picnics and parties and balls, and worn many necklaces, medals and scarves.  And sometimes, there’s just something in the store that you have to try on, or a box of clothes will arrive in the mail that you have to see how it looks.

fancy shirt (2)It always amazes me how two little awesome beings could come from two tiny little cells.  They are happy and smart and funny – you should see the things that Myla comes up with when she’s playing or watch Kinsley walk around the house chattering away.  They are so sweet when it comes to giving hugs goodnight or recently, Myla will randomly say “Love ya’ mom.”  Its been great fun watching them grow and change each day.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about family and making memories.  My friend Kate just found out that her mom is terminally ill and each day I’m thankful for my family.  For my mom and dad.  For these two sweet smiles that greet me in the morning.  For each and every moment that we get to spend laughing and talking and being together. 
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Wow – I didn’t mean to make this such a mushy post.  Sorry mom, should have put a disclaimer at the top huh?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Dancing and Singing

fairy tale dance camp (11)

For the last five weeks, Myla has been going to a fairy-tale dance camp.  Its been pretty neat, they read a princess story and then the teacher attempts to teach a bunch of 4-5 year old girls some ballet to the songs that go with the stories.  Myla has really had a good time and spends a lot of the week asking when dance class is again.  There’s only one more though, so we need to be looking long and hard at a new class to send her to.  I’m sure it won’t be the same because Miss Jessica won’t be her teacher, but once she gets into it, she’ll like it just as much.  School starts up again soon as well, so between school, gymnastics and a dance class, this girl should be smart and graceful – a good combo I think.

milk cup

Kinsley has discovered a love of singing and will walk around the house singing at the top of her lungs.  Especially if she is holding or close to a guitar.  Or if Myla has been singing a song in the car, Kinsley will join right in and just keep on going.  Its pretty cute to hear her go.  When she isn’t singing, she’s been picking up a lot of words – shoe, bubble, ball, balloon.  And she lights up when her big sister comes around or has been off somewhere and comes back.  She’s growing super fast (it seems) and I’m anxious to see what the doctor says for her 18 month check up.