Clobbered. That’s the word I’ve decided to use when describing the snowstorm we experienced yesterday.
We woke up to about 6 inches and it gradually accumulated to 2 feet by the end of the day! Beginning of March and this much snow?! Not quite what I was hoping for, but it looks like the temps are only supposed to increase from here – spring, I’m so ready for you! Now the question is… how long will it take for all this snow to melt??
We were also informed (via Twitter, of course!) that Al Roker would be making an appearance in our town of Front Royal since we were supposed to get hit the hardest. Of course I had to document our tiny claim to fame and snapped a shot of the TV screen 😉Amy, xo.
Today as I left my bi-monthly OB appointment – soon to switch to weekly! – I realized how little time I have left with my little sidekick. It’s been just her and I, all day, everyday, for the past three years. Three years! In those years gone by we’ve shared a bond I can’t even begin to explain. This girl has given my life a purpose. A purpose I never knew could fill my heart with so much joy. She is my number one priority and a “job” that can never be replaced.
She’ll always be my first born. And my one and only daughter.
I get a lump in my throat just thinking about how the change of adding a baby to our lives will rock her world. I’m anxious for her to meet her baby brother and I know she’ll be the most caring and loving big sister, but I’m holding on ever so tightly to these last days of just her and I.
Today we decided it was a good day to let our creative juices flow and paint! Della picked out a cute little bird house to decorate and I had a project I’d been wanting to try out with her up my sleeve.
And now onto the more time consuming (but fun!) project… A chevron painted canvas. I saw this on Hey Lauren Rene and thought it’d be a great activity Della and I could work on together. It looked simple enough, and all I needed to pick up was a blank canvas – I had all the other components at home. All you need is a canvas the size of your choice, painters tape, acrylic paint, sponges, scissors, and a ruler if you’re going to be precise. (Obviously I wasn’t – ha!)
So, yeah… I think I need a “How to Tape-Off a Chevron Pattern for Dummies” manual. Boy was THAT hard! Seriously. Our pattern’s not nearly as straight or perfect as Laurens, but I’m happy with the outcome nonetheless. It’s our kind of perfect 😉
I decided to go over the tape with a little flat white paint before sponging on the blue to help any bleeding that may occur. It kind of worked, but some of the blues still bled through the tape a bit. I can always go back with a tiny detail brush and some more of the flat white in the future, but for today, it’s good enough for me!
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This afternoon while I was on the phone scheduling an appointment for Della, I had to spell out her name and give the receptionist some info. While I was doing this, Della was sitting right beside me mimicking everything I was saying – word for word, letter by letter. It was the cutest thing, so I thought we should sit down and work on her name and her letters.
Lately if we ask her to spell Della she’ll respond with “E-ew-E-E.” Not quite sure where she got this or what it means exactly, but I wanted to set the poor girl straight and help teach her how to really spell her name.
She got the hang of it pretty quickly! Now we just need to practice her writing…
One thing I remember growing up is how special and loved my mom would make us feel on holidays, birthdays, or just out of the blue. This is something I think back to often, and I want Della to be able to cherish similar moments when she’s older, too. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to shower her with love and special treats. It’s mid-week and unexpected, and she can be reminded of how much her Daddy and I truly love her. Here’s a flashback of previous years with my littlest Valentine:
Today it’s just me and her from when we woke up until bedtime because Daddy’s working late. We did a little shopping this morning where she picked out an obnoxiously large bubblegum lollipop, and then we spent the rest of our morning at the library for story time and playing.
She’s becoming so independent lately (as if she wasn’t already!) She won’t let me do ANYTHING without trying to do it herself first. If I say, “Can I help you?” forget about it. I might as well have told her “No.” Sheesh! She can now use the toilet all by herself from start to finish. Pulling down her pants + undies, to getting up to the potty, to washing her hands afterwards. She also HAS to put the toothpaste on her toothbrush all by herself, even though 9 times out of 10 she comes pouting to me because it won’t come out. It really amazes me how you can ask them to try something, but until they’re ready, they won’t do it on their own. Apparently this week she’s ready for it all! It’s a bit frustrating at times being the control freak that I am, but I’m really trying to be flexible.
No matter how how many times I want to pull my hair out though, she really is the sweetest thing and her cuteness just kills me these days. Why do they grow up so quickly?!
A year ago today, we started potty training Della and I’m thrilled to announce as of tomorrow, she’s been PULL-UP FREE (!!!) for three whole weeks without any accidents! Ya know what that means, right?! She’s completely potty trained!
Back in August, she was only relying on pull-ups during naps and bedtime – so, within 6 short months she learned to use the potty regularly. I still can’t believe how quickly it all came to her and how well she’s done since the beginning. I don’t even need to ask her to go anymore – she’s very independent about it and let’s us know when she needs to go. She’s so funny about *ahem*… #2, too… Every time she has to go she requests, (okay, more like demands) “a magazine! get out and shut da door!”
This couldn’t have come at a better time as we prepare for Baby Brother. I’m so thankful we’ll only have one in diapers and we can now invest our pull-ups budget into diapers for the little guy. What a relief!
So proud of my ever-changing and growing little lady!