Disney Princess Photo Shoot

[These photos were taken approx Sept/Oct 2016. I’m just very belated on blogging ok?]

Like most moms, I’m kind of addicted to my kids (when they’re not driving me insane). I may be a little biased when I say this, but my daughter is cute enough to be at toddler model/actress status. A friend of mine is a really talented photographer and when I told her about this idea I had for a photo shoot (derived from pinterest of course) she lit up and we scheduled a date right away.

A couple Christmases ago, I bought Evelyn a set of 5 Disney princess dresses for super cheap on Black Friday. Combine that with her most recent birthday and generous grandparents and you have the recipe for an incredibly adorable photo shoot.

Scroll down and enjoy.

 

Why yes, she is combing her hair with a fork…er uh…dinglehopper.

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Celebrating Evelyn’s Birthday

So you guys might not remember this..but I just had a baby. Shocker I know. But I haven’t really felt like I had the energy to make a big birthday celebration happen for Evelyn this year, not like last year for sure.

So this year was just kind of chill and as a 2 year old, Evelyn still loved it. It was a two part birthday.

Part one was the Museum of Natural Curiosity on Tuesday. Evelyn was insistent on inviting her friend Zaydree (or dree dree as Evelyn says). They both had a blast! Evelyn was a little overwhelmed by all the people at first but when she warmed up to it she had so much fun!

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Her actual birthday was pretty chaotic. I had all these grand plans of how I would make the day special for Evelyn but then Remi decided to be the snottiest, whiniest baby ever and wouldn’t let me put him down. It was causing me an excessive amount of stress and disappointment and Evelyn didn’t know what having a birthday meant and was happy to sit and play while I glared at my crying baby (Don’t worry, we’ve since made up).

My knight in shining armor (Chris..duh) came and took Remi to work with him for the rest of the day and gave me a chance to give Evelyn some one on one time. We had a ton of fun at the splash pad, then picked up her cake and her dad and brother and headed back home for a little family celebrating.

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She loved each one of her presents and wanted to play with them as she opened them. I think next year one present will suffice. But her favorite thing was those silly little characters on top of the cake. She takes them everywhere! But she also loves her bike from Grammy and PeePaw too. She just needs to grow a couple inches so she can ride it.

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^^Everyone had to wear a party hat. Even Pooh!

All in all the day turned out well in the end. And I don’t have to plan another party until Remi’s 1st next June. Whew.

Evelyn is 2 years old!

I’ve noticed that time only goes fast  when you look back and realize how much has passed. I could have one day that lasts FOR-EV-ER and then look back and see how fast my kids have grown and realize that time has just flown by. How does that even make sense?

My little princess is two years old today! Two!!

It’s funny because I’ve been kind of thinking of her as two years old for 3 or 4 months now. The things she does already just seem so 2ish. In case you are wondering, she is an absolute genius. Although, admittedly, I may be a bit biased.

Sass:

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^^All ready for church!

This girl has a little attitude. But can you be surprised? Look at her mother. If she asks for something, say some chocolate (which btw is the cutest word to hear her say), and I say no she replies, rather loudly, “Want chocolate RIGHT NOW!”

“Right now” is one of her favorite phrases.

When she doesn’t want to do something or go somewhere, she just lays face down on the floor, hands by her side and grunts when you address her.

She already has a hang of the terrible two tantrums. I’ve been known to clap loudly when I want her to stop doing something. So when she wants something and I’ve said no or taken it away from her she’ll clap her hands and yell, “NO. MINE!” Yep she’s two alright.

TV:

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^^Oh look..it’s Dora on TV

Evelyn might watch a tad too much television but you know what? She has learned a lot of imagination skills from those shows.

The other day she put on this little light up ring and shouted, “SUPER EVIE!” Sometimes she puts her bibs on Pooh backwards and yells, “SUPER POOH!!”

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When we buckle up in the car she says, “seatbelts, so we can be safe.” Courtesy of Dora.

She also wants to go to a “Big big WATERFALL.” (I wish I could type the intonation..it’s hilarious.) and take a “Big boat.”–Dora again.

She sings the theme songs to Dora, the Backyardigans and Winnie the Pooh. We also watch the Piglet movie on a regular basis. Too much. So much.

Play:

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Like I mentioned, she loves to act out her tv shows. There’s this one cabinet in the kitchen and she always leans her head in and yells, “Bye Pooh. Bye Piglet. Bye Christopher Robin.” And so on until she’s been through all the characters. No idea what game she’s playing but I wonder what she sees in her little imagination filled head.

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^^the world is a playground. Literally

She frequently calls her Winnie the Pooh, “silly old bear.”

She loves to put her Backyardigan toys in her cardboard rocket ship and fly them around the house.

She also really enjoys putting all her toys to bed. She uses little wash cloths as blankets and tucks them in all over the house.

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I think her favorite toy is still her doll house. All her toys take turns playing in it. I overheard her the other day saying, “I have to ask you a question. How about…” And just repeated it over and over.

She also really loves putting Easter egg shell halves on her toy’s heads as party hats which is why I think she was so insistent on party hats for her birthday.

Being a big sister:

Evelyn pretty much wants nothing to do with her little brother. She acknowledges his existence now so that’s progress and she sometimes says, “Remi so cute!”

Whenever Chris or I are holding him she demands to be held. Often suggesting that we put Remi in his swing or bed or just put him down. Even if she is completely content doing something else, she wants to be held if Remi is being held and by the parent who is holding him.

His crying really stresses her out. So when he cries and I’m trying to console him, she wants to be held and when I can’t hold her she starts crying. And then the house is very loud. And then I start crying too because babies are hard.

Bath time:

Like a week ago Evelyn decided that baths are torture. She won’t even sit down. She screams so loud and straightens her whole body. It’s hard on both of us. I’ve started just giving her showers instead. She still screams but they go faster.

Food:

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Evelyn hardly eats. So when she says she wants something I give it to her before she has a chance to change her mind.

Some of her favorites are Mac and cheese, peanut butter toast or sandwich, pancakes, cheese on any form, peaches, bananas, graham crackers and yogurt raisins.

Sleep:

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^^Remi likes to sleep in our bed too I guess

Evelyn still takes one nap in the afternoon for about 2 ish hours. She usually sleeps through the night but just recently has started getting up a couple of times. I’m not sure if it’s bad dreams or what.

In the morning she comes into our room and says, “Hi momma! Want breakfast.” And sometimes when she’s confused she says, “want lunch” but frequently she just climbs in bed with us and watches YouTube until Chris and I feel like waking up.

She’s still sleeping with her dummy (pacifier) but she doesn’t get it when she’s awake. And she can’t go to bed without her ‘bee’ (blanket).

Talking:

Evelyn repeats EVERYTHING! And remembers EVERYTHING! Simple phrases that I say like, “that’s fine” or “sure” she copies all over the place and it cracks me up that she remembers it.

Sometimes when she asks me if she can do something and I ignore her she just answers for me, “that’s fine” and then goes ahead and does it. And I love it when uses ‘just.’ What are you doing Evelyn? “Just playing.” Let’s put your blanket away. “Blanket just come too.”

She likes to put H in front of her A words..H-again, or H-a boat, H-a toy, etc. And she mixes up you and me. She’ll say “help me” if she wants to help you do something or “Hold you” if she wants you to pick her up. It makes sense when you think about it. When she says that I’ll say, “You want to help me?” or “You want me to hold you?”

Chris taught her to say, “Best Mama Ever!” and she does it randomly without prompting and it makes me feel like a million bucks! She also says “I love you” and “I missed you so much” without being prompted. It’s weird to think that she has her own thoughts and ideas. AH! She was an infant like yesterday!

She’s got such nice manners and always says, “thanks, please, bless you and sorry”. Okay, maybe not always but frequently. She’ll close cabinets or drawers for me and she says, “thanks for closing.”

The funniest thing she does, and I have no idea where she got it cause she’s never seen this movie, is “Dun dun DUN!!” Just like this:

Little smarty pants:

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The highest I’ve heard Evelyn count is to 15 unprompted.  She can recognize numbers 1-9.

She knows all her colors names and usually remembers which color is which. Yellow and orange get mixed up sometimes.

She knows some letters and sort of sings her ABCs and can recognize a few letters. This little girl LOVES being read to. She likes me to re-read the same page over and over and then tries to remember it and recite it herself.

She also knows all her shapes and loves to do her shape ball.

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I wish I could make time slow down. My little girl is growing and learning so fast I can hardly keep up with all the new things she does before she learns something new.

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