Monday, March 27, 2017

Sister/Sister - March 2017

Everyday I'm reminded just how fast time is going.  Next week, I register Ashlynn for Kindergarten and Kenley has been waking up just looking bigger.  It's been a long time since I've blogged chronicling their growth, or blogged at all, but here is just a little snapshot of things I never want to forget. I am about 3 years over due on a Sister/Sister update afterall!


Just a few weeks shy of turning 5, this girl is becoming quite the artist.  Her favorite activity is definitely coloring, art in general, or anything crafty.

I finally gave her a Lego set over the weekend because I finally can see she has the concentration to complete them on her own.  I held off of buying them because one, they can get pricy, and two, I figured if I tried to force the activity on her I'd be the one building it then she'd just want more.  I'm not sure she'll be a Lego fanatic like my brother and I were, but it's definitely the perfect quiet time activity for now.  

Her favorite toys are her stuffed puppies.  Not that good ol' bunny doesn't reign supreme, but of all her dolls and toys in general playing with her stuffed puppies is tops.  Vet check ups, grooming sessions, birthday parties, she basically runs her own little humane society.  

She's loving soccer and pretty good too!  Definitely has her head in the clouds at times, but it's tough staying focused for a 4 year old.  She's not crazy aggressive, but she comes to play.  She's scored some goals and isn't afraid to hold back.  It's going to be exciting to see her talents grow and interests change over the years.

As mentioned in the last posts, she's a beginning reader and doing fantastic.  I know she'll be going into Kindergarten confident and ready.

She also keeps referring back to that time on "Green Patrick's Day".


One of my favorite things ever, that I just have to have written down is Kenley's bedtime routine.  This girl is sucker stickler for routine.  After jammies and teeth, she needs to get her "fast kiss and round and round in my bed" from her daddy.  Fast kiss being where she run and jumps into his arms and gives him a kiss on the nose.  Then he carries her to her room where she goes, you guessed it, round and round like a helicopter before being dropped into her bed.  Every night.  After that, we do three books.  Usually a rotation of Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin, Big Dog Little Dog, If I Were a Bunny, Brown Bear, The Little Mermaid, and the Alphabet Book.  Which skipping the last two, she can recite them all word for word and "read" to me. After that it's time for a cuddle.  Probably close to a year ago now, I would initiate the end of book time and beginning of cuddle/bed time with a back rub.  She pulls up her jammies and asks "rub my back" as she rolls over into a little ball with her bottom in the air.  After a little back rub, she flips over and says "now rub my belly!"  - like she's a damn puppy!  It always cracked me up, but it's become the routine, so much that now it's how she puts herself to sleep.  She'll rub her own belly and be out within minutes.  It's the cutest and funniest quirk.

And despite the drawn out routine, she still ends up in our bed every single night.

Since turning 3, the "toddlerness" of K has just been thrown to the wayside.  Her self control, specifically of her emotions, has improved by leaps and bounds.  When she does begin to meltdown or show signs of a tantrum starting, it's so much easier to communicate with her and have her communicate back which was really hard for us for a long time.  Her speech and communication in general is just blossoming, and she's real goofball always cracking herself up.

She is currently obsessed with Trolls and Princess Poppy.  Aside from actually watching Trolls, on a sad to admit almost daily basis, we always have "troll music" on - the Can't Stop the Feeling station on Pandora.  She loves singing, dancing, and acting out the scenes from the movie.  So now in addition to the color red and Everest from Paw Patrol (a show we never watch since we dont have nickelodeon), Princess Poppy is an official "my favorite". Which she loves telling people her full name and all her favorites upon introduction.  "My name is Kenley Blank and my red is my favorite.  And Everest.  And Princess Poppy."

K's first preferred activity is cuddling up to a movie, her second favorite activities are swinging at the playground and playing with the Little People toys.  Also dancing.

I can't wait to see these girls grow, but also begging for time to slow down!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Learning in Style with Carter's for Kohl's

“This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included Carter’s clothing as compensation.”

I mentioned a few weeks ago how Ashlynn has really taken off in her new transitional kindergarten classroom.  She's reading short stories (we love BOB books), starting to write more than just her name, and probably through genetics has an affinity for (simple) mathematics and numbers - mom and dad both have accounting degrees after all.  Kenley has been thriving just as well for her age at 3, she can spell her name, is practicing writing it, and loves counting to 20, especially if it involves a game of hide and seek!

At the end of each week, the girls bring home their school work in their take home folders.  A variety of worksheets and art projects.  I started keeping a lot of them since some are half finished or would be perfect for some 'school' play at home.  I love watching Ashlynn play teacher and read her storybooks to Kenley and help her identify the sight words.  I'm not kidding at all when I say Kenley can recognize some sight words (at, can, go, that) better than certain letters of the alphabet, cart before the horse much.  Girl needs a little work with her Cs (she says D), Is (J), Ps (B), and Ts ("ta ta"), nightly reading of Alphabet book is helping!  Kenley also loves coloring in the pictures and counting along on the math worksheets. 

This totally brilliant chick just recently learned our home address by heart.  Her teacher sent her home with some 'high five hands' that we placed on the back door and by the end of the week she could recite our address without looking.  It was such a genius way of teaching memorization, especially since our new address is pretty difficult!

They have really gotten into more make believe play lately which has made me so happy.  I felt like for so long I would have to guide them, give Ashlynn ideas, or play with her to stimulate creative play, but finally they will play "birthday party" with their dolls, Doc McStuffins with their doctor kits, or go on an airplane ride all on their own without fighting or getting bored quickly.  It really is one of my proudest moments seeing them play so nicely together and making memories.  It's even better when I see them doing things like "camping" on the stairs or taking their flashlights into the coat closet to tell silly stories, just like I did with my brother growing up.

I also know that while the girls are absorbing the world like a sponge, they need to be comfortable. Of course, it doesn't hurt when they can be well dressed too!  I love that when I shop the Kohl's Carter's Department, I'm able to find absolute steals on adorable clothing and pajamas that let my girls go to school and play at home in comfort.  Ashlynn frequently complains about wearing jeans or 'scratchy' (woven cotton) tops and Kenley still will only wear things that twirl.  The last thing these girl need is to be fussing with itchy or tight clothing while they should be busy learning or playing make believe.   

Of course the same can be said for bedtime.  We are a weekend jammie family, and typically stay in our pjs until it's time to leave the house.  And like school and play clothes, we love pajamas that are as cozy as they are cute.  The girls love wearing their coordinating ballerina nightgowns and pj sets, and dancing around the house while we make chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast.   Bedhead and bunny, and all!

Carter's pajamas have been part of our girls wardrobe since they were babies wearing onesies non-stop.  And now, I'm still able to shop at Kohl's and pick up Little Girl sizes (shedding a single tear) for Ashlynn as she approaches 5 years old.  A tried and true brand for our household that can outfit our girls from bedtime, to playtime, to the classroom and always make looking pulled together a breeze!

Kohl's is currently having a Kid's Sale from March 17th - April 2nd, you can take $10 of any $40 purchase with code KIDSALE10.  Shop all the latest spring styles now!

stretchy denim jacket (girls) | bird print sateen dress - currently out of stock

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Amazon Children's Book Sale!

It's that time again, loads of our favorite books are marked 40-50% OFF - most are $10 off their retail prices!  Great time to stock up on books for your own family, Easter baskets, or to hoard for birthday presents - my go to present for all the classmate/neighborhood friends, I always have stack of new books hidden in my closet to pull out when I need something last minute or to even entertain my kids through an extra long day.

Antoinette - $10.20
Miss Moon:  Wise Words from a Dog Governess -$7.99
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color - $7.99
Bloom - $7.49
This is Sadie -  $8.99
Beyond the Pond - $6.99
If I Had a Gryphon - $7.99
Strictly No Elephants - $8.99
The Day The Crayons Quit  - $8.99
The Wonderful Things You Will Be - $7.99
Rosie Revere Engineer - $8.47
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast - $8.85
The Giving Tree - $8.31

 (amazon prices are always subject to fluctuate)

Don't forget to check out all the classic board books too, loads on sale for $2.99 - $3.99 and make wonderful additions to baby shower gifts or first birthday presents.