It's summertime 2012... Summer of the Fires! Daddy's been gone most of the summer, working hard, putting in lots of overtime on more fires than I can count! So, I've been single mommy a lot this summer! It has been so darn hot for so many days that we've spent a lot of time inside! Thank God for the AC! and the swimming pool.
When you ask Tenley where her daddy is she yells out "FI-AHH!" Implying, "duh, he's at another fire!"
waiting for her four wheeler ride!
Baby Tenley is so not our little babe anymore! She is now 28 months old and showing us how demanding a 2 year old little girl can be. She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to express herself to get it. Since her birth, the boys in this house have spoiled her by letting her have pretty much whatever she wants. As she's gotten older, this has not changed, because she's learned how to scream loud enough to get what she wants. Mommy on the other hand has mastered the carry to the bedroom, "We'll see ya when your nice" routine, which works fairly well. However, I feel at such a loss when she throws fits outside the home and I don't have the bedroom as timeout! She sure makes things tough sometimes, but we are all learning!
the carnival with Oakley
hangin' with mom!
Tenley is very smart and a pretty smooth talker! She just said, "Mom,,, Jett-Oaka save me, keep me safe!" She's pretty proud of her protectors!
She loves to go outside, jump on the tramp, chase the chickens and cats and ride her trike. She loves to follow her brothers around, read, snuggle, shake her booty, ride horses, ride the four wheeler with daddy, suck her thumb, pet doggies and watch "Zoomies on TB" (Disney channel). She loves fruit, green beans, black olives, peanut butter, yogurt, salad with lots of ranch dressing and of coarse her milk. Tenley dislikes tomatoes, being told no, having to go inside, getting her diaper changed and going on the potty! No, we are not potty training yet and she is still in her crib. These are just a few things that might keep her my baby for a bit longer! I am in no hurry for her to grow up!
I have to say, I am sssooo happy and blessed to have a daughter! I think back to before I even got pregnant with her and how badly I wanted a GIRL! When I found out I was pregnant for a third time I hoped and prayed for a girl but was preparing myself for a boy, just in case!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my boys but having a girl now is the icing on the cake! She is AWESOME! I love to notice the differences between her and the boys! They are all boy! And she is ALL GIRL! She loves to "make Cookies" with her two different cookie toy puzzles and she is a cooking queen with her kitchen toys! She plays with her baby, hugging, patting, rocking and kissing baby all the time. It's so adorable to watch!
She also listens quite well, sometimes better than her brothers! She is great at cleaning up, picking up her toys and she loves to throw things away,,, sometimes things that aren't garbage!
Different than her brothers, she has quite an array of interesting facial expressions! She will show you if she is satisfied or displeased with the situation just by the look on her face!
One similarity to the boys is her ability to growl at toys that would appropriately growl, like the bear and the dinosaur! Of coarse her brothers taught her this skill!
Here she is chillaxing on her brother's bear rug with her baby doll watching some Sesame Street! Oh WOW, I love my baby girl! She's perfect in every way!
Time has just flown by and I can't believe I haven't posted in over 7 months! WHOOPS!!! well, here's the low down in the short version! 11 months old: went to Disneyland with her family and Grandma Arlene,,, luckily wasn't crawling yet! but she started crawling right when she got home! 1 year party was at home! Attending were the Mannings, Dale and Jayne (babysitter), Aunt Christi and cousin Kayla, the Wolterstorffs, Grandma Arlene and Sharon and Grandpa Leroy! Susie Manning did a GREAT job on her cake! THANKS!
Currently, Tenley is 14 months old and has been walking a for about 3 weeks! She almost runs now! She says lots of words but none very clearly,,, except "Hallelujah" is as clear as could be~ She also says, "Dadee, Mommm, Bruber (brothers), Dett (Jett), Audi (Otto) DanDu (Thank you), Pritty, NighNigh, and Uh-OH" Her favorite thing to do is get into my lazy suzanne cupboard and throw out all of the tupperware bowls!! that sort of drives me crazy after the tenth time!!! She is actually getting to be quite the Mama's girl! She can be very clingy to me at times but also there are times when she pushes me away, not wanting to be restrained! I think she's adorable, amazing, so smart and just perfect! The boys adore here and honestly can play with her for hours!
WOW, she's growing up way too fast! I can't believe my baby doesn't even seem like a little baby anymore! She's so happy and easy going all the time! Well, 99% of time anyway! We all are falling more and more in love with her everyday, even though I don't know how it could be possible to love her anymore! We are just so blessed to have her! I remember this time last year we had just found out we were expecting! What a beautiful and precious gift we praise God for everyday!
here are a few high lights from August!
Tenley and her friend, Eden Mills
Tenley in her outfit from Evonna Schelling, Eden's grandma (who is missed greatly!)
Happy smiley girl at the fish hatchery!
Camping at Iron Creek Lake, hanging out with dad
Bundled in Pink for camping! (and no, I wasn't sqeezing her!)