Jul 29, 2012

Yellow Daddy Day

Marc hung out with the girls yesterday. He got them dressed. And they all matched. Wearing yellow.

Jul 28, 2012

Athélie - our princess

The other morning Athélie woke me up (she pretty much always wakes me up) and she already had on multiple bracelets, necklaces, and a hairband. She declared she was a princess and asked me where was her princess dress. Very interesting. Someone must have told her about princesses.

Her favorite colors are yellow (still - she's liked yellow for a while now), pink and green. She'll tell anyone who will listen what her favorite colors are. She gives Stasiya all the purple, blue, and orange things saying those are Stasiya's favorite colors. We'll see about that. 

Another conversation we've been having lately is: Athélie will tell me "I not Athélie, I Taylee. I no like Athélie, I Taylee. I no Athélie Laurenne, I Taylee Laurenne." Over and over again. She is very adamant about it. It kind of makes me sad , because her name, Athélie, has such meaning behind it (God shall be exalted). Plus, Marc and I felt like God gave us her name even before she was conceived. And yes it is difficult to pronounce. And I have encouraged people to call her Taylee because it is easier, but I don't want to loose her real name. I am going to keep calling her Athélie, and hopefully she will grow out this stage. How does she have such an opinion already? She is not even 3 yet?
Athélie's been been saying lots of funny things lately. She likes to pretend that Stasiya is her puppy and she'll get a long ribbon and use it as a leash and "walk" her puppy. And Stasiya plays along and crawls on the floor. She'll call Stas - "Puppy" - "Puppy's awake" - so funny.

Jul 17, 2012

Long overdue photoshoot

Telling secrets

Happy 17 Month Birthday Stasiya!

Happy 17 Months Stas!

She has a great big smile that is contagious. And has lots of different facial expressions.

She has turned into the little comedian of our family making all of us laugh at dinner time even though she only says a handful of words. She has the biggest smile and the biggest/loudest squeal that makes Marc and I both smile each time we see and hear it. She is a great little sister. Athélie loves her. It's so fun to hear their little conversations with each other and to see them play together.

Jul 12, 2012

Mangos, Mangos, Mangos

Thanks to Mami (Marc's mom) Christmas in July arrived at our house this week in the form of an endless box of mangoes. Every year she sends us a box around Marc's birthday. And we always look forward to it and savor each and every one. Remember last year - Taylee was already eating the mango seeds like a pro.

We love mangos!

Thank you Mami!
Thank you Grandma!

We've already been thinking about all the ways we can eat a mango:
Mango Smoothie
Mango Salsa
Marco Mango Madness
Mango Ice Cream
Mango Mousse Cake
Mango Pudding
Mango Cocktail???
And probably the best way to eat it - Mango straight up.

The best part is Mami grows the mangos in her backyard in Florida. Along with avocados, papayas, lemons, grapefruits, oranges, beans, peppers, arugula and probably a lot of other things I am missing. She has a serious green thumb and I am always so impressed by her garden.

Here's two videos of the girls opening the box and Athélie counting all of them in French (super cute!):

Jul 11, 2012

Mama's Helpers

Helping Mama clean the floors. Thanks girls!

Jul 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Independence Day!