Saturday, January 11, 2014

Potty Training Part 2p

Well, Emerson is potty trained. It was easier than I expected. Nothing is easy with this munchkin, BUT is she really potty trained?

Poor girl loves her big girl panties, but going number 2 stresses her out. I remember this with Stella, but as soon as we put a diaper on her she'd go. We did that so she wouldn't hold it for too long. I know this is a lot  of TMI, but Em can hold it even longer. The diaper trick doesn't work. Any tips? We've started a sticker chart and she loves it. We're hoping this helps and I bought my last box of pull ups tonight (at least that's what I keep telling myself), so we're hoping she relaxes a bit with #2.

Besides that...I can't believe we're ALMOST done with diapers! What? Where are my babies?

Friday, January 10, 2014

We're all in...12th Man!

 If you've followed the NFL at all this year, then you know we're living in a very exciting time for the Seattle Seahawks! Emme is a very proud fan. And despite what you may think she's not jumping on the 12th man bandwagon...she has loved the SEA-HAWKS since we moved here. She is a loyal fan. How cute is her skirt? My friend Lindsay made it...and is selling them if you want one!
 In an effort to take in all the football hype, we bundled up today and showed our team spirit at the big pep rally nearby. The girls were so excited to meet Blitz.
 I think daddy was excited too!
And we may not have tickets to tomorrows big game against the Saints, but we've got our team spirit. We're IN! And we've made it official...we now how a Seahawk flag flying outside our house. GO HAWKS!!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Prima Ballerina

 I know I'm bias. I know I'm her mom. I know I'm her biggest cheerleader. I know I'm her protector, BUT man on man this picture takes my breathe away. Stella truly is a beauty both inside and out. Her heart for her friends and family is worn on her sleeve. I learn so much from this sweetie everyday!
 Anyway, this ballerina had a Christmas dance for the other day. She was calling it her recital, but that's not until June. But what joy it was to see them strut their stuff. This is Stella's sweet friend Addy.
 Stella loves Miss Diadra. She is so patient with the girls.
 Oh these sillies: Lily, Stel, Addy and Addison.
 I love watching her dance. She gets so into it and very serious.
 I don't know if she'll always love dancing, but I love that she's learning about good posture and a positive self esteem with her friends while having fun.
When did she get so old?!?!?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Preschool Performance

 Before Thanksgiving our other performer in the family sang at the church she goes to preschool. Oh my word, Stella knew every word, every motion and sang them loud and proud!
 All the mom's around us were talking about how cute Stella was and how into it she was. She never had the deer in the headlights look and kept her eyes on us. She was definitely performing!
 There were lots of motions.
 Lots of excitement.
 I told you she was into it.
We are very proud of Stella this year. Junior Kindergarten can be a bit overwhelming but she is taking on head on. She's come a long way from the beginning of the year and LOVES school. She is in a room of 7 boys and just 3 girls, but it's working. Not to mention she loves her teacher, Mrs. Robin, and talks about her all the time. You know you're little one is being loved on when they want to do extra homework so they can share it/show it off to their teacher.

Good Job Stell-Bell!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Bringing Home A Baby Bumble Bee

 Emerson may be the cutest bumble bee I've ever seen, I know I'm bias. This fall I decided to enroll Emme is dance at our local community center. I wasn't sure how she'd do in dance so I wanted something not too intense. She loved it, but there were some tough days too. BUT when it came to perform she was the STAR.
 Finding her X and standing still waiting for the song to start. It felt like forever and I was nervous we'd miss the window of focus, but she likes attention and loved being in front of crowd.
 Waiting with her hive.
 Ha! Gotta include this. At this point a lot of the other dancers were being wrangled to the stage.I have to admit, Emme surprised me. She was on mark even with her friends running everywhere. If I'm honest, it was usually the other way around during class. But like a said, a star was born.
 Tapping...
 Singing...
 Doing the motions...
 Ending with a bang...Go up (she says this)
 Go down...
TA DA!!! She was so proud of herself. And if you listen to the video we have I was one proud mama too!!!!
Proud of her flower for Mrs. Alex. 
I have no doubt this is one of MANY performances from this little bumble bee in the future. 
We're taking a break this winter because we're so busy, but I'm sure we'll be back at it in the spring.

Oh and by the way, Emme wears this costume at least once everyday. It's usually the attire at breakfast before getting dressed for real, ha!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Go Team

"Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up." Proverbs 12:25

If you know me at all, then you know I was NEVER a cheerleader (at least not the type with pom poms and cute hair). My coordination and height nipped that opportunity in the bud. But during a recent "ah-ha" moment with the ladies of my Bible study we were talking about dreams, what excites us.

Well, I love to write (hence why you're seeing more of me on this blog), but when I really sat down to think about it I realized I get a major high on watching people's visions/dreams become reality. Is that weird? I don't know, but if someone has a vision to start something new I LOVE to see it become reality. Big or small I get so excited. I remember when I was a reporter back in the day I enjoyed telling "feel good" stories not only because it was a positive in a very negative world, but it usually meant I was telling a story on a topic someone was passionate about or proud of. Whether it's some one's desire to further their career, start a new adventure, expand their family, explore a new hobby, visit a dream location...I get excited to hear their plans, their goals to get there, and then of course watching the dreams become reality. And when/if possible I love to help in anyway that I can. If that means i just encourage them along the way, then sign me up.

So you see...I AM A CHEERLEADER. I may not have pom poms or a cute little skirt, but I can encourage my fellow dreamers. Maybe I'm meant to be a motivational speaker?!?!

Right now, I bust out my "pom poms" for two little princesses that prance around my house and keep me on my toes and knees all at the same time. Stella's dream right now is to be The Tooth Fairy when she gets older, so we talk a lot about pixie dust and how she'll get into rooms to leave treats for other little toothless kiddos. Emme is entrenched in dance and princesses right now, so she wants all things magical. I just asked her what she wants to be when she grows up...her response, "Rapunzel, Tinkerbell, Brave, Tiana..."

Big dreamers here at the Yazwinski house! And since my dad is awesome and has an incredible bucket list we're ALL living a dream with him in January. He and my mom are taking us all to Disneyland in January. Wahoo!!! To say I'm excited is an understatement. 

Disneyland is one of my most favorite places and to experiment it with my girls while they're consumed with princesses will be beyond magical.

Ok, I feel like I'm rambling...so GO TEAM.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Rain, Rain...thanks for the Blessings

Every time I hear this song I find myself singing the chorus at the top of my lungs. I love this song by Laura Story. What if blessings come through rain drops? What if...sometimes we're so wrapped up in the "now" that we can't see the blessings around us.



"Blessings" by Laura Story

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
And all the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise


We pray for wisdom, Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we'd have faith to believe

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not,
This is not our home
It's not our home

'Cause what if your blessings come through rain drops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near

What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise


Today I'm thankful for the rain...and even the sleepless nights.