Last night Leah lost her third tooth. I was not home, but Jen was. Here’s the story as Leah tells it (Jen may not tell it exactly the same way).
The tooth has been wiggly for weeks. Last night, Leah was trying to pull it out and got it most of the way detached. It hurt a lot and she cried, but she kept pulling anyway. It was still hanging on tight in one place, though, and was bleeding a lot. Jen then tried to finish pulling it out, but was too freaked out to do it. So, Leah grabbed it and pulled, and eventually got it out. After she stopped crying and got the bleeding under control, she was all smiles.
Last night, Molly had a belt test at karate (and earned her green stripe on her blue belt). During it, she got the chance to break a board for the first time. She did it on the first try.
She also earned her green stripe on her blue belt. Sorry that you can’t see her green strip on her belt; it’s behind her elbow.
Great job, Molly!
We have a love for Shopkins in our house. So, when G’Mom lovingly bought the girls (or, really Jen!) Shopkins fabric, the girls were ecstatic. Molly immediately requested jammie pants, while Leah wanted a new hoodie tunic.
Molly was so excited about wearing her Shopkins jammies that she got her jammies on hours before bedtime just to hang out in them.
Leah was so excited to wear her new tunic to school to show her friends.
A girl in a Shopkins tunic, with her favorite Shopkin.
An older girl in Shopkins pajamas, with her favorite Shopkin.
Two girls, Shopkins attire, and Shopkins.
Leah even got one present on Molly’s birthday as well.
Molly doesn’t have a clue what this is, but she knows it’s big.
It’s a giant remote-controlled car (well, monster truck). She seems excited.
After finishing opening, she had to try out her new vehicle.
She drove it straight up the steep hill in the backyard, and Jordan came to check it out.
That night, we had cupcakes and candles again. I think Molly’s excited to finally be 9.
Happy birthday, Molly!
After Easter morning, we headed back to Grams’s house for some family time. While there, I was asked to take some family portraits, and I was of course happy to oblige.
Charlie was of course a focal point of the pictures.
He even took a picture with his cousins.
And we got a portrait of everyone who was there (we miss you, Caroline and Charles).
You may have noticed Molly and Jen’s dresses and thought you hadn’t seen them before. That’s because Jen just made them.
Jen found this fabric at her local sewing shop last year and had the perfect dress in mind for Molly. Jen previously made herself a dress in a matching style, so Molly has now requested to wear hers at the same to match her mom!
Jen chose not to wear her dress that matches Molly, and instead made herself a new dress for Easter. This was created by taking inspiration from a dress that was sold at Target last year.
The rest of the afternoon was filled with family time. I didn’t take many pictures, but I did get one. I think Grams found Charlie’s ticklish spot.
This year, I was asked to lead music at the Easter sunrise service at church. I hear sunrises are beautiful, but they happen really early in the morning. Early mornings are not my thing, but I decided to give it a go. The service was at 6:30, and I needed to be there at 5:50 to set up and sound check. Yeah - early (and outside in the cold).
I asked the members of my family if they’d like to come with me. Jen was a clear no. Molly and Leah entertained the idea until I told them they’d have to ignore their Easter baskets until after we got home. That sounded too difficult, so they opted to pass. I was on my own (except for a friend or two).
The service was very nice. It was very cold, but I dressed the part and brought hand warmers for when I wasn’t playing (gloves don’t work so well for playing guitar). Sadly, it was cloudy and hazy, so we didn’t really get to see a sunrise.
When I got home, the girls were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to go downstairs and see what the Easter Bunny had brought. They woke Jen up and headed down. I think they were excited at what they found.
Easter baskets included candy (braces-safe varieties), books, Perler beads, and most exciting - Shopkins!
Then the ladies got dressed and we headed to church (again for me, a little over 5 hours after the first time).
6 days after Molly began celebrating her birthday, she got to celebrate with my side of the family. We went to Ledo Pizza, and then came back to our house for presents and cupcakes. Uncle Scott and Aunt EA lived up to their reputation of always delivering fun cards with sound.
If there was one theme to Molly’s presents, it was Shopkins. Our girls love them, and Molly was happy to receive them.
Molly requested Jen make red velvet cupcakes, and Jen of course delivered. It was her first time making them, and they were delicious.
Happy birthday, Molly! Again.
As in previous years, our church held an Easter Egg-stravaganza. It was scheduled for the same day as Molly’s party, so we were going to miss it. Fortunately for us, they postponed the fun due to weather to the day before Easter, which meant we could go.
We arrived and walked in with Leah’s twin friend, then the girls headed straight for the face painting station.
Molly got a butterfly on her cheek, and Leah opted for a bunny.
Leah’s friend’s parents also introduced us to a friend of theirs from Slidell (just like Jen and me). Turns out she lived one cul-de-sac away from me when I was in junior high and high school. Small world.
After face painting, we headed to the cupcake decorating station. Molly’s decoration style is quick and messy, while Leah takes a careful approach.
I managed to get a picture of their cupcakes before they ate them. Note that Leah carefully placed sprinkles around the edge, while Molly just dumped them on top.
As always, the egg hunt was a highlight. I went with Molly up on the hill with the big kids while Jen stayed with Leah and the kindergartners. When they blew the whistle, all the big kids rushed to the same area. Molly quickly realized there was an empty area off to the left, which earned her a few seconds searching by herself until they all noticed her treasure trove and joined her.
Me, Molly, and a basket full of eggs ready to be opened.
Both Molly and Leah ended up with full baskets of fun-filled eggs.
Lots of fun. We were glad we got to attend after all.
I haven’t mentioned it in a while, but Leah continues to enjoy tennis lessons. She’s moved up from Level 7 to Level 6 now. And best of all, she has gotten to be in the same class with her best friend Everett.
Here’s our little tennis player after her lesson. She’s happy to be in short sleeves now that it’s warmed up.
Leah says she wants to be a tennis player on TV when she grows up. I’ve told her it’s very hard to do that, and she’d have to practice a lot to do so. She says that sounds good to her. In fact, we went and played Sunday afternoon, and she stayed on the court practicing for more than 2 hours. Molly joined us as well, but she alternated between tennis and riding her scooter rather than playing tennis the whole time.