Cason Crew

December 17, 2014

All over the place!

Reese is officially a little walker. She has been taking steps for weeks but only started really walking long distances about a week ago. It's still so weird to look down and see her just walking around. She has so much more confidence now and just gets up and walks everywhere. 
With the walking comes lots of curiosity. Reese is getting into everything. Presley taught her how to open the TV stand so she is constantly getting movies out. She is also always opening up cabinets. We never really had to worry about Presley getting into stuff but I see childproof locks for the cabinets in our near future. 
Reese also loves to walk into the bathroom and play with her favorite toy, the toilet paper. I've caught her numerous times trying to eat it. She is also incredibly interested in our Christmas tree. She's been caught pulling on our ornaments many times. She has discovered the presents too but has yet to realize that the paper tears. She just likes to bang on them. Such fun times! 

December 16, 2014

The Struggle is Real

Most of the time I blog about how sweet and cute my children are. But let's be real for a minute. That is NOT how they are all the time. Parenting a 3 year old is by far the absolute biggest challenge of my life so far. I think that I am a pretty decent mom most of the time. But there are times that I get to the end of the day and feel like a complete failure. Parenting.Is.HARD! 

Drew took these pictures below during one of her many, hourly fits! I think this fit was because Drew wouldn't let her step on his feet. Yep, a fit this big was caused by something so simple. Sometimes she has a fit over not being able to wear the shirt she wants. Or eat the food she wants. Or pee in the potty she wants. Or open the door herself. Of breathe the air that she wants. Seriously. The options are limitless. 
The other day she told me, "Watch my ice in my cup mommy. I don't want my ice to melt so don't let it melt." Really? And then there are days when she tells me, after she's asked for a peanut butter sandwich, that she no longer likes peanut butter. I guess because it's a Tuesday and she doesn't eat peanut butter on Tuesday? 

We've tried lots of different disciplining methods. We are still trying new things every day. It's amazing that one day something might work but the very next day it's the worst idea ever. So, basically we are lost most of the time!

Ya'll, I love my daughter more than words can say. And I don't post this to embarrass her or talk bad about her. I'm sure this is normal for a 3 year old (if it's not please don't tell me!) I just need to make sure that years down the road when I read my blog that I remember the good the bad and the ugly. Someone please tell me it gets easier! ;)

December 14, 2014

Reese's Baby Dedication

Today we had the privilege of being a part of baby dedication for Reese. We were a part of baby dedication for Presley when she was a little younger. It's a special time for us to publicly declare that we plan to raise our children in a way that leads them to Christ. It's a neat time for us as parents to make a commitment and also a time for us to ask our church to hold us accountable and pray for us. We know that this parenting this is hard and we don't take the responsibility lightly. But our goal, in every decision we make as parents, is ultimately to lead them to a relationship with Jesus Christ. 

My in-laws were able to come today and show their support to us. The girls were thrilled to see them. It wasn't a long visit since both of my children desperately needed an afternoon nap today. But we are so thankful they made the trip to see us. 

December 13, 2014

Presley's First "Date"

Last night Drew took Presley on her first "date". She got to pick out her clothes and TONS of accessories. We did her hair (how she wanted it) and she got make-up (lipsticks). Drew took her to the Salem Dairy Bar. When he told me that was his plan I honestly thought it was a little lame. But he obviously knows his little girl. She thought it was the coolest thing ever to get to sit up in the front seat of the car and eat her dinner. She got a burger, fries, and ice cream. Then they went driving around looking at Christmas lights. I think she had a great time. 

December 12, 2014

Craft Pics

These days Presley is really into doing crafts. Anything that involves paint, stickers, glue, scissors, or anything halfway crafty we are going to do it. Most of the time the "crafts" end up looking like a 3 year old did them. And she did! However, I CAN'T keep everything that she makes. We don't have enough space on our walls or refrigerator to keep these lovely things up. So I decided I'd start taking pictures of the crafts and them blogging them so I'll always have a picture of them. Of course, I'll save a few of my favorites. 

December 11, 2014

Christmas Lights

This week we took the girls downtown to look at the Christmas Lights. We started doing this when Presley was a little baby and this is the 3rd year we've done it. Presley has loved it each year so we've sort of made it a tradition. Reese didn't really know what to think about it. It was incredibly cold so it was a quick trip. We did happen to go on a night that Santa and the elves were there, but Presley had no desire to go near Santa. It was nice to see him from a distance though.