Cason Crew

July 29, 2015

Birthday Box

I asked Presley the other day what she was most excited about for her birthday party. She answered as any 4 year old would and said, "Donuts and presents". Who isn't incredibly excited about sugar and new toys! 

The other day as I was reading some other blogs I came across this incredible idea called, "Birthday Boxes". I found the idea here. As soon as I saw it I knew it was the perfect idea for Presley. 

I contacted a good friend at The CALL (for foster and adopted kids) and asked if we could make the boxes for them since we love to support them however we can. We went to Target and I let Presley help me pick out the presents. We found super cheap but fun party favors and goodies that you might have at a party. Then we came home and I let Presley put them together, decorate the boxes, and make little cards. We made a couple of girl boxes and a couple of boy boxes (Hello Kitty and Batman themed) The whole project took about an hour. We plan to drop them off on her actual birthday.

I don't share this to brag on us at all. Hear me on this, I did not come up with the idea. But I felt like it was an amazing idea any why shouldn't we do it? I want Presley to love her new presents and have a great party. Why else would I throw her a party if I didn't want this for her. But I never want her to forget that there are other people in this world and that we should always stop and remember others as well. Maybe this is an idea you'll like to steal like I did. 

July 26, 2015

Hot Hot Hot!

Is it hot! Like, seriously hot outside. So we've been trying to do whatever we can to play inside. We spend lots of time at the library, Petco, dance class, Target, and Goodwill. We've also had to get pretty creative on our inside activities at home. I'm ready for cooler wedding!
Reese has gotten into dressing up with Presley. In fact, Presley like to put the dresses on Reese. Sometimes that is a good thing and other times it doesn't end so well. 
Whenever Drew comes in from work we do everything in our power to keep in him inside for as long as possible. He has been so busy lately that we hardly ever get to see him. The girls love to wrestle and play hard with their Daddy. I'm not a big fan of getting physical with the girls so it's always a nice break for everyone. 
I feel so lucky that both of my girls are so silly. They keep us laughing all the time. Their little personalities are very different but also very similar at times. I love how the older they both get the more we get to find out who they really are. God is so good.
My parents came to visit awhile ago for the day. We enjoyed playing and just spending time with them. We went downtown to let the girls ride the Trolley. It was miserably hot while we waited for it to come, but I think they enjoyed it. 

July 20, 2015

Reese is 16 Months

I can't believe how much Reese is growing and changing. How is she already 16 months old? I think it's safe to say that we absolutely can't imagine life without her. She brings so much joy and life to our family. We love her little personality so much. She is goofy and keeps us laughing always. 
Physical
-She weighs about 25 lbs and is about 31 inches tall.
-She is wearing mostly 24 month or 2T clothes.
-Her shoes are size 4-5.
-She is wearing size 4 diapers.

Eating
-This girl LOVES to eat. She will go to the pantry all the time and pull out food. It's hilarious.
-She is drinking milk, water, and the occasional apple juice.
-She loves pretty much all foods but her favorites are crackers, goldfish, cereal bars, cheese, yogurts, bananas, strawberries (though they give her a terrible diaper rash), and blueberries.
-She has gotten a bit more picky in the last month and will occasionally refuse certain foods. Of course, when she does that she just begs for other foods that she likes.
-She loves to use her fork and spoon and is getting pretty good at feeding herself.
-She only drinks out of a sippy and has completely gotten rid of the bottle. 

Sleeping
-She is still a great sleeper.
-She only takes one nap a day and it's actually great. She and Presley both lay down around 1:00 and Reese will usually sleep for 1-1.5 hours. I like that she has given up her first nap so it can free up our mornings. I think she would probably still go to sleep in the mornings if I were to lay her down but then she doesn't always go down for her afternoon nap easily.
-She goes to bed around 8:00 and wakes up around 7:30. 
-She sleeps on her satin pillow (that was given to Presley by my grandma) and covers up with a little satin blanket. 
-She likes to fall asleep on her back now but will almost always end up on her belly at some point in the night.
-She wakes up so happy and will immediately start saying, "Mommy" but never really cries. 
-We have a great bedtime routine where we read books, say prayers, and give hugs. She goes down to sleep and nap very easily. She hardly ever gives us any trouble at all. (which is awesome!

Physical/Movement
-She is climbing ALL over the place. We have found her that kitchen table a few times.
-She mimics everything Presley does. 
-She loves to brush her teeth (with anyones toothbrush)
-She is getting great at doing puzzles and playing with other learning toys.
-She is climbing up the slide and swinging all the time.

Random
-She dove off the diving board for the first time this month. 
-She loves being in our little pool where she can touch the bottom. She is getting used to floating in the big pool.
-Her molars are almost completely in.
-She jabbers all the time and can say quite a few words.
-She loves to help feed the animals.
-She loves to help me with my make-up and washing my face.
-She is great at washing herself off in the bath (at least she does the movements)
-She loves to name her body parts and can do really well at most of them. She's just recently learned her elbow and knee.
-She love to "help" me do the laundry. As soon as she hears the dryer door open she will run to my bedroom floor and lay down so that I can throw the warm clothes on top of her.
-She also loves to help put up her dishes by carrying them to the sink or dishwasher. 


July 14, 2015

Moo for food

Today was free chicken day at our Chick-Fil-A. I don't know why we've never done this before but it will definitely become a tradition (as long as our children will dress up like cows). I quickly put together some "awesome" cow costume (please note the sarcasm) and we headed over to eat some free food. We all got free meals for being completely decked out as a cow and the girls got free ice cream once they traded in their prize. It was surprisingly not that crowded so we had a great time. Woohoo for free food!









My heart might burst

I don't think I could love these two more if I tried. They bring such joy and I can not believe that I was chosen to be their mommy. Thank you Lord for these blessings!