Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Just cause...

We too have our lazy days...

Feeding and holding her 'puppy'

Afternoons at the park with family.. 

 Go speed racer GO!!!

Playing in the water at the pool

Relaxing after lots of fun in the water... oh the thoughts that go through the mind of a 4 year old girl :)

Stay cool out there folks, we have some HOT days ahead of us!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Purple and Pink...

Just the way she wanted it to be for her when she got home!!! The big girls room all done and ready for her when she got home on the 17th of June.

View from her doorway:
*Yes, those are all her toys! So when I say she doesn't need anything, I'm being honest! As you can see, that is a 5 tier bookshelf full of games, crafts, and toys, and 2 toy bins stacked on top of one another, and the small 4 tier bin area in the bottom right corner...

The view from in front of the bookcase, facing the hallway
*notice the bookshelf crammed full of books?!

The wall next to her bed, her closet full of dresses and shoes, only a girl right?!

And not to mention the dresser and closet shrunk, both also full of clothes! She is all good in the clothes and toy department! 

She loves her new room and we are so happy to have our own place! It's new for the both of us, but are are adjusting quite well to all of this. My dad and I were able to make a few other adjustments for her before we moved in, like the shower adjustment and the smaller sink so it's easier for her to reach. Which, she can NOT get enough of washing her hands!!! I'll hear her splashing around in the sink, wanting to wash her hands every 5 minutes and brush her teeth every half hour!

I'm in the process of making light switch extenders for a couple of rooms so she can have easy access to those rooms and not walk in blindly. Oh, and all the door handles have been lowered about 6 inches from the standard height so she can reach them all with ease! 

We hope everyone is enjoying their summers and lazy weekends!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Shower Time!!

Now that Lilah is getting older and wants to be more independent than ever, I decided it was time to go from bath time to shower time! Things in our household have been crazy at times and taking a bath everyday of the week can be very time consuming (and wasteful!) so I started to look into shower head and bathroom adjustments that would make things easier on the both of us!

A complete bathroom remodel was NOT in the works and we are also working on a budget. While looking around Lowe's one day trying to find paint colors for her room, I stumbled across this:

I read the reviews before I purchased and majority of them seemed great in my opinion, so we bought it and were on our way! My dad hooked it up later that night and she took her first shower! Let me tell you, bath time went from 20 minutes down to about 7! 

Using the shower head versus bath time is a blessing! She no longer fusses when it is time to rinse her hair because she can almost do it all by herself. Yes, even at 4 years old and all her hair, she still manages to fuss when it comes time to rinse the tear-free soap out of her hair! 

Her is the happy girl and her shower :)

And here is what the shower looks like attached:

And my own personal review of the product:
-Easy for kids to used (the pros make it easy and fun for Lilah to WANT to take a shower, as before, the 'adult' shower was scary and to much water came out)

-Water flow (if you have a single water source like we have, it is easy to adjust the flow of the water by simply controlling how much comes out so the water is not to hard/rough when hitting the kiddos)

-Easy disassembled & reassemble (after having to take it on and off after each use)

-Adjustable height (for Lilah, I found that the cord was to long as it would hit her straight in the face if I pulled it all the way down. The suction cups help make the right adjustment)

-You HAVE to take it off after each shower time (It is easy to do but just an added step as there is no on/off watch switch)

-First attachment to the shower faucet can be difficult (it took use a while to get it on because of the tight fit of the faucet piece)

-The smaller suction cup does not stay on for very long (I have yet to figure a way to keep this on longer than a few seconds, maybe 30, after I have placed it on the wall- it is only a problem if the water is on high)

I hope this helps other LP families! Even when Lilah does take a bath on the weekends, this makes it soooo much easier to rinse her hair after washing!

Monday, May 16, 2011

LPA Regional: Day 2

For day 2, there was an activity room provided for the little-little's for the parent's to attend the various meetings planned for the day. There were a lot of little-little girls! The boys took over in the teenage department!

The girls with one of the informative and helpful

The adults on the Cessna tour

Ready for food and fun!

Taking some time to enjoy the weather before the DANCE!!!!

And, the most popular girl was...Lilah! Ok, so I'm biased, but she was a hit! I am SO thankful that the Sunflower chapter was able to host this regional, we both had an absolute blast!!!

Check out the link above for a news review on the conference and dance

It's raffle time!!!

Carson, our Chapter President! For being such a super hero and making it through the dance and for all the support and help he gave to the chapter!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

LPA Regional: Night 1

This year, the Sunflower Chapter was excited to host an LPA Regional meet for District 7! Our area has not hosted one in Wichita for almost 7 years! The hotel we were at worked very well with the needs of those who were attending the conference. We had a blast both days of the conference and I know I am looking forward to many more LPA Regional, District, and National events. Lilah is at the prime age where she is able to gain information from other LP's at the conferences.

I have been waiting to take her to larger Regional and National events because I believe they would have benefited me more than her because of her understanding of knowledge. I have relied heavily on our POLP groups and social networks to handle situations on my end as a parent, but now that she is older, I believe she will want to know their are others who are just like her in stature. She will be able to talk with other LP's, relate to stories and various issues that I will not be able to relate to.

This conference really opened up my little girl socially! She is growing up so fast!!!

Petey, reading a personal story to the girls.

There was a quartet competition in the hotel the same weekend we were there. This group GRACIOUSLY sang for us not once, but twice during the weekend! They were excellent and it was fun for both the adults and children!

My runner!

Taking some time to walk the River and take pics

Katie showing the other girls how to do cart wheels. Looks painful, but she managed to do this for hours! Lilah is practicing to be just like Katie- ahhhh!!! *Can we say mom's pulling her hair out at the sight of this?!*

This is an AWESOME chair that was made available for the silent auction, which I bid upon and won! This is a pretty awesome chair that holds up to 160 lbs., which means Lilah will have it for a very long while!

Girl power! They had so much fun together! 

Sesame Street Year 2!

Another year of Sesame Street fun! This year, I decided to take my 2 nieces plus Lilah because I thought they would LOVE to go since Lilah enjoyed it so much last year. On our way there, one of my nieces had a different point of view and decided she did NOT want anything to do with big characters in costumes! Her brother took her place instead, which was still fun!

We started the adventure with a trip to eat, then off to the show!

"Auntie, are those real people inside of costumes?!"

Hopefully at 5 years old next year she will still want to go to this type of show!

Friday, April 8, 2011

More Cali Photos

Well, I was going through my phone the other day and realized I have MORE pictures from the Cali trip! On the rare occasions when I did not have my camera with me, I had my phone!!! Enjoy!

We had just arrived and were waiting on our rental vehicle- doesn't she look like she belongs in Cali with the bug eye glasses and sandy bleach blonde hair?!

Doesn't want to sit still long enough for a picture with mom!

Being silly at the zoo eating green Jell-O!

At the zoo with mom

On the cold and foggy Cali beach!

Oh catching this Sunset was the best thing ever! Wish I would've had my camera with me!

It was about 4 a.m. when this photo was taken, as you can tell by my nieces hair! Aunty loves you Syd!!!