Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ruthie's 2 Years Old!

Ruthie is now officially a 2 year old and that comes with all the joys of a 2 year old. First I wanted to look back at some pics of Ruthie over her 2 years so here they are:

first picture
My favorite new born pic
professional pics at 2 months
professional pics at 6 months- wearing her christening gown
first Halloween
first Birthday

one year professional pics
Valentine's Day 2012
Easter 2012
professional pics at 21 months- swinging which is one of her favorite things
sisterly love
Christmas 2012
2nd birthday and loving some cake
sweet girl on the morning of her birthday!
We are so proud to be Ruthie's parents. She is growing and learning so much right now. In the last month her vocabulary has more than doubled. Sometimes she says things that we didn't even know she knew such as names like Jackson (our friend from youth group- she called him Jack), the dogs names, the words "ready", "catch", and "please" are just a few of the new words in her vocabulary. It is such a joy to see her putting things together and learning so much. She has even moved to her big girl queen size bed. Life is just passing so fast.
Ruthie loves her sister so much. The last 2 months Ruthie has learned to be a big help. She gets diapers, blankets, clothes, and anything else that she is asked to get that is within reach. We also had to crack down on discipline, but since we did that she has really shown improvement in listening and following directions.
She is so fast and energetic. She loves being outside too. She likes to go to the door and just stare out the window. She will sometimes bring us her shoes and then go stand at the door and say "outside". She loves sliding on her slide and standing at the fence to see the cars and trucks, which she also now knows how to say. She loves throwing and kicking the ball in the back yard and Matt taught her how to hit the ball with a broom stick like she is sort of golfing. 
The other day we were playing ring around the rosies and were discussing how fast she has gotten lately. She has begun to run around our legs while we stood in the middle of the floor. Matt commented that she was "literally running circles around us." That my friends is what our life is like these days. She is constantly on the move. She has started walking around the house with her eyes closed and will even spin in circles with her eyes close. That leads to her running into things. No worries though b/c she is tough and it doesn't bother her one bit. She also likes walking backwards. She is also a good little dancer and I think we will be starting dance classes as soon as she is potty trained.
We are not potty training yet, but I think we will start that in the next few months. We will see.
Ruthie loves "corroring", known as coloring to the rest of us. She decided to also stash some crayons away for coloring when her crayons are put away. She likes to color on the walls and floors so then she gets in trouble and when we take the crayons away we have found her taking crayons out of buckets and other toys. She's a smart kid!
Ruthie sleeps every night with her brown and pink blanket and her panda from Great Aunt Marcia and Great Uncle Mike (Matt's aunt and uncle). She will grab them both and climb into her bed to sleep. 
Ruthie loves Sesame Street. Elmo, Abby, Bird (Big Bird), and Blog are her favorites. She also knows a few of the other characters. Her 2nd birthday theme for the day was Abby Cadabby and friends. She was very happy to walk out of her room and see her friends wishing her a Happy Birthday. 
Ruthie is getting pretty good at dressing herself and she loves bath time. She is such a joy and life. While she has her moments of "terrible twos", she is a very loving child who is compassionate (cries whenever anyone else is crying) and caring. She gives kisses and hugs all the time to her momma, daddy, "baby" sister Olivia, and her grandparents. She is always making friends at church, the park, restaurants, and anywhere else we go. She is living up to her name which means "companion, friend". The best thing is that she loves praying and going to church. If we are at the table together she will hold out her hands and bow her head for us all to pray. She will not go to bed without her prayer time. She loves going to church and if we pass the church and don't go inside she gets very upset. As soon as we walk in the doors of the church she just gets so excited to see her friends. 

Ruthie, We pray that your love for prayer and the church will continue to grow as you learn about the Triune God and all that He is about. We pray that you will learn to love God and love others the way God loves you. We are so proud of you and can't wait to see how you grow over the coming months and years. We are so happy that God gave you to us! We love you Ruthie Roo! 

Ruthie's 2nd Birthday and Matt's 29th Birthday

We had a fun filled weekend celebrating Ruthie and Matt. Ruthie woke to lots of decorations and presents. She also spent some time loving on her sister!

Then that night after spending the day just relaxing and playing outside on the slide we took Ruthie to ChickFilA for dinner where Aunt Merry Anna and Uncle Thomas met us for the celebration. Ruthie was so excited about the cake, balloon, and presents. It was so fun to see her not just sit there, but to really get into opening presents and eating her cake.

wanting to color in her books. don't worry she did color soon after this picture. 

I found some awesome Sesame Street paper with Abby Cadabby. I think I will go back and get a few more rolls since I bought them for a dollar at Dollar Tree! You can't beat that especially with the joy that those characters bring to our child! 

can I play? 

"corroring" her new book

the damage to the yummy Publix cake. I have missed Publix cakes!

more awesome wrapping paper

excited about her cool new sidewalk chalk from Aunt Mer and Uncle T.

eating cake!

got to share my drink with the birthday girl!


The next day was Matt's birthday. He told me he wanted to just spend the day relaxing so that's what we did. He also said he wanted to go to 2 cheaper meals rather than one expensive meal so we ate Larry's Giant Subs for lunch and Season of Japan for dinner. I was not upset about that! Matt forgot that he also signed up to play on a tug of war team for charity for my job so we went to that (pics also below). It was fun and good for us to get out and get fresh air. Funny thing is that it was 55 degrees and people were acting like it was oh so cold and it made us laugh b/c 55 degrees is a nice spring day in KY. Turns out we adjusted to cold while in KY for 4 years and are no longer wimps!
We also watched Taken 2 and we gave him a cool shirt (pic below), a picture frame of Olivia to put in his office, and a cool bumper sticker that says: "Bumperstickers are an ineffectual means of communicating my nuance ideas on a variety of issues that cannot be reduced to a simple pithy slogan." The next day the youth even through him a surprise party and a few of them even called on his birthday. He really is a great youth pastor, daddy, husband, and man in general! I sure do love him! 

hanging out outside watching cars and trucks go by and playing with her slide and ball!

Matt's shirt! hilarious and I think I should find one that says "this person accepts hugs from strangers."
 And now we have just a few extra pics that are just too cute or great for me not to show you!
Daddy's baby girl!

Ruthie playing with her new baby doll stroller at the tug of war tournament

Tug of war team

getting pumped up!

Attitude! (we have hit the terrible twos)
pretty eyes

tummy time and look at those strong muscles!

lilly wanted in on the fun!

Finally, nothing to do with the kids or husband. I found my favorite ice cream from KY  at Winndixie. I was trilled! Graeter's is amazing ice cream and black raspberry chocolate chip is the best they make. I am so excited. Now if only we could find some Ale 8 in this town!