Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Our tiny (terrible) two!

Ok...she isn't SO terrible but there are PLENTY of moments where I feel like she is such a challenge!!! And she isn't really TINY, but she is petite! Riley is over 2 1/2 now...can't believe that she turns 3 in August but we can't remember life without her. We rarely have a dull moment with this girl! I don't even know where to begin! Back around the end of January she was 100% potty trained and accidents were rarities. She was wearing big girl underpants all day and we couldn't be more proud of her. Then we moved into this house...which she still calls "the new house" and not "home". Since, she has had a small relapse with her potty skills although she is getting better everyday, I think. The thing is, we now have her wearing pull-ups most of the time...just as a precaution. She ALWAYS asks to use the potty when we are out and about or at someone else's's just here in our home that she sometimes has an accident. But she really is getting better and I think we will be back to using big girl underwear very soon. Her language skills are developing more and more and she is starting to use the right words for some situations. Although she still refers to Izzy as a "HE". She is no where near as good of an eater as her little sister and tends to prefer cereals, candy, chips, and that sort of thing. Don't worry, we still make her eat healthy things too! She just asks for those other things a lot. Candy is just a treat for using the potty or being good or that sort of thing, special occasions, etc.

Riley loves to sing and dance, as always. She loves going to nursery and loves church. Daddy has been an excellent teacher lately. He does family home evenings while I am at school and Riley has learned SO much!! She knows so much about Jesus and the sacrament. She also has learned about baptism. The coolest thing is she is saying prayers (with some help!) and it is so sweet to hear her pray. Isabelle has even started to take a turn saying family prayer with help. Of course, she is much harder to understand but what a sweet thing! Riley also recognizes temples and loves them. She knows that is where you should go to get married.

Riley's most recent passion is puzzles. And I think I owe a big thanks to Grandma Barb for this she bought the girls puzzles when we were up there for Easter. Seriously, the girl spends so much time doing puzzles!! SHE LOVES THEM. When she first gets a new one, it takes her a good 30 minutes to figure it out....but then she will do it over and over and before you know it 30 minutes has turned into 2 minutes. Seriously. She is quite impressive!!
(sorry these puzzle pics are out of order....I dont have the patience to fix the order right now!)

She can be a really sweet big sister and I think she is getting better but she can still be pretty mean to Isabelle, too. I think this is pretty normal...but what a bully sometimes!! She knows how to push our buttons, which she has been doing since the age of 12 months old...but she has us figured out even better these days. Riley is still very much into watching movies. And she loves playing games. She loves the letters of the alphabet and I think I need to start working with her again on them and begin teaching her sounds they make and that sort of stuff because her memory is really good and I know she has the ability to just soak up new info.

She also likes to be social and makes friends easily. She plays shy for a few minutes...but that doesn't last! Sometimes I worry she may be a little too friendly. She loves other girls that are bigger than she is; I think she is in awe of them. It's sort of cute, and sort of annoying...
She loves being outside and being active. Although she is we think Isabelle will be more of an athlete than Ri. Maybe she will surprise us though!
Some of Riley's favorite people...well this will be hard to let's just say she really loves Uncle Johnny, Aunt Dana, Hailee, and Camryn...but also all her other aunts, uncles, and her grandparents! I hear a lot more these days that people think she is looking more like mom than dad. Although there is no denying that as a newborn, she was totally Travis. And she still has some of his look to her, we just hear it the other way around more often these days. She is petite just like her features. She loves shopping and animals. I know some of this is so random and unorganized but I am just trying to capture most of her current interests for the sake of journaling :) She has long, beautiful hair that I don't think I will ever let her cut it short. Or it would take some convincing, anyway! She is a big helper but can also be so aloof and clueless. I sometimes wonder if it's for real or if it's just an act? Does she play dumb to be lazy? I am not sure!! Are two year old's capable of that? Perhaps.
Basically, she is just so much fun!! She comes up with the smartest stuff... She gives us many, many laughs, and just a few headaches. I know there are more in store for the future...but oh well. She has always been really good at playing on her own, entertaining herself, and being independent. It doesn't really make me sad to see how independent she is because I still have Isabelle to depend on me a lot. But I am sure at some point I will wonder where the days have gone and how my little girl has gotten so big!! We were just talking about how in a couple years Riley will be almost 5. That is crazy....we can't even imagine...but we will blink and that time will be here to send her to school. I will cry then and wonder where the time went, but for now, I am happy to see her growing and being a "big girl".


Gallant Family said...

I can't believe how big your girls are getting. Riley looks the same, but with longer hair. Izzy doesn't even look the same to me! Good luck with the rest of school.

Adrienne said...

When it comes to hair, girls will do what girls will do in the long run - whether it's dye it another color, cut it short, or both ;)

Anonymous said...

Riley's hair is so so so pretty! Don't cut it ever! They grow up way, way too quick! Enjoy the terrible two's while they last!

Jodi said...

I cannot believe how LONG Riley's hair is! Holy cow! Bailey's is so short and she has always had hair, it just doesn't seem to grow very fast.

Latissa and Scott Graham said...

Oh Riley, she is so fun, and I swear she is gonna be such a flirt when she grows up! Watch out Jenna!

Esther Noelle said...

Oh Riley is so cute! We've got together again soon!!!! Robby talks about you guys a lot! And funny, Robby also recently has been saying, "me get married in Temple..." it's just soooo sweet to hear them say things like that huh?

I've got to do a good journal post like this about Robby... it'll be so fun to have to read later.