Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Celebrating 4

We celebrated 4 years of Marley yesterday... and like it true Davis fashion, we kept it simple and filled with all things yummy. Marley asked for donuts, playground time and macaroni and cheese/hotdogs for dinner. She wanted a vanilla cake with strawberries and blueberries. It was the first time in the history of ever that I had a massive cake flop... the cake was crumbly and broke apart as I was cutting into it for layers, and the whipping cream wouldn't whip... so in a pinch we improvised with custard... and although it might not have been picturesque... it sure was delicious.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dear Marley Wren { 4 years old }

Dear Marley Wren,

Our sweet little bird... happy 4th birthday. You keep reminding me that in 1 year, you'll be 5... always focusing on what's in front, instead of celebrating the now... that's what you do. Let's not get too ahead of ourselves... I don't think we are ready for you to be a whole handful quite yet (even though in the figurative sense, you already are).

You, sweet girl... are one pretty amazing little lady. Your spunk and energy never runs out. You want to fit in as much as possible in the amount of time that you are awake... never wanting to miss out anything. Later on in life, this is going to make you a very productive little person... but right now, this little bit about you, tires us so. Pretty sure you get this from Mommy, because she's not one to sit still either. Sleeping, is something you'd rather not do, if given the choice... though we often find you catching some z's in the middle of the day, when you clearly told us, "Nah, I'm not tired." 

Marley, you LOVE to create. It's pretty much your favorite thing to do, day in and day out. You'll draw on just about anything... a canvas can be a piece of paper, tin foil, cardboard box, rock, shell, etc. Your love for color and the way you put things together... is off the hook. Whenever we have an Amazon Prime delivery, you beg us for the box. Off you go, cutting into it, coloring it, and creating some sort of house or school or grocery store to play with. Which brings me to another wonderful thing about you... your imagination. You can spend hours playing with just about anything. When you are done creating inside, you create outside... you forage flowers, create dinosaur nests, dig for bones,  etc. 

You collect ALL THE TIME when we are out and about. We have rock collections, shell collections, feather collections, pressed flower collections... name it... and you collect it. We love how you find beauty in just about anything. Your attention to details... is astounding. You see beyond the eye... it's such an amazing thing to witness. To see your eyes light up when you find these "treasures"... is so beautiful. 

You love to dance... it's another thing you do so often. That hasn't changed over the years one bit... you can feel the beat so well... you've got rhythm girl. Right now, the TROLLS soundtrack is your jam. You run EVERYWHERE, and love when Daddy gives you workout challenges. You love to swing on the rings in the gym, and kick the soccer ball around for fun. You're still a bird that picks here and there, when it comes to eating meals... you'd much rather snack all day long (just like your brother). Yogurt is your go to favorite snack (as are cheesesticks), and watermelon is your favorite fruit... though blueberries probably come in close second. Your favorite dinner (and was requested for your birthday meal) is macaroni and cheese with hotdogs. You like to eat tomato, cucumber and pepper salads (hold the lettuce), and finally are digging spaghetti sauce on top of your noodles instead of butter. You're all about eggs as long as they are drowned in ketchup, and prefer your peanut butter sandwiches without the jelly. 

You love being a big sister to the twins... and do such a good job of it. You'll stop whatever it is you're doing if you hear one of them cry... super attentive. You wrestle Finn on the daily... and give him a dose of that toughness exactly when he needs it. You're still sharing a room with Charlotte... and we have to go in every night about 8x to tell you two to quit the giggling... you two can fight like the best of them though... she knows what buttons to push that'll make you fiery... and you do the same for her. Yet, when given any opportunity to play with her, you never turn her down.  

You've found your place... your way here in Washington... your birthday will always be a reminder to us of the time we moved across country (that was almost a year ago to the date). We can't think of a place though, that would suit you better... you've settled in so well. The beach has become your home, along with the wild, green, fern filled forest... my sweet, whimsical Marley... you were made for this place... you were made for us.

Marley, continue loving life sweet girl... continue being you, the one we love so dearly,

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Finn, Josephine and Mable.

Marley's birth story here
Marley's 1st letter here
Marley's 1st birthday here
Marley's 2nd birthday here
Marley's 3rd birthday here
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Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Dear Josephine and Mable { 8 & 9 months }

Dear Josephine and Mable,

Your 8th and 9 month birthday came and went, and I'm only NOW taking the time to sit down and write. These last 2 months have FLOWN by. It's crazy. Crazy wonderful though. I thought about separating these posts, but really, let's face it, your 10 month birthday is tomorrow... so.... we just need to start playing catch up.

You two are such little treasures to this family... I don't think we can say it enough.

These last two months have brought so much change. SO much change. You've grown in the size department, you've made some significant developmental leaps... it's starting to feel like you're not "little babies" anymore. You've made yourselves known... demanding attention for the tricks you're learning, demanding extra cuddles, demanding more one on one time. But when you demand... it's super cute.

Jo Jo Bean... you have turned into one sturdy/chunky little lady. You've been killing it in the sleep department. Napping and sleeping through the night, like a boss. You are such a tactile learner. Grabbing at just about anything (and of course putting it in your mouth)... especially great at feeding yourself chunks of food. Speaking of food, you are all about eating whatever we are eating. You don't like purees AT ALL... you want chunks of chicken, noodles, bread, any and all fruit, etc. It's even better, if you get to feed yourself. You're quite good at it.

You sit up like a champ, but are still not on the go yet. When you're laying down, you like to move from side to side and reach/grab for things, but you have absolutely NO interest in rolling or crawling. You're perfectly content sitting. You can sit for awhile in one spot, as long as you're surrounded by toys, or being entertained by your sisters or brother.

Finn, is still your favorite to watch. You think he's hilarious. You especially like when he roars like a dinosaur and shakes his head/hair into your belly with blurbs. You crack up, and it's absolutely precious. Your life is contagious... and if you laugh, most of the time Mable laughs too. You are totally into this clingy phase. Always need to be able to see Mommy... if she's out of sight, you wail, unless someone is distracting you.

You were the first twin to learn how to clap.. which is appropriate, because I'd say you're more of the communicator, between the two of you. Charlotte was the one who shared with you how to clap, and Mommy helped bring your hands together to show you the motion, and then you took off with it on your own. You also have caught on well to baby signs (language)... for "more please" or " all done". You want us to understand you...it's super evident.

Your first tooth came (your bottom 2) on the eve of your 10 month birthday. You were a happy teether, not phased by teeth at all, as long as you had a bagel that you could gnaw on.

May bee... you have turned into quite the surprise. Josephine has always been the one to do things first... we used to think she had all the determination. But, that is no longer the case. You my dear little baby, have totally blown her away in the motor skills department. You were the first one to roll around on the ground, the first to try to crawl (you started off backwards only... but as of 2 days ago, you started going forwards), the first to bear crawl (as of today), the first to go from laying down to sitting up,  and you're sooooo close to being able to pull yourself up (it's time to lower the crib) on objects. Mommy and Daddy are completely shocked that it's you... we had Jo down in our minds as the twin who would move around first, but that just isn't the case. You had to prove us wrong. Now we are betting that you'll walk before Jo... time will tell.

Another first for you, were your teeth! You grew your 2 bottom ones, before Jo did. Woweee, were those a few tough days. You are NOT a great teether at all. In fact, you were horrible. It disrupted your sleep quite a bit. You were feverish... Motrin was the only way we could make you somewhat comfortable. We are not looking forward to when your other ones come in.

You eat just about anything we put in your mouth. You can hold a pouch and suck on it by yourself (that you really enjoy)... unlike Josephine, you really enjoy purees still... though you'll do chunks of food too. You're not too picky, but you're still not a huge fan of bananas... unless they're mixed with something else.

You two are still completely enamored by the big black camera... you don't know if you should smile, or cry at it most of the time. Mommy needs to pull it more with you two in front of it, to get you used to the sound of the shutter.

You two love music... You know when we turn on our wireless speaker and tune in for it to start playing. You adore the Trolls soundtrack... HAIR UP, is definitely your favorite. Both of you bob with your bodies to the music. It's SO precious. You love to watch your sisters and brother dance around you for a dance party... We try and start our mornings off that way.

You two love going out and about in the stroller. You enjoy the beach so much. You could sit in the stroller the whole time, as long as you have snacks to munch on. You two people watch like it's your job... and you both have CRAZY amounts of stranger danger going on. When unfamiliar faces come up to you, you completely BUG out. Cry hysterically. There's not a whole lot that calms you down, except if Mommy picks you up. Sometimes food can distract you, but it's usually not the case.

You two adore waking up, and joining your sisters in their room for some play time. It's such a beautiful 30-45 minutes... you watch while they play, or you demand that they play with you. You love their little dolls, and their duplo blocks. This time is special for Mommy... usually it's just the right amount of time for her to drink a cup of coffee and read a book/do devotions.

You two, totally complete our family... we love you dearly,

Daddy, Mommy, Charlotte, Marley, and Finn.

Click here for their birth story, here for their 1 month post, here for their 2 month post, here for their 3 month post, here for their 4 month post, here for their 5 month post, here for their 6 month post,  and here for their 7 month post.
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