Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Lydia at 3

I can't believe Lydia Carol Gensic is turning three. I really can't. But she is, and I want to celebrate how awesome she is. So here is a list of the 10 coolest things about Lydia:

1. While this list is in no particular order, this is probably the coolest thing about Lydia: she was the easiest child to potty train in the history of children and potties. Here's how it went. While strolling around in Walmart one morning, we came across My Little Pony panties. We bought them. When we got home, she put them on and immediately started using the potty. And she was potty trained.

2. She loves books. I love books. I love Lydia. I love that Lydia loves books. It's all good. Here is a picture of her during nap time the other day:
 She always looks at books while she is falling asleep, and on this particular day, she ended up taking her entire nap with the book she'd been looking at laying on her face. She must have fallen asleep mid-story.

3. She is Shepherd's "first friend." After spending all afternoon with the neighbor's visiting grandson, Shepherd kept telling BJ that he had been "playing with my third friend." When we finally asked him who his first two friends are, he said, "Lydia's my first friend, and Bliss is my second friend." (Bliss is our neighbors' daughter.) Just in case you're curious, he claims to have made a fourth friend the other day at the YMCA.

4. She's a daddy's girl. She  always chooses to be in whatever room he is in. She want hims to take her to the potty for number 2 (a true sign of toddler love). She wants to swim on his back in the swimming pool. And she wants to run up to him every Sunday at church. This can sometimes be a issue.

5. She can take care of herself. When our neighbor's grandson can to town to visit, he spent his afternoons in our kiddy pool playing with Shepherd. The boys were ornery those afternoons anytime any girl came near the pool. Lydia, however, had no problem putting them in her place. She would point her finger at them, screech, "No! We don't do that!" And then get in the pool and play.

6. She is fun to dress. It's like I'm eight years old and I've got the doll of my dreams. And to make it even better, she really knows how to strike a pose. Case in point, this picture from the 4th of July:

7. She is fancy, hence the Fancy Nancy party. She changes her outfit (including accessories) at least 3 times a day. Have I ever mentioned how I'm daily drowning in a sea of laundry.

8. She encourages fanciness in those around her. I occasionally let her pick out Violet's clothes. When I do, this is what Violet ends up looking like on a Monday:
Yes, what you are seeing is glitter, ribbons, bling, satin flowers, and lots of ruffles. On a Monday.

9. You never know what she is going to say. The other day after Violet started crying incredibly loud because she didn't want to take the nap for which BJ had just laid her down, Lydia laughed and said, "Violet's crying." She then sighed contentedly and said, "I hate babies." Another crazy thing she recently said was while using the potty at a friends house. BJ was holding her up while she did her business, and she looked in his eyes and said seriously, "Don't worry, Dad. My butt is okay."

10. And to end, I'm going to simply let my brother and sister-in-law speak. This is the limerick they wrote for Lydia's birthday:

There once was a girl named Lydie,
Who was so itty-bitty.
Though in this small girl,
Great furies unfurl,
We still think she's sweet and pretty.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Lydia's Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

Lydia had her 3rd birthday party tonight. It is two days early, but alas, the things we must do for church board meetings.

It was a wonderful evening with friends. Lydia had a great time, and of course, I had a wonderful time decorating and getting ready!  Here are some pictures:

Pre-Party Family Pictures: We had a little fun with the timer.


The Decorations: This year, I decided to go with a Fancy Nancy theme. We hung up several paper-back Fancy Nancy books I got for a great price on Amazon. The rest of the d├ęcor was just a whole lot of pink.

The Cake: I was able to get this customized cake topper on Etsy. For the actual cake, I made a checkered layer cake using strawberry and white cake.


Blowing out the candles!


Opening presents


Violet in a box because, why not?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Nine Years of Nerdy Awesome Goodness

Because I married him. Because he's my minister and co-disciple in faith. Because he's the father of my three favorite people. Because it's been pretty fun and he's still making me laugh. Happy anniversary, BJ!


2010 (with Shepherd)

2012 (with Lydia)
2014(with Violet)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Clothes Time!

BJ's aunt, Marcy, lives in the Los Angeles area, and twice a year she goes to a large LA consignment sale and gets all three kids bunches of clothes. So once every spring and once every fall we get a box in the mail filled with clothes. This week, we received the ever exciting box of goodies! The kids love seeing what all they got, so this time, BJ took pictures of the grand opening.

Of course, Lydia immediately has to put on several items and start modeling for us.

Auntie Al also has sent us some clothes recently. Violet looked particularly adorable in this dress last Sunday from Auntie Al.

We are so grateful to all of our family for all the clothes, toys, and necessities they are always sending our way. We are so blessed!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Frozen According to Shepherd and Lydia

You might have heard in the news that we here in Oklahoma have been getting a lot of rain. When you have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, a perpetually muddy yard and never-ending downpour of rain can quickly drive a family to insanity. So to help keep us all in tact, we've been really having to stretch our imaginations. During the girls' nap time the other day, I temporarily emptied one of my kitchen cabinets and made Shepherd a "room" in which to play. Since then, he has hardly left his cozy little nook.

Lydia, like any little sister, has lurked nearby wanting to play with her brother. They have managed to come up with several games involving the cabinet, but since I'm always busy with dishes or laundry or Violet, I haven't paid too much attention to the details. The other day, I stopped long enough to listen and watch from around the corner. Here is what I witnessed:

(Shepherd in his room and Lydia squatting outside the closed doors)
Lydia: Shep-ud, do you want to build a snowman? (repeats 3 or 4 times)
Shepherd: (coming out of his room) Yeah, Lydi, I want to build a snowman!
Lydia: (laughing exuberantly and jumping in circles) I Olaf! I Olaf!
Shepherd: I'm Iceman and I'm going to freeze you with my ice vision! (Starts glaring at different objects in the kitchen with a strained, constipated look while Lydia continues to giggle and declare that she is Olaf)

After a few minutes of Shepherd freezing things and Lydia being Olaf, Shepherd returned to his cabinet and the whole game started over from the beginning. While I do really like the original Frozen, I'd say this version is pretty entertaining as well.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Gensic Pirates

Saturday morning, we were all bored. So we made a boat out of a box. It has proven to be a pretty awesome toy.  Here are a few snap shots of my little pirates. There might be a few extra shots of Violet, but it isn't because I love her more. It is just because she really likes getting her picture taken.

Perhaps the best thing about the boat is hearing the stories Shepherd concocts around the boat. The enemy pirates are the "Philistines." As you can imagine, BJ is beaming with pride over that one. And Gus, of course, is a whale. Here is a picture of our primly groomed whale.

And for anyone who ever thought Oklahoma isn't beautiful, look at our front yard.