Your mom gave you a catalog to look at fall clothes for school and told you to circle what you want…
Looks like we’ll be getting a dog soon. You’ve been wanting a dog or a cat for so long and even though dad is allergic to them, I can’t keep you from experiencing the joy of a pet any longer. I wonder what you’ll name her? I’m already excited to see your excitement and I haven’t even looked for a dog yet.
Hey girls!! Daddy hasn’t been writing much for a long time and I gotta do some major catch up. Time is flying and so much has changed. Audrey, you’re now 5 years old, have 2 loose teeth, have learned to swim, learned to skate, playing soccer, carrying a makeup bag, and so much more. Amelia, you’re 2-1/2 going on 13 with so much sass! You’re a funny girl and always keep us laughing. The other day, you were on the potty at the house and told me you didn’t have to wash your hands since this wasn’t a “public bathroom”! We went camping in a wagon a couple weeks ago and y’all had a blast. We hiked through the woods and we rafted up to Cumberland falls. We tried to see the moonbow but we couldn’t make it past 11:30. Everyone was falling asleep.
We’ve had a great summer before Kindergarten starts. I may not be writing much but we have definitely been making memories enjoying life together!
Mommy and daddy love you 2 girls more than you’ll ever know! We’re so proud of you both! Daddy’s Best Friends!
We had so much fun over Christmas and New Years break! For New Years, we all had a slumber party at the house. We got the air mattress out in the living room and mom and I let you girls stay up as late as you wanted. We ate chocolate cake, popped popcorn, had a dance party, ate pizza, watched the movie Leap! You 2 had so much fun. I think we only made it to about 10:00 with Amelia and Audrey, you were out about 30 minutes later. So we didn’t make it to see the ball drop but it was my favorite New Years party ever!
New Year’s Day was pretty awesome too. Audrey was getting stir crazy and wanted to get out of the house and mommy was wanting to take a nap, so I loaded you 2 up and hit the road. We decided to go by the airport. I originally thought I’d just sit you 2 in the airplane, but you wanted to fly so bad so daddy decided to buckle y’all up. Audrey, it was your 2nd flight in the cub. The first one was with Bella back at the LCA open house. It was Amelia’s 1st flight. I buckled the 2 of you in the back, taxied around a bit to make sure y’all were comfortable and safe, and then took runway 6! You both loved it, even though audrey, you still hate having to wear the headset.
When we got home, we went to the playset to swing! While I was pushing you both, I asked audrey, “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
Audrey: “I want to be a teacher!”
Daddy: “That’s awesome! Why do you want to be a teacher?”
Audrey: “because I want to tell kids about Jesus!”
My heart overflows with joy when I hear you talk about Jesus! You have a huge heart already and you are so smart! You know every story on the kids bible app and you get all the questions right. I’m so proud of you. I pray that you always love Jesus the way you love him now. You’re an inspiration to even you daddy and you’re only 4 years old.
The girls got a toy sink that pumps water out of the faucet. They have been having a blast with it this morning washing dishes. After a few minutes washing dishes, mom tells me I have to come take a look. Amelia is in the sink and Audrey is bathing her. About 15 minutes later, Audrey hollers that Amelia has peed in the sink. After bursting out in laughter first, I tell Amelia you can’t do that anymore. She responds, “I promise not again!”😂. Love my family!
We’re doing the Daniel Fast for 21 days and we’re on day 5. We’ve talked about it and you’ve began noticing that mommy and daddy aren’t eating or drinking our normal stuff. Tonight you wanted a snack before bedtime and we let you have some carrots and a little bit of ranch…
Audrey: “Mommy, you can share my ranch with me, if you want to.”
Mommy: “Audrey, mommy and daddy are giving up ranch for Jesus right now.”
Audrey: “I wanna give up ranch for Jesus too…after I get done eating all of this!”😂
You crack us up girl!!! Mommy and daddy loves you!
Was today (11/12/17) the first of many family bonding trips to watch the Kentucky Wildcats play basketball? Well, mommy and daddy were watching basketball. You, Audrey, we’re watching the cheerleaders and Scratch, the Wildcat! Amelia was mostly interested in the puffs and ice cream! Whoever we were watching, we had a successful first trip to Rupp Arena and this old Dad had a blast! You’re favorite moments were when the cheerleaders and dance team came out during breaks. You were sad when they went back to the sidelines. Next time we come back, daddy’s gonna get tickets closer to the cheerleaders so that you’re not upset when they go to the other side of the court. I had so much fun watching you cheer for them. I look forward to many more trips!! Remember your birthday is April 4th…the first week of April…just happens to coincide with the Final Four! If you ever decide to make that a daddy daughter tradition…that’ll be fine with me…and we can let mommy and Amelia tag along too even though they’re birthdays are in November.
UK 73 – Vermont 69
Amelia, you first UK game was a success! Mommy held you for most of the game. We both thought we’d only make it to halftime, but you and Audrey both were great!! When you got a little restless, Audrey started giving u big hugs and you calmed down. We had so much fun!! I hope we all get to share many memories together of watching the Cats!!
PS: been a long time since I’ve wrote for y’all!! I got a lot of catching up to do. Daddy loves his girls!!
Tonight we were telling bedtime stories like we always do and after the story you started crying and asking for your paci. To try to distract you I asked if you wanted another bedtime story. You said yes as your cry became a quiet pout…” tell me a story about animals”…
Daddy: Once upon upon a time there was a little girl…
Audrey (interrupts like you always do): named Audrey and Amelia and mommy and daddy Martin.
Daddy: That’s right, Audrey. The little girl named Audrey had a paci and she was going outside to play. She went out in the backyard and she saw a little cow that had a paci in her mouth. Audrey ran over to see the cow and said ” you silly cow! Why do you have a paci?” The cow replied, “I just had a birthday and I turned 3 years old.”
Audrey (interrupts again): I’m 3 years old too daddy.
Daddy: Wow! That’s so cool. You and the cow are the same age! (We continued the story)…the cow told Audrey “Now that I’m 3 years old, I need to give my paci to a baby cow that needs a paci”. Audrey and the cow looked around the farm and saw a baby cow crying over next to the barn. So they went over to see why the baby cow was crying. Audrey asked, “Why are you crying baby cow?” The baby cow said, “I don’t have a paci and I’m really sad!” Then the little cow said, “I just had a birthday and I turned 3 years old! I’m a big girl now and I don’t need my paci anymore. Do you want my paci baby cow?” Baby cow cried, “Yes, I’m a baby cow and I need a paci! Big girls like you and Audrey don’t need paci’s anymore!” Audrey looked at the little cow and said, “She’s right little cow! We’re big girls now and we don’t need paci’s!” So Audrey and the little cow gave their paci’s to the baby cow and she was so happy! The End.
Audrey: That was a good story daddy!
I don’t know if it was a good story or if I successfully distracted you, but we sang Jesus Loves Me like we do every night and you went straight to sleep…without your paci. You’ve been saying “that’s a good story daddy” almost every night lately after we’ve made up bedtime stories. I hope to catch your sweet voice saying those words on video because they melt my heart every time. I love you Audrey! Holding you at night, telling stories, singing “Jesus Loves Me”, and laying you in your crib…I don’t take these times for granted. They’re memories I will cherish forever. We may have taken your paci away…but you’ll always be my baby girl!