Britt Monthly Summary: December

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December kicked off Britt’s year of being 5!!! Zach and I went away for a night for our “pre-Christmas getaway” and spread the kids out to make things easier. Plus they all have SO much fun getting to stay with different family members when we travel. Britt stayed with Casey’s crew and got to attend an awesome breakfast with Santa with Lindsay and her oldest, Hannah. She had a BLAST and I loved getting picture updates πŸ™‚

Casey is just TOO stinking GORGEOUS right?!?!

Carter was so proud to show Britt his new big boy bed!

Whenever we get to eat Zaxby’s on Wednesday’s we love meeting up with friends there…church friends are SUCH a blessing and I’m thankful Britt has such a sweet friend in Ella to look up to!

Britt was ALL about card making this month. She made Christmas cards for EVERYONE in our entire family. She’s so thoughtful and sweet!

She is in a very artsy stage right now…all about the craft life!

Obsessed with my car air freshener haha!

She comes home with the cutest school crafts, I love this one!

Britt LOVES Samantha which makes my heart very happy. I’d say it’s been the most used toy she’s ever received πŸ™‚ 

Since all of Zach’s medical stuff I’ve really tried to buckle down on spending. I’ve discovered that Dollar General is a Mom’s best friend. Britt, Kye and Tess all needed items for class exchanges and a quick trip to Dollar General allowed them to have cute items for SO CHEAP. Here I am talking about it: one and two!

First ever gymnastics evaluation!

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Well this was super brief but that’s what happens when you have a super busy month! Excited for all the fun ahead with our precious 5 year old princess!

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Britt Monthly Summary: December

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This post covers all of Britt from the month of December!

The BIG NEWS this month (aside from Britt turning 4, of course) was that Britt FINALLY filled her Happy Heart chart! Back in early October we started the chart with her. She had the opportunity to earn two stickers a day (one at nap and one at night) based on how her attitude was during her awake times. The chart had 100 spots to fill. So 50 days worth. And it took her until the end of Dec to finally do it. Britt’s attitude is just a struggle for her. She is obedient (for the most part) but isn’t quite able to control her temper/stubbornness/outbursts yet. We are working on it and loving her through it! The chart was a BIG help and really just turning 4 was HUGE for her. I think she does really well with big milestones and is able to step her game up when it’s time. She’s 4 now, it’s time to stop with the toddler-esqe behavior πŸ™‚

Our plan was that when Britt filled her chart she’d get to go back to “gymnastics camp” which really is just a Friday Frolic free play time at our local YMCA. I checked into it to see when the next one would be and found out they were actually having a LEGIT gymnastics camp. 3 hours a day for 3 days and it started the very next day! I talked to Zach and he agreed that if they had an opening she could do it. It worked out great b/c Zach’s work schedule that week allowed him to help with drop off and pick up and the timing of it was 1-4 so it worked with our nap schedules (she just missed nap for those three days). The only downside is that we don’t own a leotard. Since I was able to sign her up THE DAY OF the camp I had no other choice but to buy one from the YMCA when we dropped her off. Hello $25. Most expensive piece of clothing she’s ever owned for sure!!!

I didn’t know to bring shorts to wear over it…I mean I legit know nothing about gymnastics and this was all a last minute thing (so unlike me haha) so yes, her panties were showing on Day 1!

Zach was able to go watch her for a couple hours her first day, Mrs. Charlotte and I went to watch her second day and Kye and I went to watch the third day. It was her first ever experience with gymnastics and she LOVED IT. It was hilarious to watch her because most of the other kids were all enrolled in gymnastics classes. But she rocked it and didn’t care one bit if she was the “beginner” of the group! She was also funny to watch b/c she cannot sit still. She was constantly moving! 

Here’s some videos of her:

Out of everyone who came to support her…she was the most excited to see Kye πŸ™‚ 

Our proud little gymnast!

On day 2, when I went and got her solo, we stopped for a little treat on our way home πŸ™‚ 

They gave us some report at the end of the camp to go over her progress. I guess she did good? It was pretty much a YMCA camp with a little gymnastics and some games and snacks mixed in. Def not hardcore or anything but it gave her a good taste of it and made for a GREAT reward for filling up her chart! She has been asking ALL THE TIME about getting to go back so we fully plan on letting her do the summer camp they offer! She also still talks about doing a “dance camp” so I’ll be looking into that when summer comes as well. We are all about some camps to give the kids a taste of different things rather than signing them up to take hardcore lessons/be on a team when we don’t know for sure if they will truly enjoy it and if it’ll be worthwhile!

Britt had a BLAST at her birthday party and LOVES being 4! She continued the celebration by having a little party at school πŸ™‚ 

Tess and I were able to attend her little class party! All the December birthdays celebrated on the same day and the parents all contributed items for the party. Here’s a video of us singing to the birthday kids!

Tess was a handful and a half haha! She didn’t understand how to sit in the circle time and kept getting up and walking around while Britt’s teacher read a story to the class!

SO SWEET!!!

Britt was SUCH a proud big sister!!!

Love my big girl!

Casey, Jordan and Carter were in Colorado and had to miss out on Britt’s birthday party. They were SUPER sweet to offer to treat her to a special weekend while Zach and I were in Savannah! Let’s just say she got SPOILED!!!

Treats at Target

Dessert after dinner

Donuts for breakfast

And she even got to attend a Christmas parade! 

They look cute as a family of 4 huh? πŸ˜‰

On top of all the FUN she got to have…Britt also got to meet SANTA. She didn’t get to meet him with Kye and Tess with our family because she had pitched a fit and had to stay home and miss out. Of course Aunt Casey couldn’t let her go through the holidays without meeting the man in red πŸ˜‰ 

SO PRECIOUS!

Britt LOVED all of her presents for her birthday and Christmas! She struggles a lot with playing on her own and always wants to be playing with Kye. I really think she was in need of new toys geared more for her age. Since her birthday is the same month as Christmas she doesn’t get any toys for an entire year and I think she needed more stuff that was age appropriate for her to enjoy playing with! She plays very contently now with her new stuff!

Such a good daddy πŸ™‚

These design your own type gifts were AWESOME! She stayed so focused on them and did such a great job!

Accessories are always a fav πŸ™‚


Britt makes us SO proud every day but especially when we see her grow in her faith and love of Jesus! She has such a heart for the Lord and truly wants to do good. We are working a lot on her repentant heart. It’s not something that comes natural for her (does it for any of us?) and I’m so proud of how far she has come. This month she was a huge helper in collecting change as an Agent of Change for our church! She also recited all the books of the New Testament!

Now that she is 4 we are working on two main things: wiping herself when she goes potty (girl, if you don’t wanna wipe that poop what makes you think your mama wants to!?!?!) and dressing herself! I lay out her clothes for her and she puts them on and is doing GREAT with it! First time dressing herself from head to toe!

Britt doesn’t wear panties to sleep and sometimes this means she forgets to wear them when she gets dressed. Kye was pretending to be a police officer and handed out tickets to us and Britt’s offense was that she wasn’t wearing panties haha

While she may be doing AMAZING with wiping herself and dressing herself…the struggle is real with her eating. Since it was Christmas break it was easy for me to handle it. If she chose not to eat her dinner then she’d eat it for breakfast and I let her sit there until she ate it all. THIS IS ALL SHE HAD LEFT. And it’s ALL I asked her to eat of her main course at dinner. I’m not being unreasonable. I’m not trying to stuff food down my kids throat. I cooked. She needs to eat a couple bites of what I cooked for the family. Period! She chose not to eat it at dinner so I told her that was fine, it was her choice. So she sat there for 3 hours and 23 min the next morning until she finally ate it. THAT is how stubborn she is!!!

She may struggle with eating but girl still LOVES her sleep! I have to wake her from naps most afternoons and she regularly sleeps from 1-4 still! And goes to bed at night at 7:15 and wakes at 7 each morning!

More About Britt:

  • Britt doesn’t understand (nor has she asked) about the whole baby making process but she is under the impression that she already has babies in her belly and that SHE lived in my belly long before I actually gave birth to her. It makes sense to think that really and is kinda a neat concept right?!?! So she tells me that she currently has a baby boy and a baby girl in her belly πŸ™‚
  • She said she doesn’t want to get married but would rather wait and marry her own baby once it grows up haha
  • She is REALLY all about talking about past times when she was much older than she is now. It drives Kye CRAZY b/c she’s never been 20 or 6 etc but I think it’s pretty funny and shows her imagination (or that she has some strange ability to remember a past life πŸ‘»). 
  • She still has THE cutest “baby” sounding voice and I’m really just waiting on someone to suggest speech help for her? I feel like it’ll be in our future but I’m not going to worry until someone else mentions it!
  • Her voice is even cuter when she talks to Tess b/c it goes even HIGHER in pitch
  • She LOVES to show Tess how to go potty, she takes the “big sister” role very seriously
  • We were parked one morning next to a van and Britt commented on how cool the van looked. I asked her what she would do if the men in the van told her to come over and talk to them and she said she’d tell them “your van is cool.” I asked her what she would do if they offered her candy and she said “say thank you” Needless to say we had a BIG TALK about how we NEVER go in someones car and how the response should ALWAYS be RUN and YELL!

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Britt is such a light in our days! She’s got her own personal spunk and is LOVING being 4!

THIS is how I will always think of Britt as a little girl πŸ™‚ 

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My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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Britt Monthly Summary December

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December was Britt’s first month of being 3! Just like Kye’s monthly summary from this month, I don’t have a lot to include in Britt’s post either! A busy month means less day to day pictures πŸ˜‰

Birthday at School: Britt had a little party in her class to celebrate her birthday. She and another little girl both have December birthdays so they had an extended snack time. I brought Tess with me and she had her first bottle during the celebration (and…a MASSIVE blow out diaper. Like BEYOND manageable). I’m so glad I was able to be there for Britt’s special day and especially glad Zach was able to stop by for a bit too! I know it made Britt feel so special πŸ™‚ 

Zach squeezing in the tiny chairs haha!

Outside: Since Britt was a tiny baby she has always loved outside time. She just lights up when she gets to play outside. I do wish she was a little older so I could let her and Kye play outside solo without having to worry about her. I don’t think she’s ready yet for that responsibility and it’s trick with the baby to be able to get Britt outside as much as I’d like for her to be!

Books: I have a lot of reading and try to instill that in my children as well. It makes my heart SO happy to see Britt reading books in her room. Britt has a temper. It’s just something she will always probably struggle with and have to work on. I’ve been trying to get her away from the situation when I can tell she’s becoming angry. I tell her that it’s not a sin to be angry: God gets angry! Anger isn’t bad, it’s how we act when we are angry that can be sinful. I’ve found that having her go to her room when angry is the best thing. She doesn’t have an audience for her fit which helps it dissipate quicker and she’s in her own personal area that allows her comfort. Majority of the time when I go to check on her I find her like this!

Hermey: Last year Britt didn’t really understand the whole Elf on the Shelf thing but this year she LOVED it! She was just as excited as Kye was and most mornings he’d race to wake her up so they could search the house together. 

Little Sister: Britt is an awesome big sister to Tess, and she and Kye have also become really good friends. However, she’s still his little sister! She still bugs him and pesters him and drives him nuts on a regular basis πŸ™‚ 

His train set was one way she drove him CRAZY the most! She’d keep messing up the tracks or knocking stuff over. Sometimes on accident…sometimes on purpose

More About Britt:

  • I was wearing an almost all black outfit and she said “you look like a bad guy Mommy”
  • When we know Zach is coming home from work she will wait by the door “to defeat him”
  • She ALWAYS puts her shoes on the wrong feet
  • She loves to accessorize but also always breaks the jewelry she wears so I’ve stopped letting her wear cute stuff during playtime
  • Britt loves to do “made you look” jokes and also loves knock knock jokes but when you say “who’s there?” she always just says “YOU!” hash
  • I’ve seen a BIG shift in her since turning 3. It was like an instant attitude adjustment! She whines less and is WAY more obedient. I am trying to encourage her by using a LOT of positive reinforcement.

More pics of my biggest girl!

She loves to dress up…here’s a video of her Elsa dress

Putting on her “lip stick”

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My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

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Britt Monthly Summary – December

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It’s strange having two monthly summary posts now! I do prefer it over the age ones for Britt though for sure πŸ™‚

Again, like Kye’s, not much to cover from Dec but here goes!

Playroom: Britt LOVES the new playroom. I do too. I’m ready for it to be FINISHED! I think that’s how all house projects go. They get to a point where I’m just so ready for it to be finalized!  Here’s some pics of her enjoying the new room!

Messy Eating: The way Britt eats reminds me of my friend Ashley. We used to joke about her eating habits all the time. She liked to feel the food against her lips? So funny! Britt is that same way though…she doesn’t even realize she has food ALL over her!!! Peanut butter is by far the messiest. One of my goals for 2014 is to keep her shirt on while eating but peanut butter makes it tough. It gets everywhere!!!

To combat some of the mess I try to remember to put her hair UP. Some mornings I will make her oatmeal (her fav) and that’s almost as bad as the peanut butter! Keeping her hair up and out of her face really helps to minimize the mess!

Coloring: I’ve always been a tad nervous about Britt’s ability to sit still for long periods of time and stay focuses on a single task…but she has really started to do SO MUCH better in that area!!! She loves to copy anything Kye does and he is setting such a great example for her. She loves to draw and is so descriptive about what she’s scribbling. It’s so funny to see how active her imagination is already!

Fingers: When Kye turned two we weaned from the paci…now that Britt is two it’s about time to start dealing with the fingers! Since Dec was so crazy I decided to wait until Jan to start tackling it…any pointers from any mama’s of a former finger sucker? πŸ˜‰

Baby: Britt still loves her babies…and so does everyone else. How funny is this?!?! I caught Sadie on the couch cuddling with Britt’s baby doll!

Playing Solo: I think I will forever and always think of Britt as my “hip baby” because she does just LOVE her mama and wants to be with me all the time. I’m always very proud when I catch her playing by herself happily. She is a child that FOR SURE needs independent playtime or else she’d never have the ability to leave my side! 

Other Stuff From This Month:

  • Britt truly likes to be a big girl in all areas. She prefers now to use an “adult” fork like we do rather than the child ones we have
  • I’ve heard about kids being in a “why” stage but didn’t really experience it with Kye much…I am making up for it with Britt! She’s very curious and constantly asks “why”
  • It’s hilarious but Britt also likes ALL the attention on HER! We will be talking and she’ll say “Guys! Guys! TALK ABOUT ME!!!!” haha
  • Before eating Britt will fold her hands and pray!
  • She is doing MUCH better with staying in her seat at the table during meal times
  • She can say the word “yes” which I remember taking Kye a LONG time to be able to say for some reason? She will say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” on her own often without prompting from us!
  • I love Britt’s silliness and how she’s always go-go-go. Here’s just a quick taste in this video!
  • I know that night time and nap time potty training isn’t something that can be taught, it’s about the physical ability for her to be able to hold it for that long. She poops during naps often so I try really hard to get her to poop prior to nap and praise her like crazy when she does it! I have also started to talk to her about staying dry in the bed but she doesn’t fully understand. She will wake up from nap and say, proudly, “no tee tees in diaper!” but then it’s full of tee tee πŸ˜‰
  • She is doing much better at handling transitions and is better able to control herself from getting overly upset when we tell her no.
  • Britt has started to participate in singing songs…she loves “The Lord’s Army” Here’s a video!
  • Britt is ALLLLLL personality! She keeps us laughing, literally, non-stop!

journeyofphood

Hey Guys, I’m Emily! I’m a stay at home mom and consider parenting to be my passion. Disney is my happy place and I love making memories as a family together. I’m a big believer in transparency and share all of my real-life moments as a mother of four.

My work has been featured on Today Parenting and Chronicles of a Babywise Mom. I’m also honored to be a member of the Babywise Friendly Blog Network.

You can read more about our family on my About Me page. Also be sure to follow along with me on Instagram, FacebookΒ and Pinterest!

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