Sunday, January 31, 2010

All dolled up

On Saturday morning Lauren went to a tea party birthday party for her friend Sierra. It was at a little pink cottage, and the inside was completely over the top girly: flowered carpet, flowered wallpaper, flowers dangling from every square foot of the ceiling, etc. The girls got to choose a princess dress, heels, and jewelry. and then they got their hair, makeup, and nails done. They were in a fashion show and then moved on to the heart-shaped tea table.

They each had their own tea pot with pink lemonade and their own fancy cup and saucer. They had PB&J triangles, itty bitty cheese pizza slices, and tiny bites of hot dogs, all served on tiered trays. The birthday girl got a heart shaped cake to take home, and everyone received their own little plate of goodies: mini piece of cake, cotton candy, gummy bears, sour candies, etc.

They were each sent home with a picture of themselves after their transformation and were able to choose something out of the treasure chest.

Posing near the waterfall wall

Ready for the fashion procession

Raise your hand if you want that pink Christmas tree
and those princess blinds at your house.

(The glitter wouldn't come out of her hair, and was still in this morning at church!)

Hungry boy

We went out to brunch today after church and, after ordering and waiting a while, Owen asked, "Mama, when is she gonna bring us our eats?"

Friday, January 29, 2010

Behind closed doors

Is anyone else bothered by those closet ads showing pictures like this?
Don't get me wrong, I love how organized it is. But am I the only one who thinks closets are for HANGING clothes? In our master bedroom, we don't have a walk in closet, but one whole wall is dedicated to our closet. There are two shelving units in there that take up valuable space for clothes I want to hang.

Maybe it's just my disdain for wrinkles from folded clothes. I hate folding clothes, I can never get them to fold flat. Could just be my lack of retail experience! I have a hard time filling the drawers in my dresser. Socks and unmentionables are about the only things I want in a drawer, because they don't need to be folded. I much prefer to hang everything!

There are places for nooks and crannies and shelves and baskets behind closed doors - but they're called PANTRIES and linen closets.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

One down, countless to go

Lauren did her first real school project last week. Her kindergarten class is learning to count to 100, both by ones and tens. They needed to pick 100 items, group them into 10 groups of 10, and create a small poster board display. She loves giraffes, so we picked giraffe stickers as her item. She did all the work herself, as you can see below.

Daddy showing her how to get a
perfect circle by tracing around a glass:

She cut out all of the circles:

And stuck ten stickers to each circle:

Then Adam helped her hot glue the circles to varying sizes of foam, so that the poster would have a three dimensional quality. That's Daddy for you, always thinking! She picked the layout of all the circles and then they hot glued everything to the poster.

The proud student with her finished project:

Zoomed in:

Choir boy

Owen is in the bath, laying down with his ears under the water, singing "alleluLA" over and over and over.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Little Drummer Boy

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The kids' friend Paige got a drum set for Christmas and Owen had a fun time trying it out at her house a couple weeks ago.

New slang

Owen's been truncating his words for a couple of months. Instead of saying Noni and Papa, he says "Non and Pop". When he got a new bank for Christmas, he talked about how much "mon" was in it. He always calls his pajamas "jams" and his slippers "slips". There are so many more I can't think of off the top of my head right now. The kicker was this morning, when he was getting dressed for preschool. He wanted to wear his "Nin Turd" shirt. That'd be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the rest of us!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Look what happened this morning!


(after three and a half months of waiting - and exactly 2/3 of the way to age six, to the day!)

Last night

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

A girl after my own heart

As far back as I can remember, I would rather play with babies instead of toys. I would follow my baby cousins (or whatever baby I was near) around and pick them up, even when I wasn't much bigger than they were. I was always interested in what they were doing. I also remember as I got older that it was heartbreaking leaving family parties and having to leave the babies behind. I think my biological clock was ticking from a very young age! The first family get-together after Lauren was born I was absolutely giddy that she was going home WITH me!

Lauren seems to have gotten this baby syndrome from me. She was enthralled this past week with her little cousin Katrina - not a baby by any means, she'll be two later this month, but she sure is tiny!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Home Sweet Home

We've been on the road, traveling around visiting family for the holidays and just got home late last night. I promise to catch up on our goings-on soon. But for now, bed. Happy New Year!

As of 1 October 2007