Thursday, June 2, 2011

Field Day

School is almost out and that means a week full of fun activities at school. Last week was the dance festival where Mikayla's class danced to Fireflies--and yesterday was field day. The kids had all sorts of activities that ended with the most exciting part of the week--getting hosed by a fire truck. I showed up from work just in time to catch it on my phone.
Mikayla was thrilled and soaked and a little cold. SO fun!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I have this thing about recap posts.
I don't like doing them.
However, time goes by - I don't make the time to update my blog - and I keep finding myself in the same situation. Do you see my dilemma? This time, I decided to compromise with myself and do a super quick recap-ish post and then I'm going to surprise everyone (including myself) and do little posts
Novel idea, right? I don't know how you all manage to do it, but I'm going to give it a shot.
Here goes:
January. Um-No pictures taken. I'm not sure why, but apparently there wasn't anything photo worthy happening. I should remember why, but I don't. February...same story. I'm on a roll! This is going to be a piece of cake.
March was my darling daughters 4th birthday and she got her ears pierced (which was a huge deal for her), so there's no use trying to skip over that one :) I have to just say that this ear piercing was not planned. We were at the mall one day and I asked her if she wanted to go ahead and just do it (she'd been talking about it for months). To my surprise, she said yes. So, we stopped off at Claires where I met a lovely young girl running the store who looked like she was 12 so I scooped Aubrey up and walked right out. Luckily, Icing is right around the corner and the girls there looked like they probably knew what they were doing. Plus, they were so sweet to her and even complimented me on my shoes (plus 1 for them!)

Now, I promise that I warned her it was going to hurt right at first, but apparently she didn't believe me because afterwards, that sweet little girl was SO mad at me! She cried for an hour until we got settled in the car and she fell asleep (which she hardly ever does). When she woke up, she was happy as could be with her little pink earrings.

Moving on.

So, as I said earlier. This same cute little bug recently had a birthday. This year, Tangled was the theme of choice. I had very little time for prep, but we managed to come up with one decoration that has been a favorite: A 15 foot Rapunzel braid made out of yarn. I'm telling you, it was no easy task to make the darn thing, but it was totally worth it. It took 3 of us and TONS of yarn, but the kids play with it almost everyday still.

AND it was the hit of the party. Limbo, anyone?

A little wall painting, present opening....

and what's a birthday party without a craft to make and take home???

To finish off, Aubrey and her friends wrote down their dreams on a piece of paper attached to a "floating lantern" and we let them off. But this is Traverse Mountain, so the wind made it all the more exciting (and funny).

Finally...Easter. I took pictures, but they didn't turn out well this year.
So sad.

We weren't exactly feeling photogenic that, I'll spare you all the photos of that day and instead throw in a couple of the girls (and my Dad!) from Mother's Day.

Well, that's about all I've got in me for now. I guess I'll start breaking out my camera more and making some fun spring/summer memories.

We haven't been to the zoo in a while...

Friday, January 7, 2011

I'd love to say that our Christmas season went off without a hitch...but I'd be lying. The truth is, we had some chaos--but all in all, we made some pretty wonderful memories. Like baking cookies and watching movies and just hanging around in our jammies.

Oh...and shoveling snow. (I bet you remember that part the best, Dad)

and Aubrey seeing Santa at our church Christmas party was pretty fun, too. (Luckily Mikayla was discrete when she informed me that this was definitely not the real Santa). At first Aubrey was adamant that she was not going to go up and see him. No way. Not going to happen.

"I'm staying way back here where he can't even see me"

Well, it doesn't look too bad. Maybe I'll take a closer look.

Hmm. I guess it couldn't hurt to simply say hello to the guy. It's sort of scary, though, so funny faces are definitely in order to mask the nerves while waiting in line.

What do you know? Santa's not so bad after all.

I'd say she rather likes him.

A few days later we made time to go to the mall where the real Santa Claus is so that the girls could tell him what they wanted for Christmas. Imagine my surprise (is that really the right word??) when Mikayla told him she wanted a classroom size whiteboard. That's a pretty tall order. Luckily Santa can just whip one up in his shop with all that help from his elves. No sweat for me, right? Right.

When Christmas morning arrived, the girls were not disappointed. Santa delivered and we had a great morning opening presents and being together.

All Aubrey wanted this year was the "Tangled hair"--from the Rapunzel movie. Unfortunately it only took a matter of 5 minutes for it to become exactly that: tangled.
...and is Mikayla with her whiteboard. She can play school to her hearts content (along with half of the neighborhood). :)

Is it okay to say that I'm sort of glad to just have survived the holidays? Now--on to the new year!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Suzie Snowflake

We had to hurry back from California so that Aubrey would be home in time to prepare for her debut dance recital. It was a week full of all things dance that ended on Thursday with her stage performance. I was a little worried about how she'd do. No joke, there were little ones that stood up there and cried the whole time. One little girl got one look at Santa on the other side of the stage and had a melt-down. Aubrey just waved at him :)

When we arrived, she was a little nervous and she wouldn't even look at me to take a picture-

but when Aunt Dani walked in, she was all smiles.

Okay, so here's the thing. I don't know who shot this video (except that I do and it was me), but it is terrible. I was too far away and it didn't help that everytime Aubrey waved her arms in the air ("Suzie's come to town") it reminded me of ET (please tell me you know what I'm talking about) so I was laughing. She's adorable, though, right? The smiles and waves are precious. By the way, she's 3rd from the right.

Way to go, ladybug!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Our much anticipated trip to California has arrived. We drove down on Thursday and got up bright and early Friday morning to go to the happiest place on earth. I tried to keep it a secret from the girls so they would be able to sleep the night before, but Aubrey is a sneaky little thing and she tricked us into giving it away. As expected, the kids didn't sleep much--but we had such a great day anyway.

Our first stop was the Princess Fantasy Faire--to meet and take pictures with some of Mikayla and Aubreys favorite princesses. Tiana, Ariel and Jasmine were there.

We rode all the classics--Pirates of the Caribbean, Autopia and Dumbo (to name a few),

but we all agreed that It's A Small World was the favorite.

We even learned some fun facts while standing in line--like how they include an additional 50,000 lights on the exterior to light it up for Christmas. I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty magical.

Aubrey loved to see the princesses, but as it turns out....Goofy was her very favorite. She thought he was hilarious when he tried to steal Grandma Cori's lunch and walk off with our stroller.

We saw a few other friends during the day--Minnie Mouse and the Fairy Godmother.

It was a cool day and I'm not ashamed to admit that after getting sprinkled on, we actually rode the Monorail to sit down and warm up :)

To end the day, we had to watch the parade and firework show (okay, I may have been the one to insist on it, but everyone agreed that it was well worth the wait for a good spot).

Cute little Aubrey waved at every character that passed. She was so diligent, that when Santa passed way up high on his float, he looked down at her and asked her if she was having a fun day. She was so wide-eyed nodding that she indeed was.

These snowmen were Mikayla's favorite. She thought it would be so funny to see one of them fall over and try to get back up.

What would the end of a long day be without a quick snapshot of the children all worn out? I carried them both to bed and they barely opened their eyes. I'd say that is the picture of a successful day.
Okay, now it's time for a little r&r for me :)