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. video
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
as.
things.
happen.
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 morning...so, 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 finally....here 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!