Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
... the rest of my life. Rachel here. I'm 30. Today... March 28th... I turned 30. DO WHAT?! I have a mixture of feelings. Honest to god I feel like I just graduated high school. And then I'm reminded "just" is not synonymous with 12 years ago. Oy. Then there is college... wasn't that just yesterday? Nope... that was a wedding and 2 children ago. I'm not sure what I thought 30 would be like. Do I go out and buy wrinkle cream now? Is it time to start dying my hair to cover the grey? Do I contemplate tattooing myself to feel younger? Maybe a nice hangover is in the works. Or maybe I'll just continue to live my life... with my loving husband and adorable girls. Life goes on I suppose. While we are going out for a happy birthday Mommy dinner tonight, we celebrated last night with cake and singing... you know... while I was still 29. :)
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Mommy buried all of our new dinosaur bones, and we had to be archaeologists and dig them up. It was so much fun! I was way more into it than the baby sister, but she humored Mommy for a couple of good pix. :)
Disclaimer... I had to google "famous archaeologists", and the name Gertrude Bell popped up... let's be for real...
Rachel here. My package just arrived from Oriental Trading, and I just about died. I knew I ordered a lot... but holy cow. This is to get us a good start on summertime shenanigans. I'm getting more and more nervous with summertime approaching and knowing Reese will be back home 24/7. She's been doing such great things at Montessori that I'm afraid I won't be able to keep her attention. I've been searching for lots of open ended toys and arts/crafts, and trying to match up some of the things we have here at home with some of her favorite activities ("work") she does at school.
As far as arts/crafts supplies... we have a ton already, but I wanted to stock up on some things we didn't have and things we run out of quickly. I ordered some special paper that'll bleed color... one of Reese's favorite transferring activities (I'll share more on that later), liquid water color paint, regular washable paint, some ceramic markers (can be used to draw on ceramics... we have tons of random tile around here), different shaped sponges, "jewels", buttons, and a bag of wooden beads.
I also picked out some painting trays (we were using egg cartons and ice cube trays, but the depth was a pain in the butt for mixing and whatnot), some pipettes (for transferring water and liquid water color), and some plastic needles in hopes of working on some stitching activities with Reese.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Emma Grace here. We rang in my 21 month birthday by starting swimming lessons. I LOVED IT, AND HAD THE BEST TIME! I'm like a fish in water. Floating on my back wigged me out a titch, but Mommy sang "Twinkle Twinkle" to me per the instructors, and wouldn't you know... I calmed right down. :)
Now the sister... TOTALLY different story. That girl was buggin' hardcore. She kept screaming that she was sinking... "Mommy don't drop me! Mommy's gonna drop me!" She managed to last the full 30 minutes, and hopefully things will go smoother next week. I was kind of a handful while it was Reese's turn... I kept trying to kamikaze jump into the pool... Daddy ALMOST had his hands as full with me as Mommy did with Reese. :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Rachel here. I can't tell you how long Reese has been asking us for a pink princess castle. What kind of pink princess castle? Who knows. Where did she see said pink princess castle? Beats me. I told her that we were in fact not going to buy her a pink princess castle, but maybe her daddy would make her one if she was really really really good. I figured we were in the clear. Then I looked at Pink and Green Mama's blog today, and wouldn't you know she had a homemade Rapunzel castle as her latest entry. It was GORGEOUS, and I knew I couldn't make mine as fabulous as hers, but I was sure going to try. Besides this was a sign, and I knew we had to get it done or we would never hear the end of it.
The goal... turn this into a BEAUTIFUL pink princess castle for two creative little girls.
I had "green day" today at preschool. It was AWESOME. We tried about 8 different foods that were green... including guacamole chips (which I LOVED) and capers (which apparently made me want to vomit). Emma Grace had a playdate with Aly... AKA... Mommy had a playdate with Auntie Lu... fun was had all around.
We OF COURSE had to venture on over to Macado's for our annual St. Patty's Day dinner... complete with green beer for the grown ups.
We ended the night playing in the backyard and looking for shamrocks. :) Pretty low key this year... but that's how we roll. Happy St. Patty's Day!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Check out the new art table Mommy brought home!!!!! So we were sitting in art class, and Mommy said how cute this little table was... Ms. Carol looked right at Mommy and said "Take it... please." FOR FREE! WHAT WHAT?! Mommy was more than overjoyed. It even has the slots for the rolls of paper... I think we're all in heaven. :)
SIDE NOTE... Rachel here. I've been wanting a table like this for the girls FOREVER. My dream table is from The Land of Nod (<-- click the link) with the slits and hooks for the art paper added to it... perhaps Grandaddy will be up to building it for his precious granddaughters when we have a bigger house... hint hint... ;)
Rachel here. Look what we found coming home from NC!!!! That's right... EMMA GRACE DR... located in Jonesborough, TN... HOLLER!
Rachel here. Bryan and I got away this past weekend to celebrate my birthday a little early. Reese was still having a few minor issues with being sick, and I woke up sick as a dog Thursday night, but we had the trip planned for weeks... so we dropped the girls off at the grandparent's house, forded the river, and crossed our fingers.
We ventured to Asheville, North Carolina to visit The Biltmore Estate (I continued to be sick the ENTIRE WEEKEND)... which is the largest home in the United States belonging to the Vanderbilts . OMG doesn't even begin to describe this place. It was the most amazing home ever. Sadly they wouldn't allow photos inside, which is probably a good thing because I would have had hundreds of photos to sift through. Instead here are some photos that we were able to walk away with. :)