Friday, July 31, 2009

Sum Sum Summertime!

Check it out- does that look like fun or what? So it turns out there is a mini Oceans of Fun just 15 minutes away, and it costs about 1/6th of the price. This is city pool in the town next to ours. We met Daddy there after work tonight.

The girls before we "dove in." Again, we swapped Violet for a more mobile and less needy cousin courtesy of Grandma:
Daddy and Annabelle floating down the lazy river:
Aliah demonstrating yet another physical trait she inherited from me, large feet. We just have a better understanding than most people.
Tomorrow's agenda: boating with friends!

Another Outing

If you can't tell, I love to get out and about with my girls. One more girl- even better. We were thrilled to take my niece Lexy with us to Deanna Rose Petting Farm. She lives in California so although she visits zoos, I don't think she had ever been around farm animals. She had a ball.
"Biwet scared goats Mama!"
The goat, reaching with his tongue for a bite of food:
Lexy going for her first pony ride:Watching the cow being cleaned for her milking:Even the bathroom had farm decor:
We wrapped up the morning with a picnic lunch:

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Not an Emergency

Luckily we went to visit the ambulance instead of it visiting us. :) Our good friends Abby and Dylan's father is a EMT/Firefighter. This week he was on duty at our local ambulance station so we rode our bikes over to take a tour. Below the girls and their friends are inside the ambulance:
Violet kept her distance, but even from behind we could tell who her loyalties belonged to (I heart Mommy):
Mr. Brian put on his firefighter gear. When he attached his oxygen mask and started talking like Darth Vader, Annabelle kept her ears covered:
Firefighter Aliah:
Firefighter Annabelle:
While wearing his suit, Mr. Brian crawled around on the ground so the kids could see what a firefighter would look like coming to save them if they were in a fire. It was a great educational trip for them.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

There is a Kale Movement . . .

and I want to be a part of it. If anyone would like to get this t-shirt for the next important holiday or just because you love me I would appreciate it. I have provided the link when you click on the picture.

Certifiably Not Loosing My Mind

Today I had a police office tell me that I am not loosing my mind. I feel much better now.

During nap, I heard a large truck pull up in our drive way so I went out to meet the Fed Ex guy before he rang the doorbell. When I got outside, I noticed that the garage door was open, all of the bikes, scooters, big wheels, balls, sidewalk chalk, and roller skates were strewn throughout the driveway and lawn. The lid was off the sand table. Hmmm, I thought to myself, I know that everything was inside and the garage door was shut before I put the girls down. What is going on?

I found Aliah in her room and asked her if she had gone outside during nap time. She adamantly tells me she stayed in her room and only left for her daily 30 minute visit to the bathroom with a tall pile of books (sorry, TMI, but she is a regular kinda girl). Okay- this is weird.

A half hour later, there was a persistent knock at my door. A police officer was there. She told me she knew it was a strange question, but do we have a croquet set? No, I told her, but we do have a booce ball set that is large solid plastic balls. She goes back to her car and shows me the balls, and sure enough they were ours.

Apparently, a 4 and 5 year old swept through our neighborhood like a tornado. They were only stopped when my neighbor called the police when they were throwing these 5 pound balls at her window. It was only then did anyone realize that two preschool children were running around town unsupervised.

No, you are not crazy, the police officer told me. She was not surprised at all that these two hoodlums opened my garage door, removed all of my children's toys and turned our booce balls into weapons against my neighbor's windows. Wow is all I have to say.

Game Night and Nighty-Night

Monday night was game night with Aunt Caylyn and Uncle Chad. Chad brought a new game for the kids, which was a hit. Here is Aliah stacking the animals very carefully. She was successful, but still lost since she bumped the table and knocked them over while celebrating her success.
Today Violet decided that she must have accessories for nap time. She wore a dress-up hat, a big sister sock on her hand (or a "gwub" as she calls it) and insisted on taking her pull-behind dog into her crib:


Putting her hat on her bear, who is her normal sleepy-time pal:
Considering what to do next:
Okay, I'll hit the sack:
Annabelle wanted to know what I was doing while I was taking so long to put Violet to bed. When she saw my camera, she insisted I take a picture of her too:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Weekend with Old Friends and Flashback

This weekend, I had the opportunity to get together with some of my classmates. We met at a park because #1: we all have 3 kids and we needed a large space with room for the kids to play and #2: we all have 3 kids and nobody wanted their house trashed. It was a lot of fun. Here is me with my classmates- Lana, Taren, Christine, me, and Kim:Now each of us holding our youngest child, plus Chris (Taren's hubby, you might recognize him as the Pyro Guy at the T-Bones Game), who was also in our class:
Here are all of our kids. As you can see we are a prolific bunch and what makes it even better is out of our three children, we each seem to have a mini-me:The funnest part of the get-together was seeing our children play together. Aliah hit it off with Maya, Christine's daughter. They are two peas in a pod, both first born and glasses-wearing. They can't wait to see each other again.Now for some fun flashback pictures from high school. The shorter of the two is Kim, who was able to be with us this weekend:
Gotta love big hair and banana clips!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

More Family Reunion

Everyone, well almost everyone took a turn or two in the saddle to climb the tree. Ezekiel hanging upside down like a monkey:
Uncle C. G. getting his climbing technique perfected:Aunt Marilyn playing with Elijah:
Deidra climbing the tree. She took to it just as easily as the kids:
Ricky's cousin Chalise with Annabelle. Annabelle immediately attached herself to Chalise and her dad Uncle Russ. Chalise humored her by playing in her bunk beds with her.
Annabelle getting some love from Uncle Russ:I would be neglectful if I didn't mention the food. Brisket was a big hit with everyone. Violet discovered she likes rich desserts. Here she is enjoying a Red Velvet Cake:

Morton Family Reunion

Yesterday, we hosted a family reunion for my Ricky's Mother's family. Her two brothers along with her sons and families joined us. It was a great day. Can you guess what we spent most of our time doing to entertain ourselves? I'll give you a hint:More pics to come!

My Latest Crack . . .

Foods like this would be the reason why even though I have been exercising more than ever, I still can't shake those last 5 pounds to get back to my pre-pre-pre-pregnancy weight. Life is too short not to enjoy some special treats! Okay- the bag is almost gone, I WILL NOT let myself buy another one.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Fun YouTube Video

I heard about this wedding on K-Love this morning. Check out what a celebration this wedding was, I bet this couple will be awesome parents some day:

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Quiet Time Activities

Since the big girls rarely take naps anymore, I have to find quiet activities to keep them busy while their sister sleeps. Today they listened to Peter and the Wolf while making beaded necklaces.

Peter and the Wolf is a story accompanied by an orchestra. Each character in the story has a particular instrument and a musical theme. For example the bird is a flute, and the duck is an oboe. At the end of the story, the sections of the orchestra are introduced such as the brass, woodwinds, percussion.

This CD came with Aliah's first grade curriculum but I got it out about a month ago to let them listen to it early. They both sat on Aliah's bed listening to it from start to finish the first time they heard it. This time as they were listening to it, I heard them discussing what instruments they would like to play. Aliah decided she wants to play the flute and Annabelle wants to play the trumpet.

One time they heard a violin (Peter) and Annabelle said, "Aliah, you play the violin like that!" Aliah replied, "No I don't, I can't play like that yet."