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Time dances on…

February 22, 2013

and skips and hops and cartwheels…

I’ve got my Bean (Big Girl) home with me today.  While I still can’t figure out if it’s a little tummy bug or some 2nd grade stress that caused her to be sick last night she’s here on the couch next to me.  I’m fretting about how to handle obligations later, who’s gonna go to gymnastics, who’s gonna go to work and when while we’re snuggled up watching daytime tv – Team Umi Zoomi, Dora, etc…  She’s 8.  She’s way beyond these shows but I’m steering clear of the other types of programming on at this time of day.  She doesn’t seem to mind.

This a.m. her little sister was talking about summer vacation – she’ll FINALLY be old enough to ride the roller coaster at Sesame Place all by herself, she’s been waiting 5 years to be able to ride alone.  She was remembering last year’s trip to “Elmo’s House” when mom and dad felt she could swim well enough to ride a certain couple of tube rides single-y.  She’s so proud of how big she is.  There’s no question in her mind that we’ll go back this summer, she loves it there.  It’ll break my heart when/IF she ever decides that it’s a place more for the little kids.

Where are my baby girls?  We still have the “season pass” for Sesame Street and Max and Ruby on the tivo, but now we’re more in to American Girl youtube videos (how to make uneven bars for your doll – we’re totally gonna do that!) and reading chapter books.  There are no more training wheels.  My little girls are not so little.  I tried to sit on the edge of Bean’s bed last night and sat on her foot.  “What was that?” I ask.  “Uhhh, I’m stretched out over here,” she answers.  She nearly reaches the end of the bed.  Little Girl reminded me that her half birthday was this week.  6 and 1/2!  I never planned out this far, it felt like they’d be 2 and 3, watching Diego and asking questions with their little lisps forever.

Ready mama?  Not really, but I’ll try to be.

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September Wrap-Up, Girlies style

October 4, 2012

They went back to school:

It’s been a big change having everyone in school all day.  I jumped out of the gate at a full gallop, cleaning and crafting and what-notting, but I’m quickly over that.  I’m gonna have to structure my time or we’ll all be in trouble.

*****

The annual trail ride went on as planned.  The patriarch of the horse family next door passed away this summer and the trail ride was in question for only a few short minutes.  It was a beautiful day to spend next door!

 

We were treated to an impromptu race between the local(ish) city police and the grandson of our neighbor.  The grandson whipped the cop’s horse riding butt.  Once while barefoot.  And once while wearing his football cleats!

*****

The girls started gymnastics.  I’m glad they’ve wanted to join something, I’m glad they’re sporty, but I’m interested to see how long we stick with it.  Little girl LOOOOVES it, and Big girl was ok with it til her face met the uneven bar last week and left her with a lightly bruised eye and a heavily bruised ego.  Now she says she’s never ever ever going back again ever.  (Til Monday when I talk her in to it.)

The weather this fall has been incredible, warm, sunny, absolutely gorgeous skies.  A perfect day for our local Chamber of Commerce/town  fair.  Best part for me?  Face. Paint.

I could’ve stood there and watched the face painting lady all day long.

But the children had rides to ride.

And slides to slide.

And flips to do:

*****

We finished out the month with our grammer school’s fund-raiser jog-a-thon.  At the end of every lap, they collected a bracelet.  After complaining the entire 20 minutes of the first “heat”, Big girl’s bestie-friend showed up and they wanted to run with her.  In the end, they collected 20-some-odd bracelets a piece, which is equivalent to a 5K for each girl!!

I think they were talking about getting pedicures or going out for Happy Meals after…

Hunny got in on the fun, too.  He’s a great sport.

The way it looks, October will be even busier than September so I should rest up.  Coming up: Trip to NYC, SESAME, Someone’s getting married and more, more,

more!!

Almost-end-of-summer wrap up

August 28, 2012

You know, busy, stuff, things, summer ending, blah, blah….

This happened:

B.Cakes is now really and officially 6.  Wow!

We had a fun party with some of her friends at the local icecream shop, it was the PERFECT place to have a party!

There were tough decisions to be made, but we all got through it somehow…

Coming up, ALL CHRISTMAS ALL THE TIMEZ!!!

wooden thread spool Christmas countdown calendars – in styles to please everyone…

all those teeny tiny little numbers, oi!

also, lots and lots of perpetual calendars:

There are so many fun new paper designs, these have been really fun to make.

We’ve got 1 more week til school starts, we are winding down but I have plans for a few more fun things up my sleeve… stay tuned!

Fresh Lemons – Kitchen Re-decor

July 17, 2012

The time had been coming for a while.  The girls had outgrown their table in the kitchen.  This was a great spot for them – breakfast while I unloaded the dishwasher, a place for crafts and important little-girl work, somewhere to sit and visit…

Big Girl could barely get her legs under the table, and with plates and cups at dinnertime, it was getting a little crowded for them.  After an infuriating time with Target.com, 3 cracked tables in 3 orders and a suggestion that we not try to buy that table from them any more, we went with an unfinished furniture place and Hunny got to use his air-paint-sprayer-thingie.  We matched the table top to the chairs in the old set, and the legs are some white paint I think we just had kicking around.  He did a great job!

Our walls are plaster so it takes a little more than the whack of a nail to hang anything, one girl is eagerly awaiting a new spot for her calendar.  What our kitchen totally needs is 3 calendars in 9 square feet of space.  We’re just like that.

Big Girl painted that watermelon in first grade art class, and since it’s always been her favorite fruit and we seem to go through 11 lb watermelons in a matter of a couple days, I thought it needed to be framed.  I cut it out of the big art paper and matted it on some scrapbooking paper.  Gawd bless those IKEA frames, I think 90% of the pictures on our walls are hung in IKEA frames.

The fake flowers are just cuz… the table feels so big and there’s so much space, so why not put dust catchers on there?

Let me tell you about those cafe curtains.

They’re kitchen towels.  Target has done me wrong with the whole table debacle, I’m so mad at them and yet, I can’t totally quit them.  The cafe curtains are actually kitchen towels from Target.  I had planned to fold over the top and sew them to slide the towel on to the rod, but I loaned out my sewing machine (like 10 months ago) and I haven’t heard any plans on getting it back, so I used those hooks on rings.  I’m sure they have a fancy name, but I don’t know what it is.

We could use an update on the placemats, but the girls love them so they’ll stay a while.

Now we have a sunny little spot for growing girls to do some more growing up.

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October 2, 2011

it’s been a few weeks, i’ve just been… busy.  you know.  i survived a two-day craft show, twice in a row, a couple of sick kids, and a blah, blah blah… this weekend i got to go away to Cape Cod for a ladies’ weekend.  it was so nice just to have a few days for me, and now there’s not much on the horizon.  and that’s great.

i worked on all queenvanna things, i’ve sold a ton of calendars lately so i really needed the time to restock.  and i made a few new things:

the girls had a lovely weekend with dad, though as they were telling me about their adventures, i had to ask “who was giving you supervisement?” there was the story of what little babycakes ate at the chinese buffet (more than everyone else combined) and why she got sick in her bed (see previous adventure at the chinese buffet), and what they did at the town’s 225 birthday, and babycake’s journal from school on Friday:

“WE HAD A DANS PADT”  if you’re having trouble reading that, try it with a Boston accent.  and people think i joke about her accent.  she really has it, even she hears it! =D

miss beanie has been working on her potholder collection.

she is also a selling machine.  her potholders are $3 a piece, and she can count by threes in case you need multiples.  she will calculate how much you owe her.  she tried to sell one to her Grandma, who told her she already had one, remember?  you gave it to her?  and beanie’s response was “i gave you that one, you didn’t BUY it.  you need to BUY one.”  and babycakes has quite the racket going on over there because her sister is very busy losing teeth and selling potholders, and she has more dollars than me.  can i have some dollars, Grandpa? *eyelash flutter*

so here we are, all on track and looking forward to fall in new england.  we’re glad you’re around to hear our tales.

it’s exciting to turn 5.

September 1, 2011

she did it!  my sweet baby turned 5.  she wanted a candyland themed birthday and i’d like to share the decorations and treats we made.  except the edible ones.  those are long gone.

we made giant game pieces out of construction paper and big honkin hard candies and lollipops out of dessert sized paper plates and cello wrap.  i knew all those empty tulle cardboard spools would come in handy!

we had originally set up outside, but a pretty big rain storm chased us in at the very last minute.

oh, how i love to hang things from a string…

we made super-cute barrettes for the birthday girl:

they’re made by tying bunches of water balloons together, then tying them on to a barrette.  SO easy and adorable!

we did goodie bags for the little people, here are some of the contents:

(that’s cotton candy in the push-pop containers.  a HUGE hit!)

rainbow homemade slice and bake almond cookies:

kinda laborious to make, but delicious.

 

AND! when put in a snack sized zipper bag with a clothespin and a piece of ribbon?  EVEN BETTER!

i had peaked by the time it came to decide on the cake, and since it was MY birthday too, i had decided i was done baking.  we ordered an undecorated birthday cake from the grocery store and decorated it ourselves.  pretty and sweet, just like the little birthday girl!

it was a sweet day for everyone.

 

Early July, 2011

July 5, 2011

we are full-on with the fun summer activities for little children here.  we went to lunch on the shore for hunny’s birthday and spent a few minutes between rain showers at the park.

circus girls:

went to a 4th of july picnic and they jumped for HOURS.  i seriously could’ve dropped them off and gone for a pedicure and a cup of coffee and a trip to the grocery store and they’d never’ve gotten out.  but hunny says no trampoline for us.  =(  i’ll keep working on him.

there’ve been some smores:

 the chocolate goatee kills me.

why i thought we should do this AFTER bathtime is beyond me.

 

 

 

 

 

i tried my hand at homemade icecream with my 15 year old icecream maker (used once before).  it did not go well, let’s leave it at this:  the whole assembly is in the trash now.

i did manage to make a few push pops – ice cream, mini choclate morsels, chocolate sauce. 

not terribly photogenic, but YUM.

other plans we have this week include the beach and the pool and a crafty thing or two.  fun for everyone!