Thursday, February 16, 2017

Painting Project

For Valentine's Day, my parents sent the kids three little painting projects: a heart-shaped treasure box, a race car, and a monster truck. They didn't specify which child should get which one, but it was very obvious to the kids as soon as they opened the box: CC grabbed the heart; Little Man grabbed the monster truck, and Sweet Pea (naturally) grabbed the race car. The girl loves her cars!

So for an hour or so last weekend, they were engrossed in their painting. Notice how two of the three are sticking out their tongues, haha! And that nothing can stop Little Man from sucking on his fingers, even when he's painting.

I love it when they're busy and focused on a project like this. They're so proud of the final products! (And when you have two sisters, even monster trucks have sparkly flowers.)

Alas, Sweet Pea's race car has vanished. I suspect foul play.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Ballet Observation

One of the things I look forward to every February is CC's dance school's Parent Observation Week. All the parents get to sit inside the dance studio to watch up close what the girls are learning. And the teacher explains to the parents what the kids are doing, and why. I always make sure that Sweet Pea and Little Man are not with me, so I can focus on what's going on. In this case, they were home with MJ.

Typically for a 5-year-old, she was equal parts focused, silly, distracted and excited. But I was proud of how well she's doing, and how much she is dedicated to ballet. She still wants to do ballet camp again this summer, and take a more serious, technique-oriented class next year.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day from our crew to yours! I hope your day is full of love.

Today I party-hopped between preschool to kindergarten, and everyone had a blast. 

This year was the first year I had to provide 60 valentines (20 per child). And I will never, ever, ever again wait until the day prior to do them. From now on we will start a week in advance, so each child has time to make their own.

I'm counting down the hours until MJ and I have a nice date tonight!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Daddy Daughter Dance

Yesterday was a day CC had been looking forward to for months. Her first Daddy Daughter Dance! Ever since she came home from school with the invitation, she's had stars in her eyes. "I get to go to a real ball, Mommy? Just like Cinderella? I can't believe it!"

After borrowing a gorgeous dress from Hayden, practicing with a curling iron ("I told my friends they might not recognize me because my hair is curled"), and debating the merits of ruffle socks vs. tights, the day was here.  

There were a few last-minute nerves:
"But Mommy, I don't know how to ballroom dance!"
"Don't worry, sweetie; Daddy doesn't either. You guys will figure it out."

I'm happy to report that all went well. MJ says CC was intrigued by the 4th and 5th grade girls, who made a mini mosh pit in the middle of the dance floor, but she loved slow dancing with MJ, standing on top of his feet while they swayed.

The countdown to next year's Daddy Daughter Dance has begun!

P.S. This is what annoying siblings do when you're very seriously demonstrating how to dance for your pictures.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Photo Friday

CC has learned to read .. which is just amazing to me. I know this is a normal kindergarten milestone, but it's still miraculous to me that this baby I gave birth to a few years back is actually reading.

Anyway, one of her favorite things to do now is read to Little Man and Sweet Pea. It's an almost-daily occurrence, and I love it!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Shave and a Haircut ... Two Bits!

Little Man needs constant haircuts, and the cute little kids' salon is getting pricey. So at the recommendation of several friends, this week I took him to a local barber shop. It was seriously old-school. I doubt anything in there has changed in the last 40 years. The chairs had ash trays built into the arms!

Instead of a booster seat, they had this little platform they put on top of the chair arms to prop him up. He thought he was the bee's knees sitting up high like that.

Best of all -- in the twins' opinion -- was the barber pole spinning outside. Little Man was reluctant to go in until he saw this feature. I'm pretty sure that's his new requirement for haircut places from now on.

We'll definitely go back. The owner was a really nice old gentleman, and I kind of love how vintage it was.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Bon Voyage

Last month, Grandma and Grandpa departed on a 95-day world cruise. What an amazing experience they'll have! Grandma sent us a large world map so we can follow their journey, and we've put it up on the wall right next to our kitchen table. 

We love following their progress on our map! If you look closely next to Little Man's head, you can see the dotted line I've been drawing as they travel.

So far they've stopped in Barbados, cruised down the Amazon River to Manaus and back (Grandma says theirs is the largest ship to cruise so far down the Amazon!), then visited Rio, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. They're currently making their way down to the tip of South America, where they'll go through the Strait of Magellan.