Friday, May 27, 2016

Photo Friday

What better way to kick off our summer vacation than with ice cream?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Last Day of School

Yesterday was CC's last day of preschool. And not just for the year; yesterday was CC's last day of preschool ever. Wow!

She struck a celebratory pose in the morning, sang an end-of-year song with her class, ate a picnic lunch with all the families, played with her friends, hugged her teachers good-bye, and then told me, tearfully, that she doesn't want to ever leave preschool. 

That's life, baby! On to the next step.

She has really flourished these last two years in preschool. I'm so proud of her, and excited to see how she continues to blossom in kindergarten next year. We love you, CC!

Monday, May 23, 2016

CC's Ballet Recital

This past weekend, CC had her first ballet recital! We're officially dance parents now.

She did great! She took it very seriously -- she was focused and determined until afterwards, then she was all smiles.

Final curtsy:

She had a blast being the center of attention, receiving flowers from her admirers, twirling in her fancy costume, wearing makeup (gasp!) and dancing on stage like a "big girl." My parents, Alice, and Julie and Emily came to see her too.

The video's a little blurry, but you get the idea.

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Chapel Concert

Last week was CC's final chapel session of the school year, so family members were invited to attend and hear some of their favorite songs.

Our ongoing issues with having short children: I couldn't barely see her at all. Most of my attempts to get a video or picture of her ended up catching just the top of her ponytail, or maybe an ear. But I got this picture of her:

And a video of her singing "God is Great." She doesn't look happy at all! But she loves singing and chapel, so believe me, she's happy on the inside.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Photo Friday

Hard at work building with CitiBlocs at a museum:

Little Man: train tracks.
Sweet Pea: octagon.
CC: Rapunzel tower.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Memere and Pepere's House

Last weekend, while MJ enjoyed a boys' weekend in New Orleans, I took the kids and went to visit my parents. Several days of pure spoiling ensued: seeing Dane and Hayden and Aunt Susan, going to the playground, eating all their favorite foods thanks to my mom, splashing in the kiddie pool, enjoying ice cream sundaes for dessert (heavens!). CC even received her final birthday present: an Ariel dress-up gown (Aunt Susan and the kids weren't able to attend CC's party last month). 

My dad set the pool up on the deck and the water was nice and warm by the time naps were over. Little Man took a long time to get in (mostly reaching in with his "lobster grabber"), but once he got in, he was happy as a clam.

Little Man and Sweet Pea had a blast with these squirters.

Once it was time to get out, Little Man cleaned up all the toys from the pool with the handy Lobster Grabber. I think I need to get one of these for our house!

And of course, we take every opportunity for a group photo!

I feel the need to point out that these were the last pictures to be taken of Sweet Pea's long hair. Notice her side-braid with the turquoise elastic? Yes, it's the very same braid that was unceremoniously removed that very evening.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Haircut Fix

So off we went to the our local kids' salon to get Sweet Pea's CC-induced haircut fixed. Here's the final result.

As you can tell, she is hardly traumatized by the whole fiasco. I'm hoping that it will grow back thicker, but time will tell. It is very short in the back -- the hair at the nape of her neck is less than an inch long. But at least it's nice and cool for the summer!