Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Twins' Class Picture

2017 preschool class of 4-year-olds!

Monday, April 24, 2017


I introduced the kids to the concept of crossing eyes a few weeks (one of my many, many talents), and they're hooked now. CC in particular has been practicing like crazy. 

I'm so proud.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CC's Art Party

We celebrated CC's birthday in the messiest way at her art party last weekend. It was a blast! We set up four stations: play-doh, splatter paint, spin art, and painting the fence. Spin art was definitely the star of the party. I'm keeping one of the salad spinners to do spin art again in the future!

My mom made another awesome cake. It was decorated with art accessories, and the inside was an awesome rainbow of layers. The kids ooohed and aaahed when she cut it open!

The favors were chalkboard-painted initials of the names of all our guests, with bundles of colored chalk attached. Little rope handles make them easily portable. I thought they turned out so cute!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Eggs

We did one other big activity while we were at Folley Beach: dyeing Easter Eggs. Messy, but fun. And miraculously, I was able to get all the food coloring and dye out of the kids' clothes afterwards.

We tried three methods. First, the standard: dipping the eggs into dyed water and vinegar. Second, mixing shaving cream with multiple colors of food coloring and rolling the eggs in it, for a marbled effect. Third, wrapping the eggs in paper towels and dripping food coloring onto the paper towel, for a tie-dyed effect. WOW -- the tie-dye method was amazing! We will definitely do that for every Easter from now on!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy 6th Birthday, CC!

Look who's six!

Our spunky little CC turns six today and was up at the crack of dawn to celebrate. Her greatest wish was to have a turquoise, Frozen-decorated bike with a kickstand, a seat for her doll, and a matching helmet. (She is nothing if not specific.) We had it waiting for her when she came downstairs this morning. She was an extremely happy little girl!

Even better, today was a scheduled field trip to the science museum, where MJ chaperoned CC's class through the exhibits and an IMAX film. When the class returned to their school for lunch, I met them with ice cream cups and we had a little party. The day ended with dinner at CC's favorite restaurant, where they sang and made a big deal out of her birthday. What a day!

She's feisty and fierce, our CC. She's strong-willed and oozes confidence. These traits will serve her well, I know! She's becoming more and more affectionate with her siblings, giving them spontaneous hugs throughout the day and telling them how much she loves them. It's a great example to set -- now Sweet Pea and Little Man are following suit.

She's very short for her age (still wearing mostly size 4-5), but she seems to be proud of that. She's doing well in school and is "best friends with everyone" according to her teacher. She still loves ballet, art projects of any kind, and writing (stories, notes, homework, anything). Recently she's been more interested in math and has been voluntarily writing homework problems for herself (a la "if Mary has seven grapes and eats three, how many does she have left?").

I'm proud that she's a bright spot in the lives of everyone who knows her. I'm proud of her sassy style and her impish sense of humor. I'm proud that she's our daughter. But most of all, I'm proud of her loving heart and generous personality. Happy birthday, CC!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


While at Folley Beach, we took a day trip into Charleston. The kids were having a ball even before we parked the car -- they loved the iconic bridge and seeing all the horse-drawn carriages.

We started at the aquarium, which looked awfully familiar. I realized that MJ and I had visited when we came to Charleston years ago. 

Our favorite exhibit was probably the touch tank. Although I was pretty impressed by the injured bald eagle the aquarium is caring for -- I've never been so close to one! We saw divers feed the fish in the large main tank, admired the cool Lego displays throughout, and tried to decide if the albino alligator was fake or just being really still (he was being really still).

After lunch we took a carriage tour. The kids were fascinated by Barry, the horse, but Little Man was the only one brave enough to pet him.

We walked up and down the City Market, picked up a bow tie for Little Man to wear for Easter, and treated ourselves at a chocolatier. (Sweet Pea spent a lot of time making her decision, and ultimately picked a "Party Time" truffle, which was chocolate and caramel. Afterwards I asked her why she only wanted one bite. She answered, "I don't really like caramel. Or chocolate.")

I had hoped that we could have a picnic lunch at The Battery, but there wasn't time. But it was such a fun day anyway!