>> Monday, November 23, 2009
I just love Thanksgiving and everything that goes along with it. We will give thanks but we will also stuff ourselves until we must unbutton our jeans. Actually I will probably wear an elastic waist this year just like when Joey wore Phoebe's maternity pants on Friends - LOVE that episode! Anyway, I am going to try and catch up on blogs tonight but will unplug until next week. Every so often I do this so that my internet addiction gets back under control :)
Speaking of turkeys here are a few cell phone pics of the Turkey Vultures that the girls and I see every time we walk. They give me the willies.
Piper had her big Thanksgiving celebration at school today. Her class will be the indians. I can't wait to see her pictures and hear about the fun that they had.
>> Thursday, November 19, 2009
I have been waiting for this moment since 5:30 this morning. Ever had one of those days? Now to put them all to bed. Yes it is 6:08 pm :)
>> Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Our Violet is a paci addict!! You know I didn't even introduce it to her until she was a year old and the only reason that I did was that she was still nursing and using me as a paci all.night.long! It was crazy and I was sooo tired so I thought that it was a good idea. Well, I was right she LOVED it but she would take it out and still nurse throughout the night. I have thought about taking it away these past (almost) 2 years but something always comes up and let's face it sometimes us parents just go with the "easy button". Lately I have started to notice that it is affecting her teeth which bothers me so we are going to try and get rid of it starting with her nap today. I am all about the reward system b/c quite frankly it works on our girls. Violet's reward for becoming a paci free girl? The most awesome Tinkerbell party that I can put together. We have a few mini rewards happening too though for instance today she gets to pick a piece of Halloween candy if she makes it through her nap. I will probably dig out some stickers if she can do tonight but after the first few days it is back to the big prize of the party. Lesson learned - Ruby doesn't get one :)
This was out front this morning and I interrupted their play. I was trying to get the front yard that Matt planted. I can't believe how nice our yard looks now - next up Christmas decorations :)
>> Monday, November 16, 2009
Oh my, winning these patterns would surely force that machine out of hibernation.
The Handmade Dress Patterns GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
Layla Grayce Blanket Set GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
Look what was at the end of the rainbow this morning, a beautiful little girl! Piper had school pictures today but she looked so cute I had to take one of her before we left. Not the most perfect shot but her and I both liked the rainbow that appeared next to her. Fun!
>> Wednesday, November 11, 2009
My post yesterday was about boredom. Ida came and hit us with some incredible rain and wind these past 2 days. Today while the children napped (instead of cleaning) I surfed. I don't do this as much anymore b/c well, I am busy. What did I find? I found this incredible blog Everyday Chaos. While checking out her mad sewing skills I found a gem. A site that will let you create your own font from your handwriting. What! Immediately I shared with hubs who shared with the others in his office who all got fonts before me :) Here is mine!
I am so going to use this for something, I don't know what yet, but something. If you are forever looking for that PERFECT font (like me *blush*) create your own at Font Capure!
We will be paying homage to all those who have served our country as members of our Armed Forces today. Instead of shopping Matt and I will talk to the girls about all the great people that have fought for our country and those that are still fighting everyday to keep us safe. God bless them all. Piper learned the Pledge of Allegiance at school this year so on our walks I taught it to Violet. Don't mind the clapping at the end, they were just happy for a job well done. Getting them to do this together only took 2 tries so they deserved a little applause :)
More Wordful Wednesday at 7 Clown Circus
>> Tuesday, November 10, 2009
*Yawn*, I'm bored. There is a basement that needs cleaning out but I just don't feel like doing it. It's raining today. We have to run out to the store for toilet paper. Hubs likes to tell me when there isn't a scrap left in the house. If I can get motivated to do my chores maybe I will dig out that sewing machine - the cleaning out of the basement will always be last on my list. Oh wait I do want to say how excited I am that my friend is having a baby girl! That is going to be such a spoiled little girl :) We love little girls here at the zoo :)
So Piper is 4 1/2 and starting to want to give up her afternoon nap. I know, I know I am lucky that we have gone this long but mama would like it if they continued a little bit longer. I finally have all 3 napping around the same time. Did I mention it is raining? We can't get outside to wear them out so that doesn't help my cause any. Just sleep child.
Enough ramble. I have laundry piling up to my waist - think I am kidding? Oh, and I have a basement to clean :(
Love, love, love the poppies.
Becky Mae Poppy Fields Necklace and Earring Set GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
>> Sunday, November 8, 2009
Not sure if we got it or not but since it was a balmy 75 degrees today we tried for the ever elusive Christmas card picture. This year I actually dressed the girls in nicer clothes b/c Piper is all about the velvet and Violet is all about what Piper is all about :) Piper got a new skirt, Violet and Ruby get hand me downs. Ruby gets lots of hand me downs :)
While out we saw this crazy looking caterpillar. I have never seen anything like this just out and about in town before, generally you have to find woods but there was none to be seen at the college campus nearby.
We bribed the heck out of the older girls - we'll just have to wait and see what we got. Every year it seems that I am snapping a few weeks before Christmas and just once I wanted to be on the ball. Afterwards we fed them ice cream and headed to Lowe's. We got a dwarf blue spruce -
I am off to enjoy the rest of this beautiful day with the family. It has been awhile since we got a Zoo girls shot so we got one today.
>> Thursday, November 5, 2009
We woke up really early this morning. But we have done that since this whole time change so this morning was really nothing new. Last night I called an outlet store about 1.5 hours away to find out if they had the drapes that we want for our living room - that's right I said drapes. They did - really, am I really getting excited to save money on DRAPES and drive 1.5 hours to get them?
After breakfast the girls and I were off. We left the house by 9 am so that Ruby could sleep on the ride :) As we were driving there I got to thinking, today was supposed to be a really beautiful day so how about if I made this a fun day by adding a zoo trip? I haven't been to the Greenville Zoo but, what the heck, let's do it! We found our drapes - yeah! We also found the zoo - not hard. Not my favorite zoo but the girls LOVED it. Siamangs were very vocal and active. Tarantula was as big as Violet's hand, ask her :)
Today was a good day.
Now for the obligatory photo of the children from my less than stellar backup pocket camera b/c this was an unplanned trip :)
I encourage unplanned trips, they are the best fun!
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>> Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Burrr, it is cold out this morning! We will take it since it is just sunny and cold, last week was rainy and cold - yuck! Piper's preschool had to cancel their Harvest Festival b/c of weather last week so it is today. They are having the kiddos dress as farmers. She has been talking about this outfit for weeks! I vowed to never dress my girls in flannel since my grunge period so we did the best we could with what we had in the house :) I sent crocs to school in her book bag b/c I don't expect her to last more than an hour in those boots. Happy Fall Ya'll!
More WW (like mine ever is wordless lol) at 5 Minutes for Mom
>> Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Ugh! I wonder how everyone else's homes are doing with the time change. We have early risers normally but now our home is getting up SUPER early! She doesn't sleep through the night yet but after her last feeding Ruby would sleep until 6-6:30ish before but now she hears the other girls get up with Matt at 5:30 and is "let's go!" Ouch! She has been ready for a nap by 7:30 which obviously isn't possible b/c of responsibilities so we have a crabby babe. Yesterday Matt had a day trip and got up at 4:30 to get ready. Piper and Violet got up with him and NEVER went back to sleep until their naps. Piper was already starting to feel the effects of getting up so early by 9 when she had to go to school. I almost thought about keeping her home b/c who wants to deal with an overtired child? This had to stop! I spoke to both of them when I put them to bed and after he returned home Matt and I made our plan and knew that there might be some tears shed this morning when they were told they had to stay in bed. Who could have known the amount and volume of the tears. We'll try again some other day :(
All of the blogs I go to have buttons so I made our blog one. I hope it works :)
>> Monday, November 2, 2009
After the festivities of Halloween were over we were having our own little party at home. The girls were on a sugar high as you will see with Violet running around the room in circles like a crazy woman :) Even baby Ruby got in the act :) Last week I said that she was taking a break from pulling herself up on things. The truth is I took away the things that she was pulling herself up on. Is that wrong? So I set out that table again on Saturday and she is right back at it. Piper and Violet learned who Hanna Montana was on our trip to WI this year. They don't watch the show but like her music. Music is good.
>> Sunday, November 1, 2009
The neighborhood that we live in isn't into Halloween very much so this year we took the girls to our downtown to "trick or treat". It was an opportunity for them to wear their costumes which they love to do and since Matt was home this weekend he took an hour off work to come do it with us. The candy was pretty lame but they had fun regardless.
Last night we went to a fun Halloween party and then when we got home just brought the girls to our immediate neighbors houses so that everyone could "ohh and ahh" over them :)
Bring on Christmas!