Just one more please!

>> Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I have been trying to get a Christmas card for about a week now and also trying to get my lighting down to get a good natural light shot - the girls are sick to death of me making them sit in various places throughout our home and it is starting to show. At least I am not making them change clothes to try and get "that" picture - we'll probably end up with one of our dogs :)



>> Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It is a definite favorite in our home with both girls. Violet likes to use cookie cutters and rolling pins and lately Piper has started to create things with hers. She made a face - way to go Piper! Honestly she would have used other colors but I didn't want to open up every single container that we had b/c then the Playdoh gets mixed together or gets hard so they were only allowed 1 each. I am probably holding back her creativity huh?

Today I let them open about 8 containers and have a good old time playing with it and when I asked them to clean up they ignored me. The second time I asked them to clean up Piper told me "No, I don't want to" and then headed to time out. I warned them to pick up and after asking a third time I threw their Playdoh away. I might not have had the guts to do this but a few weeks ago a friend of mine threw her children's toys away for the same reason and I thought to myself you know this is how they will learn. It still feels weird though.


It's been a week

>> Saturday, November 15, 2008

and I am glad that it is finally, well almost, over. We are all beginning to get well again thank goodness. Today the girls and I went to a mall to walk around a little bit and maybe try and get some Christmas shopping done, it was craziness! I am so ordering stuff online from now on if I can :) What I can't find online hopefully I can find at Target - I love, love, love Target and am in fact thinking of what I could go there for right now! Check out this totally cute hat that we got for Piper the other day but Violet took over as soon as it got in our house - LOVE IT!

I wish that I had a picture of the outfit that Piper just put on but I don't and she isn't really in the best mood for me to ask her to pose - 1/2 hour nap on the car ride home from the mall will do that to a kid. We actually have to keep her clothes in the basement or she would change all.day.long! Right now she is wearing a sweatshirt, a shirt over it that is inside out, and a pair of high rise sweatpants - crazy girlie! She was a princess not an hour ago, what happened?

Off to go to Target and then watch the race - woo hoo last one of the year!!


Nordic Bo Peep and Long Lost Sheep Costume GIVEAWAY!!!!

Um, seriously I have linked to this mama before and can't stop myself from visiting her blog regularly. Kathleen is such a talented seamstress. I drool every time I see her creations and actually daydream that maybe I could do that too - ha ha ha, right. This week she made a Little Bo Peep - so darn cute! Piper would for sure fit in the Little Bo outfit and I'll bet that Violet could squeeze her little self into that sheep - oh the Christmas cards we could make :) Want to enter Grosgrain's Nordic Bo Peep and Long Lost Sheep Costume GIVEAWAY??? - link before Tuesday!


We're all sick

>> Tuesday, November 11, 2008

and crabby :( Granted we just have colds but babes with colds equals long days for mamas with colds too. Hopefully they will start feeling a little better after their naps since they both woke up this morning at 5:20 am!!!!! Piper really looks pathetic doesn't she?

Violet wanted me to read The Foot Book to her so that is what we did over and over until Baby Cole & Bryce came over for a visit. I see the kids outside playing in shorts and t-shirts so maybe I will get them out there for a little while - cool air might do them some good.


Another Grosgrain Giveaway!!!

>> Monday, November 10, 2008

I missed out b/c of a crazy week last week but Kathleen at Grosgrain opened her store and what a successful opening it was! She sold out of skirts and shirts - wtg mama! To celebrate that success she is having yet another giveaway and this time it is for a $56 gift card to her store to buy whatever you want. If we were to win I would probably choose the Reversible Bird Seed Skirt in Creamsicle Monday and then the Reversible Waffle-Knit Top in Fudgesicle and Snow to go with it - I hope that I win :) She is keeping the contest open until this Wednesday but if you don't end up winning be sure to check out her store by clicking the link below and doing some Christmas shopping for that little angel in your life :)


Boom Baby!

That is a saying at our house, do you know what it is from? It is from The Emperor's New Groove and Kuzko says it. Our Violet unfortunately has 2 left feet and falls all the time, it is quite funny when Piper says it to her but it sort of gets her not to cry right away unless she is really hurt. She almost always has a bruise in the middle of her forehead, poor thing :( I am not sure what the mark is that you can see in this picture but about 1/2 hour before this shot was taken she fell off the kitchen chair while coloring so I will have to see what will appear this afternoon from that spill. Yesterday Matt told me that I was turning into an old woman (which I knew btw) b/c they were running around the house and I yelled at them to not run in the kitchen b/c of our very hard, very unforgiving tile floor that is in there. We already have a chipped tooth and numerous bruises from it and I just don't want to see both girls with more - where is that magical bubble that I can put them in? I picked this set of pj's for V purposely last night and Matt didn't catch why, or if he did he probably silently rolled his eyes at me. Yesterday he was cutting down our flower garden and I asked him if maybe we could start putting up Christmas decorations - he didn't go for that.

Not to forget our Piper who was gracious enough to come and sit for me this morning while I tried again unsuccessfully to get a good shot from my camera in manual - this one is auto. I struggle with this and I am not sure why but I will keep trying - ok to be honest I am only probably 1/2 trying. Maybe I would surprise myself if I actually read the entire manual and not just skimmed it :)


Yes we are one of THOSE dog owners

>> Saturday, November 8, 2008

Well maybe not we as in the whole family but the girls and I are anyway. Matt doesn't really have as much fun dressing the dogs (Mabel) up as we do, could be a girl thing. This morning I had to take Piper to a make up ballerina class b/c we missed hers on Thursday. Last night something bit her 4 times on the arm and she was scratching at it pretty good so I decided to stop by Target for some cream. As we were walking to the aisle I happened to notice that their Halloween stuff was 90% off - yes 90%! How could I not take a quick look at what was left? Last year I got the kids a few dress up items for under $2. It was pretty picked over but I did manage a princess outfit and found this mouse costume for $1.69 - how cute is Piper giving me a mouse pose?

Amongst the kids and adult costumes were dog costumes. I love, love, love dog costumes and at $.99 each decided on 3 - I could have got more but I wanted to save some for other dog dresser uppers like us :) Here is our Mabel modeling them, she is used to wearing costumes but that doesn't stop her from looking at me like "Why are you doing this to me again? Is there a treat involved?" and there was :)

She was totally done by this point.

Now to choose which one to use next year for Trick or Treating! OK, Halloween is officially over at The Zoo!


Piper's 1st Haircut

>> Thursday, November 6, 2008

Piper has really pretty long hair, would I say anything else though? I have noticed lately that the ends are starting to get a little bit dry though and although I use no product in her hair or styling tools it was damaged. Sooo off we went to a little kids salon to get the ends cut off - the whole 1 1/2" that I allowed her to cut :) Piper was so good for the lady, made mama proud.
She picked the fire truck to sit in.


And after with her sucker for being a good girl - why do we give suckers for being good btw?


Wordless Wednesday - Playing outside

>> Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The girls love playing outside no matter what they are doing - today was playing with the leaves in our driveway and drawing with chalk.

Piper's chalk duck - I can actually make it out can you?


The Zoo at the zoo :)

>> Sunday, November 2, 2008

It was beautiful here today and I knew that it was going to be b/c I checked the weather yesterday just to make sure :) I got the girls psyched up and talked Matt into going to the zoo - woo hoo! I love the zoo probably the most out of anyone in our family! We had a wonderful time although you wouldn't really know it from the pictures I got which weren't many and weren't very good.
The whole zoo was decorated for Halloween - they had a Boo at the Zoo on Friday or Saturday night.

Both kids are scared silly of the Galapagos Turtles but I love how you are like right next to them - so darn cool!

Even on the merry go round they aren't smiling and they are even riding their favorite pandas!

The girls and I don't normally go and see the Lorikeets b/c it is a little freaky to have birds landing all over you but when Matt goes with us it is a must see :)

You think that the time change, a 2 hour car ride, no real nap, and a 3+ hour visit at the zoo wore them out? They were so ready to go home but then again so were Matt and I - it was a long, long day and we still had to drive home!

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