Well – It seems like sickness has descended upon the household.
But before the family got sick, we had some good times at Jules’ Ice Skating Birthday Party. Here are a few highlights:
Jane doing a great job on her own
And a blurry Jules crusin’ by me at warp speed
We only have a few days of recovery time left. Early to bed, lots of fluids and rest.rest.rest.
Happy Holidays to you and yours.
My first precious girl turns 9 today. Happy Birthday sweet girl
Before a Dance Recital
Ahh- my Honey, my Blondie, my Miss Thing
Her Birthday Party is this weekend….we are going Ice Skating. Update ya next week.
It is amazing how fast your own kids grow up. I remember it taking forever for me to get old enough to leave the house but my girls are racing for it.
The previous few weeks saw my 2 wonderful girls heading off to their first days of school. I can’t get over how fast they are growing up……..so cliche……..but DANG IT!!!!
Jules is now in 3rd grade and needs glasses during class. 3rd grade is really when my memory kicked in. I have memories from before that time period, but they are disjointed. 3rd grade seems to be the turning point for me in remembering time frames, activities and actions clearly. That is driving home the reality that my kids are growing up and no amount of want will slow time down.
and then there is Jane….my youngest….sigh. She started pre-school. This is Jane on her first day of school.
Jane is our youngest and last. It kills me that she is getting to the point where she is no longer the ‘mini’ or the ‘baby genius’ ……that’s family code for Jane. She was always small for her age so people were surprised whenever she spoke….baby genius style. She has hit a growth spurt recently so that doesn’t happen anymore. *sniff*
My beautiful, smart, wonderful girls.
We went on our last official camping weekend and here are a few of the highlights…..with some great shots of father/daughter time.
Father Daughter time:
Learning how to skip rocks:
Papa taking the girls for a ride:
Part of my to-do’s has been to get some stuff done for the girls in the playhouse….last November (??) Dave and I moved our old shed to the other side of the yard, up a hill and started work.
We had some extra flooring left over from a project that we never got to do….so we put it on the floor of the playhouse….we still have some left over – so Dave is contemplating putting some on the loft.
I made a sign using some old plywood and the left over paint from our front door.
The girls had their first sleepover in here last weekend. Good times were had by all.
There is still some work to do on the loft and the wall that the door is on….but holy cow – what a difference.
What do you think??
Jane’s birthday party was over the weekend and here are a few highlights from the prep to the party.
I started with the invites as those would be my jumping off point for ideas. I used a graphic design program and came up with invite below. A quick upload to Walmart Photo Shop online and I had invites in no time.
Now for the stuffs. Jane’s pirate outfit included a stripped shirt, a red tutu, pirate hat and pirate necklace. The kids (and adults) all got eye patches and pirate hats. The princess wands were available for those that wanted them.
We had a tattoo and sunscreen station 🙂 , a small pool for the littles and a larger pool for the bigs.
Jane enjoyed herself immensely in both.
A little pinata action.
Happy Birthday Miss Jane! Mom and Dad love you.
Just a few things about my neighborhood…..it’s the best. We live on a quiet street, with amazing people and I feel comfortable letting the girls have the run of the neighborhood. Jules has been wanting to do something for our neighbors for awhile…..so last week I got organized and we made cookies. I found an Oatmeal Cookie recipe that I wanted to try, The Pioneer Woman’s Brown Sugar Oatmeal Cookies. They turned out great.
We wrote a note for each neighbor and the whole family signed them.
I have a plethora of metal tins…..so Jules and I picked a few out and used those to package our cookies and notes.
Final step was for Jules and Jane to deliver to each of our neighbors. The girls were beyond excited to have some to give our great neighbors.