Wednesday, May 21, 2014

One more way I am ruining their lives...

With this week being the FINAL week of school before summer break, the teachers at the girls' school create something fun every day for them to do to make memories and probably help them get things wrapped up.  I know this because it's what we were doing at preschool last week amidst gasps of outrage over why we were taking down artwork that had been prominently displayed for the entire year and shouts of glee that they could finally take their construction paper made rainbows home to show their parents.  Summer is hovering nearby, we can almost touch it but not yet.  First we have to survive this week.  Deep breaths.  We can do it.  2 more days.

Today in Delaney's 3rd grade class, it's Greek day.  The kids were encouraged to dress up if they chose to do so.  After getting a reminder text yesterday, I scoured the linen closet looking for a solid color sheet that Delaney could use as a toga.  My rummaging turned up about 15 sheets with every floral arrangement under the sun (thanks Ralph Lauren), a My Little Pony sheet set and a princess montage featuring Cinderella, Belle and Aurora.  Not a single solid color to be found anywhere except for the set currently residing on my bed which is king sized.  That sucker could be cut up and made into about 4 togas but then what the heck are Doug and I going to sleep on?  So another mommy fail.  No solid colored sheets which Delaney informed me "we need to have." 

Target is having a swim sale this week on everything from suits to goggles to inflatable pools.  The girls modeled their swimsuits from last summer so I could see what exactly they need.  Both girls needed goggles since we're down to one pair and taking turns isn't really an option at the pool and they each needed one new suit.  I polled them both to see what suits they'd prefer (tankini, one-piece, two-piece).  I set out yesterday with my list and was thrilled with the selection and styles I was able to find.  I got a cute hot pink ruffle tankini for Delaney and a one-piece black and white suit with green trim for Hadley.  Delaney gushed and twirled in hers completely happy with the fit and style I chose for her.  Sweet!  She is usually the kid that will find fault with something I have purchased for her.  I was surprised that yesterday it was Hadley who had the problem.  Her problem is with the one shoulder on her suit that is ruffled.  She stated, "my boob is showing" while pointing to her arm pit.  Delaney and I looked at each other puzzled and biting back laughter.  "Honey, that is your arm pit not boob."  Obviously, she just turned 7 so she has no boobs but I'm trying not to offend her at this point because you do NOT laugh at this kid or she will seriously turn psycho.  "I feel my boob showing!" she is shrieking and Delaney steps in to point out that she is nuts because it's her arm pit and doesn't she know the difference between her boob and arm pit.  I can't help it, I am on the verge of losing it by now with all the boob talk and Hadley is getting more pissed off by the minute because she feels we are ganging up to pick on her which is obviously not true but good Lord that child is stubborn.  Wonder where she gets it?  Finally, after some seriously mean looks from Hadley, we were able to talk her off the ledge and show her that the bathing suit is fine and she will look adorable in it this summer building sand castles or diving in her new goggles.  Somehow, I feel that this conversation is not over....

Monday, March 31, 2014

In our world...

At this very minute I am realizing that yet again....blogging takes up more time than I have to spare these days.  Between work, school, gymnastics, horse lessons, chorus, Girl Scouts, family life, friends, etc. my plate has runneth over.  I mean, I know there are plenty of you out there with far busier lives than me, but sometimes I don't know how to do this all and keep my wits about me. Some days I feel full of energy; nothing's gonna get me down!  Other days I catch myself steering the car into the Starbucks drive-thru, narrowly missing hitting a few pedestrians just to get my "fix" so I can continue on my merry way.  And don't even get me started on my house.  I try so hard to clean this mothereffer clean and for what?  We're just gonna mess it all up again.  Doug wisely pointed out to me last week that there is a BIG difference between having a dirty house and a messy house.  Ours is just messy he pointed out to me.  Dirty it is not.  That did make me feel slightly better. 

 Our Brownie girl :)

 Some love knows no bounds.  We cannot explain why Gingie loves Pinchy but she is always near his side...

 Our sweet Daisy girl!

 The girls' school had an Art Fair.  The art teacher took one piece of art per child and had it matted and framed for parents to purchase.  I LOVE this idea!  Great way for your children to have their art proudly displayed in their homes and the school makes some extra cash.

 My favorite picture of Gingie...EVER!  I wanna squish her head off....

 My mom recently visited for a girls only weekend as Doug was out of town.  We snuck out for an afternoon of bowling.  We all had a really good time!  Delaney invented the "lasso" which is her signature move when you do well after a frame.  Had a whole lot of lassoing going on that day.  Just watch out for Delaney, she is definitely the most competitive bowler in the family....outside of her father.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Please Mother's enough.  I mean it.  I need no more ice or snow.  Basically, I am ready for spring.  So ready in fact I took advantage of Doug being home today and yelled "peace out" before grabbing my wallet and car keys and driving to the nail salon where I watched the owner of the salon bedazzle my toes into flip-flop toes.  I was high on the thought of warmer weather until another patron of said establishment burst my bubble by saying she heard we have more ice headed our way in another few weeks.  I'm not sure how the weathermen of America even can predict two weeks out but the thought of MORE cold weather makes me kinda crazy.  This is Georgia y'all and we live on wearing flip-flops about 75% of the year. So Mother Nature, if you're listening, pretty please, no more snow or ice.  P.S.  We've REALLY been enjoying the spring like weather. 

 CAUTION! When you give your 6 year old the hose it's chaos.  I overheard Doug and Delaney shout on more than one occasion to spray the car and not them.  Hadley is one of those people that when she has something to say she points the hose in the same direction her body is facing.  Whoops...

Electric blue!  It's a bit overwhelming when I am asked to select a color.  There are only about 208 different colors to choose from. 

Friday, February 7, 2014

The Big Apple Circus

Remember the circus you went to as a kid?  The one where it was more about people with AMAZING talents?  That's what this experience was for me. This circus blew The Ringling Bros. Circus out of the water.  The mister and I are NOT fans of the Ringling Bros. and after the one and only show we ever took the girls to see, we swore we'd NEVER EVER go back.  Thus far, we have stuck to our promise.  Doug had heard really good things about The Big Apple Circus so he surprised us with tickets.  What I learned about this circus is they are not-for-profit and do amazing work for various children's hospitals and other organizations.  Made me feel better about the ridiculous amount of money we dropped on hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, m&ms, juice, bottled water and coke.  Jeez....we are pigs.  Seriously, if you ever get the opportunity to check out this circus, do so.  You won't be disappointed!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Things I learned from ALL the snow...

The first thing I learned from all the snow we recently were hit with is that is truly does make for a beautiful backdrop while taking pictures.  Really!  Mother Nature never disappoints in this regard.  It also helps when you have beautiful children :) 

The next thing I learned is you cannot always believe the forecasters.  Our little area was "supposed" to get a dusting; an inch at the most.  WRONG.  We ended up with 3 inches.  It was so cold that the snow was freezing as it fell to the ground.  I left preschool to pick up my girls at 12:00 and made it home with both girls at 3:00.  Usually that trip takes me 25 minutes round trip.  After reading about the commutes of thousands of other people, I consider myself lucky.  It was honestly one of the most horrendous commutes I've ever made and I prayed the entire time I was driving.  I prayed for myself, all of the other commuters all over the state who were in a similar situation, and my husband, who ended up spending the night in a hotel because the traffic was beyond comprehension.

I learned that the squeals of laughter heard from my girls as they threw snowballs at one another is one of my new favorite sounds in the world.

I learned that sledding down our iced driveway is F-U-N.  If our driveway is good for nothing else, it damn rocks at sledding.  The other kids in our neighborhood caught on to this and joined us.  (On a side note it has to be said that I purchased the sleds the girls are using back in 2011 after the last winter storm we had.  Doug complained that I jinxed the entire state of Georgia and we'd never see snow again.  I am still waiting for my apology.)

I learned that one of my children LOVES sledding.

I learned that one of my children mildly enjoyed sledding.

I learned that my neighbor bought her girls the BEST sleds ever from Walmart and that next year I will have to keep my eyes open for a couple to add to our collection.

I learned that pool floats actually make kick ass sleds.  Seriously.  One of our neighbors didn't have a sled so she brought her pool float.  Man did that thing fly down the driveway!  All the kids started taking turns on each other's sleds.  I think Hadley actually enjoyed the pool float the best.

I learned that my Subaru, which has AWD (All Wheel Drive), is completely awesome in the snow.  I felt completely confident taking turns and hills that I saw others were struggling to make.  Best.Car.Ever.