Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter 2014

 As a mom, I kind of love holidays.  It's just fun to follow traditions and help create memories that my kids will (hopefully) carry with them throughout their lives.  It makes me smile to see their eyes light up and the smiles that spread across their faces are just priceless.

Even if Simon didn't love it I adored dressing these two kids up.  Look at how good those kids clean up?
And I got a rare GREAT pictures of them together.

(Nevermind the dozen that came before this with closed eyes, one or both kids not looking at me, Simon's foot in front of Rose's face, and weird looks on their faces.  If I thought photographing a toddler was hard coordinating a toddler and preschooler into a good shot is even harder!)

We were originally going to participate in a color run on Easter Sunday.  We -- and apparently a LOT of people -- didn't realize it was Easter when we registered way back in December.  The race got postponed all the way to September.  Kind of a bummer but still completely understandable.  Our plans just ended up converted back to a more traditional Easter Sunday: Church in the morning, an Easter egg hunt (after Rose's nap), and then dinner with my family.

Simon has got this Easter egg hunt thing down.  He should by now.  He's had plenty of practice this year.
 I'm going to have to hide Simon's eggs hardest next year.

Rose got the idea pretty fast.  
 For being only 15 months old...I'd say she did pretty good for herself!
 She and the dog were both guarding her loot.

I do look forward to including Rose in our flashlight/night egg hunt next year.  Simon had such a blast with it this year and I think she'll get it next year.  (I didn't even try this year.)   I might hide her Easter basket too next year.  And maybe one of these years I'll get around to making my own set of Resurrection Eggs for the kids.  I've had good intentions the last two years but just haven't gotten to it.

Anyway...Happy Easter to all!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

A Park Adventure...

There was this blinding, yellow orb in the sky earlier this week that seemed to draw everyone to the park...  Including us.  We visit our neighborhood park pretty frequently during warm, or at least clear,  weather but Rose was too little last summer and fall to enjoy it on her own...

She was uncharacteristically tentative to start...




And then she started climbing...


She grew tired of the "baby playground" quickly though and was soon on top of the big kid area...
(Don't worry...I was right there the whole time.  A few moms marvelled at my tiny, walking and climbing baby.  They probably thought she was closer to 9 months old than 14 due to her size.)

I went down the big kid slide a few times with her but had a difficult time getting her to actually sit down and go down the little kid slide on her own...

Simon is the one that convinced her to do it...

I'm not sure what she was doing here though...
Tony called it the cannonball move.  
She does it every time I put her in the swing.

I foresee lots of trips to the park in the coming months.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Beach!

Last week we took some time away and had a week at on of our favorite beaches.  Boy, was the vacation awesome!

We started off with the traditional Seaside picture...

Rose took her first steps on the beach...
...while Simon and Tony chased Seagulls.

We spent some time in the pool -- no pics of that though! Rose was NOT so sure about it on day one but warmed up to it pretty quickly on day too.

We enjoyed our view...

We rode the carousel...

We visited The CandyMan...

We had ice cream...
(And holy crap was the Maple Nut ice cream amazing!)
We ate at Fultanos -- also amazing -- and played in the arcade.
 He was going to tell me how he won each and every ticket. 
Silly goose!

Rose wanted to do just about anything her brother did but wasn't amused when I turned the ride on. 

We played on the beach.

We walked on the beach...

 Simon freaked out when Tony walked toward the ocean...

Rose wanted to run after him...

I actually got into a picture that wasn't taken by me!

We did some puzzles...

We enjoyed some quiet time and relaxing.

And it was absolutely what we needed.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rosie-Girl Turns 1!

How is it possible that this adorable little girl is already one?

We celebrated Rose's first birthday last Saturday with family and friends in a simple, indoor "garden party."  I had so much fun decorating and preparing.  Bonus? Nearly all the decorations were from things I already had on hand or the dollar store.

I was perusing the paper plates/cups/napkins at our local store and happened across a birthday banner that had butterflies on it.  I'd originally thought I'd just do flowers and flowerpots and call it good.   But the butterflies seemed like such a perfect compliment... So I bought the banner.  It fit perfectly around our fireplace.  And the tissue paper flowers made for a great embellishment.

I very much remember making tissue paper and pipe cleaner butterflies as a kid.  A quick pinterest search showed me a number of different ways to do them.  I stuck with the simplest method I could think of...Cut the paper into squares, use two, scrunch the center up, wrap/twist the pipe cleaner around. 

 Then I turned them into garland using some white yarn.  Absolutely perfect to string over the table and across the front window.  (Pretty sure I'm just going to move the garland into Rose's room when I get around to taking it down.)

The tablecloth was used for my sister's wedding last October.  My mom gave me one and it totally worked. I used flowerpots as serving bowls for nuts and girly colored M&Ms.  I bought the green baskets to serve homemade cajun chex mix and Birthday Cake Kettlecorn.  (Hopefully I can post the recipes soon...We'll see.)

Instead of cupcakes I made banana muffins for my banana loving little girl.  The topping is a delicious and fluffy whipped cream frosting.  (Thought I admit to adding about 3x as much sugar as the linked recipe calls for.  I didn't want it overwhelmingly sweet but it wasn't sweet enough as written.)  As much as I wanted to pipe some gorgeous flower decorations or make cute butterflies on all the muffins...I knew that was more ambitious than I'd be able to accomplish and settled for flower sprinkles and a butterfly ring.

I even got to use my gorgeous vases and glass pitchers.

I honestly didn't take a ton of pictures during the actually party.  Just a few with her opening presents.

And everyone's favorite "cake" pictures...
Poking at it and tasting it...
Covered in it and afraid I'm gonna take it away...
And shoving the whole thing in her mouth!

A big thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate our sweet little girl's birthday with us!