Saturday, March 29, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
we got ready for church, and i was pleased to dress the girls up in their matching dresses. i don't match them often, but i do think it's fun. i remember i hated matching my siblings though, so i'll be mindful of that as they grow to share their opinions with me. but for now, aren't they too cute?
this was funny, because i couldn't bet Maddie to turn around so i told Anna to go stand by her, thinking she could help her cooperate. instead, Anna went over and turned her back on me too! i thought it was cute.
after church we had a little time before heading to Aunt Tara's for dinner. during that time, the girls open up shop. if you've been to our house you may have had the privilege of visiting the "cookie store." Anna and Madeline busy themselves making delicious imaginary treats, while "misters" or customers sit outside and place their orders. my favorite are the chocolate macaroons! Madeline can never decide if she wants to bake, or play "mister" so she switches back and forth at random, and often takes the imaginary baked good she has just sold you right out of your hand and eats it herself! we'll have to work on appropriate business management and just plain manners.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
as you can see, there is no shortage of participants in the hunting. these are the kids from the neighborhood, with a few visitors:
Anna had a lot of fun looking high....
after the hunt, the fun continued with a huge breakfast spread, though it was a trick getting the kids to ignore their candy.
Anna made herself useful "guarding" Madeline's basket.
it was fun watching Madeline's first egg hunt. she was old enough to catch on to the thrill, but not the real purpose of it all.
until she broke open and egg and found jelly beans inside. then, she ignored the hunting and sat in this spot until she had devoured every last one.
not all the spoils were candy thankfully, and the balloons and bouncy balls were just as well loved.
later Saturday night, we followed our Earl family tradition of dying eggs. Anna loved her apron, and the colors.
and the colors that got all over her hands. she may have liked these results even better than the eggs she dyed. all in all - great day!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
we had to see the lions first, they are Anna's favorite, or they were that day. i would show a picture of the lion, but he was sunning himself spread eagle. some may find it a little obscene.
the best part about the Phoenix zoo is they're petting area, at least for my kids. they love to brush all the little goats. i have to do my best to pretend it doesn't totally gross me out.
a funny side note, before we got in the car i realized it had been a while since Anna went potty, so i made her go in the dirt. she was thrilled. she said, "look dad, i'm going just like a doggie!" too funny!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
"basket!" another avorite passtime of the kids is basketball, though the girls tire of it faster than McGuire! he is playgroups MVP.
"little wall," by this time Anna and Lucy were really lagging.... here they are, i guess they really don't get the whole point of racing.
oh, playgroup how i love you! now if i could just decide what i wanted to do for pre-school next year. now that we're having another baby, i'm really leaning towards putting her in. we'll see.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Jason and i are Rainbow wearers. i practically live in mine. last summer Jason couldn't help buying the toddler sized rainbows for Anna. they were way too big, but will probably fit this summer. she has discovered them in her closet and loves to wear her "big girl shoes like Mommy and Daddy." she was slipping around the house in hers today and when Madeline woke up she ran upstairs to "get her first." when i came to the stairs, this is what i saw.
i was so impressed. we've nerver taught her this rule. taking your shoes off before walking on the wood stairs, she just wants to do what we do! for now anyway....