Monday, March 30, 2009

Design Mom

One of my favorite blogs is called Design Mom. This week Design Mom, Gabrielle Blair, is having an "Ask Design Mom Week." It sounds fun to me. Check it out here!

Friday, March 27, 2009

A Big Day

I think we closed a chapter in our lives this morning. No more diapers or pull-ups!

Our girls have been wearing 'big girl' pants during the day and pull-ups at night since January. Last night when we were getting the girls ready for bed I remembered that we were out of pull-ups. Instead of running to the store for more we made the leap and made it to morning without a drop spilled! I will continue to keep the extra jammies and clean sheets ready for the inevitable late night accidents, but we are all so proud today!


Kevin had a business trip this week and was gone for 5 days. We tried to keep busy but we all missed Daddy so much! Whenever Kevin is away we visit his hotel's website so we can see where Daddy is staying (I think it all started when A&O were concerned about where Daddy would sleep on a past business trip). It is pretty funny because they seem to think that the photos we look at are real time shots (like a web cam?) and sometimes they want to wait to see if Daddy is going to walk into the room!

Daddy's 'prizes' for the girls upon his return were Disney Princess Nighties (their very first night gowns!). When A opened hers she said, "Oh Kevie! I love it! Thank you!" It was very sweet and funny.


Looking forward to a nice weekend. Maybe we'll get to the market and pick up some Easter flowers! Enjoy!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Happy Spring!

The tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are pushing up through the softening soil. We wake to chirping birds . The sun's warmth is felt. Spring is here!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

St. Nick of Garbage Day?!

A&O love Wednesday because it is Garbage Day. For at least the past 1.5 years they have run to the sun porch at the first sound of the big blue truck making its way down our street.

There is one particular "Sanitation Worker" who has had our route for years and he goes out of his way to entertain the girls. First, he has the driver blow the horn several times and everyone waves. In warm weather there are quick games of peek-a-boo from behind various trees and during the winter months snowballs are carefully thrown toward the house and the girls looking out the window.

One Garbage day around Christmas the girls yelled to me that the Garbage Man was coming up our driveway. I answered the bell to officially meet "Nick" and he had a gift for the girls: cute felt snowman pouches filled with Godiva chocolate covered baby pretzels! In February the bell rang and the girls were presented with Godiva Teddy Bears by Gund. Today the bell rang and Nick had two lovely Godiva chocolate flower shaped lollipops. Apparently Nick's wife works at a local Godiva store and buys the treats for Nick to give "his girls" (how he refers to A&O).
I have the feeling that Nick and Wednesday Garbage Day will be one of those childhood "remember when..." memories that A&O will talk about for years to come!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wishin' and Hopin'... for Spring to come!

Okay Mother Nature! March is here. Could you spare a couple of warm days and send them our way? We're doing what we can to keep busy and happy indoors until we can run and play outside in the sunshine.

Despite the continued cold weather and cold bug (it just won't leave poor A alone!) we've had a decent week so far. Kevin's Mom visited Monday and played with the girls while I showered and got a few things done. We had to cancel a play date on Tuesday because A wasn't feeling very well. This cold has a terrible cough associated with it that keeps waking her (and me!) up each night. Wednesday we tackled Art Class and it went well (the coughing fits held off). Painting with big paper and big brushes impressed my budding Picasso's! Wednesday afternoon we went to the Dr. just to be sure that A didn't have a serious respiratory illness that required meds~ fortunately she doesn't. Today we played and I tried to tire the girls out. The first two nights after the Daylight Savings time change were great but we've gone downhill from there. A morning of active play and an afternoon visit to the warm Rain Forest at our zoo did the trick! A&O were sleeping not long after hitting their pillows. Now I'm wishin' and hopin' for a full night's sleep!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Art Anyone?

A&O attended their first 'Creative Play Date' art class at a local gallery this week. They love coloring, painting, cutting with scissors, etc. so I hoped they would like it and they did! I especially like that the small class ventures out of the studio and into the gallery to look at and talk about (very basic things!) the artwork. We are looking forward to next week's class!

Oooooo....glue is sticky!

Our art!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Let's try this again!

This past Saturday was the actual day for Kevin & my big Sesame Street surprise for A&O. Unfortunately our preparation for going out this time involved a lot of nose blowing, giving each girl honey to try to calm coughs, and packing our favorite organic lollipops into my bag to whip out if coughing attacks started.
As we got the girls out of the van at the theatre (with baby Elmos in their hands) there was a large tractor trailer with all of the Sesame Street characters plastered all over it, larger than life. With their excitement seeing the trailer we announced our surprise and they were thrilled.

The theatre itself was a visually stimulating adventure: large foyer with huge chandeliers, grand staircases, mirrored walls, velvet curtains, etc. We made our way to our seats and they couldn't have been more perfect (no seats in front of us, just a rail, so lots of room for standing and dancing and no worrying about one of us coughing on anyone in front of us). As the music started and Big Bird, Elmo, and friends took the stage I was surprised to find myself teary eyed. The awe on A&O's faces and the way they bopped and swayed to the music was priceless! We all enjoyed it so much.