Thursday, October 29, 2009

Madame Butterfly



Check back this weekend for more pics of my little bugs!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ring


Around


The


Rosie

Friday, October 23, 2009

Clare Bear

Clare is three and a half years old and brimming with personality.
Here is a glimpse into all things Clare:

  • She LOVES art. This is her go-to activity. She will sit and do this by herself for quite a bit of time...as long as little, grabbing hands don't get in the way. Every night after the little girls go to bed, Clare is always so excited to do some art project without little distractions!
  • She also likes to play make-up, type on the computer, play babies and really set up any pretend place....grocery store, library, church, etc.
  • She is a silly little girl who loves to make things up...words, people's names, etc.
  • Clare is a sponge. She is constantly repeating things she has heard or asking me questions about stuff. This little girl doesn't miss a beat.
  • She is doing really well at school. She doesn't tell me play-by-play what she does at school, but I can usually figure it out....because she recreates it later at home. For example, tonight I was singing "Jesus Loves Me" and she started doing the sign language to it!
  • She loves to put on "shows." Miss Priss is constantly singing and showing me her "dance moves." She knows a ton of songs and has even started teaching me new ones that she learns at school.
  • She is the best "staller" at bedtime that I have ever seen. She can think of the most random reasons for calling me back to her bedroom....from needing a tissue to wanting me to cut her fingernails to wanting me to get rid of shadows.
  • If you catch her in the right mood, she really likes to help. She likes to make her bed, set the table, help me cook, throw the laundry in, etc. This is how she made her bed the other day...I was impressed!
  • She still naps everyday, usually for about 1 1/2-2 hours.
  • She does a nice job playing with Jane and Sydney, but she loves her "big girl toys" that she keeps in her room and can play by herself.
  • She loves taking showers by herself. She takes at least one everyday.
  • She also loves to change clothes throughout the day. I finally had to put a limit to one change per day because the laundry was getting (even more) out of control. She can dress herself...which is so nice!
She is such a sweet girl, and I am so glad I get to be her mama!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kidless in Seattle


Casey and I just returned from a long weekend in Seattle with my brother and sister-in-law. We had a wonderful time, sight-seeing, eating, laughing, and relaxing.


In my opinion it was a perfect balance of sightseeing and resting. We did the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Snoqualmie Falls, and lots of great restaurants. It was so nice to move at our own pace and not worry about little ones and their schedules.

The girls split time between LoLo and Pop and Deedee and Papaw. Speaking of little ones, I think Deedee said it perfectly..."while the cat's away, the mice will play." And play they did...

at the fair,


with make-up,


at Izzy's birthday party,


and with a scarecrow.


It seems as though the "mice" hardly knew we were gone!!!

Even with all the amazing sights Seattle has to offer,


these three faces


were certainly a sight for sore eyes!



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Underfoot

Sometimes when I am cooking dinner and I don't want need help in the kitchen, I tell the girls to go play. However, Miss Jane rarely goes far. She usually goes and gets a toy and returns to the kitchen.

Here she is working on her computer in front of the fridge.


And here in front of the kitchen helper stool.


And here in front of the sink.


Her choice of seating always makes it a little difficult to move around the kitchen,
but I guess she just doesn't want to miss any of the action!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

Pumpkin Watch

Yesterday I was at the grocery store with Jane and Sydney, and I decided to buy a pumpkin. When we got home, we put it outside the front door. Jane and Sydney talked about this pumpkin all day. The kept wanting to go look at it and "say hi to pumpkin."

Well, last night after baths, they wanted to say "night night" to the pumpkin. We opened the door and all three girls pulled up a chair to watch the pumpkin!


With this attachment, I am not sure how they are going to feel when I want to make it into a jack-o-lantern!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fall Arboretum Trip

Sydney in front, Jane in back

Clare

Jane

Sydney

Who had fun at the arboretum?
We did!!!

Thanks to Dale for taking all the pictures.



Saturday, October 3, 2009

Too Many Chefs Spoil the Broth???

Every evening when I start to cook dinner, my little "sous chefs" come running to gather around the island. My workspace has decreased significantly with these six little, grabbing hands!


We have this Kitchen Helper stool, and I LOVE it!
The girls race to climb up in it every meal time.

But lately, due to the need for everyone's own space, I have let each girl bring up their own chair. It just seems to make for a more peaceful kitchen, which in turn makes for a happier "head chef."

So instead of "Too Many Chefs Spoil the Broth,"


I say, "The More the Merrier!"