July 23, 2009

My New Toy

My dear hubby bought me a new laptop...technically, it's a birthday gift (almost a month early). It's a nice little HP with a big hard drive.Now, maybe I can run my programs like I want to & do more digi-scrapping. It's running Vista, so that is something I have to get used to. I have to explore & find out where everything is & discover all it's other features. It has a built-in web cam, so there might be some skype action in the near future.

July 22, 2009

All Caught Up - Adelaide's Birthday Fun

I think with this last post, I'm ALL caught up...at least with the blog anyway.

Adelaide had a good birthday. We missed Adam, but it was fun. We started the day by going to the Children's Museum with the Clarks. Isn't she a cutie?For dinner, Adelaide picked Los Potrillos.
They call it "the horsey place".
We enjoyed our chips & salsa with our Mexican food. Well, Adelaide enjoyed her fried mac & cheese and fries.After dinner, we went home for cake & presents.So Cute!
Adelaide was thrilled to get a hula hoop. She has really gotten VERY good at it to. I am surprised how much she ended up liking it.After the cake, daddy took us out to see Ice Age 3 at the theater. It was a little difficult with Allison wanting to climb up & down, but the girls had fun. Happy birthday! I can't believe she's 4!

Nail Polish!!

Sometimes, I think why the heck did I let the kids (insert incident). Well, other times I figure that it can't hurt to let the girls do some things on their own. We were out, and I let the girls pick some nail polish. My initial plan was for ME to paint their nails, but the girls begged me to let them paint their nails themselves. They had a GREAT time.Amelia actually did a pretty good job on hers.Adelaide, on the other hand, needs a little more work on her fine-motor skills.She just kept painting. I think she had 4-5 coats of polish, when all was said & done.Aren't they beautiful??Yes, I did break out the remover & clean-up the edges. It's been a while though, and they're begging to paint them again. Ah, I don't know...maybe later.

Haircuts X 3

Allison's hair needed to be cut. I was a bit sad, because her hair had curls at the bottom. But, the different lengths in her hair made it look shaggy. Well, my strategy was to have the other 2 girls sit & get their hair trimmed before making Allison get hers cut. Amelia sat very well. I guess Adelaide was too tall or short (not sure) sitting on the booster, so the lady sat on the floor & trimmed her hair. Weird. But, she was excellent also.This is what my baby's hair looked like before the haircut.She did REALLY good. She sat very still and cooperated very well. What a Big Girl!Here are our "AFTER" pictures. What great looking little girls.

Build-A-Bear

One of the things we did this summer while Adam was away, was go to Build-A-Bear. It was a fun time for the girls. Amelia chose a pink teddy bear.Adelaide chose Hello Kitty.Allison chose a kitty too, but she was NOT HAPPY with this particular kitty. She didn't understand that we would have it stuffed. She was mad because I would not give her the one on the shelf for display.Amelia liked pressing the pedal to stuff her bear.Adelaide couldn't help but giggle with excitement.They got to put their heart into their friends.Allison picked her heart too.Allison needed a little coaxing, but she liked pressing the pedal too....and she liked putting in the heart.I think this is when she realized that THIS was her kitty.Allison likes her kitty now.After being stuffed, the girls had to clean their new friends. Scrub-a-dub.Allison's finished Kitty.Mia's finished TeddyAnd, of course, Adelaide and Hello Kitty as a Fairy Princess.After picking some outfits for their new friends, the girls named them. Bryan named Allison's kitty - Kitty. Amelia named her bear Amelia. And Adelaide named hers Sally (which is the new favorite name for EVERYTHING in my house).Daddy was such a good sport. I had lots of fun, but I know there are things that he would rather be doing. This day, I think he was number one in the lives of some little girls.It was SO cute to see the girls carry their boxes through the mall. They were SO excited.What a good day!

Combing Grandpa's Hair

Bryan's dad, Dave, is funny. He is relatively quiet, but SO great with the grand kids. I don't know how it happened, but Mia was combing Grandpa's hair.Of course, Allison had to get in on the action.Amelia thought it was so funny to comb ALL of his hair forward. I love the look on his face."Look at my trick, Mommy!"Amelia had fun & I got some cute pictures, so she'll be able to remember having fun with her grandpa. We'll miss you guys!

Our Summer Mini-Trip

I didn't get a chance to blog about the rest of our Road Trip. After all the trouble with the window, we did actually have a pretty fun time on our trip.

For example, the kids had a BLAST swimming in the pool @ our hotel. Even though it was indoor, it was WAY too cold for me. We all thought it was unique that the pool was on the 5th floor. Weird. I have been to hotels where the pool is in the basement, but usually it's on the 1st floor. Adam thought it was very cool. I swear this guy is part fish.We did go to the St. Louis Zoo, even though it was rainy. I was worried at first, but by the time we got through the entrance, it was pretty much done. However, it was a VERY sticky, yucky kind of day. It was something like 83, but with 88% humidity, it was still uncomfortable at times.One of the first stops was the bears.Adam & Adelaide - I really like the penguin exhibit in St. Louis. It's very cool. Grandma thought it was neat that they were so close.
My monkeys...Allison & Amelia - We really like the reptile & primate houses too.Monkey-say-CHEESE!Adam BEGGED all day long to let him use my camera. Usually, he zooms in & ends up with pictures of objects, rather than people. He did do a good job taking this one of me & Allison.We only brought the single stroller. Well, the big girls did more riding in it than Allison. Amelia & Adelaide fought over who's turn it was, who got a longer turn, etc. Give me a break. Oh well. I guess it was good though. Allison had the time of her little, independent life walking on her own. What a big girl!This is a giraffe foot. I love the look on Adam's face...At some point, daddy treated us all to ice cream. Mia & I had some dippin' dots. She was very impressed & LOVED them.Mia got to touch the cheetah skin. Cool.Grandma helped me out by taking a few photos for me. Some of them are pretty good. I almost can't decide which is best.
One of my faves @ the STL Zoo is the butterfly garden. It is SO beautiful. My girls are afraid of bugs (and cats, dogs, birds, worms, etc.- go figure). They were pretty good about the butterflies though. I made sure they knew NOT to touch, just look. They loved pointing out the pretty colors that they saw.I was experimenting with some of the settings on my camera & ended up with some awesome pictures. Here are a couple of my faves.I clicked this, because I thought it was so cute. Miss Mia is SO ready to start Kindergarten this year. She loved finding the pen & paper in the hotel rooms. She was "writing her note".After St. Louis, we drove down to Memphis. While he was with Grandma, she told Adam about Elvis. Adam became amazed at the things she told him. So, we decided it would be fun to go to Graceland.Grandma & Grandpa watched the girls while Bryan, Adam & I went on the tour. They listened to music at a Sirrius Radio kiosk & had ice cream. Apparently, the girls had a blast & didn't even realize that they were "left behind".The house & the grounds were beautiful, but I was surprised that the house wasn't bigger. I mean, it just seems small by today's standards.
We wore these headsets for an audio-tour. It was weird how quiet it actually was inside, because EVERYONE could control the volume, etc. of their own headphones.Gold Lame' - Very Cool. I really like this picture...I know it's just the lighting, but the boys both look like they're wearing shades of gold too.Of course, we saw Elvis' grave.I don't have a picture, but I got my Elvis T-Shirt too. I set out looking for one with a young, sexy Elvis. I found one. Whoo-Hoo!After going to Graceland, Grandma & Grandpa left to begin their drive back to Dallas. We decided to spend one more night in Memphis. The kids particularly liked this pool. It was an indoor/outdoor pool. Yup, part was outside, part was inside, and you could swim back & forth. The kids had a great time.Overall, even with our "bumps", our road trip was a success. We had a fun time with Bryan's parents and made some memories as a family. I'm looking forward to our next little trip. Hmmm...where should I go??